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INTERNET:Powerful

The biggest benefits of the Web—limitless space and the ability for users to customize its information—are leading factors in each of the sites chosen this year.

SOFTWARE: Transitioning

Two forces—technology advancements and the specific NCLB requirements—had a hand in almost every item chosen in this category, from Apple’s Jaguar to CompassLearning’s standard-based tool Explorer.

BOOKS: Hott off the Press

If you’re looking for verification of No Child Left Behind’s worth, you might want to skip this section. Many of the books chosen, from Reading The Naked Truth to Not With Our Kids, come out swinging against NCLB.

The Next Challenge

As districts begin to work through the varied requirements of No Child Left Behind, one of the most challenging sections deals with educating special ed children.

An Eye for Design

Students in Miami-Dade's Web design academy get a feel for real-world project management and, at the same time, help area nonprofits.

Vermont's Value-Added

This superintendent uses Yankee ingenuiy and an ardent work ethic to juggle 11 school boards while fighting for fair education policies.

Rooted in Reading

If kids can't read, it's a universal problem. Is an "every teacher is a reading teacher" initiative the solution?

Moral of the Story

Character lessons abound in this district. Even students sent to the principal must explain their actions in terms of the LifeSkills trait they failed to meet.

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