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Home and Hearth: Fall 2016 Education Program Highlights 

In the other gardens And all up the vale, From the autumn bonfires See the smoke trail! -- Robert Louis Stevenson, "Autumn Fires", A Child's Garden of Verses "Fairy Figures Round a Camp Fire," by Paula Ahti, Ziegfeld Collection of International Children's Art Inspiring "autumn fires" celebrate the work of our faculty, staff, and …

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Today in History: Edison Invents the Phonograph 

From smart machines to wizards, we move to inventors. Some consider Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847- October 18, 1931) to be one of the greatest inventors of all time, for he smartly and prolifically developed technology that greatly influenced our lives. Innovation and invention, research, development, and commercialization became the foundation of the industrial research …

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Values and Learning Modalities 

“Pass It On” TV commercials from Values.com were the experimental learning modality used at the monthly meeting of the Socratic Conversations on Thursday, September 18th.  In Lights! Camera!! Values!!? the group explored their basic values by responding to one-minute dramatic pieces on significant themes, like believing in yourself (courage and perseverance), making a difference (generosity …

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What We’re Reading: “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” 

I just finished reading (well, listening to) "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Dr. Carol Dweck. I originally found this book in the book drop some time last year. I recently picked it up and really enjoyed it. Being that the hardcover copy is rather heavy, I decided to download the audiobook. I listened to …

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Would It Kill You to Talk about Death for an Hour? 

In fact, it didn't! Participants adopted a lively, healthy approach to discussing the Inevitable at a recent Socratic Conversation conducted by Ron Gross, co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Innovation in Education. Spurred by Sam Harris’ video, It Is Always Now (which looks philosophically at the present moment and why it’s important to live …

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Have Libraries Lessened the Importance of Structured Education? 

There was a time when libraries kept their books under lock and key, stored away behind gates, too precious for anyone to touch. Books were only accessible to university professors or, in the case of the Library Company of Philadelphia, benefactors. Books were still so rare that, in order to preserve them, only a limited …

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Hello, Education Program 

Opening Days. A flutter of fresh faces. A rousing rag and a fallen moustache. A wandering through floors, librarians leading. A panoply of news. A flurry of questions. Woodwinds rising. Leaves turning. Student, teacher, writer, artist, friend uniting. So begins the Education Program, to inform about the latest thinking in education and engage members of …

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Learning Spaces 

Imagine a box, velvet black, Low-key lighting like beams from a lighthouse cast. Open space, no seats, silence. Just a big black box Waiting for actors, dancers, musicians. It’s a space that will be. Meaning will they make, Like blank page to written word. They perform, imprint our souls, move on. My knowledge of transitional …

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Process in the Education Program 

"It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." -- Oscar Wilde


Reposted from Learning at the Library. Written by Jennifer Govan.

“Why do we do what we do?” asks a colleague over the cranking of coffee machines in the Everett Café. I flip through the numbers and think through the presentations: an estimated 1,500 events since the inception of the Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, enhanced by introductions at professional conferences, staff meetings, and the events themselves. …

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Process in the Education Program 

“Why do we do what we do?” asks a colleague over the cranking of coffee machines in the Everett Café. I flip through the numbers and think through the presentations: an estimated 1,500 events since the inception of the Gottesman Libraries' Education Program, enhanced by introductions at professional conferences, staff meetings, and the events themselves. …

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Pondering Virtue 

Howard Radest, Dean Emeritus of The Humanist Institute and a member of the National Council of Ethical Culture Leaders spoke recently at the University Seminar on Innovation in Education. His talk, “Can Virtue Be Taught? Character Education Isn't Enough,” delved deeply into complex moral and philosophical questions about virtue, aesthetics, dialogue, dialectic, teaching, learning, …

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Strategies for teaching students with learning and behavior problems 

Title: Strategies for teaching students with learning and behavior problems Authors: Sharon Vaughn and Candace S. Bos Publisher: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon Call Number: LC4705 .B67 2006 From the Publisher: A practical guide for graduate and undergraduate students, this book is based on current research on the best practices for providing instructional and support services to …

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Academically adrift: Limited learning on college campuses 

Title: Academically adrift: Limited learning on college campuses Authors: Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa Publisher: University of Chicago Press Call Number: LA227.4 .A78 2011 From the Publisher: In spite of soaring tuition costs, more and more students go to college every year. A bachelor’s degree is now required for entry into a growing number …

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Big Theories Revisited 

Title: Big Theories Revisited Author: McInerney, Dennis M. and Shawn Van Etten Publisher: Information Age Publishing Call no: LB1065 .B54 2004 From the publisher: This text seeks to revisit major theories of motivation and learning in order to evaluate the relevance of each theory to our complex educational environments. The chapters are written by the renowned authors of theories, …

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Have You Been Rattled Lately? 

There was a French illuminatus called the “Bourbaki” – a mathematical club with an eccentrically exclusive membership. When a member was over a certain age, younger ones would at time test his acumen by tossing him a tough question.  Bourbakists called this tradition “shaking the tree” – a saying in Indonesia when boys hang on …

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Stolen Bikes 

I gaze high up at the brightly lit stage, feeling lost in the large musty space. Within an instant I recognize three familiar banana seats – one of them a girl’s– only it is crusted over with thick, bruised blue paint, not light sparkling yellow as before. My brothers’ bikes are quickly wheeled in by …

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Assessing and Guiding Young Children’s Development and Learning 

Title: Assessing and Guiding Young Children's Development and Learning Author: McAfee, Oralie Publisher: Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson, c2011 Check it out: LB1139.25 .M4 2011 From the publisher: The purpose of this book is to demonstrate how to do authentic classroom-based assessment, and then how to interpret and use that information to plan …

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Applying the Science of Learning 

Title: Applying the Science of Learning Author: Richard E. Mayer Publisher: Boston, MA: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon, c201 Check it out: LB1060.M3395 2011 From the Publisher: The underlying premise of Applying the Science of Learning is that educators can better help students learn if they understand the processes through which student learning takes place. In this …

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Culturally proficient education : an asset-based response to conditions of poverty 

Title: Culturally proficient education : an asset-based response to conditions of poverty Author: Randall B. Lindsey, Michelle S. Karns, Keith Myatt Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin   : American Association of School Administrators, c2010. Call Number: LC4065 .L56 2010 From the Publisher: Written to counter the perspective that students from low-income backgrounds come to school …

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Learning by Doing 

Background I know Jace Clayton through my wife, who is also a musician. Jace has been DJ-ing for over 20 years. When I interviewed him I thought it was really interesting that DJ-ing, for him, was both a personal and social activity. Jace learned how to DJ through one session with a friend and from …

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