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Volume 3 Number 3

Harry & Rosemary Wong ask, "Is it possible that a school district would have no openings at a time of worldwide teacher shortages? But more importantly, why were there no openings in the Medford School District?"...
Effective Teaching by Harry & Rosemary Wong
Promoting Learning by Marv Marshall
4 Blocks by Cheryl Sigmon
Ask the School Psychologist by Beth Bruno
Online Classrooms by Leslie Bowman
The Eclectic Teacher by Ginny Hoover
The Busy Educator's Monthly Five (5 Sites for Busy Educators) by Marjan Glavac
Around the Block by Cheryl Ristow
Ask the Literacy Teacher by Leigh Hall
Instant Ideas for Busy Teachers by Barbara Gruber and Sue Gruber
Every Day is Read Across America Day!
Music is...
Ten Pennies and Ten Dimes
Swinging on the Education Pendulum
Literature Circles
Internet Based Interaction in the Classroom
How to Create A Bad Acceptable Use Policy Document (And Have It Survive)!
Safety on College Campuses
The Montessori Mystery
Playing Baseball in the Classroom - A Flexible, Adaptable Game to Motivate Your Students
Whither Not Social Studies!
When Bright Kids Say, "I'm Bored!"
Book Review: Comprehension Instruction
Teacher Social Groups
Retaining Principals
Today I Learned
Things You NEVER Thought You'd Have to Say…or Hear
What Was Your Most Unforgettable Show and Tell?
How Do You Deal With Middle School Students' Apathy?
Why Reading Scores Across the Nation Have Declined
Apple Seeds
Special Days This Month
Poem - Searching for the Gold
The Lighter Side of Teaching
  • YENDOR'S Top Ten
  • A Challenging Foot Feat
  • Schoolies
  • Woodhead
  • Handy Teacher Recipes
    Classroom Crafts
    Help Wanted - Teaching Jobs
    Featured Lesson from the Lesson Bank
  • Here Comes the Train
  • Upcoming Ed Conferences
    Letters to the Editor
    Chatboard Poll, What changes has your district made in an effort to raise test scores?
    Action Against Hunger Project
    Explore Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest
    Third Annual Music Education Survey Gets Underway
    Gazette Home Delivery:

    In Focus...
    Action Against Hunger Project

    From: Mimi Stephens at Teachers Center for Global Studies


    Teachers Interested in Teaching About Hunger and International Development

    Do you want your students to learn about issues of international hunger and poverty? Do you wish there were more resources available for students to learn about international development issues, especially the root causes of hunger, in an age appropriate, sensitive, and empowering manner?

    The Teachers Center for Global Studies has been contracted by Action Against Hunger, an international nonprofit organization engaged in hunger relief worldwide, to work on a US AID funded educational project on world hunger. We need at least 100 volunteer teachers willing to do four things.

    First, each participant will take a short survey which will gauge his or her attitude and perspectives on issues related to world hunger and international development. Next, the participant will listen to an 8-part series of interviews (each a half hour in length) that will explore these issues in depth through the perspectives of experts and individuals with personal experiences. The participant will then take a short survey to measure how his or her attitudes and perspectives may have changed after listening to the tapes, and which messages he or she found most compelling. Finally,the participant will select one of his or her classes to listen to just one tape, and administer a short pre and post survey to the class as well. The tape will be sent to each participant to listen to at his or her leisure, and the surveys will be conducted online.

    All participants who complete the project by May 1st will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 stipend. The long term goal of the project is to educate teachers about hunger and international development issues through the development of innovative curricula.

    If you are interested in participating, please contact Mimi Stephens at the Teachers Center by e-mail at


    In Focus...
    Third Annual Music Education Survey Gets Underway

    From: Debbie DiMaio

    Web-Based Program Goes Online February 18 Through March 31;
    Will Once Again Identify 100 Best Music Education Communities in America

    CARLSBAD, CA -The third annual nationwide survey of music education programs is beginning on the Internet February 18. By comparing data from locales around America, the survey will identify the 100 Best Communities for Music Education in America.

    The survey will be available online at, the official website of the American Music Conference (AMC). Participants can visit the site during the survey period to enter information about their communities, then check the same site in late April to see the nationwide results.

    NAMM - International Music Products Association; MTNA, the Music Teachers National Association; and NSBA, the National School Boards Association, VH1 Save the Music Foundation, Yamaha Corporation of America and Perseus Development Corporation are once again joining AMC as partners in the undertaking.

    "In 2000 and 2001, we found that there are great music programs all over the country, in large communities and small," says AMC Executive Director Joe Lamond. "After two years of this program, we're hearing a lot of enthusiasm from people who want to know how they can take part in the next one. I'm sure we'll see heightened participation this year."

    Communities that rank high in the survey will enjoy national media recognition. In addition, their success will serve as an example to people across the country and a catalyst for sharing ideas that work.

    Debbie DiMaio
    Senior Account Executive
    Giles Communications, LLC
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