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Understanding Ferguson: Resources on Protest, Nonviolent Resistance, and Civil Rights

Understanding Ferguson: Resources on Protest, Nonviolent Resistance, and Civil Rights | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A St. Louis bookstore, LeftBankBooks, is devising a reading list for educators and parents, with titles including Never Been a Time: The 1917 Race Riot That Sparked the Civil Rights Movement (Walker & Company, 2008), Boy, Snow, Bird (Riverhead,...
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Take advantage of what could be a teachable moment by sharing this article with teachers who may be using the Ferguson news as a discussion tool in the classroom. Touchy subject, to be sure, but SLJ has created an great list of resources that can be used to help students understand what's going on there.

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A Great New Tool to Help You Integrate Technology In Your Lesson Plans

A Great New Tool to Help You Integrate Technology In Your Lesson Plans | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
August 26, 2015
Lesson Flows is a new service provided by Common Sense Graphite to enable teachers to effectively integrate technology in their lesson plans. The premise behind Lesson Flows is to...
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Share this with teachers who want a more integrated approach to technology in the classroom!

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School librarians,  as you plan your lessons or work to assist teachers with inserting technology in to their lessons, please take a look at this simple plan.  It can help educators visualize the "right" place to add in technology.

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8 Back To School Spending Tips For Parents & Teachers

8 Back To School Spending Tips For Parents & Teachers | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Don’t Buy That! How To Survive Back To School Season Without Going Broke
by Dawn Casey-Rowe, Author of Don’t Sniff the Glue: A Teacher’s Misadventures in Education Reform
Parents and teachers–you’re about to go broke!
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I'm thinking these tips would be an amazing piece of advocacy if you put them up on your media center page (or the link to the article). Think of the grateful parents! It's a travesty that we live in a country where parents are seriously considering whether to buy food or school supplies but we do... so, let's give out some creative and/or DIY ideas. We are "makers" after all, right?

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Digital Storytelling: What it is... And... What it is NOT

Digital Storytelling: What it is... And... What it is NOT | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
I was lucky to have shared my childhood bedroom for a few years with my grandmother, when she had come to live with us after an illness. At bedtime, she would tell me stories of her parents and thr...
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I love that this article talks about how it isn't the tools but a skill. Isn't that what we're trying to teach?  Worth a read!

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George - a transgender middle grade novel? Yes, please!

George - a transgender middle grade novel? Yes, please! | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
George - a transgender middle grade novel? Yes, please!
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Finally!

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Should Teachers Use Twitter? This Flowchart Says Probably

Should Teachers Use Twitter? This Flowchart Says Probably | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Should Teachers Use Twitter? This Flowchart Says Probably
by TeachThought Staff
Should you use twitter?
That’s a loaded question with a lot of assumptions. But for digitally-inclined teachers in the 21st century, the answer is increasingly, yes.
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Yes - it is a loaded question and this little flowchart would be fun to share with teachers who are ready to dip their toes in the water. There's nothing earth-shattering here; just a cool infographic to have on hand when someone asks why. Enjoy!

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Academy of American Poets Debuts “Teach This Poem”

Academy of American Poets Debuts “Teach This Poem” | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Academy of American Poets hopes to give teachers in all content areas multiple opportunities to integrate poetry into their instruction with Teach this Poem, a new, free weekly email that features a poem along with instructional resources and...
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How cool is this? Sign up to get a free weekly email with a poem and instructional strategies for integrating poetry into the curriculum. Sign up!

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The Official Site of Sara Pennypacker Author of Flat Stanley

The Official Site of Sara Pennypacker Author of Flat Stanley | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Sara Pennypacker, author of children's books including Clementine, Summer of the Gypsy Moths, The Talented Clementine, Clementines Letter, Clementine Friend of the Week, The Amazing World of Stuart, including Stuart's Cape and Stuart goes to School, Flat Stanley books including The Mount Rushmore Calamity, The Great Egyptian Grave Robbery, The Japanese Ninja Surprise and The Intrepid Canadian Expedition, Sparrow Girl, and Pierre in Love.
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Is there an American elementary school student who has not created a Flat Stanley to visit the far reaches of the world? I can't wait to see this icon of children's literature at AASL in Columbus!

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Kevin Henkes

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Kevin Henkes will be at AASL15 in Columbus in November. My children (now adults) grew up with Henkes' books. My 30-year-old delighted in Chester's Way and my 20-year-old fell in love with Lily's Purple Plastic Purse. And now...my granddaughter has a namesake in Henkes' character, Penny. Can't wait to see him in November!

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Gennifer Choldenko Author

Gennifer Choldenko Author | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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I love Choldenko's books and now I get the chance to see her in person at AASL15! This is so exciting (I geek authors...)

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Ten Historic Female Scientists You Should Know

Ten Historic Female Scientists You Should Know | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Before Marie Curie, these women dedicated their lives to science and made significant advances
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This is an excellent article to have handy when Women's History Month rolls around (March 2016). But, hey! Why not share these brilliant women with students NOW?

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10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs

10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs by Brooks Hocog, The Google Docs Team Collaborate with colleagues Use Docs to collaborate with your colleagues on joint lesson plans or training materials in real-time, and to create shared...
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Practical and timely... Share with your teachers!

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Hands-on high school prepares students for the real world and jobs, but what about college? - The Hechinger Report

Hands-on high school prepares students for the real world and jobs, but what about college? - The Hechinger Report | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
SAN DIEGO — During her junior year of high school, Grace Shefcik wrote and directed a play about the Lavender Scare, the time during the Cold War in the 1950s when gay and lesbian people lived in fear of prosecution. The young playwright’s debut work met with success: It was one of three chosen by …
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Is higher ed supporting the trends in K-12? If not, how can we create more of a continuum?

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Must Watch TED Talks on The Power of Reading Books

Must Watch TED Talks on The Power of Reading Books | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
August, 2015
Books hold a deep magic, an empowering spell that once cracked open could illuminate the  entire universe of the self. Books are semiotic representations of wisdom, power, authority...
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Need a "back-to-school" pep talk about why you are important and why you do what you do? Here are some TEDTalks that might make you feel a little more like a superhero...

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Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits

Six Back-to-School Goals for Teacher Librarians | Tech Tidbits | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Librarians can jump-start the school year by setting some essential goals.
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It's so easy to go in each day and just put out the fires - it is much harder to develop a plan, a strategy, a set of goals to accomplish by the end of the week or month or year. Take a look at this article and think about what needs YOU have in your library and set some goals to bring your practice into a higher level of service to your school.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, August 31, 9:23 AM

School librarians, you've helped everyone else get ready for the school year.  Take a few moments to get your year off to a good start!

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Can Design Thinking Help Schools Find New Solutions to Old Problems?

Can Design Thinking Help Schools Find New Solutions to Old Problems? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Principal Kamar Samuels had a problem: how to reach the most disaffected students at Bronx Writing Academy, a middle school serving mostly low-income students.
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Now here's a concept: take your low performing or disaffected students and form a focus group to find out where they're coming from. Wow - it seems so easy but we all know it isn't, right? To then take their comments and enact change? That's brilliant!

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Who says libraries are dying? They are evolving into spaces for innovation

Who says libraries are dying? They are evolving into spaces for innovation | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Traditionally, libraries provided a quiet space to read. Today's libraries are taking on new roles and helping young people gain 21st-century skills.
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Need some ideas? Need to convince an administrator of the value of a high quality library program? Well-written and timely - you'll want to bookmark this one.

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Anna Runyen's curator insight, August 27, 1:14 PM

This is where Makerspace programming fits into the picture.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, August 27, 1:52 PM

Libraries are always changing and innovating, that's why they are amazing places.

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Don Tate » Biography - Children's Book Author and Illustrator

Don Tate » Biography - Children's Book Author and Illustrator | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Visiting AASL in Columbus, Don Tate will be in a Saturday session titled "Changemakers in Society" - he'll be joined by Melissa Stewart, Loree Griffin Burns, and Shana Corey. You DON'T want to miss this!

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Maggie Stiefvater | Young Adult Author

Maggie Stiefvater | Young Adult Author | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The official site of NYT Bestselling Author Maggie Stiefvater, including news, videos, and free music downloads.
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Maggie will be at AASL in November in a session about Illustrated Fiction: Blending Visuals with Narratives to Draw Students into Stories. She'll be joined by Jon Klassen, Nick Bruel, and Kenneth Oppel. This is NOT to be missed!

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Rita Williams-Garcia

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Could this list of visiting authors get any better? Rita Williams-Garcia will be in the house at AASL in Columbus, OH! Have you registered yet?

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When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose

When Educators Make Space For Play and Passion, Students Develop Purpose | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Harvard education specialist Tony Wagner has been advocating that we reinvent the education system to promote innovation for years. He’s clear that content should no longer be at the center of school.
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One of the skills Wagner points to is the ability to formulate good quality questions. Interesting that this is one the hallmarks of a quality library media program at a time when library media specialists are on the endangered list all over the country. Libraries represent the ORIGINAL personalized learning classroom yet the idea of innovation, questioning, self-direction are all hailed as earth-shattering and brand new. One need only look to their media centers staffed with highly qualified, dynamic media specialists to solve at least part of this problem.

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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, August 28, 10:23 AM

It seems like all the things that are being shown to foster innovation and creative thinking are those that have been squeezed out by our last centuries education policies:  recess being eliminated to allow more time for content; tinkering time in order to provide lectures and sitting still to listen; teacher assessment replaced by mass produced multiple choice test questions, play time replaced by play dates....  -Lon

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The Nick Bruel Website - Author of Bad Kitty

The Nick Bruel Website - Author of Bad Kitty | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

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Another author in the amazing lineup coming to AASL in Columbus in November. Can't wait to meet the creator of Bad Kitty!

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The Official Site of Shannon Hale

The Official Site of Shannon Hale | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Woohoo! Shannon Hale will be at AASL in Columbus, Nov. 5-8.

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5 Ways Video Can Increase Student Ownership of Learning

5 Ways Video Can Increase Student Ownership of Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In a student-centered classroom, it is important for students to take ownership of their learning and make it meaningful in a way that fits their needs and learning styles. This is much easier said than done. As a teacher, it can be difficult to get out o
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I've always believed in the power of video for students to demonstrate understanding. This article gives you tips, tricks, and tools that will help you make the case, too!

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Xuan Phan's curator insight, August 23, 8:18 PM

This is a must- read article for teachers  with "Student- centered classroom" approach.

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A love letter to libraries | The Bloggess

A love letter to libraries | The Bloggess | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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If you are a librarian, I suggest you have a tissue handy... Then, look for the "searching eyes" to which you can say, "Let me introduce you to Jenny Lawson..."

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32 Strategies for Building a Positive Learning Environment

32 Strategies for Building a Positive Learning Environment | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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For both teachers and media specialists, creating a positive learning environment is one of the 10 standards for which they are evaluated. Here are some great ideas to help exceed expectations with evaluators!

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Calliope Global Fran's curator insight, August 14, 6:25 PM

Positive physical learning space is also important! Happy, peaceful comfortable classrooms put the students at ease, and aid in readying them for learning.

RebeccaMoore's curator insight, August 16, 2:08 PM

I always wonder how my students will respond to me and tge classroom culture I try to establish within the first few days of school. this article presents some ideas to ensure the learning environment is precisely how you want it to be.