News, Reviews & Resources   February, 2006
A New Look for Starlink in 2006

Welcome to a new-look Starlink in 2006, along with a new logo. An explanation of both is in the downloadable pdf file (Starlink Issue 58) itself. Clipart images have also given way to photos. Any feedback or comments from Starlink readers wil be gratefuly received! :-)

I hope 2006 has begun smoothly for you, and that it continues to go from strength to strength - here's to a great year for all of us! :-)


Insiders' Guides to Community Renewal

From the US based Center for Community Enterprise website, this page offers several downloadable files.

The Insiders' Guides are 4-page, 8.5 x 11 inch publications that use illustration and straightforward language to do two things:

  • support the efforts of practitioners and other activists to make mainstream some concepts and tools critical to community revitalization.
  • foster a debate about effective strategies for community education and engagement in the development process.

It's important to understand that these publications are not supposed to stand on their own. They can't "convince" anybody of anything. Rather, IGs are just one more way to support a process of community engagement, along with all the oral presentations, radio and TV interviews, newsletters, posters, music, etc., that practitioners bring to bear. And if some playful language and pictures makes people smile, so much the better.

Please download, revise, and print them to suit your constitutents and strategy. Then let us know how they work for you and how we can improve them. (Note - there are both high and low-resolution copies of each. The latter makes for a better print copy and includes crop marks for your local printer.)

NASA Space Pen
Astronauts quickly discovered ballpoint pens would not work in zero gravity.

To combat this problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that writes in zero gravity, upside down, under water, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to over 300C.

... The Russians used a pencil.

Connecting in Your Classroom
Connecting in Your Classroom
Connecting in Your Classroom is a Search Institute publication, by Neal Starkman, Ph.D., in which 18 teachers tell how they foster relationships to lead to student success.

If you want to be remembered as the best teacher they ever had, it takes more than knowing your subject and teaching it well. The teachers who excel, the ones who are remembered and whose students come back to visit them year after year, also make strong, empowering connections with their students.

In Connecting Your Classroom, both the humanity and professional secrets of "gold star" K-12 teachers are revealed.

The principles of TEACH—trust, engagement, asset-building, care, and hard work—are the basis of this inspirational guide to improving teacher-student relationships. Eighteen teachers from across the country share their secrets of how to encourage responsibility, empathy, and hard work—qualities that lead to academic and personal achievement—in their everyday interactions with students. Rooted in the Developmental Assets™ approach, these narratives seek to foster the concrete, commonsensical, and positive experiences and qualities essential to raising successful young people.

To read
Starlink # 58 ...

Go to my website home page and take the link to Starlink Newsletter in the left hand menu.

Or download directly here. (You can also right-click and select save target as or download link as)

Goal Setting Websites

A range of websites dealing with setting personal, professional or educational goals.

Goal Setting Tips for Students

About Goal Setting (Free Tutorials & Other Resources)

7 Step Goal Writing


MindTools - Personal Goal Setting


Personal Goal Setting (Time Management Guide site)

Goal Setting (Real Estate Libary)

Goal Setting Strategies for a Balanced Life)


The Goals Guy

Goal Setting (Brain Injury Resource Center)

Just for Fun

Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists? (Kelvin Throop III)

Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he will sit in a boat drinking beer all day.

Where a calculator on the ENIAC is equpped with 18,000 vaccuum tubes and weighs 30 tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vaccuum tubes and perhaps weigh 1.5 tons. (Popular Mechanics, March 1949)

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