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This educator writes that use of the phrase "achievement gap" can imply racial bias.
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Alex Bellos: A celebration of the work of Mike Keith, including publication of his new creation, the pi haiku, or piku
Happy Pi Day, everyone!
A new study from the Pew Research Center found that more than two-thirds of Americans are actively engaged with public libraries. The report examines the relationship Americans have with their libraries and technology. Dusty, worn books versus sleek new computers, tablets or smartphones may seem like unlikely companions, but it’s really all about information. Continue reading →
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Sound assessments are integral to good teaching and learning, but they must not be used beyond their technical limits, writes Madhabi Chatterji.
"On Monday, the Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology (FIRST) Act (HR 4186) was introduced in the U.S. Congress. The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas)...
Since the bill was introduced a growing number of organizations (including an academic publisher) have come out with strong comments about why the bill should be opposed.
Here’s a roundup with passages from some of the posts. "
"The American Federation of Teachers, which has won millions of dollars in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will no longer accept foundation money for its Innovation Fund. Union members have expressed concern about the poor implementation in many states of the Common Core State Standards, one of the initiatives in which the fund invests."
Mark Twain wrote this letter to Charles D. Crane, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Maine, in January 1887. Crane apparently asked Twain for book recommendations for a boy and a girl, as well as to name twelve of his own favorite authors.
With National Poetry Month just a few weeks away, you may have already started planning. Exposing our students to the powerful words and images of Maya Angelou's poetry builds their skills in readin
With physical and virtual visits “off the charts,” libraries across the country are thinking up innovative ways to keep users happy.
Grant Wiggins analyzes this term, what it looks like in action and its relation to Common Core Standards.
I enjoy beating tests, but I also think the United States would be better off with a completely different set of college admissions requirements that don't unduly privilege personalities like mine. (After all, no one is more annoying than adults who ...
Pics of the Week: Celebrating Women’s History. A blog post at "Library of Congress Blog" on 2014-03-06.
There's currently a 400-point gap between the highest- and lowest-income students.
Ken Templeton, with The Great Schools Partnership here in Maine, shared this useful graphic organizer for designing assessments on the #edchatME Twitter chat this evening (go to Twitter and type in that hashtag to scroll through the whole chat if you missed it). It's adapted from Grant, Wiggins & McTighe's Understanding By Design (2004).
A new typology of Americans’ public engagement with public libraries, which sheds light on broader issues around the relationship between technology, libraries, and information resources in the United States.
Hello Twitter friends! Due to the response from my Twitter pals at the #MELit chat, I thought I'd post the recent self-assessment I created for classroom teachers and their classroom libraries here...
This teacher created a brief assessment to use to improve your classroom library. And in case you're wondering, no! I do not feel threatened by the existence of classroom libraries in my school "competing" with my school library. Books beget readers, readers use libraries, where ever they are. There is no such thing as too many libraries in a school!
Also, don't ever think that classroom libraries are just for English teachers. The best way to connect a student with books is through your positive relationship with that kid--and we don't all have relationships with every kid in our building, but hopefully, every kid in our building has a relationship with at least one of us. If each of those teachers has some interesting looking books in their room that they can personally recommend, then we have many opportunities to inspire our readers in our buildings.
With coauthor Claire Robertson-Craft, Angela Lee Duckworth has written a new paper, “True Grit: Trait-Level Perseverance and Passion for Long-term Goals Predicts Effectiveness and Retention among Novice Teachers.”
The "nation" referred to here is England, but the study describes a worrying trend quite familiar to American educators.
Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.
A new app promises to help you read novels in minutes. Here's why it might not work.
This profile of a science fiction writer and how he research is enmeshed in his creative process could be shared with students to demonstrate that research isn't for writing papers.
Teachers all over America are faced with this challenge of keeping students engaged in the classroom when their world outside of school is one of constant engagement and stimulation. Knowing the world outside of our institutional walls is only one step in addressing modern learning styles. How to act and adjust schools today is the next step in making the classroom of today ready for tomorrow.
Education activists call for congressional hearings on nation's testing obsession.
At the age of forty-six, Debbie Stier, the author of “The Perfect Score Project: Uncovering the Secrets of the SAT,” decided to devote herself full time to the test, with the goal of achieving the maximum possible score of 2400.
The College Board said it would eliminate obligatory essays and cut obscure vocabulary words in an effort to make its college admission exams focus on important academic skills.