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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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Stephen Perkinson: "Lessons for Living: The Macabre in Renaissance Art"

Published on Jun 26, 2017 Stephen Perkinson, Bowdoin's Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Art History and guest curator, delivers the keynote address, "Lessons for Living: The Macabre in Renaissance Art" to open the Bowdoin Museum of Art exhibition The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe.

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101 books to dive into this summer: a massive reading list

101 books to dive into this summer: a massive reading list | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
TED speakers give us 101 recommendations about what to read.
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Starting this Friday, here are all of the museums you can visit for free this summer

Starting this Friday, here are all of the museums you can visit for free this summer | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

You can soak in some culture without spending any money at 85 museums and cultural institutions across Massachusetts this summer during Free Fun Fridays

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Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression's Bookmobiles

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During the Great Depression, a New Deal program brought books to Kentuckians living in remote areas
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#MuseumWeek 2017 – #MuseumWeek Be part of the first worldwide cultural event on social networks!

#MuseumWeek 2017 – #MuseumWeek Be part of the first worldwide cultural event on social networks! | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Be part of the first worldwide cultural event on social networks!
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Promoting the Pleasures of Reading: Why It Matters to Kids and to Country - Literacy & NCTE

Promoting the Pleasures of Reading: Why It Matters to Kids and to Country - Literacy & NCTE | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Jeffrey Wilhelm argues that the five different types of pleasure reading - play, work, inner work, intellectual and social - are a civil right.
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When Reading Gets Harder

When Reading Gets Harder | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For years, we’ve thought that the answer to boosting adolescent reading comprehension lay in building students’ vocabulary. Teens often struggle with the jargon and advanced terminology they encounter as they move into middle and high school, so educators have designed curricula and interventions that explicitly teach these complex words.
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Do higher ed policies make it difficult to change K-12 teaching paradigm?

Do higher ed policies make it difficult to change K-12 teaching paradigm? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

the pressure of even getting students to college often supersedes educators' desires to implement strategies like project-based learning in the classroom, a reality which reflects an overall need for higher ed and K-12 administrators to reconsider the education system in its entirety — particularly as low-income, minority students are often not exposed to resources, like AP classes, in their high schools and can be unfairly excluded from the good intentions of testing standards due to pre-college factors. 

 Recommended Reading: EdSurge When It Comes to Trying to Shake Up K-12, Is College the Problem?

https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-06-16-when-it-comes-to-trying-to-shake-up-k-12-is-college-the-problem

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Why Kids Need Data Literacy, and How You Can Teach It

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Data is all around us. It is vital that our students understand and interpret the data, infographics, and visualizations they see.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 23, Number 24


This week's Scout Report reviews the online resources listed below. Visit the Scout Report here: 
to read the detailed annotations of each resources and get direct links to the sites.
         Research and Education 
Science Gossip 
Indigenous Literary Perspectives in Global Conversation 
The Civil Engineer 
National Women's History Museum Lesson Plans 
Quantum Physics Made Relatively Simple
The Homer Multitext Project 
Pew Research Center: Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults
 Legal History Blog 

      General Interest 
Adrift: the Secret World of Space Junk 
Newberry Digital Exhibition: Ephemera By Design 
The Review Review 
Art21 
TED Talk Playlist: Insects are Awesome! 
Google Arts & Culture: We Wear Culture 
The Bowery Boys: New York City History 
Media History 
Digital Library 

Network Tools 
BlueGriffon 
Calibre 

     In the News 
Phytoplankton Emiliania huxleyi turn the Black Sea and Bosphorus Strait Turquoise

Copyright © 2017 Internet Scout Research Group - http://scout.wisc.edu The Internet Scout Research Group, located in the Computer Sciences Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides Internet publications and software to the research and education communities under grants from the National Science Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, and other philanthropic organizations. Users may make and distribute verbatim copies of any of Internet Scout's publications or web content, provided this paragraph, including the above copyright notice, is preserved on all copies.
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Education Dept. Says It Will Scale Back Civil Rights Investigations

Education Dept. Says It Will Scale Back Civil Rights Investigations | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The department will not consider civil rights investigations mandatory, loosening rules that spurred broad looks at issues from sexual assault to disciplinary actions.
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Test Prep & Review Strategies for Grades 9-12

Help students in grades 9-12prepare for and take tests of all kinds.
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Test Anxiety: Causes and Remedies - Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning

Test Anxiety: Causes and Remedies - Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Those who don’t suffer from test anxiety—and I’ll bet that’s most faculty—can find it hard to be sympathetic. But test anxiety is a legitimate problem.
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Educational Leadership: Gearing Up for Change

Perspectives / Working With Change in Schools
Anthony Rebora
Double Take
News, resources, and numbers of note.
Making Progress Possible: A Conversation with Michael Fullan
Naomi Thiers
To achieve true reform, this expert on school change argues, we need to infuse collaborative professionalism throughout schools.
When Classroom Practice Meets Education Policy
Kim Greene
Meet five teachers who've taken it on themselves to step out of the classroom and advocate for improvements in schools.
To Drive Change, Realign Your Resources
Karen Hawley Miles and Melissa Galvez
To meet new challenges, schools must learn to use people, time, and money more strategically.
How to Keep Mutiny from Sinking Your Change Effort
Lee Ann Jung
Adopting a norm of "disagree and commit" allows schools to try out promising new practices even if some teachers harbor doubts.
Managing Change—Before It Drives You Out of Teaching
David B. Cohen
Focusing on a few well-chosen goals each year can help you protect your passion.
Empowering Teachers to Respond to Change
Ariel Sacks
With high levels of flux expected, schools must set up structures that help teachers share their best thinking and manage change effectively.
Staying Centered in a Compliance-Driven World
Ann Mausbach and Kim Morrison
Principals need to make student learning the centerpiece of school reform efforts. How can district leaders help?
How the Hack Mindset Can Foster Innovation in Schools
Mark Hofer and Lindy L. Johnson
Schools leaders can cultivate deeper learning by making small, experimental shifts.
Educators Need Grit Too!
Thomas R. Hoerr
How can we build a schoolwide culture that encourages everyone to learn from failure and persist through difficulties?
A Turnaround Success Story
Chuck Salina, Suzann Girtz and Joanie Eppinga
One key to a school's remarkable improvement? Building trust through one-on-one conversations.
Planting the Seeds of Change (Literally)
Brad Rumble
A Los Angeles principal empowers his students by helping them bring the natural world back to their school grounds.
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5 Reasons to Throw Out Mandatory Lesson Plans - Cooper on Curriculum

5 Reasons to Throw Out Mandatory Lesson Plans - Cooper on Curriculum | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"While mandatory teacher lesson plans might seem like an idea long retired, I am continuously amazed at how many districts and schools still heavily rely on this approach as part of their master plan to improve instruction."

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The Bookness of Not-Books – The Paris Review

The Bookness of Not-Books – The Paris Review | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The particular materiality, ephemerality, and collaboration of artists' books
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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
By adding blogs to a flipped ELA class, teachers present literacy as a design challenge where words, images, and format serve to express students' ideas.
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You Can Now View an Almost-8-Foot-Tall Atlas From the 17th Century Online

You Can Now View an Almost-8-Foot-Tall Atlas From the 17th Century Online | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

To this day, the enormous Klencke Atlas, now owned by the British Library, remains one of the most impressive atlases in the world. But since you need several people to even have a chance at moving the oversized book, it’s probably better to just look at a digitized copy. Luckily, the map is now viewable online, as Co.Design reports. - See more at: http://mentalfloss.com/article/500753/you-can-now-view-almost-8-foot-tall-atlas-17th-century-online#sthash.8zpuVJPD.dpuf ;

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Rebooting Industrial Era Seating

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Two educators present ideas for transforming our classrooms to meet the challenges of the future in this excerpt from their new book.
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Come for the computers, stay for the books - The Hechinger Report

Come for the computers, stay for the books - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The stereotypical library can seem like a vestige, making it an easy target when budgets are tight, according to Mark Ray, Vancouver’s director of innovation and library services, “but we want libraries to be the lynchpin of education transformation.” Ray heads up Future Ready Librarians, part of Future Ready Schools — a network for sharing education technology solutions, which is sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, D.C.-based education advocacy group.
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As social and emotional learning expands, educators fear the ‘fizzle’

As social and emotional learning expands, educators fear the ‘fizzle’ | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

“There has been an explosion of interest in this work,” Emily Doolittle, a researcher at the federal National Center for Education Research, said at a panel discussion late last month of leaders in the field who contributed to a new issue of the journal The Future of Children dedicated to social and emotional learning. And with that explosion has come heightened concern among proponents about how to spare social and emotional learning from the fate of many ideas in education: the fizzle."

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Summer-School Revivals and Literacy Pig Arrivals: This Week's Top 7 Education Stories

Summer-School Revivals and Literacy Pig Arrivals: This Week's Top 7 Education Stories | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

* * *The School Where War and Persecution are Familiar Subjects RJ Wolcott | Lansing State Journal 

 [Nasim] Mohammad left school in the fourth grade. It was around the time that the Taliban took power in Ghazni Province, his home. He wanted to keep his mother safe, to be her guardian. ... He’s 32 now. He fled Afghanistan for a refugee camp in Indonesia, where he stayed for three years. He arrived in Lansing last spring, on a Thursday at the end of May. Which is how he came to be seated among a dozen students in the basement of Lansing’s First Presbyterian Church. ... The [students] are from Somalia, Congo, Afghanistan, and 13 other countries: adult refugees and immigrants who are too old to go into the public-school system, but held back by the lack of a high-school degree. 

 * * * How Boston Is Making Summer School Cool Max Larkin | WBUR Educators have a phrase for the way summer school has historically worked: “drill-and-kill.” Administrators at Boston Public Schools say they’re still partly stuck in that model: Some students who didn’t master material during the year are still caught up with five weeks of rote learning in stifling classrooms. ... But city officials are trying to fix that, by re-envisioning summer school as something that high-need students won’t want to skip. Starting this summer, the city will engage more than 2,000 K-8 students—and their teachers—in programs that combine summer learning with a wide array of enrichment opportunities, from science camp to sailing. 

 * * * How Betsy DeVos Could Break Up the Charter-School Coalition Molly Hensley-Clancy | Buzzfeed 

 [On Tuesday, Education Secretary Betsy] DeVos spoke [to charter-school advocates about] the need to ensure that poor students had the ability to attend not just charter schools, but private schools, too—just as her son had done. It was a heavy allusion to the necessity of a voucher system—one that would allow families to use taxpayer money to pay for private and religious schools. But vouchers have long been considered politically toxic for many in the charter-school movement, who are already wondering how closely their schools—attended primarily by low-income, black, and Latino students—should link their fortunes to those of the Trump administration. 

 * * * The Adventures of Literacy Pig Cara Giaimo | Atlas Obscura Children’s literature is full of pigs. There’s Wilbur, the relatable runt who makes interspecies friends in Charlotte’s Web. There’s Babe, who learns to herd sheep with kindness. And don’t forget Olivia, who has had a whole series of picture book adventures in her signature red dress. For the most recent generation of children, there is also Daisy (and even more recently, Daisy II): potbellied pigs who, like characters loosed from the page, spend much of their lives traveling from library to library, helping to teach children that reading is fun. 

 * * * The $2 Mistake That Cost West Virginia University Thousands Jake Jarvis | Charleston Gazette-Mail 

 West Virginia State University was not the only college in West Virginia to recently lose federal funding for a program that benefits low-income, first-generation college students. A $2 mistake on an application from West Virginia University means the school will lose more than $200,000 to fund its McNair Scholars program, which could mean the end of the 18-year program. 

 * * * Can Scientists Help End the Teacher Shortage? Carolyn Jones | The Atlantic Two years ago, LaTeira Haynes was working in a quiet laboratory at UC San Diego finishing up her doctorate in biomedical engineering. Now, she’s teaching a 9th-grade biology class in South Los Angeles that is so large she uses a microphone to be heard over the constant din of teenage chatter, rustling worksheets, and the zipping and unzipping of backpacks. But to her, there is no sweeter sound. “These students are here. They want to be here. I want to be here,” said the energetic second-year teacher, her hair pulled back and her hoop earrings flashing. “I have 47 kids in this class and 44 of them are here today. That’s huge.” 

 * * * The 3-D Prosthetics Printer Alison Graham | Indiana Daily Student One of the best parts of Violet Hall’s 3-D-printed arm is the pair of pipe cleaners she can attach to hold her violin bow. In fourth grade, which she starts in the fall, they learn to play an instrument. Most of the students at Binford Elementary will learn how to play the recorder, but not Violet. “It’s kind of tricky doing a recorder with one hand,” Violet’s mother, Milet Hall said. Violet, 9, was born without her right hand or forearm. Ever since, her parents have tried different prosthetics to help her do what other kids do almost everyday—ride a bike, climb the monkey bars or play an instrument. Now, Violet is closer to doing those things thanks to the work of an IU researcher who worked to print her a 3-D hand this past spring.

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6 Tips for Helping High-Schoolers With Learning and Attention Issues Cope With Test Anxiety

6 Tips for Helping High-Schoolers With Learning and Attention Issues Cope With Test Anxiety | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Does your teen feel nervous or anxious about tests? Try these tips to help high-schoolers with learning and attention issues feel more confident about taking tests.
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Overcoming Test Anxiety: A High School Student's Perspective and Solutions

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