District Administration August 2017 - 1

FirstTake
Recommended
Reading
Welcome to our
August edition. We're
in the dog days of
summer, but while
most classrooms are
closed, cafeterias
JD Solomon
are open in many
Editorial Director
schools. In districts
where children
need nutritious meals year-round,
administrators have found ways to
overcome financial, logistical and other
challenges. Our report starts on page 22.
DA's annual summer construction
roundup, which begins on page 32,
features a visual tour of innovative
school designs, including a collection
of leading-edge learning spaces that
integrate technology, support projectbased learning, and focus on STEM and
vocational training.
Our technology stories this month
look at trends in digital citizenship
and issues related to software
interoperability. And for our semiannual Portrait of a Leader feature,
we sent Senior Associate Editor Matt
Zalaznick to Kansas City, Kansas, to
find out how Superintendent Cynthia
Lane and her team reorganize high
schools into career-oriented academies.
And elsewhere...
New Hampshire is at the forefront of
competency-based education. But new
teaching methods require new testing,
so the state decided to put teachers in
the driver's seat. The result is PACE,
short for Performance Assessment of
Competency Education. For a look
at how it's working, see Test Drive:
New Hampshire Teachers Build New
Ways to Measure Deeper Learning
in The Christian Science Monitor at
DAmag.me/d9.
Until next time,

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Eye Openers
"All students need to be deeply
known by the adults working with
them to support their learning. They
need to have transparency about
where they are in their progress
and what they need to do to meet
graduation standards."
- Leah Hamilton, education director, Barr Foundation
Source: The Hechinger Report, DAmag.me/e9

Taking care of public students with disabilities in U.S.

1 in 5

-Children with learning
and attention issues

1 in 16

-Children with
IEPs for learning
disabilities

1 in 50

-Children with
accommodations for
disabilities through civil
rights statute, Section 504

Source: National Center for Learning Disabilities,
"The State of Learning Disabilities: Understanding the 1 in 5," DAmag.me/c9

Global Ed News
Nation's progress
requires gender equality

PAKISTAN-Pakistani President
Mamnoon Hussain wants women to
play a larger role in education. He has
proposed that elementary and primary
schools be run by women because, he
says, women are better equipped to
prepare young students and empower
a new generation. Women have been
denied education in the strongly patriarchal society, and are often victims
in barbaric customs such as watta
satta (bride swapping) and honor killing, which the president wants to end.
Hussain is also stressing the importance of
allowing women to
vote and express their
opinions.
Read more:
DAmag.me/pks

Animated math lessons
boost skills

TANZANIA-Pre-K students in
Tanzania have shown academic
improvement after
tuning into "Ubongo
Kids," an animated
TV and web series
that teaches
interactive math concepts with fun,
catchy songs. The "edutainment"
show, one of the first of its kind in
the country, features three children
who use math skills to solve their
village's problems with help from
Mama Ndege (a talking bird),
Uncle T (a rapping giraffe) and Da
Chura (a vocabulary expert frog).
Students who watch the show have
demonstrated improved counting,
language and motor skills.
Read more: DAmag.me/tza

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