As the nation celebrates April as School Library Month, it's a good time to reflect on the essential role that school librarians play in our children's education. A recent study in the state of Washington showed the wisdom of investing in school librarians. As part of the study, Dr. Elizabeth Coker conducted a data analysis of a 40-question survey conducted by the Washington State’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) among 1,486 of the 2,428 K-12 schools in the state.
The results of that study, which was undertaken on behalf of the Washington Library Media Association, were summed up in a report, Certified Teacher-Librarians, Library Quality and Student Achievement in Washington State Public Schools. Those results showed that students attending schools with certified teacher-librarians perform better on standardized tests and are more likely to graduate. The reason, the report states, is that certified teacher-librarians "are far more likely to be directly involved in teaching curriculum-designed around Common Core standards.
By David Price In my book, OPEN: How We’ll Work, Live And Learn In The Future, I argue that a relentless focus upon high-stakes accountability — through student testing and teacher evaluation — has done little to improve outcomes, and has...
When your budget is low on dollars, you need to become creative when it comes to everything in your school library. Since we have a computer lab in our library-media center, (and lots of wall space...) I have decorated the lab with posters and infographics. You might have seen some of my original work, including 7 Things to Know About EBSCO, and the READ poster. There are also many posters which help students format their research paper, search for Google images, and understanding search results. When I began this search I never expected to find so many infographics for school librarians! If you are a language arts teacher, you will also find many related to grammar and reading below.
Three years ago we had two classrooms in our library. They looked like this: The former “training-based” classrooms at VT Library. Photo: R. Miller These were suitable for training-based instruction but our program has evolved.
Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips examines eight myths that drive education policy, including the value of homework for students and merit pay for teachers, the irrelevance of funding and class size, and the fairness of college admissions.
Registration of my TED talk at TEDxAmsterdamED on March 26th 2015. The talk is a short (8 minute) version of the story below: Did you ever ask yourself if the decisions you make are driven by what you know or feel is good – or are these decisions simply driven by your habits, by what you’re used to?
Each and every single one of us is a decision maker when it comes to education. As a parent, you decide on which school you pick for your young child and how you support and stimulate your children during their school years. When you grow up, you decide which school or university you pick yourself. As a teacher, you decide on the way you set up your classes. As a school director, you decide on the way you shape your school and facilitate your team. As a politician, you decide on how the money is spent.
But based on what? What drives your decision making?
The Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) is pleased to announce that the 2015 Innovation in Instruction Award will be presented to the Claremont Colleges Library (CCL) at ALA 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco.
This is a follow up to a post I wrote, How Do We Learn? How Should We Learn? The purpose of these posts is to encourage educators to examine practices they take for granted, implement without deep reflection of their efficacy.
Last May, I used this column to argue that Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are more like health clubs than hospitals: Providing free access to a gym will encourage lots of healthy, motivated people to use it and get healthier. And that would be a good thing; healthier people will avoid costly visits to the hospital and will live longer, more productive lives. At the same time, though, doctors do not expect that access to a gym will automatically improve the health of less motivated people, especially those with serious health problems. Some will need a personal trainer to show them the ropes and hold them accountable, while others will require the kind of “high touch” care that doctors and hospitals provide.
Those of us in Canada have been sitting on the sidelines as Google Play for Education was developed and deployed in the United States in November of 2013, and later in the UK earlier this year; fortunately we don’t have any longer to wait.
It's never too early to try to change the world. Teaching your kids at an impressionable young age about the most important issues of our time can benefit their development, and help shape their passion for social justice later in life.
A noted Williams College psychologist argues standardized tests are useful, if they measure the abilities students really need.
3. Flexible thinking and the use of evidence
Trudy Raymakers's insight:
Susan Engel reviewed more than 300 studies of K–12 academic tests. What she discovered is that most tests used to evaluate students, teachers, and school districts predict almost nothing except the likelihood of achieving similar scores on subsequent tests. The 7 to measure qualities seem very useful to 'capture' a child's educational progress.
The landscape of learning is changing. Children and young adults learn not only in school but fluidly across home, school, peer culture, and community. This transformation in learning and the school environment has prompted educators to ask challenging questions about how to develop learning spaces to meet these needs within the sometimes competing economic, social, and political realities.
At the same time, school librarians continue to serve their communities by linking children, young adults, and teachers with both the information they need and the skills to use it. We’ve identified three trends that we see as most affecting the role of the school librarian in the near future.
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