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Meet Me in San Francisco in 2009

Core I know budgets are tight, but if you can attend one conference this year, consider the 2009 CORE Leadership Summit on Achieving Excellence: Raising the Ceiling and Closing the Gaps on February 26–27, 2009 in Burlingame, California. (with easy access to San Francisco).  http://www.corelearn.com/calendar/CORELeadershipSummit2009.html.
The speakers combine the best of research and its practical application for leaders in the classroom and in districts.   

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The Arts: Pathways to Literacy and 21st Century Schools

Taller I just attended a White House event honoring art programs for children and young adults with the Taller Awards for 2008. http://www.pcah.gov/cut.htm. The recipients were mostly from the United States, but also came from around the world: China, Mexico and Egypt.

As you can tell, 21st Century Skills are on my mind and when I heard about the programs honored, I realized how important the arts are in educating the ‘whole child” for these reasons:

Collaboration – Many of these young people worked together to publish a newspaper, perform in an ensemble or create works of art. These activities provided many opportunities for kids to engage in project-based learning in a purposeful way – to entertain and to explain.

Reasons to Read and Write – These kids were really appreciative of the importance of literacy skills as they produced and performed. One organization honored the kids engaged in writing poetry, playing soccer and doing community service ----and it all works.

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Learning While Serving

Servicenation What do Mayor Bloomberg, First Lady Laura Bush, Senator Dodd, Melinda Doolittle, Caroline Kennedy, Alicia Keys, Chancellor Joel Klein, Admiral Michael Mullen and Usher Raymond have in common?  They all spoke or sang at sessions I attended at the Service Nation Summit (September 11-12).

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