January 2001

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Vol. 12, Issue 04

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Charter schools struggle to find a place to call home.
Steven Spielberg's foundation helps Holocaust educators.
Lost and found: Millions of dollars of art.
Former big time football coach George Chaump is back where he started—high school.
The Detroit Dance Collective's choreography is poetry—and math and social studies—in motion.
In the next five years, pediatrician Mel Levine aims to train thousands of teachers to diagnose students' neurological glitches. His goal: Stop schools from slapping labels on kids.
Armed with a porcelain smile and a power scarf, a workshop leader tries to transform the author's teaching. He has other ideas. Plus: "Carpe Diem" and "Class War": Tales from out-of-the-ordinary professional development.
Thirty-eight years ago, in 7th grade, I took Latin and failed. I went on to a successful career in music and teaching, but that humiliating experience would haunt me for years. Then, last fall, I was offered a chance at redemption. Steve Mincin, a colleague at the school where I teach, invited me to join one of his Latin classes. I agreed and, at age 49, squeezed into a chair in Steve's class of 8th graders.
Three years ago, at age 29, I took my first teaching job. The principal explained that I would be working with emotionally disturbed high school students who could "get a little out of hand." She assured me that an upcoming three-day training session would give me all the tools I needed to handle them.
After the death of his former English teacher, our author realizes that one person can make all the difference.
Unlike their U.S. peers, Japanese middle school students aren't considered rowdy malcontents.
Jeanne Chall's legacy; ADD and the revolution; plus: Taking on Harry Potter.
Clinical social worker and supervisor David Nylund discusses his new book and argues that ADD is not a medical condition but a label used to categorize and control kids.
A Pacific salmon's journey and Philip Pullman's magical worlds. An Antarctic escape, a word-eating worm, and more.