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Your Son is Deceased: Shot by Police in Albuquerque

Your Son is Deceased: Shot by Police in Albuquerque | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it

This article is not about reading or education, but it's an excellent companion if you're teaching about Ferguson or about policing in general. Albuquerque sounds scary.

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Why Reading Matters: An Interview with a School Leader

Why Reading Matters: An Interview with a School Leader | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
An instructional development director from a charter schools network in the San Francisco area shares his plan for acquiring 300 donated digital reading devices for students.
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Hey, this interview is about me and the Kindle Classroom Project!

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Teacher: The day I knew for sure I was burned out

Teacher: The day I knew for sure I was burned out | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
'Teaching at a high-poverty school was different because no matter how fast or long I worked, I could not get everything done.'
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Ms. Herman nails it — how it feels to teach in an urban public school.

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Is there any reason to own paper books beside showing off? Not really.

Is there any reason to own paper books beside showing off? Not really. | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
It's official: Ebooks are superior to paper books – and that's coming from someone who loves paper books.
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So why, after all these years of having access to a superior product, haven’t I jumped on the digital book bandwagon?

 

The answer: I am an egotistical jerk.

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Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress

Read Slowly to Benefit Your Brain and Cut Stress | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
At least 30 minutes of uninterrupted reading with a book or e-book helps.
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More and more articles lately are about how reading reconnects us (rather than lets us escape) — that it's not even that important what we're reading, as long as we're reading and away from our cell phones.

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Teach for America has faced criticism for years. Now it’s listening — and changing.

Teach for America has faced criticism for years. Now it’s listening — and changing. | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
With new leadership for the first time in its history, TFA is considering significant policy changes. What does that mean for a national school reform movement built upon its ideals?
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Dana Goldstein, author of The Teacher Wars, writes this excellent piece about how Teach for America might be changing under its two new CEOs (and Wendy Kopp off to work on Teach for All). I'm impressed that TFA's first major shift is one of demographics: its teachers are more diverse than America's.

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School Librarian Fights Summer Slide with School Bus-Turned-Bookmobile

School Librarian Fights Summer Slide with School Bus-Turned-Bookmobile | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
Washington school librarian Jenny Granger decided that if her kids weren’t going to come to the books this summer, she would take books to them—by driving a grant-funded bookmobile.
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Nice bookmobile, Ms. Granger! Thank you. Summer is the time where the gap between the reading haves and reading have-nots widens. Thanks for doing something about it.

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Dale Russakoff: A Test for School Reform in Newark

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Cory Booker, Chris Christie, and Mark Zuckerberg had an ambitious plan to reform Newark’s schools. They got an education.

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This article is depressing, and you'll feel like there's no chance to reform American education to improve it, but still, this article is a must-read.

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The Day I Started Lying to Ruth

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A cancer doctor on losing his wife to cancer.

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A beautiful, well-written, and extremely sad piece that everyone should read.

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The League of Extraordinary Black Gentlemen

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"As an upper-middle-class black male, I am seen as part of the solution class tasked with rescuing my nation from its problem and my race from itself."
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In “The League of Extraordinary Black Gentlemen,” Theodore R. Johnson argues that the W.E.B. DuBois construct of the Talented Tenth has not rid African Americans of a sense of double-consciousness. It is as burdensome, Mr. Johnson suggests, to be asked, “What does it feel like to be a part of the solution?” as it was to be asked, 100+ years ago, “What does it feel like to be part of the problem?”

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Segregation Now

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In Tuscaloosa today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened.
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Sad and stunning.

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Reading is different online than off, experts say

Reading is different online than off, experts say | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading
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I look forward to reading the latest book by Maryanne Wolf, a Tufts University cognitive neuroscientist and the author of “Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain.” It's going to be about how on-screen reading affects our brains.

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Beyond the Code of the Streets

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Among young black men who’ve made it, the Code of the Streets still exerts a pull.
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This personal narrative is almost a year old, but I found it today while following the debate between Ta-Nehisi Coates and Jonathan Chait on "the culture of poverty" vs. "black culture." Mr. Coates is an extraordinary writer. English teachers should assign this essay.

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Home Schooling: More Pupils, Less Regulation

Home Schooling: More Pupils, Less Regulation | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it

Motoko Rich is my favorite education reporter. And home schooling has always fascinated me — and it scares me. As a former teacher, I'm biased, of course, but my thoughts are that bad home schooling is worse than bad public schooling. Discuss. :)

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School Segregation, the Continuing Tragedy of Ferguson

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Students who spend their careers in segregated schools can look forward to a life on the margins, according to a 2014 study on the long-term impacts of school desegregation by University of California, Berkeley economist Rucker Johnson. They are more likely to be poor. They are more likely to go to jail. They are less likely to graduate from high school, to go to college, and to finish if they go. They are more likely to live in segregated neighborhoods as adults.
Mark Isero's insight:

Nikole Hannah-Jones has written another important and disturbing article on the resegregation of American schools. Must-read.

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The War of the Words: How Did Amazon End Up as Literary Enemy No. 1?

The War of the Words: How Did Amazon End Up as Literary Enemy No. 1? | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
Keith Gessen reflects on a growing divide within publishing.
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Excellent article about the Amazon-Hachette stand-off and a great general history of publishing and e-books.

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Why Poor Students Struggle

Why Poor Students Struggle | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
The price of success in college is often their own identities.
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It's NOT the achievement gap. It's the belonging gap.

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The Battle for New York Schools: Eva Moskowitz vs. Mayor Bill de Blasio

The Battle for New York Schools: Eva Moskowitz vs. Mayor Bill de Blasio | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
The fight between two liberal crusaders with profoundly divergent ideas about how to aid and educate the disempowered.
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There's always a battle in education, and the charter vs. conventional public schools battle is the biggest one right now.

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The Original Charter School Vision

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It was supposed to free up teachers and integrate students.
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Not totally neutral, this piece is still mostly fair and a good history of the charter school movement. I've been in charter schools for 15 years, and I don't think I'm doing harm.

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Who Gets to Graduate?

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Rich students complete their college degrees; working-class students like Vanessa Brewer usually don’t. Can the University of Texas change her chances of success?

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I read whatever Paul Tough writes. He's that good. But this article is particularly strong, and every teacher in America should read it!

Credit goes to Michele, loyal Iserotope reader, for letting me know about this article! 

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Race Gap Narrows in College Enrollment, But Not in Graduation

Race Gap Narrows in College Enrollment, But Not in Graduation | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it

Blacks are catching up to whites when it comes to going to college. But when it comes to finishing college and getting a degree, they are making much less progress. 

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High schools should care about graduation rates, sure, but college persistence should matter even more. (Also, this is an article from FiveThirtyEight, one of the newish "data journalism" sites.)

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A Walmart Fortune, Spreading Charter Schools

A Walmart Fortune, Spreading Charter Schools | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
The foundation led by the family that built Walmart has spent more than $1 billion on some of the fastest-growing, and most divisive, trends in education.
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I’ve worked in charter schools for most of my career. But they haven’t been part of a large charter network. There is a difference, I think. Part of the difference, of course, is how much backing a large network can get. But especially interesting to me is how few really, really rich people are funding and therefore orchestrating this nationwide movement.

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Wanted: Disgruntled Asian-Americans to Attack Affirmative Action

Wanted: Disgruntled Asian-Americans to Attack Affirmative Action | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
An anti-affirmative action crusader makes an appeal to Asian-Americans to sue colleges over their admissions policies.
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Edward Blum is fighting against discrimination against Asians in college admission. His cause is getting even more attention after the Supreme Court's decision in Schuette v. BAMN. But this issue is very complicated. Please check out this strong article.

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Parental Involvement Is Overrated

Parental Involvement Is Overrated | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
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Apparently, the research suggests that most parental involvement does not help students in school. The most effective thing a parent can do is expect, from an early age, that the child will go to college.

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Can Free College Save American Cities?

Can Free College Save American Cities? | Iserotope Extras | Scoop.it
For weeks there were whispers. And then one night in November 2005, hundreds of parents, teachers, and students crammed into a boardroom at a drab administration building south of downtown. Janice Brown, the superintendent of the Kalamazoo schools, had an announcement to make, and it was even more surprising than the rumors that had been flying around...
Mark Isero's insight:

If you go to a public school in Kalamazoo, Michigan, your tuition to college is paid for if you go to a public university in the state. Which is pretty amazing. This article does a good job of describing the impact of the Kalamazoo Promise. Not everything is perfect yet, but the gains are real.

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