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Oct 2002

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Cover Story

Let's assume you've had the same job for the past 12 years. In that time, you've changed in numerous ways, the typical maturation that follows college, marriage, buying a house and having children.

But today, when you come into work, you realize that the job is still relatively unchanged from when you started and it doesn't use the talents you've developed in the intervening years. Worse yet, you're treated as if you're still 22, with bosses overseeing your every move and telling you what's good for you.

Chances are you'd be bored.

Features

From Montana to West Virginia, just having enough students is a problem. In New Mexico, low test scores of Native American children are the thorn. And in rural Oklahoma and Pennsylvania schools, the problem can lie in having enough money to hire more teachers and aides, maintain school buildings, and buy updated science textbooks, technology, new buses and even playground equipment.

Let's assume you've had the same job for the past 12 years. In that time, you've changed in numerous ways, the typical maturation that follows college, marriage, buying a house and having children.

But today, when you come into work, you realize that the job is still relatively unchanged from when you started and it doesn't use the talents you've developed in the intervening years. Worse yet, you're treated as if you're still 22, with bosses overseeing your every move and telling you what's good for you.

Chances are you'd be bored.

Everybody's talking about data-getting it, using it, sharing it.

Unearth the realities of data-driven decision-making and how it can be just what your district needs to help at-risk students

Growing up on a farm in Gilman, Wisc., a town with just 400 people, Tim Micke learned that experience is the best teacher.

Take the time he was out in a field and the tractor ran out of gas. As he walked the mile round trip to and from the gas tank, Micke knew he would never start farm work again without checking the gas gauge.

Opinion

VIRTUAL CAMPUS TOURS

Online multimedia technologies deliver the sights and sounds of college, without the cost and inconvenience of traveling

The excitement of a new school year quickly gives way to panic as college-bound seniors scramble to narrow college choices and complete applications. This anxiety-laden process may involve last-minute visits for open-house weekends and interviews that cost time and money. As the parents of one senior told me recently after a disappointing trip, "The best part of that college was the brochure."

Solutions

MARIACHI MAGIC

This district is keeping its large Hispanic student population in school and interested with a different type of music program

When Jose Salinas' eighth-grade band students play, they stand but do not march. You will never hear "Pomp and Circumstance" from them.

Instead the guitarrone players will pluck out a strong bass line, and the trumpets, violins and guitars will work through the unmistakable melody of "La Bamba."

What do you do when your primarily Hispanic student body shuns band?

SOUTHERN PASSIONS

This Atlanta superintendent doesn't need research to tell her all students can achieve-she's living proof

It was when Beverly Hall was growing up in her native Jamaica with an optimistic and hard-working mother that she learned she could achieve.

Briefings

(District Plus)

Deadly Tech Sins

In many school districts, there is no shortage of technology: laptops, desktop computers, handheld PDAs, wireless networks, scanners and printers. The list goes on.

Departments

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