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Jan 2008

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With every new case of school violence, district leaders are urged to be proactive in hopes of averting potential violence. And experts say part of that proactive work comes from a threat assessment plan that every district should have.


The need to address adolescent literacy with a focus on English Language Learners has created a growing realization that instructional practices need to change.


The National School Board Association included Jennifer Ziolko on its 2006 list of the 20 most outstanding emerging leaders in education, based on her work implementing technology and supporting its use in special education classes throughout the West Linn/Wilsonville (Ore.) School District.

How can teachers help students learn, remember, and apply academic skills and concepts? To answer this question, a panel of experts convened by the U.S. Department of Education recently examined research in cognitive science, experimental psychology, education, and educational technology. The focus was on instructional procedures and timing for increasing learning and memory.



Taking Baby Steps to Meet NCLB Requirements


Condoms in Schools

With the pressure on schools these days, it's easy to understand how a school board could step into certain areas with the notion that they're doing the right thing (Understanding the Times, December). Schools are required to face the ramifications of babies having babies.