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Greetings, Happy Reading Everyone Happy St. Modomnoc's Day Feb. 13th Happy Valentinees Day Feb. 14th http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Arts/Valentine_Clip_Art.html <Karen> 1) The Worst School Cafeterias http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/02/07/22briefs-1.h26.html Federal food-safety standards call for cafeterias to be inspected twice a year. District of Columbia school cafeterias ranked amongthe worst, with a "failing" score. Schools in Fort Worth, Texas, had the highest.
2) K12 State School Board info is pathetic online joke. http://tinyurl.com/yrc4df A Cincinnati Enquirer examination late last month of 63 public school websites in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky shows that 73 percent don't list direct phone numbers for school board members; 40 percent don't offer direct e-mail addresses. And 33 percent of school systems offer neither. Public school boards make decisions that affect thousands of families.They control the spending of millions of tax dollars, reports Michael D. Clark.
They decide sweeping policy issues. Yet in many cases, people who want to be heard on such important issues get no help when it comes to using school district websites. And those who take the timeto show up at a board meeting often run into strict time limits of five minutes or less.
3) Why Kids are Afraid to stand up to Bullies http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/safe.html Ken Rigby and Bruce Johnson's research document bullying at schools; and children serve as passive bystanders to bullying. Why don't they intervene and when it's appropriate for them to do so? http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/greatergood/current_issue/rigbyjohnson.html 4) Pledge of Alligence in English http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Linguistics/ESL.html After days of public debate over the appropriateness of a North Carolina student saying the Pledge of Allegiance in Spanish, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Peter Gorman has decided it will be recited only in English at graduations and other districtwide events. 5) Dress Codes, Character Education, Recommmended Resources http://tinyurl.com/39g6rb Bastards of the Party: The Evolution of Bangin' It documents how the CRIPS and Bloods emerged from the ashes of the Black Panther Party and how the closing of the 14 largest factories in the LA area took the hope of unskilled workers and handed it over to offshore drug dealers and onshore programs that kept money for counseling/intervention for themselves and was used as an excuse for class division along racial lines. 6) Gifted Kids - Just don't let them get bored. Parents Guide to Gifted Educational Resources http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/specneeds.html School district's efforts to meet gifted students' needs by offering appropriate challenges, including an analysis of his interests and learning styles, differentiated instruction and accelerated content in advanced instructional groups in both math and reading. 7) Small classrooms not important after 3rd Grade. http://tinyurl.com/398xxk Research shows that small classrooms are beneficial during a child's earliest school years, reports Clarke Canfield for the Associated Press. But there is little evidence that shows a correlation between class size and student achievement beyond the third grade, education researchers say. 8) What is important for the preschool kids. Skills Check List http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Culdesac/kindersite.html Music http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Music/kindergartenmusic.html 9) Reading First Flunks http://tinyurl.com/ewgqn The flagship program for evidence-based reform in NCLB was Reading First, a $1 billion per year program designed to give high-poverty schools proven reading programs to use in grades K-3. Instead, Reading First money has gone primarily to traditional basal textbooks lacking any evidence of effectiveness Press reports have shown how the department's Reading First technical assistance contractors had serious conflicts of interest. The leaders of two of the three centers were on the design team for one of the most widely adopted remedial programs under Reading First, and were authors of one of the major basal textbooks (Manzo, 2006; Grunwald, 2006). 10) 2007 1 Million in all the K-12 online classes http://tinyurl.com/y7l847 across the US Los Angeles Times reports. 11) Copyright Law and Music http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Music/musiclaw.html DRM Explained http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Music/drm.html Music Deals http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Music/musiclawdeals.html Steve Jobs Apple CEO's says labels should drop DRMDigital-rights-management (DRM) technologies aren't "deterring illicit copying of music."
British recording giant EMI plans to offer "a broad swath of its recordings" for sale online without DRM. 12) Wildlife Protection Network http://www.wildlifeprotection.net/ PBS "The Last Great Ape" http://www.wildlifeprotection.net/Cruelty/cruelty4.html With its intelligent gaze, humanlike posture, and peaceful nature, it's no wonder the bonobo, one of five great apes, reminds us of ourselves. But while we share a common hominoid ancestor with bonobos as well as 98 percent of our DNA, this unique primate has been largely overlooked by all but a few scientists. Bonobos live in a region that has been consumed by war, which threatens their habitat and survival. Can we learn more about these intriguing, intelligent apes before it's too late? By interviewing leading experts and traveling into the field, NOVA shines a spotlight on the extraordinary behavior of the endangered bonobo. The Bonobo in All of Us Primatologist Frans de Waal on what the "make-love-not-war" primate tells us about ourselves Read My Lips See a slide show of bonobo gestures and facial expressions, and find out what they mean. Kanzi the Bonobo In this audio slide show, researcher Sue Savage-Rumbaugh describes one extraordinarily linguistic ape. Our Family Tree See (and hear) where you stand among the great apes in this audiovisual interactive. -- GRANTS -- Grants and Scholarships http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/grants.html "Student Documentary Competition" http://www.studentcam.org/ C-SPAN StudentCam is an annual documentary competition that invites students to identify a current political topic of interest and produce a short (up to ten minute) video documentary that creatively explores an issue while integrating C-SPAN programming. Maximum Award: $3,000 in digital equipment for school. Eligibility: individual or teams of students grades 6-8 or grades 9- 12; Deadline: March 30, 2007. "Encouraging Students to Learn More About Energy Conservation & the Environment" http://www.ignitingcreativeenergy.org/ The National Igniting Creative Energy Challenge is an educational competition designed to encourage students to learn more about energy conservation and the environment. Student entries must reflect the theme "Igniting Creative Energy" and demonstrate an understanding of what an individual, family or group can do to make a difference in their home or community. Maximum Award: $1,000. Eligibility: students in grades K-12. Deadline: February 17, 2007. "Grants for Public Beautification and Horticultural Education" http://www.fiskars.com/US/Garden/Project+Orange+Thumb/About Fiskars Project Orange Thumb grants award Fiskars GardenTools and materials such as plants, seeds, mulch, etc. to eligible gardening groups.
Maximum Award: $1,500 in implements and materials.Eligibility: gardens and/or gardening projects geared toward community involvement, neighborhood beautification, horticultural education and/or sustainable agriculture.
Deadline: February 28, 2007. "Recruiting Bright and Ambitious People into the World of Education Policy" http://www.edexcellence.net/foundation/fordhamfellows/index.cfm Fordham Fellows is a program designed to initiate talented, serious education reformers into the world of national education policy. Our goal is to bring together a cadre of the sharpest minds in American education and put them to work immediately in some of the nation's top policy shops. They'll be surrounded by intelligent, goal-oriented, hard-working veterans of the education policy arena. Primary deadline is March 15, 2007. "Awards for Excellence in Educating Students About Math, Science, Technology & Engineering" http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=244 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Foundation Classroom Grants are awarded to encourage excellence in educating students about math, science, technology, and engineering. Eligibility: current AIAA Educator Associate or AIAA Professional members actively engaged as K-12 classroom educators. Maximum Award: $200. Deadline: N/A. "Recognizing Excellence in Teaching History" http://www.historians.org/teaching/Beveridge.htm The American Historical Association Beveridge Family Teaching Prize recognizes excellence and innovation in elementary, middle school,and secondary history teaching, including career contributions and specific initiatives.
Maximum Award: $1,500. Eligibility: K-12 teachers in groups. Deadline: March 15, 2007. <>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>~~~~~<>Educational CyberPlayGround K12 Newsletters Mailing List
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