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Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap'

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This educator writes that use of the phrase "achievement gap" can imply racial bias.

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Colby library renovation ignites debate over role of physical books in digital world | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Colby library renovation ignites debate over role of physical books in digital world | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Supporters and foes of storing books to open up space say they revere the sanctity of books.
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Another attempt to put a moratorium on virtual charter schools in Maine moving through Legislature

Another attempt to put a moratorium on virtual charter schools in Maine moving through Legislature | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

AUGUSTA, Maine — Another attempt to slow down virtual public charter schools in Maine took a step toward enactment on Monday.

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NLW 14: SAGE Offers Free Full Text Access to 7 Information Science and 83 Education Journals Until the End of This Month | LJ INFOdocket

In honor of National Library Week 2014, SAGE databases are offering free access to their library science and education journals. Many more journal trials are available from SAGE. Some provide access into 2015. You do have to create a personal account and register. Visit the link to InfoDocket to see the full list of titles.

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Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School - YouTube

Published on Apr 4, 2014

Principals Know: School Librarians are the Heart of the School was crowdsourced by Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Teresa Starrett using funds provided by the Texas Library Association, Demco, and the Dean's Research Funds (College of Professional Education, Texas Woman's University).

If you are a principal or school administrator and you want to share why your school librarian is the heart of your school, contact Dr. Judi Moreillon (jmoreillon@twu.edu).

This video is also available on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/91689175

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Perfect to share with your school librarians and their administrators.

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Academic Integrity: Cheat or Be Cheated?

Academic Integrity: Cheat or Be Cheated? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Stanford's Challenge Success describes strategies for establishing a schoolwide climate that discourages cheating.

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Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method

Statisticians slam popular teacher evaluation method | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The evidence against VAM is at this point overwhelming. The refusal of school reformers to acknowledge it is outrageous.
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Just One Season of Hits in High School Football May Alter Brain: Study – WebMD

"Players who did not have concussions, still showed changes in white matter." A study points to an association between football, specifically, rather than other sports, and traumatic brain injury.

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Teenagers in The Times | March 2014

Teenagers in The Times | March 2014 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The latest monthly collection of articles about young people published in The Times.
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This New York Times feature includes lesson ideas and questions to go with the articles featured. If you have trouble accessing the articles because you have come up against your monthly limit of free articles, ask your librarian for help!

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To Get More Students Ready for College and Careers, Kentucky Expands Access to Advanced Placement for Low-Income Students

To Get More Students Ready for College and Careers, Kentucky Expands Access to Advanced Placement for Low-Income Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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This article is a bit one-sided, but I think there are still lessons to be learned from Kentucky's experience with expanding access to AP classes.

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National Poetry Month Poetry Dare: Wisława Szymborska's "Vocabulary" -

National Poetry Month Poetry Dare: Wisława Szymborska's "Vocabulary" - | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

For National Poetry Month, dare yourself--and your students--to try reading a poet you've never sampled before.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Ways for Students to Showcase Their Best Work

As the end of the school year approaches you may be looking for a good way for students to organize and share examples of their best work of the school year. If your students have blogs or wikis that they have maintained all year then all they need to do is move their best examples to the front page. But if that is not the case for your students then take a look at these five services your students can use to organize and showcase examples of their best work.

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360 Degrees of Text: Using Poetry to Teach Close Reading and Powerful Writing

In honor of National Poetry Month, this article from the NCTE focuses on using poetry to teach students how to craft academic arguments.

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The Rise of E-Books and a Shrinking Library Catalog

The Rise of E-Books and a Shrinking Library Catalog | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"E-reading is on the rise, according to a January report by the Pew Internet project. Fully 50 percent of adults own a tablet or e-reader, and two out of five public libraries lend e-readers. But while libraries own their e-readers, the same can’t be said of the digital books on their virtual shelves. As a result, library patrons face long wait times to borrow what are essentially collections of bits and bytes."

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Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, and Debate

Idea of New Attention Disorder Spurs Research, and Debate | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Powerful figures in mental health are claiming to have identified a new disorder, sluggish cognitive tempo, that could widely expand the ranks of young people treated for attention problems.
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All Work, No Play: Why High School Students Should Have Fun

All Work, No Play: Why High School Students Should Have Fun | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In this post, Sarah Fine asks why we see play as so central for young children and again for creative professional work, but treat high schools as play-free zones. She argues for why we should care about playful adolescence, and gives several examples of schools that are realizing these goals in practice.
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Before you skip right over this (those of us on the verge of April break are seeing quite enough playfulness thank you very much), it's not about letting students have recess in your classroom, it's actually a very interesting article about "playful learning."

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ALA Releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report Including List of Most Challenged Books of 2013

ALA Releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report Including List of Most Challenged Books of 2013 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Highlights from the American Library Association's annual state of the libraries report.

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Need To Know How To Use A Google Product? Try Google Tips | PikeMall Tech

Need To Know How To Use A Google Product? Try Google Tips | PikeMall Tech | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Mike Paul reviews the new Google Tips site, which features a fun interactive card flipping design. To go directly to Google Tips: https://www.google.com/get/googletips/

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Punishing Students for Gadget Use Will Make Their Tech Etiquette Worse | Opinion | WIRED

Punishing Students for Gadget Use Will Make Their Tech Etiquette Worse | Opinion | WIRED | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
At the start of this year, the President Barack Obama administration made a New Year’s resolution for schools nationwide. It urged them to drop the “zero tolerance” approach to discipline, joining a growing chorus of critics of policies that dispense serious punishments for small rule violations. The essence of zero tolerance is that normal but undesirable behavior counts as a strike against students. But the potential end of zero tolerance is also great news for a surprising part of society: the tech sector.
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Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important

Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The oft-neglected literary form can help students learn in ways that prose can't.
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10 Ways To Celebrate National Poetry Month

10 Ways To Celebrate National Poetry Month | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

April is National Poetry Month in the US, but online, just about anyone can participate in the festivities of the month. Whether it's through reading the poetry of others, sharing your own poetry, or spreading the joy to others around you, there's no shortage of great ideas."

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The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A look at which companies have issued a security patch to fix the Heartbleed bug.
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American Library - The Morning News

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Photographs from a new book of American public libraries—some famous, some neglected, some both—plus an essay by former Poet Laureate Charles Simic.
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VAM Posts on the Network for Public Education

VAM Posts on the Network for Public Education | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The latest acronym that is popping up everywhere is: VAM. It stands for Value-Added Measurement and refers to the practice of evaluating teachers based on the performance of their students using standardized tests as measures.This link goes to a list of blog posts on the NPE site that focus on VAM. A quick scan of the dates shows that VAM as a topic on this particular site has become very frequent lately.

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Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%

Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95% | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Deluged by more applications than ever, the most selective colleges are rejecting legions of students they once would have accepted.
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Educational Leadership:Writing: A Core Skill

Educational Leadership:Writing: A Core Skill | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The contents of April's Educational Leadership, which focuses on writing (not just for English teachers). Print edition available at your library.

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