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FW: GLEF Blast 1/27/03: Systemwide Change

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Philip Hyjek <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 30 Jan 2003 11:28:54 -0500

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GLEF Blast 1/27/03: Systemwide Change

This month, GLEF is pleased to launch a new interactive feature
addressing
Systemwide Change. Over the coming months, we'll explore  in-depth
examples
where educational innovations have been brought to  scale at the
district
or, in some cases, the state level.

In the first case study, launching today, we explore the successful
reform
efforts in Union City, New Jersey. This once-underperforming  urban
district has become a model for reform thanks to a focus on  literacy
and a
strong belief in its students' abilities to excel. "In  Union City," as
graduate Oscar Negroni says, "there's a lot of faith.  They push us.
They
make us aware of what's out there, and that we can  do it." Additional
information follows.

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I. A Story of Systemwide Change from Union City, New Jersey

II. This Week on GLEF's Internet Radio Show: Virtual Mentors

III. Next Week on the Internet Radio Show: Redesigning Learning
Environments

IV. Professional Development Modules: Join the New Listserv!

V. GLEF Blast Subscriptions

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I. A Story of Systemwide Change from Union City, New Jersey

In 1989, Union City Public Schools was one of the
worst-performing  districts in New Jersey. Threatened by state takeover,

school leaders  had to make a choice: admit defeat or commit to a
complete
reform,  promising demonstrable results within five years.

District leaders took the challenge. Fourteen years later, schools
in  Union City are models for reform. Test scores are up, graduates go
on  to college, and visitors from Chicago to Argentina replicate
its  practices. How did they do it?

To learn more, visit <http://www.glef.org>.

Our coverage of this story includes:

* An article entitled "A Remarkable Transformation," which highlights
the
main elements of the district's reform efforts.

<http://www.glef.org/unioncity.html>

* A new Interactive Feature called "Systemwide Change," for which
Union  City is the first case study. This feature explores in greater
depth  each of the main component areas of Union City's reform. It
also  includes short video interviews with leaders in the reform effort.
(Note: Flash 6.0 is required).

<www.glef.org/systemreform/>

* A 10-minute Web documentary on the reform efforts at Union City.
(Note:
QuickTime 5.0 required).

<http://www.glef.org> -- see "featured video"

Send your comments and questions about the Union City story
to  <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

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II. This Week on GLEF's Internet Radio Show: Virtual Mentors

Thursday, January 30, noon PT, (3pm ET) on www.VoiceAmerica.com

How can K-12 students gain access to the experience and wisdom
of  professionals from industry? How can would-be volunteers from
the  workforce mentor students without actually having to visit the
school  site on a regular basis? The International Telementor Program
(ITP)  helps resolve both dilemmas, using the Internet, especially
e-mail,
to  pair students with working professionals who provide counsel
and  motivation.

<http://www.glef.org/virtualmentor.html>

Tune in to "Edutopia" this Thursday to learn more about virtual
mentoring
and join the discussion with Whitney, a student in Louisiana,  and her
two
virtual mentors, Marie Martineau of Agilent and Joya  Chatterjee of HP.
(Ms. Chatterjee will be calling in from Bangkok.)

If you would like to pose a question to any of the guests, please
e-mail
it in advance to <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

"Edutopia" is hosted by GLEF's executive director, Dr. Milton Chen.

<http://www.VoiceAmerica.com>

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III. Next Week on GLEF's Internet Radio Show: Redesigning
Learning  Environments

Thursday, February 6, noon PT, (3pm ET) on www.VoiceAmerica.com

What is the most effective way to plan and build a new school?
The  founders of the School of Environmental Studies (SES) in Apple
Valley,  MN, would say: Begin with an understanding of how students
learn best.

Housed on the grounds of the Minnesota Zoo, SES students work on
real-life
projects to improve the natural environment of the community.  The
School
of Environmental Studies was awarded the designation of "New  American
High
School" by the U.S. Department of Education in 1999, and  has received
national and international recognition for its innovative  approach to
school design. SES is the first case study in GLEF's  (Re)Designing
Learning Environments project.

<http://www.glef.org/ses.html>

Tune in to "Edutopia" next Thursday to learn more about the School
of  Environmental Studies (SES) with guests Dan Bodette, the
school's  principal; Kristen Hoeft, a student; and the mayor of Apple
Valley,  Mary Hamann-Roland. GLEF's Director of Outreach, Diane
Demée-Benoit is  the guest host.

(Note: This is a rebroadcast of a show that originally aired in
November
2002).

<http://www.VoiceAmerica.com>

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IV. Professional Development Modules: Join the New Listserv!

In 2002, GLEF published the first in a series of online
professional  development modules intended for use by education faculty
and
professional developers. The first three topics -- the
Principalship,  Project-Based Learning, and Assessment -- have been
well-received and  we plan to develop additional modules in 2003.

<http://glef.org/courseware/splash.html>

This year, we have opened the way to share ideas, discuss procedures,
and
lend support around these important educational issues.

Join GLEF's InClass community today! Share your ideas, successes,
and  practices. Discuss project-based learning, assessment, and
professional  development. Send e-mail to <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

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V. GLEF Blast Subscriptions

If you would prefer not to receive future notices, please send an
e-mail
to: <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

To subscribe, send an e-mail to: <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

Send "GLEF Blast Newsletter" administrative queries
to:  <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

For further information about The George Lucas Educational
Foundation,  send an e-mail to: <mailto:[log in to unmask]>.

GLEF does not sell or otherwise distribute to third parties the
e-mail  addresses of list members.

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The George Lucas Educational Foundation is a nonprofit
operating  foundation located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Established
in
1991  by filmmaker George Lucas, the Foundation documents and
disseminates  materials sharing hundreds of powerful examples of
learning
and  teaching already successful in our nation's schools. We hope
this  information will stimulate active involvement and guide choices
in  school reform.

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