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Date: Fri Apr 18 2003 - 20:21:14 PDT


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Hi everyone,
A busy time - and some bits and pieces.
1. A change in focus and design creates a successful school in Arizona.
Some interesting ideas here...
2. Education and the war in Iraq - issues raised by the recent conflict.
3. Online gossip sites - is it bullying? A Chicago Tribune article
4. This site has some wonderful sites for schools listed - about the war.
(from Discover, New York Times, CNN, Weekly Reader) - lesson plans too.
5. An internet radio program on developing minority leadership in
6. Summer Art Workshops at Terra Museum of American Art
7. An Illinois ART job -and coming in the next Bits/Pieces: Over 100 visual
arts jobs all over the United States. If you have/know of jobs in your
district, please send me info so I may include them

1. Learning by design.
Capitol Elementary School, in Phoenix, Arizona, used to be a cramped,
uncomfortable building. Now, thanks to community input at the planning
stage, it's a new school with an open, flexible learning environment.
Classroom pods facilitate team-teaching and project-based learning. Parents
and teachers chat in the new courtyard. Rebuilding the school has
revitalized the community. Go to

2. Education and the war in Iraq
From issues of free speech and indoctrination, to curriculum, school health,
and student safety, schools in the U.S. and England are struggling to
determine the best ways to approach the issues raised by war. Go to
This ASCD site also contain a number of good links to special pages on
education and the war.
3. Parents fight online gossip
Web sites like allow students to post opinions and
insults about other students in community forums. Parents, school
administrators and child psychologists worry that "cyber-bullying" could
cause prolonged emotional damage to teens.  (free registration) (4/17)

4. Online resources used to teach about war
News organizations such as CNN, Discovery and PBS are producing special
online sections geared toward helping students understand the war in Iraq.
Teachers say they find the Web sites useful in incorporating current events
into their history lessons. (free registration)

5. Developing Minority Leadership in Education
with Carmen Gonzales of New Mexico State University and Steve Sanchez, New
Mexico Acting Assistant Superintendent (Next Week on the Internet Radio
Show) Thursday, April 24, noon PT, (3pm ET) on
Steve Sanchez, Acting Assistant Superintendent for Learning Services and
Indian Education Division at the New Mexico Department of Education will
join Carmen Gonzales, Vice Provost for Distance Education and Extended
Learning at New Mexico State University. The two will discuss new state
initiatives in K-12 education and diversity issues in the field of education
and technology.
If you would like to pose a question to any of the guests, please e-mail it
in advance to (note: GLEF is the George Lucas
Education Foundation)
"Edutopia" is hosted by GLEF's executive director, Dr. Milton Chen. >

6. Summer Art Workshops at Terra Museum of American Art
Students entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grade
Explore the Terra Museum of American Art, where you can look at, discuss,
and draw from artwork in the galleries. Then use your explorations as
inspiration to express your unique style in the studio.

Workshop 1: Printmaking from Nature
Learn a variety of printmaking techniques, including some that use a press,
to create your own portfolio of nature-inspired prints. In the galleries
you will view drawings and paintings by Helen Torr, an artist
who often used nature motifs in her art.

Workshop 2: Be Yourself!
Create a self-portrait inspired by American folk art at the Terra Museum.
Learn a variety of drawing, painting, and collage techniques and express
your individuality by making a multi-media masterpiece.

Where:Terra Museum of American Art, 664 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL
When: Workshop 1: Tues., Wed. and Thurs. July 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10.
    Workshop 2:Tues., Wed. and Thurs. July 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24.
Time: 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Cost: $75. ($60. Early registration by June 1, 2003)
For: Interested students who will enter 7th, 8th, or 9th grade in
September 2003.

For more information or to register please call the Education Department at
312.654.2242, Monday through Friday during business hours. Space is limited,
early registration recommended!

Payment must be made at time of registration. Checks or Visa,Mastercard,
and American Express are accepted. Withdrawal from the program must take
place no later than one week prior to the first class
for a full refund. A $15.00 processing fee will be charged for withdrawals
later than one week prior to the start of the first class.

7. Job
Employer: Champaign Community Schools Unit District No. 4; Location:
Champaign, Illinois
Posting Date: Monday, 24 March 2003; Closing Date:Open Until Filled
Contact Information: Susan Johnston, Human Resource Department, Champaign
Community Schools Unit District # 4, 703 S. New St., Champaign, Illinois
Tel: (217) 351-3822 Fax: (217) 351-7386 E-Mail:

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