I will forgive Anthony Amato if the next time we call to interview him, he declines. Because of the brouhaha he's currently embroiled in as he fights to save his job as New Orleans school superintendent, I'm sure Amato hasn't realized an amazing coincidence.
Instead of spending hours writing up student report cards, a FileMaker Pro computer document is making life a lot easier for teachers in the Greenwich (Conn.) School District school. Bill Ronk, fourth-grade teacher and technology fan at Riverside Elementary School, created a FileMaker Pro document a few years ago so the K-5 teachers in his school could throw out the three-page "carbon-copy report card" and use an easier computer version.
Auto mechanics perform alignments by lining up the direction of the wheels so the vehicle is pointed in a straight line. Curriculum alignment follows the same principle, with the "wheels" being curriculum, instruction, standards and assessment. Research indicates this kind of alignment can point a school or district toward improved student achievement.
Lining Up for Standards
Do you think having guidelines for what students should learn and know helps improve their academic performance?
It's becoming the comment that won't go away. A petition and advertising campaign directed at Secretary of Education Rod Paige says he has flunked his job and should be fired for calling the nation's largest teacher's union a "terrorist organization."
Ken Hanrahan could hardly believe his ears. While attending a dinner hosted by International Business Machines last October, several IBM managers were enthusiastically sharing stories with him about the technology program at Jennings (Mo.) School District.
When a third grader's mom called frantically searching for her son who was late coming home from school, Eastlawn Elementary School Principal Jeff Lauer was out of the building at a district meeting. Lauer's assistant reached him on his cell phone.