Policy & Compliance

Arcadia Case Study

Arcadia USD engages community on a deeper level.

Arcadia Unified in southern California is a destination school district heavily focused on preparing its 10,000 students for Ivy League post secondary opportunities. The District’s parent community is highly motivated and expects to be involved in the decisions that affect their children’s education.

Chula Vista Case Study

Multi-lingual platform engages thousands in genuine, two-way dialogue

With nearly 30,000 students in 45 schools, Chula Vista Elementary School District is the largest K-6 district in the state of California. In 2014, the challenges of engaging a community of its size intensified with the introduction of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The state-mandated funding plan requires meaningful input from all stakeholder groups.

Integrating community input in a district's planning process

Iowa's Linn-Mar CSD in Iowa faced challenges to efficiently obtain community input and feedback. The district also needed a new strategic plan. To make the planning process as public and transparent as possible, Linn-Mar CSD incorporated community dialogue tools to discover the broad themes that were important to the staff, parents and community.

Kentucky superintendent Powell turns around three districts in seven years

Joshua Powell is something of a turnaround expert. In his first administrative role at Cloverport (Ky.) Independent, he achieved the highest gains on record in one year, rising in the rankings from 165 to 55, and finally to 9. Then he went to Union County and turned that district around, going from 161 to 52 in three years. Now, he’s leading a team that has taken the Montgomery County Schools from 131 to 47 in one year—and is on track to be in the top 10 by the end of this year. Here’s how he’s doing it.

When Being Fired Becomes an Epiphany

This Illinois superintendent went corporate and then returned to education with a greater focus.

Being fired as chief of the Lyons Elementary School District in Illinois a decade ago was the best thing to happen to Raymond Lauk, at least career-wise. It forced him down a path to the corporate world, specifically GE Security, as the education solutions manager, which taught him how to focus and to later create better school environments.

Angela Pascopella

Originally published in: 

District Administration
May, 2013

Rebuilding Trust in New York

Following a financial scandal a decade ago, this district bounced back stronger than ever.

Just 20 miles from Manhattan sits the community of Roslyn Heights, N.Y., where its 3,300 students are among the best and brightest, consistently scoring above county, state, and national averages on standardized tests and College Board exams. In the last few years, the Roslyn (N.Y.) Public Schools implemented the latest technology and exposed students to world culture. 

Lauren Williams

Originally published in: 

District Administration
May, 2013

Superintendent Capolupo Goes to Washington

Pennsylvania superintendent gets two chances to promote unique literacy building.

Last August, Superintendent Jim Capolupo stood in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building—a grand building in Washington, D.C. a stone’s throw from the White House—where he was invited to tell his story about his school district, Springfield (Pa.) Public Schools.

Jennifer Elise Chase

Originally published in: 

District Administration
January, 2013

One Retires, One Takes on New Challenges

Q&A with the outgoing and incoming executive directors of the Nevada Association of School Administrators

Ralph Cadwallader, executive director of the Nevada Association of School Administrators, is retiring effective Sept. 30, 2012 after serving for 14 years. Elizabeth Fraser, formerly assistant executive director of NASA, has been named executive director effective October 1. The District spoke with both about the association and what still needs to be done.

RALPH CADWALLADER

September, 2012

A Third Meal at School

The after-school supper program provides a late-day meal for students.

In Dec. 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which provides federal funds for an after-school dinner program in schools where at least half the students qualify for free or reduced-price lunches. Kansas City (Mo.) Public Schools serves a population of 16,000 students, and 84 percent qualify for free and reduced-price lunches.

Courtney Williams

Originally published in: 

District Administration
August, 2012

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