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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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Green Dot Public Schools & No Right Brain Left Behind are Transforming Public School Libraries

Green Dot Public Schools & No Right Brain Left Behind are Transforming Public School Libraries | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Images via Locke High Innovation Space Green Dot Public Schools and No Right Brain Left Behind have launched the Locke JetSpace, a transformed public school library in Locke High School in Watts, California.
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Specialists keep library relevant in the Internet era - The Daily Advertiser

Specialists keep library relevant in the Internet era - The Daily Advertiser | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Specialists keep library relevant in the Internet era The Daily Advertiser This struck me as being particularly novel and funny because I hadn't considered that the library would have an active presence on social media, and certainly not a...
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LA School Turnaround Sets Sights on Reinventing the Library

LA School Turnaround Sets Sights on Reinventing the Library | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
LA School Turnaround Sets Sights on Reinventing the Library EdSurge Current Locke tenth grade teacher Kathleen Hicks corroborates the backstory: "Over 20 years of transient staffing meant the books were a combination of woefully outdated and...
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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, August 9, 7:08 AM

New roles?  TL as "jet curator" and "jet mentor"

 

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Australian Curriculum inquiry skills scope and sequence | Eduwebinar

Australian Curriculum inquiry skills scope and sequence | Eduwebinar | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Inquiry curriculum skills, evident in the Australian Curriculum and general capabilities, mapped to the Guided Inquiry Design Framework, and core essential
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In the latter part of 2012, I was granted permission from the authors of Guided Inquiry Design: A Framework for Inquiry in Your School, Carol Kuhlthau, Leslie Maniotes and Ann Caspari, to develop a scope and sequence typing the five kinds of learning to the inquiry skills and general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum. This document also includes core skills and web tools. 

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School Librarians - Leading Out Loud - Living in Dialogue

School Librarians - Leading Out Loud - Living in Dialogue | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

As miners are alerted to dangers from noxious gases when a canary dies in the mine, community members should immediately wake up and take notice when budgets propose cutting school librarians. This is an early sign that the school culture is endangered, that access to information is at risk, and that student-centered learning may well be compromised.

 

School librarians are getting quite a bit of amount of attention lately. Education blogger Anthony Cody has written about scams rife in the corporate reform movement, citing librarians as an antidote to destructive policies. Education Activist Peggy Robertson addressed the critical importance of school librarians recently in her blog, Peg with Pen. In July Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis shared a post on Facebook about the bleeding loss of school librarians in Chicago. Under that post, I linked a comment to the Chicago Lab School where one can clearly note the rich school library programs present in schools of the, well, rich. Stories, literature, information literacy – all this matters to families of Lab students as “skills and dispositions learned through library use allow students to explore the wide range of human experience through a variety of media.” Shouldn’t this exploration of what it means to be human be available to public school students?

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ICPL features library staff in a new podcast series - Iowa City Press Citizen

ICPL features library staff in a new podcast series - Iowa City Press Citizen | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
ICPL features library staff in a new podcast series
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... the library's collections in a casual conversation.
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Technology driving new Hewitt library design - Waco Tribune-Herald

Technology driving new Hewitt library design - Waco Tribune-Herald | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Technology driving new Hewitt library design Waco Tribune-Herald Now a retired elementary school teacher, Roch recalls how some students would light up whenever she brought new books or magazines to class because they didn't have anything to read...
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Want to know what students think? This librarian asked them!

Want to know what students think? This librarian asked them! | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Via Bookmarking Librarian
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She blogged about the survey and shared it to her vast PLN on Twitter. And she received hundreds of responses, including some from students as far away as Hong Kong and Australia.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, August 4, 11:13 AM

Want to know what your students think? School librarian Shannon McClintock Miller asked them and the results are in this post and video

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University Librarian reflects on a transformative era

University Librarian reflects on a transformative era | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Tom Leonard, who has led UC Berkeley's Library for 14 years, plans to retire in June 2015. He reflects on the Library and his years there — touching on transformative technology, budget challenges, mass digitization, fair-use issues and student sit-ins and "nude run" — in a NewsCenter Q&A.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, August 4, 11:16 AM

Interview with university librarian Tom Leonard (Berkeley) on the library: transformative technology, budget challenges, mass digitization, fair-use issues and more

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Library/Media Specialist job - DON BOSCO CRISTO REY HIGH SCHOOL - Takoma Park, MD

Library/Media Specialist job - DON BOSCO CRISTO REY HIGH SCHOOL - Takoma Park, MD | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
July 31, 2014 - Library/Media Specialist - • br br Supervises and directs the operations of library /technology center to ensure an environment that is conducive to learning br • Designs (#jobs4u #jobs Library/Media Specialist
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Getting Started with Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don't Go Crazy)

Getting Started with Project-Based Learning (Hint: Don't Go Crazy) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
If you're new to Project-Based Learning, Edutopia blogger Andrew Miller eases you into the approach with four suggestions to help you stay sane and begin mastering PBL.
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The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core

The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

After participating in an exciting webinar on Libraries, Technology, and Implementing Common Core provided by AASL, I began to think about how the role of the school-based media specialist is evolvin (Why the role of the school-based media specialist...


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Lourense Das's curator insight, August 4, 11:20 AM

School media specialists and common core: what is your (new) role?

Pamela Lipscomb-Gardner's curator insight, August 5, 7:21 AM

"I've always seen the media specialists as the Swiss army knife of any school" (Smile)

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, August 6, 8:36 PM

role of the teacher librarian and edtech implementing the Common Core

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Narooma Public School definitely gives a Gonski! - Narooma News

Narooma Public School definitely gives a Gonski! - Narooma News | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Narooma Public School definitely gives a Gonski!
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School libraries

Photoshow of high performing school libraries.
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Vision of a School Library Learning Commons

A vision of the school library learning commons in the future by Dominique Sullivan and Jennifer Lunny. References for this presentation: https://docs.google...
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Captions and images capture the crucial elements for the school library learning commons to be successful. 

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, August 9, 6:19 AM

Dominique and Jennifer share their vision for our learning spaces, in Canada and beyond.

jerigby's curator insight, August 9, 2:04 PM

A little long, but a good explanation of the Learning Commons vs Library.

Tricia Adams's curator insight, August 12, 2:24 AM

The shape of the future?

 

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Vision for the future of the iCentre by Helen Stower

Vision for the future of the iCentre by Helen Stower | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Open the link and then you can TOUCH this image to discover its story. Image tagging powered by ThingLink

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Great vision and interactivity to further explanations of the vision for this school library / iCentre.

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The Daring Librarian: Classrom Cribs! Brain Friendly Learning Spaces

The Daring Librarian: Classrom Cribs! Brain Friendly Learning Spaces | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, August 5, 3:21 PM

Guest blog by the classroom cribs team.  Great ideas and pedagogy on why designing effective learning spaces matter.

Lourense Das's curator insight, August 6, 7:06 AM

How we design our classrooms and libraries does matter!

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, August 6, 8:22 PM

classroom & library revisited!

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What If Students Learned This Way Instead Of That?

What If Students Learned This Way Instead Of That? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

In trying to imagine what would be different if we did this instead of that, I was surprised at how education has settled one a small handful of models in light of so much possibility. Was it because we’ve found the magic formula, and in 2014 we’re in an era of simple refinement? That we know “what works,” and now it’s all a matter of tweaks?

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Reflections on different styles of learning through a cause / effect lens.

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jerigby's curator insight, August 7, 10:27 AM

Thought-provoking ideas that most of us consider already, but probably not all at once. This is the ultimate in differentiation.  Unfortunately, standardized testing and the importance of scoring well gets in the way even when we have the best of intentions.

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Bring back high school librarians: Guest opinion - The Oregonian

Bring back high school librarians: Guest opinion - The Oregonian | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Bring back high school librarians: Guest opinion
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A teacher can do much to foster that love of reading. A teacher-librarian can do even more!
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Hands off our places of learning

Hands off our places of learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
MORE than 10 million Australians are ­library members and there are more than 110 million visits to libraries every year.

 

School library staff support student literacy – not only reading, but also information literacy (how to find things) and digital literacy (how to find and use information online and in electronic formats).

They are the go-to for cyber­safety, helping children stay safe online and they provide essential resources for teachers, based on their curriculum needs.

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Considering Purposefully Connected Curriculum in the Enactment of Australian Curriculum

Considering Purposefully Connected Curriculum in the Enactment of Australian Curriculum | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
As secondary teachers, the importance of our chosen teaching areas/disciplines has been engrained in us since our teacher training and our natural instincts to ‘protect our own’ are strong. Unfortu...
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A challenge to step away from the 'silo' teaching approach.

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Library Media Specialist at Saint Basil Academy | ALA JobLIST - Jobs in Library & Information Science & Technology

Library Media Specialist at Saint Basil Academy | ALA JobLIST - Jobs in Library & Information Science & Technology | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Library Media Specialist (Saint Basil Academy, Pennsylvania) http://t.co/aHfftVEr1D #jobs #libraryjobs
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Pennridge School District Loses Elementary School Librarian for ...

Pennridge School District Loses Elementary School Librarian for ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
On June 10, after much deliberation, Pennsylvania's Pennridge School District announced their decision to finalize a budget plan—proposed by the schools' superintendent—to reduce school librarian positions from 10 to ...
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How To Actually Delete your Digital Footprint

How To Actually Delete your Digital Footprint | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Helping students understand their digital footprint is an integral part of being a good digital citizen.
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Monday Means Advocacy: Partnerships

Monday Means Advocacy: Partnerships | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A partnership is an arrangement in which parties agree to cooperate to advance their mutual interests.
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