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Pressing On in the Face of Tragedy

She was Christa McAuliffe’s backup. Now elementary teacher Barbara Morgan is bound for outer space

Halt the Testing Madness

Before accepting overtesting as inevitable, try debating the issue with parents and students.

All Makes and Models

The possibilities are nearly endless when educators form bonds with tech companies.

Curriculum Update

The latest developments in math, science, language arts and social studies.

HARDWARE: No Longer Luxuries

You don’t have to agree with every choice made in this section, but if your district isn’t using some version of all the tools mentioned here—including laptops, high-tech projectors and digital cameras—you are shortchanging your students.

The End of Textbooks

With so many vital sources of information available to students, why are schools slavishly holding onto textbooks?

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.

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