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The Orange County (Fla.) Public School District is located in central Florida. It serves over 178,000 students and has approximately 21,500 employees. OCPS boasts 126 “high-performing schools.”


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Few educational products have reached the level of popularity of interactive whiteboards. An estimated 12 percent of American classrooms use the devices, and the numbers continue to grow. In a survey by the NSBA at the 2008 Technology + Learning conference, school administrators named the interactive whiteboard the device “most useful to support instruction and engage students” by a significant margin over other products, such as laptops, document cameras and audience-response systems.







 

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MobileTrace, Portable Trace Detector, Facilities, $32,200


The subject of science lends itself naturally to lab experiments, field experiences and other “hands-on” activities. If well implemented, such activities can engage students and significantly increase learning. But if science education is to prepare students for life and for possible careers in science, providing hands-on activities is not enough.

As public elected or selected officials, board members must be accountable to the community. The evaluation instrument is an excellent accountability tool. The board must answer various questions, such as: What are the legal requirements of superintendent evaluation? What is an evaluation's purpose? How can we measure performance? Is an evaluation instrument a measure of growth? How does it serve to improve superintendent-board relations? What is the board's ethical responsibility to the community regarding student learning? What documents are needed to perform the evaluation?


A District Administration web seminar digest

School administrators across the country are working hard to offer healthy and attractive choices in snacks and beverages. Still, concerns persist about meeting nutrition guidelines, getting community support, winning student acceptance and maintaining revenue. Our speakers, Kate Lampel Link and Christy Manso, both from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, provide valuable insight for addressing such concerns in this edited digest of our web seminar.

IEPs for All


Regarding Daniel E. Kinnaman’s column about Individualized Education Plans for all students (“Change Every Child Needs,” October 2008), it’s something I have been talking about for years. I would like to take a closer look at your plan next month. My superintendent has discussed his desire to create a more individual curriculum plan. We have about 430 students in pre-K12. Although we have budget limitations, we do quite well offering a varied curriculum to our students, as well as college credit courses through our neighboring junior college.


SCHOOLS FEEL PAIN OF FINANCIAL MELTDOWN


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Homeless Students on the Rise


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