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Nontraditional Fundraising

Doctoral research at Kansas State University found a pervasive need for school district leaders to be educated about proactive steps for increasing grant and donor support.

The Ed.D. study by Brian D. Pekarek attempted to validate the guidance provided in a state handbook for maximizing nontraditional funding.

He found that a comprehensive handbook that blended theory, research and practice for instructional leaders on conducting effective campaigns on revenue generation would help develop a mindset for school leaders to focus on entrepreneurial leadership.

Copies of “Kansas school district leaders’ handbook for maximizing nontraditional donations and grant funding” are available from ProQuest at 800-521-0600 or disspub@proquest.com.



Increased School Time
A report from the Institute of Education Sciences says increasing learning time does not by itself always lead to positive results. Improvement was found in math and literacy with traditional instruction, literacy for students performing below standards and social-emotional skills for those with hyperactivity or attention deficit disorders.
Read the full report at: http://bit.ly/increased-learning-time.

District Spending
A report from the Center for American Progress indicates school productivity must improve, especially in low-capacity districts. Reasons include inconsistent spending priorities, funding disparities within the state and inconsistent budget practices between states.
The student recommends increased accounting transparency, targeted grants, inter-state cooperation and student-based funding policies.
Find the full report at http://bit.ly/return-on-ed-investment.

Mental Health
A new book by William Dikel, The Teacher’s Guide to Student Mental Health, addresses the various mental health problems encountered in schools, how they are diagnosed and treated and their effect on student learning.
Dikel describes effective classroom interventions for teachers and encourages the creation of district mental health plans that define the roles of all staff. Successful programs are highlighted.
The book is available on www.tinyurl.com/kcmjsrz.

Minority Boys
Proactive and intervention approaches are outlined in a report from MDRC on how to increase the economic and social chances of non-white boys. The report identifies both proven and promising programs to support these underperforming student subgroups.
Read the report at http://bit.ly/boost-life-chances.



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