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AR mumps outbreak, Brigham Young changes assault policy, open data, Penn State, and more: Required Readings, 11.05.16

Four of Arkansas’ largest school districts have reported students having the mumps, part of a larger outbreak being investigated by the state Department of Health with more than 500 suspected cases, with 71% of them children. As a follow-up to a story we’ve discussed before, Brigham Young University announced last week that students …

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A taste of state legislation, grade inflation, open education, and more: Required Readings, 03.08.16

With state legislatures back in session this spring, we could fill a month of Required Readings. Here are a few highlights (or downlights, as the case may be): The governor of South Dakota has vetoed legislation that would have required transgender students in public schools to use bathrooms, locker rooms, and other …

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Ed resources, the right to discriminate, packing heat at Liberty, UTK brouhaha over inclusive parties, and more: Required Readings, 12.06.15

In the spirit of the season of giving, today’s Required Readings begin with a few resources available to students, teachers, parents, and anyone else with an interest in education: Studying in Canada K-12 apps, lesson plans, and more from the National Library of Medicine Science-Based Medicine video lecture course Open Education …

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Flags down at Ole Miss, social media diversity, learning software, teachers and librarians, new UNC system leader, and #icanhazpdf: Required Readings, 10.25.15

Filed under “Things I Never Thought I’d See”: student senators at the University of Mississippi (a.k.a., “Ole Miss”) voted last week to remove the state flag from campus because it incorporates the Confederate battle flag. In an era where what you see in your search results and your Facebook feed …

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Teaching superstars, breastfeeding and the classroom, campus cops, digital rights, and more: Required Readings, 08.02.15

Let’s start the new week with a smile: Comedic duo Key & Peele imagine what teachers receiving the treatment that sports stars garner would look like. Many new mothers in the classroom often face a choice between quitting breastfeeding to keep their jobs or quitting their jobs to continue breastfeeding. The shooting …

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#147notjustanumber, What If and open access, Jedi temples on Turkish campuses, and more: Required Readings, 04.12.15

A social media campaign seeks to draw attention to each individual victim of a terrorist attack last week at a Kenyan university, sharing photos and the details of students’ lives. The utility of open access to scholarly materials as exemplified by xkcd creator Randall Munroe’s What If blog (recently published as a book) raises lots …

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Jihadist students, porn in sex ed, black life at UVA, the Bar, and more: Required Readings, 03.22.15

Welcome to the first Required Readings of spring (or autumn, for our colleagues in the Southern Hemisphere)! A German instructor discusses her new book about why Western students join jihadist groups. A Danish professor recommends that porn be shown and discussed in sex education courses, a Brit thinks schoolboys should …

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Grade changes, exit interview, first-gen collegians, teacher ed, ed tech, and more: Required Readings, 2.16.15

Happy President’s Day and Lundi Gras, readers! We’ll start this week’s Required Readings with an opinion piece burning up the internet over the weekend: Dear Student: No, I Won’t Change the Grade You Deserve. Thoughts? An interview with the departing leader of a large public school system in the D.C. Metro area emphasizes …

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Pearl Harbor resources, #FergusonSyllabus, Nature public access, athletics, and the worst U.S. college: Required Readings, 12.07.14

In honor of today’s anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Required Readings begins with a collection of primary source materials from the Education Department at the National World War II Museum. The site also includes lesson plans and other teaching resources, examples of student projects, virtual exhibits, and materials on science and …

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Open access or open wallet academic publishing?

One of the expected duties of an academic career is to publish one’s work. This involves, of course, careful preparation and execution. The last major step is (or used to be the last one!) to submit a finished manuscript to a reputable journal to be carefully vetted by one’s peers. …

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