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Web based Daylight Savings Time testing site
invented by Jeff Williams U of MN staff member
I created a web site that can detect if your computer will accurately
spring ahead at the new, earlier time.  It can tell if you are using
current DST'07 rules, earlier DST rules, EU Summertime, no DST at all
(like in non-Navajo areas of Arizona), or if it is unable to detect.
It then shows the results in large Red, Yellow, or Green dots to be
easy for end-users.

One Woman's Journey Wednesday,
 March 21, 2:00 p.m. (E.D.T.), 1:00 p.m. CST
To attend, go to

"Left my family and started on my long trip across the plains." With
these quiet words, Mary Ringo began the tale of her family's journey
from Missouri to Utah.  Join us as we follow her wagons across the
plains through storms and desert, disease, Indian attacks, and death.
Focusing on a single document, Sheridan Harvey, Library of Congress
Reference Specialist for Women's Studies, uses other first-person
accounts, maps, and photographs to augment Mary's story and to explore
the rich history of America's overland journeys.
Type your name and click "Enter" to go into the online room.  A small
software applet will download to your computer as you enter the room.
All that is needed is an Internet connection, sound card, and speakers.
A headset with microphone will enable you to speak to the group.
Note:  Use of Internet Explorer is recommended.  Log on 5 minutes early
to allow for the web conference software to be downloaded automatically
to your computer.
For more information about upcoming programs, see Online Programming
for All Libraries (OPAL) at http://www.opal-online.org/progschrono.htm.

The American Dream found in Community Schools
How can American schools, where more than half the students are
children of color, who speak little English, and come from poor
families defy the odds and begin to thrive? People seem to have
purpose and feel safe, writes Lisa Villarreal for "Our Children" PTA's
national magazine. What Stevenson does is not a new intervention or
strategy; it's actually a return to the historical idea of schools as
the center of community.

Ex-Teacher, Suing L.I. School District, Says She Was Accused of Witchcraft

Public Education LEF Local Education Fund Handbook
The handbook begins with a brief introduction to the structure and
mission of Public Education Network and then goes on to provide
step-by-step information on how to establish and run a local education
fund. It is designed to be a reference for those starting an LEF, as
well as an operational tool and checklist for leaders of existing
LEFs. Specific information includes: How to start an LEF; Steps to
organize a 501c3; Creating a strong board of directors; Sample mission
statements; Building partnerships; Budgets; Fundraising tips; and much
more. Click below to order your copy today.

School hires new head of technology after data thefts
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio University hired a new technology chief who will be
in charge of computer systems that hackers once breached, compromising
personal information of alumni, students and staff.

Student Testing, Student Assessment and; Test Preparation
Test Preparation: How to Help Your Kids Do Well on Standardized Tests

Superintendent Leadership Leads the Team
In the cover article for the March 2007 issue of School Administrator,
Tim Waters and Robert Marzano of McREL report on the strong connection
between superintendent leadership and student achievement they found
in their research.

Child Care Centers need to be Inspected by the State
Many states are lax in their regulation and oversight of child-care
centers, according to a new nationwide survey by the National
Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies. The report,
"We Can Do Better," said eight states do not even require annual
inspections of child care centers. Regarding staff, the report said 21
states have no minimum educational requirement for child care
teachers; it said only New Jersey and the Defense Department require
center directors to have a bachelor's degree

Girls Suspended for Saying Vagina in School
The Junior girls had been warned by teachers not to say it.
But they did anyway and were punished by their affluent school. The
debate about
censorship and about what constitutes vulgar language.
Is vagina, or the "v-word," as some have referred to it, such a bad word?

Student's Free Speech Rights

Special Edition for Women and Girls

School's Rights vs. Student's rights Online

How much does a world class K-12 Education Cost?
Ohio officials say $2.4 billion to $4.8 billion in new money. Ohio
should spend as much as 31 percent more on public education
for such changes as longer school years, lower pupil-teacher ratios
and significant improvements in early education.

Survey by the College Board and the Art & Science Group, shows students
wish their parents were more involved in the college search and
application process.

Why Hispanic Kids Fall Behind. It's the Language problem.
The National Task Force on Early Childhood Education for Hispanics
Inadequate supply of affordable preschool seats in many Hispanic communities,
a lack of information for Hispanic parents on the programs that are available,
and language barriers with program operators.

What bugged me a lot about Happy Feet winning the oscar was how they
NEVER (written into his contract) mentioned Savion Glover
the best tap dancer in the world who performed the moves for the
penguin Mumble in Happy Feet. "Celebrate Brooklyn Series"
They put him in front of a blue screen and then drew the characters
using his feet (body) then nobody says anything at the oscar when it won.
Too bad for the world of dance! <Karen>

Proposed age-verification law in CT for social network websites
proposed $5000. per violation

Myspace CSO explains who they handle security

A Do-It-Yourself Social Network
Ning puts users in control of their social networks,
letting them add videos, discussion forums, and more.

Habbo recently completed its Teen Online Safety Awareness Month,

Free Wiki for the Education Classroom

The Great Firewall of China
is a filtering system that sits on the edge of
China's connection to the internet.

Comic Book on Copyright Law
from Duck University can be downloaded for free.


Grants and Scholarships

"Professional Development Travel Program to Galapagos Islands"
Toyota's Institute of International Education is offering a
professional development program for teachers to travel to the
Galapagos Islands.
Maximum Award: fully-funded, ten-day trip to the Galapagos.
Eligibility: teachers grades 7-12.
Deadline: April 23, 2007.

"Parent Group of the Year Contest"
PTO Today's Parent Group of the Year Contest is an excellent
opportunity to showcase your hard work while giving your school the
chance to win cash and prizes.
Maximum Award: $8,000.
Eligibility: all parent groups -- PTO, PTA, HSA, PTC, etc.; public and
private schools; rural, suburban, and urban schools.
Deadline: May 31, 2007.

"Equipping High-achieving Low-income Students to Apply Successfully to
Leading Schools"
Questbridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to giving
high-achieving low-income students resources during the college
application process, is accepting applications for its College Prep
Program for High School Juniors.
Maximum Award: full scholarship to summer program, college admissions
counseling, and attendance at college preparatory conferences.
Eligibility: Qualified low-income High School Juniors.
Deadline: March 31, 2007

"NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants"
The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants provides funds to
improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools
and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The
proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem
solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter.
The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry,
self-directed learning, and critical reflection.
Maximum Award: $5,000.
Eligibility: K-12 public school teachers, education support
professionals, and higher education faculty and staff at public
colleges and universities.
Deadline: June 1, 2007.

"Grants to Improve Health of Vulnerable Populations"
The Local Initiative Funding Partners Program is a partnership program
between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and local grantmakers to
fund promising, original projects to significantly improve the health
of vulnerable people in their communities. Maximum Award: $500,000 in
matching funds.
Eligibility: projects must be new, innovative, collaborative and
community-based; projects must be nominated by a local grantmaker
interested in participating as one of the funding partners. See
website for further requirements.
Deadline: July 10, 2007.

"Grants to Support Education, Child Advocacy, Medical Research & the Arts"
The Charles Lafitte Foundation Grants Program awards funds to help
groups and individuals foster lasting improvement on the human
condition by providing support to education, children's advocacy,
medical research and the arts.
Maximum Award: varies.
Eligibility: 501c-3 institutions.
Deadline: n/a.

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