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Curriculum & Leadership Journal
An electronic journal for leaders in education
ISSN: 1448-0743
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National Institute for Quality Teaching and School Leadership: Business Plan Overview 2005-2007

National Institute for Quality Teaching and School Leadership 
The National Institute for Quality Teaching and School Leadership has been established with funding from the Australian Government to act by and for the teaching profession. It has four core functions: professional standards and accreditation, professional learning and course accreditation, research and communication, and promotion of the profession.  The Business Plan sets out the program of work to advance these functions and includes a mission statement, operating principles, objectives and progress measures.
KLA

Subject Headings

Leadership
Teacher training
Teacher evaluation
Teaching profession
School leadership

Homework Literature Review

Education Queensland 
This paper presents a summary of research findings associated with homework for school-aged children. The study was undertaken in response to community concerns about the amount of homework being issued in Queensland schools. The review sought to identify evidence of the impacts of homework on students and families, and to provide advice on whether guidelines for homework would be of benefit to state schools. Using online databases and websites with homework-related content, the review examined national and international studies.
KLA

Subject Headings

Homework
Students
Queensland
Family
Parent and child
Curriculum planning
Classroom management
Child development
Case studies

A Profile of the American High School Sophomore in 2002

National Center for Education Statistics 
This report presents findings from the base year of the Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, a longitudinal study of American high school students. The report provides descriptive information about the experiences and characteristics of a representative sample of 10th-graders who were studied in the spring term of the 2001–02 American school year. It examines the cohort’s sociodemographic characteristics, school experiences, participation in extracurricular activities, time use, tested achievement in reading and mathematics, and educational expectations and plans. The key audience is educators and policy-makers. (Adapted from publisher's description).
KLA

Subject Headings

Secondary education
United States of America (USA)
Educational evaluation
Students

DfES e-Strategy Harnessing Technology: Transforming Learning and Children's Services

Department for Education and Skills (UK) 

This report describes the use of digital and interactive technologies to achieve a more personalised approach within all areas of education and children's services. It aims to cover all sectors for the next five years and beyond. The long-term goal is to build all British education and children's services to the point of being able to use the technology effectively. The strategy sets out to achieve four overarching objectives: transforming teaching, learning and child development; connecting with hard to reach groups; opening up education to partnerships with other organisations; and moving to a new level of efficiency and effectiveness in delivery. The e-Strategy has the following six priorities: an integrated online information service for all citizens; integrated online personal support for children and learners; a collaborative approach to transforming teaching and learning; a good quality training and support package for practitioners; a leadership and development package for organisational capability in ICT; and a common digital infrastructure to support transformation and reform. (Adapted from publisher's description).

Key Learning Areas

Technology

Subject Headings

School partnerships
Computers in society
Computer-based training
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
School equipment
Teaching and learning
Professional development
Curriculum planning
Great Britain

I Had a Teacher: Twenty-Three Stories About Successful Mentors

Patsy Johnson Hallman
This book is a collection of 20 stories about real teachers who have made a positive difference in the lives of individual students. These accounts show how one day at a time, student by student, year after year, a good teacher makes a change in students' lives. Discussion questions are provided for each story. The book is aimed at future teachers, preservice and inservice teachers, as well as teacher educators. (Adapted from publisher's description)
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Subject Headings

Learning ability
Teaching and learning
Teacher-student relationships
Teacher training
Students
Mentors
Classroom management

Development and Management of Virtual Schools: Issues and Trends

Catherine Cavanaugh
Development and Management of Virtual Schools is a reference source for scholars and other groups involved in this form of schooling. The chapters review best practice from concept and development, through implementation and evaluation. Topics include instructional design for virtual schools, assessment of student learning in virtual schools, administering a virtual school, and measuring quality of virtual schools. (Available from DA Information)
KLA

Subject Headings

Elearning
Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
Technology
Schools
School culture
Internet