November/December 1999

This Issue
Vol. 11, Issue 03

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An unending stream of bad news, critical media coverage, and demand for change has made the principal's office a stressful place.
  • Not Yet
  • No Respect
  • Northern Exposure
  • Mandate To Whine
    .... and more.

Unhappy Holidays

A new survey reveals what it will take for teachers to embrace computers.
Pay for performance gets a new look.
The creator of Harry Potter meets her fans.
  • Exodus
  • Stop The Madness
At many suburban schools, students pay for the privilege of parking--with cash and good grades.
  • Microphones for teachers
  • Narrowing The "Digital Divide"
An education score card for the presidential hopefuls.
After four years of struggle, a young inner-city teacher bids farewell to the classroom.
Patsy and Nadine Cordova win praise--and money for standing up for academic freedom.
Corporate media giants are backing new magazines that bring real-world news, pop culture, and commercialism to the classroom. Is it all too much, too soon for tender young minds? Includes: "New Kids on the Block," a breakdown of new titles for kids and "The Little Guy," about Topics, a magazine that brings real-world news to 40,000 middle and high school students in the Southeast.
Though the war brewing between classroom magazines is largely a clash of Manhattan media titans, a small North Carolina publication is girding for battle as well.
Teachers in Toledo, Ohio, are evaluated by those who know the classroom best--other teachers. It may sound ideal, but critics say it gives veterans a free ride.
Columbine teacher Kevin Tucker escaped the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history without a scratch. Or did he?
Two top thinkers, Ted Sizer and Denis Doyle, hook up via e-mail to ponder the past, present, and future for schools. Plus: "Ten Millennium Predictions."
The new superintendent loved God, America, and family--and the taste of stolen goods.
A wish list, courtesy of the AAUW.
Overwhelmed by the pressures of an inner-city school, a young teacher blames no one as much as herself.
Relentless reform threatens schools that already work.
The march of folly in the standards movement; the failed promise of the high school.
Edward Said's peculiar education at an American school in Cairo. From his book, Out Of Place.
A headstrong girl and the fall of imperial China; a monster who eats children's feet.
The blue avenger, a birthday pi├▒ata filled with dreams, a bear on a train, and more.
Following are application deadlines for grants and fellowships available to individuals and schools. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Following are application deadlines for awards and honors available to teachers. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.
Following are dates for workshops, conferences, and other professional-development opportunities for teachers. Some events may also 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.
Following are application dates for student contests, scholarships, and internships. Asterisks (*) denote new entries.