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Administrators at Putnam County Elementary School in Eatonton, Ga., are an ambitious group, and they don't want any first-year teachers to fail. In fact, school leaders are providing new teachers with nearly all they need to succeed.

With all the buzz about "Web 2.0 technologies" and the implications that new social Web tools such as Weblogs, wikis and the like have for education and information literacy, it's no wonder that school libraries are suddenly on the front lines of change.

I couldn't help laughing at the cynical greeting I received one first day of January, "Happy New Year-your car is now worth $1,000 less!"

What kinds of school-family connections are more likely to produce higher levels of student achievement? K12 educators are asking this as they implement various school-family-community involvement programs to comply with the No Child Left Behind act (NCLB). Fortunately, educational research offers insights and direction for school districts. For example, researchers Anne Henderson and Karen Mapp recently synthesized 51 high-quality studies on parent and community involvement, 31 of which address relationships between student achievement and parent-community involvement activities.

Games Students Play

Uncovering the Fountain of Youth

The Quest Network is planning a trip for fourth- to eigth- grade teachers and students. The virtual trip to a cluster of Central American villages where inhabitants live some of the longest, healthiest lives on the planet is scheduled for January 2007.

With a profusion of VHS tapes, an old analog TV system and conventional projectors, the Edina (Minn.) Public School District was ready for a digital makeover.

Are they the promised land for special education?

Problem: Abner S. Baker Central School in Fort Morgan, Colo., was not making Adequate Yearly Progress and wanted to enhance the faculty's collaboration skills.