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CAPE , Friday, April 4- April 10, 1997. 35 SCHOOL &; Er 'UCATION Milton's Degnan education teclmolo fund at work By Pack With eyes already on their maps Rounne Pack photos H.O. Brittingham fourth grade teacter Debbie Sharp, standing, watches the progress of a National Inspirer team as they plot their way across the country; pictures, l-r, are Richie Smith, Andrea Arrequln, Joshua Rips, Terrence DeShields and Jennie Larrimore. The social studies program was purchased by the Bill Degnan Technology Fund. Thumbs up for finishing first, fourth graders, (above,left, l-r) Latory Gibbs, Noah McCabe, Jonathan Wise and Jennifer Sechrist, have used National Inspirer maps to complete the round of competition. Serving a team recorder (above right), Jennifer Sechrist uses the computer to enter her team's imaginary travels and add up the resulting points. Educational accountability conference topic on educational accountability questions. Critical questions under discus- sion include: • Should Delaware's students face an exit exam, perhaps first given in the 10th grade, that they must pass in order to receive a high school diploma? • If there is an exit exam, what programs would be available for those who do not pass the exam on the initial attempt? • What would be the conse- quences of student performance on the state assessments for indi- vidual schools or school districts? Should outstanding schools or school districts receive rewards? What consequences should low performers face? • What consequences should exist for professionals in the edu- cational system? Should schools that show great promise be rewarded with bonuses? • How can an accountability system be defined that can both motivate and support improved . within the system? The program participants will include Gov. Thomas R. Carper, University of Delaware president David P. Roselle, and Daniel Rich, dean of the UD College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. The seminar will also feature a panel discussion and a keynote address by Allan Odden, director of the systemic reform team at the National Institute for Science Edu- cation, and co-director of the Finance Center of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education, who has been leading work for the Pew Charitable Trust on this issue. Registration is recommended by Monday, April 7. The cost is $10, To register or for more informa- tion, call (302) 831-8971. "Recognizing and Rewarding Success in Our Schools: Educa- tional Accountability Decisions for Delaware" is the theme of a special Delaware Policy Forum, scheduled for Friday, April 11, at the University of Delaware. The forum will address key questions that arise as the state's new student achievement system is measured• The system, to be implemented in approximately one year, is designed to measure student achievement against con- tent standards, adopted in 1995, which define what students should know and be able to do in the areas of English, arts, mathemat- ics, science and social studies. The goal of the forum is to inform Delawareans about experi- ences with educational account- ability across the country and to help policy leaders in the state reach the best decisions possible The enthusiasm and devotion that Bill Degnan arried into his chosen professi{ m of teaching lives on even after the respected educator's death. Established as a memorial by his friends and col- leagues, the Bill Degnan Technol- ogy Fund was created to continue his commitment t0 giving all stu- dents access to th best education possible. I On paper, the fufid is outlined as one that will grantlmoney to H.O. Brittingham Elementary School or Milton Middle iSchool to pur- chase any type qf educational technology. Grgnts totaling $1,000 can be mad to each school with a maximum of $500 for an individual teacher.i. " Guided by a selection commit- tee, the fund has criteria for selec- tion, a list of infohnation needed for a request and application dead- lines, i Those are the nun and bolts, but the spirit of the Big Degnan Tech- nology Fund lives in the class- rooms and comptter labs where students and teachers are touching and seeing, and learning, as a result of the grants i l Cross country by computer In H.O. Brittingham, fourth graders in Debbie! Sharp's class- room personify the happy pursuit of knowledge tha Degnan loved to foster in young people. As they use a computer !program, the National Inspirer, lhey are operat- ing in at least two urriculum cate- gories, social studies and science which include h0avy dashes of geography, economics and some history. of the United States, students have pencils poised for the opening instruction of the learning game, Sharp gives them the name of a starting state and some specific resources that must be found to earn points. The students have 10 moves to make from the starting state before the round is over; and they need to pass through states that contain the most of named resources along the way. The youngsters are already well aware that the shortest route might only yield a few states that contain the needed resources• "Why don't we just go from Utah across Colorado to Okla- homa to Arkansas to Louisiana?" "Because we won't get enough beef that way. We have to get into the midwest beef states, and then come down and pick up some cit- rus in Texas, then we can go to Louisiana." While one team member acts as recorder and lists the states trav- eled through and the resources collected, the others check their maps, looking for a route to the target state, and the needed resources in states along the way. National Inspirer provides a series of maps and different maps might list different resources for the same states. Rounding up resources As one student locates dairy and wheat, and points out a direction of travel, another checks her sec- ond map and quickly alerts the team to a more direct route through a state that has dairy and poultry, something that is more needed than wheat in this round of Continued on page 36 Menu )rii 7-11 includes: Rehoboth, H.O. Brittingham and Sussex Consortium Shields, Monday, April 7" Hot dog on roll, meatball sub or sandwich choice; potato wedges, gmn beans, applesauce, juice, milk• Tuesday, April 8- Cheeseburger, egg roll or sandwich choice; stir fry veggie, peas and carrots, pineapple chunks, juice, milk. Wednesday, April 9 - Breakfast at noon with sausage patty and French toast sticks,or sandwich choice; hash browns, peach crisp, juice, milk. I Thursday, April 10 - Chicken parmesan with spaghetti or sandwich choice; corn, lettuce and tomato, fresh or canned fruit, juice, milk. Friday, April H" Toa:s. ted cheese sandwich, Tony's pizza or sand- wich choice; tomato soup, fruity cobbler, fresh fruit, strawberry frozen yogurt, chips, milk I/ Lewes Middle, Milton Middle Monday, April['/- Hot dog on roll, meatball sub or sandwich/sub choice; peas and carrots, applesauce, juice, milk. Tuesday, April 18 - Cheeseburger on bun or sandwich/sub choice; green beans, fruit choice, fruit juice; milk. Wednesday, April 9 - Breakfast at noon with sausage patty and French toast sticksl or sandwich/sub choice; hash browns, apple slices, I fresh fruit, juice, milk. Thursday, April 10 - Chicken fajita, egg roll or sandwich/sub choice; • I broccoli, pineapple, rice, fortune cookie, bread, fruit juice, milk. Friday, April 11 - Toasted cheese sandwich, pizza or sandwich/sub choice; tomato soup, carrot and celery sticks, frozen strawberry yogurt, • " " i I fruitjmce, m lk. i