Technology

Tom On Point: Red flag on ESSA backsliding

Thomas J. Gentzel

Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) late last year has been the cause of much celebration by those of us who believed the fulcrum in education policymaking was badly in need of a reset. For decades, the federal role has grown, coercing state leaders and local school officials to change their practices in order to be eligible for funding from Washington. In the wake of state budget cuts and the recession of 2008, the need for such financial support assumed added urgency.

NSBA Capitol Hill Letter on Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587)

NSBA urges the House’s passage of this bill. NSBA, representing more than 90,000 local school board members across the nation, working with and through our state associations, supports the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” (H.R. 5587). This bipartisan legislation reflects the concerted effort among our school districts, communities, business and industry, and institutions of higher education to ensure that our students are prepared to succeed in the workforce.

Coachella Valley Unified School District Site Visit Agenda

Wednesday, October 19

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration and Opening Reception

Fantasy Springs Resort, 12th Floor
84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio, CA

Tom On Point: Unacceptable irony

Thomas J. Gentzel

Like the tiles in a mosaic, each interesting on its own but collectively presenting a separate image, the current state of public education in America generally does not appear as a complete picture when reading individual news stories or research studies. The challenges facing public schools are many, but together they conspire to threaten this most vital institution if left unaddressed.

Coachella Valley Unified School District

Coachella Valley Unified School District

"Innovative Strategies and Practices to Prepare Students for College, Career, Citizenship and Life: The Coachella Valley Unified School District Way!”

October 19 – 21, 2016
Thermal, CA

From the Editor: The new divide

Kathleen Vail

I recently traveled to Wyoming on a business trip. My hosts warned me that my GPS probably wouldn’t work in some of the more remote areas. In fact, most of the time when I was not hooked up to a Wi-Fi network, I couldn’t use my cellphone.

Promising Enterprises

2016 Technology Innovation Showcase boosts up-and-coming technology solutions

Ann Lee Flynn

There once was a parrot, an armadillo, 75 board members, a zoo educator, and a class of third-graders in Ohio. This collection of random facts represents one of my most memorable moments associated with the off-site programming I host during the NSBA annual conference.

Handling social media crises

With social media, misinformation travels at the speed of light, according to officials at Nebraska’s Lincoln Public Schools. In a Monday session entitled, “Purple Penguins and Icebergs: The Slippery Slope of Social Media, Trolls, and Going Viral” at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Boston, they explained how their district became the focus of unwanted national publicity regarding accommodation of a transgender student.

Every student, every day in North Carolina

Have you heard of “edutourism”? It’s traveling to observe a high-performing school district.

One of the best examples is Mooresville, North Carolina – a town of 32,000 with three claims to fame: (1) it’s home to a number of NASCAR drivers, (2) Lowe’s Companies is headquartered there and (3) it has an acclaimed school district that has been favorably profiled in numerous education journals as well as mainstream media.

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