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Jan 2003

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On the evening of May 19, 2002, 13-year-old Christina Long was dropped off at the local Danbury, Conn., mall by her aunt. When her aunt, whom she lived with, came to pick her up, she wasn't there.

A 21st century student might have a hard time appreciating pre-Civil War history. So through the story of Aindreas the Messenger, written by Gerald McDaniel, one media specialist hopes to bring

the story alive for students in an AP American history course at South Oldham High School in Crestwood, Ky.

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A study conducted on multimedia projectors is putting a sharper focus on how the teaching tools are being used in classrooms.

The marketing study, conducted by a manufacturer of projectors, found that many school districts are using the technology, but some question if the machines are being used to their full potential.

Media specialists from 500 schools were questioned at the K-12 level, and the study found that 338, or 67 percent, had a least one projector at their school.


For thousands of students, Groundhog Day each Feb. 2 has a special meaning beyond Punxsutawney Phil looking for his shadow. On that day, school districts across the country offer "job shadow" programs where students spend time on job sites with adult mentors. Even if students have an idea what career they may pursue, they are typically unsure of what these jobs are really like. A shadowing experience, such as with a newspaper reporter or an engineer, allows students to gain those insights through learning first-hand about work environments.


Ronnie Blake remembers the first thing he did. He punched into the Internet search engine "gender equity." A few weeks later, the assistant superintendent of the Clayton County school district had a three-inch-thick notebook from that one search and a much deeper understanding of Title IX law.

Cleveland's leader, one of the highest paid superintendents, earns her keep by setting the foundation for students learning

She misses the pizza. She misses her family, and her hairstylist. There is much to miss about any home, but Barbara Byrd-Bennett's home happens to be New York City.


Let’s play a word association game. I’ll write something and when you read it, record the first thought that comes to your mind.

Here goes: No Child Left Behind.



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