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November 24, 2014

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Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

Project ReimaginED: Online Coffee Klatch for Educators

Educators encourage their students to head online for digital resources that enhance their classroom learning. Now it’s time for them to do the same.

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.

Teaching STEAM with Lois Ehlert: Preschool isn’t too early to introduce STEM + art

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The books of Lois Ehlert, with their vivid-hued collages, are a staple of the storytime shelf—and a great start for teaching STEAM concepts to toddlers and preschoolers. Which of your favorite titles would fit into a preschool science program? Share them here.

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In the Line of Fire: Perspectives on War

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Although they focus on different historical events, represent various viewpoints, and employ an assortment of formats, three new titles offer riveting perspectives of war and its devastating effects.

Robin LaFevers’s “Medieval Obsession”

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SLJ spoke with Robin LaFevers, who concludes her thrilling “His Fair Assassins” trilogy set in 15th-century Brittany with the exciting ‘Mortal Heart.’

A Trio of Trailblazing Performers

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Three new picture books about three African American women born in the early 20th century resound with compelling storytelling, expressive artwork, and a sonorous message about overcoming obstacles and following one’s dreams.

Old Friends, Fresh Stories: New Middle Grade Fantasy

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Fantasy writing for children has a long and storied history, populated with all manner of heroic quests, forgotten prophecies, and strange magic. Despite its near-century of popularity, there is no sign of flagging enthusiasm for this much-beloved genre.

Views On An “Embattled” Profession | Professional Shelf

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As journalist Dana Goldstein eloquently documents in ‘The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession,’ the state of our current public school system is rooted in a complicated story.

Hank and John Green Join PBS to Expand “Crash Course” Video Series

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The partnership will make the Greens brothers’ witty, educational YouTube series available through the PBS Digital Studios YouTube channel and PBS LearningMedia.

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?

The Skyping Renaissance

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For educators using the popular videoconferencing platform, it’s a whole new world.

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Rev Up for National Novel Writing Month 2014

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National Novel Writing Month, during November, can be life-changing for young people. Find out how librarians are supporting students aiming to churn out 50,000 words within 30 days.

When Racing to the Top Slows Us Down | On Common Core

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In many states where the CCSS have been adopted and RttT funds accepted, educators are feeling beleagured.

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Raúl Colón: The Boy Who Loved To Draw

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Raúl Colón’s latest book, ‘Draw!’ unfolds entirely through pictures, as a boy confined to his bed, takes readers on a journey of the imagination to the Serengeti plains of Africa.

Kathleen Krull: An Author to Study

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Kathleen Krull’s many picture books exemplify the best kind of narrative nonfiction for our students—accurate, well-researched, lively texts enhanced by large, handsome illustrations.

Transitioning to Chapter Books | Series Standbys

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What are your favorite series titles for children making their first forays into chapter books? We’ve listed a few of ours.

From Easy Readers to First Chapter Books | Titles to Ease the Transition

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This sampling of well-written, pleasingly illustrated books formatted with independent readers in mind will help students make the transition from easy readers to longer chapter books.

Separating a City—and Families

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On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Beth Kephart’s compelling YA novel ‘Going Over’ offers a story of the human impact of the barrier, which separated not just the city, but friends and families on either side.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Bones | New Books About the Human Body

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The human body is an amazing machine. A number of new titles address how it develops, how to keep it functioning smoothly, and individual differences—all subjects reflected in the K–12 curriculum.

Technology in the First Years | Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014

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Addressing how technology fits in early learning, a trio of experts described uses of technology that can empower children and caregivers.