T.H.E. News Update :: September 19, 2007

News & Issues

AT&T Announces $1.5 MM Wireless Grant

The AT&T Foundation has launched a $1.5 million competitive grant program aimed at integrating wireless communications technologies into educational outreach programs. The 2007 AT&T Foundation Wireless Competitive Grant Program is open to public charities and "government instrumentalities" in the United States, excluding Alaska....

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Districts Nab Principal Training Grants

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has awarded $8.3 million to two districts in the United States--Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia and Long Beach Unified School District in California--and to the University of Illinois at Chicago as part of an effort to deliver training and professional development to school principals....

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MetaMetrics Launches Lexile Framework for Writing

Adding to its Lexile Framework for Reading and Quantile Framework for Mathematics, MetaMetrics this week debuted its latest assessment tool, Lexile Framework for Writing, which is designed to measure student writing achievement on a "common, developmental scale over time and across the curriculum."...

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2 Districts Sign On for Discovery Education Streaming

San Francisco Unified School District and the School District of Philadelphia have signed on with Discovery Education "streaming" (formerly known as unitedstreaming), a service that provides digital video-based learning resources for schools. It's currently used by more than half the schools in the United States, according to Discovery....

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Students Explore Lunar Plant Growth Through NASA Engineering Challenge

NASA has launched a new competition aimed at getting school children involved in engineering: specifically plant growth engineering. The contest challenges students to design chambers that might be viable for growing plants on the moon....

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Curriculum Advantage Debuts Classworks Science for Elementary Schools

Curriculum Advantage has launched Classworks Science, a science curriculum designed specifically for elementary school students. The company said it's also in the process of developing science curricula for middle and high school students....

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