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.

COVID stripped students of nearly 35% of a year’s worth of learning

Researchers call for an increased focus on well-designed and well-resourced policy initiatives from district leaders and legislators to combat the ongoing issue.

Shortage snapshot: Nearly two-thirds of educators considering quitting

Better pay, community support and empathy from district leadership are among the main changes teachers say they require in order to stay in the profession.

3 things students want you to know about their technology use

Cell phones may be seen as a distraction in the classroom, but for students it's a form of connection that could help with learning engagement, according to a recent study from The Social Institute.

Question of the week with ChatGPT: Addressing staff burnout

When a school loses some of its best educators, everybody loses. Learn from ChatGPT about how you can address burnout within your own district.

Question of the week with ChatGPT: How leaders can unplug and recharge

Introducing a new series, designed for district leaders, ChatGPT aims to answer some of the most pressing questions in education today. This week, you'll learn what it takes to kick your feet up and relax.

Great job: New online resource board Superintendent Search breaks new ground

"Opportunity awareness is the name of the game," says James Guerra, of JG Consulting, founder of the platform, which he created to help show leaders just how vast vacancies are in this field and to make the hiring process as seamless as possible for school districts.

Cybersecurity: Your district can’t afford to make these avoidable mistakes

"The secret is out: K12s are a target-rich and resource-poor sector," says TJ Sayers, cyber threat intelligence manager at the Center for Internet Security (CIS). "Maintaining complete, secured, and offline backups is the single-most effective way to recover from most attacks, including ransomware."

Maker of ChatGPT launches tool to curb cheating with AI

Its detection system should not be used on its own, according to OpenAI. Educators should use it with caution as it's still an imperfect tool.

Leadership series: To this superintendent, every student has equal potential

Dr. Mark Penny, superintendent of Lincoln County R-III in Troy, Missouri, believes every student can find success in public education, no matter their circumstance.

How to manage the looming threat of school shootings in 2023

Between 2016 and 2020, there has been a total of 173 mass shootings in the U.S. Among those, 13 have occurred within educational institutions, making this sector the third-most targeted.

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