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New Leader of Common App Alternative Faces Questions, Criticism

New Leader of Common App Alternative Faces Questions, Criticism | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Seven months ago, an elite group of colleges and universities created a new application system intended to help disadvantaged students find their way to higher education. Now the group has hired its first executive director. And she faces a pile of unanswered questions and deepening criticism about the system from the college-advising community.
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Most High School Seniors Aren't College Or Career Ready, Says 'Nation's Report Card'

Most High School Seniors Aren't College Or Career Ready, Says 'Nation's Report Card' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The latest reading and math scores of 12th-graders nationwide are out today. Here's a closer look.
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Weeding the Worst Library Books - The New Yorker

Weeding the Worst Library Books - The New Yorker | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Daniel A. Gross on the librarians behind the blog Awful Library Books, which calls attention to old texts of questionable value.
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College counselor: I’m sick of reading about golden kids getting into Harvard. Here’s the story I want to see.

College counselor: I’m sick of reading about golden kids getting into Harvard. Here’s the story I want to see. | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Last month, Brennan Barnard, a college counselor at a private school in New Hampshire, wrote a piece on how the college admissions process for many students had become something akin to The Hunger Games. He wrote: In an ideal world, college preparatory education would encourage students who crave knowledge, seek community engagement, desire connection and […]
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Key advance: Neuroscientists get a new look into how we read

Neuroscientists at UC Davis have come up with a way to observe brain activity during natural reading. It's the first time researchers have been able to study the brain while reading actual texts, instead of individual words, and it's already helping settle some ideas about just how we read.
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The Stubborn Wealth Gap in Who Earns a College Degree

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A new report demonstrates a stubborn chasm between rich and poor students earning bachelor’s degrees.
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Harnessing the Incredible Learning Potential of the Adolescent Brain

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“[Adolescence is] a stage of life when we can really thrive, but we need to take advantage of the opportunity,” said Temple University neuroscientist Laurence Steinberg at a Learning and the Brain conference in Boston. Steinberg has spent his career studying how the adolescent brain develops and believes there is a fundamental disconnect between the popular characterizations of adolescents and what’s really going on in their brains.
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Grit under attack - The Hechinger Report

For more than a year, social justice activists have been attacking one of education’s latest buzzwords:  grit. They’ve been arguing that it’s wrong, and possibly racist, to blame low-income black and Hispanic students for not having enough of it. And they contend that education reformers should focus on fixing systems that keep families trapped in poverty, instead of trying to “fix” students.

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The Scout Report -- Volume 22, Number 15 | Internet Scout

The Scout Report -- Volume 22, Number 15 | Internet Scout | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This week's Scout Report reviews the following online resources. Visit the Scout Report at:
to get the links and read the annotations for each resource.

          Research and Education 
Mudlark: An Electronic Journal of Poetry & Poetics 
HHMI BioInteractive: Patterns and Processes in Ecology 
PBS NewsHour Extra 
ePsych: An electronic Psychology text 
Teach Engineering: Hands-on Activity: Balloons 
MediaSmarts Lesson Plan: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 
Journal of Human Sciences and Extension 

          General Interest 
Blog on Math Blogs 
BBC History: Historic Figures 
Slow Food Western Slope: Food Blog 
Science, the endless frontier; a report to the President on a program for postwar scientific research 
Stanford eCorner 
Africa Research Institute 
UNLV: Special Collections 
Tropical Disease Motion Pictures 

          Network Tools 
Overcast 
Nuzzel 

          In the News 
Can Obama's "Moonshot" Initiative Excel Cancer Research? 

Copyright © 2016 Internet Scout Research Group - http://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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How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences

How to Get Past Negativity Bias in Order to Hardwire Positive Experiences | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
‘We evolved a brain that routinely scans for bad news both internally and externally, and when we find the bad news we tend to focus down upon it.’
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The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online

The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Back in January, 2012, we mentioned that the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) had put 65 art catalogues on the web, all free of charge.

We're happy to report that, between then and now, the number of free texts has grown to 109.
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Try again: Why online courses might not be the best way to teach students who are at risk of algebra failure - The Hechinger Report

Simply sitting a teenager down in front of a computer to click through online lessons – in a class he or she has already failed – doesn’t seem to work, according to new research. The study sought to determine if online courses are successful for catching up ninth graders who have flunked algebra.

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Diane Ravitch has a most unusual conversation with a billionaire school reformer

Diane Ravitch has a most unusual conversation with a billionaire school reformer | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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Learn English With Shakespeare: Free Websites and Books for English Language Learners

Learn English With Shakespeare: Free Websites and Books for English Language Learners | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Shakespeare’s language can be a challenge for fluent English speakers. If you’re an English language learner, you might think that Shakespeare is not for for you, but there are many different ways you can learn about his work, his life, and his language and improve your English skills.
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Great resources here for anyone working with English and Shakespeare, not just ELLs and their teachers!
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Draft Rules on ESSA Provide Testing Protections for Students With Disabilities

Draft Rules on ESSA Provide Testing Protections for Students With Disabilities | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
States would have to prove that students who take the SAT or ACT have the testing accommodations they need.
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The Information Literacy Imperative in Higher Education

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“Achieving competency in information literacy requires an understanding that this cluster of abilities is not extraneous to the curriculum but is woven into the curriculum’s content, structure, and sequence.”
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Executive Summary: The State of America's Libraries Report, 2016

Executive Summary: The State of America's Libraries Report, 2016 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The value of certified school librarians continues to grow as administrators and teachers seek education resources to better serve tech-savvy students. Among other things, administrators are looking to school librarians to help them incorporate digital educational resources and lead blended-learning activities in schools, resulting in more equity, connectivity, and personalization to instruction.

In the last six years, school librarians have seen significant changes both in what they are providing to teachers and students, as well as the challenges they are confronting to support digital content. In 2010, for example, only 35% of school librarians indicated they were acquiring digital content. By 2015, that number had increased to 69%. This trend is reflected across a variety of formats, particularly databases, ebooks, periodicals, videos, and games.
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Arne Duncan: School Spending Disparities Between Rich, Poor Should Spur Action

Arne Duncan: School Spending Disparities Between Rich, Poor Should Spur Action | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The huge disparities in money spent on rich and poor students across the country are little known but tremendously damaging, and more must be done to get parents and the public more involved in spending decisions, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in remarks here Monday. 

Speaking at an Edunomics Lab event on school finance at Georgetown University, Duncan also defended the U.S. Department of Education's push to create relatively strong regulations to govern school finance in the Every Student Succeeds Act. He portrayed ESSA as a law that in some situations creates more risk for school accountablity and students, but offers other opportunities as well. And he downplayed his controversial remarks at the end of last year in which he said the department's lawyers would be able to outfox Congress when it comes to ESSA implementation. 
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The Scout Report -- Volume 22, Number 16 | Internet Scout

The Scout Report -- Volume 22, Number 16 | Internet Scout | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This week's Scout Report reviews the following online resources. Visit the Scout Report at:
to get the links and read the annotations for each resource.

          Research and Education 
Open Yale Courses: The Civil War and Reconstruction Era, 1845-1877 Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet 
Annenberg Learner: Physical Science 
Brookings Institution: Defense and Security 
Harvard University: Buddhism Through Its Scriptures 
Discovery Education: The Power of Fiction 
James Madison Foundation: Lesson Plans and Reports 
The Importance of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)

           General Interest 
MIT Press Podcasts 
Women Airforce Service Pilots 
CDC Blogs 
Audubon: Birding Without Borders 
Prologue Magazine 
MoMA: German Expressionism 
San Francisco Public Library: Book Arts & Special Collections 

          Network Tools 
Medium 
Any.do 

          In the News 
New Thoughts on the 'Goldilocks' Zone

Copyright © 2016 Internet Scout Research Group - http://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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3 Must-Have Chrome Extensions for Classrooms

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These clever tools can boost student learning and offer teachers new ways to manage workflow.
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Group of biologists bypasses journals and uploads their work straight to the Internet

Group of biologists bypasses journals and uploads their work straight to the Internet | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It's time.
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What is the Ogle app? Social Media Safety Guide - Safe Smart Social

What is the Ogle app? Social Media Safety Guide - Safe Smart Social | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Ogle app automatically searches your location for nearby schools when downloaded. Learn what you can do if your teen has this anonymous app.
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New Research Article: “They Kind of Rely on the Library: School Librarians Serving LGBT Students” | LJ INFOdocket

The following article was published late last week on the The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults (JRLYA) web site. JRLYA is published by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).
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