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How Do We Solve All These Problems?

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Digital Media Leading Issue in SIRS Issues Researcher

Solving the world’s problems. That’s a very challenging task. There are so many variables and so many points of view. So many different interests to consider. But with critical examination of all the angles, and new ideas, nothing’s impossible! SIRS Issues Researcher has been helping guide the way through the world’s toughest issues for a very long time. Each year it gets better. Today it covers approximately 330 separate and sometimes related, but always sharply debated, issues. Coming soon, it will provide an all-new, exciting, and intuitive environment for elucidating young problem solvers in schools everywhere.  We’ll keep you posted on that.

Learn more about SIRS Issues Researcher today, or many of our other exceptional ProQuest resources, by joining one of our monthly public webinars.  If you don’t see the class you’re interested in, contact us , and we’ll be happy to arrange a meeting to discuss the resources you’re interested in learning!

The Common Core:
Repealed in Name Only

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Forty-two states and the District of Columbia are currently participating in the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS). Most states quickly adopted the CCSS after they were introduced in 2010. Since then, however, public opinion has turned dramatically against the CCSS. According to the 2015 EdNext Survey, 35% of Americans oppose the CCSS, which is up from 26% in 2014. The same poll found that 50% of teachers oppose the CCSS, up substantially from 40% in 2014. Repealing the adoption of the CCSS is becoming increasingly popular, particularly among politicians. So what does all this mean for testing and standards? Is this the end for the Common Core?

States are quickly withdrawing from multi-state, Common Core-aligned tests. Out of the two federally funded Common Core testing consortia (the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium), PARCC, in particular, has seen a dramatic decline in participation. In 2010, 25 states and the District of Columbia were PARCC members. That number has fallen to seven, with Massachusetts being the most recent state to abandon the test. Massachusetts, like many other states that have dropped PARCC, will create its own test. Standardized testing is here to stay, but the CCSS’s goal of uniform, multi-state tests aimed at providing meaningful comparisons between states looks destined to fail.

Efforts to repeal the CCSS altogether have also gained traction, but a closer look at the replacement standards tells another story. Oklahoma, Indiana, and South Carolina have all repealed the CCSS. Other states have tweaked and even renamed their standards. However, critics argue that many states are simply renaming the CCSS, keeping the majority of standards intact.  South Carolina’s new standards, for instance, are aligned with CCSS 90% of the time. In other words, lawmakers are pivoting away from the politically charged Common Core moniker, but Common Core-aligned standards remain.

The takeaway: the CCSS are being repealed in name only.

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Do you and your students want to learn more about the education policy debate?

Check out SIRS Issues Researcher for more information.

 

 

Literature and Discovery

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Learning about famous authors? Looking for images, websites, and criticism about the Medieval Period? Trying to more easily identify the full meaning of major works of literature? You can find all of this plus thousands of full-text works in poetry, prose, and drama in ProQuest Learning: Literature. ProQuest Learning: Literature is just the beginning of literary study material available from ProQuest, but it’s designed to fit very well into secondary literary study.  If your school focuses even more extensively on literature and authors, you may also want to take a step beyond ProQuest Learning: Literature and try ProQuest’s renowned Literature Online resource to expand your students’ literary horizons!

You can learn more about ProQuest Learning: Literature, or any of our other exceptional ProQuest resources, by contacting the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to arrange a privately scheduled webinar. You can also join us for one of our monthly public webinars on many of our exceptional ProQuest K-12 resources. We’ll answer your questions for you, and provide guidance on how these resources can best fit your needs. See you soon!

Have a Heart! Sunday is Valentine’s Day!

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Here’s something simple:  Go to ProQuest SIRS Discoverer and Keyword Search “Valentine’s Day” OR Valentine* — or just run a simple Subject Search for “Valentine’s Day.”  You’ll instantly come up with 60+ newspaper articles, 110+ magazine articles, 30+ reference articles, 100+ images, and over 10 focused websites, all full of focused information about this fun loving holiday.  You can learn Valentine’s trivia and folklore, get Valentine quizzes, learn how Valentine cards are made, trace the history of Valentine’s Day, learn how to craft interesting and creative Valentine’s Day gifts, find short stories about Valentines, and learn about different kinds of treats you might make on Valentine’s Day.  All of this, plus great tools like citations for writing projects, Lexiles to help guide students to materials they can more easily understand, text-to-speech to listen and take notes, or maybe original article PDF documents to see the publisher’s layouts —  all in just a few simple searches.  ProQuest SIRS Discoverer is a great place for kids from elementary through middle school to learn about all kinds of events, people, holidays, or hot topics and issues!

You can learn more about ProQuest SIRS Discoverer, or any of our other exceptional ProQuest resources, by contacting the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to arrange a privately scheduled webinar. You can also join us for one of our monthly public webinars on many of our exceptional ProQuest K-12 resources. We’ll answer your questions for you, and provide guidance on how these resources can best fit your needs. See you soon!

Presidential Election Season — Study Election Issues

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If you’re studying elections and their issues, ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher provides some great material. From election finance to legal issues, voting rights to voter fraud, or the effect of wealth on the electoral process, you can find a great deal to both learn and discuss.  Team this up with other major issues such as terrorism, economic policy, and illegal immigration, and you have some very powerful tools and content for research, decision making, and ideas for problem solving.

You can learn more about ProQuest SIRS Issues Researcher, or any of our other exceptional ProQuest resources, by contacting the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to arrange a privately scheduled webinar. You can also join us for one of our monthly public webinars on many of our exceptional ProQuest K-12 resources. We’ll answer your questions for you, and provide guidance on how these resources can best fit your needs. See you soon!

Science and Scientists

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Do you know Elisha Otis? How about Maria Mitchell or Thomas Young? You can learn about these famous people and their contributions to the world and to science in ProQuest eLibrary Science. Along with that, you can reference all types of related materials, and also educational websites. eLibrary Science will supply access to hundreds of scientific journals, along with multi-media and interactive content as well. eLibrary Science represents a great opportunity to strengthen your science resources.

You can learn more about ProQuest eLibrary Science, or any of our other exceptional ProQuest resources, by contacting a the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to arrange a privately scheduled webinar. You can also join us for one of our public webinars on many of our exceptional ProQuest K-12 resources. We’ll answer your questions for you, and provide guidance on how these resources can best fit your needs. See you soon!

What’s the Latest?

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“What’s the Latest?” is a big question, actually.  In the research database world, everything is dynamic and constantly changing and updating.  In 2015, ProQuest SIRS Discoverer was all new.  ProQuest CultureGrams also received new looks — twice during the year — once over the summer, and again last month in December.  Content is continually being updated as well.  Most recently, we moved our “offices” — online, that is.  You have a new place to log into your ProQuest K-12 resources, and the training team has a new place for you to go to join us for training.  Sounds like a great time to get to know your resources even better!

Contact the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to learn all about what’s new and what’s so important about your ProQuest resources. You can contact us directly to arrange a free meeting or join us in one of our public webinars, as noted above. We’re happy to answer your questions and help you get a great start to the second half of this academic year!

You Get to Choose!

You get to choose, and we’ll provide you with plenty of excellent material to choose from.  SIRS Issues Researcher offers over 330 major leading and pro/con issues for research, and a wide variety of material to match it, including national and international perspectives, varied opinions, and fact and figures.  All of this is combined with tools that help teach specific research skills, such as working with infographics, statistics, primary sources, writing arguments, and writing to inform or persuade.  This resource can help set the foundation of future success for students in any field of study.

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Contact the ProQuest Training and Consulting Team to learn all about SIRS Issues Researcher, its key elements, and how it is all put together.  You can contact us directly to arrange a free meeting or join us in one of our public webinars.  We’re happy to answer your questions and help you get the most you can from this award-winning resource.

Benefits of eLibrary and eLibrary Curriculum Edition

Research Topics eLibrary 2015Aside from the fact that ProQuest eLibrary and ProQuest eLibrary Curriculum Edition offer over 109 million documents, all in full-text, and 8 different media types, there are a number of other exceptional values associated with eLibrary. One of these is the growing and diverse collection of Research Topics pages. These pages are topical compilations of some of eLibrary’s “best of” content on major areas of study. You can find items for use in any research project from biographies to tablet computers, history to major social issues, or science to health. Research Topics even bring together key information and material found in eLibrary supporting Common Core ELA standards. There are currently over 10,000 of these unique pages in eLibrary, and growing.

Come and learn all about eLibrary’s Research Topics pages — or any other of our expansive ProQuest resources. You may request a privately arranged training with any member of our Training and Consulting Partners team. To get started, just email us at training@proquest.com . We’ll respond back to you and work to get everything arranged!

If one of our public webinars are a better fit to meet your needs, visit us at www.proquest.com/go/webinars.

Arrange Training Just For Your School

Trending Leading IssuesThe ProQuest Training and Consulting Partners don’t provide only pre-recorded training videos or public webinars. We are also available to arrange training directly with your school to meet your local needs. Our privately arranged training is available to any licensed ProQuest customer at no cost. We are happy to discuss unique interests and needs you’d like to cover, and you can invite faculty and staff members to join. To get started, just email the Training and Consulting Partners at training@proquest.com . We’ll respond back to you and work to get everything arranged!

If public webinars are all that’s needed to meet your needs, visit us at www.proquest.com/go/webinars.