October 2005

Teacher, Vol. 17, Issue 02
Known as "Sabs," Eusebio Montoya came to Smithfield, North Carolina, as a 4th grader speaking no English. A high school and club sport soccer standout, his collegiate aspirations were threatened by his undocumented status.
Known as "Sabs," Eusebio Montoya came to Smithfield, North Carolina, as a 4th grader speaking no English. A high school and club sport soccer standout, his collegiate aspirations were threatened by his undocumented status.
Sara D. Davis
Equity & Diversity Penalty Shot
A high school senior and soccer player with his sights set on college faces hurdles shared by 2 million undocumented immigrants nationwide.
Lucy Hood, September 30, 2005
12 min read
Jo Nell Seifert's school drama club received a bequest of $980,000 from retired business woman Kay Porter. But discussions about how to handle the windfall have been contentious.
Jo Nell Seifert's school drama club received a bequest of $980,000 from retired business woman Kay Porter. But discussions about how to handle the windfall have been contentious.
Michael Buckner
Curriculum Political Theater
In a Missouri town, a $980,000 bequest from a local benefactor prompts questions about who ultimately controls private donations to public schools.
Lani Harac, September 30, 2005
16 min read
Far removed from the tumult of her day job's classroom, Johnson runs her new school from a quiet home office.
Far removed from the tumult of her day job's classroom, Johnson runs her new school from a quiet home office.
David Kidd
Equity & Diversity The Outsiders
Alternative ed veteran Donna Johnson knows what it's like to fall through the cracks. Now, the 58-year-old grandmother is reaching troubled kids online.
Scott J. Cech, September 30, 2005
19 min read
Jacqueline Cardona always wanted to be an educator. But the mother of two says that if her community college hadn't offered a teacher prep program, she wouldn't have been able to afford to earn a bachelor's degree.
Jacqueline Cardona always wanted to be an educator. But the mother of two says that if her community college hadn't offered a teacher prep program, she wouldn't have been able to afford to earn a bachelor's degree.
Ringo H. W. Chiu
Teacher Preparation Degrees of Preparation
Becoming a teacher once meant four years of university. But community colleges are fast becoming a real alternative.
Ed Finkel, September 30, 2005
9 min read
Education Commentary Dirt Devils
Although I appreciate the tongue-in-cheek nature of Edmund Janko’s piece [“The Untouchables,” May/June], I wanted to make the observation that I don’t blame the custodian in his story for not cleaning up the torn-up test paper on the floor of the classroom.
September 30, 2005
1 min read
Education Commentary Dress Blues
Upon reading “Clothes-Minded” [Current Events, May/June], I’ve determined one real benefit that was not mentioned in the research by David Brunsma.
September 30, 2005
1 min read
Education Commentary Charter Course
I was interested to read Ron Wolk’s column about charter schools [“The Power of Ideas,” August/September].
September 30, 2005
1 min read
Education Commentary Meeting of Minds
You profiled a teacher who laments that once the kids leave him, they lose their way, yet he resorts to punishment and consequences as motivators [“One-Track Minds,” August/ September].
September 30, 2005
1 min read
Education Awards
Following are application deadlines for awards, honors, and contests available to teachers. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
September 30, 2005
2 min read
Education For Your Students
Following are application dates for student contests, scholarships, and internships. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
September 30, 2005
4 min read
Education Events
Following are dates for workshops, conferences, and other professional de velopment opportunities for teachers. Some events may include administrators, policymakers, parents, and others. The list is organized by region, though some events are national meetings. Registration deadlines may close before the date of the event. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
September 30, 2005
15 min read
Education Rules of the Heart
An Alaska teacher helps her 4th graders come to grips with terminal illness.
September 30, 2005
9 min read
Education Celebrating Self-Expression
A recent spate of picture books gives kids a window, both verbally and visually, into self-expression.
Lani Harac, September 30, 2005
2 min read
Education Opinion Cheating Our Kids
Joe Williams, an education reporter for the New York Daily News, has written an exposé on the failings of public school systems nationwide.
September 30, 2005
1 min read
Ed-Tech Policy Commentary A Costly Gift
Technology grants haven't always proved to be a gift that keeps on giving.
Alan Warhaftig, September 30, 2005
3 min read
Education Opinion College Knowledge
Conley’s central argument, increasingly echoed by others in the higher education community, is that what it takes to succeed in high school is too often at odds with what it takes to succeed in college.
September 30, 2005
1 min read
Education Grants
Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
September 30, 2005
2 min read
Education Opinion The Shame of the Nation
In his new book, Jonathan Kozol revisits the themes of inequality and institutional racism in education, only now he adds a new target—“apartheid schooling.”
September 30, 2005
3 min read
Pass Christian Middle School was among many destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in late August. The campus in Mississippi was rebuilt after Hurricane Camille in 1969. Officials haven't announced whether they'll do so again.
Pass Christian Middle School was among many destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in late August. The campus in Mississippi was rebuilt after Hurricane Camille in 1969. Officials haven't announced whether they'll do so again.
Sevans
Education How Has the Hurricane Affected You?
Visitors to www.teachermagazine.org shared their comments on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
September 30, 2005
1 min read
Dwight Sieggreen, 7th grade science teacher at Hillside Middle School in Northville, Michigan.
Dwight Sieggreen, 7th grade science teacher at Hillside Middle School in Northville, Michigan.
Jeffrey Sauger
Science Being Green
Dwight Sieggreen has found there's no better way to teach nature than to breed it.
E. Merle Watkins, September 30, 2005
1 min read
"There's a lot of talent out there that I think is being squelched," Rarey says of teaching to the test.
"There's a lot of talent out there that I think is being squelched," Rarey says of teaching to the test.
Steve Goldstein
Assessment Q&A Screen Test
Documentary filmmaker Ondine Rarey focuses on standardized testing.
Samantha Stainburn, September 30, 2005
6 min read
International Dispatches
School news from points across the globe.
September 30, 2005
2 min read
Education Overheard
Notable quotes on teaching and schools from around the country.
September 30, 2005
1 min read
Education Under Fire
JROTC gets caught in the anti-recruitment crossfire.
Monika Downey, September 30, 2005
3 min read
Educational consultants such as Patti Murphy counsel students and their parents about matters as diverse as learning disorders and college selection. Experts attribute the explosion in the field to the proliferation of child maladies and the perception that school officials can't deal with them.
Educational consultants such as Patti Murphy counsel students and their parents about matters as diverse as learning disorders and college selection. Experts attribute the explosion in the field to the proliferation of child maladies and the perception that school officials can't deal with them.
David Kidd
Student Well-Being Second Opinion
Parents are increasingly turning to outside consultants to help special-needs kids.
Alexandra R. Moses, September 30, 2005
4 min read
School & District Management Commentary Use It or Lose It
Research could help reshape schools, but it's usually misued or misunderstood.
Ronald A. Wolk, September 30, 2005
3 min read
BRIC ARCHIVE
David Kidd
Education Commentary Air Apparent
How a paper airplane changed a student's view of education.
James Quinlan Jr., September 30, 2005
5 min read
Teaching Profession Commentary Mission Control
It's time to stop sweating the small stuff and take on the big issues, says Laura Thomas.
Laura Thomas, September 30, 2005
6 min read
Third grade teacher Jolene Smith has worked as an usher at Del Mar racetrack for six summers.
Third grade teacher Jolene Smith has worked as an usher at Del Mar racetrack for six summers.
Ringo H. W. Chiu
College & Workforce Readiness They’re Off!
California's Del Mar racetrack has become a summer home of sorts for generations of teachers seeking a second job—and a change of scenery.
Mark Toner, September 30, 2005
16 min read