Back-office business: How Schools GET IT DONE.
Students Overcome Enormous Obstacles to
Become Successful Readers
Challenge: A 12-year-old girl with a physical disability
went from a “wild child” in her Florida classroom to a
studious, confident learner. A fifth grader with autism
in Louisiana is now on the honor roll. In Houston, an
eighth-grade girl with bipolar disorder who was unable to
express her thoughts earned a high score on last year’s
state reading exam and is writing a book about growing
up with bipolar disorder.
Solution: These three children, along with six others, are
Scholastic’s 2011 READ 180 All-Star Award winners. They all went from being struggling
students to being confident readers.
Rhode Island Schools Adopt SIS
Challenge: Four districts, comprising nearly 45 schools and
18,000 students, were looking for a student-information system
that would let them house several applications in one package.
Solution: The districts jointed 70 other schools in their state
by going with Follett Software Company’s Web-based platform,
Aspen SIS. The SIS lets the schools manage student and staff
records, demographics, scheduling, attendance, discipline, grade
book, special education, and much more.
Choosing the Right Network-Management Tool
Challenge: Monroe (Louisiana) City School District
had to figure out a way to keep track of its network
infrastructure’s health and performance.
Solution: The district chose SolarWinds to monitor
network health and diagnose network problems before they affect end users.
Ohio Districts Sign WAN Deals
Challenge: A pair of Ohio districts wanted to increase their network application
offerings without worrying about bandwidth.
Solution: The districts signed a 10-year agreement with UPN to lease data services
over a fiber-optic wide area network, consolidate their data centers, and offer voice and
digital video for the long term.
Challenge: New York districts
needed help with their
state data reporting.
Solution: CertifySIRS, from
Certica Solutions, is a hosted
that lets schools validate and
monitor data directly from
their student-information and
Comes to a
Challenge: The White
Plains (New York) City School
District wanted to provide
development but had a limited
Solution: The district purchased
eTeachables for Visual
Learning, an online PD package
with more than 400
video tutorials on integrating
technology into instruction.