District Administration December2017 - 1

FirstTake
Recommended
Reading
At DA's inaugural
STEM summit
this fall, I met
Becky Zalesnik,
an administrator
at Sheldon ISD
JD Solomon
in Texas, near
Editorial Director
Houston. I asked
about Hurricane
Harvey, and she told me that several
schools had been badly damaged. She
also described how the community
pulled together to ensure that children's
educations would not suffer. It's a
remarkable story, and we're pleased to
share it with you on page 20.
Also in this issue we look at a
move in some districts to avoid giving
students F's or zeros because recovering
from those grades is so difficult. For
insight into the reasoning behind these
policies, see our story on page 39.
Elsewhere in the issue we explore
the latest interventions, remediations
and accommodation strategies for
students with dyslexia. You'll also find
reports about community schooling
and social media policies.
And don't miss our New Products
Showcase. This is the launch of a
special annual advertising section
that catalogues new and innovative
products from leading K12 solution
providers. See page 58.
And elsewhere
When it comes to data, getting it turns
out to be a lot easier than using. But
Atlanta Public Schools has found a
way to get helpful data to teachers in
formats they can understand and use.
From The Hechinger Report, check out
"Making 'Big Data' Useful Rather
Than Scary for Teachers."
DAmag.me/atlanta
Until next time,

Eye Openers
"Children from poor families are worrying
less about tomorrow's test and more about
where their next meal is coming from
or whether they can walk safely in their
neighborhoods without getting shot."
-Benjamin Crump, civil rights attorney
and founder of Ben Crump Law, in "Back to 'colored only' schools?"
Source: Ocala Star-Banner, DAmag.me/ocala

Percent of black parents who think the education their children receive in
U.S. schools is as good as the education provided to white students:

19

(down from 22 in 2016)

Main reasons black parents cited for why their children
receive an inferior education:
Lack of funding
or limited access to resources: ...............

67%
Racial bias: .................................................... 42%
Lower teacher quality: ................................ 25%
Source: The Leadership Conference Education Fund, DAmag.me/nem

Global Ed News
TAJIKISTAN:
Students and
their families
in the remote
Rasht district
of Tajikistan
collect nuts and recycle scrap
metal and paper to rent textbooks. The law requires students
to rent books from the state.
Because many parents in the
rural district are unemployed and
cannot pay, they have turned to
alternate methods of fundraising.
The minister of education has
also proposed students pick cotton or potatoes to help pay.

Read more: DAmag.me/taj

www.DistrictAdministration.com

PARAGUAY: Paraguay's
education ministry
has banned all public
schools from teaching
about transgender issues and same-sex marriages, with Education Minister Enrique
Riera saying he would support burning,
in a public square, any books that spread
"gender theory" or "gender ideology." In
response, students released a petition
demanding gender and sexual education be provided in public schools. Under
pressure from conservative and religious
lobbies, Riera has ordered school administrators to extensively review all current
education texts.

Read more: DAmag.me/pgy

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