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The effects of September 11 are still being felt by educators and students a year later.

Here some of your colleagues share their feelings about the repercussions of this event

There's much more to an administrator's salary than just the bottom line. We go behind the numbers to reveal what really makes a desirable compensation package.

Plus, a superintendent wish list and some perks that you would never think to ask for

Matching an urgency many have felt for some time, professional development for K-12 staff is now an articulated-and funded-national education priority. Under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, as much as $3.2 billion will be available for staff training. In addition, the act stipulates a hefty percentage of new federal grants be devoted to correlated staff development.

Advances in projector technology are making these machines one of the HOTTEST tech trends in schools today

Everyone knows about show-and-tell. Years ago, students brought in various toys, books or even rocks from the backyard to show the rest of the class. Now, it is the teachers who are conducting show-and-tell, every day with almost every lesson. Only it isn't just a fun diversion, but a professional must.

TEAMING WITH NATURE

This rural district emphasizes an environmental approach to all aspects of curricula

A few summers back Kane Area (Pa.) Middle School Principal Jeff Kepler and five teachers from his seventh-grade team spent a week looking at rocks, bugs, trees, birds and dirt. They took the temperature and measured the pH of soil; they cored trees to determine age; they kept nature journals and brushed up on their map reading skills.

FULFILLING HER MOTHER'S DREAM

The progress in this Hamilton City, Ohio, district led to kudos from President Bush

When Janet Baker was growing up in Hamilton, Ohio, her mother told her the president had sent her a letter stating he wanted little Janet to work hard and do her homework because he might need her help in Washington, D.C., someday. Well, it took about 45 years, but her mother's white lie has come true.

BEAT THE BAND

Lessons learned, and unlearned, while trying to stay in tune

I used to tell folks that the reason I sent my kids to school was band. We didn't have a band at home, and the experience of creating something beautiful within a group of other musicians appealed to my aesthetic sense and democratic ideals. Heck, being in the band even raises test scores. School music kept me sane throughout my public school years and enriched my life more than nearly any other experience.

Perhaps it is because I taught in an era when computer courses and technology careers were almost exclusively male bastions, or because most of the participants in my Internet staff development programs are female, but I am always encouraged to meet and work with district technology coordinators who are women. These professionals include Dianne Martin of Mountain Home Public Schools in Arkansas, Barbara St. Onge of Torrington Public Schools in Connecticut, Leslie Flanders of the Scott County Schools in Kentucky, and Joan Peebles of the Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin.

It began in 1994 as a small project that brought together a newly hired deputy superintendent and development officer. Great teamwork, perseverance and the lessons we've learned during the past eight years have resulted in $38 million in competitive grants for our small urban district.

That first project began with a superintendent directive to conduct a brainstorming session for a new grant opportunity. When we asked what the grant was about, participants excitedly responded that it was "about $50,000." It was a very brief meeting.

I'm taking time out to reflect, and I invite you to do the same. No doubt you can remember where you were the morning of September 11. I was in Washington D.C., in my hotel room catching up on e-mail. It was the last day of a conference for education technology executives, and I was anxious to wrap things up and get to the airport for my late morning flight.

Then everything changed. My cell phone rang and my brother-in-law said something about a plane hitting the World Trade Center. I pictured a small private plane with engine trouble-an unavoidable accident.

The U.S. Department of Commerce (www.doc.gov) reports that more than 54 percent of the national population uses the Web, and the number of Web pages is climbing into the billions. Meeting the demand for information on the latest and best online educational resources has never been greater or more complicated.

DISTRICT PLUS

Mediate, Not Litigate

Trying mediation before litigation to resolve a dispute is a popular, cost-saving concept among administrators and other leaders. They have discovered the benefits of effective mediation outweigh the adversarial effects of litigation.

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By now, everyone knows about the new education bill and its testing requirements. Or do you?

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