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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.

Problem: After redesigning its Web page, the San Diego County Office of Education received complaints that the search engine was inaccurate and extremely slow.

Solution: The SDCOE installed Google Mini as its search engine and hasn't received a complaint in over a year.

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.

Corwin Press

Out-of-the-Box Leadership

www.corwinpress.com, $29.95

Maupin House Publishing

Flip for Comprehension

www.maupinhouse.com

Book, $27.95

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