¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤,¸¸,ø¤º Please link to the Educational CyberPlayGround http://www.edu-cyberpg.com Add your K12 SCHOOL OR SCHOOL DISTRICT URL http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/schools/ Please Share and Add Your Song http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/ncfr/ Educational CyberPlayGround K12 Newsletters Mailing List ¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤ø,¸¸,ø¤º°`°º¤,¸¸,ø¤º Greetings, Happy Reading for today! best, <Karen> 1) Crooks R Us Reading First program referred to Justice http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Literacy/texasScam.asp President Bush says NCLB is working, pointing to student-achievement results from a single subsection of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and tentative Reading First data. The administration appears to ignore other data that suggest the law has had little or no positive effect on achievement, report David J. Hoff and Kathleen Kennedy Manzo. 2) Security IN A DISASTER what are the rules? http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Technology/SECURITY.html Command and Control Communications always breaks down 3) Does Your State have a Technology Plan? http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Technology/2000techplan.html 4) Does Your Kid's School have a disaster plan? http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Technology/disaster.html 5) Disasters can effect entire School Districts http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Technology/disaster2.html 6) Is there a school Incident Report? http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Technology/INCIDENT.html 7) Safe Schools and the CyberBully http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/safe.html 8) Why we need public school. http://www.jacksonville.com/tu-online/stories/041207/opb_8964140.shtml The astute observations of Alexis de Tocqueville, who came to America in 1832, remain a classic guide to America's success. He saw our democracy as a beacon for the world. American prosperity and success, he concluded, were based on several conditions unique to this society. He believed that our system of public education provided the skills and knowledge that citizens could employ to take advantage of in a classless and mobile society. Even though the public school system is far from perfect, public education remains the primary pillar supporting American democracy. Citizen taxes do not just support education of our own individual children. Taxes pay to undergird the role public education plays in enhancing and extending democracy, and in civilizing and enriching our society. 9) Student Violent Act Assessment http://www.aap.org/featured/resourcepage.htm http://smhp.psych.ucla.edu/pdfdocs/shootings.pdf After every school shooting, the Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA is asked about how schools should assess students who may be a threat. The threat assessment approach asks the person conducting the inquiry to gather information, and answer key questions about the instant case, to determine whether there is evidence to suggest movement toward violent action. The American Academy of Pediatrics also has assembled a collection of resources to help parents, teachers, students, schools, and pediatricians cope with the aftermath of this terrible event. Additional resources are provided on violence prevention, school safety, and promoting mental health. 10) Schools can't do it all Parents must establish the importance of achievement. http://www.jconline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070418/OPINION/704180314 Mary Schultz can think of no greater disservice to children than to fail to equip them with a good education. A good education begins before children enter school, with involved parents encouraging them to learn and try new things. Once a child has entered the school system, too often parents think it has become the school's job to educate and promote education. Parents must set achievement standards and be willing to help their children when additional support is needed. 11) Help Children Get Healthcare http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_3389.shtml Congress and President Bush must enact long overdue legislation, this year, guaranteeing health and mental health coverage to all children. The United States provides health care to all senior citizens, although children are the least expensive and most cost-effective group to cover. 12) Generation Y Teachers are in the Classroom Today http://www.newteacher.com/pdf/ascd_express_wong_teachers.pdf Generation Y, the 40 million people born between 1977 and 1986, is dramatically changing the composition of today's teaching staffs. Demographically, women continue to dominate the profession, but as millions of baby boomers enter retirement age, the faces of today's K-12 teachers are younger than ever. Collaboration is rare. 13) Teacher Unions recommend state laws change. http://edpartnership.org/failid/2007_Contract_Report.pdf Their 2007 report examines how school committees and teacher unions are thwarted in local bargaining from overcoming the inadequacies of state law, and recommends that state laws should be changed. Some matters of great importance to a quality education for students should be taken off the table, and no longer bargained away. The report includes a set of policy recommendations and a series of elements that teacher contracts should incorporate. 14) Making Writing Instruction a Priority in America?s Middle and High Schools http://www.all4ed.org/publications/WritPrior.pdf 15) News and your 21st Century Media Skills http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/News/ WHO IS ALLOWED TO KNOW? Ballads were responsible for spreading Literacy On the New Politics of Knowledge We are now confronting a new politics of knowledge, with the rise of the Internet and particularly of the collaborative Webthe Blogosphere, Wikipedia, Digg, YouTube, and in short every website and type of aggregation that invites all comers to offer their knowledge and their opinions, and to rate content, products, places, and people. It is particularly the aggregation of public opinion that instituted this new politics of knowledge. 16) NOVA: "Saved By the Sun" http://www.pbs.org/nova/solar As Earth heats up at a dangerous rate and fossil fuels become scarcer, ordinary citizens and businesses are bypassing the federal government to lead the way in exploring a clean, renewable source of power: the sun. In this report, NOVA shines a light on how and why people across America and the world are "going solar," using radiant energy of the sun to power homes, businesses, and even entire communities. But can everyday people really make a difference by using solar power? And can solar technologies, with their high costs and logistical challenges, truly play a bigger role in powering the future of humanity? The grand hopes, latest innovations, roiling controversies, and practical realities of solar power all come to the fore in this program. Space Weather News for April 20, 2007 http://spaceweather.com 3D Photos of the Sun to be released on April 23rd3D SUN: On Monday, April 23rd, NASA will release for the first time 3-dimensional photos of the sun taken by a pair of spacecraft named STEREO. Magnetic loops, prominences and plumes will practically leap out of your computer screen. These images will be displayed on big screens at many museums and science centers around the USA and posted on the internet. You can get ready this weekend by buying or building some 3D glasses. WEEKEND METEORS: Earth is entering the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher, and this will cause a mild meteor shower this weekend. It's called the Lyrid meteor shower because the bits of incandescent comet dust appear to come from the constellation Lyra. The best time to look is during the dark hours before dawn on Sunday, April 22nd, and Monday, April 23rd, when you can expect to see a shooting star overhead every 5 minutes or so.
GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/grants.html Grants for Women, Grants for Women & Girls Business Plan Resources for Women, Government Funding Resources Education Grants, Scholarships & Loans, State Agency Phone Numbers for Student Financial Aid, Federal Department of Education Technology Grants, Arts "Grants to Encourage Science Education" http://www.motorola.com/content.jsp?globalObjectId=8153 Motorola Innovation Generation Grants provide funds for initiatives that creatively generate a love of science early in life and show the new generation of inventors that careers involving science and math are important, challenging and possible. Priority will be given to programs that incorporate Motorola employees as volunteers. Maximum Award: $250,000 Eligibility: 501(c)3 organizations Deadline: June 15, 2007 "Grants to Implement the Toyota Family Literacy Program" http://www.famlit.org/TFLP-Capability-Survey The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is seeking five school districts to implement the Toyota Family Literacy Program. Direct funding for school districts will allow for support, training, education materials and assistance from NCFL to implement the program for students in kindergarten through third grade. Maximum Award: $600,000 Eligibility: communities with high or fast-growing Hispanic and immigrant population Deadline: May 9, 2007 "Grants to Enhance Learning About the Upper Ozone Layer" http://www.nocfcs.org/scc/rulesregs.htm The CAPCO Science Class Challenge is a classroom contest that encourages students and teachers to learn about the Earth's protective upper ozone layer, CFCs, and the environment by using the provided activities or their own creative methods. Maximum Award: $5,000 Eligibility: teachers grades 4-9 Deadline: May 14, 2007 "Grants for School Art & Music Programs" http://www.airbornetrust.com/index.aspx The Airborne Teacher Trust Fund invites teachers throughout the country to submit proposals for art and music programs their schools are unable to fund. Maximum Award: $10,000 Eligibility: elementary and middle school teachers from public and private schools Deadline: April 30, 2007 <>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<> Educational CyberPlayGround K12 Newsletters Mailing List Set Preferences Subscribe - Unsubscribe - Digest http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Community/K12Newsletters.html Copyright statements to be included when reproducing annotations from the Educational CyberPlayGround K12 Newsletter The single phrase below is the copyright notice to be used when reproducing any portion of this report, in any format:
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