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American schools have a chronic absentee problem

American schools have a chronic absentee problem | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new study reveals 13 percent of students miss at least three weeks of school.
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The Schoenblog: Do We Need to Teach Students to Use Technology?

The Schoenblog: Do We Need to Teach Students to Use Technology? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
do we still need to teach students to use technology? Back then, the question was more about whether or not we really needed technology. Now, it’s shifted to a focus on how and when to implement it meaningfully and effectively.
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Huntington Library sets out to decode thousands of Civil War telegrams hidden for a century: 'It's mind-boggling'

Huntington Library sets out to decode thousands of Civil War telegrams hidden for a century: 'It's mind-boggling' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Huntington Library has launched a crowdsourcing project in which volunteers will transcribe or decipher nearly 16,000 Civil War telegrams from Abraham Lincoln, his Cabinet and Army officers.
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The Good News About Educational Inequality

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The enormous gap in academic performance between rich and poor children has begun to narrow.
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‘Not a Math Person’: How to Remove Obstacles to Learning Math

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Negative experiences such as timed tests, tracking and personal attitudes have hurt how some people feel about math. 

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Teens Like Science, Not Science Class, Study Finds - Curriculum Matters - Education Week

Teens Like Science, Not Science Class, Study Finds - Curriculum Matters - Education Week | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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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

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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

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"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

What one assistant principal learned from shadowing a student for a day | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
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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Portland must change how it teaches students of color

Portland must change how it teaches students of color | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Portland prides itself on its diversity — both in its schools and broader community. Unlike many Maine communities, Portland Public Schools offers the opportunity to learn from and grow with students from diverse backgrounds. Unfortunately, this diversity often ends at the school entrance.
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Huntington Library sets out to decode thousands of Civil War telegrams hidden for a century: 'It's mind-boggling'

Huntington Library sets out to decode thousands of Civil War telegrams hidden for a century: 'It's mind-boggling' | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Huntington Library has launched a crowdsourcing project in which volunteers will transcribe or decipher nearly 16,000 Civil War telegrams from Abraham Lincoln, his Cabinet and Army officers.
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U of Chicago letter to new students on safe spaces sets off intense debate

U of Chicago letter to new students on safe spaces sets off intense debate | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The university's note to new students sets off national debate on safe spaces, trigger warnings and more. Presidents of Bowdoin and Yale, with different tone, urge engagement with uncomfortable ideas.
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School & Workplace Accommodations for the Jewish High Holidays

School & Workplace Accommodations for the Jewish High Holidays | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
School & Workplace Accommodations for the Jewish Holidays provides guidance to K-12 and pos-secondary students, and public and private employees about their rights to and obligations in securing accommodations for the Jewish High Holidays
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Stop Close Reading

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Close reading, a practice common in our nation's schools, is about taking a chapter, a paragraph, or even a single sentence, and picking it apart to extract meaning and analyze an author's intent. It's a vehicle for teaching students about cadence and imagery, hopefully leading young minds to appreciate the complexity of authors' thoughts. We should end it.
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To suggest a book written for young adults has any less merit than the classics is sheer snobbery

To suggest a book written for young adults has any less merit than the classics is sheer snobbery | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

From Tes: Award-winning young adult fiction author, Juno Dawson writes a response to Joe Nutt's 19 August article: Why young-adult fiction is a dangerous fantasy

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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

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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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