Teacher Appreciation Week – May 2-6, 2011

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.”
John F. Kennedy

Quality Planners, Inc. would like to acknowledge the dedication and hard work of all the teachers across our country. Through their commitment, our teachers are enabling a new generation of Americans to pursue their dreams. Only with the devotion and care of a teacher is a child able to grow to their fullest potential. We proudly salute our teachers and join in with numerous organizations, schools, parents and students in recognizing how essential teachers are to our community.


History of National Teacher Day - From: National Education Association

The origins of National Teacher Day are murky. Around 1944 Arkansas teacher Mattye Whyte Woodridge began corresponding with political and education leaders about the need for a national day to honor teachers. Woodridge wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt, who in 1953 persuaded the 81st Congress to proclaim a National Teacher Day.

NEA, along with its Kansas and Indiana state affiliates and the Dodge City (Kan.) Local, lobbied Congress to create a national day to celebrate teachers. Congress declared March 7, 1980 as National Teacher Day for that year only.

NEA and its affiliates continued to observe National Teacher Day in March until 1985, when the NEA Representative Assembly voted to change the event to Tuesday of the first full week of May.


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Quality Planners Rollbacks Prices

Friday, April 8th, 2011

This year the erosion of the federal education funding to schools has increased the difficulties that school budgets are having. Quality Planners recognizes and understands the hardship this is causing our customers. Therefore, we are proud to step up to support schools at these difficult times. Effective immediately, we are rolling back prices for all our student planners to our 2009 prices.

Our new Primary School Planner and our Elementary School Planners will have the following prices:
50 to 149 student planners will $2.79 per planner
150 to 299 student planners will be $2.59 per planner
300 to 999 student planners will be $.249 per planner
1000+ student planners will be $2.39 per planner

Our Middle School Planner will have the following prices:
50 to 149 planners will be $2.69 per planner
150 to 299 planners will be $2.49 per planner
300 to 999 planners will be $2.39 per planner
1000+ planners will be $2.29 per planner

Our Special Needs Planner will have the following prices:
50 to 149 planners will be $2.89 per planner
150 to 299 planners will be $2.74 per planner
300 to 999 planners will be $2.64 per planner
1000+ planners will be $2.54 per planner

Our High School and TRiO Planners will have the following prices:
50 to 149 planners will be $2.49 per planner
150 to 299 planners will be $2.29 per planner
300 to 999 planners will be $2.19 per planner
1000+ planners will be $2.09 per planner

Our College Academic Planner will have the following prices:
50 to 149 planners will be $2.94 per planner
150 to 299 planners will be $2.69 per planner
300 to 999 planners will be $2.64 per planner
1000+ planners will be $2.59 per planner

National Education Association News

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How Do You Deal With The Changing Face Of Bullies?

Friday, April 8th, 2011

This year, National Anti-Bullying week shines a spotlight on the fastest growing face of bullying: cyberbullying. Basically, this means using information and communication technology to deliberately upset someone else. It includes bullying via mobile phones, instant messaging, emails, blogs, Twitter, websites, chatrooms, message boards, Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) such as Second Life, or social networking sites like Facebook and Bebo.

Cyberbullying can include:

• Threats and blackmail
• Harassment
• Repeatedly texting unpleasant messages/images
• Monitoring or hacking into someone’s online activities or accounts
• Impersonating a person and using their identity online
• Posting or forwarding unpleasant comments or private information
• Sharing videos of someone being bullied
• Sending viruses
• Pretending to be friends to gain information
• Refusing to acknowledge messages or using ‘ignore’ functions
• Manipulating someone emotionally to do something: “If you were really my friend, you’d… “
• ‘Sexting’ – sending sexually explicit messages or photos to cause distress

The difficulty most children and parents face with cyber bullying is that it is more difficult to contain and control. Information can spread rapidly, repeatedly and widely – whether it was intentionally hurtful in the first place or not – and it can creep into a child’s personal space no matter where they are. Those who bully can choose to remain anonymous and they don’t necessarily need to be physically more powerful to bully anymore. Anonymity can also mean that boundaries could be pushed even further than if someone is physically in your face.

So how can you help, especially if you feel like children know more about technology than you do?

When online

Help children make themselves more cyberbully-proof by encouraging them not to combine real names, ages and provocative words as their username/email address. secyJill@email.com may seem a fun idea to 13 year old Jill who is just getting into boys and having fun experimenting with harmless flirting etc – but it gives away a surprising amount of detail to anyone looking hard enough who might not be so harmless. You might want to use a picture or image on a profile instead of a real photo.

Keep passwords private and make them hard to guess by using random letters and numbers instead of names, phone numbers and birthdays etc. This makes it difficult for people to hack into email accounts. The web is a very deceptive space. It can feel very private and intimate, but it’s very public. You may need to discuss that the details they display, who they talk to and what they talk about are far more open and accessible than they might realize.

We insist that children tell us the truth about things and we drill them that they are rude if they don’t answer questions or speak to people when spoken to – but they need to know that the web is the one place where it’s okay not to answer people, to block and delete people and not to give out details like real names, personal information, phone numbers and addresses. They also need to know that other people don’t always tell the truth on their profiles and in conversations either.

If bullied, instant messaging services have features that allow you to block or delete people, but children may need encouragement that it’s okay to block people. On MySpace and Bebo, profiles can be set to ‘private’ so that only approved people can see it.

On email accounts you can block email addresses by clicking on ‘options’, then ‘more options’. Click the heading ‘junk mail’ then click ‘safe and blocked senders’. Finally, click the ‘blocked senders’ option and type the offending email address into the box and click ‘add to the list’.

Be as interested and open to talking about online friends and what a child does online as you would face-to-face friends and activities. Children need to know that it’s better to tell you about something that’s happened online – as soon as possible – even if they’ve joined in bullying themselves or got themselves into an embarrassing situation. Save messages if you need to take further action about them.

Mobile phones

Cyberbullying through mobile phones is much harder to prevent.
You can remind children to be careful who they give their phone number to, but in all fairness most give out their phone numbers in good faith to people they think are friends. The problem is that they have little control over whether those people remain friends or if their number is passed on to others without their consent. If you do find that nuisance calls or texts are a problem, you can report this to your mobile phone provider. Newer phones may have reject lists where you can block a number but generally the only thing a phone company will be able to do is offer to change your number and liaise with the police on the matter.

This information was taken from ‘Bullying: A Guide for Parents’ written by author and psychologist Sian Morgan. It is available to download or order at www.stopthespiral.com where you can also find more free information about bullying.

Source: EdArticles.com

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Overcome Dyslexia And Learning Disabilities With Modern Technology

Friday, April 8th, 2011

by Claud Matllon

Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities in children and in many adults, which hinders a person’s reading, writing, spelling and speaking ability. Many people with dyslexia often suffered from difficulties with reading and spelling properly. In recent research shows that dyslexia is not an intellectual disability, it is considered both a learning disability and a reading disability. Dyslexia and IQ are not interrelated too, for reading and cognition develop independently in individuals who have dyslexia.

Not all dyslexics displays the same symptoms, the severity of dyslexia can vary from mild to severe. Some may be mildly dyslexic and may only have a few or even none of the symptoms, some have severe symptoms which affect a person’s life. Although there is a learning problem, many sufferers can still become successful in life. As far as treatment concerned, the sooner dyslexia is treated, the more favorable the outcome, it is never too late for people with dyslexia to learn to improve their language skills.

Nowadays dyslexia can be considerably tackled with proper therapy, training and equipment, dyslexic people will benefit from modern technology products. There are many tools and resources to combat dyslexia or learning disabilities, help people cope with their disabilities and difficulties.

Audio devices such as tape recorders are helpful, users can listen to what they have recorded repeatedly. Similarly, users can take advantage of text to speech software programs. Panopreter Plus is a text-to-speech and text-to-mp3 software program, it reads out characters, words, phrases or files in file formats of txt, rtf, doc, pdf and web pages with natural sounding voices, and converts them to spoken audio files in wav and mp3 file formats, the volume and rate are adjustable. By using this text to speech software, users can hear a natural voice speech on the computer, or export audio files to an iPod, smart phone or portable mp3 player, and listen to them later at their convenience, this can improve user’s pronunciation and listening skills dramatically.

Voice-enabled electronic dictionaries which give word definitions, synonyms , antonyms, and pronunciation are also helpful. If spelling and grammar are the major problems, there are spelling and grammar devices that have spell-checkers to correct your spelling, and grammar checkers for your grammar correction.

Besides utilizing above technology resources to get help with dyslexia, many other treatments and exercises that can be done to speed up the treatment and help process. With the proper training and treatment, dyslexics can overcome their dyslexia symptoms and lead normal and productive lives.

Source: Edarticle.com

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