2013 July/August Advocate

2013 July/August Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate
Wired for summer
Some Henderson County students are battling the summer retention gap and don’t even know it. They get help maintaining what they learned the prior school year every time they board a school bus with brightly-painted designs on the outside…and rows of computers inside.
 
Wi-Fi on the move
Add buses to the list of school-related products preceded by the word “smart.” School buses equipped with Wi-Fi debuted this summer in several school districts as part of a pilot program, and those districts are finding lots of ways “anywhere, anytime” learning can be used. 
Superintendent exodus
A bumper crop of mostly experienced superintendents retired, changed jobs or otherwise threw in the towel this year. What are the factors that are spurring these exits and how will the loss of institutional knowledge affect Kentucky’s educational progress?
 
School safety
School shootings were on everyone’s mind at this year’s Safe Schools and Communities conference, but the keynote speaker encouraged educators to broaden their focus to other potential dangers when making emergency response plans. 
 
Summer Leadership Institute coverage
Foresee the four Cs
If you think your students are ready for the 21st century because the state has adopted (and renamed) the Common Core State Standards, think again. That was the message from Ken Kay, the keynote speaker at this year’s Summer Leadership Institute, who wants boards to think about “the four Cs.”
 
Hands-on learning
It was a little bit field trip and a little bit show-and-tell. An inaugural preconference session at this year’s Summer Leadership Institute offered board members a chance to learn more about the school construction process with a visit to a spanking new school nearby.
From the magazine
 
On the Cover
It hardly resembles a school bus on either the inside or outside, but the Henderson County Schools Brain Bus “transports” children to a learning environment when it visits neighborhoods in the district during the summer.  The Wi-Fi-equipped mobile computer lab began as a community-school system project that the district now fully operates.

About the magazine
The Kentucky School Advocate is published 10 times a year by the Kentucky School Boards Association. Copies are mailed to KSBA members as part of their association membership. One additional issue each year is published exclusively on KSBA’s website.
 
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