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May 21 / Veronica Bielat

Take 5: Justice in America available free from Sundance Doc Club

Take 5: Justice in America, is a set of 5-minute documentaries which “delve into some of today’s hot-button issues: the working poor, bail reform, voting rights, gun control, and gentrification”. The documentaries illustrate how these issues have impacted individuals across the United States.

Sundance Doc Club has not stated how long the free access to this documentary series will last.

Apr 8 / Veronica Bielat

SAGE Education News–Articles and More

Click here to access the latest SAGE Education News, which includes Noteworthy Articles, Calls for Papers, Podcasts and More.

The Wayne State University Library System subscribes to journals and books available from SAGE, an academic publisher, along with SAGE Research Methods, which provides access to 1000+ books, encyclopedias, and journal articles, as well as innovative features, such as the Methods Map visual browse tool using a custom taxonomy of 700+ methods terms.

Mar 23 / Veronica Bielat

New Report from Rand: Informing Investments in Preschool Quality and Access in Cincinnati Evidence of Impacts and Economic Returns from National, State, and Local Preschool Programs

This new report from Rand compiles research evidence from U.S. preschool programs implemented at the national, state, and local levels, and presents the short and long-run effects of high quality programs.

Informing Investments in Preschool Quality and Access in Cincinnati: Evidence of Impacts and Economic Returns from National, State, and Local Preschool Programs

Feb 22 / Veronica Bielat

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) Update

Watch the recording of the January 2016 update on ERIC, including changes to the Thesaurus, content updates and accession policy revisions.

Feb 16 / Veronica Bielat

Education Journals Call for Papers

Several peer-reviewed Education journals published by Taylor & Francis have issued a Call for Papers. You can explore the current calls here

Bookmark this page to always have access to the most current information on calls issued by Education journals published by Taylor & Francis.

Jan 21 / Veronica Bielat

Continued Progress Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning Free ebook from RAND

This new report from RAND Corporation, Continued Progress Promising Evidence on Personalized Learning, examines achievement in 62 public charter and district schools that are pursuing a variety of personalized learning practices, and examines implementation details in 32 of those schools.

Jan 19 / Veronica Bielat

New Report from RAND: Education of Syrian Refugee Children

Education of Syrian Refugee Children: Managing the Crisis in Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.
A Freely available report from RAND Corporation, in PDF, ePub and mobi.

With four million Syrian refugees as of September 2015, there is urgent need to develop both short-term and long-term approaches to providing education for the children of this population. This report reviews Syrian refugee education for children in the three neighboring countries with the largest population of refugees — Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan — and analyzes four areas: access, management, society, and quality. Policy implications include prioritizing the urgent need to increase access to education among refugees; transitioning from a short-term humanitarian response to a longer-term development response; investing in both government capacity to provide education and in formal, quality alternatives to the public school systems; improving data in support of decision making; developing a deliberative strategy about how to integrate or separate Syrian and host-country children in schools to promote social cohesion; limiting child labor and enabling education by creating employment policies for adults; and implementing particular steps to improve quality of education for both refugees and citizens.” Description from

Dec 23 / Veronica Bielat

2012 NAEP Computer-Based Pilot Writing Assessment Highlights Released

In 2012, the National Center for Educati​​​on Statistics (NCES) administered the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) comput​er-based pilot writing assessment at grade 4, providing students with a laptop computer and asking them to complete two 30-minute writing tasks. NCES conducted the current study to answer the following two questions about the assessment:

  • Can fourth-graders fully demonstrate their writing skills on the computer?
  • ​​Wh​at factors are related to fourth-graders’ writing performance on the computer?

Some report highlights:

  • The average score of high-performing fourth-graders was higher on the computer than on paper, whereas low- performing students did not appear to benefit from using the computer.
  • The average number of words produced by fourth-graders, as a whole, was smaller on the 2012 computer-based pilot assessment than on the 2010 paper-based pilot assessment (110 vs. 159).
  • Students with access to the Internet at home were more likely than those without access to:​ write longer responses; use the spellcheck tool more often; use the thesaurus tool more often; and use bold and italics for emphasis more often.​

View highlights and complete report. Text from the IES Newsflash

Nov 5 / Veronica Bielat

What is an ebook? What is a Book App? And Why Should We Care? An Analysis of Contemporary Digital Picture Books

This article authored by Betty Sargeant and published in the latest issue [46 (4)] of Children’s Literature in Education, looks at how picture books have been affected by digitization, the impact of apps on the reading process, and how interactivity can be effectively designed to improve engagement.

Read the article here:

What is an ebook? What is a Book App? And Why Should We Care? An Analysis of Contemporary Digital Picture Books
Betty Sargeant

Sep 29 / Veronica Bielat

50 Films. A Day in the Life of an American School District

“GO PUBLIC: A Day in the Life of an American School District is a 90-minute documentary of one entire day in the Pasadena Unified School District. Pasadena is a racially and economically diverse community in Southern California with 28 public school campuses. GO PUBLIC tells the story of one full day from sun up to long after sundown…Teachers, students, principals, volunteers and many others revealed their unique involvement in what makes a public school district function.”

You can watch each individual video here.  Each video is about 3-4 minutes long.

Use the Voices link at the top of the page to access a subject or category index.

You can find a link to this and other education related multimedia on the Wayne State Library’s Education Guide-Multimedia