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.

A retiring superintendent’s message to his flock: ‘Thank you’

Lincoln County R-III Superintendent Mark Penny will soon close out his 16 years as a superintendent, 13 of which were with his current post. He shared with District Administration the highlights of his career and what he looks forward to next.

Happy anniversary ChatGPT: How has generative AI impacted K12 education?

According to data from Turnitin shared with District Administration, the company has flagged at least four million student papers for containing 80% of content likely written by AI.

K12 in 2023: What’s improved, and which issues still linger?

Student behavior and teacher shortages are among the list of challenges these two superintendents say still linger in their districts post-pandemic.

AI’s impact on STEM education: 3 takeaways from FETC’s latest webinar

Earlier this month, the Future of Education Technology Conference hosted another webinar as part of its "Road to FETC 2024" series. In this session, FETC Conference Chair Jennifer Womble is joined by STEAM educators, K12 experts and edtech consultants who discuss the various ways AI is transforming STEM for the better.

Substitute teachers are in short supply. What are districts doing to cope?

Administrators are turning to creative solutions to make substitute teaching more desirable. Most commonly, leaders are making efforts to boost pay, especially in high-needs areas.

Civics education has declined globally, but how dramatically?

The United States isn't the only country that's lagging behind in civics education, a new analysis suggests. Globally, students—particularly 8th graders—don't have a frim grasp on the topic.

How chronic absenteeism is impacting high-poverty districts

In nearly half (41%) of the most economically disadvantaged school districts, three-fourths of their schools reported "extreme" levels of chronic absence, a new analysis suggests.

How to sustain your 1:1 programs post-pandemic

The end of pandemic relief funds is swiftly approaching, and with it, many schools' ability to invest in technology. Here are some ideas on how you can purchase and maintain student technology in a way that's cost-effective.

Are report cards enough? Why parents need support understanding their child’s grades

"Relying on report cards in isolation could prevent parents from initiating crucial interventions on behalf of their child's academic progress," a new Gallup report reads.

How this Superintendent of the Year is setting students up for postsecondary success as early as elementary school

New Albany School District Superintendent Lance Evans says they've hired someone to direct workforce development not for their teachers, but for students.

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