Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes back from the Brink

Available FREE for downloading through January 15, The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes back from the Brink is self-described as “ a call to the nation to modernize its relationship with women in order not only to strengthen our economy, but also to make it work better for everyone.” At over 500 pages the download is a large file and print copies should be available in early March, according to the Center for American Progress. 


An executive summary notes that fifty years after declaring the War on Poverty, “the extent of social immobility and economic inequality is much bigger and affects far more women and children then men.“ The summary provides links to sample essays (written by celebrities, sociologists and politicians), to a 23 page poll and an infographic titled “How far we’ve come … how far we need to go.” Students and teachers interested in both economics/poverty and in women’s issues will find much to explore and discuss. 

We are beginning to compile resources for Women's History Month (March), an annual declared month worldwide that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. If you have some to suggest, please contact the librarians or post a suggestion below.

New York Times Features Every Teacher Should Know

When we guide student research, we often recommend the quality materials on Times Topics pages. Thus, we were very excited to see that the New York Times’ Learning Network blog, written by Katherine Schulten and Michael Gonchar, has recently posted New York Times Features Every TeacherShould Know.”

 Check out that link to learn more about numerous options that both students and teachers will find very useful. Examples include the Room for Debate series, Times Health Guide, and Numberplay.

These many resources cross disciplines (as evidenced in part by the engaging Fire Ants video), but suggestions are grouped roughly be subject category, including Current Events, Civics, Politics; History; English Language Arts and Journalism; Science and Health; Math, Economics and Finance; Arts and Education.