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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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Educational Leadership:How to Be a Change Agent

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The Summer Issue of Educational Leadership is entirely free online:

How to Be an Original Educator
Marge Scherer
Dare to Go First
Shanna Peeples
Small changes or large, someone must begin. The author asks, Why not you?
Facing Resistance? Try a New Hat
Bryan Goodwin
You've heard of walking in others' shoes. Here's the research on why leaders need to get inside the heads of those they lead.
The Power of Positive Regard
Jeffrey Benson
Simple, unearned acceptance is what every student yearns for.
What It Takes to Get a Policymaker's Attention
Celine Coggins
Advocacy goes wrong or right depending on how you make your case.
Snapshots: Teachers of the Year
Naomi Thiers, Kim Greene, Laura Varlas and Deborah Perkins-Gough
The 2016 National Teacher of the Year and three finalists tell what matters to them as teachers.
How They Lead
Kim Greene
The WoLakota Project is just one of many that have sprung from the Teach to Lead pipeline.
The Grow-Your-Own Imperative
Dan Brown
How the profession can encourage promising young recruits.
The Many Roles of an Instructional Coach
Heather Wolpert-Gawron
From mentoring to publicizing, the instructional coach helps shape the school landscape.
What Educators Need to Know about ESSA
Maddie Fennell
The new law offers new opportunities for teacher-led change.
The Tug of War Between Change and Resistance
Michael Murphy
To help colleagues embrace a new idea, begin by studying the many origins of resistance.
Project-Based Learning: 7 Ways to Make It Work
Alison Zuniga and Thomas M. Cooper
How one school addressed roadblocks and sustained its innovation.
Hot Spots on the Bus
… And Other Ways to Increase Digital Access
Dale Ellis, Jeff James and April Daywalt
A rural district charts a way to close the digital divide.
Going to the Mat
Michael Croy
A principal finds that yoga changes both the attitudes and behaviors of students.
EL Asks ASCD Emerging Leaders
What's Been Satisfying about Being a Change Agent?

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13 Free Teacher Downloads for Back to School

13 Free Teacher Downloads for Back to School | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
All of Edutopia’s downloadable and printable back-to-school resources are collected here for easy classroom reference.
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Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are."
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What one assistant principal learned from shadowing a student for a day

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Karen Ritter, an assistant principal at a high school just outside of Chicago, wanted to see her school through a student’s eyes. So she decided to follow 9th grader Alan Garcia, who came to her asking to be switched out of the many remedial classes in which he is enrolled, hoping to get a clear view of his experience in the classroom. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Education Week reports.
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Shifting into 8th (On MLA’s new edition) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Shifting into 8th (On MLA’s new edition) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A brief overview of what you need to know about the latest changes to the MLA citation style.
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4 Tips for Managing the Pokémon GO Craze in Your Classroom

4 Tips for Managing the Pokémon GO Craze in Your Classroom | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Get some fun ideas for channeling kids' excitement into meaningful learning experiences.
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Five-Minute Film Festival: Travel for Teachers

Five-Minute Film Festival: Travel for Teachers | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Whether you have the resources to travel internationally or just take a short trip, traveling can be enriching both personally and professionally for educators. Watch the videos in VideoAmy's playlist for some ideas!
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Boston Globe’s #MakeItStop Tweetstorm on Gun Violence Electrifies the Web

Boston Globe’s #MakeItStop Tweetstorm on Gun Violence Electrifies the Web | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Boston Globe devotes front page and Twitter feed to call on Congress to ban assault weapons in the wake of Orlando shootings.
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High School Students Ding Teachers For Group Projects and Student-Led Discussions

High School Students Ding Teachers For Group Projects and Student-Led Discussions | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Teenagers hate it when their teachers make them work in groups, or let students lead discussions.
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When Black and White Children Grow Apart: Research shows that interracial friendships decline as kids enter adolescence—and that teachers may play a role.

When Black and White Children Grow Apart: Research shows that interracial friendships decline as kids enter adolescence—and that teachers may play a role. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As the argument goes and studies prove, children of all backgrounds benefit from diversified classrooms and schools where they can interact with peers of different races and ethnicities. Teaching Tolerance, an educational project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, concluded in a comprehensive review of research on racial and ethnic diversity in schools that “a racially integrated student body is necessary to obtain cross-racial understanding, which may lead to a reduction of harmful stereotypes and bias.” But access to diversity is only the first step, not the destination, said Cappella, noting that the study points to the need for teachers to create classrooms where interracial friendships can develop and grow.
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Debunking the Myths Behind ‘The Math Myth’

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"When I found out that James Tanton—an Australian who serves as the Mathematical Association of America’s mathematician at large, and a proponent for Common Core—wanted to debate Hacker last month at the National Museum of Mathematics in New York, I had to watch.
But as I watched, I had a sinking feeling: It was clear that neither of these men had ever had the experience of being told, either directly or indirectly, that math was not for them. And I realized that, by not being told this, they had never felt compelled to steer clear of math and numbers-heavy careers, even if high-school math wasn’t fun for them either."

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Tips for Transforming Educational Technology through Professional Development and Training

Tips for Transforming Educational Technology through Professional Development and Training | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Educators put a lot of stock in, well, education. According to an infographic from Samsung Electronics America and market research giant GfK, 91 percent of teachers believe their success in the classroom depends heavily on having access to technology training. Unfortunately, 60 percent of teachers don’t feel adequately prepared to integrate technology into their lessons.
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Why the brains of teenagers excel at taking risks – Adriana Galván | Aeon Ideas

Risk-taking isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially for learners.

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Gay and Lesbian High School Students Report ‘Heartbreaking’ Levels of Violence

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"The first nationwide study to ask high school students about their sexuality found that gay, lesbian and bisexual teenagers were at far greater risk for depression, bullying and many types of violence than their straight peers."

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Dean James Ryan's 5 Essential Questions In Life

An excerpt from Dean James Ryan's prepared remarks at the 2016 HGSE Presentation of Diplomas and Certificates.
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Advanced Placement Continues Growth In and Out of STEM - Curriculum Matters - Education Week

Advanced Placement Continues Growth In and Out of STEM - Curriculum Matters - Education Week | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
An early look at figures from the 2016 Advanced Placement tests shows continued growth in test-taking in subjects such as physics and computer science, and a trend of increasing scores in a number of fast-growing subjects.
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Study says Ohio’s virtual charters can’t replace the traditional school experience

Virtual charter schools can give students who are falling behind in traditional schools a chance to find success in an alternative learning environment. But can virtual charter schools fully replace the traditional face-to-face school experience?
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9 Ways to Get Teens Reading

9 Ways to Get Teens Reading | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Practical ideas to help lure your kids back to books.
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Everything You Can Do Offline With A Chromebook

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When Chrome OS first appeared, it was practically useless without an internet connection. Now, an offline Chromebook is no longer the functionles
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Study: Colleges Put Students Into Remedial Classes Who Don't Need Them

Study: Colleges Put Students Into Remedial Classes Who Don't Need Them | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
High school GPA is a better predictor of ability to pass college English and math than placement exams or SAT scores, research finds.
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Obama administration issues rules to overhaul student debt forgiveness

Obama administration issues rules to overhaul student debt forgiveness | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Students will have a clearer path to loan forgiveness if they are defrauded or misled by their colleges, according to rules issued Monday by the Obama administration.
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For the Alt-Right, the Message Is in the Punctuation

For the Alt-Right, the Message Is in the Punctuation | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This is how a hate symbol rises in 2016: A podcast sound effect becomes a Twitter meme and a browser extension before it finally slithers into the physical world.
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During a school year of terrorist attacks, Muslim students report bullying

During a school year of terrorist attacks, Muslim students report bullying | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
One survey in Maryland found many Muslim students experienced insults or abuse.
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Toronto's renegade capybaras: folk heroes for the social media age

Toronto's renegade capybaras: folk heroes for the social media age | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The search for the large rodents has captured the city’s imaginations along with Facebook posts and Twitter accounts
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As The Number Of Homeless Students Soars, How Schools Can Serve Them Better

As The Number Of Homeless Students Soars, How Schools Can Serve Them Better | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Finding homeless students is a challenge, as are resources and red tape. The new federal education law includes new mandates and some extra money to assist districts in helping more students.
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