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Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2013
Recalling the myth of Sisyphus repeatedly pushing the same boulder up a mountain in his new book, author and educator Frederick M. Hess explains how the K12 education leadership is faltering, and how it can rise above. "Cage-Busting Leadership" (Harvard Education Press, February 2013) is a new book and consequently, a small, growing…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Principals, Superintendents, Educational Finance
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2012
Predicting the future is now in the hands of K12 administrators. While for years districts have collected thousands of pieces of student data, educators have been using them only for data-driven decision-making or formative assessments, which give a "rear-view" perspective only. Now, using predictive analysis--the pulling together of data over…
Descriptors: Expertise, Prediction, Decision Making, Data
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2011
A district is as stable and grounded as its superintendent, according to some leaders and education experts. And given findings in a recent report from the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS), which specifically states that the average tenure of urban superintendents increased from 2.3 years in 1999 to 3.6 years in 2010, an increase of 56…
Descriptors: School Districts, Superintendents, Job Security, Politics of Education
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2011
Starting one's first job as a school superintendent can be daunting. The job has become even tougher now because new superintendents don't have the luxury of expanding successful programs or reducing class sizes given the struggling economy. A new superintendent coming on board has to be incredibly savvy and a communicator to survive long enough…
Descriptors: Class Size, Superintendents, Administrator Effectiveness, Educational Change
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2011
Three of nine school buildings that have won the latest Educational Facility Design Awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education stand out from the crowd of other school buildings because they are sustainable and are connected to the nature that surrounds them. They are: (1) Thurston Elementary…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Design, Architecture, Awards, Facility Guidelines
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2011
Between 1979 and 2008, the number of school-age children (ages 5-17) in the United States who spoke a language other than English at home increased from 3.8 to 10.9 million, or from 9 to 21 percent of the population in this age range, according to the latest figures from the National Center on Education Statistics (NCES). The NCES also reveals…
Descriptors: Community Leaders, Private Schools, Immersion Programs, Dropout Rate
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2010
When President Obama first signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), he took much criticism for spending more money--$787 billion more--when the nation was reeling from decades-old debt, a more than 9 percent unemployment rate and a mortgage crisis. But this measure has allowed public school district leaders to invest in…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Construction, Educational Facilities, School Funds
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2010
In more districts than ever, Response-to-Intervention programs are gaining ground, nipping learning problems in the bud and keeping more students out of unnecessary special education classes, which is the goal. RTI, a multi-tier intervention used to diagnose and address potential learning or behavioral problem early, is also increasing in…
Descriptors: Intervention, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning Disabilities, Early Intervention
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2010
This article discusses the life of Carlos A. Garcia, superintendent at the San Francisco Unified School District. Garcia was born in Chicago, but his parents shortly thereafter moved back to their homeland of Mexico for a few years. When Garcia was almost 5, his family moved to Los Angeles, where his parents worked in factories and Garcia was…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Academic Achievement, School Districts, Minority Groups
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2009
Liz Kolb started her education career as a teacher of middle and high school social studies in Wyoming City Schools in Cincinnati. She was also a teacher and technology coordinator at Grandview Heights City Schools in Columbus, where she adamantly opposed cell phones in school until she had an "ah-ha" moment. She then founded the Web site Cell…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2009
This article profiles Cathleen Norris, a Regents Professor in the department of Learning Technologies at the University of North Texas and co-creator of GoKnow Learning who encourages teachers to use cell phones in lessons. As a middle and high school math teacher for 14 years in the Norman (Oklahoma) School District and Dallas (Texas) Independent…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teaching Methods, Mathematics Instruction, Secondary School Mathematics
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2009
This article profiles Wanda Bamberg, superintendent of the Aldine (Texas) Independent School District. Bamberg is used to high expectations regardless of the circumstances. She is a firecracker of sorts who talks much and expects much from her staff members, teachers, and students, who are mostly at-risk, Black and Hispanic, and economically…
Descriptors: School Districts, Superintendents, Profiles, Expectation
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2008
With every new case of school violence, district leaders are urged to be proactive in hopes of averting potential violence. Experts say part of that proactive work comes from a threat assessment plan that every district should have. While every district that receives funds from the U.S. Department of Education for school safety is required to have…
Descriptors: Violence, School Safety, School Districts, Evaluation
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2008
Web 2.0 tools and technologies, or second generation tools, help districts to save time and money, and eliminate the need to transfer or move files back and forth across computers. Many Web 2.0 tools help students think critically and solve problems, which falls under the 21st-century skills. The second-generation tools are growing in popularity…
Descriptors: Internet, Strategic Planning, Technology Planning, Information Technology
Pascopella, Angela – District Administration, 2008
This article discusses one of the best defenses against a violent threat in schools -- practicing emergency and lockdown drills. In some buildings, classroom doors lack locks and exterior doors are old. Other buildings have public announcement systems that do not work well throughout a school building, or that lack speakers in restrooms. Still…
Descriptors: Emergency Programs, School Buildings, Learning Experience, Drills (Practice)
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