Winston Brooks is the new superintendent of the Wichita, Kan., school district. He replaces Larry Vaughn, who left the position in March. Mr. Brooks, 46, formerly the executive director of personnel for the 47,000-student district, has worked in the system for 12 years and previously was an elementary school principal.
Ronald L. McMichael, the superintendent of schools in Longview, Texas, is slated to become the deputy commissioner for finance and accountability at the Texas Education Agency on Oct. 1. Mr. McMichael, 54, became the superintendent of the 8,400-student district in 1988 and was named the state's Outstanding Administrator of the Year in 1992.
Tedd Levy is the new president of the National Council for the Social Studies, the nation's largest association for social studies professionals. Mr. Levy, who began his one-year appointment as the top officer of the 24,000-member group in July, will continue to teach social studies at Nathan Hall Middle School in Norwalk, Conn.
He will also serve on the advisory board for the Social Studies Video Library, a joint project between the group and WGBH, Boston's public-television station, dedicated to helping teachers adopt the social studies standards the group crafted in 1994.
Paul Folkemer, the principal of Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, N.J., for the past 20 years, has been hired as the executive vice president of education for Channel One. In his new position, Mr. Folkemer, 55, will create instructional programs for the news team. Channel One is a New York City-based company that produces 12-minute commercial news broadcasts that are shown in classrooms nationwide. They reach more than 8 million students and 350,000 educators in 12,000 secondary schools, according to the company.
Winnie S. Wooley, the chief educational administrator for the Prince George's County, Md., schools, has become a member of the board of directors of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education in Alexandria, Va. Ms. Wooley will help oversee the simulated-space-exploration program, which was designed to teach children about space travel and to encourage student teamwork and problem-solving skills.
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