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NHN:  NETHAPPENINGS NEWSLETTER #22 

NEW THIS WEEK for NHN  4/19/05
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Community/NHnewsletter.html
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Dear Readers,

Net Happenings Newsletter, launched by the Educational
CyberPlayGround, features both news and resources.
Karen Ellis* Founder of the Educational CyberPlayGround,
Guavaberry Books and the National Children's Folksong
Repository invites others to help sponsor NHN sent
to members of the NetHappenings Mailing List.

Written by Classroom Teacher Alan Haskvitz
1997 National Teacher's Hall of Fame
All USA Today First Team Teacher
Reader's Digest Hero in Education
Cherry International Award for Outstanding Teachers
1994 National Middle Level Teacher of the Year (NCSS)
[w] http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Ringleaders/al.html

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IN THIS ISSUE
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IN THE NEWS
- New SAT scores are in and test takers are happy
- 2005 ALL-USA Today Teacher Nominations due soon. It pays. All teachers eligible.
- Secretary of Education Spelling Changing NCLB Policy
- Slain teacher gave her life to save her students.

INTERESTING SITES
- Lincoln Library opens and links
- Arts Olympiad International sharing for all students.
- Testing And Assessment / RETENTION - Who will benefit?
- Edcational CyberPlayGround Mailing Lists has a new look

SITES YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW EXISTED
- Vietnam Virtually Wall
- Have students make their own editorial movies.
- Adopt a whopping crane
- Dress Codes & School Uniforms
- Personal messages from Kids favorite artists and athletes to stay in school.
- Professional Organizations & Accreditation

QUOTES
- The difference between learned and learning to Epictetus and Eric Hoffer:

FACTOIDS
- How many Americans have college degrees?
- Are more girls or boys on academic track?

WE ARE NOT ALONE
- Christchurch principals are alarmed at teenage zombies
- China censors university site
- Argentina Schools have more than 500 students in their classes

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IN THE NEWS
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SAT scores are in and test takers are happy
<http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/04/12/sat>

2005 ALL-USA TEACHER TEAM
<http://allstars.usatoday.com>
Nominations are open for the 2005 All-USA Teacher Team, USA TODAY's recognition program for outstanding K-12 teachers.  Winners not only have their photographs published and their accomplishments noted in the newspaper but also receive trophies and share $2,500 cash awards with their schools.  Teachers can be nominated by anyone but nominations are due April 29, 2005. Click to the Teacher Team page.
For more information about the programs, call 703-854-5890 or e-mail allstars@usatoday.com.  To receive a high school, four-year college or teacher nomination form when available, send a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope specifying which program to Carol Skalski, USA TODAY, 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, VA, 22108-9995 (please use nine-digit ZIP code).

Secretary of Education Spelling Changing NCLB Policy
http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2005/04/04072005.html Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, in an effort to quiet a rebellion over federal education policy, announced Thursday that states with strong accountability systems already in place would be given greater flexibility in implementing the No Child Left Behind Act.


Slain teacher gave her life to save her students.
Tragic Minnesota school tragedy brings out true character of dedicated teacher.
http://tinyurl.com/bsj9t

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INTERESTING SITES
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Educational CyberPlayGround Mailing Lists have a new look.
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Community/

Lincoln Library opens
Very large collection of lessons and links
<http://www.reacheverychild.com>


Testing And Assessment / RETENTION - Who will benefit?
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/newRetention.html
Research done by US military schools has shown success depends on parental involvement. You can model their success by simply inviting your parents into your school and ask them to be active in the classroom. Make parents feel welcomed anytime they can come, and call their employers asking them to give parents time to come.

International Child Art Foundation
<www.icaf.org>

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SITES YOU PROBABLY NEVER KNEW EXISTED
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Vietnam Virtually Wall
A nice interactive site where students can see the memorial as well as the names of those who have fallen by name, state, and more. Well done.
<http://www.dfilm.com/index_moviemaker.html>

C'mon Adopt Why Dontcha adopt a whopping crane?
<http://www.friendspwrc.org/AdoptAWhooper/>
and <http://birding.about.com/library/weekly/aa110199.htm>

Dress Codes & School Uniforms
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/dresscode.html
Several excellent suggestions and descriptions of model programs

Show the 4 - 12 kids, personal messages from their favorite artists and athletes explaing why kids need to stay in school, it's very cool.
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Culdesac/artists.html

Professional Organizations & Accreditation
http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/Teachers/professors.html
If you are interested in the accreditation of K-12, College Prep, Vocational or other secondary or pre-secondary institutions?

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WE ARE NOT ALONE
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Christchurch principals are alarmed at the growing numbers of teenagers turning up to school "like zombies" after weekends spent boozing and partying.
<http://tinyurl.com/3kdah>

China censors university site
Fear of any anti-government rhetoric closes site to those outside university. China is willing to trade with others, but not promote freedom.
http://tinyurl.com/5z7kd

Argentina Schools after reorganization: 46% of teachers have more than 500 students in their classes, while 18% have more than 1,000
http://www.international.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=1594

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QUOTES
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Epictetus:
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.

Eric Hoffer:
In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.

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FACTOIDS
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In 2000, 72 percent of children 12 to 17 years old were academically on-track for their age. Girls were more likely to be on-track than boys79 percent and 69 percent, respectively.

In 2003, over four-fifths (85 percent) of all adults 25 years or older reported they had completed at least high school and 27 had a college degree.



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Al
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