November 23, 2015

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“One Teacher in 10 in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out” | Professional Shelf

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“Today, in 2015, teachers can be fired in 29 states because of their sexual orientation and in 32 states because of their gender identity.”

The Hum of Mindful Learning | Professional Shelf

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It’s easy to recognize the educational bliss of a classroom that hums with joyful learning. Here are two books that have the potential of transforming classroom stresses and improve learning outcomes along the way.

Changing the World with Erin Gruwell | Professional Shelf


Erin Gruwell, a teacher determined to make a difference, and her students became the subject of the 2007 Hollywood movie Freedom Writers. On May 5, Gruwell and some of those same students will visit with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Together they will view a new documentary about the Freedom Writers’ extraordinary journey.

Daniel J. Siegel’s “Inside-Out” Guide to the Teenage Brain | Professional Shelf


What if instead of viewing the teen years as a period in life that must be survived, we learn to embrace the potentially positive power of these formative years? In ‘Brainstorm,’ David J. Siegel, a neuropsychiatrist, offers a look at adolescent development and behavior informed by recent findings on how the brain works.