Helpful Hint

We have often heard from teams that you would like to improve your public relations and marketing efforts. In response to your requests, we are developing a press kit for your use. The kit will include guidelines on developing public relations materials, a presentation folder, sample press releases and team information sheets, a background article on the Urban Schools Network, and more. These materials are designed for the media (newspapers, radio, and TV), but can easily be adapted for superintendents and administrators; other teachers in your school; and parents interested in your program. Press kits will be mailed in February. This will be a great way to showcase your team's accomplishments and successes!

Contact Mary Carol Randall or Damaris Moore in NCRVE's Dissemination Department at (800) (old phone deleted) if you have any questions or comments.

Gregory Williams, of Harrisburg Steelton-Highspire Technical School in Harrisburg PA, shared this creative approach to securing weekly common planning time for teachers in the school's Technology Cluster. Instead of providing a regular substitute for the hour of the meeting, Greg asked students in Technology Cluster classes to create a list of topics they would like to learn more about. These topics included AIDS, school violence, urban violence, and more. Then, Mr. Williams found other faculty with expertise in these areas of students' interest, and scheduled them to fill in class time by giving guest presentations on these highly relevant issues.

If you have helpful hints to share, please send them in via email(, fax (510-642-2124, or mail them to NCRVE, attention: Maggie Flack.

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