October 2006

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Vol. 18, Issue 02

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  • Tech for America
  • Your recognition that teacher-leaders are key to continuous improvement and reform in education [“Starting Over,” August/September 2006] made my day! Having worked with development of teacher-leaders since the early 1990s, I am amazed by the impact teachers can have in their own schools and districts when they truly begin to believe in themselves as leaders and gain knowledge and leadership competencies.
    Free helicopter flights draw educators into a military recruitment drive.
    "P-16" pioneers hope to smooth the way to college and beyond.
    For some teachers, election season is a chance to live by what they teach.
    Highlights from this election season's education debates.
    • Relative Control
      • Carrot or Stick?
      • Growing Educators
      • Why comic books and graphic novels are engaging literary tools.
        Results from our recent online polls on education technology issues.
      • School.edu
      • Tools of the Trade
        • Do-It-Yourself Web
        • Will Richardson, a high school English teacher turned edu-tech consultant, wants to share the good news about blogs, wikis, and podcasts. They could, he believes, change your life.
          • A Shore Thing
          • The hotbed of technological invention that is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab is also proving to be a fertile incubator of educator imagination.
            Former teacher and global wanderer Paul Edelman never found the path to professional happiness. So he created his own: a Web site for educators to buy and sell their course materials online.
            Useful data at teachers' fingertips and the states of tech training.
            "As we learn, we grow.” Someone wise once told me that, and it’s the best way to describe our Ebooking project at Lopez Elementary.
            A list of the 10 best ways to use the Internet.
            A jigsaw puzzle of strategies has contributed to improved student performance at our school, with technology being one of the largest factors.
            An award-winning edu-tech expert answers reader questions.
            When Ric Klass closed his private equity firm in affluent Greenwich, Connecticut, to become a math teacher at an unnamed New York City school he refers to as Central Bronx High, he wanted to live the whole movie—the one in which an idealistic teacher triumphs over the odds to transform the dead-end lives of inner city kids.
            Students don’t have to paint like Da Vinci to make worthwhile art, and teachers who have never picked up a paintbrush can still use collaborative art projects to enrich their teaching and the world at large.
            In this book, Gary Gordon, vice president and practice leader of The Gallup Organization’s education division, attempts to explain why schools haven't improved despite reform efforts.
            Why searching the Web demands an educational guide.
            For great professional development, tap your colleagues.
            How some districts are helping their employees afford housing.
            In Japan, an American educator learns the meaning of responsibility.
            It’s really nice that the editors of Teacher Magazine are willing to talk to interested parties and subscribers [“The New Teacher Magazine” online chat, September 6]. Perhaps next time we could get a little more lead time? This opportunity came less than 12 hours after it was posted.
            No, Madame Secretary, NCLB is not close to perfect.
            The choices given on your recent poll about what Internet tools teachers use for instruction [Web-only reader poll, August 23-30, 2006] left out important choices: Webquests, Internet scavenger hunts, research, etc. The only choices your poll gave were “Wikis,” “Blogs,” “Podcasts,” and “None.”
            Sam Dyson's students forge linguistic connections to a distant land.