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Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2009
Faced with concerns about Internet predators, cyberbullying, students' sharing of inappropriate content on social networks, and the abundance of sexually explicit or violent content online, many school leaders and technology directors are placing tighter restrictions on Web access to shield students from potential harm. Yet in Trussville and other…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Technology Uses in Education, Electronic Publishing
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2009
Whether in the business center of Sydney and its suburbs to the east, in the mining and agricultural communities of the remote Kimberley region in the northwest, or elsewhere, most of Australia's 3.3 million K-12 students share the customary features of schooling--from physical structures to academic schedules. The content also has a common…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Parents
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2008
Like teachers in many urban school districts with large numbers of disadvantaged children, the faculty at New Holland Core Knowledge Academy strives to build the foundational skills necessary for later academic success. At New Holland, however, content is king. While many schools have narrowed the curriculum since Congress passed the No Child Left…
Descriptors: World History, Urban Schools, United States History, Federal Legislation
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2008
The reading coaches, professional development programs, and instructional materials that are the cornerstones of the Reading First program and are credited with improving instruction in struggling schools may be threatened by a deep cut included in the 2008 federal budget, officials and observers say. The reduction of more than 60 percent--from…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Reading Instruction, Financial Support, Federal Aid
Viadero, Debra; Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
Reading Recovery, a popular one-to-one tutoring program that Bush administration officials sought to shut out of a high-profile federal reading program, has gotten a rare thumbs-up from the federal What Works Clearinghouse. The positive rating comes after prominent researchers and federal reading officials tried to dissuade states and districts…
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Reading Fluency, Reading Failure, Reading Achievement
Hoff, David J.; Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
President Bush says that the No Child Left Behind Act is working, pointing to student-achievement results from a single subsection of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) and tentative Reading First data. But the evidence available to support his claim is questionable. The data Mr. Bush cited are from just the "long-term…
Descriptors: Test Results, Researchers, Federal Legislation, National Competency Tests
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
The Ogden, Utah schools have used the mandates of the federal Reading First grant program to transform reading instruction and student achievement in low-performing schools. Reading First was approved by Congress in 2001 under the No Child Left Behind Act to bring scientifically based reading methods and materials to struggling schools. The $1…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Grants, Reading Programs, Reading Instruction
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2006
Children don't have to be academically gifted to take advantage of some of the richest, and most fun, learning opportunities at South Grove Elementary School in New York. In fact, average pupils, those struggling to keep up with their grade-level peers, and even youngsters in special education all take part in the kinds of activities and projects…
Descriptors: Enrichment Activities, School Districts, Curriculum Enrichment, Academic Achievement
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2005
This paper reports the results of a special urban study of the 2005 National Assessment of Education Progress which indicates that city school districts may be seeing some payoff from years of work to improve mathematics instruction. However, similar initiatives to raise reading achievement have not led to significant gains. While, most of the 11…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, School Districts, National Competency Tests, Mathematics Achievement
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2005
Just a few years ago, a set of tests known as "dibbles" would have elicited little more than a chuckle from educators or anyone else. Today, they're taking it seriously, because the acronym DIBELS has come to symbolize the standard for early-literacy assessment throughout much of the country. Teachers in Reading First schools in more…
Descriptors: Reading Difficulties, Reading Fluency, Emergent Literacy, Instructional Effectiveness
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2004
Kim Lattimore thought good teaching was doomed when her elementary school was chosen to test a rigidly structured commercial reading program under the Los Angeles district's aggressive campaign to turn around dismal reading achievement. This article reports on similar concerns of teachers and administrators throughout the Los Angeles Unified…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Reading Programs, Reading Achievement, Reading Instruction
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2004
Nearly 140 years have not erased Georgia's memory of the trail of destruction by General William T. Sherman and Union troops as they burned their way from Atlanta to Savannah during a critical campaign of the Civil War. Those weeks in late 1864 have left a lasting influence on the state's history and culture. This article deals with Georgia's…
Descriptors: War, United States History, History Instruction, Educational Change