Stenhouse Newslinks
February 19, 2004

C O N T E N T S

1) Tuck this into your plan book
2) Iraqi teachers get US-sponsored training
3) Get ready for the "Seussentennial"
4) PD Corner: Block scheduling for genre study
5) National Board Certification 2004 deadlines

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1) Tuck this into your plan book
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K-W-L. List-Group-Label. Learning Logs. QAR. RAFT Writing. 
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2) Iraqi teachers get US-sponsored training
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"American classrooms are very free. I see in the movies that the 
students challenge the teachers," said Dalel Khamel, an English-
language teacher at the Baghdad High School. "Maybe we won't do 
everything like they do. But we want to be exposed to all the 
new techniques, and then we will decide what is useful to us."

US-sponsored teacher training sessions began across Iraq last 
week, introducing 33,000 high school teachers to Western-style 
instruction techniques:

http://www.csmonitor.com/2004/0212/p12s02-legn.html
(from the Christian Science Monitor)

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3) Get ready for the "Seussentennial"
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NEA's annual Read Across America program is fast approaching. 
This nationwide reading celebration takes place each year on or 
around March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss, and this year will 
mark his 100th birthday! For more information and ideas for 
celebrating, visit the Read Across America page:

http://www.nea.org/readacross/

The official Seussentennial Web site has free activities and 
celebration ideas, a biography with photos, and schedules for 
the "Seussentennial Imagination Tour" and "The Art of Dr. Seuss, 
A Retrospective and National Touring Exhibition":

http://www.seussville.com/seussentennial/

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4) PD Corner: Block scheduling for genre study
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Making the move to block scheduling? The study guide to THINKING 
THROUGH GENRE by Heather Lattimer includes a sample schedule for 
allocating reading, writing, and word study time in 90 minute 
blocks during genre study, as well as templates for designing 
sustained instruction. For a free copy of the guide and 
reproducibles to use in faculty sessions, go to:

http://www.stenhouse.com/0352.asp
(Click on the "Study Guide" link at the beginning of the book 
description.)

Late spring is a great time for author classroom visits, and now 
is the time to plan one. The children's writers resource site 
SmartWriters.com offers tips on planning a school visit, and 
provides links to authors and illustrators who you can contact:

http://www.smartwriters.com/index.2ts?page=planschoolvisit

http://www.smartwriters.com/index.2ts?page=schoolvisitdirectory

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5) National Board Certification 2004 deadlines
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If you are thinking about applying for National Board 
Certification in 2004, you can receive your results by the end 
of the year by submitting forms on-line by March 31. For the 
complete calendar including testing and portfolio deadlines, go 
to:

http://www.nbpts.org/candidates/guide/4_calendar04.html

And if you need help deciding whether to seek certification, or 
support for successfully completing the requirements, be sure to 
check out THE NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFICATION HANDBOOK. Read 
Chapter 1 ("What Is National Board Certification Anyway?") on-
line here:

http://www.stenhouse.com/0349.asp

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