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The Bill of Rights Institute

Being An American: Exploring The Ideals that Unite Us

www.billofrightsinstitute.org, Program, $12.95

Books

What do YOU Mean by Learning by Seymour Sarason (Heinemann)

Lifelong learning. I decided to try it. So, I packed up the car and drove to Palo Alto to participate in the annual Stanford Jazz Residency. This immersive institute welcomes adults and talented teens to spend a week playing, studying and listening to jazz.

Giving Construction Curriculum A Chance

I'm writing this column because I'm embarrassed.

Two recent issues of District Administration have carried columns by Gary Stager that have attacked aspects of the educational proposals/decisions of both presidential candidates.

Mid-Level Managers Being Left Behind

Unless the central office staff starts communicating better with school building principals and teachers, major reform initiatives may never come to fruition, reports a new study released by the Cross City Campaign for Urban School Reform.

The pursuit of learning can be derailed in schools plagued by discipline problems. This is certainly not news to principals and teachers. Research confirms their intuitions about the connection between discipline and achievement. One recent study found that classroom behavior, rather than class size, was a primary factor associated with improved achievement. On the whole, research suggests that improvements in school discipline will create an environment more conducive to academic achievement.

Airing Out Old Concerns

10 Ways to Recognize a Learning Organization

by James Ellsberry, CEO, The Dewitt Institute for Professional Development

The absence of certain characteristics may point the way to professional development needs in a district. You know you're in the presence of a learning organization if:

FileMaker

FileMaker Education Starter Kit

www.filemakertrial.com, Software, Free

11/2004

NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND Q&A

One of the biggest battlegrounds in K-12 education in this country has been, and always will be, how it is funded.

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