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Schachter, Ron – District Administration, 2013
English as a Second Language programs have historically focused on Spanish-speaking students, but the ESL map is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is challenging K12 schools to cope with a burgeoning number of different native languages--more than 100 in some locations--as new immigrants arrive in districts across the country. The number…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Programs, English Language Learners, Public Schools
DeNisco, Alison – District Administration, 2012
Students taking the "How to Make (Almost) Anything" class at Mahtomedi High School in Mahtomedi, Minn. can literally make almost anything--from chess pieces to cups to chairs, and DVD cases to clocks to lampshades--right in their classroom. And besides getting a daily dose of amazement, these students are making history in the first…
Descriptors: Enrollment, Engineering Education, Engineering, Public Schools
Schachter, Ron – District Administration, 2012
For generations, teachers in the early elementary years have urged their young pupils to use their brains. They're still offering the same encouragement, but nowadays they can know even more about what they're talking about. Recent advances in neuroscience--from detailed scans of the brain to ongoing research on teaching methods that increase…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Brain, Cognitive Development, Learning Readiness
Schachter, Ron – District Administration, 2010
When Saul Lerner became director of physical education, athletics, and health for the Bellmore-Merrick (New York) School District 14 years ago, football, soccer, basketball, and floor hockey were staples of most physical education classes on Long Island and around the rest of the country. The mindset of physical educators was to emphasize sports…
Descriptors: Physical Education, Team Sports, Educational Change, Physical Activities
Dessoff, Alan – District Administration, 2009
It's no surprise that school districts are as vulnerable to fraud as the private sector or any other segment of government. Crimes in districts include collusion with outside vendors who provide kickbacks to employees, misuse of district-issued credit cards, embezzlement of district funds, and theft of district property. "Fraud happens…
Descriptors: School Districts, Deception, Antisocial Behavior, Crime
Vogel, Carl – District Administration, 2009
This article discusses recovery high schools which are designed specifically to serve students who have been through a professional substance abuse treatment program and are working to stay away from drugs and alcohol. The schools typically serve multiple districts and are funded from both the per-pupil state funds that follow a student and what…
Descriptors: High Schools, Substance Abuse, Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse
Patt, Mary Johnson – District Administration, 2009
Increasing numbers of school districts are starting the higher education drumbeat by the freshman year of high school, employing 21st-century technology such as the popular career-based software developed by Naviance to help students map their school and life journeys. But what is the first step in inspiring those teens to define and pursue their…
Descriptors: Internet, Educational Technology, Career Planning, Goal Orientation
Schachter, Ron – District Administration, 2009
For many schools, "Going Green" once meant turning out the lights after leaving the classroom, filling the recycle bins, and celebrating Earth Day. Not anymore. Although such activities remain staples of environmentally conscious school systems, that consciousness has exploded in an era of high energy prices, global warming threats, and…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), School Districts, School Buildings, Standards
Butler, Kevin – District Administration, 2008
Parents of children in most elementary grades in Minnesota's Independent School District 191 receive an annual notice with potentially life-altering data for their children--and they are not state test scores, attendance rates, or grades. The notice contains the child's body mass index (BMI) score, which estimates whether the student has excess…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Obesity, Body Composition, Hypertension