December 1997, Volume 1.4
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Message From The President

Networking in Education

Reading to Children

What is El Niño?

A Great Fossil

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Message From The President

November was a busy month for educators in Illinois. Each year at this time performance data about schools in the state are released to the public and reported in newspapers in every town and city. As an administrator, I was not alwaySantas anxious for these reports, but they have forced important dialogue about education, not only here, but across the country. Illinois legislators finally passed a funding bill which may help some of those districts which are so inadequately funded. Boards of education had an opportunity to learn about and practice their roles in a state-wide conference. The conference provided us an opportunity to launch an exciting new program for the Internet.

E-Tutoe Logo, on line tutoring, has been developed to capture student learning through the Internet and to provide parents and teachers with a platform which will expand on the vast resources available to students today. E-tutor can provide linkages between school and home, students are accountable for their own learning, each lesson has multiple learning tasks, and assessment is geared toward student performance level.

We invite you to take advantage, now, of the limited free trial period for e-tutor.M Angulo

 

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Message From The President

Networking in Education

Reading to Children

What is El Niño?

A Great Fossil

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Networking in Education

Schools in our area are being networked at a very fast pace. School officials often extol the virtues of these new networks. Teachers and administrators are getting e-mail addresses with the expectation that everyone will communicate with one another.

Networking has two dimensions: (1) the technical infrastructure that links computer systems and people, and (2) the human process, networking with other people, linking knowledge and aspirations. Network enterprises build upon "peer-to-peer" relationships. People are expected to take initiatives, based upon their understanding of an agreed-upon context. The technical infrastructure is in place, but the human process is still lacking, in most instances.

With the advent of networking, education is facing different management challenges:

  1. How do we move beyond the extreme fragmentation of industrial-era school houses?
  2. How do we maintain accountability in flat, dynamic network organizations?
  3. How do we support the focusing and coordination of multiple cross-functional instructional methods and learning initiatives?
  4. How do we build into the very structure of the organization the capacity for continual learning and evaluation?

When these tasks are under way, there will be a great deal of learning taking place by the entire educational community. Too often this learning disappears with no net to catch it. One of the challenges of the knowledge era is to capture individual and team learning on a continuing basis, making it available to others in the organization. Much learning remains at the tacit level, and it often takes concerted effort to make this knowledge explicit and accessible to others. Without a strong accountability strategy, it is easy for individuals and groups to go off in many different directions or get bogged down in minutiae.

Adapted from 5th Generation Management, Charles M. Savage, Butterworth-Heinemann, 1996.

 

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Message From The President

Networking in Education

Reading to Children

What is El Niño?

A Great Fossil

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Reading to Children

Reading to Kids

The best way to prepare students for reading instruction is to read interesting books to them. Nearly any book that youngsters can understand and relate to will do. Nursery rhymes and books with repetitive patterns lend themselves to preparation for reading.

The Family Literacy Center offers the magazine Parents and Children Together. The magazine's goal is to further the cause of family literacy by bringing parents and children together through the magic of reading. The magazine features original stories and articles for children, suitable for reading aloud. A special section for parents features articles on issues related to children's reading and writing and book reviews of recent children's literature.

Children begin acquiring literacy (reading and writing) long before they enter school. Most school-age children have acquired a fairly extensive vocabulary and sophisticated language system. They have seen traffic signs and billboard advertising, printed messages on television, and printing on cereal boxes. They can tell a McDonald’s logo from that of Burger King and distinguish a box of Fruit Loops from a box of Captain Crunch.

They have seen their parents read books, magazines, newspapers, letters, or bills, and observed them writing notes or letters, filling out forms, and making lists. The children may also have imitated some of these activities. Their parents may have read books to them and provided them with crayons, pencils, and other tools of literacy. All youngsters, no matter how impoverished their environment, have begun the journey along the path that begins with language acquisition and ends in formal literacy.

Creating Reading Instruction For All Children by Thomas G. Gunning, Allyn and Bacon, 1992.

 

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Message From The President

Networking in Education

Reading to Children

What is El Niño?

A Great Fossil

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

What is El Niño?

El Nino by Yiqi ShaoGraphic by: Yiqi Shao

Periodically, the flourishing fish populations commonly found off the west coast of Peru South America are replaced by the sight of dead fish littering the water and beaches. Unusual weather conditions occur around the globe as jet streams, storm tracks and monsoons are shifted.

Such disarray is caused by a warm current of water that appears every three to seven years in the eastern Pacific Ocean called El Niño, . Learn what conditions are responsible for its occurrence, plus the impact it has on the rest of the world.

During an El Niño year, tropical rains move eastward, influencing the wind around the world. This can cause: a change in the jet stream, storm tracks and monsoons, which produce unseasonable weather over many regions of the world. During the El Niño of 1982-1983, some of the strange weather included:.

  • Drought in Southern Africa, Southern India, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Southern Peru, Western Bolivia, Mexico, Central America.
  • Heavy rain and flooding in Bolivia, Ecuador, Northern Peru, Cuba, U.S. Gulf States.
  • Hurricanes in Tahiti, Hawaii

 

 

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Message From The President

Networking in Education

Reading to Children

What is El Niño?

A Great Fossil

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

A GREAT Fossil!!

A Great Fossil!!

They called the Tyrannosaurus Rex "Sue," after her discoverer. Nothing else was simple about the stunningly complete fossil skeleton discovered in South Dakota in 1990. One paleontologist is in prison, and university scientists and private collectors are wrangling over who owns the bones -- fossils, actually -- found on federal lands.

Dinosaurs are a fascinating subject for children, as well as, adults. Chicago has recently become the home for "Sue" where she is "in residence" at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Lesson Plans Wanted

Strategic Studies needs teachers to prepare lesson plans which can be used in conjunction with the Internet. Lessons are being sought in all curricular areas and all grade levels from primary to high school. You may want to visit

(http://www.strategic studies.com/lessonPlans)

to view a model lesson plan.

For more information about lesson plans, please call (847) 318-7110 (M-F, 9 AM to 5 PM, CST)

 

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Message From The President

Networking in Education

Reading to Children

What is El Niño?

A Great Fossil

Lesson Plans Wanted

Helpful Links

Happy Holidays

The Staff at Strategic Studies wish you all the joys of the holiday season. May they last throughout the year.

Helpful Links

  • http://www.enc.org/ This site has many resources for educators and parents. It is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

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