Monday, May 18, 2015

Database Research and EndNote Citation Workshop

Saturday, June 6 / 9:00am to 11:30am / Regnier Hall 366, 364 computer labs. The Database Research and EndNote Citation Workshop is for beginning and continuing Graduate students. This is our “Early Bird Special” because it comes just before the Summer Semester starts. The purpose of the Research section is to help graduate students get a step up on their research skills in finding scholarly articles and peer reviewed journals in their subject area. We will look at several different databases concentrating on various search methodologies. The EndNote Citation section will demonstrate how to download journal citations directly from specific databases, how to organize these citations within the EndNote program, and how to insert these citations into the Word Document that the student is actively writing. The citation process includes in-text citation, reference lists at the end of the paper and separate bibliographies. RSVP Lissa Lord llord@ku.edu
 
 
 

National education initiative SWIFT becomes Life Span affiliated research center

Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation Center has become the Life Span Institute’s 14th affiliated center. SWIFT, a national K-8 technical assistance center, was funded with a $24 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2012 to create a KU research-based approach to inclusion that realigns educational resources to support all students, including those with disabilities. SWIFT, a national K-8 technical assistance center, was funded with a $24 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2012 to implement a KU research-based approach to inclusion that realigns educational resources to support all students, including those with disabilities. The grant was the second highest in KU’s history to date. “We are proud to recognize SWIFT’s national scope and influence with a designation as one of the Life Span Institute’s centers,” said John Colombo, LSI director. “This project has the potential to be a turning point for American education.” The SWIFT Center at KU currently provides differentiated technical assistance to 67 schools in 19 districts in Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oregon and Vermont. These states were selected based on criteria that included having a combination of rural, urban and high-need districts. Further, SWIFT assists state education agencies to expand and sustain statewide school reform. SWIFT brings together special and general education in a comprehensive continuum of supports and services. For example, said Wayne Sailor, SWIFT director, schools implement a multi-tiered system of support of increasing intensity of instruction for all students that includes addressing behavior issues that impede the learning progress. SWIFT is highly data driven, said Amy McCart, director of technical assistance. “The conversations we have with schools, districts and states around data indicate when organizational change is taking place and informs decisions about the differentiated nature and content of the TA we provide," she said. 
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Database Research and EndNote Citation Workshop



Saturday, June 6 / 9:00am to 11:30am / Regnier Hall 366, 364 computer labs. The Database Research and EndNote Citation Workshop is for beginning and continuing Graduate students. This is our “Early Bird Special” because it comes just before the Summer Semester starts. The purpose of the Research section is to help graduate students get a step up on their research skills in finding scholarly articles and peer reviewed journals in their subject area. We will look at several different databases concentrating on various search methodologies. The EndNote Citation section will demonstrate how to download journal citations directly from specific databases, how to organize these citations within the EndNote program, and how to insert these citations into the Word Document that the student is actively writing. The citation process includes in-text citation, reference lists at the end of the paper and separate bibliographies. RSVP Lissa Lord llord@ku.edu

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Business school launching online MBA

The University of Kansas School of Business will begin offering a fully online Master of Business Administration program this fall. The program is designed for working professionals interested in advancing their careers through graduate management education without having to be present on campus. “The online MBA program opens up a significant new opportunity for students from all over the state, the nation and the world to connect to KU for a premier management education,” said Catherine Shenoy, director of MBA programs. “We are very excited about extending our MBA to a broader group.” Shenoy also said the online MBA program is well-suited for anyone wanting to make a career change, regardless of whether a student has a background in business. The online MBA program is administered in partnership with Everspring Inc., an educational design, technology and services provider that partners with leading universities to move their programs online. The partnership enables the School of Business to bring its leading MBA programs to students around the world using Everspring’s online platform and services. “I’m excited to be working with KU School of Business faculty to design dynamic, innovative learning experiences that access the powerful Jayhawk community around the globe,” said Karen Baldeschwieler, Everspring's chief learning officer. U.S. News & World Report ranks the KU Working Professional MBA program as 39th in the nation among public programs and ranks the full-time program among the top 10 in career placement. The online MBA program complements these MBA programs. - See more

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Book details benefits of teacher fieldwork with at-risk youths

For decades young people entering the teaching field have prepared for the career by taking classes and student teaching. A new book co-authored by a University of Kansas professor takes a look at how connecting pre-service teachers with at-risk youths and families can change their ideas of what it means to be an educator and, ultimately, make them better teachers.
Community Fieldwork in Teacher Education: Theory and Practice” details the experiences of students who were enrolled in teacher education coursework with a program for homeless youths and families, with youths in foster homes and in a charter school. Their experiences highlight the value of approaching teacher preparation from a context outside of the traditional method. “We spend quite a bit of time in class talking about the role of the teacher in a very traditional sense. We see this book as a counternarrative to the traditional model — the 'apprenticeship of observation' model — of how people often become teachers,” said Heidi Hallman, associate professor of education. “We highlight the stories of these beginning teachers in these unique roles working with homeless and foster youth, and we look at key things that happened in their experiences and how it may have been different from what they expected.” Hallman co-authored the book with Melanie Burdick, assistant professor of English and director of composition at Washburn University. It was published by Routledge as part of the Research in Teacher Education series. The pre-service teachers who took part in the project writing programs with at-risk youths did so through Hallman’s Methods of Teaching English class. The book details a five-year study and how the experience helped the future educators question what it means to be a teacher. Perhaps most importantly, the pre-service teachers quickly learned that curriculum is not something that is constrained completely to school. Youths’ experience outside of school, whether it be reading assignments, using social media or other daily activities, all play a factor in how they learn at school. Learners who have extra challenges such as homelessness or growing up in foster care will assuredly approach school curriculum differently than their peers, Hallman said, and directly realizing that helps educators avoid the idea that all students can be taught in the same manner.  [More]
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Bullying topic of online summer course

Bullying is a pervasive problem that cuts across all ages, genders, races and environments. It happens in schools, homes and in workplaces, including colleges and universities, and even in marital and familial relationships. Bullying is all about power and intimidation over another individual. Anyone can be a bully, and anyone can be bullied, including students, teachers, administrators and parents, spouses, employees, among others. In response to the recent state requirements for all schools in Kansas to have a bullying policy and a prevention/intervention plan in place, the University of Kansas School of Education will offer a special online graduate course during Summer 2015: EPSY 798 Bullying: Prevention and Intervention. Taught by Robert Harrington, professor in the Department of Psychology & Research in Education (soon to be Educational Psychology), this course will also serve to prepare educators for the federal mandates which require schools to monitor the physical, emotional, social and safety of school climates as well.  [More:  http://bit.ly/1yWhFrL ]



Monday, April 27, 2015

Periodic Table Of Elements That The World Is Running Out Of

You might not realize it, but almost everywhere around you are rare metals from the earth. In your phone, computer, or any other LCD screen, for example, you’ll find a dash of indium, a soft, malleable metal that is in short supply in the Earth’s crust. Gallium, which can emit light from a jolt of electricity, is used in semiconductors, LEDs, lasers, and the solar industry. Rhenium, one of the rarest elements in the earth’s crust, is most commonly needed in jet engines. In other words, in our daily lives, we rely on many metals that are either uncommon, environmentally damaging, or located almost solely in places like China, Bolivia, or the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo (i.e., not nations the U.S. is always on good terms with). What's the risk that one day we won't be able to depend on any of these elements? That's the question asked by researchers from Yale University, who have now catalogued how much we’re in danger of putting all our eggs in one basket.  (More with Tables)



Monday, April 20, 2015

End to segragation of special education students

Professor calls for end to segregation of special education students:   The time has finally come to end the separation of special education and general education students, researchers at the University of Kansas argue in a new publication. Not only does research show that all students have higher achievement in fully integrated environments, but support and public policy for schools to make such a switch are coming into place as well.Wayne Sailor, professor of special education and director of the Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation Center and Amy McCart, associate research professor in KU’s Life Span Institute and co-director of the SWIFT Center, authored an article in the journal Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities arguing the “stars are coming into alignment” for full inclusion in schools. Such a change would reverse a trend in the United States since Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Amendments in 1975 to separate students based on perceived disability and re-examine the idea of special education.
“Even though the preponderance of research shows that all students, not just students with disabilities, fare much better educationally when integrated with general education, there still is segregation in the schools,” Sailor said. “The EHA was never intended to create an entirely separate system, yet that’s what happened. Special education became a place instead of educational supports.”
The authors argue that viewing special education as a way to examine the disabilities of an individual student and react to them is an outdated idea. Instead, educators should examine how they teach, the educational environment and shift resources to benefit all students. KU’s Schoolwide Integrated Framework for Transformation Center, or SWIFT, is working with 64 schools in 16 districts in five states to implement their model of fully inclusive education. The center provides support that benefits everyone from state education officials to teachers, administrators, students, parents and community members. (More)

Thursday, April 16, 2015

New & Interesting Resources



The KU Libraries has added 4 new databases to the research collection that may be of interest you. You can access these databases from the Libraries' Homepage at http://www.lib.ku.edu
by selecting Articles and Databases which will take you to the alphabetical listing of databases. Select the first letter of the database name you want to research to connect to that database (i.e. P for Passport).


Passport, from Euromonitor International, is a global market research database providing statistics, analysis, reports, surveys and breaking news on industries, countries and consumers worldwide.  Access to this resource requires an extra step: log in with your KU online ID, and then agree to the terms of use presented by Euromonitor.

Electronic Enlightenment, published by the University of Oxford, it is the most wide-ranging online collection of edited correspondence of the early modern period, linking people across Europe, the Americas and Asia from the early 17th to the mid-19th century.

Ambrose Video Online provides streaming video of education, science and history films, as well as the BBC Shakespeare Collection and other award winning educational films.

Proquest History Vault: The NAACP Papers covers the years 1909 through 1972.  This collection contains internal memos, legal briefings and direct action summaries from national, legal and branch offices of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People throughout the country.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Common Core State Standards Initiative



CommonCore State Standards Initiative      The Common Core establishes nationwide benchmarks for reading and math, and has so far been adopted by 43 states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). As the official site of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, there is much to offer here for K-12 educators, parents, and the generally curious. Sections of the site cover topics such as What Parents Should Know and Frequently Asked Questions. The Standards in Your State section is an easy way to explore which states have adopted the standards, complete with links to state and territory department of education websites. Perhaps best of all, PDFs of the English Language Arts/Literacy Standards and the Mathematics Standards are available right on the site.  
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