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From the Editor Are You a Rock Star? One Of the fringe benefits Of editing District Administration is that i’m able to attend conferences and events and meet in person some of the rock stars of education, as i’ve come to think of them. rock star status, by my definition, tends to be conferred upon people who are able to reach a large number of people with their work and, as a result, affect change. for example, a group of us attended the national conference Members of the DA staff and other attendees, with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, at the ALAS Conference. of the Association of Latino superintendents and Administrators (ALAs) in October. the meeting was charged as the board members and keynotes shared successful practices for reforming the way hispanic/Latino students have been taught. these students are the fastest-growing demographic across America and a population that is twice as likely to drop out of school as African-American students and four or five times more likely to drop out as white students. Under the watch of President Carlos garcia, the very passionate superintendent of san francisco Usd, ALAs is making the necessary With me are Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks of headway by focusing on identifying, training and supporting Latino Gwinnett (Ga.) County Public Schools, winner of the school superintendents, other administrators and educators to act as 2010 Broad Prize, and Marion Herbert, associate editor. role models for students. i also spoke with the ALAs President-elect Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-dade County Public schools. since Carvalho took over in 2008, Miami-dade has been a district to watch for its academic programs, innovative use of technology, and best practices put into place not only for the diverse populations in the district, but for family and business engagement. Carvalho believes there is a misconception among some educators that it’s the students that need to be fixed, while he feels the problem is actually the system. Marion herbert and i also attended the 2010 broad Prize event last month, where we met the superintendents of the five final districts, proving that large urban districts can improve students’ academic levels, even during these times. gwinnett County Public schools, the largest district in georgia, was the winner of the $1 million prize. Led by CeO/superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks, gCPs in 2009 outperformed other districts in georgia that serve students with similar family incomes in reading and math at all levels. the district also narrowed the achievement gap between African-American and white students. between 2006 and 2008, participation rates rose for African-American and hispanic students taking the sAt, ACt and AP exams. What have you done to earn rock star status? Let me know. With warm holiday greetings, Judy Faust Hartnett, Editor in chief jhartnett@districtadministration.com Don’t miss our report on refurbished technology. Page 19 Sponsored by: 10 November/December 2010 District Administration

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of District Administration - November/December 2010

District Administration - November/December 2010
Contents
From the Editor
News Update
Administrator Profile
District Profile
Black Children Still Left Behind
ARRA Funds Empower Schools to Power Down
A Call for Technology Leadership
Readers Pick Top 100 Products of the Year
Going Mobile
Superintendent’s Insights
Supervisor’s Opinion
Professional Opinion
Student Counsel

District Administration - November/December 2010

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