Micah Ward

Micah Ward is a District Administration staff writer. He recently earned his master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Alabama. He spent his time during graduate school working on his master’s thesis. He’s also a self-taught guitarist who loves playing folk-style music.

In the spotlight: See how these 5 states are modeling edtech innovation

It's important for leaders to share ideas and the great things they're doing for their districts. That's why we're showcasing these five states featured in a new report that are spearheading various initiatives centered around edtech and student achievement.

How distracting are cellphones at school? More than you may know

The report, published by Common Sense Media, reveals that 97% of 11- to 17-year-olds use their phones during school hours, despite the varying cellphone policies that are in place in schools across the country.

Which districts made Niche’s top 15 ‘2024 Best School Districts in America’?

Several states across the country boast some of the most impressive school districts as they appear a handful of times throughout Niche's latest 2024 rankings, including one state that is home to the top three school districts in the nation. 

Report: What will it take to bring homeschoolers back in person?

What once was an alternative form of education driven by moral and religious preferences has now become the best option for families citing concerns about their local schools. Here's how leaders can bring their students back.

Report: Where do your state’s SAT scores rank?

Scholaroo's new state-by-state analysis uncovers how students performed across the country on their most recent SAT exams. See if yours made the top—or bottom—10.

Google promises to extend the lifespan of Chromebooks by 10 years

During the pandemic, Chromebooks were the lifeline for K12 schools as they moved to remote instruction. But such comfort came at a price.

In downtime alone, ransomware attacks have cost the education sector more than $50 billion since 2018

Throughout the first half of 2023, K12 and higher education institutions experienced 85 ransomware attacks, nearly doubling last year's recording, according to a new analysis from Comparitech. Unfortunately for the education sector as a whole, it's a troubling trend that shows no signs of slowing down, and it's costing schools a fortune in downtime.

Superintendent’s Playbook: Why school safety as a shared responsibility works in this district

In March of 2022, a 15-year-old Eisenhower High School student shot and killed his cousin in the northeast corner of the parking lot after school. During the incident, miscommunication from security led the other students even closer to the active shooting. It was then clear to this leader that they needed a unified approach to safety.

This school district empowers parents by giving them direct access to IT

Chris Saxon, IT director at the Cherokee County School District in Georgia, and his team created an IT "call center" for families dedicated for providing troubleshooting assistance for their child's devices and other issues. "For our folks in IT, it's easy to see how they're being helpful when they're in their classroom fixing their panel, printer or laptop," he says. "But they don't understand that when things are going wrong, a lot of folks are working behind the scenes to make it right."

New report: Public schools saw a 33% spike in book bans last school year

"The toll of the book banning movement is getting worse," Suzanne Nossel, Chief Executive Officer of PEN America said in a statement. "...opponents of free expression are pushing harder than ever to exert their power over students as a whole."

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