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Apr 1 / Veronica Bielat

“Race for Results” released by Annie E. Casey Foundation-Michigan lags behind

“Race for Results” released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, examines 12 indicators measuring a child’s success, including proficiency, high school graduation, family income and neighborhood poverty. The report finds a major racial gap exists, placing Latino, Native American and African-American children at a disadvantage for success. Michigan’s rating for african-american children was one of the lowest rated states, along with Wisconsin (at the bottom) and Mississippi. You can read the Free Press article here, and access the full “Race for Results” report and “Race for Results” data and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Race Matters Toolkit“, “designed to help decision-makers, advocates, and elected officials get better results in their work by providing equitable opportunities for all.” (from

Mar 31 / Veronica Bielat

A Collection of Articles to Support World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2014. Taylor & Francis publishing has made freely available a collection of articles showcasing the latest research from a range of subjects such as Autism and Education Research,  Autism: Insights from Education Behavioral Science, Cognitive Psychology, Creative Arts, Health and Social Care, Neuropsychology and Neuroscience, Psychoanalysis, Psychology, and  Psychotherapy & Counselling.

These articles are free to access online until June 30, 2014. Click here to explore the collection today.

Mar 6 / Veronica Bielat

Dean Carolyn Shields coeditor of the International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Social (in)justice

Dr. Carolyn Shields, Dean of the Wayne State University College of Education is co-editor, along with Dr. Ira Bogotch of Florida Atlantic University, of the recently published International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Social (in)justice. The entire 2-volume handbook is available as an e-book through the Wayne State Library system. Please note this handbook is restricted to a single user by the e-book provider, so you may get a message the book is in use, if another Wayne State affiliate is viewing the book.

Book description from Springer (publisher): The International Handbook on Educational Leadership and Social (In)Justice creates a first-of-its-kind international forum on conceptualizing the meanings of social justice and leadership, research approaches in studying social justice and combating social injustices, school, university and teacher leadership for social justice, advocacy and advocates for social justice, socio-cultural representations of social injustices, glocal policies, and leadership development as interventions. The Handbook is as much forward-looking as it is a retrospective review of educational research literatures on social justice from a variety of educational subfields including educational leadership, higher education academic networks, special education, health education, teacher education, professional development, policy analyses, and multicultural education. The Handbook celebrates the promises of social justice while providing the educational leadership research community with concrete, contextualized illustrations on how to address inequities and combat social, political and economic injustices through the processes of education in societies and educational institutions around the world.

The Wayne State University library collection has over 700,000 e-books available. Use the library catalog to locate e-books by title, subject, author or keyword.

Mar 3 / Veronica Bielat

Projections of Education Statistics to 2022 now available

“Projections of Education Statistics to 2022 provides national-level data on enrollment, teachers, high school graduates, and expenditures at the elementary and secondary level and enrollment and degrees at the postsecondary level for the past 15 years and projections to the year 2022.” IES Newsflash

Highlights of the report include a projected decrease of 2% in high school graduates by 2022, along with a projected increase of 14% in postsecondary enrollment by 2022.

Dec 18 / Veronica Bielat

The Nation’s Report Card: 2013 Trial Urban District Assessments, Math and Reading

It is reported that approximately 15 million (30%) of K-12 students in the US attend schools in urban districts. 2013 results are now available from the Trial Urban District Assessment (TUDA) for 21 urban districts, including Detroit, for 4th and 8th graders in mathematics and reading.

Dec 12 / Veronica Bielat

ERIC PDF Restoration Project Update

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) reports that in October and November 2013, more that 62,800 full-text PDF ERIC Documents have been restored to the online ERIC database. Their new, improved process is now allowing the return of approximately 7,000 full-text documents per week.  You should be able to link directly to more ERIC Documents in your search results by using any of the library system’s ERIC Databases, or the government ERIC website.

If you have any trouble accessing an ERIC document, or any other materials located in your search results, please contact the Education LIaision Librarian, Veronica Bielat, at or (313) 577-4217. I am more than happy to assist you in locating and accessing the materials you need for your research or coursework.

More information on the ERIC PDF Restoration Project and new project initiatives.

Oct 28 / Veronica Bielat

Free access to Palgrave Pivot titles this week

Palgrave Pivot, the mid-length digital-first research format from Palgrave Macmillan, is celebrating its first anniversary by making 100 Palgrave Pivots free to download for 100 hours.

Palgrave Pivot publishes titles in the humanities, social sciences and business. According to Palgrave, “Palgrave Pivot offers authors the flexibility of publishing at lengths between the journal article and the conventional monograph, liberating scholarship from the straitjacket of traditional print-based formats and business models.”

The promotion will run from 9am today to 1pm on Friday 1st November. Access the available titles using the Chrome browser at and click on the blue circle that reads Browse Palgrave Pivot titles.

There are several titles related to the sociology of sport that KHS faculty and students may find interesting.

Jun 19 / Veronica Bielat

Great Lakes Policy Center Releases Education Research Briefs

The Great Lakes Policy Center supports education reform informed by empirically sound research.  This policy brief presents evidence based strategies relating to Common Core, School Funding, Parental Involvement and more.

Read the report: Research Based Options for Education Policymaking

Jun 5 / Veronica Bielat

SBAC releases Common Core Practice Assessment

The Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium is one of two state consortia developing assessments based on Common Core Standards. The Smarter Balanced Practice Tests linked below provide an early look at sets of assessment questions aligned to the Common Core for grades 3–8 and 11 in both English language arts/literacy and mathematics. The Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium states “The Practice Tests provide a preview of the Smarter Balanced assessments, but they do not encompass the full range of content that students will encounter on the spring 2014 Field Test or on the operational assessments, and should not be used to guide instructional decisions.”

You can read more about the Common Core Standards Initiative at

May 30 / Veronica Bielat

SAGE and AERA announce launch of AERA Open, an open access peer-reviewed journal

SAGE and AERA (the American Educational Research Association) announced on May 24 they would launch AERA Open, an online, peer-reviewed open access journal. Although content will be freely available, the announcement did not include information on author fees usually associated with Open Access journals hosted by publishers such as SAGE. The first issue is expected in 2014.

This announcement comes on the heels of the AERA Open Access Publishing in the Social Sciences conference.