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Penguin Random House Announces New Award

A new industry award aims to highlight extraordinary programs in public libraries across the country. Sponsored by big five publisher Penguin Random House (PRH), the Library Awards for Innovation will “acknowledge innovative public library...Show More Summary

Selecting Spanish | Collection Development: Spanish-Language Fiction & Beyond, May 1, 2016

According to book purveyor Baker & Taylor, "sales of Spanish-language material has grown over the last three years to over $12M at list." Need we say more? These 31 titles should bolster any collection or create a solid core for those starting out. ¡Vámonos!

Small Differences in Tests Can Mean Large Differences in Test Results

Learn the realities about tests and assessments. It’s a fact that small differences between tests can result in large differences in test scores. Got questions about tests and assessments? Do you know the differences between tests? Do...Show More Summary

AM News: Chicago Teachers Back Off Strike Threat

Chicago Teachers Union Decides Against Taking Strike Vote - ABC News See also Tribune Online Testing in Georgia Disrupted by Glitches - Market Brief N.J. revises, renames Common Core academic standards | More Summary

Marcus McArthur on Test Prep and the UFT Election

I'm very proud to be running for High School Executive Board with Marcus McArthur. In the video below, Marcus talks about the difference between teaching and test prep. This hits home with me. I spent several years helping ESL students prepare for the NY State English Regents Examination.Actually, my students ought not to take that exam at all. Show More Summary

What I've been reading: Essays on Teaching, by Bob Blaisdell

A wonderful romp through educational history. If you think our current concerns are new, this book will make you think again.

Adapt. Fast.

Stewart Hase: The ability to learn, for both individuals and institutions, is critical to survival. While it has always been so, adaptation in the past could comfortably take place over a long period of time. Now, that is no longer possible. Show More Summary

Most Parents Have No Idea What Their Kids Are Learning In School

Serious question to all you parents out there: What are your kids really learning in school? I don’t mean what grades are they getting. I mean what are they really learning? What’s sticking with them that they will actually use in their...Show More Summary

Paper Camera: Fun Way to Add Effects to Photos

Stylish and flexible effects grounded in art history and real photo techniques.

Hooking up the tow rope, still not outta the ditch

Reading Martin Weller’s reflections on a decade of stellar ed tech bloggery… Blogs were like little beacons shining across the globe that would splutter in to life and look for fellow signals to respond to. I fell in with the North American and UK ed tech blogging crowd. And this is why I think blogging […]

4 Questions for Servant Leaders

While digging through an app on my phone, I ran across the following paragraph that immediately made me think of the term, servant leadership. If you're not familiar with servant leadership, here's a quick review:"The servant-leader is servant first... Show More Summary

Cartoon: States Reacting To ESSA Regulations

"These new ESSA regulations will fundamentally change the way we get around them." Adapted from the New Yorker.

Library of Parliament Legislative Summaries

Library of Parliament legislative summaries for some of the federal bills of the current session have started to appear on the parliamentary website.The summaries contain background and analysis of bills in front of the House of Commons and the Senate.It is possible to follow the progress of all bills in Parliament on the LEGISinfo website.

ePortfolio Solutions with #Google and #Microsoft #msonenote #msftedu

In this balanced piece on ePortfolio solutions, Google or Microsoft, I explore my biases : Read the complete entry online at TCEA TechNotes Blog! Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

Success Academy Hit with New Lawsuits

At one point not so long ago, "no excuses" charter schools were like a lawsuit waiting to happen. It's not waiting, anymore. From Politico: The Success Academy charter school network is again being sued by a group of parents whose children...Show More Summary

Union Members: Pivotal or Pivoting?

No press releases on the Indiana Democratic primary results from AFT or NEA, so we know Sanders won. It hardly matters anymore regarding the final outcome, but this is an extraordinary result, considering the state of the race and the sheer number of unions behind Hillary. Still, the unions are fortunate this cycle. They won’t […]


Kathy:  Our district is planning a summer ESY program that will not be staffed by a Special Ed certified teacher. It will be staffed with 3 Educational Assistants (1 para-professional and 2 assistant teachers). Only 1 of the 3 is certified and she’s certified in General Ed. Show More Summary


Anna:  Hello, We have a student with an IEP and an IHP, which is totally fine. I’m curious for my own knowledge if one is viewed as a stronger document legally over the other. Thanks.

Morning Video: President Honors National Teacher Of The Year

It's hard not to feel the love in the room watching the last Obama teacher celebration, via PBS News. Click the link to see a great picture of Jahana Hayes celebrating being named NTOY. Or watch the NBC News version of the event her...

Asking the Right Questions | The User Experience

"Let’s ask people what they want from the library.” I’ve heard this said in a few meetings, and I’ve seen related questions in surveys from libraries. I’m not so sure that this is the most productive way to think about creating a user-centered library.

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