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Apr 2003

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Cover Story

Is there a way that separate can be even better than equal? A handful of schools nationwide are trying to prove the point that single gender education can do a better job educating both girls and boys

Features

A 3-year-old sat on the lap of his mother, who was visiting Richard Murphy Elementary School in Boston. Principal Mary Russo couldn't help watching the child, fascinated with how the boy kept peering to the ceiling.

I'm a French teacher being forced to teach Spanish! The only good thing about teaching Spanish is Ricky Martin!" says Danielle Edwards, who has been with Edwards-Knox Central School District in upstate New York for 16 years. She's only half kidding.

Mary Cullinane, who manages the K-12 computing segment at Microsoft, has a somewhat absurd analogy regarding the use of computer labs in K-12 education.

Is there a way that separate can be even better than equal? A handful of schools nationwide are trying to prove the point that single gender education can do a better job educating both girls and boys

Solutions

Wireless technologies have quickly moved from pilot programs to the mainstream in K-12 education. While overall education spending is likely to be flat this year, projections indicate that school districts will significantly up their spending on wireless technologies.

Veteran teachers are as technology-wise in this district as new teachers, and even students. An ongoing staff development program is why

Paul Garrison may be the superintendent of Daleville Community Schools, but he still pulled lunch duty last year.

He says he didn't mind. When you work in a district with only two schools and about 670 students, you must tolerate an ever-changing job description.

"I compare it to operating a small business. You do everything that has to be done," Garrison says.

Briefings

MESSAGE: Live Free or Go Broke

Will people from the "Live Free or Die" state tell the federal government to keep its NCLB regulations?

Departments

Sunburst Technology and Quickmind

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