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The Canton City Schools District in Ohio was looking for new ways to provide better access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities and other learning challenges. They were looking for an RTI solution that would support students across all tiers, so when members of the Assistive Technology Committee saw Read&Write GOLD at a training seminar, they thought they'd found an important addition for their district's toolkit.

The Canton City Schools District in Ohio was looking for new ways to provide better access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities and other learning challenges. They were looking for an RTI solution that would support students across all tiers, so when members of the Assistive Technology Committee saw Read&Write GOLD at a training seminar, they thought they'd found an important addition for their district's toolkit.

Like many public entities today faced with tighter operating budgets and mandates to reduce energy consumption, the Green Bay Area Public School District was looking for ways to reduce costs while still maintaining a comfortable environment for students and staff. In 2003, the district launched an aggressive program combining energy-saving projects with student and employee awareness instruction. In just five years, it saved nearly 19.8 million kWh of electricity, 2.3 million therms of natural gas and $4.4 million in public funds.

Educators face instructional challenges all the time: diverse classrooms, year-to-year transitions, student mobility. But summer school poses a special set of challenges—distracted students, small staffs and limited class time, to name a few. Finding an instructional program that overcomes these obstacles, and provides engaging content for students with widely diverse skill levels, is yet another summertime challenge.

Educators face instructional challenges all the time: diverse classrooms, year-to-year transitions, student mobility. But summer school poses a special set of challenges—distracted students, small staffs and limited class time, to name a few. Finding an instructional program that overcomes these obstacles, and provides engaging content for students with widely diverse skill levels, is yet another summertime challenge.

What is your perspective on a four-day school week, pros and cons?

 

Kathleen Kapusta Independence (Ohio) Local Schools Board of Education

Dear Kathleen,

“3D TV improves test scores.” “Whiteboards for all. Great Britain is years ahead. When will we catch up?” “Computing in the cloud changes everything.” “The iPad changes everything.”

I retired in June 2010. I thought it would be an easy decision. It was not. It was difficult because I was leaving behind what had defined my professional life for nearly three decades. My journey as a student began in a oneroom schoolhouse in the poorest county in Maine. My journey as a superintendent began in Wiscasset, a small town on the mid-coast of Maine, wound briefly through Easthampton, Mass., and culminated in a 19-year tenure at Waterford (Conn.) Public Schools.

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