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The E-Accountability Foundation announces the

'A for Accountability' Award

to those who are willing to whistleblow unjust, misleading, or false actions and claims of the politico-educational complex in order to bring about educational reform in favor of children of all races, intellectual ability and economic status. They ask questions that need to be asked, such as "where is the money?" and "Why does it have to be this way?" and they never give up. These people have withstood adversity and have held those who seem not to believe in honesty, integrity and compassion accountable for their actions. The winners of our "A" work to expose wrong-doing not for themselves, but for others - total strangers - for the "Greater Good"of the community and, by their actions, exemplify courage and self-less passion. They are parent advocates. We salute you.

Winners of the "A":

Johnnie Mae Allen
David Possner
Dee Alpert
Aaron Carr
Harris Lirtzman
Hipolito Colon
Jim Calantjis
Larry Fisher
The Giraffe Project and Giraffe Heroes' Program
Jimmy Kilpatrick and George Scott
Zach Kopplin
Matthew LaClair
Wangari Maathai
Erich Martel
Steve Orel, in memoriam, Interversity, and The World of Opportunity
Marla Ruzicka, in Memoriam
Nancy Swan
Bob Witanek
Peyton Wolcott
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Where is the research on u-shaped classrooms?

The New York City Department of Education is 'strongly' urging teachers to make their students"comfortable" in their classrooms by sitting on rugs, having a rocking chair, and sitting in chairs arranged in u-shapes. Where is the research which shows that u-shaped classroom seating improves learning?

After reading the emails concerning teaching styles, I too wondered if there were any studies which "proved" the value of teaching to students placed in rows, circles, or U shaped set ups. I surfed the Web for a few minutes and came up with the websites below on the issue, just to touch the topic.
I think that a 'good' teacher can give any student a great deal of skills and knowledge, while a teacher who does not care to teach well, or cant teach at all, will be helped by circles because then the students can talk among themselves and not have to focus on the teaching going on. My four kids can tell in a flash whether the teacher is good or bad and whether the set up of the room is to reflect or deflect from the teaching style. They are not fooled by this maneuver. I believe a far more important issue is the fact that Principals cannot give teachers bad reviews if they want to get them out of the building. I've also heard that New York City has the highest number of 3020a hearings in the country - anyone know if this is true?
Anyway, if anyone out there has any definitive study, or any other websites on the issue, I'd be interested.

Betsy Combier

learning styles data for college students

Thinking styles - basically for adult learners

Howard Gardner and collaboration

Teaching styles and WWW

research into small groups

learning styles for new students

learning via a corporate model and with the community, "real" world

Gardner and cognitive Science

The Learning Curve, Cognition, history of teaching

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