What is the DA Leadership Institute?

The mission of the District Administration Leadership Institute (DALI) is to provide cutting-edge professional development to school district superintendents and other senior education executives to inspire innovation and leadership excellence in K12 education.

This mission is accomplished through top-tier live events focused on intensive networking and collaboration with innovative solution providers, and through engagement in virtual communities to promote ongoing discussion, debate, and the sharing of professional resources and leadership initiatives.

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Illinois district sends administrators back to school

Community Consolidated School District’s leadership academy is teaching administrators how to coach teachers
Lynn Russo Whylly
Originally published in: 
District Administration
March, 2014

Agua Fria UHSD raises the bar on preparing students for college and careers

Two years ago, the Agua Fria Union High School District, in Avondale, Ariz., launched the “College and Career Ready Index,” a measurement system designed to help improve students’ ability to succeed after high school. By spotlighting students’ strengths as well as the gaps in their high school portfolio, district administrators are hoping to guide them onto a path of success and increase the number of graduates who go to college. This would also make the district more attractive, bringing even more students into the district.

How standards-based are you?

The adoption of the Common Core State Standards will require a large-scale, institutional change that many schools and districts may not yet recognize. This white paper offers thought leadership on the strategy, structure, and processes needed for implementation of true standards-based instruction, including a helpful rubric.

Branford (Conn.) District Improves Teacher Evaluation

Branford (Conn.) Public Schools is successfully transforming its teacher evaluation system into a program more about constructive teacher improvement and less about state evaluation compliance. We were intrigued and decided to follow up with Superintendent Hamlet Hernandez on the details of the new program and how it works.

How Standards-based Are You?

The adoption of the Common Core State Standards will require a large-scale, institutional change that many schools and districts may not yet recognize. This white paper offers thought leadership on the strategy, structure, and processes needed for implementation of true standards-based instruction, including a helpful rubric.

ST Math: Higher Scores and Lower Frustration Levels

In a school with a large population of special needs and non-native English-speaking students, frustration and surrender are major challenges for the staff. Turns out an animated penguin can make life easier for everyone involved.

Benchmark Report on Implementing Online Learning

MDR and K12 recently conducted a survey of school and district administrators regarding their online learning programs. This report highlights the best practices and lessons learned in implementing online learning programs in K-12 schools.

How Standards-based Are You?

The adoption of Commore Core will require large-scale, institutional change. Here, you will find thought leadership on the strategy, structure and processes needed for implementation of true Standards-based instruction. 

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Putnam County Schools Boost TCAP Math Scores

The Putnam County School System achieved as much as an 11-point increase in test scores after implementing Evans Newton's mathematics professional development and coaching program.

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Understanding Common Core and the Need for Digital Literacy and 21st-Century Skills in the Classroom

The next generation of assessments like PARCC and Smarter Balanced are designed to assess the Common Core Standards and help prepare students to graduate high school being college and career ready. Succeeding on these assessments will require students to have the ability to apply digital literacy skills to demonstrate content understanding.

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