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Southern Maine Writing Project Tech Series

Southern Maine Writing Project Tech Series | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Information here about the Southern Maine Writing Project's Tech Series of professional development workshops.  Topics include:  iPads, digital portfolios, Google Docs, Blogs, VoiceThread, and digital video and storytelling platforms.

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This Is Your Brain on Writing

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For the first time, researchers have used fMRI scanners to track the brain activity of writers as they created fiction. The results have drawn strong reactions from other scientists.
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7 surprises about libraries in our surveys

7 surprises about libraries in our surveys | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As librarians around the country gather in Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference, here are findings that stand out from our research
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To CNN, Murders Like My Son's Don't Count: An Open Letter From A Parent

To CNN, Murders Like My Son's Don't Count: An Open Letter From A Parent | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

Recently, a map showing the locations of the 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook in Newtown, CT has been circulating the web. CNN disputed that number. This is a response from the parent of one of the victims.

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College Prep Is Career Prep

College Prep Is Career Prep | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Preparing students for economic independence, whether via college or career, is imperative, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Superintendent Heath Morrison says
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Free, Cheap Ways High School Teachers Can Learn This Summer - US News

Free, Cheap Ways High School Teachers Can Learn This Summer - US News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Free or low-cost professional development for teachers is available locally, nationally and online.
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How Bill Gates pulled off the swift Common Core revolution

After he bought into proposal to reform education nationwide, his money brought most states running.
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Reactions to the Vergara Teacher-Tenure Decision Pour In

Reactions to the Vergara Teacher-Tenure Decision Pour In | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Some of the reaction on the ruling in Vergara lawsuit from plaintiffs, as well as critics.
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Winner named for new Lemony Snicket librarian prize

Winner named for new Lemony Snicket librarian prize | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

There are Nobel winners -- and now there are Noble winners.
A new award -- the Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced With Adversity – will be presented to Laurence Copel, the founder of the Lower Ninth Ward Street Library in New Orleans."

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Map of school shootings from 2013-14 - The Boston Globe

Tuesday's school shooting in Oregon is the 74th since the beginning of 2013, according to data compiled by Everytown.org, a group that advocates against gun violence. Here is a map of all school shootings during that span, with circles proportional to the number of fatalities. Click or mouse over each circle to view information about the shooting. 

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Kids and Adults: How To Avert Communication Breakdown

Kids and Adults: How To Avert Communication Breakdown | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
By Matt Levinson

For teachers, mobile devices in schools are used specifically as tools to enhance learning. In theadult mindset, there’s a time and a place for looking at photos or videos, playing a learning game in the context of a specific discipline, or making or listening to music as part of a project. But for kids who are growing up in a world without walls, this adult mode of compartmentalization seems confining. And therein lies the tension."

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Secrets of the Stacks

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How libraries decide which books to keep—and which don’t stand the test of time
Heather Perkinson's insight:

This is the time of year when school libraries conduct housekeeping tasks such as inventory and "weeding." This author explores the complexities of the weeding process and its implications for literature.

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Stop Holding Us Back

Stop Holding Us Back | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
There are smarter, more effective ways to lower high school dropout rates.
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Margaret Talbot: John Green, Author of “The Fault in Our Stars,” and His Army of Fans

Margaret Talbot: John Green, Author of “The Fault in Our Stars,” and His Army of Fans | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
On June 6th, Twentieth-Century Fox releases “The Fault in Our Stars,” the movie version of John Green’s wildly successful 2012 novel about teen-agers with cancer. “T.F.I.O.S.,” as fans call it, has been on the Times Y.A. best-seller list for seventy-eight consecutive weeks, fifty-one of them at No. 1. In recent years, whenever Green has appeared at a book signing he has been greeted by hundreds, often thousands, of screaming fans, mostly teen-age girls.
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How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.
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A Very Different, and Troubling, Digital Divide - The Weekly Wonk

A Very Different, and Troubling, Digital Divide - The Weekly Wonk | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Researchers are beginning to document a digital Matthew Effect, in which the already advantaged gain more from technology than do the less fortunate.
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Study: Post-Lesson Reflection Boosts Learning

Study: Post-Lesson Reflection Boosts Learning | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
When researchers asked study participants to reflect on what they had just learned, their performance increased the next time they returned to the material.
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Vermont School Librarians Win—And Are Recognized in State Standards Once Again

Vermont School Librarians Win—And Are Recognized in State Standards Once Again | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In August 2013, the Vermont School Library Association discovered the requirement for their jobs was being removed from the language of the state's Education Quality Standards. In response, school, university, public, and state librarians campaigned to become a requirement in state standards once again—and won.
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Educational Leadership:Professional Learning: Reimagined

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Just in time for summer, which so many of use for professional development, ASCD's Educational Leadership focuses on Professional Learning. Print edition available at your library.

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A solemn dedication:Memorial to Fallen Educators dedicated Thursday

A solemn dedication:Memorial to Fallen Educators dedicated Thursday | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Bag pipes played solemnly in the distance as family, friends, colleagues and community members approached the Memorial to Fallen Educators on Thursday afternoon. The memorial, located on the Emporia State University campus was dedicated in a special ceremony to honor the 113 educators who have died doing the work they loved — educating America's young people.
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Public Schools Are Hurting More in the Recovery Than in the Recession

Public Schools Are Hurting More in the Recovery Than in the Recession | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The slow economic recovery is taking a toll on the nation's public schools, reversing a multi-decade trend of increased funding and pushing student-teacher ratios to their highest levels since 2000...
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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material
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Shakespeare and History: PBS Learning Media

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In this series of videos from Shakespeare Uncovered, students will explore the historical subjects of Shakespeare’s plays Richard II and Henry V, the factual liberties he took in writing them, and the historical significance they’d have had over the centuries. The accompanying essay provides additional background on Shakespeare’s history plays, their immense popularity in Shakespeare’s time, and their continuing influence on how we understand history today.

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Maine's new graduation mandates challenge school districts - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

Maine's new graduation mandates challenge school districts - The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Officials say it's a big task to restructure learning and adopt standards so students can show proficiency in eight areas and get diplomas.
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If You Think YA Fiction Isn't Complex, You Haven't Read Enough

If You Think YA Fiction Isn't Complex, You Haven't Read Enough | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
To use just one example, Stacey Donovan's Dive neatly dismantles the argument that fiction for teens can't also be serious, messy, thought-provoking literature.
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Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction

Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Differentiated instruction (DI) is a vast system in which it is difficult for many teachers to find a foothold for supporting students in a meaningful way. Teachers want and expect everyone to succeed, yet the means to that end can be foggy at best. How can we ensure that planned learning experiences have a significant and positive impact on student learning? We can answer this question with three important guidelines that will transform student learning experiences through meaningful differentiation."

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