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Superintendent Longevity
How does superintendent longevity influence student achievement, if at all?

David C. Berlau examined that question in his 2011 dissertation toward an Ed.D. degree from Drake University. His study centered on Iowa superintendents’ tenure and their potential relationship to student performance in reading, mathematics and science. Berlau also included district enrollment and socioeconomic status as possible indicators of student performance.

The study found that while district enrollment predicted student performance in mathematics and science and that socioeconomic status predicted student achievement in reading, mathematics and science, no significant correlation between superintendent longevity and student performance in any of the three subjects was present.

“Superintendent Longevity and Its Relationship to Student Performance” can be ordered from ProQuest at 800-521-0600 or info@proquest.com.


Lunch Challenge
The Whole Grains Council is asking U.S. schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program to submit their stories of serving whole grains to students. The best entries will be included in a booklet of successful strategies, along with a photo.

Prizes include cases of whole-grain-rich products and a chef-led workshop on making kid-friendly dishes. Entries can be submitted between by Nov. 1.

For more information, visit http://wholegrainscouncil.org/get-involved/2012-whole-grains-challenge.

RTI Network
The RTI Action Network offers numerous free resources for school districts implementing Response to Intervention programs.

The organization offers information about RTI benefits, implementation strategies and professional development opportunities. Leaders can connect with others for personalized guidance via an interactive blog, discussion boards and an “Ask the Experts” forum.

Visit www.rtinetwork.org/essential.

Recycling in Schools
Nestlé Waters North America is running a student-friendly recycling initiative, Recycle-Bowl, hosted by Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s largest volunteer-based community action and education organization.

The nationwide recycling competition for elementary, middle and high school students aims to teach economic and environmental benefits of recycling. The competition runs from Oct. 15 through Nov. 9.

All the details are at www.recycle-bowl.org.

Game-Creation Competition
Pressman Toy Corp. will be holding the MASTERMIND® BrainTwister Challenge between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.

The company will offer free games and online activities designed to develop reasoning skills to 10,000 teachers. Students ages 7-12 can submit their own creative games to win a $1,000 scholarship or $100 prize.

Contest details are available at www.mastermind-education.com


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