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Prayer Flags for Pokhara

Prayer Flags for Pokhara:
A Travelogue of Nepal and the Nagajuna Modern Boarding School

By Dorien van Heerden (Paperback, 15 pages, 2012, $10.00)

Prayer Flags for Pokhara

Join six high school students on a community service trip to Nepal, as they hide through Himalayas, visit cultural sites and volunteer at the Nagajuna Modern Boarding School for poor, refugee and orphan children.

All proceeds from this booklet and related photo exhibition “Journey of Hope” will be donated to The Nagajuna Trust, the British Charity that funds the school. As of spring 2012, the Nagajuna Trust is nearly 75 percent of its fundraising goal of £100,000 for building a new school that would hold 200 students.

About the Author
Dorien van Heerden is a recent graduate of the American International School in Abu Dhabi (’12). Originally from South Africa, she has lived in Abu Dhabi for the past five years. At school, she was a member of the varsity basketball and swim teams, and several clubs. At university, she is considering majoring in science, while continuing to support social justice causes.

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May 2, 2012 at 4:36 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the U.S.

Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the U.S.: 1972-2008: Compendium Report

by Chris Chapman, Jennifer Laird
Paperback, 94 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 1437981569

The report includes discussions of many rates used to study how students complete or fail to complete high school. It presents estimates of rates for 2008 and provides data about trends in dropout and completion rates over the last three and a half decades (1972-2008) along with more recent estimates of on-time graduation from public high schools. Among findings in the report was that in October 2008, approx. 3 million civilian non-institutionalized 16- through 24-year-olds were not enrolled in high school and had not earned a high school diploma or alternative credential. These dropouts represented 8% of the 38 million non-institutionalized, civilian individuals in this age group living in the U.S. Charts and tables. A print on demand report.

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March 29, 2011 at 12:03 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: Tsunami Teacher Information and Resource Toolkit

Tsunami Teacher Information and Resource Toolkit

by Barry Leonard
Paperback, 267 pages, 2007, $45.00
ISBN: 1422312879

This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. To help support training related to the community of tsunami risk to the public, this Toolkit was developed, which brings new and existing information on tsunamis into a single reliable and verified global resource that is accessible to individuals, groups, and governments around the world. Tsunami Teacher aims to build awareness and increase the capacity to respond & mitigate the impact of tsunamis through the sharing of knowledge, research, and best practices. Training modules target the media, education systems, and the public and private sectors, with topics including hazard and risk assessment; operational warning and dissemination systems; tsunami emergency response, alerting, & preparedness; environmental engineering mitigation and policy; and educ. and outreach. Illustrations.

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March 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm Leave a comment

New Government Report: K-12 Education

K-12 Education: Many Challenges Arise in Educating Students Who Change Schools Frequently

by Cornelia M. Ashby
Paperback, 52 pages, 2010, $25.00
ISBN: 9781437944129

“Educational achievement of students can be negatively affected by their changing schools often. The recent economic downturn, with foreclosures and homelessness, may be increasing student mobility. This report asked: (1) What are the numbers and characteristics of students who change schools, and what are the reasons students change schools? (2) What is known about the effects of mobility on student outcomes, including academic achievement, behavior, and other outcomes? (3) What challenges does student mobility present for schools in meeting the educational needs of students who change schools? (4) What federal programs are schools using to address the needs of mobile students? Charts and tables. This is a print on demand report.”

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February 8, 2011 at 11:36 am Leave a comment

Chosen: Philadelphia’s Great Hebraica (Rosenbach Museum and Library Company of Philadelphia)

Chosen: Philadelphia’s Great Hebraica
Written by David Stern, Edited by Judith M. Guston
(Rosenbach Museum and Library, Library Company of Philadelphia)
(Paperback, 149 pages, 2005, ISBN: 0939084368, $25.00)

ChosenThis catalog, which accompanies the exhibition of the same name at The Rosenbach Museum and Library Company in Philadelphia, features 75 full-color illustrations of all the objects in the exhibition.

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This catalog provides information of lasting value and interest about each of the objects and explains their place in the broader history of books and manuscripts in Hebraic language over the past millennium. Additional contributions by Evelyn Cohen and Emile Schrijver.

Objects for the exhibition have been loaned by Bryn Mawr College Library; Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Library, and Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania; Congregation Mikveh Israel; Congregation Rodeph Shalom; Free Library of Philadelphia, Rare Book Department and Education, Philosophy, and Religion Dept.; Haverford College Library; Temple Judea Museum, and Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel.

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July 21, 2010 at 10:21 pm Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln, by Mike Reiss and David Catrow

February 15th-21st Weekly Book Special

To commemorate President’s Day, we are offering a wonderful children’s book about a boy who bore a close resemblance to our 16th President. This week’s special is:

The Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln
Written by Mike Reiss, Illustrated by David Catrow
(Hardcover, 29 pages, 2003, $11.00)

Boy Who Looked Like LincolnLife isn’t easy for Benjy. He looks just like Abraham Lincoln — right down to the wart and beard. He receives stovepipe hats for every birthday and has to play Lincoln in every school play — whether he’s part of the story or not. The teasing never stops.

But then he spends a summer at Camp What-cha-ma-call-it — for Kids Who Look Like Things! There, among kids who look like frogs, toasters and even the backside of a horse, Benjy learns some important lessons about himself — and the things that truly make a person special.

My favorite scene is when Benjy has to play Lincoln in every school play:
Boy Who Looked Like Lincoln

Author Mike Reiss, who writes for The Simpsons and illustrator David Catrow have created a wonderfully hysterical fable that will resonate with anyone who has ever felt a little different.

This book is a staff favorite at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington D.C. Venus Musgrove, a grad student in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Hamline University, recently named David Catrow her “Illustrator of the Week.”

Educator Kim Taylor writes on her blog: “This would be a great book to read aloud. The pictures are very colorful and full of lots of detail. This would be a great way to teach students a lesson about being proud of who they are and knowing what makes them special.”

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February 15, 2010 at 9:58 am 1 comment


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