Curriculum Administrator

Articles from Vol. 37, No. 4, April

$10M to Make a Difference in Math and Science Instruction
Students in San Diego's City Schools will be the beneficiaries of close to a $10 million donation during the next three years designed to improve math and science instruction. Through the grant, the Foundation for the Improvement of Mathematic and...
American Bar Association: Zero Tolerance Is Too Restrictive
A kindergartner in Pittsburgh is suspended from school because his Halloween costume, a firefighter, includes a plastic ax. A Green Bay third grader is suspended because the fob on his key chain is a one-inch replica of a gun. A sixth grader in Cobb...
A Most Decorated Educator
Rod Paige capped his flurry of recent educational awards by being named the AASA Superintendent of the Year. The way Rod Paige has been picking up awards lately, he could even make the contestants at a Miss America pageant nervous. Paige began his...
AOL Offers Free SAT Test Prep Online
AOL@School's latest alliance offers users a free four-week SAT prep test course from TestU, officials announced in mid-February. "My passion for technology is to use it for what it does well, real educational uses," says Terry Crane, AOL's vp of...
Applications Just for the Classroom
Here's a Look at some of the top programs specifically for educators--and students -- using Palms. With the number of Palm users in the education profession growing daily, there is an increasing demand for education applications available for the...
A Program to Count On
Mathematica for Students offers new features and volume discounts. Mathematica has long been the leading professional math computation and presentation solution. The updated Mathematica 4.1 Student Version is similar to the professional version...
Columbine Revisited
In the aftermath of the Colorado high school's tragedy, the district's superintendent shares her insights on how to work with students, staff and community during trying times. Incidents of school violence generate such notoriety--evidence the recent...
Dot Bomb?
Is the Internet just another passing fad? Is the Internet dead? Was the great electronic mall nothing more than a house of cards? If my stock portfolio is any indication, the answer is, Yes! This time last year it was soaring to new heights on a...
Evolution Returns to Kansas Curriculum
Ending nearly two years of ridicule from many education experts, Kansas Board of Education members decided to again teach evolution as the central theory of the origin of man. In one of the most watched cases in recent U.S. education history, the state...
Gates Foundation Continues Smaller School/class Size Plan
Following in the footsteps of a similar initiative in Oakland, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is offering a group of Washington state public high schools the equivalent of about $500 per student in funding if the schools agree to scale down...
Going the DISTANCE
Growing acceptance of distance learning in the K-12 market has led to innovation and competition. Here's a quick quiz: What do basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, former South African president Nelson Mandela, relationship expert Barbara DeAngelis,...
Improving All Students' Math IQ
This Pennsylvania school district has boosted its math scores by mixing new lessons with fun and family participation. It was test time at Parkside Elementary School. But as its fifth-graders puzzled over complicated math problems, they put aside...
Independence in the Palms of Their Hands
This Kansas high school uses handheld devices to help special education students excel When you think of hand-held devices for high school students, odds are you think of a calculator. When you think of gadgets for kids with special needs, you might...
Infoline
Start Something In a recent survey of students, 70 percent of respondents believe it is very important to have values in order to be successful, however, only 12 percent knew the definition of "values." In an effort to motivate students to develop...
Internet Filtering Company N2H2 Courts Controversy over Selling of Student Data
It's 10 a.m., do you know where your student's Internet data is going? In a move that quickly devolved into a public relations headache, N2H2--one of the nation's dominant school Internet filtering companies--was fending off criticism that it allegedly...
Internet Filters: Good or Bad, Now Necessary
The feds are forcing school districts to consider filtering online content by threatening to reject funding requests. If you have been debating about whether or not to install filtering technology to block objectionable online content in your school,...
Letters to the Editor
DEFENDING KIPP VOCIFEROUSLY This month brought a huge amount of letters to us, nearly 300 strong, about our story "Judging the KIPP Academy," CURRICULUM ADMINISTRATOR, January 2001, p. 45. These letters, all from students at the Houston KIPP Academy,...
Listening to the Message
As we were putting together this month's issue with its focus on school safety and violence, another school shooting occurred. This incident, in a town outside of San Diego, left two students dead and 13 others hurt. At first blush, the same wave of...
New Products
TEXAS INSTRUMENTS OFFERS COST-EFFECTIVE NETWORKED TECHNOLOGY Texas Instruments, education.ti.com, $9,800. Texas Instruments' new TI-Navigator system offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional classroom computer networks. TI-Navigator creates...
Palm Awards First Round of Palm Education Pioneer Program Grants
Palm Inc. and SRI International recently awarded the first round of grants for the Palm Education Pioneer program. These 15 winners from around the United States represent projects in a variety of grade levels and academic programs. The PEP grant...
Palm's New Training Program
The Palm Education Training Coordinator program is supporting school district professional development plans and creating a special learning community. The new Palm Education Training Coordinator (PETC) program addresses the top issue for school...
Peripherals for Palm OS
Palm IIIc Recharger Kit www.palm.com $39.95 The Palm IIIc Recharger allows users to power the lithium battery anywhere there's a power outlet, from home to school to a hotel. The snap-on plug adapters connect the AC recharger to power outlets across...
Pushing Barriers
These schools are exploring many ways to use Palms for administration and learning. It's a scene that has played out in just about every high school in the country. A principal runs into a group of students roaming the hallway or out in the parking...
Safety in the BIG APPLE
Administrators in the country's largest school district take student safety very seriously. Here, the official in charge of student and safety prevention services talks about measures the district takes to keep its students safe. Safety in New York...
Security Measures
Violence prevention should be an ongoing process that includes physical deterrents coupled with peer communication. High profile school shooting incidents in the past couple of years have generated headlines, heightened public awareness of school...
Survey: Some Indiana Superintendents Caught Surfing Questionable Web Sites
If asked, would you know what Web sites you've been accessing from your school-owned computer, and would any of those sites be inappropriate? Recently, computer records from 49 central Indiana school districts showed that school superintendents who...
Taking Stock of Math Education
Experts debate the ills, and possible solutions, for what ails math curriculum. After literacy, no other issue associated with contemporary education is more hotly debated than mathematics education. Well-organized citizen and academic groups desperate...
The Latest PALMS
Three new computers give users expansion card capacity, more memory, additional built-in software and new faceplates. Palm Inc. has introduced three brand-new models--the m105, m500 and m505--along with a whole suite of new updated peripherals and...
The Next BIG THING
When we published the first issue of EDUCATION IN HAND in December, we were excited at the potential we saw in handheld computers in education but we were unsure of what the education community's reaction would be. Would busy school executives take...
The State of the Education Industry: Strong, but with Pitfalls, Says a Market Analyst
While the Big Four education publishers--McGraw-Hill, Pearson Education, Harcourt and Houghton Mifflin--are all in solid financial shape, one of the nation's leading financial analysts for the education industry is warning school administrators to...
Universal Language
This wealthy Pennsylvania district uses Sony PlayStations to help at-risk migrant students succeed. The Kennett Consolidated School District in Chester County, Penn., is a district of extremes. It Is one of the wealthiest school districts in the...
Virtual CLASSROOMS
Satellite conferencing, video technology and the Internet are at the forefront in the effort to deliver quality education to anyone, anywhere, anytime. In the old days if a student wanted to learn something they had to walk, ride a school bus or...
What's Mine Is Mine
When technology is everywhere all the time, "ownership" takes on a new meaning. Not so long ago, being on the wrong side of the Digital Divide meant not having access to a computer. More recently, it's meant not having entree to the Internet. But...
Will the University of California's Decision Be the Beginning of the End for the SATs?
After 100 years, does the SAT still serve its purpose? Recently some smaller colleges have stopped using the test as a criteria for admissions, but now that they may be joined by the country's largest university system, the University of California,...