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Critical Thinking

Classroom Connect Community - Connected Teacher

Critically Analyzing Information Sources

CyberGuides for Web Evaluation

Internet Sleuth Web Search Yellow Pages Find People

Literature

Project Gutenberg Official Home Site - Index - Free Books On-Line

Math

Welcome to Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra from Another Dimension

Algebra.help

Science

Biology4Kids.comScientific Method

Kitchen Scientists - A Guide to Home Science Experiments

Hawai’i Space Grant Consortium: Volcanology

MicrobeCards

San Diego Wetlands

Skulls Unlimited International

The Food Chain - A System In Its Own

All Science Fair Projects

Tolerance

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Truth about Hate Crime Statistics

African-American

African American Pamphlets - Time Line

American Experience The Murder of Emmett Till

Sampling African America

Anti-Semitism

About.com: 20th Century History: Wars & Conflicts: Holocaust

Anne Frank Center, USA Website

Anti-Defamation League (ADL): Anti-Semitism on the Rise in America

Birobidzhan Stalin's Forgotten Zion

History of the Holocaust - 20th Century Genocides

This History Place (TM): Holocaust Timeline

U.S. Department of State: Report on Global Anti-Semitism 2004

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM): Holocaust Encyclopaedia

USHMM: Antisemitism [sic]

Armenian Genocide

AAM Home

Armenian Genocide - 20th Century Genocides

 

Cambodian Genocide

Cambodia Art ,Dance and Culture Page

Cambodian Genocide (Pol Pot) - 20th Century Genocides

Yale Cambodian Genocide Project Introduction

 

China

Case Study: Female Infanticide

Chinese Cultural Studies: A Holocaust of Little Girls

The Cultural Revolution

The Cultural Revolution (FortuneCity)

The Internet Chinese Music Archive - Traditional Music

The Nanking Massacre, 1937

Nanking Massacre - 20th Century Genocides

Nanking Massacre: 300,000 Chinese People Killed, 20,000 Women Raped

Nanking Massacre: The Forgotten Holocaust

 

 

Israel-Arab

Arab-Israeli WebQuest

 

Japanese in Asia

Japan Apologizes Forcefully for Its Occupation of Korea, 1998

Korea as a Colony of Japan

Life in Korea under Japanese Occupation

Nanking 1937

Pro-Japanese View of Japanese Occupation of Korea

 

Japanese-American Internment

Documents Japanese American Internment

Japanese American Internment Experience On-Line Exhibit

P.O.V. - Rabbit in the Moon PBS

P.O.V. - Rabbit in the Moon . Enemy Alien Citizen PBS

Suffering Under a Great Injustice Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar

 

Native American - Cherokee Trail of Tears

Anza, California NATIVE AMERICANS. Nearby reservations.

Cherokee Removal - The Trail Where They Cried (nu na hi du na tlo hi lu i)

The Trail of Tears

Trail of Tears National Historic Trail

 

 

Religion

Arundhati Roy Democracy and Religious Fascism

Infoplease Search religion

Hatred & Misinformation Against Wiccans and Other NeoPagans

The Second Burning Times Award Representative Bob Barr of Georgia

 

Rwanda

BBC - Rwanda: How the genocide happened

Children of Rwanda's Genocide

Frontline: The Triumph of Evil

Frontline: Ghosts of Rwanda

Genocide in Rwanda - 20th Century Genocides

Human Rights Watch - Leave None to Tell the Story: Genocide in Rwanda

Orphans of Rwanda: Orphan Crisis

Orphans of Rwanda: The Rwanda Genocide

 

White Supremacy

Challenging White Supremacy Workshop

Inside the secret world of white supremacy: A visit to Laurens, S.C. 10.18.06

Teen Files: The Truth About Hate

Texas Gang Investigators Association: White Supremacy

Tolerance.org

White Supremacy in the 1990s

Young Singers Spread Racist Hate

 

Field Trips

ExCALENDAR - The Official Exhibition Calendar of the World's Leading Art Museums

Griffith Observatory Home Page

LACMA The Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Page Museum - La Brea Tar Pits

 

GATE

 

Create multi-level tasks across all seven intelligences integrating Bloom and Gardner's models

Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) Courses

Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE)

Prufrock Press, The Nation's Leading Resource for Gifted and Advanced Learners

United Kingdom Parliament Select Committee on Education and Employment

TIP Theories: Multiple Intelligences (H. Gardner)

 

Local Schools

Dehesa School District

Del Mar Union School District

Julian Union School District

San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)

SDCOE Attendance Boundary Information

SDCOE San Diego Charter Schools

SDCOE District Contact Information

SDCOE Quick Find District Web Sites

San Diego Unified School District

SDUSD Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)

San Pasqual Union School District

Spencer Valley Elementary School

Warner Unified School District

 

Databases & Search Engines

37.com - 37 Search Engines

Education World (TM) The Educator's Best Friend

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse (ENC) - discontinued

ENC subscription home page

Federal Bureau of Investigation Home Page

The Learning Page... especially for teachers

Library of Congress

Library of Congress: American Memory

Librarians' Internet Index: Websites You Can Trust

Using Specialized Databases

Webquests from San Diego State University

Standards

California Department of Education (CDE) Information about K-12 Education

CDE Content Standards for K-12

CDE Curriculum Frameworks

 

General Information

10 Big Myths about copyright explained

Linking Right

 

             22 Great Life Lessons for Kids

 

Adventures of Cyberbee

(research tools, web treasure hunts, web projects, etc.)

Classroom Connect

 

            FBI: Internet Safety Tips for Kids

 

Getsmarter.org Home

HeadlineSpot: Newspapers Online, US Newspapers, International Newspapers

Help Your Child Develop A Healthy Self-Esteem

Institute for Policy Studies (IPS): The Nation's Oldest Multi-Issue Progressive Think Tank

KIDLINK: A place for kids to collaborate and network friends around the world

MaMaMedia

Parents’ Guide to Keeping Kids Safe Online from Answers.com

Safe ways to monitor kids while online

Internet Safety for your children

            Safe Online Communities for Your Kids

Smithsonian Institute

Smithsonian Education - Students Home Page

Stanford University Libraries (SUL): Copyright & Fair Use

Teaching, Learning and Computing: 1998 - A National Survey of Schools and Teachers

(almost twenty years old, but still interesting)

Top 1 in 10,000: A 10-Year Follow-Up of the Profoundly Gifted

Treasure Hunts

Tribes Learning Communities: A New Way of Learning and Being Together

 

 

_*San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD)*_ will continue to have both GATE and Seminar classes, though some changes will occur due to budget cuts. Beginning in 3rd grade, GATE classes are for the top 2% of students, generally including high achievers, while Seminar is for students who are in the top 1/10th of 1%. If the school your child attends does not currently have a GATE program, you should check with the SDUSD GATE office about the option of having an Individual Gifted Plan (IGP) written for your student. Many schools don't know that this option exists.

 

At most schools, GATE classes are larger than regular classes, but the teacher receives at least some funding for additional resources; this funding will be reduced for most teachers due to the budget shortfall.

If an elementary school has a GATE program (not all do), all academic courses are available as GATE classes beginning in 3rd grade. At the secondary level (middle school and high school), only English and history are designated GATE, although some 6th grades include math and/or science. Advanced math placement is made on the basis of a district-wide multiple-choice test, combined with a student's class grade using a district-wide rubric. Advanced science placement requirements vary from school to school.

 

Seminar class size has increased to 25 (from an original of 18 two decades ago). In the past, Seminar teachers were highly qualified and had to have several years of experience working with GATE students before they could be assigned a Seminar class and, if successful, continued in that position for years. Today that is no longer the case. Many principals choose to "share the wealth" of Seminar's small class size by changing the teachers every year or two, which means that the program can change dramatically. Parents have observed teachers in the spring when making their decisions, only to discover that the teacher they watched is no longer in the program, so you need to be aware and ask questions to be sure you're getting the program you expect.

 

_*Vista Unified School District (VUSD)*_ informed its parents in March

2009 that "it will not be able to fund a formal GATE program for the 2009/10 school [sic]. This means there will be no GATE assessment or paid GATE teachers.... The suspension of the GATE program is not permanent."

(http://www.vusd.k12.ca.us/es/casita/Documents/GATE%20future.pdf) VUSD will reinstate the GATE program when new funds are available.

 

Testing for Children:

 

The San Diego Unified School District GATE department will now test students who are at private schools or out of district for $50. They will not test anyone before the end of 2nd grade, however. Parents need to contact Rosa at 858.573.5986 to set up an appointment. SDUSD uses the Raven Progressive Matrices, which is accepted by Mensa (though it's not currently listed on the website). In order to use such a test result, parents need to provide the national organization with:

 

Official documentation for school-administered tests may be one of the

following:

1) An official school transcript (sealed in a school envelope OR with a school seal embossed on it) indicating the score

 

OR

 

2) A letter from the guidance counselor, on school letterhead, indicating that the score is X, were taken on Y, and signed by the counselor

 

OR

 

3) An original (or notarized copy of the original) school psychologists report (on letterhead, with an original signature of the psychologist).

 

You can get an application at

http://www.us.mensa.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=MembershipAppl&Template=/customsource/PE_Application.cfm

 

 

The name on the documentation must match the name on the application. If

it is different for some reason, documentation must be included. For

example, a notarized copy of a social security card, marriage license,

or court records to show an adoption.

 

Send the application to

 

American Mensa

1229 Corporate Dr. West

Arlington, TX 76006