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Self-sufficiency
solves problems

Supporting students in their lives outside
school pays off in the classroom

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Index of Winners
Administrative leadership

26

At-risk / ELL

30

Career readiness

36

CIO / Edtech

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Community / Family partnerships

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Data-driven decision-making

50

Health and wellness

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Professional development

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Social-emotional learning

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STEM

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Summer programs

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oday's education leaders increasingly take it
upon themselves to tackle the external challenges their students and teachers confront
beyond school hours. These varied solutions
also stretch back into classrooms to enhance instruction and increase achievement.
The 45 schools and systems recognized by this year's
District of Distinction program have created homegrown initiatives to support students' social-emotional
development, to provide powerful new opportunities
for career-focused STEM learning and to improve the
skills of educators.
Our most remote honoree (by far) serves students
on Prince of Wales Island in southern Alaska, which
can be reached only by boat or seaplane. Administrators in the Southeast Island School District connected
learning with nutrition. To get once-scarce and expensive fresh fruit to students, educators there built greenhouses-powered by wood boilers and fertilized by a
fish farm-for students to manage.
More districts have also made mental health a high
priority. Ocean City School District in New Jersey and
Hamburg Central School District in New York, for
example, have engaged their communities and implemented professional development to ensure adults
know how to respond when students are struggling
emotionally. Rural districts, meanwhile, continue to
provide advanced science instruction far away from
college campuses, major corporations and other urban
resources. In Texas, educators at tiny Comstock ISD
near the Mexico border have teamed students with
archaeologists to digitally map a local cemetery and to
document cave paintings.
The solutions on the following pages serve as models
for other districts, and cover the K12 spectrum, from
English language learners to dropout prevention to
data-driven decision-making to water conservation.
For more information about Districts of Distinction, including a list of current and past honorees, visit
districtadministration.com/dod.
-Matt Zalaznick

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