How automation keeps student bullies in check—both in-person and remote.

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How automation keeps student bullies in check—both in-person and remote.
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Even a pandemic won’t stop bad student behavior and in many cases inflames it. In this conversation with eSchool News, Laura Lockhart, director of student services of Keller Independent School District in Texas talks about how the district digitally updated their bullying reporting process to keep students safe and meet federal reporting regulations.…Read More

STEM in the time of COVID—How one district keeps innovating in “The Weirds.”

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STEM in the time of COVID—How one district keeps innovating in “The Weirds.”
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Like every educator, Frank Pileiro has had to pivot. As Supervisor of Technology at Linwood Board of Education in South Jersey, he has the added pressure of overseeing their robust maker space programs while managing the current hybrid teaching setup. In this conversation with eSchool News, Frank explains how to keep engaging students, even if it’s from a distance.…Read More

Looking For The Little Wins

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Looking For The Little Wins
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Everyone has a crazy COVID story. For Brigantine, NJ Superintendent Glenn Robbins, it goes something like this—lead a school district through a global pandemic having hardly met the students, parents, or faculty. In this conversation with eSchool News, Glenn details the never-ending variables of getting back to school in 2020 and how the priority should be well-being first. In some cases, technology can help not hinder.…Read More

Game On—How one district is using gaming to build community and serve student well being.

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Game On—How one district is using gaming to build community and serve student well being.
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James O’Hagan is not playing around. As Director of Digital and Virtual Learning for the Racine Unified School District in Wisconsin, his job entails not just managing the virtual learning program in response to the pandemic, but also supporting library services, as well as developing his passion project of Esports. In this conversation with eSchool News, James talks about the essential role Esports can play when it comes to student health, mental wellness, social-emotional learning, as well as connecting to collegiate and career pathways.…Read More

Time to Get Real—How one rural district is dealing with both connectivity and equality for fall.

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Time to Get Real—How one rural district is dealing with both connectivity and equality for fall.
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For Todd Dugan, Superintendent of Bunker Hill CUSD #8, a small, remote district in Southern Illinois, issues surrounding back-to-school COVID-19 style are not abstract but all too real. In this conversation with eSchool News, Todd tries to keep the glass half full as he looks to take advantage of these incredible disruptions to education.…Read More

A Device in Every Hand—How one district handles the chaos of pandemic asset management

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A Device in Every Hand—How one district handles the chaos of pandemic asset management
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For Sandra Paul, Director of Director Of Information Technology at the Township of Union Public Schools in Northern New Jersey, the goal is simple—every one of the 7,200 kids in her district must have a device this fall. How to accomplish this? Not so simple. In this conversation with eSchoolnews, Sandra details her asset management tactics for whatever scenario her district winds up with—in person, hybrid, or remote.…Read More

Feedback and Flexibility—Two Keywords for One District’s Goal for Fall.

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Feedback and Flexibility—Two Keywords for One District’s Goal for Fall.
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As the newly installed Director of Student Information at Barrington School District in suburban Chicago (IL), a district with 9,000 students and 13 schools, Phil Hintz has an added challenge to an already impossible situation—discover unprecedented solutions in an entirely new environment. In this conversation with eSchool News, Phil details how the district is reinventing itself through data collection, making tough logistical decisions, and inspiring both faculty and parents to stretch their imaginations when it comes to instruction.…Read More

Professional Development Pandemic Style—How one District Is Prepping Staff For Success

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Professional Development Pandemic Style—How one District Is Prepping Staff For Success
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Jon Castelhano, Executive Director of Technology at Gilbert Public Schools in suburban Phoenix, Arizona, is making lemonade. Instead of stopgap measures to make it through the COVID-19 crisis, his district is crafting strategic changes with an eye toward the long term. These are ideas long talked about but never implemented in the 40 schools that serve 34,000 students. For it to work, faculty need to reinvent themselves too. In this conversation with eSchool News, Jon describes how they intend to do just that.…Read More

Stepping Back To Succeed—How one district is dealing with the intangibles of the unthinkable.

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Stepping Back To Succeed—How one district is dealing with the intangibles of the unthinkable.
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Forget about tech for a minute. For Adam Phyall, Director of Technology and Media Services for Newton County School System (GA), connectivity, communication, and emotional support are what is key for district success during the pandemic. In his discussion with eSchool News, Adam talks about the big picture challenges the next school year brings for his students, parents, faculty, and administration and how he plans to deal with them.…Read More