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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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Hurdles in Pairing General, Special Education Teachers

Hurdles in Pairing General, Special Education Teachers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"When [co-teaching] is really, really strong, it is clear that there are two different teachers with two types of expertise," said Marilyn Friend, a co-teaching guru who has studied collaboration for decades and provided professional development to schools and districts around the country.
Co-Teaching Models
Professional development for co-teaching has focused on a handful of models that general and special educators can use to meet the needs of diverse learners in one classroom. Each model offers benefits and drawbacks.

Source: Co-teaching: Concepts, Practices, and Logistics, by Marilyn Friend
And when it's not strong?
"You might as well keep pulling kids out [of the classroom]," said Ms. Friend, a professor emerita of education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. "Because they're not going to get what they need."
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Internet Searches Create Illusion of Personal Knowledge, Research Finds

Internet Searches Create Illusion of Personal Knowledge, Research Finds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In a series of experiments, participants who searched for information on the Internet believed they were more knowledgeable than a control group about topics unrelated to the online searches. In a result that surprised the researchers, participants had an inflated sense of their own knowledge after searching the Internet even when they couldn’t find the information they were looking for. After conducting Internet searches, participants also believed their brains were more active than the control group did. The research was published online in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General®.
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15 Books That Should Be On Every Teen's Radar This Summer

15 Books That Should Be On Every Teen's Radar This Summer | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
By now, you've likely read the Hunger Games series, the Divergent books and every John Green novel. So if you're looking for some summer reading, look no further than these genre-spanning books.
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Cut to the Core: Education Reform and Libraries

Cut to the Core: Education Reform and Libraries | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Another school year is drawing to a close, but amid the celebrations and public festivities, melancholy looms over the library profession.
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New For Students and Teachers: Library of Congress Releases Three New Interactive Ebooks For iPad Featuring Primary Sources | LJ INFOdocket

From The Library of Congress: Pages from the scrapbooks of the activists who fought for women’s suffrage. A political cartoon from the pen of Benjamin Franklin. Photos by Ansel Adams of Japanese Americans living in World War II relocation camps.
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How People Around the World Take Exams

How People Around the World Take Exams | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In America, perhaps all the testing helps explain why “all-nighters” and Adderall abuse are the norm on many college campuses. But there is an unhealthy obsession with acing the test abroad, too.
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Retreat to advance

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I would like to propose an alternative approach to the summer: Embrace downtime by going on a retreat. A retreat is designed to renew and replenish a person’s heart and mind. Educators can retreat alone or together; they can do it formally or informally. A retreat is an affirmation of the concept that true change comes from people not programs and that the best use of an educator’s time might be taking time off.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 22 Internet Scout

The Scout Report -- Volume 21, Number 22  Internet Scout | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

This week's Scout Report reviews the following online resources. Visit the Scout Report at:

 

https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2015/0612

 

to get the links and read the annotations for each resource.

 

Research and Education

  The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library
  Thirty Meter Telescope
  Jet Propulsion Lab: Infographics
  Rich Schools, Poor Students: Tapping Large University Endowments to

 

Improve Student Outcomes (PDF)
  Essential Science for Teachers: Earth & Space Science
  STEMblog
  The Woodman Diary

 

General Interest

  Columbia Journalism Review: Innovations
  An American Family Grows in Brooklyn
  San Francisco Art Enthusiast
  BBC Radio 4: The World at One
  PEN/Faulkner Foundation
  White House Live
  Urban Natural Resources Stewardship
  Artsy

 

Network Tools

  StudyBlue
  1Password

 

In the News

  Library of Congress Appoints Juan Felipe Herrera as 21st U.S. Poet Laureate

 

Copyright © 2015 Internet Scout Research Group - https://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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Five-Minute Film Festival: Fun Summer DIY Projects

Engage budding scientists and artists with this video playlist of investigative experiments, from Rion Nakaya of The Kid Should See This.
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What’s on Your Summer Reading List? Authors and Illustrators Share Their TBR Stacks

What’s on Your Summer Reading List? Authors and Illustrators Share Their TBR Stacks | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In our annual query to authors and illustrators we discover what's sitting on their nightstands, and being packing into their vacation bags.
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Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education?

Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
By exploring stories, learners can acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation of STEM.
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Teachers: What we want everyone to know about working in our high-needs school

We were saddened after reading “Teacher: What I Wish Everyone Knew About Working In Some High-Needs Schools.” All four of us taught at schools exactly like the one written about in that column at the earliest stages of our careers, and we know that there are many Title 1 schools like the one described.  But not all Title 1 schools are alike.
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Social Class Divides the Futures of High School Students

Social Class Divides the Futures of High School Students | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Low-income students lower their hopes of finishing a bachelor's degree in the final years of high school.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Important Google Search Strategies for Students - A PDF Handout

Last summer the folks at Canva were kind enough to create a great infographic for me based on a set of search tips that I sent to them. The infographic makes a great poster to display in your classroom, but it is a little light on the details of how and why to use some of the search strategies.
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Why Ninth Grade is the Pivotal Year for Dropping Out of High School

Why Ninth Grade is the Pivotal Year for Dropping Out of High School | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There are programs to keep kids from dropping out, but the causes run more deeply, down to the design of school, according to researchers.
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Explore Your Reading Self - ReadWriteThink

Explore Your Reading Self - ReadWriteThink | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In this activity teens are encouraged to explore their reading history as they remember books they liked reading as children and then revisit these old favorites.
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Watch Lynda Barry’s Graduation Speech; Give a Shout Out to the Teachers Who Changed Your Life

Watch Lynda Barry’s Graduation Speech; Give a Shout Out to the Teachers Who Changed Your Life | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The University of the Arts’ most recent grads are lucky ducks to have had a speaker as engaging as cartoonist and educator Lynda Barry delivering their commencement’s keynote address.
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College Board waiving fee for students who took June 6 SAT and want to take it again

College Board waiving fee for students who took June 6 SAT and want to take it again | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A printing error in the June 6 SAT testing booklet used in the United States has caused problems for the College Board, which is discarding two whole sections of the test.
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Seven Shifts in How Students Do Research | John Spencer

Seven Shifts in How Students Do Research | John Spencer | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
When I first began teaching, I viewed research as something separate from the rest of learning. We did research projects or we kept the research as a phase within a project. Since then, I've had some shifts in how we do research
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Juan Felipe Herrera Named US Poet Laureate

Juan Felipe Herrera Named US Poet Laureate | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Library of Congress is to announce on Wednesday that Juan Felipe Herrera, a son of migrant farmworkers whose writing fuses wide-ranging experimentalism with reflections on Mexican-American identity, will be the next poet laureate.
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Historians blast Advanced Placement U.S. History framework

The letter by 55 academics and others says that it is time for policy-makers to explore alternatives to "the College Board’s current domination" of AP testing.
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High School Graduation Rates: The Good, The Bad And The Ambiguous

High School Graduation Rates: The Good, The Bad And The Ambiguous | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From Texas to New Jersey, we found a mix of approaches: questionable quick fixes and powerful long-term strategies.
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The Daily Dish: ‘Teachers Know Best’ Report Finds Teachers Want More From Digital Tools and Data

The Daily Dish: ‘Teachers Know Best’ Report Finds Teachers Want More From Digital Tools and Data | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As schools and school districts across the country continue the progression into a digital age of learning, the importance of having useful and adequate digital tools for the classroom grows. When it comes to making sure these technologies support students in the classroom – ‘Teachers Know Best.’
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Can Reading Make You Happier?

Can Reading Make You Happier? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
For all avid readers who have been self-medicating with great books their entire lives, it comes as no surprise that reading books can be good for your mental health and your relationships with others, but exactly why and how is now becoming clearer, thanks to new research on reading’s effects on the brain.
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