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The first one in the US and started in 1993.
The registry is organized by state and by grade level.
The registry also includes sites for charter Schools, virtual schools,
school districts, state and regional education organizations, state
departments of education, state standards and state administrators.

U.S. Students Need 21st Century Skills to Compete in a Global Economy
Americans Express Strong Support in National Poll for Teaching More Than Basic Skills WASHINGTON, DC - Oct. 10, 2007 - A new, nationwide poll of registered voters reveals that Americans are deeply concerned that the United States is not preparing young people with the skills they need to compete in the global economy. An overwhelming 80 percent of voters say that the kind of skills students need to learn to be prepared for the jobs of the 21st century is different from what they needed 20 years ago. Yet a majority of Americans say that
schools need to do a better job of keeping up with changing educational needs.
The national poll was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Peter D. Hart Research
Associates on behalf of the Partnership for 21stCentury Skills.
Among the other key findings:
Eighty-eight percent of voters say they believe that schools can and should incorporate 21st century skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving skills, computer and technology skills, and communication and self-direction skills into their curriculum. Sixty-six percent of voters say they believe that students need more than just the basics of reading, writing and math; schools alsoneed to incorporate a broader range of skills. Fifty-three percent say they believe schools should place an equal emphasis on 21st century skills and basic skills.

USA Today selected Al as one of the top 20 classroom teachers in the nation in 1999.
1997 National Teacher's Hall of Fame Inductee and wonderful person.
Building A Better Community was selected as a finalist in this global competition. We are the only one from the US.
The Global Junior Technology finals were held in Rome. My students'
project was selected to represent the USA. You might want to see it as it
combines math, civics, and computer science in the 10-15 years of age
My students work is also posted on the California Oregon Trail website as
well as the California DMV site. They also created a play on the history of
government for elementary and middle school students.

It seems every week there is another example of ignorant racism in the United States, the latest centering on the Houston Independent School District (HISD) police officer who produced and distributed the "Ghetto Handbook: Ebonics 101" to fellow school district officers, writes Pamela Reed in Diverse Issues in Higher Education. From the debasing cover illustration of two black men, one brandishing a gun, to the offensive subtitle "Wacha dun did now?," the "document" is rife with racist and offensive African-American stereotypes. The silver lining is that this incident provides a rare and profound teaching moment. It has become painstakingly clear that ignorance abounds in the United States with regard to African-American language, and this unfortunate incident speaks to the need for greater education and understanding in this area. To begin with, it must be made clear that Ebonics and slang are not one and the same. Words like "hoodrat," "gank," "bling," and much of the list in the "Handbook" are not Ebonics, but slang words promulgated in urban America and in some hip hop songs and music videos. African-Americans should not be demonized because,
to varying degrees, the vast majority speak in a tongue that is all their own.
- Linguistics
- Experts in AAVE
- What they don?t know in Texas is amazing.
- Why children can?t read
Reading Recovery has a proven successful track record that the Bush connections refused to fund so their own son? Neil Bush?s business Reading First would not have competition.
- Language Learning a Congressional Hearing

According to state data from 2006,
more than 1in every 4 of the district's roughly 200,000 high school students dropped out.
More Literacy Literacy Stats

States turn to seniors for help in classrooms
BALTIMORE - Dorothy Johns, 74, volunteers as a teacher?s aide at a Baltimore elementary school and says the kids help her stay active and healthy. Elizabeth DeSell, the teacher she helps, says she doesn?t know what she would do without her. The kids say they like
reading with Johns, and studies show their grades have improved.

Reaching Teens Through  Music
These are the songs with positive messages
and personal positive messages from the stars to the kids
Show the kids this link
Then rent/watch the movie if you think appropriate.
I helped make the movie and the Funk Brothers are my friends.
and they can make a webquest about it. <Karen>

Nancy Willard, M.S., J.D.Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use
http://csriu.org writes about
Excessive fear mongering:
"The Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported more than 2,600
incidents last year of adults using the Internet to entice children. With
numbers like that, you'd think all parents would be hovering over their
kids, wanting to know what they're doing online. But authorities say many
parents are clueless about their kids' MySpace profiles."
To put this into perspective. According to 2006 CPS data, there are
approximately 25.5 million 12-17 year-olds in U.S. households with access to
telephones. Of them, 93%, or approximately 23 million, are online. Of those
online, 55%, or approximately 13 million have set up a social
networking account.
So let me get my handy-dandy calculator: 0.02% A far cry from the one in
seven young people sexually solicited online data that is bantered about.
Let's look at some other statistics
Key Facts:
-- Every two and a half minutes, somewhere in America, someone is
sexually assaulted.
-- One in six American women are victims of sexual assault, and one in
33 men.
-- In 2004-2005, there were an average annual 200,780 victims of rape,
attempted rape or sexual assault.
-- About 44% of rape victims are under age 18, and 80% are under age
Contrary to the belief that rapists are hiding in the bushes or in the
shadows of the parking garage, almost two-thirds of all rapes were committed
by someone who is known to the victim. 73% of sexual assaults were
perpetrated by a non-stranger ? 38% of perpetrators were a friend or
acquaintance of the victim, 28% were an intimate and 7% were another
National Crime Victimization Survey, 2005
There are a significant number of young people who are being sexually abused
in our country. And we all need to be concerned about this. The vast, vast,
vast majority are being sexually abused by family members or acquaintances.
We are not recommending that young people not attend family reunions, not
play team sports, not go to school, not go to church youth groups, or not go
home at night if their mother's new boyfriend is present. And they are FAR
more likely to end up being sexually abused under these situations than
So when an FBI agent reportedly told a group in NY that social networking
sites are so dangerous no teen should be on them, I personally consider this
excessive, unwarranted fear-mongering - that is unsupported by the data!

Facts about Social Networking

Admins, Parents & Teachers Learn How to Keep Your Child
Safe on the Interent -- Trouble Areas for Kids
Find out what your kids have put up online, their names,
address, pictures, what they think. This needs to be
supervised and you won't be able to keep up with
what is going on here. Chat Rooms, Blogs, Instant
Messaging, IRC, Newsgroups - they don't understand
that they have gone public and have lost their privacy.

New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram wants all social-networking sites to
have the "Report Abuse" button at the bottom of every page, NJ.com reports

Parental controls for mobile phones

Parents exposed in social sites
A mom in Oregon arrested "for buying a keg of beer for her son's 17th birthday party, after the boy posted photos of the festivities on his MySpace page; a dad who lost his job after his daughter blogged about his "drinking a lot because of his boss, whom he considered a 'jerk'"; and a couple in Maryland facing trial for child abuse after their 12-year-old daughter posted in MySpace about their giving her pot and cocaine. In any case, it's not just teens' reputations that are at stake on the social Web.

You might wear computing's next wave
By BRIAN BERGSTEIN, AP Technology Writer /Fri Oct 12, 4:01 PM ET/
Graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's
Media Lab had black plastic badges around their necks that analyze
multiple factors ? including motion and speech patterns ? to detect
the level of engagement two people are exhibiting in a conversation.
Information gathered from the badges, which weigh just a few ounces
and are a bit smaller than a deck of cards, can be sent wirelessly to
a computer or a phone to give their wearers helpful tips. Sales reps
could be advised that a customer's interest seems to be waning. A
doctor could be alerted to indications of depression in a patient
being monitored remotely.
.. or, schools could require students to wear them, and then
automatically alert the teacher when a student ceases paying
attention. Or school administrators when a particular teacher's
students consistently failed to remain engaged. Managers could be
alerted when customer service reps. don't appear to be displaying an
appropriate level of engagement with the customer, or when a sales
associate doesn't meet the requisite level of cheeriness (although
I'd guess that voice stress analysis is already doing this for
telephone customer service reps). The possibilities are endless. The
article suggests the could be used to analyze for "social network
analysis" inside corporations...

Official Gov't NCLB Report Card is doing so well Propaganda
and the City and State Cheaters Report Card refutes Propaganda


"The Youth Leaders for Literacy Program"
The Youth Leaders for Literacy Program, an initiative of the National Education Association and Youth Service America, works to help youth direct their enthusiasm and creativity into reading-related service projects for 2008 beginning March 3, Read Across America Day, and end April 25-27, Global Youth Service Day. During this period and beyond, the program's organizers seek to create a groundswell of literacy service in communities across the country. Maximum Award: $500. Eligibility: youth aged 21 or younger, individuals or groups. Deadline: October 26, 2007.

"2008 Max L. Hart Nonprofit Achievement Award"
The Direct Marketing Association?s Nonprofit Federation is seeking nominations for its 2008 Max L. Hart Nonprofit Achievement Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual within the nonprofit community. Maximum Award: recognition. Eligibility: paid professionals with a nonprofit organization or services provider with a record of achievement. Deadline: November 8, 2007.

"Getting Ready For School: A Child to Child Approach"
UNICEF is seeking qualified institutional bidders for evaluation programs for their Getting Ready For School: A Child To Child Approach program, which is an innovative attempt to better prepare young children for schooling by a series of supportive interventions including child-to-child efforts using older siblings already in school. The intervention approach will be pilot tested in six pre-selected countries, which are: Bangladesh; China; Democratic Republic of Congo; Ethiopia; Tajikistan; and, Yemen. Given the innovative nature of the intervention, UNICEF is seeking qualified bidders to measure program success by using the most up-to-date research ideas and knowledge on program evaluation. The evaluation contract is proposed for a period of 24 months commencing in November 2007. International travel is expected, the destination for each trip will vary, but will be limited to one of the six countries participating in the evaluation. Request the Proposals for these evaluation services and specific requirements on UNICEF's website.

"Littlest Volunteers Contest"
Wondertime Magazine and The Walt Disney Company are looking for stories about teaching young children the joys of volunteering. They are asking that volunteers share their story of what they and their little one have learned from an experience. Maximum Award: $5,000 to winner?s favorite charity. Eligibility: adults (parent, caregiver, or early childhood educator) volunteering with a child aged eight and younger. Deadline: February 29, 2008.

"Listen to a Life Essay Contest"
The Listen to a Life Essay Contest, sponsored by the Legacy Project of Generations United, asks students to interview a grandparent or grand-friend 50 years or older about the older person's hopes and goals through their life, how they achieved their goals and overcame obstacles or how dreams may have changed along the way. The student then writes a 300-word essay based on the interview. Maximum Award: a Lenovo ThinkCentre computer, $800 in Orchard software, and an iPod Classic with video and $25,000 worth of software for the student?s school. Eligibility: students ages 8-18. Deadline: March 31, 2008.

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