Meeting District Needs
Education news, analysis, and opinion about the strategies companies can use to work more effectively with their school district partners.
- Meeting District Needs Districts' Back-to-School Shopping List: Masks, Gloves, Sanitizers and $25 Billion to Pay for ItWhen his staff’s tally for buying personal protective equipment reached $600,000, one superintendent said: “stop because we’re already bankrupt.”Meeting District Needs Coronavirus Squeezes Supply of Chromebooks, iPads, and Other Digital Learning DevicesSchool districts are competing against each other for purchases of digital devices as remote learning expands to schools across the country.Meeting District Needs Video Strategies for Winning and Retaining K-12 BusinessK-12 district leaders often feel misled by vendors during the purchasing process, especially when what’s promoted in a sales pitch doesn’t match up with reality. Having the right people at the table, providing information on data privacy and interoperability, and launching pilot projects can go a long way toward building new business and earning renewals.Meeting District Needs Open Educational Resources Fill Gap for Underserved StudentsThe NAACP advocates the use of OER as a way to equalize learning resources at scale for all students, write Lisa Petrides and Barbara Dezmon.Meeting District Needs 'Red Flags' to Look for When Evaluating Personalized Learning ProductsEducators are asking tougher questions to sort the real personalized learning potential from the empty promises of some ed-tech products and services.Meeting District Needs Tech 'Convert' Helps Head Network's Personalized Learning PushDespite his low-tech background, Summit Public Schools' CAO is central to the charter network's move toward customized student learning.Meeting District Needs Opinion How Houston Schools Are Making Houston a Great Global CityHouston is rapidly becoming a great global city. Houston schools are a big part of the success story. So when next month when Superintendent Terry Grier steps down, he should deserve a lot of credit for his contribution to Space City.Meeting District Needs Districts Struggle to Judge Ed-Tech Pilot ProjectsA study suggests that school officials and technology developers often fail to set clear standards for gauging the success of those trial runs and for gathering teacher and student feedback.Meeting District Needs Education Week Launches Content-Sharing With PBS NewsHourThe news organization will develop a dozen or more television segments for the NewsHour over the next year, expanding its education coverage for a broader audience.Meeting District Needs Opinion A Quick Letter to Ed-Tech SalespeopleOne of my bigger frustrations is getting form letter emails from companies trying to sell our school district some form of educational technology. As we head into another school year, I thought I would offer a bit of advice to vendors out there who would like to work with our school district.Meeting District Needs Parent Checklist Flags Key Questions for Boosting AdvocacyThe U.S. Department of Education and several organizations have released a checklist of questions for parents seeking to ensure their children are receiving a quality education.Meeting District Needs Opinion Suburban Districts Shouldn't Hire Detectives to Keep Students OutSome suburban districts hire detectives and even take families to court, to keep out students, often low income and students of color, from nearby urban districts. I think this is awful. I found many status quo defenders (and I don't see you as one of them) who believe this is perfectly ok.