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Can a Four-Day School Week Actually Help Kids Who Are Struggling?

Last October, Texas voted to change the school year from the long-accepted norm of 180 days per calendar year to 75,600 minutes—hour by hour, roughly the same amount of instructional time, but now with more district-by-district say in...Show More Summary

Congress Starts to Get Serious About Online Privacy

Topic: Online Privacy Congress could soon vote on a bill that would require law enforcement agencies to get a search warrant from a judge to obtain emails, photographs and other documents Americans have stored online. This importantShow More Summary

Knight News Challenge Winners to Develop Open Data Training Program

Anne Neville knows the value of open data. Neville, director of the California Research Bureau at the California State Library, has spent the last six years directing the State Broadband Initiative at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration in Washington, DC. Show More Summary

Badass

16 hours agoEducation / Learning : Learnlets

That’s the actual title of a book, not me being a bit irreverent.  I’ve been a fan of Kathy Sierra’s since I came across her work, e.g. I regularly refer to how she expresses ‘incrementalism‘. She’s on top of usability and learning in very important ways. And she’s got a new book out that I was pleased […]

Help EveryLibrary Meet This Matching Contribution Challenge for Libraries

Topic: Announcements ByWater Solutions has generously made a commitment to donate $1,500 to our VoteLibraries project if we can get $1,500 in matching donations. If we succeed in matching this donation we will have the resources to put ads about voting for libraries in front of 300 thousand Americans through online adspace duringthe primaries. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Detroit Faces Further Teacher Sick-Outs (Plus: Chicago Noble)

"Despite cautioning that school system is set to run out of money in April, state-appointed emergency manager Darnell Earley has announced his resignation effective at the end of February. He exits amid chaos, and another potential teacher sick-out." (From PBS NewsHour Why Detroit's teachers are 'sick' of their inadequate schools). Show More Summary

A Review of the Amazon Books Store

Topic: Amazon.com Books In conclusion, I see a couple of strategic advantages in Amazon Books. Such stores offer to Amazon.com, what Apple Stores provide to Apple.com. Namely a showroom where customers can try products such as Amazon Echo, Kindle Fire, Fire TV, and whatever new products they might produce in the future. From A Review of the Amazon Books Store Tweet

Constant Campaign | Budgets & Funding

In 2015, nearly 150 libraries in 24 states held referenda to renew or enact taxes for operations, staffing, or facilities. More than 1.1 million voters showed up at the polls in 2015 to decide on tax measures for their libraries. Just over 650,000 people voted yes and nearly 470,000 voted no. Show More Summary

Speech: SCHOOL NOT PROVIDING SPEECH SERVICES

Anne:  I know my son isn’t going to speech and language twice a week which is required by his IEP. He is also supposed to get the visualizing and verbalizing program. I know for a fact that the school district hasn’t provided that. How...Show More Summary

IEP Termination: SCHOOL WANTING TO STOP IEP

Sharon:  My son who is in 8th gr and in IEP. At the next ARD meeting the school is wanting to release him from IEP as he is doing very well and the school feels he no longer needs to be in IEP. I told the counselor that I wanted him to stay in IEP so that he will have the services there if he needs them plus he is diagnosed with ADHD. Show More Summary

Discipline: ASSISTIVE TECH TAKEN AWAY AS PUNISHMENT

Jay:  Can the school take away assistive tech and insist the child handwrite work for which the child needs the assistive tech as a disciplinary measure? (Offense was failure to follow a direction the child did not hear, she has ADHD, severe dyspraxia)

AM News: School Takeover Threat Unifies Chicago Mayor, Teachers Union

Power Struggle Over Future Of Public Schools Heats Up In Chicago NPR: The politics surrounding the future of Chicago's public school system are intensifying. Three different players are in a power struggle for control of the system, which is suffering financially. Show More Summary

Homebound Instruction: NO QUALIFIED TEACHER FOR HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION

Alisha:  Our dd has been put on homebound instruction. (New Jersey) School said they would provide tutor for alg 2 and honors chem, but are now saying they can’t find one (after a week) and that they want to send the honors english teacher out instead. Show More Summary

Gaining Ground Unevenly | Budgets & Funding

LJ’s 2016 survey of U.S. public libraries, distributed geographically by size and type, reveals that while libraries continue to regain lost ground, recovery is gradually slowing—and not evenly distributed. Libraries reported moderate gains in overall budgets—an across-the-board increase of 3.2%, representing funding from all sources. Show More Summary

A look inside Harvard's Undergraduate House libraries

Topic: Academic Libraries Each of Harvard’s 12 undergraduate residential Houses has a library, and despite their rich histories and outward grandeur, these are intimate spaces. Students spend long stretches clicking away on laptops or...Show More Summary

The Secret Sauce Revealed

No one knows how to "fix" schools. After all, the only reason they are "broken" is that many kids come from homes of poverty. Many parents have to work multiple jobs and haven't got time to spend with their children. Then, of course, folks like Joel Klein cry out that the schools suck and teacher heads must roll. Show More Summary

Radioactive Collage Maker

Radioactive is the book that VCU’s first-year students are reading. It’s an interesting book with interesting art and collage playing a major role in the design. I hadn’t really looked at it until this morning but I ended up in a conversation and an idea came to mind. Show More Summary

Google opens an online store for 'books that can't be printed

Topic: Books "Welcome to our bookstore," reads the blurb for Google's new Editions at Play initiative. "We sell books that cannot be printed." It's a simple manifesto that marks an interesting foray into the digital arts for Google.Show More Summary

How to Read a Book a Week

Topic: Books So how can we read a book or more a week? It turns out that what works best for me is following some advice I got while I was still in college. Michael Jimenez, a professor of Latin American history, was one of the best professors I ever had. One day I told him that I was struggling with the reading load. From How to Read a Book a Week Tweet

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