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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...
    Photo-Documentary Internet Webcast to Explore Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest

    by Kevin T. Sparkman

    Internet Expedition Documents Signs of Climate Change

    Whidbey Island, Clinton, WA -- The award-winning wilderness expeditions team from will webcast from Costa Rica's Monteverde Cloud Forest as part of an Internet production on climate change titled "Mercury Rising: Bearing Witness to Climate Change." The photo-documentary webcast, co-sponsored by the Epson Corporation, will run from Feb. 1-12 at

    The climate change webcast is inspired in part by the work of Portland-based environmental photographer Gary Braasch who has traveled the world for more than three years creating a visual, photographic record of Earth's response to global warming.

    The multi-media web production will include photo galleries and articles focusing on major climate change issues as well as observations made by citizens over time that offer evidence of global warming. In addition, resources are offered for K-12 teachers and students, and Mercury Rising is presented as a distance learning and continuing education course for teachers through The Heritage Institute and Antioch University.

    Daily satellite dispatches during the webcast will include digital photography, audio, video and stories about climate change research in Monteverde, one of the most studied cloud forests on the planet. Some of those who will be featured in the expedition will include: Biologist Alan Pounds known for pioneering work in correlating changes in climate conditions to the loss of certain amphibian populations in Monteverde; Tropical Biologist Richard Laval who has researched the bat populations in Monteverde since the 1970s, most recently looking at possible changes related to global warming; and, Deborah DeRosier, a conservation biologist studying possible impact of climate change on the endangered three-wattled bellbird. The One World Journeys team will also spend time with members of the Quaker community who originally helped create the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve and local Costa Rican farmers working on restoring certain sections of the forest.

    "Our teams have chased jaguars through Mexico, documented sharks and other wildlife on a remote Pacific Island and explored deep into the Caucasus Mountains of former Soviet Georgia, but taking on climate change has been one of our greatest challenges so far," says Russell Sparkman, creator of and president of FusionSpark Media. "Through Gary's photos from around the world and our expedition in Costa Rica, our storytelling will offer a unique perspective on how global warming is changing our Earth."

    The expedition team will include author and Pulitzer-winning science writer Bill Dietrich from Anacortes, WA, along with his wife Holly Dietrich, an elementary school teacher who will be writing a daily dispatch for teachers and students. The field team will be led by One World Journeys executive producer and digital photographer Denise Rocco. Those following the online expedition will be able email questions to the team in the field.

    Mercury Rising is the sixth online wilderness expedition at, which is produced by FusionSpark Media Inc., based on Whidbey Island, Clinton, WA. has received several awards and numerous accolades for its photographic web expeditions focusing attention on unique or threatened ecosystems and species.

    Kevin T. Sparkman