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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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If Mary Beard is right, what's happened to the DNA of Africans from Roman Britain?

If Mary Beard is right, what's happened to the DNA of Africans from Roman Britain? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There are many reasons why a genetic legacy of Africans in Roman Britain might not be present in contemporary populations
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Teens are more stressed and anxious, but they don’t know why. Here’s how parents can help. - The Boston Globe

Teens are more stressed and anxious, but they don’t know why. Here’s how parents can help. - The Boston Globe | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A review of more than 830,000 calls, text messages, emails and chats received by the Boys Town National Hotline shows a clear trend: Teens are struggling more than ever with anxiety, depression.
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How Schools Can Navigate the Hidden Racism in Children’s Literature

How Schools Can Navigate the Hidden Racism in Children’s Literature | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A children’s-literature scholar argues it’s time to acknowledge the perturbing themes in some of the most beloved books.
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Students' test scores tell us more about the community they live in than what they know

Students' test scores tell us more about the community they live in than what they know | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Standardized test scores drive many of our decisions about students, teachers and school districts. But research shows that the results are highly predictable, in a bad way.
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For Ravens’ John Urschel, Playing in the N.F.L. No Longer Adds Up

For Ravens’ John Urschel, Playing in the N.F.L. No Longer Adds Up | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
John Urschel, who has pursued a doctorate in math at M.I.T., retired a couple of days after a report on a brain disease linked to repeated hits to the head.
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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

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression's Bookmobiles | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

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

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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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The Summer Reading Collage: A New Approach to Relevancy - Literacy & NCTE

The Summer Reading Collage: A New Approach to Relevancy - Literacy & NCTE | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Brittany Collins invites students and teachers to analyze literature through collage, inviting them to create pieces of art, thus connecting them to books.
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High School Flexible Seating Done Right

High School Flexible Seating Done Right | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Interested in switching to flexible seating? Get funding ideas, helpful tips, and how-to photos from the pros—your fellow high school teachers.
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Confessions of a Librarian Who Does Everything Wrong | Knowledge Quest

Confessions of a Librarian Who Does Everything Wrong | Knowledge Quest | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
“How do you do inventory if you can’t close the library because you’re letting kids take books out for the summer?” The criticism in the other school librarian’s voice was not even trying to veil itself behind a smile. “I... Read More ›
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How a Book About Grover Revealed to Me the Wide World of Literature

How a Book About Grover Revealed to Me the Wide World of Literature | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
When you publish a novel, people want to know who your influences are, just as a low-level criminal is told to cough up the names of the masterminds who
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Educational Leadership - Summer 2017 - 9

Educational Leadership - Summer 2017 - 9 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Educational Leadership is a magazine for educators by educators and includes among its readers principals, teachers, and administrators of every grade level and subject area. With a circulation of 175,000, EL is acknowledged throughout the world as an authoritative and readable forum of discussion about practices, policies, research, and trends affecting prekindergarten through higher education. As ASCD's flagship journal, Educational Leadership is committed to promoting excellence and equity in education.
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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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