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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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The Scout Report -- Volume 23, Number 46

The Scout Report -- Volume 23, Number 46 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This week's Scout Report reviews the online resources listed below. Visit the Scout Report here: 
to read the detailed annotations of each resources and get direct links to the sites.

     Research and Education 
AnnoTate 
Latah County Oral History Collection 
The Periodic Table of the Elements, in Pictures and Words 
McGill University: History of Medicine: Digital Collections 
Indian-Ed.org: Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State 
AACU: Models of Global Learning 
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases: 10th Anniversary Collection Compound Interest: Infographics Index 

     General Interest 
Veteran Stories: The Memory Project 
In Space We Trust 
Global Currents: Cultures of Literacy Networks 
Lost Art Press Blog 
Seismic Illumination 
Russian Satirical Journal Collection 
You Are Not So Smart 
The Barnes Collection Online 

     Network Tools 
Tableau Public 
Perma.cc 

     In the News 
DNA May Offer New Clues Into Why the Passenger Pigeon Vanished 
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Why Your Grumpy Teenager Doesn’t Want to Talk to You

Why Your Grumpy Teenager Doesn’t Want to Talk to You | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It’s hard to help the obviously upset adolescent who turns down a warm invitation to talk. Here’s what may be going on.
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2017 Maine Integrated Youth health Survey Data

The 2017 MIYHS data has just been released. State and public health district data is available to the public for the 5th and 6th grade survey, as well as the middle and high school surveys. Kindergarten and third grade parent survey data is available at the State level. Go to MIYHS website: https://data.mainepublichealth.gov/miyhs/2017_reports_results
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Amazon's Kindle turns 10: have ebooks clicked with you yet?

Amazon's Kindle turns 10: have ebooks clicked with you yet? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A decade after Jeff Bezos launched a revolution in reading – and a $1bn money-spinner – much has changed in the book trade. But how has it affected readers?
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Happy #FeetUpFriday: Our Favorite Teacher Links This Week

Happy #FeetUpFriday: Our Favorite Teacher Links This Week | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From the Wonder movie to a new program celebrating music in our schools, here are some of our favorite teacher links from this week.
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How Maine hurt education by trying to reform it

How Maine hurt education by trying to reform it | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

"Editor’s note: Maine’s statewide test results haven’t really changed for years. So we set out to understand what the state should be doing if it wants to see more young people succeed in school and eventually earn some type of post-secondary degree."

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Small 'Nudges' Can Push Students in the Right Direction

Small 'Nudges' Can Push Students in the Right Direction | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"Nudges" are low-cost interventions meant to influence behavior by changing how or when choices are offered. Research is showing that when used with students, nudges can get positive results.
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U.S. schools alarmed at uptick in racial incidents

U.S. schools alarmed at uptick in racial incidents | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Experts point to 80 hate incidents by students in October, but can't say whether a spike is indicated.
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5 Ways to Help Students Manage Digital Distractions and Stay on Track

5 Ways to Help Students Manage Digital Distractions and Stay on Track | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Promote organization, time management, and executive functioning skills with these essential strategies.
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Does Inclusion Slow Down General Education Classrooms?

Does Inclusion Slow Down General Education Classrooms? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A researcher finds teachers in classrooms with high numbers of students with disabilities spend less time on teaching, but the analysis also offers a more complex view of teacher behavior.
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The Internet Archive “Liberates” Books Published Between 1923 and 1941, and Will Put 10,000 Digitized Books Online

The Internet Archive “Liberates” Books Published Between 1923 and 1941, and Will Put 10,000 Digitized Books Online | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"The Internet Archive is now leveraging a little known, and perhaps never used, provision of US copyright law, Section 108h, which allows libraries to scan and make available materials published [from] 1923 to 1941 if they are not being actively sold," writes the site's founder Brewster Kahle.
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What Research Says About Driving Growth for Writers With Practice, Feedback and Revision - EdSurge News

From kindergarten through college, teachers know that writers need guided practice, substantive feedback, and opportunities for deep revision. Decades of research on writing instruction all point to these ideals, which can be put into practice in any classroom with appropriate support. Here is what the research tells us about how to help students grow and achieve their writing goals.

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Spreading First Aid for Teens’ Mental Health by Training Adults to Help

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A program is teaching educators and adults how to spot teens struggling with mental health and give them immediate aid. It's described as "CPR for the mind."
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At Oak Hill, Phys Ed Has Set The Bar For New Education Standards

At Oak Hill, Phys Ed Has Set The Bar For New Education Standards | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
In Oak Hill High School’s efforts to implement new, proficiency-based graduation requirements, one department is held up as a prime example of what this new kind of education should look like. It’s not math, English or science — but physical education
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'Great Thanksgiving Listen' Induces High Schoolers to Interview Elders -- THE Journal

Although the work adheres to Common Core standards for English language arts, the organizers reported, it's appropriate for any number of courses, including American history, social studies, journalism, drama, English as a second language, media and technology.
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Boys Read Better When There Are More Girls in Class, Study Finds

Boys Read Better When There Are More Girls in Class, Study Finds | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The findings are likely to add to the debate over single-sex education, as districts experiment with single-sex classes and schools.
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What K12 administrators need to know about student engagement

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News, voices and jobs for education professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.
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The National Book Awards Finalists: What the Critics Said

The National Book Awards Finalists: What the Critics Said | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
We’re only hours away from finding out who will take home the 2017 National Book Awards. Each one of the five fiction and non fiction titles below has received the much-coveted silver sticker from this year’s panel of judges, but who will emerge with the gold? Who will join such luminaries as William Faulkner, Ralph Ellison, Flannery O’Connor, Joan Didion, and Ta-Nehesi Coates in the Pantheon of the (American literary) Gods?

We just don’t know yet.

But we do know what the critics wrote about each book at the time of its release earlier this year. And now, so do you.
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Academic journal publishing is headed for a day of reckoning

In our institutions of higher education and our research labs, scholars first produce, then buy back, their own content. With the costs rising and access restricted, something's got to give.
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Low academic expectations and poor support for special education students are ‘hurting their future’ - The Hechinger Report

Low academic expectations and poor support for special education students are ‘hurting their future’ - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Special education is a notoriously weak point in the nation’s education system, despite the fact that 6.6 million, or roughly 13 percent, of all public school students receive such services. Too often, by the time these students reach high school, problems that began in the early grades have reached a point of no return; too many children are pushed out into the real world ill-prepared for what lies ahead.
Experts estimate that, if they receive proper support along the way, up to 90 percent of students with disabilities are capable of graduating high school with a traditional diploma, fully prepared to tackle college or a career. But only 65 percent of special education students actually graduate on time, compared to 83 percent of all students. Only a third of students with disabilities who enroll in four-year colleges graduate within eight years, according to a 2011 federal study.
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The 20 Best Books That Came Out This Year, According To Amazon

If you, like me, approach the end of the year with a sense of ever-heightening anxiety about all the books you didn't get a chance to read in the previous 12 months, then this list of the 20 best books of 2017, according to Amazon will certainly exacerbate the panic.
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6 administrators share strategies to gain — and maintain — student engagement

6 administrators share strategies to gain — and maintain — student engagement | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

From design thinking to relevant lesson planning, these tactics have shown results in a variety of school environments

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Why Are Parents Afraid of Later School Start Times?

Why Are Parents Afraid of Later School Start Times? | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
A new paper argues that using behavioral economics to ease families’ fear of change could help convince them to switch up their children’s routines.
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A Day in the Life of a Rock 'n' Roll Librarian

A Day in the Life of a Rock 'n' Roll Librarian | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
It's not all finding secret notes from Keith Richards... but some of it is.
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