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Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2003
Describes how various school districts in the United States are complying with the 1987 McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Act (reauthorized in 2001). Summarizes changes in McKinney-Vento regulations. (PKP)
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Homeless People, Parent School Relationship, School Law
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2003
Discusses early childhood learning issues surrounding the reauthorization debate for Head Start, with particular focus on the Bush administration's proposal to emphasize literacy and academic skills. (PKP)
Descriptors: Academic Ability, Early Childhood Education, Learning Readiness, Literacy
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2003
Practitioners and researchers in the education technology field asked to give their vision of the future list laptop computers, personal digital assistants, electronic testing, wireless networking, and multimedia technology among the technology advances headed soon for schools. A sidebar lists 12 online resources. (MLF)
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Database Management Systems, Educational Technology, Educational Trends
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2003
Describes urban school districts' efforts to improve student learning by addressing the social, emotional, and physical needs of their students. (PKP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Elementary Secondary Education, Physical Health, Psychological Needs
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2003
Although a narrowing gap exists between technology haves and have-nots in public schools, many schools are turning their energies toward discrepancies in teacher training and knowledge, home computer access, technology support, and the availability of quality online curricula and material. Lists eight online resources. (MLF)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Access to Education, Accountability, Elementary Secondary Education
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2002
Describes renewed debate on the educational benefits of single-sex schools prompted by proposed changes in Title IX to make it easier to establish single-sex schools. (PKP)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Legislation, School Segregation, Single Sex Schools
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2002
Discusses covert relational aggression involving adolescent female students, especially those who are popular. (PKP)
Descriptors: Adolescent Behavior, Aggression, Bullying, Educational Environment
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2002
Offers advice on how to implement an online learning program. Includes a description of the planning process, funding requirements, teacher training, technology requirements, access options, and management and control issues. Describes some common types of online learning programs and virtual schools. Includes excerpts from "Guide to Online School…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Board of Education Role, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2002
Describes seven urban school districts that implemented effective reform plans: Atlanta Public Schools, Georgia; Boston Public Schools, Massachusetts; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, Charlotte, North Carolina; Houston Independent School District, Texas; Sacramento Unified School District, California; Seattle Public Schools, Washington; and Wichita…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Urban Schools
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2002
Discuss issues related to corporate foundation support of urban public-school reform efforts. (PKP)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Private Financial Support
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2002
Describes several legal issues involving school board member use of electronic mail, especially violation of state open-meeting laws. Offers several tips to avoid legal pitfalls. Briefly describes Freedom on Information Act issues related to electronic communication. Provides sample policies on e-mail use. (PKP)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Electronic Mail, Elementary Secondary Education, Legal Problems
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2002
Civics and social-studies educators worry that schools are neglecting to show the complex and difficult sides of democracy, including the importance of debate and dissent. Strategies to help young people grow into citizens include encouraging critical thinking, teaching students to understand other points of view, and linking service learning to…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Critical Thinking, Cultural Awareness
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2001
Professionals who have worked with school leaders say conflict results from the board and superintendent stepping into each other's territory. They advise: beware the revolving door; keep your roles straight; redefine your concept of power; build trust; know where you're going; and know when to cut your losses. A sidebar lists resources. (MLF)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Board Administrator Relationship, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2001
Dodgeball, whose object is eliminating opponents by walloping them with rubber balls, brings out some kids' competitive sprit and others' fear of recess. Schools in Utah, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania are banning the game from physical education classes because it promotes bullying and discourages some children from exercising. (MLH)
Descriptors: Bullying, Competition, Educational Philosophy, Elementary Education
Vail, Kathleen – American School Board Journal, 2001
Describes various American efforts to develop online schools and classes. Discusses attributes of successful online teachers and students. Lists 17 online learning support companies and their Web sites. (PKP)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Online Courses, Student Motivation
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