Letters for Libraries: Advocacy & Action!

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Letters for Libraries: It''s Not Just About Books. Funding for school libraries and funding for other student literacy programs (like the National Writing Project) is being threatened both federally and in states across the country. In the 21st century information environment, our students deserve and need your help in keeping their library/information literacy programs strong. Yet library jobs are being cut - and, now, not included in this jobs bill.

Library Orientation for Third through Fifth Grade

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Just as I did for the early grades, I pondered what message I wanted our upper grades to take away from library orientation. I wanted to of course give them some reminders about routines and procedures, but I wanted them to leave with a sense that the library was a place for all readers to connect with books. If we didn’t have the book or topic in our library, then I wanted us to make sure that we did.

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ISTE, Stirring the Pot, & Education Advocacy

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Four years ago on Doug Johnson''s awesome The Blue Skunk Blog a commenter named Glynda said " Doug, I just read in the SLJ that Teacher librarian Gwyneth Jones is now a board member of ISTE. ISTE Connects also produced this excellent blog post - Common Core: It’s not what they know — it’s how they’ll use it Great conversation starters! Whether on ISTE, ALA, AASL, YALSA, NEA, NCATE, METC, TCEA, or your local ISTE or library affiliate? My Momma might read this blog!

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

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SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR. Might we also study whether learners with solid K12 library inquiry experience perform better than the student in the general SHEG sample ? Using resources from the Library of Congress, these 80 units cover both U.S.

Shine a Light on Advocacy - NOW!

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I got this compelling email from good friend and LJ/SLJ/The Horn Book publisher Ian Singer who forwarded a passionate plea to several of us to mobilize, sign the petition to Ensure all school libraries are properly staffed, open, and available for children every day and to get out the word via Twitter. I’m writing on behalf of a single voice, who has reached out to School Library Journal looking for “help and hope”. Our efforts can’t focus solely on the school library channel.

5 #GR8Finds #ThisWeek 03.20.15 - What to Assess? Library of Congress on Pinterest, An Adult Coloring Book, A School Librarians Advocacy Video, and Who's Tracking Your Emails?

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[I blog every Friday about my #GR8Finds #ThisWeek. Library of Congress celebrating " Women''s History Month" on Pinterest. Library of Congress on Pinterest, with 32 boards and 790 pins ( follow ) -- pretty cool! A school librarian advocacy video from the New Jersey Association of School Librarians, worth watching. BEST school librarian advocacy video! My list is very v-e-r-r-r-y selective --my own crème de la crème curation. Generally, three to five #GR8Finds.

Rally to Restore Philadelphia School Librarians: Responses, reflections, and resources

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Our special guest speakers included: Lauren Comito , founder of Urban Librarians Unite and recent recipient of Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year Award, who acted as MC State Representative Tom Murt , a former educator and a primary co-sponsor of HB 1355 , legislation that would require every school in Pennsylvania to have a certified librarian. She recognizes the library as a safe space for the individual and as an important space that creates community.

Let’s Show Our Work with the #PowerOfPublicSchools

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I share at least one thing every single day on Twitter, Instagram, and/or Facebook about the work that is going on in our public school library. I’ve gained so much from reading the tweets, pictures, and blog posts of fellow educators around the world. Finally, I share my work because it defines for the world what is happening in a public school library. BetsyDeVos here are a few highlights from the day in our public school library. Created by Kristina Holzweiss.

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

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The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. appeared first on CUE Blog.

Michelle Luhtala is a Library Journal 2015 Mover and Shaker

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Michelle Luhtala, High School Library Department Chair at New Canaan Public Schools and the presenter of edWeb.net’s Emerging Tech community for school librarians, has been selected by Library Journal as one of the 2015 Movers and Shakers , the people shaping the future of libraries. ” Michelle Luhtala was selected for her advocacy work. ” Visit Michelle Luhtala’s website for ideas on learning libraries. edWeb Blog

Michelle Luhtala is a Library Journal 2015 Mover and Shaker

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” Mich elle Luhtala was selected for her advocacy work.Michelle Luhtala has been a strong advocate for Banned Websites Awareness Day (BWAD), an annual event raising consciousness about excessive filtering in school settings. ” Michelle Luhtala is the host of the edWeb community on Using Emerging Technology to Advance Your School Library Program. ”Visit Michelle Luhtala’s website with ideas on learning libraries. edWeb Blog

NJASL takeaway #1 Do they skip into your library?

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One of those leaders is Jennifer Latimer of Clinton Elementary School Library in Maplewood, NJ, who blogs as Anywhere Librarian and tweets as @jenlatimer. Harris Award for a Progressive School Library Media Program. The library can and should be about playful learning. I love my career and am thrilled every time a child skips into the library. The library is not a place of reading, it is and has always been a place of learning.

I dare you NOT to share! (So many AASL School Library Month goodies!)

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It’s just the beginning of School Library Month. AASL has been doing some seriously creative thinking about how we might use the month of April to celebrate the 2016 theme: the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. You may want to prepare by learning a little about the history of School Library Month. Central TV on a Dime: Creating a Library TV Studio. Tweet it out!

CUE Leaders Make National Impact: Members Educate Legislators and Policymakers in D.C.

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The focus of the advocacy efforts was on support for E-rate, LifeLine Program, Student Data and Privacy, and fully funding Title IV of ESSA. CUE members Pam Hernandez (SLOCUE) and Micah Studer (CapCUE) joined CEO Mike Lawrence and Legislative Policy Consultant John Cradler as part of the Ed Tech Advocacy and Policy Summit hosted by ISTE, CoSN and SETDA with support from SIIA, the Center for Digital Education and Discovery Education. appeared first on CUE Blog.

Let’s All Connect for LitWorld’s World Read Aloud Day 2016

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We have many ideas from previous years on our blogs. You can read more about World Read Aloud Day 2015 on Expect the Miraculous and The Library Voice. Advocacy Connected Learning event belonging community confidence connected learning connected libraries courage flipgrid global global collaboration google docs hope kindness litworld read aloud reading strengths World Read Aloud Day wrad16

Every Person Counts: How the 2020 U.S. Census Could Impact Adult Education

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Critical programs and services that adult education communities rely on, such as libraries and nonprofit organizations, could be impacted. The National Literacy Council’s website also has an extensive list of helpful resources for teaching and learning, programs, and advocacy. Check out the American Library Associations’ Guide to the 2020 Census for more ideas on what libraries and other organizations can offer. Adult Learning BlogEvery 10 years, the U.S.

Taking Over Georgia Department of Education Instagram: A Lesson in Trust

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My name is Andy Plemmons, school library media specialist at David C Barrow Elementary in Athens GA @barrowmediacenter I will take over the DOE account this week. Partnering with Gretchen Thomas and her UGA Project Spark class to give students more access to our library makerspace. The Barrow Spelling Bee is held in the library and broadcast to the school and families through Google Hangouts on Air. 2nd grade is collaborating in a Google Hangout facilitated from the library.

A letter of support

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It’s hard to make sense of the current climate for school libraries. In other areas, library programs are being cut because some tight budgets favor more pressing priorities. As this year’s School Library Month draws to an end, I thought it might help similar efforts if I shared this recent letter. Through their websites and guides, school libraries organize the information worlds of their schools. Library is not merely a place to get stuff.

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School Librarians Rocking it Hard Every Day!

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Introducing the SLJ Librarian of the Year Award Advocacy is always important. Advocacy for kiddos, teens, literature, creativity, giftedness, special needs, technology, a filterless society, community projects, connection with parents, geeks, goofballs, oh and LIBRARIES! In our profession, being an advocate for your kids, your library, your program, and yes.for YOURSELF is ESSENTIAL!

Celebrating the Future of Learning, One Region at a Time

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Events are hosted by a variety of organizations, such as schools, museums, libraries, community centers, and more. Inspire advocacy for more experiential learning in schools. Blog Developers Education Innovation Clusters Educators Entrepreneurs Researchers StudentsEducators, businesses, and researchers agree: today’s students require a new set of skills to thrive as productive citizens.

Mapping Out-of-School-Time Opportunities: Why It Matters

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CLX now has substantial, informative data they can use as a foundation or justification when making decisions around funding, advocacy, partnership, and expansion. Remake Learning Days Across America (RLDAA) is an upcoming festival of experiential learning events designed for learners and their families and hosted by a variety of organizations, such as schools, museums, libraries, after school groups, and more. Blog Education Innovation Clusters Educators Researchers

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To Raise a Reader

Reading By Example

(I wrote this post last week for our families on my school blog.). Two words: Public library. Mineral Point has an excellent public library with helpful and knowledgeable staff. Library staff offers a storytime for little ones every Monday morning at 10 A.M. If transportation is an issue, consider utilizing Overdrive , a digital library of eBooks and audiobooks.

Museums, libraries win grants for youth to enhance online learning, community

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Sixteen museums, libraries and nonprofit institutions have been awarded a total of $150,000 to engage young people in the development of apps, badges, curricula and other tools that will make the online experience more civil, safe and empowering. included libraries, community organizations, advocacy groups, museums, non-profits, cultural organizations, youth-serving institutions, and arts organizations.

Effective Technology Professional Learning: Leading and Collaborating to Assure Success

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Gaddis explained how Wake County focused their professional learning by first identifying three groups: teachers, leadership, and school library media coordinators. edWeb Blog district leadership leadership professional learning TechnologyBy Eileen Belastock.

The Natural Side of Student Voice with Flipgrid

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Empowering student voice has become one of the goals in the library that I am most passionate about. You can find multiple uses of Flipgrid within the posts on this blog. It seems like we are always coming up with new ways to use the tool in our library. Recently, some of the Flipgrid team visited my school to see what a day in our library is like. Share it with your network and consider how you can give students a voice within your library.

ESSA learning more, doing more

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I’d venture to say that most of us could stand to learn a little more about ESSA and its potential for school libraries and the communities we serve. Deb’s presentation ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act: Implications for School Library Programs , shares critical background on the ESSA reauthorization and a plan for moving forward. activism advocacy ESSA technology

It’s Time to Plan World Read Aloud Week 2018

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We have many ideas from previous years on our blogs. You can read more about previous World Read Aloud Day connections on Expect the Miraculous and The Library Voice. Search for an author to connect with on Kate Messner’s blog. Advocacy authors event collaboration connected learning connecting global audience global collaboration google hangout illustrators read aloud skype World Read Aloud Day

Worldwide, Online, and Free - The Library 2.013 Conference Starts Friday

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Please join us for the third annual global conversation about the future of libraries: October 18-19, 2013, [link]. There are eight conference strands covering a wide variety of timely topics, such as MOOCs, e-books, maker spaces, mobile services, embedded librarians, green libraries, doctoral student research, library and information center "tours," and more! join the Library 2.0 Ffion Alice Bell, Graduate Library Assistant.

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Acceptable Risk

Reading By Example

The local public library was also on hand, encouraging everyone to sign up for their summer reading challenge. Blogging, social media, and other forms of digital communications are becoming a necessary part of an educator’s life. Advocacy blogging Celebration Communication Community Connectedness engagement Leadership principal as an advocate Publishing Recognition Technology

Acceptable Risk

Reading By Example

The local public library was also on hand, encouraging everyone to sign up for their summer reading challenge. Blogging, social media, and other forms of digital communications are becoming a necessary part of an educator’s life. Advocacy blogging Celebration Communication Community Connectedness engagement Leadership principal as an advocate Publishing Recognition Technology

Wishes and Plans: Exploring Life Challenges Through Books

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In his recent Newbery speech , Matt de la Pena referenced an encounter with a librarian where she said that she loved his books but didn’t stock them in her library because she didn’t have those kinds of kids at her school. One of these books is Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo, which I already mentioned on the blog. Check them out at your local independent bookshop or library and add them to your collection.

Happy World Read Aloud Day 2015: Connecting Through Stories Part 3

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Louisa and Ansley showed off their blogs about how to use Tinkercad to 3d design. Another thing that I love about World Read Aloud week is that the books that we share aloud and the books that are by the authors that we connect with are immediately checked out of the library. Advocacy Connected Learning iPad Reading Promotion authors collaboration connected learning connecting litworld read aloud skype stories student voice World Read Aloud Day WRAD15

The Natural Side of Student Voice with Flipgrid

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Empowering student voice has become one of the goals in the library that I am most passionate about. You can find multiple uses of Flipgrid within the posts on this blog. It seems like we are always coming up with new ways to use the tool in our library. Recently, some of the Flipgrid team visited my school to see what a day in our library is like. Share it with your network and consider how you can give students a voice within your library.

Cybersecurity is Still Paramount for Schools

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CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. edWeb Blog Cyber Security cybersecurity district leadership school securityBy Stacey Pusey. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

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A belated confession

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My small sample revealed regrets about: not being as fully committed to advocacy as you know who, or as conversant with new YA/children’s titles as you know who, or as quick to genrefy as you know who, or as creative about instructional strategies as you know who. When we read the blogs, when we see our heroes speak at conferences, we have to realize that they too are running at different speeds in different areas of their practice.