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Advocating for School Libraries
Resources to assist school library media coordinators in communicating that school libraries make a difference to students.
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Flipped classrooms as an activator for library thinking

"As teachers all over the world consider the future of education, we in libraries need to keep up. Maybe one way to do that is to adopt some of the terminology being bandied around by our educational colleagues, and apply it to our own practice and spaces. Not as a cure-all, but as a first step towards moving outside our ‘known’ worlds, and trying out a new set of boundaries."

 

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Advocate for learners. Advocate for strong school libraries.

Prepared by Joyce Kasman Valenza for Library Advocacy Day. May, 2010 Creative Commons Attribution.
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Bookloose! « NeverEndingSearch - Blogs - School Library Journal

Bookloose! « NeverEndingSearch - Blogs - School Library Journal | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
This is simply adorable and inspiring and a reminder that kids, even middle school kids, should have a voice in expressing what they need to learn and grow.
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Cuts to school libraries and staffs a sad chapter in education | Get Schooled

"If America can increase funding for libraries and librarians, I can only think that America has found one important way to rebuild itself." - Stephen Krashen

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Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search

Clive Thompson on Why Kids Can’t Search | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"We're often told that young people tend to be the most tech-savvy among us. But just how savvy are they?" 

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Educational Leadership:Literacy 2.0:Teaching Media Literacy

Educational Leadership:Literacy 2.0:Teaching Media Literacy | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"Media literacy is making a comeback, spurred by students' access to unlimited information on the Internet. Can schools provide the skills students need to become media literate in a digital world?"

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Public and School Libraries in Decline: When We need Them | I Love Libraries

"All of language education is in crisis because of the decline of libraries. We now know that libraries are utilized, that they contribute powerfully to literacy development, and have the potential of closing the gap between children from high and low-income families in reading achievement. Yet library funding is declining, and the situation is the most serious in high-poverty areas. Library funding should be expanded, not cut."

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Smashwords - School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come - A book by Kristin Fontichiaro

Smashwords - School Libraries: What's Now, What's Next, What's Yet to Come - A book by Kristin Fontichiaro | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it
A crowdsourced collection of over 100 essays from around the world about trends in school libraries written by librarians, teachers, publishers, and library vendors. Edited by Kristin Fontichiaro and Buffy Hamilton.

Via Joyce Valenza
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Yes You Can! The TL Toolkit for Student Success

Yes You Can! The TL Toolkit for Student Success | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

To make our programs count and to be accountable, we need to take a hard look at the research findings, assess where we are and decide what we need to do.. We can’t wait for someone else to do it for us. We have the academic proof now let’s build the grassroots proof. We need to set some achievable goals, and develop an action plan.


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School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.  Another Scoop worth following, curated by Karen Bonanno.

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Educational Leadership:Revisiting Teacher Learning:Letters from Media Specialists

Educational Leadership:Revisiting Teacher Learning:Letters from Media Specialists | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"I strongly urge you to spread the word to all education administrators and leaders today. Every child today needs these skills to enter the 21st-century workforce. While we are paying attention to critical-thinking skills, STEM topics, and creativity, we must remember to provide students with the building blocks, learning laboratories, and skills to learn them. This is available in the school library. "

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Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:True—or Not?

Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:True—or Not? | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"How can students know whether the information they find online is True—or Not?"

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Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day

Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"The six elements of effective reading instruction don't require much time or money—just educators' decision to put them in place."

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What’s our future – school libraries and librarians

What’s our future – school libraries and librarians | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"It disturbs me that we are not seriously thinking about the future of school libraries. This statement will receive incensed objections; teacher librarians are, after all, talking about changes in ..."

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Imagine (Library Advocacy Day)

Film by Sal D'Angelo, Springfield Township High School, inspired by John Lennon's Imagine. This video is licensed Creative Commons attribution.
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Educational Leadership:Coaching: The New Leadership Skill:The Coach in the Library

Educational Leadership:Coaching: The New Leadership Skill:The Coach in the Library | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"Although the classroom teacher is generally the expert on the content standards, the school librarian is the expert on the process of finding, evaluating, using, creating, and sharing information. Bringing the two together engenders powerful learning opportunities for students and provides professional development to teachers."

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Stepping Up Our Game: School Libraries and Self Assessment

The Adventures of Library Girl: Stepping Up Our Game: School Libraries and Self Assessment | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"One of the things I find myself saying over and over again is that in order to BE indispensable members of our learning communities, we must find ways to be the answer to the problems that keep our principals, fellow teachers and (hopefully) ourselves up at night. (I stole this line from Deb Logan, by the way)."


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Educational Leadership:Reaching for Equity:Bridging Inequity With Books

Educational Leadership:Reaching for Equity:Bridging Inequity With Books | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"To develop literacy, students need access to many interesting reading materials. Investing in our libraries is critical to equitable achievement in reading."

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Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:Reading Remixed

Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:Reading Remixed | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"Far from killing reading, digital technologies are helping young readers become more engaged in books than ever."

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The Adventures of Library Girl: Kids First. Everything Else Second.

The Adventures of Library Girl: Kids First. Everything Else Second. | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"Of course, I'm not saying we shouldn't hold students accountable for lost books. And I absolutely believe that we must be good stewards of the funds we are given to purchase materials. But in the end, our mission is to serve kids, to establish policies that best meet their needs and to break those same rules when they are not in the best interest of the child looking up at us. Kids first. Everything else is second."

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Everyday Advocacy: Making a case for libraries is easy with web tools. Here’s how to get started.

Everyday Advocacy: Making a case for libraries is easy with web tools. Here’s how to get started. | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Now more than ever, libraries have become dynamic learning spaces where students develop information literacy skills, conduct research, collaborate, create, and read. It’s time to use the tools at our disposal to demand equity for students in our own districts and across the country.

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School Librarians Can Help Web 2.0 Classroom Adoption

School Librarians Can Help Web 2.0 Classroom Adoption | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"The number one reason why teachers failed to incorporate Web 2.0 into planning, teaching, or their own learning was because they didn't feel competent enough to do so, says the survey, which is precisely why media specialists should be brought in to help."

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Educational Leadership:Learning in the Digital Age:The Virtual Library

Educational Leadership:Learning in the Digital Age:The Virtual Library | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"To maintain relevance, the 21st century school library must expand and reinterpret library service. Existing both offline and online, it must offer around-the-clock access as well as instruction and guidance that support the face-to-face interactions of students with librarians and classroom teachers."

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Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:Taming the Wild Text

Educational Leadership:Reading: The Core Skill:Taming the Wild Text | Advocating for School Libraries | Scoop.it

"A top-10 list of strategies to help the struggling reader become fierce, unafraid, and strong."

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