District Administration - May 2012 - (Page 12)
More Resources for Bullying
In response to Christopher Griffin’s Student Counsel column, “Bullying: It’s a Very Big Deal,” in the April DistrictAdministration 2012 issue, Bill Belsey writes: As a parent, educator, anti-bullying activFunding Building ist and the person Projects who first coined the term “cyberbullying,” I would like to share four Web sites I have created that seek to prevent bullying through education. They are: www.bullying.org, www.cyberbullying.org, www.bullyingawarenessweek.org, and bullyingcourse.com, which offers research-based, online courses and Webinars about bullying.
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from kindergarten to now (age 21), his speech therapists have been the key to his educational success in inclusive settings. They have understood his needs and worked to make the curriculum work for him. They had better training than anyone else on his team. It may be true that some forms of speech therapy can be delivered virtually. But not all.
Editor’s note: It may not be ideal but virtual speech therapy affords more districts the ability to reach more students.
Products that Prep for Common Core Math
Your story, “Are You Ready for Common Core Math?” in the March issue includes a sidebar, “Products That Prep for Common Core Math.” It is an excellent list and contains some real gems. However, your list does not contain the best elementary math resource of all: Origo Math. Origo is an Australian company that markets its materials in the United States. Origo does not “prep for the Common Core.” It uses the pedagogy detailed in the Common Core to effectively teach arithmetic. It was not created to fit the Common Core—the Common Core was created to fit it.
Bill Kendall Director of Math and Technology Braintree (Mass.) Public Schools
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The Search for Cost-Effective Technology
The District CIO news story “FCC Continues with Apple’s e-Books Momentum” (March 2012) states, “While the U.S. appears to be united in its move toward e-Books, they are far from being in the hands of every student.” I agree with the ‘have/have not’ outlook that e-Books and tablets have triggered in U.S. classrooms. What needs to happen is a mutual meeting of the parties. Educators want their students to succeed, but they often lack the resources. Vendors and government officials also need to understand the techno-classroom arena. Administrators want what is best for their staff. If we are led to believe that technology will ease the pain and frustration, open the doors and lead us through.
Joan Nevitt Media Specialist Paynesville (Minn.) School Dist. 741
Bill Belsey President Bullying.org
I just saw your January 2012 issue, and frankly, I was taken aback by some of the photos: Page 2: A photo with a woman wearing a low-cut top. Pages 22 and 62: A woman bending over wearing a low-cut top. Come on. If this is an educational magazine, I think you’d want to set an example. Very disappointing.
Keran DeCamp Network Management Liaison Editor’s note: Keran DeCamp wished to not identify her district.
Virtual Therapy Lacks Human Interaction
In response to the news story “Virtual Speech Therapy Offers Solution to SLP Shortage” in the April 2012 issue, Lynne T. states: I am disappointed to learn that it is thought that virtual speech therapy is equivalent to in-person speech therapy. My son has severe disabilities and is nonverbal. Throughout his education,
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From the Editor
Digital Reading Empowers Students
The Critical Task of Hiring a New Chief
Hard Acts to Follow
Leading the Way
Sally Reis & Joe Renzulli
Not Your Mother’s Student Information System
District Administration - May 2012