New Instructional Sessions Popping up at MERIT

by Jim Jonas 5. December 2014 15:03

The MERIT Instructional Team is pleased to share new topics developed and offered over the Fall 2014 semester.

In conjunction with C&I 369 Teaching Language Arts, MERIT created a series of classroom sessions focused on support for creating projects across three digital different media:  podcasts, digital stories, and info graphics. Students learned about new digital tools to support each media:  Audacity for Podcasting, WeVideo for digital storytelling, and Piktochart and Adobe Color to create Infographics.

MERIT staff also offered a new workshop "Personal Privacy in the Digital Age" focused on digital surveillance and how you can protect your privacy while also benefiting from openness.

MERIT library staff are pleased to offer course related instruction to SoE classes.  Please feel free to contact staff and request a session by filing out our instructional request form.

Please contact MERIT with questions about course related instruction.  We look forward to working with you.


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New Materials Focused on Diversity

by Vince Jenkins 5. December 2014 11:16

Fiction and Non-Fiction for Young Readers


Sugar Hill: Harlem's Historic Neighborhood, by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie.
Albert Whitman & Company, 2014
Summary:  Rhyming text celebrates the Harlem neighborhood that successful African Americans first called home during the 1920s. Includes brief biographies of jazz greats Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Sonny Rollins, and Miles Davis; artists Aaron Douglas and Faith Ringgold; entertainers Lena Horne and the Nicholas Brothers; writer Zora Neale Hurston; civil rights leader W. E. B. DuBois; and lawyer Thurgood Marshall.
PreK-12: PZ 3 .W3795 Sug 2014

A Dance like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream, by Kristy Dempsey; illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
Philomel Books, 2014
Summary:  A young girl growing up in Harlem in the 1950s, whose mother cleans and stitches costumes for a ballet company, dreams of becoming a prima ballerina one day, and is thrilled to see a performance of Janet Collins, the first "colored" prima ballerina.
PreK-12:  PZ 3 .D41136 Dan 2014

Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird, by Misty Copeland; illustrated by Christopher Myers.
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2014
Summary:  American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.
PreK-12:  PZ 3 .C7887 Fir 2014



Ashley Bryan's Puppets: Making Ssomething from Eeverything,  by Ashley Bryan ; photographs by Ken Hannon.
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014
Summary:  Introduces puppets created out of found objects by describing each with a poem.  
PreK-12:  PZ 8.3 .B87 Asp 2014



The Cosmo-Biography of Sun Ra: the Sound of Joy is Enlightening, by Chris Raschka.
First edition
Candlewick Press, 2014
Summary:  A one-hundredth birthday tribute to the late jazz artist explores his observations about humanity's discriminatory and violent behaviors as well as his efforts to forge world peace through music with the Sun Ra Arkestra.
PreK-12:  ML 3930 .S983 R37 2014

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, words by Patricia Hruby Powell; pictures by Christian Robinson.
Chronicle Books, 2014
Summary:  A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world. Meticulously researched by both author and artist, Josephine's powerful story of struggle and triumph is an inspiration and a spectacle, just like the legend herself.
PreK-12:  GV 1785 .B3 P68 2014

The Girl from the Tar Paper School: Barbara Rose Johns and the Advent of the Civil Rights Movement, by  Teri Kanefield.
Abrams Books for Young Readers, ‡c 2014.
Summary:  Describes the peaceful protest organized by teenager Barbara Rose Johns in order to secure a permanent building for her segregated high school in Virginia in 1951, and explains how her actions helped fuel the civil rights movement.
PreK-12:  E 185.97 .J59 K35 2014

Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi, by Susan Goldman Rubin.
Holiday House, 2014
First edition
Summary:   An account of the civil rights crusade in Mississippi 50 years ago that brought on shocking violence and the beginning of a new political order.
PreK-12:  E 185.93 .M6 R83 2014



The Freedom Summer Murders, by Don Mitchell.
Scholastic Press, 2014
First edition
Summary:    Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the Freedom Summer murders, traces the events surrounding the KKK lynching of three young civil rights activists who were trying to register African Americans for the vote.
PreK-12:  E 185.93 .M6 M58 2014


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Spring Reserves Requests due by December 30th

by Donna Meicher 5. December 2014 09:51

If you would like your reserves ready at the start of the semester, please submit your reserves requests by December 30th. (Early requests are always appreciated!)

PLEASE NOTE: Our deadline is earlier than usual because UW-Madison will be migrating to a new Library Services Platform at the beginning of the semester that will affect reserves processing.  We cannot guarantee that reserves requests submitted after the deadline will be available for use before the migration, which will be complete on February 9th, 2015.

You may use our printable Reserve List request form.  Please fill it out and return to Donna Meicher at 368 Teacher Education Building.

Or you may submit your request using our electronic Reserves request form.

For more information, please see our guidelines for placing items on reserve at MERIT Library.

Questions? Contact Donna Meicher


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Join us! New Course Explores Digital Media for Research and Teaching

by Catherine Stephens 17. November 2014 11:55

SoE graduate students are invited to join a new Spring semester 1 credit course:  Curric 675 Integrating digital media into research and teaching.

MERIT staff will partner with Professor Kurt Squire and offer a 4 week class beginning on February 4, 2015 and wrapping up by February 25, 2015.

Course details include:

Course Description
With guest faculty from across the School of Education and hands on practice, students will be invited to discuss, examine, consider and apply the adoption of digital media tools to support research and teaching practice across SoE disciplines.  Student sharing and leading of examples, and discovery of new tools and resources welcome and expected. 

Course Objectives
Students will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, pose questions to SoE faculty and staff leading with digital media as part of their teaching and research, engage in critical dialogue about the use of digital tools, select digital tools to support disciplinary work, and gain experience with sharing and applying digital media to the creation of curriculum resources. 

Weekly Topics:

  • Participatory learning environments, and workshop on game design
  • Deep dive into teaching practice and methodologies
  • Sharing personal narratives, crafting a story, digital storytelling tools
  • Maker space environments, formal and informal learning

Please contact Catherine Stephens with questions or to learn about the course.



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Web-based Subject and Research Guides

by Jim Jonas 3. November 2014 14:53

MERIT staff create web-based Subject and Research Guides on a range of education topics to assist students and faculty with their teaching and research. Guides include information on featured books, recommended articles, videos, tutorials, lesson plans, and more.

Topics include:
Games and Learning
Science Education
iPads and Tablet Computers in the K-12 Classroom
Education Library Research for Graduate Students

Check them out, and if you can think of a resource to share that would be perfect for the guide, each guide has a Suggest a Resource box where you can submit a resource to share your knowledge with other researchers.


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Assistance with Scheduling Teaching Lab Spaces

by Catherine Stephens 3. November 2014 14:48

Now is the time to check space availability of MERIT classroom and teaching labs for the Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 semesters.  MERIT staff work closely with SoE curriculum coordinators, and we are available to assist with scheduling spaces. Please use the School of Education's online reservation system EMS ( or contact to check availability or to request help with scheduling spaces. 

Please submit reservation requests at least two weeks prior to instruction date to ensure consideration.  Contact with Jacob Zeldin, MERIT's Computer Lab and Learning Spaces Manager with questions about MERIT teaching labs or lab software.


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