Wednesday, December 22, 2010

ESA's new Journal of Integrated Pest Management

Journal of Integrated Pest Management, is a new, open-access, peer-reviewed, extension journal covering the field of integrated pest management. The Editors-in-Chief are Dr. Marlin E. Rice of Pioneer Hi-Bred International (formerly with Iowa State University) and Dr. Kevin L. Steffey of Dow Agrosciences (formerly with the University of Illinois).

The journal is multi-disciplinary in scope, publishing articles in all pest management disciplines, including entomology, nematology, plant pathology, weed science, and other subject areas. The editors request submissions of original, extension-type articles about any aspect of pest management in the broadest sense, including, but not limited to, management of pests that affect row crops, forage and grasslands, horticultural crops, forests, urban landscapes, structures, schools, households, livestock and pets, and human health. The journal is divided into three categories: insect profiles, emerging IPM issues, and pest management recommendations.

For more information, please click here.

California Childcare Health Program IPM Toolkit

The California Childcare Health Program (CCHP) recently created an IPM Toolkit, which can be found here. Note: there are two documents that still haven't been completed, the Checklist and the Powerpoint presentation. When they are finished they will be added to the web page

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Are Schools "Going Buggy?"

Check out "Going Buggy?", a recent school IPM article by Thomas Green published in the November edition of School Planning and Management Magazine.

National Bedbug Summit Set for Feb. 1

Pest enthusiasts and obsessives can clear their calendars: the second national bedbug conference is set for Feb. 1 in Washington, the Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will focus on ways that the federal government can work with other entities to control the growing problem of bedbug infestations in the United States.

To read the full article, click here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dont miss out on the upcoming School IPM Network & eXtension event at the 2010 ESA annual meeting.

When: Monday, December 13, 2010: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Where: Ascot room at the Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center in San Diego, CA.
Who: Anyone who is interested in urban IPM is invited to attend. Meet professionals from around the nation who are implementing IPM in schools, child care facilities and other community settings.
*School IPM brochures, rodent information books and Pest ID extension flyers will be available.

For more information, see

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

2010 Head Lice and Bed Bugs Pest Presses Now Available

2010 Head Lice (English and Spanish) and Bed Bugs Pest Presses are now available through the Western School IPM Working Group’s website: and the School IPM 2015 Resources page:

Monday, October 25, 2010

School IPM Coordinator Conference November 16-18, 2010

The Texas Association of School Business Officials and Texas AgriLife Extension – School IPM program will be hosting this year’s second annual school IPM coordinator statewide conference. Last year this conference was so successful that we planned this event with you the coordinator in mind. The Texas Integrated Pest Management Affiliate for Public Schools (TIPMAPS) is the first statewide affiliate of Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) and this conference is designed specifically for school IPM Coordinators and interested individuals who want to learn more about IPM. Below is the Agenda for our event. To register you may contact TASBO directly at 800-338-6531 ext 226 or register online

In addition to the Embassy Suites 512-392-6450 room rate $99 can sleep 3 people per room, the Best Western is offering room rates at $69.95 but space is limited call Sean Sears 512-754-7557 to book today.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Evening Reception

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Welcome Address by TIPMAPS President & TASBO
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Laws & Regs – Jimmy Bush, TDA
9:40 - 10:40 a.m. Termites – Dr. Grady Glenn, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
10:40 - 11:15 a.m. Exhibitor Viewing/Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:15 p.m. Weed – Dr. Jim McAfee, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch/Networking
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Zoonitic Disease and Prevention for Wildlife
Valeri Marler, Wildlife Center at Crosstimbers Ranch
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Break/Vendor Exhibits
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Field trip #1
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Fire Ant Practices – Dr. Bart Drees
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Field trip #2
4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Best Practices – John Gann, Keller & Paul Durree
5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Evening Reception

Thursday, November 18, 2010
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. TIPMAPS meeting
Breakout Sessions
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Ag Program – Randy Rivera, TDA
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. How to Educate Your Staff About the IPM Program – Jim Olenski, Greenville ISD
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Crazy Ants – Dr. Bob Davis, BASF
9:15 - 10:15 a.m. Urban Wildlife - Hands On with Traps – Charles Adams, Sherman ISD
10:15 - 10:45 a.m. Vendor Break
Breakout Sessions
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. How to Get a License – Randy Rivera, TDA
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. How to Make Presentations To the School Board or Administration – Humble ISD
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Crazy Ants – Dr. Bob Davis
10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Urban Wildlife - Hands On With Traps – Charles Adams, Sherman ISD

Communities in Action National Asthma Forum - June 9-10, 2011


Mark your calendars!

The Communities in Action National Asthma Forum will be held June 9–10, 2011,

in Washington, D.C. Registration will open in January 2011.

Join with community leaders and public health experts from across the nation to create a plan for
comprehensive asthma management and action in your community. Attend the Forum to:

· Learn from national experts on topics including evaluation and home-based environmental interventions.

· Network with best-in-class asthma program leaders.

· Create your community's leadership plan for asthma action.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

2011 IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium

“Listen to the IAQ storytellers, practitioners and champions.
Learn by actively participating in sessions, networking and collaborations.
Lead multifaceted, integrated and sustainable IAQ projects, initiatives and programs.”
--Rusty Clifford, Ph.D., Superintendent, West Carrolton City Schools, OH

Attend the 2011 IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium, Jan. 13-15, 2011 in Washington, DC, to:
• Listen to world renowned technical experts discuss simple solutions to complex IAQ challenges.
• Learn how to design your own strategic action plan from award-winning Faculty mentors.
• Lead, accelerate and sustain your district’s IAQ management program to achieve your IAQ goals.

Register Today! National experts and IAQ champions will lead innovative sessions, including:
• Using IAQ as a Teaching and Learning Tool in Your District
• Asthma Management in Schools
• Overcoming Obstacles: Funding Your IAQ Management Program
• Radon Management in Schools
Read more about this year’s action-packed agenda. Attend the Symposium and learn how to make IAQ management an asset in your district.

• Make your hotel reservation TODAY and save over $100 on the standard rate. Offer ends December 15!
• October is Children’s Health Month -- check out the Greenversations blog on why IAQ matters.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Share Your Story – Apply Today for an EPA IAQ Tools for Schools Award!

Is your school district committed to healthy school environments?
Share your success story with the nation by applying for a National IAQ Tools for Schools Award.

Be honored as one of the top school districts in the nation advancing healthy learning environments for your students. If your district has taken strides to manage the indoor air quality in schools, consider applying for one of EPA’s IAQ Tools for Schools awards. Let your community and the nation know that you are serious about protecting the health of its children.

Don’t delay —get started on your application today!

Applications are due Friday, October 8, 2010.

Are you planning to apply?
Let us know! E-mail us at, and we will contact you over the summer to answer any questions you may have.

Experience the Benefits of Winning an EPA National Award
Winners of the National Excellence, National Model of Sustained Excellence and the National Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Connector Awards will be honored at the 11th IAQ Tools for Schools National Symposium, January 13-15, 2011. Winners will be awarded one fully paid scholarship to Washington, D.C., to attend the Symposium, where they will be recognized during an awards ceremony. EPA will also issue a national press release highlighting winners’ achievements to broadcast their success throughout the nation.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Free Webinar Related to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Healthy Schools

Boost Student Performance and Productivity in Your School!
Improving Indoor Air Quality and Academic Performance:
Facility Maintenance is the Cornerstone

Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 12:00 PM ET.

• Yasmin Bowers, American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
• Michele Curreri, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program
• Frank Di Nella, Keller Independent School District

• Roger Young, Roger Young and Associates

Attend this webinar to:
• Learn about the impact of indoor air quality on student health and academic performance.
• Gain insight on ways to identify, address and prevent IAQ problems in school environments.
• Develop guidelines and proven methodologies that you can start using immediately, including training, reporting and leveraging technology.
• Discover the importance of using a maintenance management system.

This webinar is offered at no cost to participants. Don’t miss your chance; register today!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

EPA Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Connector Now Available

News and Events
A National Partnership Effort - EPA's PestWise Program Five Steps to Effective Integrated Pest Management (IPM) A Pest Management Professional's Perspective on IPM in Schools Inspiring Action: IAQ Design Challenge School District Update -Schodack Central School District Other IPM Resources Have Your Questions Answered. View full article.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Integrated Pest Management in Schools Webinar - Video Recording and Slides Now Available

Integrated Pest Management in Schools Webinar

Video Recording and Slides Now Available!

Thank you for participating in the Integrated Pest Management webinar. This was the latest webinar in a series designed to highlight key aspects of The Framework for Effective School IAQ Management, focused on the importance of addressing integrated pest management (IPM) in schools. The IAQ Tools for Schools Program was pleased to host IPM experts to share their expertise, best practices and resources schools can use to develop an integrated pest management program.

Now you can access the webinar slides and a video recording of the presentation online! Visit

Do you have a question about integrated pest management? Check out the Questions and Answers from the webinar to see if your questions have already been answered by these experts.

To access additional resources and past IAQ Tools for Schools Program webinars, please visit This archive of past presentations on other topics is a great resource to help you better manage IAQ in your schools.

If you have any questions about this presentation or the registration process, please contact the IAQ Tools for Schools Connector Coordinator at

The IAQ Tools for Schools Program is a comprehensive resource to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting, and preventing IAQ problems. Learn more about the IAQ Tools for Schools Program at

Friday, July 2, 2010

Florida School IPM Newsletter Now Available

The University of Florida has published a new edition of the Florida School IPM Newsletter. Topics include the FL school IPM working group summer meeting, Duval County pilot program and online IPM education opportunities. More information.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Free Webinar - Greening Your Childcare Facility

Are you a childcare owner or childcare worker?
Do you have children in your care that have asthma or other respiratory issues?
Do you want to make your indoor environment greener and healthier?

Did you know that many chemicals in the cleaning products used in schools are toxic?
Did you know that these chemicals contribute to poor indoor air quality, smog, cancer, asthma, and other diseases?
Do you know there is someone to call if you suspect a child in your care has a health problem that may be related to the environment?
Do you know there are alternatives to using pesticides and the usual cleaning products?

July 21, 2010

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

There are approximately 6.6 million children in the mid-Atlantic Region and about 9.7% of them have asthma. These children may spend up to 10 hours a day in an environment such as a school or childcare setting. Many of these buildings are old and in poor condition and may have environmental conditions that inhibit learning and pose increased risks to those inside. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that these facilities are as safe as possible.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 3 Office in collaboration with the Southeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center; the Philadelphia School and Community Integrated Pest Management Partnership; the Women’s Health and Environmental Network; and the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment will be holding a webinar on green cleaning, integrated pest management and an introduction of the Region 3 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.

If you are a childcare owner or worker interested in improving your indoor air quality or ensuring an environmentally friendly facility, then this is the webinar for you. For more questions or to register send an email to the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at or call 866-622-2431

Monday, June 14, 2010

PESP Regional Grants RFP Announced

A great opportunity for Community IPM funding:

The review log jam was cleared late last week and the PESP Grant announcement moved rapidly to post on Friday (6/10). The closing date is July 26.

It's on at with the actual announcement posted at

It is currently highlighted on and links are being posted on the PestWise website ( as well.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

June School IPM 2015 Newsletter

This month’s School IPM 2015 newsletter features articles on a Child Nutrition Manager's Perspective, A Conversation with Al Fournier and a School IPM 2015 Update.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Westville School District Recognized by EPA

WESTVILLE — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the Westville School District for its efforts to reduce both pest problems and pesticide use by more than 87 percent, according to a press release. Full article.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Get Pesky Mosquitoes to Buzz Off

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Ordinarily, mosquitoes are little more than a mild irritant, but because they can transmit diseases such as West Nile encephalitis to humans and pets, people should take steps to avoid being bitten and eliminate mosquito-breeding areas.
During warm weather, mosquitoes can breed in any still water that stands for more than four days. The most effective way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water. Homeowners should use IPM, or integrated pest management, tactics to protect themselves and their families. IPM aims to manage pests -- such as insects, diseases, weeds and animals -- by combining physical, biological and chemical tactics that are safe and environmentally compatible.

Homeowners should follow these IPM tips for mosquito prevention:

• Eliminate standing water by removing old tires, buckets, toys, and other unnecessary objects that catch water

• Drain excess water from flowerpots

• Empty accumulated water from trashcan lids, recycling bins, toys, plants and other water-catching objects

• Keep rain gutters and drains clean and free of obstructions

• Turn over wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use

• Tightly cover rain barrels to prevent egg-laying

• Change water in birdbaths by flushing with a hose at least once a week

• Fill tree holes with sand or cement or drill holes to allow drainage

• Keep swimming pools covered when not in use

• Empty accumulated water from boats and cargo trailers

• Clear aquatic vegetation from around the edges of ponds to allow fish to feed on mosquito larvae and pupae

• Organize your community to clean up mosquito breeding areas. Neighborhood clean up days can be organized through civic or youth organizations. Homeowners can be encouraged to clean up their yards, and water-collecting containers can be picked up from vacant lots.

Bti, a naturally occurring bacteria, can be used to kill mosquito larvae in areas known to have standing water. Bti can be purchased in small, donut-shaped form, often called "mosquito dunks", which are useful in small areas of standing water, such as a birdbath or small puddle of water. Granular Bti is also available, and effective for larger areas, such as backyard ponds.

Mosquitoes should be excluded from buildings by keeping windows, doors and porches tightly screened. For mosquitoes inside the house, use a fly swatter. When outside, wear long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. Avoid peak mosquito feeding times, usually dusk to dawn.

When going outdoors for an extended period of time, insect repellents can provide protection from mosquito bites. Repellents can protect for up to five hours, but because people vary in their attractiveness to mosquitoes, the effectiveness of the repellent may depend on the individual. Repellents often contain pesticides and are poisonous. Before using a repellent or insecticide, be sure you thoroughly read and understand all directions and cautions on the product label, especially if you will be applying the product on a child, pregnant woman or the elderly.

For more information on using insect repellants, see Penn State's College of Agriculture's fact sheet .

For more information on mosquitoes, see Penn State’s Department of Entomology’s fact sheet on mosquitoes at .

The Pennsylvania IPM program is a collaboration between the Pennsylvania State University and the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture aimed at promoting integrated pest management in both agricultural and nonagricultural situations. For more information, contact the program at (814) 865-2839, or visit Web site

Thursday, May 6, 2010

University of Nebraska Starts School IPM blog

Check out UNL's new blog to get updates about school IPM demonstration and coalition projects happening in Nebraska:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Tools for Schools - June 3rd School IPM Webinar

Going buggy over pest management? Attend an IPM webinar!
Pest Prevention: Integrated Pest Management in Schools

Thursday, June 3, 2010, 1:00 PM ET

Register today for this free webinar!

• Ms. Sherry Glick, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
• Dr. Thomas A. Green, The IPM Institute of North America, Inc.
• Gregg Smith, Facility Services Department, Salt Lake City School District
• Bob Stoddard, EnviroSafe, Inc.
• Mr. Lynn Braband, Dr. Mark Shour and Mr. Tim Stock will answer your bug questions.
• Michele Curreri, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Indoor Environments Division

Attend this webinar to:
• Learn how to incorporate safe and cost-effective integrated pest management approaches in your school.
• Discover how to reduce asthma triggers and allergic reactions in students and staff by implementing common sense pest prevention strategies.
• Develop IPM educational and training tools for school staff and faculty.
• Hear answers to your questions during the webinar! Send your questions to by May 27, 2010, to ensure they are discussed during the webinar.

Please register in advance by taking the following steps now:
• Visit to register.
• Complete the contact information on the following page.
• An e-mail with the information you need to participate in the webinar will be sent to the e-mail address you have specified. Please check your spam e-mail filter if the message does not appear in your inbox.
• Click on the link provided in the e-mail and join us at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the presentation.

Spread the word! Forward this e-mail to a friend.

Please note
: This EPA webinar will be approximately 90 minutes and is free of charge to attendees. You will need a high-speed Internet connection and a telephone line to interact with speakers and other participants.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Dont let the Bugs Bite – Bed Bugs and Lice Go to School

PASBO Webcast - April 27, 2010 9:30-11:00AM
Dont let the Bugs Bite – Bed Bugs and Lice Go to School

Bed bugs, headlice and schools do not mix! So how can school facilities managers, nurses and principals nip this problem in the bud? How do you communicate effectively with school staff and the local community about the issue? The Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials (PASBO) is sponsoring an informative webcast on the emerging bed bug problem in schools and an overview of action items that schools can take.
  • Dr. Jody Gangloff-Kaufmann of Cornell University will explain the basics about these annoying creatures and their control.
  • Jeff Bryan, Director of Buildings and Grounds at the Red Lion Area School District will give the school practitioner’s viewpoint.
  • Sarah Pickel from the PA Department of Agriculture will explain the current legal status of pest management in Pennsylvania schools and the resources available to assist schools with compliance.
For more information, including the cost and how to register, please see visit the PASBO website, or call PASBO at (717) 540-9551. Pesticide education credits in multiple categories are available.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Study Shows IPM Reduces Cockroach Allergens in Schools

A 2003-2004 study led by entomologists at North Carolina State University and published in 2009, compared the effectiveness of conventional pest control to IPM with respect to lowering German cockroach allergen levels in schools. Schools – in both urban and rural districts – are prone to cockroach infestations and have very high cockroach allergen levels. These allergens, Blattella gemanica allergen 1, or simply Bla g 1, are associated with development and exacerbation of acute asthma in school children. Full Article.

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Day: South Oranges Healthy Parks

New York Times: “Since IPM is now the law on all New Jersey school grounds, it makes perfect sense to try to expand it to all public property as well,” said Mr. Benson…" Full story.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Salt Lake Tribune: EPA restricts pesticide implicated in death of two Layton sisters

Federal regulators clamped strong new controls Wednesday on the pesticide believed to have caused the deaths of 4-year-old Rebecca Toone and her 15-month-old sister Rachel the week after an exterminator fumigated rodent holes outside of their Layton home.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said aluminum and magnesium phosphide fumigants can no longer be used near homes. The agency also expanded the buffer zones required when using it outdoors and imposed a new requirement for posted warnings when the pesticide has been applied. Full story.

What is IPM?

The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) recently created a basic informational video about Integrated Pest Management in the home:

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March School IPM 2015 Newsletter

This month’s School IPM 2015 newsletter features articles on a Pest Management Professional's perspective, the importance of professional organizations and the new school IPM video game.

View full newsletter.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

2010 Healthy Schools Hero: Marc Tafolla

Every year, to mark the anniversary of the March 18, 1937 Texas School Explosion, I salute a Healthy Schools Hero who demonstrates extraordinary responsibility and inspirational leadership for safety in schools.

On March 18, 1937, in New London, Texas, a gas explosion killed 319 students, teachers and visitors while in the supposed safe haven of a new state-of-the-art public school considered by many to be the richest rural school district in the nation. No expense had been spared except when it came to safety. The disaster resulted in a law requiring that a warning odor be added to natural gas, thus saving millions of lives all over the world. However, other important recommendations of the 1937 Court of Inquiry have yet to be implemented in most 21st century schools

The Healthy Schools Hero Award is an annual opportunity to tell the forgotten story of the worst school disaster in American history, to raise awareness of the urgent need to break the silence about hazards and unhealthy conditions in today’s schools, and to prioritize the values and technical skills we need to live safely with 21st century chemicals and technology.

The Heroes Award is part of an ongoing campaign, Lessons of the 1937 Texas School Explosion, to dedicate March 18 as a day to promote conversations that bring "safety" from the margins to the core of school curriculum and community culture and to celebrate the type of leadership that can save lives.

Indeed, few parents imagine that their children are in harm's way in school and child care from old stockpiles of explosives, flammables and poisons sitting in school labs, closets, cabinets and storerooms. Many parents would be surprised to learn that many schools do not teach safety and do not teach safely -- even in science and technical-vocational classes.

Fixing Unsafe Schools

The 2010 Healthy Schools Hero is Marc Tafolla, a Skadden Fellow at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Education Opportunity Project (EOP) in San Francisco (formerly called the Education Equity Project.) Tafolla’s work strengthens parent involvement and community partnerships to make schools the safe havens that children deserve.

A staff attorney, Tafolla oversees the Education Opportunity Project (EOP) which is a joint project with the ACLU Foundation of Southern California. Tafolla, with the support and oversight of Brooks Allen of the ACLU-SC, helps local individuals and groups fix schools using the landmark Williams v. California settlement that mandates clean and safe facilities, qualified teachers, and up-to-date text books in California schools. Tafolla, along with Allen, authored the EOP’s manual, Better Schools, Brighter Futures.

Tafolla’s accomplishments are a model of how to break the silence about hazards and fix unacceptable school conditions.

Watch the video "The Fixer" to see how PTA parents, teachers and the Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights used the Williams process to resolve longstanding problems such as mold, electrical hazards, decrepit bathrooms, dust encrusted air vents and other unhealthy conditions that had been neglected for years.

Loni Allen, Education Specialist at Parents Helping Parents (PHP), a non-profit, community-based, parent-directed family resource center, said,

“Marc Tafolla is amazing. Marc has created an effective process to resolve problems that doesn’t polarize people. The result of his work is that the people become involved in a solution that impacts not only students, but also staff and a community. Imagine a process that results in improving accessibility to running water in bathrooms, pipes that aren’t exposed and presenting a safety hazard, comfortable environments that are conducive to learning, mildew free classrooms and offices, teachers who have materials to offer all children in all classrooms. His passion to offer collaborative opportunities to improve the health and safety for both students and staff is a gift to California. In fact, the process he promotes offers a model that could be shared in other states to improve the overall school conditions improving academic outcomes.”

Read more about Marc Tafollo's leadership and EOP in Action>>

Today, there is a museum and extensive archives dedicated to remembering the "lost generation," to documenting the story of their beloved community, the explosion and its aftermath, and to preserving its legacy for future generations. London Museum and Tea Room, New London, Texas 75682. (903) 895-4602 or (903) 561-7256.

Make March 18 Healthy Schools Heroes Day.
Read about Healthy Schools Heroes 2005 - 2010.
Tell their story. Tell your story.

For more information contact:

Ellie Goldberg, M.Ed.
Lessons of the 1937 Texas School Explosion
*** 2010 Healthy Schools Hero Marc Tafolla ***