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Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap'

Please Stop Using the Phrase 'Achievement Gap' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

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

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How Pineapple Charts Revolutionize Professional Development

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As one-size-fits-all PD fades away, more personalized professional development models have emerged. The Pineapple Chart may be the greatest of them all.
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Measuring Scientific Impact Beyond Citation Counts

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The measurement of scientific progress remains a significant challenge exasperated by the use of multiple different types of metrics that are often incorrectly used, overused, or even explicitly abused. Several metrics such as h-index or journal impact factor (JIF) are often used as a means to assess whether an author, article, or journal creates an "impact" on science. Unfortunately, external forces can be used to manipulate these metrics thereby diluting the value of their intended, original purpose. This work highlights these issues and the need to more clearly define "impact" as well as emphasize the need for better metrics that leverage full content analysis of publications.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 22, Number 37 

The Scout Report -- Volume 22, Number 37  | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This week's Scout Report reviews the online resources listed below. Visit the Scout Report here:

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2016/0923
to read the detailed annotations of each resources and get direct links to the sites.

     Research and Education
Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project 
Algebrarules.com 
Storybench 
Earth Science System Data: the Data Publishing Journal 
The Collective Biographies of Women 
MiddleWeb 
Core Skill Standards for Bioscience Technicians (PDF) 
Z-Axis Mapping Tool 

     General Interest 
Revisionist History 
Ensia T
he Fine Books Blog 
NOVA: Can Alzheimer's Be Stopped? 
Andre Studios 1930-1941 
Genome: Unlocking Life's Code: Timeline of the Human Genome 
How We Get to Next 
U.S. Census Bureau: Data Visualization Gallery 

     Network Tools 
Beets 
Laverna 

     In the News 
A 101 Year Old Endeavor, Realized at Last: Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture Opens Saturday

Copyright © 2016 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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The mysterious ancient origins of the book

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The debate about ebooks v paper books is nothing new. Keith Houston explains how a very similar debate raged as the first books came to be in ancient Rome.
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Transcript: Jimmy Wales — The Sum of All Human Knowledge

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"In the 15 years since its inception, Wikipedia has become as much a global community as a business venture — a living organism with a mission statement to make “the sum of all human knowledge available to every person in the world.” And a conversation with co-founder Jimmy Wales — one of the architects of that philosophy and the world-changing project that has grown up around it — is full of surprises. What Wikipedia is learning has resonance for our wider public life — about the imperfect but gratifying work of navigating truth amidst difference, ongoing learning, and dynamic belonging."

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Meet the parents who won’t let their children study literature

This focus on college as job training reflects not only a misreading of the data on jobs and pay, but also a fundamental misunderstanding of the way labor markets work, the way careers develop and the purpose of higher education.
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6 Ways Parents Can Help Students With the College Application Process

6 Ways Parents Can Help Students With the College Application Process | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Every admissions officer has a story about the overbearing parent who takes 100 percent control of the college application process. Parents' appropriate role is to offer guidance, support and empathy during a complicated, emotionally taxing, and in some cases disappointing, process.
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The Neglected Link in the High-School-to-College Pipeline

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed last December to replace No Child Left Behind as the nation’s education law, has the potential to allow states and districts greater latitude in supporting school counselors. ESSA contains a major new provision under Title IV that’s designed to provide grants for all school districts to cover a broad range of educational supports beyond classroom instruction, including college and career counseling.
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Carla Hayden Blazes Trail as First Woman, First African American Librarian of Congress

Carla Hayden Blazes Trail as First Woman, First African American Librarian of Congress | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The swearing-in ceremony was both solemn and celebratory, with an emphasis throughout on LC’s longstanding mandate to make its collections available to the public, and the promise of 21st-century accessibility and innovation represented by Hayden’s appointment. Billington came under fire during his last years for LC’s lack of technological currency and consistent oversight, and the library has been criticized for its lack of digitization initiatives. Hayden sees access for all to LC’s collections as a crucial part of her role.
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SETDA Raises Broadband Targets for 'Learning in the Digital Age' -- THE Journal

SETDA Raises Broadband Targets for 'Learning in the Digital Age' -- THE Journal | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Today, the State Educational Technology Directors Association released a report featuring new goals for internet and wide area network services.
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Summary of 20 years of research on the effectiveness of adolescent literacy programs and practices

This literature review searched the peer-reviewed studies of reading comprehension instructional practices conducted and published between 1994 and 2014 and summarizes the instructional practices that have demonstrated positive or potentially positive effects in scientifically rigorous studies employing experimental designs. Each study was rated by the review team utilizing the What Works Clearinghouse standards. The review of the literature resulted in the identification of 7,144 studies. Of these studies, only 111 met eligibility for review. Thirty-three of these studies were determined by the study team to have met What Works Clearinghouse standards. The 33 studies represented 29 difference interventions or classroom practices. Twelve of these studies demonstrated positive or potentially positive effects. These 12 studies are described and the commonalities among the studies are summarized.
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The Best Cities for Book Lovers | SmartAsset.com

The Best Cities for Book Lovers | SmartAsset.com | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Book lovers come in many shapes and sizes. We tracked down data on all the factors book lovers care about to see which cities are best for boo
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At Last, Your Financial Aid Ordeal Has Gotten Easier

At Last, Your Financial Aid Ordeal Has Gotten Easier | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Thanks to long-overdue reforms, college applicants can find out earlier, often while they’re still comparing options, whether they qualify for federal aid.
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24 Most Controversial Books of All Time

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Readers.com infographic details most challenged/banned books of all time
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Five myths about the Middle Ages

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Don’t believe “Game of Thrones”: Medieval Europe wasn’t racially homogenous.
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Fostering Student Questions: Strategies for Inquiry-Based Learning

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Consider using at least one of these protocols -- QFT, Chalk Talk, Say Something, or the Harkness Discussion -- to foster student inquiry.
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Class of 2016 - MacArthur Foundation

Class of 2016 - MacArthur Foundation | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Meet the 2016 MacArthur Fellows “While our communities, our nation, and our world face both historic and emerging challenges, these 23 extraordinary individuals give us ample reason for hope. They are breaking new ground in areas of public concern, in the arts, and in the sciences, often in unexpected ways. Their creativity, dedication, and impact inspire us all.” —MacArthur President Julia Stasch
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Kirkus Prize Finalists Include Annie Proulx, Sherman Alexie, Jason Reynolds

Kirkus Prize Finalists Include Annie Proulx, Sherman Alexie, Jason Reynolds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From the lingering sins of a nation's snarled roots to the complexities of mental illness and even to the colorful quest for a name of one's own, the books that round out this year's Kirkus Prize shortlists won't let you easily forget history — on whatever scale it's defined.
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One Hundred Years in the Making: The National Museum of African American History & Culture

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Not in D.C.? You Can Still Engage With the NMAAHC

Right now, you can explore over 7,000 of the artifacts featured in the NMAAHC with your students via the museum’s website.

To expand the experience, search for “African American” at the Smithsonian Learning Lab for over 17,000 results that can be filtered, downloaded, shared and “favorited.” Select the “Learning Lab Collections” tab to explore specific images and objects in depth. You’ll find learning materials provided by the Smithsonian’s education staff, including lesson plans and ideas, activities and discussion questions. Each Learning Lab Collection is also labeled by subject (e.g., civics, U.S. history, writing and literature) and age level.
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'Climate science isn’t up for debate, but teachers still shy away from the facts in class'

'Climate science isn’t up for debate, but teachers still shy away from the facts in class' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"While many teachers cover climate change, they tend to downplay the confidence of the science and the urgency of the issue. We know this thanks to a national survey of science teachers which my colleagues and I at the National Center for Science Education conducted with the Penn State Survey Research Center."

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10 High School Redesign Projects Win $100 Million in 'XQ Super School' Contest

10 High School Redesign Projects Win $100 Million in 'XQ Super School' Contest | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new school for homeless and foster students, a former dropout factory, and a school formed around student-led projects are among the 10 designs receiving $10 million each from the XQ Super School Project.
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Student-Centered Learning Can Modernize Schools

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Tailored student-centered approaches can improve student achievement and attainment, writes Nellie Mae Education Foundation president Nicholas C. Donohue.
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WWC | Find What Works!

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As an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES), the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) was created in 2002 to be a central and trusted source of scientific evidence for what works in education.
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Employing the ‘Serial’ Podcast as a Primary Text

Employing the ‘Serial’ Podcast as a Primary Text | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
I finally found time to listen to the first season of the acclaimed podcast Serial. Like millions worldwide, I found myself captivated and couldn’t stop listening. When I reached the final episode, however, I couldn’t keep myself from being an educator. I knew I had to find a way to incorporate this unique form of storytelling into my classes.
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‘Stop trying to write my essay’ — and other things high school seniors want to say to their parents

‘Stop trying to write my essay’ — and other things high school seniors want to say to their parents | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Applying for college is stressful enough without intrusive parents.
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