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"Where's the best place to spend our money-Pre-K programs? Bonuses for teacher recruitment?" As of last spring, most state policy makers who consulted Mike Griffith, a policy analyst at the Education Commission of the States, had questions like these.
My work in K-12 staff development has shown time and again that one of the most effective ways to develop Internet expertise is to involve teachers and students with online projects. Well-designed projects provide learners with in-depth opportunities to hone telecommunications skills, use online tools and resources, and gain educational experiences that cannot be duplicated through any other medium.
Union City, N.J., has a picturesque view of Manhattan from across the Hudson River. But the picture of Union City wasn't so bright 12 years ago.
By the looks of the district now, one would never know it was on the verge of being taken over by the state in 1989 after failing 44 of 52 state indicators used to assess schools. Attendance, dropout rates and standardized test scores were below state and national averages in the district that has 85 percent of its students receiving free or reduced lunches.
District PLUS Tips and ideas for successful district leadership
Essential Skills for Effective School Leaders
After three years of research, the New York State Education Department is releasing "Essential Knowledge and Skills for Effective School Leadership," a profile detailing these nine essential characteristics for school leaders.
1. Leaders know and understand what it means and what it takes to be a leader
2. Leaders have a vision for schools that they constantly share and promote
God Bless America
We received numerous letters supporting Dan Kinnaman's opinion in his November column, "God Bless America." This letter is representative of that sentiment.