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December 17, 2009

December 2009 Holiday Hiatus

I am on holidays until the new year.
I wish everyone a peaceful and joyous holiday season.
Merry Christmas!

December 16, 2009

Themed Journal Issue

Intervention in School and Clinic (Volume 45, Number 2, 2009) is a themed issue around the topic of "Working with culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families". This journal is published by the Hammill Institute on Disabilities.

Interesting Journal Article: Digital Game-Based Learning in Second Language Acquisition

This article by David Neville appears in the November 2009 issue of The Language Educator (volume 4, Number 6). This journal is published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Interesting Journal Article

"Multiliteracies on Instant Messaging in Negotiating Local, Translocal and Transnational Affiliations: A Case of an Adolescent Immigrant" is the title of an article by Wan Shu Eva Lam in the October/November/December 2009 issue of Reading Research Quarterly (Volume 44, Number 4).


Through an in-depth case study of the instant messaging practices of an adolescent girl who had migrated to the United States from China, this qualitative investigation examines the development of multiliteracies in the context of transnational migration and new media of communication.

Data consisted of screen recordings of the youth's digital practices, interviews, and observations.

Data analyses included qualitative coding procedures and orthographic analysis of the use of multiple dialects and languages in the youth's instant messaging exchanges.

These exchanges illustrate the process of social and semiotic design through which the youth developed simultaneous affiliations with her local Chinese immigrant community, a translocal network of Asian American youth, and transnational relationships with her peers in China.

The construction of transnational networks represents the desire of the youth to develop the literate repertoire that would enable her to thrive in multiple linguistic communities across countries and mobilize resources within these communities.

This study contributes to new conceptual directions for understanding translocal forms of linguistic diversity mediated by digital technologies and an expanded view of the literate repertoire and cultural resources of migrant youth. As such, this study's contributions are not limited to the domain of digital literacies but extend to issues of linguistic diversity and adolescent literacy development in contexts of migration.

UNESCO: Global committee meets at crucial point for girls' education

From the UNESCO web site:

Reading, teaching the most marginalized and the financial crisis were spotlighted at a meeting of the Global Advisory Committee (GAC) for the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI).

The GAC convened at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on December 7 - 8 for two meetings, business and technical, timed to feed into the Working Group on Education for All (December 9 - 11).

UNGEI has been to the fore in the significant progress made on girls' education worldwide but many challenges remain. Current world events have worsened the situation of girls in several parts of the world with the financial crisis leading to girls dropping out of school.

Conflict has also caused setbacks. Iraq, a country which had reached gender parity as far back as the 1980s, has fallen back extensively on all indicators of gender equality, and in particular on girl's education. Moreover, once girls make their way out of conflict-affected areas, they continue to face discrimination and many end up facing prostitution and violence.

December 15, 2009

Interesting Journal Article: Is Mathematics a Universal Language?

Read this article, authored by Tim Whiteford, in the December 2009/January 2010 issue of Teaching Children Mathematics (Volume16, Number 5). Mr. Whiteford explores the premise that how mathematics is taught in other countries has a significant impact on how student learn it when joining an American classroom.

Also of seasonal note: In the Links to Literature section of this same issue is an article titled "The Polar Express to Early Algebraic Thinking".

A group of first grade teachers used the delightful children's book "The Polar Express" (written by Chris Van Allsburg) as "a theme across several subject areas, including its use as the basis of a lesson they developed to support their students' ability to think algebraically."

Summary of The Polar Express:

One couldn't select a more delightful and exciting premise for a children's book than the tale of a young boy lying awake on Christmas Eve only to have Santa Claus sweep by and take him on a trip with other children to the North Pole.

And one couldn't ask for a more talented artist and writer to tell the story than Chris Van Allsburg. Allsburg, a sculptor who entered the genre nonchalantly when he created a children's book as a diversion from his sculpting, won the 1986 Caldecott Medal for this book, one of several award winners he's produced.

The Polar Express rings with vitality and wonder.

New Book: From Integration to Inclusion: A History of Special Education in the 20th Century

Since Margret A. Winzer wrote her landmark work The History of Special Education, much has transpired in this field, which she again has captured in a remarkable display of scholarship.

Winzer's new study From Integration to Inclusion: A History of Special Education in the 20th Century focuses chiefly on the significant events of the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries in the United States and Canada. Its key dynamics consist of a retrospective overview of the paradigms that emerged from and shaped special education; a critical assessment of past progress and reform, including failures and disappointments; and an analysis of the theoretical diversity within the discipline.

In this stand-alone volume, Winzer juxtaposes the historical study of disability and of special schooling and service provision with reference to broader social systems, protocols, and practices.

She documents how prevailing emotional and intellectual climates influence disability and schooling, and also takes into account the social, political, and ideological factors that affect educational theory and practice.

Winzer recognizes that reform has been the Zeitgeist of the history of special education.

Crucial problems such as defining exceptional conditions and separating them from one another were formulated in contexts organized along moral, theological, legislative, medical, and social dimensions.

Many of these reforms failed for various reasons, which Winzer thoroughly explains in her study.

Most of these reforms evolved from the long and honorable pedigree that the field of special education has possessed since its earliest antecedents, now admirably brought up to date by this outstanding work.

Margret A. Winzer is a Professor, Faculty of Education, at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.

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People We Know: Ivor F. Goodson

Read Ivor Goodson's article "Educational Voices: Life Stories and Life Histories" in Educational Practice and Theory (Volume 31, Number 1, 2009).


The article discusses a life history approach paradigm, which depicts the history and process of education. It is argued that life histories of current or former teachers are particularly suited to the needs of both researchers and teachers themselves. The life history approach places the relation of collaboration at the centre of our concerns. The teacher researcher can collaborate in investigating not only the stories of lives but also the contexts of lives. Such collaboration should provide new understandings for all of us concerned with the world of schooling.

Themed Journal Issue

The November 2009 issue of The School Administrator (Volume 66, Number 10) is devoted to "Reimagining Kindergarten: Personal Development vs Formal Instruction"

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Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music by Gret Kot


A decade ago the vast majority of mainstream music was funneled through a handful of media conglomerates.

Now, more people are listening to more music from a greater variety of sources than at any time in history. And big corporations such as Viacom, Clear Channel, and Sony are no longer the sole gatekeepers and distributors, their monopoly busted by a revolution -- an uprising led by bands and fans networking on the Internet.

Ripped tells the story of how the laptop generation created a new grassroots music industry, with the fans and bands rather than the corporations in charge.

In this new world, bands aren't just musicmakers but self-contained multimedia businesses; and fans aren't just consumers but distributors and even collaborators.

As the Web popularized bands and albums that previously would have been relegated to obscurity, innovative artists -- from Prince to Death Cab for Cutie -- started coming up with, and stumbling into, alternative ways of getting their music out to fans.

Live music took on an even more significant role.

TV shows and commercials emerged as great places to hear new tunes.

Sample-based composition and mash-ups leapfrogged ahead of the industry's, and the law's, ability to keep up with them.

Then, in 2007, Radiohead released an album exclusively on the Internet and allowed customers to name their own price, including $0.00. Radiohead's "it's up to you" marketing coup seized on a concept the old music industry had forgotten: the customer is always right.

National radio host and critically acclaimed music journalist Greg Kot masterfully chronicles this story of how we went from $17.99 to $0.00 in less than a decade.

It's a fascinating tale of backward thinking, forward thinking, and the power of music.

Disclaimer: Not all of the books featured in "The Librarian is reading..." category will be available through Western Libraries, and some of these featured books will be personal copies of the librarian.

New Book: Free For All: Fixing School Food in America

How did our children end up eating nachos, pizza, and Tater Tots for lunch?

Taking us on an eye-opening journey into the nation's school kitchens, this superbly researched book is the first to provide a comprehensive assessment of school food in the United States.

Janet Poppendieck explores the deep politics of food provision from multiple perspectives -- history, policy, nutrition, environmental sustainability, taste, and more.

How did we get into the absurd situation in which nutritionally regulated meals compete with fast food items and snack foods loaded with sugar, salt, and fat? What is the nutritional profile of the federal meals? How well are they reaching students who need them?

Opening a window onto our culture as a whole, Poppendieck reveals the forces -- the financial troubles of schools, the commercialization of childhood, the reliance on market models -- that are determining how lunch is served.

She concludes with a sweeping vision for change: fresh, healthy food for all children as a regular part of their school day.

About the Author:

Janet Poppendieck is Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York.
She is the author of Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement and Breadlines Knee Deep in Wheat: Food Assistance in the Great Depression.

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New Book: Teaching From the Deep End: Succeeding with Today's Classroom Challenges (Second Edition)

From student teacher to veteran teacher, discover how to find and create the support you need to dive right into your teaching career!

The teaching profession opens the door to an infinite array of challenging choices and possibilities for those brave souls who enter its waters.

Expert teacher, author, and pioneer of the Golden Apple program in Illinois, Dominic Belmonte blends theory with example, anecdote, and reflection in his new book, and illustrates how the caring teacher, with a clear understanding of his or her own philosophy, teaching tenets, and possibilities can bring purpose, meaning, and spirit to classroom teaching.

Topics and reflections covered that are relevant for student teachers, veteran teachers, and school administrators include:

* Guiding the teacher through developing a teaching persona, teaching philosophy, and teaching tenets

* Dealing with the stresses of coping with limited career advancement and sometimes cynical colleagues

* Managing ethical dilemmas guaranteed to make any teacher say "Yikes!"

* Creating and nurturing a caring and thoughtful student-teacher dynamic

Teaching From the Deep End is the ideal guide for any teacher ready to face the challenges of teaching with purpose, passion, and commitment to guiding students toward success in learning and in life.

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December 11, 2009

Interesting Web Site

The History Education Network/Histoire et Éducation en Réseau (THEN/HiER) is a collaborative network across the diverse fields of history, history education and school history teaching in Canada. It brings together people from across Canada and internationally to inform, carry out, critique, and implement research into history education.

Themed Journal Issue

The November 2009 issue of Young Children (Volume 64, Number 6) the journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children is a themed journal around the topic of "Science in the Early Years".

New Book: Books, Media & the Internet: Children's Literature for Today's Classrooms

As editors of Books, Media & the Internet, David Booth, Carol Jupiter, and Shelley S. Peterson present the works of colleagues from the April 2008 conference "A Place for Children's Literature in the New Literacies Classrooms."

The contributors to this anthology include classroom teachers, librarians, university educators, and journalists who have found effective ways to engage young people with text, both in print and on screen.

They speak not only to the technologically capable and media-savvy teachers, but also to the curious who seek starting points for using new technologies alongside traditional print media in their classrooms.

The contributors show how multimedia and digital technologies expand our approaches to literacy education -- and how to extend and enrich our use of stories, whatever the medium, with all ages.

Their articles, including those by the editors, cover a vast range of subjects arranged into 6 sections. The sections are:

* Section 1: Reading Words and Images in Print and on Screen
* Section 2: Engaging with Texts in Print and on Screen
* Section 3: Writing Our Way into Literature Using Multimedia and Digital Technology
* Section 4: Critical Reading of Print and Non-Print Texts
* Section 5: Libraries: Literature and the Internet
* Section 6: Afterword

This book provides current information, classroom examples, and anecdotes as practical tools to help teachers use digital and print texts and the media to extend students' learning.

The helpful "Teaching Tools," at the end of the book, explains how to use a variety of digital tools in the classroom.

In this collection, teachers, librarians, and others concerned with literacy will find inspiration and strategies for melding technology and children's literature.

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New Book: How Teachers Change: A Study of Professional Development in Adult Education

This book deals with the most important individual, professional development, program, and system factors that influence the type and amount of teacher change. This study was conducted primarily to help professional development decision-makers plan and deliver effective professional development, and to understand the factors that influence how teachers change as a result of professional development. How do practitioners change as a result of participating in one of three different models of professional development, and what are the most important factors that influence (support or hinder) this change?

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New Book on a Timely Topic: Education and Climate Change: Living and Learning in Interesting Times

The climate change summit in Copenhagen, and the highly charged debates resulting from these meetings have been very much on my mind these last few days, and this new book came into our library just yesterday:

There is widespread consensus in the international scientific community that climate change is happening and that abrupt and irreversible impacts are already set in motion. What part does education have to play in helping alleviate rampant climate change and in mitigating its worst effects? In this volume, contributors review and reflect upon social learning from and within their fields of educational expertise in response to the concerns over climate change. They address the contributions the field is currently making to help preempt and mitigate the environmental and social impacts of climate change, as well as how it will continue to respond to the ever changing climate situation. With a special foreword by Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town.

Themed Journal Issue

The November/December 2009 issue of Techniques (Volume 84, Number 8) published by the Association for Career and Technical Education is a themed issue around the topic of ASSESSMENTS.

Interesting Web Site: Roobrix - Online Calculator

This website was developed by Canadian educator Callum Makkai.

While teaching abroad, he came into contact with teachers of many different backgrounds. He realized that oftentimes rubric scores are not properly converted into percent grades.

Roobrix.com is a web-based solution that provides a convenient way to make these conversions.
Callum's hope is that this service will improve rubric-based assessment in schools all over the world.

Roobrix is a web-based calculator for converting rubric scores to percentage grades. Teachers input the number of levels and criteria in their rubric, specify a minimum passing grade and enter the student's rubric score, and then they press CONVERT to get the percentage grade.

Callum Makkai has taught internationally in Canada, Japan, China, and Thailand. At present he is pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

New Book: Rethinking Classroom Participation: Listening to Silent Voices

Many educators understand how to gauge learning by paying close attention to student talk.

Few know how to interpret and attend to student silence as a form of participation.

In her new book, Katherine Schultz examines the complex role student silence can play in teaching and learning.

Urging teachers to listen to student silence in new ways, this book offers real-life examples and proven strategies for "rethinking classroom participation" to include all students--those eager to raise their hands to speak and those who may pause or answer in different ways.

Essential reading for all teachers, this book:

* Redefines participation to include multimodal responses and engaged silence.

* Explores how teachers might shift classroom discourse, structures, and assessment measures to reach all students.

* Examines how silence can carry multiple meanings, including resistance, boredom, thoughtfulness, or strategic timing.

* Looks at individual and group silence in the contexts of the classroom and school as well as larger sociocultural patterns.

About the Author:

Katherine Schultz is associate professor of education at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her books include Listening: A Framework for Teaching Across Differences and School's Out!: Bridging Out-of-School Literacies with Classroom Practice (edited with Glynda Hull).

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Themed Journal Issue

The November 2009 issue of the Mathematics Teacher (Volume 103, Number 4) from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is a focus issue around "Proof: Laying the Foundation".

Interesting Blog: Reality 101

This information is from the web site:

Welcome to Reality 101!

This blog is maintained by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the premier association for special education professionals.

In summer 2009, we set out to recruit CEC members to write for the blog for the entire 2009-10 school year, and we were overwhelmed by the response. Out of dozens of excellent blogging applicants, we chose four newly minted special educators -- all in their first, second, or third year in the field -- to share their teaching experiences with the CEC community.

We encourage readers, both peer and veteran educators, to get to know these bloggers, offer them advice, and share their own stories through the blog. There will be successes and challenges, ups and downs . . . but no matter what, their stories will showcase just how rewarding a career in special education can be.

While we're excited about the new direction, we would be remiss if we didn't thank the many veteran special educators who helped establish this blog by sharing their anecdotes and words of wisdom with their less-experienced colleagues.

These dedicated professionals made Reality 101 the valuable resource and forum it is today.

You'll find their entries in the archives, dating back to September 2007.

British Columbia: Aboriginal Education Agreement For Francophone Schools

VANCOUVER - Moira Stilwell, Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, joined representatives of the Conseil scolaire francophone (CSF) and Aboriginal communities to sign British Columbia's 47th Aboriginal education enhancement agreement on Monday December 7, 2009.

"This agreement will help improve Aboriginal student success and provide all Conseil scolaire francophone students with a greater understanding of B.C.'s rich Aboriginal history and culture," said Stilwell. "The steps outlined in the agreement will increase the sense of belonging for Aboriginal francophone students across B.C."

Aboriginal education enhancement agreements ensure that Aboriginal culture is integrated in public schools, and Aboriginal communities are involved in the design of programs, services and curriculum delivery aimed at improving Aboriginal student achievement.

The school district, the Ministry of Education and local Aboriginal groups within each of the regions where CSF schools are located worked closely to develop goals to help enhance the success of Aboriginal students.

These goals include:

1. Improving the academic success of Aboriginal students.

2. Helping Aboriginal students graduate with a strong sense of cultural pride and the ability to take on leadership roles in their communities.

3. Achieving a balance between academic and cultural values focusing on the four aspects of the holistic self: spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical.

December 10, 2009

Welcome to Green School Bali

Delivering a generation of global citizens who are knowledgeable about and inspired to take responsibility for the sustainability of the world

Green School Bali,
one of the most amazing schools on earth, is giving its students a relevant holistic and green education.

Interesting Journal Article: Who Killed Canada's Education Advantage?

A forensic investigation into the disappearance of public education investment in Canada by Roger Martin, dean of Toronto's Rotman School of Management.

Video Trailerfor the article "Who Killed Canada's Education Advantage?"

Read Martin's article in the November 2009 issue of The Walrus.

December 9, 2009

Video: Why is conducting research and the research process so frustrating?

What do students say about frustrations in conducting research in the digital age?

This video's content is drawn from the PROJECT INFORMATION LITERACY (PIL) Discussion Groups, held on seven U.S. college campuses during fall 2008.

The third public service short video in our series, produced for discussion, debate, training, and education by any and by all.

Report: Lessons Learned: How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age

DECEMBER 1, 2009
Abstract: A report of findings from 2,318 respondents to a survey carried out among college students on six campuses distributed across the U.S. in the spring of 2009, as part of Project Information Literacy.

Respondents, while curious in the beginning stages of research, employed a consistent and predictable research strategy for finding information, whether they were conducting course-related or everyday life research.

Almost all of the respondents turned to the same set of tried and true information resources in the initial stages of research, regardless of their information goals.

Almost all students used course readings and Google first for course-related research and Google and Wikipedia for everyday life research.

Most students used library resources, especially scholarly databases for course-related research and far fewer, in comparison, used library services that required interacting with librarians.

The findings suggest that students conceptualize research, especially tasks associated with seeking information, as a competency learned by rote, rather than as an opportunity to learn, develop, or expand upon an information-gathering strategy which leverages the wide range of resources available to them in the digital age.

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One Square Inch of Silence: One Man's Search for Natural Silence in a Noisy World by Gordon Hempton

In the visionary tradition of Rachel Carson's Silent Spring, One Square Inch of Silence alerts us to beauty that we take for granted and sounds an urgent environmental alarm.

Natural silence is our nation's fastest-disappearing resource, warns Emmy-winning acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton, who has made it his mission to record and preserve it in all its variety -- before these soul-soothing terrestrial soundscapes vanish completely in the ever-rising din of man-made noise.

Recalling the great works on nature written by John Muir, John McPhee, and Peter Matthiessen, this beautifully written narrative, co-authored with John Grossmann, is also a quintessentially American story -- a road trip across the continent from west to east in a 1964 VW bus.

But no one has crossed America like this. Armed with his recording equipment and a decibel-measuring sound-level meter, Hempton bends an inquisitive and loving ear to the varied natural voices of the American landscape -- bugling elk, trilling thrushes, and drumming, endangered prairie chickens.

He is an equally patient and perceptive listener when talking with people he meets on his journey about the importance of quiet in their lives. By the time he reaches his destination, Washington, D.C., where he meets with federal officials to press his case for natural silence preservation, Hempton has produced a historic and unforgettable sonic EKG of America.

Imbued with the boundless curiosity of original explorers like Lewis & Clark, the incisiveness of Jack Kerouac's observations on the road, and the stirring wisdom of Robert Pirsig repairing an aging vehicle and his life, One Square Inch of Silence provides a moving call to action.

More than simply a book, One Square Inch of Silence is an actual place, located in one of America's last vestigial naturally quiet places in Olympic National Park in Washington State. Hempton shares some of his favorite recordings of the park's endangered pristine soundscapes on the enclosed CD. This CD also includes wide-ranging recordings and stunning photographs from his pioneering journey, an inspiring quest for quiet that now adds natural silence to the nation's ecological agenda.

Disclaimer: Not all of the books featured in "The Librarian is reading..." category will be available through Western Libraries, and some of these featured books will be personal copies of the librarian.

New Book: 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times

This important resource introduces a framework for 21st Century learning that maps out the skills needed to survive and thrive in a complex and connected world.

21st Century content includes the basic core subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic-but also emphasizes global awareness, financial/economic literacy, and health issues.

The skills fall into three categories: learning and innovations skills; digital literacy skills; and life and career skills.

This book is filled with vignettes, international examples, and classroom samples that help illustrate the framework and provide an exciting view of what twenty-first century teaching and learning can achieve.

A vital resource that outlines the skills needed for students to excel in the twenty-first century:

* Explores the three main categories of 21st Century Skills: learning and innovations skills; digital literacy skills; and life and career skills

* Addresses timely issues such as the rapid advance of technology and increased economic competition

* Based on a framework developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21)

* Includes a DVD with video clips of classroom teaching

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New Book: History as Art, Art as History: Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education

History as Art, Art as History pioneers methods for using contemporary works of art in the social studies and art classroom to enhance an understanding of visual culture and history.

The fully-illustrated interdisciplinary teaching toolkit provides an invaluable pedagogical resource--complete with theoretical background and practical suggestions for teaching U.S. history topics through close readings of both primary sources and provocative works of contemporary art.

History as Art, Art as History is an experientially grounded, practically minded pedagogical investigation meant to push teachers and students to think critically without sacrificing their ability to succeed in a standards-driven educational climate.

Amid the educational debate surrounding rigid, unimaginative tests, classroom scripts, and bureaucratic mandates, this innovative book insists on an alternate set of educational priorities that promotes engagement with creative and critical thinking.

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The sport of golf has dominated the news lately...now for some good golf news!

The National Golf in Schools Program has been developed to deliver Physicial Education learning outcomes through the sport of golf. The initial element of the program is focused on assisting elementary school teachers (specialists and non-specialists) with and without a background in golf, to plan and deliver quality learning experiences using golf as the vehicle.

Developed by the Physical Health and Education Association of Canada (PHE Canada) in partnership with the Royal Canadian Golf Association (RCGA) and the Canadian Professional Golfers' Association (CPGA), the learning resource was designed to meet the learning outcomes of elementary schools curriculum across Canada.

Interesting Journal Article: Canada's Active Schools: A Review of School-Based Physical Activity Interventions in Canada

This article by Ian Thomas Patton (Kinesiology PhD student at Western) and Janette McDougall (Researcher, Thames Valley Children's Centre, London, Ontario) is in the Autumn issue of Physical & Health Education Journal (Volume 75, Number 3).

Interesting Journal Article: EcoSchools: Energizing Environmental Education in Ontario

This article appears in the October 2009 issue of ETFO's Voice (Volume 12, Number 1).

Have a look at the Ontario EcoSchools web site for more information, program guides and curriculum resources.

Interesting Journal Article: The Message and the Medium: Teaching Social Justice With Technology

Read Carrie Schoemer's account of the creation of the video, "Are You Sure?", one of the winners of the The Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition in the October 2009 issue of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) journal, Voice (Volume 12, Number 1).

Racism, Stop It! National Video Competition: Registration Deadline is Friday, January 15, 2010

What is it?

The Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition is part of Canada's March 21 campaign against racial discrimination.

If you are between 12 and 20 years old, you are eligible to enter the Racism. Stop It! National Video Competition. Create a video about your thoughts on eliminating racism.

Ten videos will be chosen as winners and will be broadcast on national television, reaching millions of Canadians.

What do you have to do?

Create a video 45 to 60 seconds long about your thoughts on eliminating racism.
You can work in a team of up to five people. Your video can feature as many people as you want -- include your whole school or members of your community if they have something to say about stopping racism.

December 8, 2009

New Book: Producing Success: The Culture of Personal Advancement in an American High School

Middle- and upper-middle-class students continue to outpace those from less privileged backgrounds.

Most attempts to redress this inequality focus on the issue of access to financial resources, but as Producing Success makes clear, the problem goes beyond mere economics. In this eye-opening study, Peter Demerath examines a typical suburban American high school to explain how some students get ahead.

Peter Demerath undertook four years of research at a Midwestern high school to examine the mercilessly competitive culture that drives students to advance.

Producing Success reveals the many ways the community's ideology of achievement plays out: students hone their work ethics and employ various strategies to succeed, from negotiating with teachers to cheating; parents relentlessly push their children while manipulating school policies to help them get ahead; and administrators aid high performers in myriad ways, even naming over forty students "valedictorians."

Yet, as Demerath shows, this unswerving commitment to individual advancement takes its toll, leading to student stress and fatigue, incivility and vandalism, and the alienation of the less successful. Insightful and candid, Producing Success is an often troubling account of the educationally and morally questionable results of the American culture of success.

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Interesting Newspaper Article: "A New Look for Graduate Entrance Test"

After two false starts, the Graduate Record Exam, the graduate school entrance test, will be revamped and slightly lengthened in 2011 and graded on a new scale of 130 to 170.

The Educational Testing Service, which administers the G.R.E., described its plans Friday (December 4, 2009) at the annual meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in San Francisco, calling the changes "the largest revisions" in the history of the test.

Although the exam will still include sections on verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing, each section is being revised. The new verbal section, for example, will eliminate questions on antonyms and analogies. On the quantitative section, the biggest change will be the addition of an online calculator. The writing section will still have two parts, one asking for a logical analysis and the other seeking an expression of the student's own views.

"The biggest difference is that the prompts the students will receive will be more focused, meaning that our human raters will know unambiguously that the answer was written in response to the question, not memorized," said David G. Payne, who heads the G.R.E. program for the testing service.

For security reasons, he said, new content would be introduced and the sequence of questions scrambled every two hours. The new test will be three and a half hours.

UNESCO: International Conference on Adult Education Closes with a Call to Move from Rhetoric to Action

The Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) closed on 4 December with a call for governments to "take forward, with a sense of urgency and at an accelerated pace, the agenda of adult learning and education" and to redouble the efforts to meet adult literacy goals.

New Book: Acting Out! Combating Homophobia Through Teacher Activism

In this volume, teachers from urban, suburban, and rural districts join together in a teacher inquiry group to challenge homophobia and heterosexism in schools and classrooms.

To create safe learning environments for all students they address key topics, including seizing teachable moments, organizing faculty, deciding whether to come out in the classroom, using LGBTQ-inclusive texts, running a Gay-Straight Alliance, changing district policy to protect LGBTQ teachers and students, dealing with resistant students, and preparing preservice teachers to do antihomophobia work.

Book Features:

* Examples of antihomophobia teaching across elementary, secondary, and university contexts, and discussions of the consequences of this work.

* Concrete discussions of how to start a teacher inquiry group, and the challenges and rewards of engaging in teacher activism.

* A comprehensive annotated bibliography of texts that address homophobia and heterosexism

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New Book: The Brain at School: Educational Neuroscience in the Classroom

Within education there is a growing interest in neuroscience research and what it can teach us. This book focuses on what neuroscience means for education professionals - in key areas such as learning, memory, intelligence and motivation - and addresses questions such as:

* How does the brain enable us to learn?
* Why do some children have learning difficulties, such as ADHD or dyslexia?
* How can actual scientific research be applied to pedagogy and curriculum design

Furthermore, the book explores common 'brain based' learning schemes and exposes the misunderstandings on which these are often based.

The author, both an experienced teacher and cognitive neuroscientist, offers teachers advice on how neuroscience can help them in their own teaching.

Each chapter includes practical classroom examples and case studies based on real life teaching experiences.

This friendly book is jargon-free and no prior scientific knowledge is assumed of the reader. It is thought-provoking reading for practising teachers across all age ranges, trainee teachers, parents, head teachers, educational policymakers, academics and educational psychologists.

About the Author:

John G. Geake is Professor of Learning and Teaching in the School of Education, The University of New England, Australia.

John co-founded the Oxford Cognitive Neuroscience Education Forum and conducted research at the Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, Oxford, UK.

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Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult

I have not been reading much fiction lately but this author's writing style is so mesmerizing to me that I could not resist reading this book this past weekend. The book is wonderfully emotionally draining, and I say "wonderfully" because it takes a very good writer to evoke such strong reactions and Jodi Picoult is a very good writer!

Summary of the Book:

When Charlotte and Sean O'Keefe's daughter, Willow, is born with severe osteogenesis imperfecta, they are devastated - she will suffer hundreds of broken bones as she grows, a lifetime of pain.

As the family struggles to make ends meet to cover Willow's medical expenses, Charlotte thinks she has found an answer. If she files a wrongful birth lawsuit against her ob/gyn for not telling her in advance that her child would be born severely disabled, the monetary payouts might ensure a lifetime of care for Willow.

But it means that Charlotte has to get up in a court of law and say in public that she would have terminated the pregnancy if she'd known about the disability in advance - words that her husband can't abide, that Willow will hear, and that Charlotte cannot reconcile. And the ob/gyn she's suing isn't just her physician - it's her best friend.

Handle With Care explores the knotty tangle of medical ethics and personal morality. When faced with the reality of a fetus who will be disabled, at which point should an OB counsel termination? Should a parent have the right to make that choice? How disabled is TOO disabled? And as a parent, how far would you go to take care of someone you love? Would you alienate the rest of your family? Would you be willing to lie to your friends, to your spouse, to a court?

And perhaps most difficult of all - would you admit to yourself that you might not actually be lying?

Disclaimer: Not all of the books featured in "The Librarian is reading..." category will be available through Western Libraries, and some of these featured books will be personal copies of the librarian.

December 7, 2009

Institute of Education Science: What Works Clearninghouse (WWC)

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, provides educators, policymakers, researchers, and the public with a central and trusted source of scientific evidence about what works in education.

The Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 established the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) within the U.S. Department of Education.

IES brings rigorous and relevant research, evaluation and statistics to our nation's education system.

The WWC aims to promote informed education decision making through a set of easily accessible databases and user-friendly reports that provide education consumers with high-quality reviews of the research on the effectiveness of replicable educational interventions (programs, products, practices, and policies) that intend to improve student outcomes.

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) Non- Journal (Grey Literature) Source List Created

We are pleased to announce that ERIC has released a list of organizations that contribute grey literature, published reports and books to ERIC.

This new source list coupled with the Journal List completes the documentation of ERIC's coverage,

ERIC indexes grey literature and books from hundreds of organizations producing education-related material.

Organizations providing non-journal content to ERIC include research foundations, federal and state agencies, policy organizations, university affiliates, and commercial publishers.

Browse the list of content contributors to glimpse the depth and variety of sources helping build the ERIC Collection, and select the link to visit an organization's web site.

People We Know: Walter Zimmerman's Last Lecture

After devoting the better part of forty-years to his chosen profession and to the University of Western Ontario, Walter Zimmerman will retire from his career as an academic librarian later this month.

The Faculty of Information and Media Studies and Western Libraries are delighted to invite members of the Western community to attend Walter Zimmerman's Last Lecture, an event to mark the occasion of Walter's retirement.

Open to all members of the Western community, faculty, students, colleagues and friends are invited to come and listen to Walter share his most memorable moments and lessons learned, as well as parting thoughts on the ever-changing nature and role of academic libraries and librarianship.

When: December 11th, 2009, 12-1pm

Where: North Campus Building, Room 113

Reception to follow.
Please join us!

December 3, 2009

New Book: Pedagogical Encounters

Pedagogical Encounters demonstrates how learning spaces that are ethical, responsive, and transformable can enable students and teachers to open toward new ways of being in the world. Through collective biography, ethnography, and arts-based research, the authors - educators with experience in diverse settings - generate rich descriptions of classroom practices, and elaborate and clarify new theoretical concepts through their discussion in relation to specific sites of teaching and learning.

Here is a list of other books by one of the co-authors, Bronwyn Davies

Click HERE to see a list of library resources related to the subject of education philosophy.

Click HERE to see a list of other NEW BOOKS recently added to the Education Library collection.

New Book: Schools Under Surveillance: Cultures of Control in Public Education

Schools under Surveillance gathers together some of the very best researchers studying surveillance and discipline in contemporary public schools.

Surveillance is not simply about monitoring or tracking individuals and their data--it is about the structuring of power relations through human, technical, or hybrid control mechanisms.

Essays cover a broad range of topics including police and military recruiters on campus, testing and accountability regimes such as No Child Left Behind, and efforts by students and teachers to circumvent the most egregious forms of surveillance in public education.

Each contributor is committed to the continued critique of the disparity and inequality in the use of surveillance to target and sort students along lines of race, class, and gender.

Click HERE for a list of library resources related to the subject of electronic surveillance.

Click HERE for a list of library resources related to the subject of school violence.

Click HERE to see a list of other NEW BOOKS recently added to the Education Library collection.

New Book: Handbook of School-Family Partnerships

Family-school partnerships are increasingly touted as a means of improving both student and school improvement.

This recognition has led to an increase in policies and initiatives that offer the following benefits: 1) improved communication between parents and educators 2) home and school goals that are mutually supportive and shared 3) better understanding of the complexities impinging on children's development and 4) pooling of family and school resources to find and implement solutions to shared goals.

This is the first comprehensive review of what is known about the effects of home-school partnerships on student and school achievement.

It provides a brief history of home-school partnerships, presents evidence-based practices for working with families across developmental stages, and provides an agenda for future research and policy.

This book is appropriate for researchers, instructors, and graduate students in the following areas: school counseling, school psychology, educational psychology, school leadership, special education, and school social work

Click HERE for a list of library resources related to the subject of community and school.

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The Librarian is reading...

Conversations with Frank Gehry by Barbara Isenberg

An unprecedented, intimate, and richly illustrated portrait of Frank Gehry, one of the world's most influential architects. Drawing on the most candid, revealing, and entertaining conversations she has had with Gehry over the last twenty years, Barbara Isenberg provides new and fascinating insights into the man and his work.

Gehry's subjects range from his childhood--when he first built cities with wooden blocks on the floor of his grandmother's kitchen--to his relationships with clients and his definition of a "great" client. We learn about his architectural influences (including Le Corbusier and Frank Lloyd Wright) and what he has learned from Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Rauschenberg.

We explore the thinking behind his designs for the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the redevelopment of Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn and Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, the Gehry Collection at Tiffany's, and ongoing projects in Toronto, Paris, Abu Dhabi, and elsewhere. And we follow as Gehry illuminates the creative process by which his ideas first take shape--for example, through early drawings for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, when the building's trademark undulating curves were mere scribbles on a page. Sketches, models, and computer images provided by Gehry himself allow us to see how so many of his landmark buildings have come to fruition, step by step.

Conversations with Frank Gehry is essential reading for everyone interested in the art and craft of architecture, and for everyone fascinated by the most iconic buildings of our time, as well as the man and the mind behind them.

Disclaimer: Not all of the books featured in "The Librarian is reading..." category will be available through Western Libraries, and some of these featured books will be personal copies of the librarian.

New Book: Adult Teaching and Learning: Developing Your Practice

This book is an essential guide to developing your practice in adult teaching and learning. Key features include:

* Exploration of key theoretical issues which are related directly to real learning contexts

* Practical ideas and suggestions to promote the development of teaching practice in new ways

* Conceptual tools for reflective practice

Informed by the author's rich theoretical knowledge and practical experience of the field, this book encourages you to reflect on your own personal practice and understanding. In this way, it re-frames the teaching and learning process and puts the focus on the professional character of the teacher, recognising the extent to which the personal approach adopted by individual teachers shapes learning experiences.

Through the use of case studies and examples drawn from a wide variety of learning environments it promotes a dynamic and engaging approach and encourages you to experiment with new ways of teaching.

These examples are ideal for new teachers facing the daunting prospect of engaging, motivating and challenging their learners in their first teaching roles.

For the more practically experienced, it presents a vital stimulus to reflection for the purposes of professional development or accredited study.

This thoughtful book is important reading for anyone with the responsibility for the learning of adults whether a student, new teacher or experienced professional.

Click HERE for a list of library resources related to the subject of adult learning.

Click HERE to see a list of other NEW BOOKS recently added to the Education Library collection.

New Book: Measuring Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition

Measuring Second Language Vocabulary Acquisition describes the effect that word frequency and lexical coverage have on learning and communication in a foreign language. It examines the tools we have for assessing the various facets of vocabulary knowledge, the scores these produce, and the way these are tied to exam and communicative performance.

About the Author:

James Milton worked in Nigeria and Libya before coming to Swansea University where he established the Centre for Applied Language Studies and the Department of Applied Linguistics. His research and teaching focuses principally on vocabulary acquisition and measurement in foreign languages.

Click HERE to find a list of other library resources related to the topic of second language acquisition.

Click HERE to see a list of other NEW BOOKS recently added to the Education Library collection.

December 2, 2009

Bill 177: An Act to amend the Education Act with respect to student achievement, school board governance and certain other matters

Here is a copy of Bill 177 at the Second Reading (October 7, 2009).

And, I Quote...

"We're validating the role of trustees," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.

Quote taken from this article:

Changes to Ontario's Education Act have made school boards responsible for student achievement and well-being. Now it's time to define what that means.

Bill 177 was passed Monday, altering in several ways how school boards interact with the Ministry of Education.

"We're validating the role of trustees," said Education Minister Kathleen Wynne.

Wynne said the definition of "achievement and well-being" would be decided in discussions led by the ministry, involving trustees, teachers and parents.

But Rob Davis, a trustee with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, was "disappointed" the province hadn't included a conflict-of-interest amendment that would have prevented board members whose spouses are teachers from becoming board chairs or vice-chairs.

People We Know and New Book: Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario

Ian D. Clark is the former chair of the Council of Ontario Universities. With Greg Moran, Michael L. Skolnik and David Trick, he authored Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario, published by McGill-Queen's University Press.

Traditional Teaching Model Obsolete in Crowded Colleges: Faculty Research Work Cuts Far Too Deeply into Teaching Hours

This opinion piece was written by Ian D. Clark former chair of the Council of Ontario Universities for the Toronto Star on Tuesday December 1, 2009:

The standard model of undergraduate education in Canada is no longer sustainable.

This is a key finding of the study that three colleagues and I conducted for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario on emerging challenges to Ontario higher education.

Recent economic statements from finance ministers across the country imply that many provinces will have to look hard at their response to the ever-increasing number of young people who believe that a post-secondary credential is the minimum entry requirement for employment that is likely to lead to good careers.

Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan has projected a 2009-10 deficit of $24.7 billion - comparable to the deficits of the early 1990s as a share of GDP.

To eliminate the deficit, Duncan has urged "our partners in the public and the broader public sector to help us sustain public services in the long term." The stakes are high for higher education and those it serves.

Sustaining the quality of undergraduate education, especially in this economic environment, will require substantial change.

The standard model of undergraduate education - to which all publicly supported Canadian universities aspire - is that students should be taught only by faculty members who are actively engaged in original research. Such full-time faculty are expected to spend about 40 per cent of their time and effort on research, 40 per cent on teaching, and 20 per cent on service to the university and the community.

The expectation that full-time faculty should also produce high-quality research means that most teach about four one-semester courses per year. With foreseeable levels of government funding and tuition, it is simply not affordable to have undergraduates taught only by faculty who devote the same amount of time to research as to teaching.

Indeed, the model has not been affordable for some time. It has not been able to accommodate the dramatic increases in enrolment of the past two decades. The problem is compounded by the expectation that university researchers will be the primary drivers of the innovation necessary to ensure Canada's future competitiveness in the global knowledge economy.

Most of our faculty colleagues are regularly asked by university administrators to handle more students and cut back on discretionary expenses. They are astonished at our finding that, in Ontario, funding per student from the combination of provincial grants and student fees has actually kept up with the consumer price index over the past 20 years.

Ontario Schools Plan Curriculum Overhaul: Special Advisory Group to Propose New Blueprint by February 2010

From the Toronto Star (December 1, 2009):

Ontario's government is conducting a sweeping review of curriculum from Grades 1 to 8 to fix what educators charge is an overcrowded jumble of disconnected facts that fail to prepare the province's 1.4 million students for the future.

Based on tough input gathered this fall from teachers and school boards, Queen's Park says it will start clearing the clutter by the fall of 2011 with leaner guidelines, fewer checklists of facts and more time for deeper learning.

It is the first overhaul designed to weed out some of the staggering 3,400 "expectations" built into the new curriculum designed 10 years ago when Grade 13 was abolished.

A special advisory group is expected to propose a new blueprint by February, based on such input as a tough-talking missive from the Toronto District School Board that called the curriculum "a series of overly robust subject-based documents which are disconnected, overwhelming and full of content reflective of 20th century knowledge. "The curriculum does not engage students within their own realities, nor does it integrate the skills society hopes to see in a 21st-century learner," said the recent submission by a group of principals, teachers, superintendents and trustees.

And, I Quote...

When I opened a book I was able to travel wherever I wanted to go.

- James Bartleman

The Honourable James K. Bartleman served as Ontario's 27th Lieutenant Governor from 2002 to 2007. As a member of the Mnjikaning First Nation, he was the first Aboriginal Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. During his term in office, he set up four Aboriginal Youth Literacy initiatives to give Aboriginal youth access to reading materials. The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award was set up as a legacy to Mr. Bartleman's far-reaching vision and efforts in promoting literacy among Aboriginal youth.

Aboriginal Education: Province of Ontario Recognizes Talented Young Writers

An illustrated journal describing his move from his First Nations community in Manitoba to Toronto helped Christian Scriver win one of six James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Awards.

The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award gives Aboriginal youth an opportunity to showcase their creative writing abilities. Some of the winning entries included stories about gay youth, family relationships and a young teen's admiration for his father.

The award recipients are:

* Cote Monias, age 11, from Ogoki Post
* Christian Scriver, age 10, from Toronto
* Fawn Thompson, age 13, from Tyendinaga (near Belleville)
* Nancy King, age 16, from Rama (near Orillia)
* Mavis Oskineegish, age 15, from Wunnumin Lake
* Colin Quin, age 16, from Toronto.

McGuinty Government's Legislation Will Strengthen School Boards, Student Success

Student achievement is now the top priority for school boards.

Passed by the legislature last night (Monday November 30th, 2009) the government's Student Achievement and School Board Governance Act amends the Education Act.

These amendments clarify what is expected from school boards, trustees, board chairs and directors of education to support improved student achievement.

More clarity will allow Ontario's education partners to work more effectively together, helping more students succeed.

The amendments also promote good governance practices and sound financial management by establishing audit committees and enable boards to establish a provincial code of conduct for trustees.

The legislation addresses many of the recommendations made by the Governance Review Committee in its April 2009 report.

December 1, 2009

Aboriginal Education: Report Calls for Separate Schools

This article is written by Mary Agnes Welch for the Winnipeg Free Press for December 1, 2009:

A panel struck to recommend fixes for Winnipeg's violent crime problem is proposing a separate school division exclusively for First Nations children.

The big idea was embedded in a new anti-crime strategy approved Monday at Winnipeg city council's protection and community services committee. The report, prepared in consultation with some of the city's biggest names in business and government, looked at six ways social programs -- such as family resources centres and a better education system -- could cut crime.

One of the 20-page strategy's most tangible ideas was the creation of a separate, publicly-funded aboriginal school division, much like the one created 16 years ago for French-speaking Manitobans.

"Why should Aboriginal People be denied the same thing?" asked Damon Johnston, president of the Aboriginal Council of Winnipeg, at Monday's meeting. "It can only rest in racism."

HERE is a related National Post newspaper article.

Aboriginal Education: HIV Progress Seen Bypassing Canadian Natives: International Numbers 'very misleading'

From the CBC News web site:

The drop in HIV infections internationally isn't reflected in Canada's aboriginal community, says an expert who is worried about the possibility of federal funding cuts.

The United Nations program on HIV/AIDS reported last week that new infections dropped 17 per cent globally over a period of eight years. The report was released in advance of World AIDS Day on Tuesday.

"We are making progress," said Michael Sidibé, the UN group's executive director. "It is the first time that we can say that our analysis is showing drops on new infection." The decline mostly reflects progress in sub-Saharan Africa, attributed to more widely available antiretroviral drugs and decades of work to educate high-risk groups.

But Monique Fong of the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network in Dartmouth, N.S., is apprehensive that the federal government may use the good news on progress in fighting the epidemic in Africa as an excuse to cut funding in Canada.

Aboriginal Education: British Columbia's Bladerunners and BELL Partner for New Youth Options

News Release from British Columbia's Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development:

A new $180,000 pilot project will give BladeRunners, the province's award-winning skills training program for at-risk youth, the opportunity to expand training for the first time into the multimedia sector, announced Moira Stilwell, Minster of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.

"BladeRunners has built their record of success through employment in the construction sector, connecting youth with employment for more than 15 years," said Stilwell. "This is a great opportunity to build solid futures and engage the interests of even more at-risk youth in another dynamic sector of our economy."

The Province and Bell Canada have each provided $90,000 for the Creative Industries pilot project which will be managed by ACCESS, the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society, with partners W2 Community Media Arts Society, Intersections Media Opportunities for Youth Society, and the Firehall Arts Centre. Eighteen youth will take part, with each of the three partners offering training to some of the participants.

"BladeRunners has been a great success story, particularly for Aboriginal youth who have discovered new careers and opportunities through the program," said George Abbott, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. "Through these new community partners, we're able to expand those opportunities into new sectors, broadening the options for more at-risk youth to make a difference in their lives."

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Fact Sheet: Education Indicators in Canada: Postsecondary Enrolment and Graduation (October 2009)

From the Introduction of the Fact Sheet:

In the Learn Canada 2020 declaration, ministers of education underlined "the direct link between a well-educated population and (1) a vibrant knowledge-based economy in the 21st Century, (2) a socially progressive, sustainable society, and (3) enhanced personal growth opportunities for all Canadians." Postsecondary education is an increasingly important element in realizing this vision.

This Fact Sheet looks at enrolment in and graduation from registered apprenticeship programs, and programs offered at colleges and universities.

It also examines differences in the proportions of men and women among students and graduates for these types of education, and within different fields of study.

This information come via The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) web site.

Canada Will Take Part in UNESCO's Sixth International Conference on Adult Education

From the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) web site:

On December 1, 2009, Canada will take part in UNESCO's Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) in Belém, Brazil.

Representatives from UNESCO member states, UN agencies, research institutions, organizations representing various sectors of society, the private sector, as well as learners from all over the world, will come together to engage in global-level policy dialogue on adult education. The theme of CONFINTEA VI, "Living and Learning for a Viable Future: The Power of Adult Learning," aims to create commitment to and action on adult learning and education, one of the four pillars of lifelong learning outlined in Learn Canada 2020.

Over four days, participants will engage in five ministerial round tables focusing on key issues in adult learning, education, and literacy, 32 workshops highlighting achievements and innovations in adult learning and practice, and an exhibition where member states, nongovernmental organizations, UN agencies, and the private sector will showcase concrete experiences and effective practices.

The Canadian delegation, headed by the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), and including representation from ministries of education, the federal government, and civil society, will inform discussions and contribute to shaping the global dialogue on adult education and learning. The conference is expected to result in the adoption of the Belém Framework for Action.

CMEC is an intergovernmental body composed of the ministers responsible for elementary-secondary and advanced education from the provinces and territories. Through CMEC, ministers share information and undertake projects in areas of mutual interest and concern.

6th Conference on Adult Education, Brazil, December 1- 4

Strategies and resources for lifelong leaning are the focus of the Sixth International Conference of Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) in Belem (Brazil), from 1 to 4 December.

The conference will seek to answer questions such as; how do different countries guarantee the right of adults to education? How best to promote adult learning and education worldwide? Which strategies have the best prospects of succeeding and what are the different funding and incentive mechanisms?

CONFINTEA VI brings together representatives from over 156 Member States of UNESCO, other United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral organizations, civil society and private sector organizations as well as adult learners from all over the world.

The conference aims to highlight the central role played by adult learning and education in international education and development programmes, especially those concerned with sustainable development.

World AIDS Day 2009

Every year on the first of December, the world comes together to raise awareness about the epidemic, stand in solidarity with those infected and affected by HIV, honour those who have died, focus attention on issues that are key to a successful response, and inspire action. Here is how UNESCO commemorates this day.

The Western Libraries' system provides researchers with a large number of resources related to HIV/AIDS.

Discrimination or Concern Over Student Health? BMI Requirement Causes Uproar

From the Lincolnian Online: Lincoln University Student Newspaper written by Sharifa Riley on November 18, 2009:

Lincoln University students will now have to endure a physical exam determining each student's BMI (body mass index) before they are permitted to graduate. An individual's BMI measures the amount of body fat.

Amid fierce criticisms, Lincoln University has recently installed a new requirement for its undergraduate students. If your BMI is over 30, you are required to take a physical education class.

This new requirement has caused an uproar from some students and professors who argue that the university is actively discriminating against those who are obese. Some students argue that their time at Lincoln may be prolonged because of an additional class.

University officials say that they are actively working to increase the health of their students, but many have their doubts.

"What's the point of this? What does my BMI have to do with my academic overcome?" asked Dionard Henderson, a freshman. "Some students on campus are just confused why a certain BMI has to be a requirement. Are there not a sufficient amount of prerequisites to complete prior to graduating from college?

Dr. James L. DeBoy, who is Chair and Professor of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation could not be reached for comment, but there appears to be division even among the department's faculty on this new requirement.

"I don't necessarily agree with the BMI being a requirement," said Dr. Yvonne Hilton, a professor in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation department. "It is understood that obesity in America is growing fast, but maybe there should have been a different approach in informing the students about their health and building their awareness."

Sophomore Lousie Kaddie agrees.

"It's not up to Lincoln to tell me how much my BMI should be. I came here to get a degree and that's what the administration should be concerned with," she added

CNN has even picked up on this story (I am not sure if that is good news or bad news!) with this November 30, 2009 story titled "College's Too-Fat-To-Graduate Rule Under Fire"

Is this discrimination or is it concern over student health?

Information about this institution:

Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was chartered in April 1854 as Ashmun Institute. As Horace Mann Bond, '23, the eighth president of Lincoln University, so eloquently cites in the opening chapter of his book, Education for Freedom, this was "the first institution found anywhere in the world to provide a higher education in the arts and sciences for male youth of African descent." The story of Lincoln University goes back to the early years of the 19th century and to the ancestors of its founder, John Miller Dickey, and his wife, Sarah Emlen Cresson. The Institute was renamed Lincoln University in 1866 after President Abraham Lincoln.