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The Richland (S.C.) School District 2 serves over 23,000 students and includes 35 schools and centers. The average pupil-teacher ratio is 19 to 1. The district offices are located in the state capital of Columbia.


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Writing, whether fiction or nonfiction, is a creative process. Even a letter requires writers to arrange words and ideas to make meaning. According to the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy, creative processes such as writing engage the mind at the highest level of cognition (Anderson & Krathwohl, 2001). How can teachers help students become better writers? Recent research provide answers.


Instruction in Writing Strategies


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.


10/2008

Tricky “Curriki”


Thanks for mentioning Curriki.org in Kurt Dyrli’s blog (Product Posts, Aug. 6, 2008) about “free, open source ? curricula?” As pointed out in Dyrli’s blog, there are challenges to this innovative approach to educational content, most notably:


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