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The following selections are the DA editors' choices of important and useful books and materials reflecting trends in K12 education today. Most of the books selected deal with technology and emerging Web 2.0 tools such as podcasting and handheld devices. Other books and materials cover new developments in measurement/evaluation, preschool/primary transitions, and knowledge regarding at-risk learners. These are excellent resources both for adding to your professional library and for recommending to colleagues.

Motivation is often cited as an important factor in students' becoming proficient readers. How does student motivation affect the development of reading skills? And what can teachers do to tap into students' motivation to read? The research on reading motivation is not robust enough to fully answer these questions, but recent studies offer intriguing insights.


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DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION commissioned a survey of our readers to assess buying power for districts across the nation. Subscribers from school districts of all sizes received a questionnaire about buying activities and expenditures over a four-year period. The data reveal a total market that is enormous, and most districts have increased expenditures for products and services in all areas by about 6 percent, excluding construction and renovation projects.







 

Tenure is tired idea in K12 education. At best it is superfluous, and at worst it is a subtle but steady saboteur of innovation, accountability and improvement.








 

Spreading the Green Word








 

PISA Math and Science Results "Disappointing"


 

Taking Baby Steps to Meet NCLB Requirements

The National School Board Association included Jennifer Ziolko on its 2006 list of the 20 most outstanding emerging leaders in education, based on her work implementing technology and supporting its use in special education classes throughout the West Linn/Wilsonville (Ore.) School District.

How can teachers help students learn, remember, and apply academic skills and concepts? To answer this question, a panel of experts convened by the U.S. Department of Education recently examined research in cognitive science, experimental psychology, education, and educational technology. The focus was on instructional procedures and timing for increasing learning and memory.

 

With every new case of school violence, district leaders are urged to be proactive in hopes of averting potential violence. And experts say part of that proactive work comes from a threat assessment plan that every district should have.

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