District Administration - October 2008 - (Page 18)

Briefings Newsupdate PeoPle Watch diSmiSSEd Rudy crew, 2008 National Superintendent of the Year, has been fired as superintendent of Miami-Dade Public Schools amid declining enrollment and rising budget tensions. PRomoTEd Peter c. davis has been named president of McGraw-Hill Education. Since 2006 he has served as executive vice president of global strategy for the company. by Zach Miners HoNoREd Thea Jones, office of instructional technology supervisor for baltimore County (Md.) Public Schools, was recently given the International Society for Technology in Education’s 2008 Outstanding Leader Award. The award honors and recognizes outstanding leadership in implementing technology to improve education. STRESSEd James meeks, Democratic senator of Illinois, and reformers are lobbying legislators to support a $120 million pilot program to improve the state’s ailing schools and solve funding disparities. WATcHEd Paul Vallas, in his second and possibly final year to rebuild New Orleans’ schools as superintendent, has eye-popping funding and nearly unchecked administrative power. Observers worry if he doesn’t succeed, Americans’ faith in urban public schools could burn out for good. modern day students are unique, right? new technologies are giving privileged kids an edge while disadvantaging lower income students, and the influx of english Language Learners is forcing educators to rethink standard teaching practices. tell that to the researchers at the Foundation for Child development, a new york-based private philanthropy group that seeks to understand children, particularly the disadvantaged, and to promote their well-being. The latest version of the group’s annual study, the Child Well-Being Index, says a few defining features of today’s teens are the same as in the 1970s. The most striking similarities are that today’s students read as well (or as poorly) as their parents did a generation ago and are just as likely to have earned a high school diploma. The academic results come from a series of national assessment of educational Progress (naeP) tests that show a 28-year statistical flat line for 13- and 17-year-olds in reading and modest jumps in math. Kenneth Land, a duke university sociology and demography professor who coordinates the study, says it’s amazing School Blast from the Past The study compared students from 1975 to 1977, like the teenager pictured above, to students from 2003 to 2005. the results aren’t worse. “We haven’t lost ground in these test scores,” he told USA Today, “despite the fact that teachers and school systems have to deal with quite a different student population than a generation ago, as well as changes in lifestyles.” NAEP REAdiNg ScoRES* 1975-1977 256 286 13-year-olds 17-year-olds 259 285 2003-2005 * Based on a 350-point scale Source: Foundation for Child Development, Child Well-Being Index Serving Healthier Foods to Your Students sChooL admInIstrators may be pooling together a wide array of resources to get junk food out of schools, but student acceptance and revenue implications can put a crimp in even the most well-designed nutrition programs. “how to make sensible snacking a Part of your school nutrition Program,” a recent district administration Web seminar sponsored by Generation max, tackled the challenges of nutrition initiatives head on, and participants learned from a panel of experts what resources and support are available to schools in their efforts to help children lead healthier lives. “schools are significantly poised to address childhood obesity,” said speaker Kate Lampel Link, competitive foods manager for the alliance for a healthier Generation, a nonprofit group that works with schools to inspire kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits. among the issues discussed during the seminar was how today’s high rates of student absenteeism could be linked to the obesity epidemic due to increased cases of type 2 diabetes and asthma. a media rich recording of the webcast is available at www.DistrictAdministration .com/webseminars. District Administration 18 October 2008 http://www.DistrictAdministration.com/webseminars http://www.DistrictAdministration.com/webseminars

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - October 2008

District Administration - October 2008
Contents
Editor’s Letter
Letters
News Update
Technology
Facilities & Construction
Inside the Law
District Profile: Englewood (N.J.) School District
Choose to Stay
A Cure for Monolingualism
Virtual Worlds for Educators
DA Web Seminar Leadership Series
School Libraries Renewed
How Well Does This Web Site Work?
New Products
Curriculum Books
Professional Opinion
Calendar of Events
Understanding the Times

District Administration - October 2008

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