District Administration September 2017 - 1

FirstTake
Recommended
Reading
Welcome to our
September edition.
Remember report
card grades for nonacademic skills like
"works well with
JD Solomon
others?" Well,
Editorial Director
there's a new twist
on that called digital badging. These
microcredentials allow educators to
recognize students for future-ready skills
that may not be reflected on grades or
tests. Our report on the badging trend
begins on page 48.
Elsewhere in this issue, we look at
some new approaches to intervention for
students who are struggling academically,
emotionally or behaviorally (page 40).
We also report on ways districts control
personnel costs without compromising
instructional quality and operational
efficiency (page 45).
Also this month, our editorial
team is launching work on our annual
Outlook Report, to be published in
January. We invite readers to participate
in this project by filling out a survey
about emerging trends and changes in
K12 education. To contribute, go to
DAmag.me/outlook18.
And elsewhere...
A few years ago, when administrators
at Vista USD in California sought
feedback from students about their
education experience, one word rose
to the surface: "irrelevant." They
responded with a personalized learning
initiative in the high school that helped
the school win a $10 million prize from
the national nonprofit XQ Super School
Project. For a look at one school's
dramatic turnaround, read "When
Personalized Learning Includes
Skateboarding," from The Hechinger
Report. DAmag.me/skate
Until next time,

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Eye Openers
"Those who participate in the arts are more
likely to do well in math and science and be
involved in civics. They benefit from socialemotional learning that helps them manage
their emotions, be aware of themselves and
succeed later in life."
-Karen LaShelle, executive director, Creative Action nonprofit
Source: The Washington Post, DAmag.me/m9

Shift in ethnicity makeup
Between 2000 and 2016, the percentage of white and Hispanic school
children, ages 5 to 17, changed

In 2000

In 2016

62
16

52
25

- Percentage of school
children who were white
-Percentage who were
Hispanic

- Percentage who were
white
-Percentage who were
Hispanic

Source: "Status and Trends in the Education of Racial & Ethnic Groups
2017" report from the U.S. Department of Education, DAmag.me/n9

Global Ed News
Bold steps in Mideast

SAUDI ARABIA-School-age girls
in Saudi Arabia can now participate
in physical education classes, a
controversial change in the strict
Islamic nation's education system.
Conservative religious leaders have
long considered activities such as
exercise improper for young girls or
women, who are also still prohibited
from driving. The initiative is part of
a national effort to encourage more
sports and exercise to combat high
rates of obesity. Saudi Arabia is also
gradually increasing
other opportunities
for women in hopes
of expanding its
workforce.
Read more:
DAmag.me/sda

Immigrant-friendly education

SWEDEN-Sweden accommodates
its growing number of refugees and
asylum-seekers with a progressive
education policy that includes the right
to instruction in a student's native
tongue. As one of the countries that is
more accepting of refugees, Sweden
allows children to attend schools upon
arrival and immediately integrates
them with the general student population. But the influx of new students
(Sweden accepted nearly 160,000
refugees in 2015 alone) has put a strain
on an already thin
teacher pool-
creating concerning teacher shortages.
Read more:
DAmag.me/swd

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