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Have Your Kids Hunt Through History!
Children ages 8 and above are invited to hunt through history on July 4 from 10 am -2 pm and July 22 2-4 pm at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial's "Just 4 Kids" Hunt Through History program.

Join veterans and volunteers as they help you find astronauts, dog tags, heroines from the American Revolution and more using artifacts, photographs, exhibits, quotes, computers and architecture. As students dig through the past and experience the present, they will learn about the Women's Memorial, history, patriotism, symbolism, teamwork and the history of women serving in defense of America for nearly 230 years.

Wear comfortable shoes and clothes for indoor and outdoor activities. It promises to be a fun-filled afternoon!

Hunt Through History is one in a series of two-hour special educational "Just 4 Kids" programs hosted by the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation. While covering a variety of topics and involving various activities for students of all ages, the programs are designed to familiarize attendees with the responsibilities of citizenship, American history, patriotism and, of course, women's rich heritage of service. All events are FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information or to reserve a seat, call Jennifer Finstein or Leigh Anne McNamara at 800-222-2294 or 703-533-1155. The Women's Memorial is located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery and is accessible by METRO (Blue Line, Arlington Cemetery). Paid parking is available.

Summertime Reading for LD High School Students
If your child has a reading problem, you should know that your child is not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, 80 percent of people with learning disabilities have reading problems. When your child can voice and acknowledge that they have a reading problem, to themselves and to others, they are taking a major step toward success. Honesty can allow your child to take the action necessary to understand their disability and succeed in spite of it.

The Schwab Foundation for Learning, a non profit serving parents and educators of children with learning differences, has written For the High School Student: Improving Reading, Taking Tests and Planning for the Future. This * free* publication is written expressly for teens in a clear, easy-reading style. From "What You Should Know About Learning Disabilities" to "Choosing to Go to College," this helpful guide encourages teens to become advocates for their own learning needs.

For the High School Student stresses understanding of learning differences, self-motivation and building confidence. Its eight sections discuss tools and strategies for improving learning and test-taking skills, including taking advantage of technology. For students thinking about college, there is advice about entrance exams, accommodations and choosing a school that will help you succeed.

Click here to download the For the High School Student guide. (Requires Acrobat Reader)

Teacher News & Events From The Web....
July Teacher News from the Web:

Help Flat Stanley Build a Library in a Leper Clinic in Brazil
By Dale Hubert, developer of the Flat Stanley Project

With hundreds of dedicated teachers and thousands of enthusiastic students this Flat Stanley Project has the potential to do great good in the world.

Our first co-operative undertaking is to provide used books for children who are patients of a leper clinic in Brazil. The patients who live at this clinic are kept in isolation and must remain there until cured. Imagine the excitement of contact with the world! Flat Stanleys may accompany the books or a Stanley can visit separately. It is important that, for import tax reasons, only books and items made of paper be sent. No other items such as pencils and rulers can, unfortunately, be accepted.

A paper Stanley in an envelope may accompany the books or, as the books will probably be sent by surface mail to save money and will be very slow, a Stanley may be sent separately.

All contributions of new and used children's books are gratefully received and should be addressed to:

80 730 360

You can send a Flat Stanley with a book or two or, if you can arrange delivery, you can send boxes of books. They are looking for picture books, books for very young children and books for more advanced readers. They are even looking for craft books so the staff can read them and learn how to make interesting things with day to day items. For example, at Easter over 500 students enjoyed an Easter egg hunt using discarded plastic drink containers that had been decorated for use as baskets.

Visit the official Flat Stanley Project website for more details on this and other exciting Flat Stanley projects!

Boston Schoolyard Initiative Seeks Help With Teacher Survey

The Boston Schoolyard Initiative has just issued a survey aimed at educators/programs that use school grounds for teaching & learning. The project is being underwritten by the Nellie Mae Foundation and the survey is available to complete on-line at the website of our partner - Educational Development Center (EDC) of Newton Massachusetts. The web address is:

The Boston Schoolyard Initiative is a public/private partnership aimed at transforming school grounds into centers of learning and community use.

Conflict Resolution Education Summer Institutes

This professional development program for educators is supported by a partnership among Illinois State Board of Education, Special Education Leadership Academy, National Center for Conflict Resolution Education, Conflict Resolution Education, Inc. and Illinois State Bar Association. The Conflict Resolution Education Summer Institutes will host "Developing Emotional Intelligence" August 15-16 at the Lisle-Naperville Hilton (3003 Corporate West Drive) in Lisle, IL (near Chicago O'Hare airport). The registration fee for each Institute is $95 per person. Participants are responsible for travel, meal and lodging costs. Northern Illinois University-Division of Continuing Education administers credit for the Conflict Resolution Education Summer Institutes. Upon completion of a workshop (12 instructional hours), participants will receive the NIU continuing education credit registration form to submit directly to NIU along with the $9 processing fee.

To register, visit the NCCRE Website at If you have further questions, please contact Holly Cunningham at the National Center for Conflict Resolution Education via phone: 217 523-7056 or e-mail

Becta ICT in Practice Awards for Teachers, Lecturers, Trainers and Advisers

The success of ICT is determined by the vision of those responsible for its planning and implementation. ICT in Practice can take the form of doing traditional things in new and better ways or of expanding the boundaries of what is possible. For these awards we are looking for practice that is replicable, that will say to teachers, "you too can do this". Above all, we are looking for practice that will make the experience of school even more relevant to students.

Each award winner will receive £2500, with an additional £2500 going to their school or organisation. The 5 categories are:

  • School Management (Primary and Secondary)
  • Special Educational Needs (Primary and Secondary)
  • Subject Teaching (Primary and Secondary)
  • Advice and Support
  • Widening Participation in Further Education

The Becta ICT in Practice Awards to be presented by Lord David Puttnam in January 2001, are unique. The awards, covering England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, are to promote and reward exemplary ICT practice amongst teachers, lecturers, trainers and advisers. Another aim is to discover practice that can be widely emulated.

A full set of criteria specific to each category is available on the web site below along with an online entry form.

ICT in Practice Awards

If you require further assistance, please e-mail: or telephone: 02476 416994 and ask for the ICT in Practice Helpdesk

Becta (British Educational Communications and Technology Agency) is the government agency that furthers the use of information and communications technology [ICT] to raise educational standards and to improve the effectiveness of educational professionals and institutions. Becta is the governments lead agency for ICT in education and is charged with developing the National Grid for Learning.