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To shrink class sizes in Haverhill (Mass.) Public Schools, members of the Haverhill Public School Committee, the equivalent of a board of education, have been pushing the district's four curriculum supervisors to teach math, English, science and social studies classes in grades 6-12.

The Beaverton School District is the third-largest district in Oregon, encompassing 57 square miles just outside Portland, with 38,000 students and 4,100 staff members in 44 schools.

Think of social networks in schools and you probably think of trouble. MySpace, Facebook, Bebo and the rest seem more of a challenge than an opportunity to districts around the world despite the fact that students are participating in droves outside of school walls. But some new free tools are making it easier to bring social networking into the curriculum, giving schools the ability to help students leverage the connections they make online in safe and effective ways.

Books for Kids of all Ages:

George's Secret Key to the Universe

By Stephen Hawking and Lucy Hawking (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 2007) Curious George's author, H.A. Rey, was an amateur astronomer and friend of Albert Einstein. Now Stephen (this generation's Einstein) and Lucy Hawking have accepted this generation's challenge of explaining the universe to kids. If you haven't been able to fi nish A Brief History of Time, this book, written for children ages 9-12, might help.

The word dyslexia is rooted in the Greek language and means "difficulty with words." Although dyslexia is known as a problem related to reading, it can also interfere with a student's ability to write, spell and pronounce words correctly. It does not signal a lack of intelligence, talent or effort (famous dyslexics include Thomas Edison, Nelson Rockefeller and Henry Winkler). However, it is defined as a specific learning disability by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

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New York City Schools Receives Prestigious Broad Prize

Some might consider making marked reforms to a school district of 1,450 schools and over a million students an unachievable task, but the Broad Foundation believes New York City is doing just that.

Operation: Monster Storms

The JASON Project has a new weather unit for fi fth- through eighthgraders who want to improve the science of forecasting violent storms to help ommunities avoid their destructive potential.

New Law Limits Out-Of-School Suspensions

In an effort to keep more of the most troubled students in school, the Connecticut General Assembly recently approved a law that would limit the ability of administrators to suspend students from school for infractions.

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