Why extracurriculars are not ‘extra’
DA guest columnists Matthew X. Joseph and Christine Ravesi-Weinstein share seven ways after-school activities benefit students and complement academics—and why they should not be cut to overcome budget shortfalls. Joseph, director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at Leicester Public Schools, is a featured speaker at FETC.
Have you conducted a reunification drill lately?
Lockdown, fire and severe weather drills may dot the administrative calendar, but it is time to test your reunification procedures, too. DA guest columnist Chris Hardman, safety coordinator for Auburn City Schools in Alabama, shares what to address on the front end.
Are your employees feeling good about their paychecks?
Offering competitive salaries or developing a variety of income opportunities for instructional and noninstructional employees and job seekers sends a clear message: You’re valued, needed and essential to our district’s success, says DA HR columnist Carol Patton.
New Title IX regulations on the way?
While most administrators grasp Title IX’s applicability beyond gender equity in athletics, the new rules focus exclusively on sexual misconduct in school settings, involving students and employees. The Office for Civil Rights is poised to impose requirements for conducting investigations, says DA guest columnist Brett A. Sokolow, of the Association of Title IX Administrators.
What tech vision are you sharing with students and families?
A school’s technology acceptable use policy should cover the benefits of using ed tech—not just promises of punishment, says DA guest columnist Sylvia Martinez, who is co-author of "Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom," and who has been an FETC featured speaker.