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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.

 

The need to address adolescent literacy with a focus on English Language Learners has created a growing realization that instructional practices need to change.

The Carmel Unified School District, located 120 miles south of San Francisco and including the population centers of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Carmel Valley, Pebble Beach and Big Sur, enrolls 2,166 students and employs 335 staff members.

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).

New Literacies

The authors hit on a great point in regard to motivating and engaging students ("The New Literacies," October). This has to be a goal of every educator and moving into the 21st Century with technology is a must. My three- and four-year-old children can both access the Internet and log on to PBS to play educational games. They run the mouse like they have been using it for years.

Mark Gruen, principal, Eleva-Strum Central High School and Middle School, Strum, Wis.

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