How Do You Achieve Quality When You Have Less?
Many schools are experiencing shrinking resources, hiring freezes, and continued accountability pressures—and are responding by using time, material resources, and educators' skills in innovative ways.
With 85 percent of U.S. school districts anticipating cuts to their funding this school year, how can we serve our students and ensure that each child, in each community, is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged?
In the December/January issue of ASCD's Educational Leadership, teachers and school leaders share how they've made scarce resources go farther, in terms of staff expertise, materials, coaching, and even the hours for learning in the day. What priorities should schools set when facing serious cutbacks? Spend some time during the school break to read up on what the experts say and get ready for a resourceful 2012:
- School finance experts share "Four Takes on Tough Times" and their thoughts about how to respond to the economic crisis.
- In "The Chance to Test Our Mettle," Carol Ann Tomlinson believes that when resources are scarce, we should reach for resourcefulness.
- Surveys can help you find out what families want for their children. Thomas R. Hoerr asks, "What are parents thinking?"
- Through interactive video and live streaming, students can study virtually anything. Explore "The Virtues of Video" with Jan Zanetis.
- District Technology Director Doug Johnson shares his top 10 strategies for stretching your technology dollar.
Find out how schools in Canada, India, and the United States are doing more with less and what low-cost, classroom-friendly websites and media readers recommend. This issue's video clip from Big Thought shows how a collaboration with a Dallas community center brought arts enrichment to a community in need.