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National Center for Homeless Education - University of North Carolina

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Based at the University of North Carolina, this center offers information, strategies, and tools for educators who must meet the needs of students who are homeless. While much of the...more
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Based at the University of North Carolina, this center offers information, strategies, and tools for educators who must meet the needs of students who are homeless. While much of the content is geared to those who are specifically responsible for working with these populations, there is a good deal of content for teachers as well. It's hard to access, however. We found the "site index" link the most efficient way to navigate.

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The Internet and Children - What Works? - NTIA

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This report on the Children's Internet Privacy Act from the National Telecommunications Information Agency focuses on practical ideas that can have a meaningful impact in managing children's...more
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This report on the Children's Internet Privacy Act from the National Telecommunications Information Agency focuses on practical ideas that can have a meaningful impact in managing children's access to the web while avoiding unnecessary restrictions on others. School technology staffs will find its "lessons learned" and "best practices" sections particularly interesting.

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Microsoft Security and Privacy - Microsoft

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The recent rashes of e-mail borne viruses and worms make a visit to this Microsoft page almost a necessity. Surprisingly usable, the site offers tips, patches, and suggestions for maintaining...more
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The recent rashes of e-mail borne viruses and worms make a visit to this Microsoft page almost a necessity. Surprisingly usable, the site offers tips, patches, and suggestions for maintaining computer security in home, office, and school environments. This is a useful resource whether you're already infected or simply want to avoid becoming infected.

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Web Junction - Librarian Resources - Library of Congress

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Launched in Spring of 2003 by the Library of Congress, this site provides helpful resources for librarians interested in finding the best ways to utilize technology in their libraries....more
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Launched in Spring of 2003 by the Library of Congress, this site provides helpful resources for librarians interested in finding the best ways to utilize technology in their libraries. Committed to raising awareness of public access resources, this site has tips, tools, and practices for updating libraries in the information age. There are even online courses for those who want a full introduction to the range of possibilities the internet holds.

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Internet Blocking in Public Schools- A Study on Internet Access - Electronic Freedom Foundation

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This study has helpful information for educators and other professionals concerned with the quality of internet accessibility in out public schools. The study examines the educational...more
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This study has helpful information for educators and other professionals concerned with the quality of internet accessibility in out public schools. The study examines the educational and societal implications of placing internet filtering software on school computers. The study is specifically aimed at determining whether such software actually impedes the pursuit of curriculum goals by inappropriately blocking educational resources. The study's use of state mandated curriculum standards as a basis for internet searches places the study in a context that continues the current dialogue over the most effective way to filter internet use in schools.

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Internet Safety Education Foundation

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This site has extensive resources on internet safety for adults and students alike. Visit the Xblock section where kids and teens can become "i-mentors," helping their peers and adults...more
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This site has extensive resources on internet safety for adults and students alike. Visit the Xblock section where kids and teens can become "i-mentors," helping their peers and adults to better understanding Internet safety or go to the iLearn section for tutorial modules for kids, parents, and even senior citizens. You have to join, but it is free. The site may be good for schools looking to develop rules and policies for safe classroom internet use. It also discusses some of the information sharing risks children should be aware of when using internet resources.

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Who is Leading Our Schools? - Rand Corp.

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The Rand Corporation recently released this report on school administrations. There is concern that schools and districts will be unable to attract and retain enough qualified school...more
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The Rand Corporation recently released this report on school administrations. There is concern that schools and districts will be unable to attract and retain enough qualified school administrators. The authors analyze data on school administrators' careers and the factors influencing decisions to enter these careers. They find no national crisis but do find three primary areas of concern: state and local variation in financial rewards, barriers to entry into the field, and the number of administrators nearing retirement.

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Academic Freedom and the Social Studies Teacher - National Council of Social Studies

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While intended primarily for higher education, this long article on academic freedom and social studies will resonate with secondary teachers who may be in a quandary over how to present...more
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While intended primarily for higher education, this long article on academic freedom and social studies will resonate with secondary teachers who may be in a quandary over how to present controversial international events. This discussion at the national level may be useful in guiding controversies at the local level.

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Ten Tips for Creating a Caring School - Edutopia

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This long article offers background information and practical suggestions on ways to create school environments that let students care about and support one another. There's lots of...more
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This long article offers background information and practical suggestions on ways to create school environments that let students care about and support one another. There's lots of emphasis on "whole school" attitudes and specific behaviors that can help staff and students respect one another and value each other

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These strategies clearly require teamwork, but there are real rewards for buildings willing to make the effort.

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The Gettysburg Powerpoint Presentation

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This one's just for fun, but it's an eloquent statement about the dangers of technology used inappropriately. Technology teachers and those who help teachers with technology will likely...more
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This one's just for fun, but it's an eloquent statement about the dangers of technology used inappropriately. Technology teachers and those who help teachers with technology will likely find this a great illustration for questions about when technology is appropriate.

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Ready.gov - Department of Homeland Security

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The Department of Homeland Security's web site on individual and family preparedness isn't strictly academic, but it offers information on emergency supplies and procedures that will...more
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The Department of Homeland Security's web site on individual and family preparedness isn't strictly academic, but it offers information on emergency supplies and procedures that will be of interest to many families and schools. While no guide for these events can be foolproof, this information offers practical steps that don't require extensive preparation or expenditures.

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Helping Children Cope with Disaster - FEMA

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FEMA's guide to helping children after a disaster seems modelled largely on the American Red Cross content, and it concentrates on natural disasters. Depending on your local situation,...more
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FEMA's guide to helping children after a disaster seems modelled largely on the American Red Cross content, and it concentrates on natural disasters. Depending on your local situation, the related links may also be useful.

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Children and Disasters - American Red Cross

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This page offers a combination of resources for children, parents, and educators helping children cope with the direct or indirect results of natural or other disasters. While much...more
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This page offers a combination of resources for children, parents, and educators helping children cope with the direct or indirect results of natural or other disasters. While much of the focus is on natural disasters, the coping skills for children are applicable in a wide range of situations.

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Teachers will find several curriculum resources in the educator's section.

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Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Violence and Disasters - NIMH

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This page from the National Institutes of Mental Health offers information for parents and professionals on helping children and adolescents cope with disasters, tragedies, and violence....more
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This page from the National Institutes of Mental Health offers information for parents and professionals on helping children and adolescents cope with disasters, tragedies, and violence. There is information for young people directly affected by these events and also for those who are reacting to them from a greater distance. The page includes information on post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as further resources for victims directly affected.

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Helping Children Deal with Scary News - Mr. Rogers

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Fred Rogers has spent a lifetime helping young children understand their feelings. This page from his web site offers parents strategies that can reassure young children in the wake...more
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Fred Rogers has spent a lifetime helping young children understand their feelings. This page from his web site offers parents strategies that can reassure young children in the wake of a disaster or any bad news.

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Children's Reponses to Disasters - Parent Information - NASP

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This page is part of NASP's disaster response section. While it was originally designed as a 9/11 resource, many of its elements could be useful in managing responses to other ...more
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This page is part of NASP's disaster response section. While it was originally designed as a 9/11 resource, many of its elements could be useful in managing responses to other disaster situations. There are also links to related resources for teachers and professionals

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Helping Children and Families Cope with Disaster - Michigan State University

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This page and associated resources were developed to help families cope with disasters of various sorts. The content is deeper than many similar sites, and there is a significant collection...more
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This page and associated resources were developed to help families cope with disasters of various sorts. The content is deeper than many similar sites, and there is a significant collection of links to additional resources. Both parents and teachers should find this one helpful.

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Children, Stress, and Natural Disasters - University of Illinios

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While designed specifically for natural disasters, this multi-part resource for teachers should also be useful in managing responses to other disasters and events. ...more
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While designed specifically for natural disasters, this multi-part resource for teachers should also be useful in managing responses to other disasters and events.

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There are several classroom activities included as part of this unit.

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Helping Children After a Disaster - AACAP

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This information from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychologists offers brief guidelines about the reactions to disasters that are typical in children and young people,...more
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This information from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychologists offers brief guidelines about the reactions to disasters that are typical in children and young people, along with links to more detailed information. This page concentrates on offering meaningful responses to these children.

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Child and Adolescent Mental Health Information - National Institutes of Mental Health

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The National Institutes of Mental Health offers this site for both public and professional audiences. It highlights characteristics and management of several mental health conditions...more
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The National Institutes of Mental Health offers this site for both public and professional audiences. It highlights characteristics and management of several mental health conditions in children and young people. There is coverage of the relationships between environment and mental health, as well as the role and appropriateness of medication for specific disorders.

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