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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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These 11 YA Books Should Be on Every Adult's Reading List

These 11 YA Books Should Be on Every Adult's Reading List | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Who says Young Adult novels are just for kids? Here are some YA reads that can easily be appreciated by an older audience.
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Training Young People for Middle-Skill Jobs: New Guidelines Proposed

Training Young People for Middle-Skill Jobs: New Guidelines Proposed | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Programs that prepare young people for middle-skill jobs must avoid tracking, and should balance industry-specific preparation with more generalizable skills to equip students for a changing workplace, according to a new set of guidelines proposed by a congressional committee.
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How Reading Increases Your Emotional Intelligence & Brain Function: The Findings of Recent Scientific Studies

To read is to experience more of the world than we can in person, to enter into the lives of others, to organize knowledge according to useful schemes and categories.
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American reams: why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened

American reams: why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The long read: In a world seduced by screens, the future of paper might seem uncertain. But many in the industry remain optimistic – after all, you can’t blow your nose on an email
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The Best Bookish TED Talks From 2017

The Best Bookish TED Talks From 2017 | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Bookish TED talks were absolutely on-point this year. Here's eight of the best, with talks from Nnedi Okorafor, Shonda Rhimes, and more.
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Congress Changed 529 College Savings Plans, And Now States Are Nervous

Congress Changed 529 College Savings Plans, And Now States Are Nervous | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Why the dramatically new vision for the popular college savings plan could cost some states dearly.
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Silicon Valley Won’t Save Books

Silicon Valley Won’t Save Books | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
The Amazon Kindle didn’t change books ten years ago, and it won't change them in the next ten years, either.
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10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around

10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn Their Day Around | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
You can flip a kid like you flip a house. A kind word. Love. But how can you flip a kid in the classroom? Here are 10 ways that have worked for me.
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A focus on writing in every class is key to success in this rural California district

A focus on writing in every class is key to success in this rural California district | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it

The writing program helped spur a culture shift throughout the Brawley Union High School District, which includes a continuation high school for students who are behind in credits and a community day school for students who have behavior or attendance problems. The culture shift included comprehensive teacher training and staff teambuilding, new classes, and stressing the importance of standardized Smarter Balanced tests in English language arts and math to students.

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Will Letter Grades Survive?

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A century-old pillar of the school system is under fire as schools look to modernize student assessment.
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Reciting Other People's Poetry: A Dusty Relic or Powerful Teaching Tool?

A national program is working with teachers around the country to persuade students that reciting other people's poetry can be as transformative as performing their own.
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How Listening to Podcasts Helps Students Read and Learn

How Listening to Podcasts Helps Students Read and Learn | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
What does listening to podcasts have to do with English language arts? A whole lot, according to one English teacher who dropped Hamlet in favor of teaching
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Apple Investors Warn iPhones and Other Technology May Be Hurting Children

Apple Investors Warn iPhones and Other Technology May Be Hurting Children | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
Two major shareholders argued that Apple should head off a potential reckoning by proactively helping parents limit how children use the company’s technology.
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7 Ways for Students to Use Google Drawings

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Google Drawings is an often overlooked, yet useful tool that students can access within their G Suite for Education accounts.

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11 Literary Holidays To Give You An Excuse To Celebrate Your Love Of Reading

11 Literary Holidays To Give You An Excuse To Celebrate Your Love Of Reading | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
While you're marking your 2018 calendar with important dates, anniversaries, and celebrations to come, make sure to mark down Burns Day and 11 other unique literary holidays you should celebrate this year.
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The Secret to Student Engagement

How can schools encourage deeper learning? Chip and Dan Heath, bestselling authors and the researchers behind "peak moments," explain.
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In Schools, Classroom Proximity Breeds Teacher Collaboration

New research findings suggest that one way to help teachers collaborate and learn from one another is to make sure their classrooms are just steps away from those of other teachers.
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Despite ESSA flexibility, most districts still lack choice on high school assessments

Despite ESSA flexibility, most districts still lack choice on high school assessments | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
"Though the Every Student Succeeds Act still requires annual testing as a federal requirement, it allows states the option to cut down on the number of required assessments by giving school districts the option of giving nationally recognized college entrance exams instead of state assessments."
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Video: Jacqueline Woodson Inaugurated as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

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“Books change us. They can help us have the bigger conversations,” Jacqueline Woodson said during her inauguration ceremony as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature at the Library of Congress." Note that Ms. Woodson's portion of the program begins at about 30 minutes into the video.

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How Furniture and Flexible Seating Is Turning Classroom Design Into a Fad - EdSurge News

How Furniture and Flexible Seating Is Turning Classroom Design Into a Fad - EdSurge News | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
As more teachers and leaders race for tables on wheels and bouncy chairs in the name of flexible seating, the heart of this transformational change is ripped out of our hands. What then happens is instead of designing classrooms that positively impact students, we are decorating classrooms, celebrating the new, and then moving on to the next shiny thing.
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International Literacy Association (ILA) Releases “2018 What’s Hot in Literacy” Report

International Literacy Association (ILA) Releases “2018 What’s Hot in Literacy” Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
From the International Literacy Association: The ILA 2018 What’s Hot in Literacy Report provides a snapshot of what 2,097 literacy professionals from 91 countries and territories deem the most critical topics to advancing literacy worldwide.
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The Scout Report -- Volume 24, Number 1

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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 
Interdisciplinary Earth Data Alliance 
Desmos Classroom Activities 
Dos & Don'ts on Designing for Accessibility 
Remembering the 1911 Triangle Factory Fire 
YouTube: CEN Online 
The String of Pearls 
Thinking Mathematics!: A Resource for Teachers and Students Association of Tribal Libraries, Archives, and Museums: Resources 

     General Interest 
Science Friday: The "File Not Found" Series 
Biodiversity Heritage Library: A History of Cats from 1858 to 1922 News from Anywhere: Blog of the William Morris Society 
In the Past Lane: The Podcast About History and Why It Matters Emerson College: The American Comedy Archives 
The Devil's Tale: Dispatches from the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library 
Seattle Art Museum: Collection Highlights 

     Revisited 
Interactivate 

     Network Tools 
Anywhere.link 
Tabula 

     In the News 
11,500 Year-Old DNA from an Alaskan Child Offers New Clues about Native American Ancestry

Copyright © 2018 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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In rural Maine, a university eliminates most Fs in an effort to increase graduation rates - The Hechinger Report

In rural Maine, a university eliminates most Fs in an effort to increase graduation rates - The Hechinger Report | Beyond the Stacks | Scoop.it
This change is part of a larger move at the university towards “proficiency-based education” (sometimes called competency- or mastery-based education). In the traditional model, students need to pass a specific set of courses to graduate. But in a proficiency-based system, students must show that they’ve mastered “competencies” — specific skills or knowledge — before they move on to the next level, and eventually receive a diploma.
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