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March 31, 2015

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The World Builder’s Sandwich | Consider the Source

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A central challenge in writing nonfiction for young adults is providing context. But what is context? The bread that holds it the sandwich together, or the meal’s nutritional value? It’s something to chew over.

STEM Is Busting Out All Over | Consider the Source

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STEM events—from school programs to citywide activities—are happening all over. With a few tips from the city of Buffalo (NY), you might want to start planning your own festival.

Librarians and the Changing Job Market | Consider the Source

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A recent news article offered a fascinating graphic on American jobs that pay $40–80,000 a year, highlighting whether these jobs have grown or declined between the years 1980–2012. Where does librarianship fit into the picture?

PARCC and You | Consider the Source

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The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests are coming to 10 states this spring. How can you help colleagues, parents, and students to prepare for them?

Let’s Talk About “Selma” | Consider the Source

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“Selma”—there’s the film, and the reactions. Beyond all the friction is the question: What can we learn from the film and the controversy?

Breaking the Hypnotism of the Now | Consider the Source

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The Italian media consultant Marcello Vena argues that we are in an “attention economy.” Our problem is not to locate media, but to find the time to read, watch, listen to, or play it. How does this relate to the role and function of the school librarian? Read on.

Timing Is Everything | Consider the Source

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Everyone who knows me knows I’m in the cheering section for the Common Core English Language Arts State Standards. But as an advocate for the standards, I have a concern and a question about the assessments.

Bringing World Voices into Your Library | Consider the Source

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Briony Everroad and Daniel Hahn, in conjunction with Words Without Borders, have crafted an online magazine issue entirely comprised of young adult writing in translation. It’s a tool to that opens the door to connecting US teens with their global peers.

Back to the Future | Consider the Source

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New discoveries, new tools, and new perspectives constantly yield a new past—history is alive, coming into view right now. We must make sure that students see history as an adventure, a detective story, unfolding in front of us and not as a set of unyielding key points to be rehearsed and memorized for tests.

In Search of Stellar Nonfiction | Consider the Source

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Under the Common Core State Standards students need quality nonfiction to support class assignments and they need to know how to read it. So where is it?

Connecting Adults, Kids, and Science | Consider the Source

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Where science and math were once deemed cold, distant, less human and humane than English or history, attitudes are changing.

Let’s Go to the Video… Rethinking College Applications | Consider the Source

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Reading Portfolio, a tiny non-profit, is hoping to make wide and deep reading a verifiable and valued experience—and one that students can present to college admissions boards.

Guest Kvetching: Transparency is Paramount | Consider the Source

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Tanya Lee Stone, the noted nonfiction author and a guest columnist this week, addresses a topic that is receiving a great deal of attention in the children’s literature world: full disclosure in nonfiction.

Let Pixar Turn Your Library Into a Laboratory | Consider the Source

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Looking for inquiry projects that will get your students excited? Introduce them to The Pixar Theory and see where it leads them.

A Girl Who Loved Reading and Triumphed in Math | Consider the Source

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For the first time in its history, the Fields Medal, sometimes referred to as the “Nobel Prize for math,” has been awarded to a woman. Clearly, the cultural image of girls as uninterested in the sciences is something we need to work on in the United States.

Waiting for the Common Core to Go Away? Don’t Hold Your Breath | Consider the Source

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I often hear the hope, expressed as an expectation, that the Common Core State Standards are about to disappear. Let’s take a look at what’s happening in opposition states.

Delivering Quality Spanish-Language Books: The Guadalajara International Book Fair | Consider the Source

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How can we bring high quality Spanish-language books into American libraries? The Guadalajara International Book Fair is one answer.

Growing Up Together | Consider the Source

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J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” and John Green’s “Fault in Our Stars”—the books and films—have me thinking that instead of conceding “Young Adult” to “New Adult, ” maybe we should create the category of “New Family”—books that are both truly YA and truly adult.

Greatest Generation | Consider the Source

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Charlotte Zolotow, Margaret K. McElderry, Jean Karl, Dorothy Briley, and Frances Foster—all creators of modern books for children and teenagers—groomed many young editors. What was it that these greats had in common?

Where, What, How, and Why Teens Do and Don’t Read | Consider the Source

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In his last column, Marc Aronson raised a number of questions about the recently released Common Sense Media brief on “Children, Teens, and Reading.” Seeta Pai, Vice President of Research at Common Sense Media, responds.