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August 27, 2014

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Following Shooting and Protests, Ferguson-Florissant School District Postpones First Day of School

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Following the ongoing community unrest and protests in Ferguson, Missouri after 18-year-old unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot by a Ferguson policeman, the Ferguson-Florissant School District has changed its first day of school from August 14 to August 18.

SLJTeen Catches Up with Debut Author Anthony Breznican

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It can’t be easy having your debut novel compared to The Chocolate War, but Anthony Breznican takes it all in stride. Adult Books 4 Teens contributor Diane Colson talks to the author about his inspiration, his characters, and Elvis Costello.

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.

For Your ‘Global Awareness Toolbox’: Ways to Engage Your Students in Global Thinking

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The kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls on April 15 opened the opportunity for conversation about compassion, global awareness, and responses such as activism. Virginia school librarian Lauren McBride teams up with Sudan Sunrise director of advancement to offer tools and strategies to engage your students in a service learning project that not only expands their horizons but employs 21st-century digital tools.

8,000 Schools to Join ‘Day of Silence’ on April 11, Protesting LGBTQ Student Harassment

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Hundreds of thousands of students will take a vow of silence on Friday, April 11, to raise awareness of the silencing impact of bullying, name calling, and harassment of LGBTQ youth in schools.

Scholastic Presents Math@Work: ‘Top Chef’ Hosted Webcast Tying Classroom Math to Culinary Careers

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Register now for Scholastic’s April 29 webcast of Math@Work in which The Chew’s Carla Hall and recent Top Chef winner Nicholas Elmi get together with three NYC high school students to create healthy dishes and discover the links between classroom math and the careers they aspire to.

Free Smithsonian Online Education Conference On April 9

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The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access is hosting a free online education conference on April 9 focusing on the “Citizen Science: A Watershed Study” program, in which Washington, D.C., high school students explored the Anacostia Watershed.

Berkeley Eighth Graders Raise Over $78K on Kickstarter, Build a School Library

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The eighth-grade students at a charter school in Berkeley, CA, designed and crowd-funded their own school library, complete with student-conceived geometric shelving, furniture, and more.

Librarians Have Key Roles in Blended and Online Learning

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Online teaching and learning are now critical skill sets for 21st-century information professionals, says Pivot Points columnist Mark Ray.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

College Board Overhauls SAT Exams, Provides Support for Low-income Students

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The College Board announced sweeping changes to the SAT test that will align the exam more closely with what students learn in the classroom and more accurately reflect their future performance in college.

With “GeniusCon” Project, Students Connect and Problem Solve

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If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be, and how would you do it? Teacher librarians Sherry Gick and Matthew Winner are asking students this very question with a collaborative, student-driven initiative they’re calling GeniusCon.

“Sketchnotes” Invigorate Student Note-Taking and Bolster Visual Thinking

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Brad Ovenell-Carter, an education innovator at a K-12 school in Vancouver, B.C., is teaching students the value of sketchnotes—illustrated records that distill a lecture, speech, or lesson into a visual synopsis. Others educators are catching on.

26 Science Kits Available for Checkout at Texas Libraries

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Students, parents, and teachers can now borrow science experiments along with other materials from the Denton (TX) Public Library and run their own chemical and mechanical observations in class—and at home.

Reading, PA, Students Protest Classroom Library Probe

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Middle school students in Reading, PA, are protesting what they see as unjust scrutiny of their classroom libraries—using their own voices even as teachers express reservations about speaking out.

Pictures of the Week: NYC Educators, Advocates Rally for End of Standardized Testing

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Members of the United Federation of Teachers, parents, and students joined hundreds of other union members, activists and community leaders for a rally in Foley Square in Manhattan on December 5. The advocates were calling for smaller class sizes, sufficient materials, and an emphasis on teaching instead of test-prep and standardized testing.

“Lunch Lady” Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka Hosts Scholarship Auction for Art Education

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Items on offer in Krococzka’s online auction include autographed “Lunch Lady” Books, a school mascot designed by Krosoczka, and more. Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund, started in honor of his grandparents, that provides tuition for kids to attend programs at the Worcester (MA) Art Museum.

Education Experts Divided on PISA Scores Showing U.S. Teens’ Flat Performance

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Teens in the U.S. scored about average in reading and science and below average in mathematics when compared to their counterparts around the world on the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), with little change seen from previous scores. This reported gap has sparked debate among U.S. education experts on how to interprete the data and on the PISA’s relevance.

Creative Fundraising Ideas: Wilson Elementary’s iPad Film Festival

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Woodrow Wilson Elementary was contemplating ways to raise funds for more iPads for students. Certain options were out of the question—asking kids to sell stuff that no one wanted, or using a fundraising company that would give participants cheap prizes. We wanted a new approach, and the iPad Film Festival was born.

The Science of Interest: Cognitive Research To Engage Students and Foster Real Learning

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“Librarians are ideally positioned to become cultivators of students’ interests,” according to Annie Murphy Paul. A journalist and author, Murphy Paul sheds light on the latest cognitive research on this critical component to reading and learning in SLJ’s November 2013 cover story.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Serving ELL Students When Their First Language Isn’t Spanish

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Librarian Misti Jenkins, formerly an English teacher at the Nashville, TN, high school she now serves, shares her experiences in adapting from a predominately Spanish-speaking population of English Language Learners (ELL) to one that is comprised largely of Nepali and Burmese refugees. Here are her recommendations for ways to reach out to all students, regardless of their backgrounds.