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Jan 2009

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Cover Story


Cookie Academy Project

Antwerp (Ohio) Local School District



Cookie Academy Project

Antwerp (Ohio) Local School District


Living and Learning Arcade

Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh Charter School

A Living Arcade

A video-game type of environment will draw more students to become proficient in reading and math.


Learning Cafe

Phoenix (Ariz.) Elementary School District #1



When Alamo Heights (Texas) Independent School District opened in 1909 as a rural, two-room wooden-frame school, who would have thought that 96 years later its students would become teachers to their own parents?

What constitutes a 21st-century education? The answers vary (Walser, 2008), but 10 states have already adopted the framework used by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (, and more states are preparing to do so. The Partnership’s Framework for 21st Century Learning specifies student outcomes in four areas:



Three States Eye Bold Change for Schools

Talk is cheap when it comes to high school reform, but three states—Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Utah—are doing just that as they experiment with some new ideas to prepare students for a competitive workforce and global economy.


MySpace Verdict Raises Identity Questions


L.A. Schools to Make the Most of Their Land


The Irony of Prizes

I had seen the write-up about the 2008 Broad Prize for Urban Education given to the Brownsville (Texas) Independent School District (Editor’s Letter, December 2008). I was unaware that the district had not met NCLB requirements. Is it true that the district refused to test its students with authenticated objective tests of their academic achievement?

Patrick Groff, professor of education emeritus, San Diego State University

Editor’s note: The district’s NCLB status will be explained in an upcoming issue.



Brain-Based Learning: The New Paradigm of Teaching, 2nd ed., $35.95



Got It!

Student Response System, Hardware, $1,350/set of 24, $1,785/set of 40

When the first analog document cameras were invented in the late 1970,s, they provided an easier way to display documents to a class by using a television screen or video projector instead of overhead projectors and transparency sheets. Today’s digital document cameras are so versatile they are often referred to more accurately as “visual presenters,” because their high-resolution, high-magnification zoom digital cameras, internal memory, full-motion video capture, network connectivity and other features enable much more than documents to be part of a presentation.