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Assessment, assessment, assessment. That seems to be the driving force behind many of the curriculum purchase decisions being made in districts across the country, as schools try to meet the requirements set forth by the federal government. The No Child Left Behind act is causing districts to scramble to provide texts that meet the law's research-based requirement (see sidebar) and set in motion the process of assessment and testing that will bring them into compliance with the standards.
After two planes flew into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, some families left New York City for New Jersey. Some of them brought behavior problems to school, according to John Dumford, Keyport Schools superintendent.
When an administrator in New England sadly faced the imminent death of a faculty member, he sought help from colleagues by posting a message to the K12Admin online discussion group: "The children know of the illness, but the relative certainty of death is a recent development. I'm looking for any advice from those of you who have had this experience."
Forget Hillary Clinton's village. It takes an entire district and its surrounding community to raise a child of model character. That much can be said for Lawrence Township, whose LifeSkills for Building Character initiative has everyone from parents to the police department reinforcing 10 character qualities established by the district as an integral part of the K-12 curriculum.
More than 30 years ago, the magazine was Curriculum Product Review. As it has evolved into a magazine for K-12 leaders, the new product section has reflected this change. The unfortunate side effect was that some curriculum products no longer had a regular place in our magazine. The publication of this section rights that wrong, by giving curriculum topics and products a semi-regular home. We will bring you a special section examining curriculum trends and products quarterly.