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Education Epidemic - Demos

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Here's proof that education is a challenge everywhere. In this article, a British researcher suggests that traditional top-down education innovation and reform efforts might be supplanted...more
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Here's proof that education is a challenge everywhere. In this article, a British researcher suggests that traditional top-down education innovation and reform efforts might be supplanted by facilitating peer-to-peer sharing of innovations - a sort of global teachers' lounge. It's an interesting perspective.

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National Runaway Safeline

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National Runaway Safeline's tagline is "Keeping America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets." Find important information for students, parents, counselors,...more
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National Runaway Safeline's tagline is "Keeping America's runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets." Find important information for students, parents, counselors, and anyone else who works with young people who have run away (or may be thinking about doing so) and their families. In addition to location and confidential contact services, the site offers a wealth of resources for both families and young people. This is a quiet problem whose dimensions are far larger than many realize. The site includes resources for homelessness, as well.

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Check out the "Let's Talk" free runaway prevention curriculum for lessons you can use for specific situations or concerns.

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Attracting Highly Qualified Teachers - Arizona State University

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Administrators and those interested in training qualified teachers and deploying them where they're most needed will find this paper from Arizona State University intriguing. The authors...more
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Administrators and those interested in training qualified teachers and deploying them where they're most needed will find this paper from Arizona State University intriguing. The authors advocate for a system similar to that which has been used to attract physicians and health care professionals to specific training programs and practice locations. Both the concept and the logic are interesting and well presented.

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Education Resources Directory - US Dept. of Education

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The federal Department of Education offers this site that lets users access a database of federal programs, grant opportunities, and services. Its utility for the average teacher is...more
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The federal Department of Education offers this site that lets users access a database of federal programs, grant opportunities, and services. Its utility for the average teacher is largely dependent on specific circumstances, but it does consolidate a great deal of information into a single resource. There is also a very complete listing of state resources, and these may be more directly useful.

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Powerpoint is Evil - Edward Tufte

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Edward Tufte is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the use of visual images to convey statistical and quantitative information. In this short article, he launches...more
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Edward Tufte is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the use of visual images to convey statistical and quantitative information. In this short article, he launches a salvo at the power of powerpoint to misrepresent, overcomplicate, or otherwise distort information and information flow. It's a bitter pill, but one that any teacher who uses this technology should take at least once.

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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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Share this resource with parents at open house or conferences. They will thank you for it!
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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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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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