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Get Some “Fresh Air” on Controversial Topics

Too often, the arguments over many controversial topics can start to sound stale and overused. In those cases, a breath of fresh air is what you need—a new perspective you haven’t heard before. That’s why Issues & Controversies, the award-winning database designed to inspire thought-provoking pro/con debates, proudly provides access to Fresh Air podcasts on important hot-button topics that are talked about in the news and in the classroom.  Fresh Air  Hosted by Terry Gross, Fresh Air from WHYY is a Peabody Award–winning weekday magazine broadcast on National Public Radio (NPR) that features in-depth interviews and discussions with prominent authors, journalists, and experts on a wide variety of issues. We’ve recently added more than 90 additional new Fresh Air recordings to Issues & Controversies, dating from late 2021 to March 2023, on high-interest topics including: Abortion Animal Rights Authoritarianism Climate Change College Tuition Costs COVID/Pandemic Criminal Justice System Disinformation/Fake News Extreme Weather Facebook Federal Reserve Gun Control Immigration January 6 Insurrection and Investigation Mass Shootings and Mental Health MeToo Movement NATO and the Russia-Ukraine War Opioid Epidemic Police Reform Renewable Energy Right to Die Sexual Harassment Social Media Supreme Court Terrorism Textbooks and the “Culture Wars” Twitter/Elon Musk U.S.-China Relations

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Celebrate Poetry Month with Learn360: 5 Creative Writing Ideas

From Shel Silverstein to Shakespeare, April is the month dedicated to celebrating the words and insights of history’s greatest poets. Explore the prose and musings of your favorite wordsmiths with Learn360’s inspiring videos, audiobooks, and poetry worksheets. Then get creative and inspire your students to do some creative writing of their own. These five creative writing ideas will help you start. Zoom In Picture Stories Are your students always taking pictures? Engage their curiosity with the images you can find on Learn360. Launch your next lesson by pulling up an image from Learn360. Don’t tell your students what the picture is. Zoom in on the image and then project it for your students. Challenge them to guess what the image is. As students guess, ask your students to share descriptive words connected with the image. Write down all the descriptive words and task students to write a poem, haiku, or story about what the image is. Once all students have submitted their writing, reveal the image. Don’t forget to print out the blurry image and the clear image, and turn your students’ writing into your next bulletin board to engage your whole school community, For this example, I used an

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Developing Inclusive Children’s Library Programs

Children’s library programs are among the most vibrant and beloved library services. They connect kids and families; support literacy, academic achievement, and career exploration; and help close opportunity gaps—plus, they’re fun! To make sure all children can benefit from library programs, librarians need and want to make our youth programs highly inclusive. What steps can librarians take to help all kids and families feel welcome and included?  Center Youth Voice One of the most impactful ways to make programming for youth as inclusive as possible is to engage the young people themselves in making decisions. This helps ensure programs are responsive to the cultures, identities, abilities, and experiences of youth in your community. To maximize inclusion, seek out ways to center youth voice that are appropriate and helpful for children’s age and the context.  What does it mean to center youth voice? A seminal model for understanding how youth can meaningfully participate in programming decisions is Hart’s Ladder of Children’s Participation: From Tokenism to Citizenship (1992). It has since been reimagined by other scholars, including a hub-and-spoke model created by Phil Treseder in his 1997 book Empowering Children & Young People (see figure).  At the level of “assigned but informed,”

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We make it simple for educators, professionals, and all learners to explore new ideas,
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  • Build lesson plans and courses using vetted, curated content mapped to school and academic curricula, plus access high-interest topics for lifelong learning.
  • Deliver interactive learning experiences through our streaming video collections, reference databases, eBook collections, teacher resources, and courseware.
  • Dive into new research topics, explore new ideas, or find relevant content for presentations and reports.


  • Utilize digital educational tools that support learning through content engagement and knowledge assessment.
  • Discover mind-mapping features that encourage brainstorming and aid exploratory searching.
  • Introduce students to new concepts and relationships between ideas, and explore federated search.


  • Integrate content, lesson plans, and playlists into the school’s learning management systems (LMSs) like Google Classroom, Canvas, Blackboard, Schoology, itslearning, and more.
  • Utilize full interoperability, single sign-on, tag clouds, and default preferences.
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  • Benefit from integrations with discovery services such as Follett.