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Promoting school libraries, programs and teacher librarians/library media specialists.
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Review finds hundreds of LA school libraries without staff, shuttered ...

Review finds hundreds of LA school libraries without staff, shuttered ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
It took school board member Monica Ratliff's office months of phone calls to find out how many libraries do not have staff: 332. Now, she wants to get them reopened.
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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 23, 2014 7:57 PM

Kudos to this board member!

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School library lobby of parliament (and photos)

School library lobby of parliament (and photos) | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
I just finished painting my sign for tomorrow's School Library Lobby! If there's any way you can get to London tomorrow, come along! And follow and retweet us on Twitter hashtag #lobby4schlib Libraries are massively under attack right now!
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Impact of School Libraries on Learning | Research report

SLIC has commissioned Robert Gordon University (RGU) to undertake research into the impact of school libraries, which was launched at the Scottish Learning Festival 2013.

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The aim of the report is to identify and critically evaluate the available evidence on the impact of school libraries on learning for the Scottish Education Department.

 

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:57 PM

Always good to have more research. 

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Advice from a Changemaker: Let's All Get Connected | Project Advocacy

Advice from a Changemaker: Let's All Get Connected | Project Advocacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Our president believes that libraries should be connected. “In an age when the world's information is just a click away, we've got to bring our schools and our libraries into the 21st century,” President Obama said in a ceremony ...
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Ten Questions You Should Ask Before You Flip Your Classroom

Ten Questions You Should Ask Before You Flip Your Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

As the school year starts, many teachers are wanting to implement flipped learning into their classes. Before you begin, I encourage you to answer each of the questions below. The purpose of the questions is to help teachers BEGIN the process of flipping their class. This is only the first step. Flipped Class 101 can lead to Flipped Learning, which is a second stage of the Flipped Class. Many teachers are asking for some step by step guidelines as they begin.


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The very first question - "What will you flip?  (A lesson, a unit/chapter, a subject, or a class)" - definitely sets the context. You can dip your toe in or take the plunge. This post is well worth the time to read and then you can check out the related links.

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Alexandra Koukoumialou's curator insight, January 18, 2014 3:38 AM

Great checklist!!!

Andy Kenworthy's curator insight, January 18, 2014 3:49 AM

Straight forward questions to consider. Good list of tools and apps to look into further. 

Tina Jameson's curator insight, January 23, 2014 6:09 PM

Once you understand the purpose of a 'Flipped Classroom', you need to look at the best way to achieve success.  In addition to suggesting questions that you should ask yourself before 'flipping' your class teaching, the article lists a number of potential tools to be used for recording your offline material.

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Teachers Avoid Social Media Use for Classroom Learning, Survey Finds

Teachers Avoid Social Media Use for Classroom Learning, Survey Finds | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Many teachers are using social networking in their personal lives, but not for teaching purposes because of concerns about negative repercussions, a new survey says.

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Using social media in the classroom is an opportunity to teach students about essential digital literacy / citizenship skills in a real-world context.

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10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers

10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The potential of social networking sites in education is huge and we need to capitalize on it to enhance our professional development and consequently improve the quality of our instruction.

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Social media can be a great tool to help teach student digital literacy. 

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Do You Tweet? A Survey of Teacher Librarians and Twitter

Do You Tweet? A Survey of Teacher Librarians and Twitter | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Do You Tweet? A Survey of Teacher Librarians and Twitter ... I am curious to know if there is a way to see which librarians are tweeting more-public or school. Just a thought. ... How many librarians participated in your survey?
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Most folk just follow and therefore miss the benefits of the strengths of using Twitter.

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Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter

Helping Educators Get Started With Twitter | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

We know that most educators who use Twitter effectively say they learn more from their personal learning network (PLN) on Twitter than they’ve achieved from just about anything else.

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Research has shown that educators who use Twitter as part of their social networking do make changes to the way they teach. It is a great way to connect, communicate and collaborate. 

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11 Note-Taking Tips For The Digital Classroom

11 Note-Taking Tips For The Digital Classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Does the physical act of writing something down help you to remember it? What is the most effective way to take notes? How does all of this play into a more digitally based classroom?
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Judith Morais's curator insight, January 14, 2014 6:51 PM

The infographic looks at the cornell system of note taking as well as other methods. A good read for those considering how to build up their own or students note taking skills. 

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Central Library to incorporate primary school

Central Library to incorporate primary school | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Many people who have been following the issue in the city will know that the proposal to build a new primary school in the lower two floors of the Central Library has now been given the go ahead. I...
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Lourense Das's curator insight, January 13, 2014 1:15 PM

Mayor of Bristol on Central Library to incorporate a primary school

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New Free Online learning tool encourages parent engagement in school libraries – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Free Online learning tool encourages parent engagement in school libraries – Stephen's Lighthouse | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

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Anita Vance's curator insight, January 10, 2014 10:49 PM

adding tools that encourage parent involvement.  Strong advocates come from the community.

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Ebook Usage in US School Libraries (K-12) Report


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Anita Vance's curator insight, January 12, 2014 1:22 PM

Looking for trends? Comparing usage for ebooks?  This is a good reference.

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What do librarians do? Day Three - school librarian

What do librarians do? Day Three - school librarian | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
The following post was contributed by school librarian, Nicky Adkins. Here she explains the vital role libraries and librarians play in education. As with most librarians, one of the most frequentl...
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What should an administrator expect a school library media specialist to be?

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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, January 22, 2014 9:29 AM

school librarian / teacher librarian jobdescription

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 23, 2014 1:42 AM

Lovely description of all a school librarian can be. If schools understood an supported us they would have independent learners in their schools in no time...

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 23, 2014 7:52 PM

A very good description, a goal to achieve. I applaud the vision embedded here.

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Shifting from Helplessness to the Principles of the Possible

Shifting from Helplessness to the Principles of the Possible | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In this research summary, Todd recognizes that many of us have fallen into the trap of learned helplessness when talking about our programs. We often point out what we can't do, rather than how we could make something ...
Karen Bonanno's insight:

Through Todd's studies of successful programs in the hands of those he calls "possibilists," he developed 7 core ideas he calls the "Principles of the Possible." Each of the strong school library programs in the study had these principles in common.

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Literacy program unites students

Literacy program unites students | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Teen Trendsetters, a Barbara Bush Foundation program, is in its second year at Windham Primary School.

At 8:30 a.m. on a recent Thursday, Ariana Ray, 6, and Jordan Torelli, 16, sit side-by-side on a windowsill in the Windham Primary School library, flipping through “Heat Waves,” a picture book by Lydia Carlin.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Engaging students in literacy programs to assist younger readers.

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Questions librarians need to answer - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Questions librarians need to answer - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In a recent post , Jennifer LaGarde (LibraryGirl) suggests that these questions "really need ...

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Doug adds some extra questions that add extra spice.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 17, 2014 2:30 AM

Love the questions. Makes you focus on the student which is what we should all be about. 

GwynethJones's curator insight, January 19, 2014 7:01 PM

More brilliance from my friends and thought leaders: Jennifer & Doug

Dr. Christine Van Hamersveld, Director of Libraries & Instructional Materials - Pasadena ISD's curator insight, February 14, 2014 11:04 AM

These questions should guide the professional growth of school librarians (new and experienced) and frame the ongoing quest to improve school library programs.

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So, Who’s Teaching Children About Digital Citizenship?

So, Who’s Teaching Children About Digital Citizenship? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
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Understand the true power of information literacy instruction.

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johanna krijnsen's curator insight, January 22, 2014 9:31 AM

teaching digital citizenship

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What Are the 7 Mind Frames of Learning?

What Are the 7 Mind Frames of Learning? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
We need to move away from discussing teaching and focus our efforts on learning. In today's guest blog, Professor John Hattie provides the 7 mind frames that will help us do that.

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Powerful frames of mind.

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Judith Morais's curator insight, January 17, 2014 7:10 AM

The key to the success of students is in addressing how they learn. 

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11 Incredible Bookcases For People Who Really, Really Love Their Books

11 Incredible Bookcases For People Who Really, Really Love Their Books | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Most of us have the Billy bookshelf from IKEA, still leftover from our first apartment. Others, however, would rather display their books than merely store them.
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Brighten up a wall, corner, stairway.....

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Advocating for School Librarians | American Libraries Magazine

Advocating for School Librarians | American Libraries Magazine | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

"Yet the promise of libraries is in peril because school libraries are in crisis; a threat to one type of library is a threat to all libraries. School libraries across the country are at a critical point. On one hand, budget and testing pressures have led to decisions to eliminate or de-professionalize school libraries. On the other hand, the increased emphasis on college and career readiness and the integration of technology have opened an unprecedented door to school librarian leadership."

Karen Bonanno's insight:

The library community will feel the impact of the removal of school libraries in more ways than people think.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, January 15, 2014 2:11 AM

School libraries have taken a hit along the economy crisis in the US.

Lourense Das's curator insight, January 15, 2014 5:03 AM

President Barbara Stripling: The peril and promise of school libraries #advocacy #schoollibraries

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The question of better school-libraries has to be raised in the 2014 election

The question of better school-libraries has to be raised in the 2014 election | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In Sweden, schools and libraries historically have always been together. Today many schools don’t have libraries. It is a political question that has to be raised. Sweden is (together with Chile) t...
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Tricia Adams's curator insight, January 14, 2014 11:05 AM

The discussion is the same in many parts of the world...

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Talk It Out Thursday – What is a Librarian? | The Printed YA Word

Talk It Out Thursday – What is a Librarian? | The Printed YA Word | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
I am a teacher. Apparently hardly anyone sees school librarians as teachers anymore, which is ridiculous in my opinion. Aside from the fact that I have a teaching license in teaching English to secondary grade levels, I still see ...
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 11, 2014 4:49 PM

A lovely blog about the role of a school librarian. 

Lourense Das's curator insight, January 13, 2014 1:09 PM

Blogpost: "I am a teacher. Apparently hardly anyone sees school librarians as teachers anymore, which is ridiculous in my opinion"

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 15, 2014 7:16 PM

Love these thoughts...I feel like she really sums up my job.

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Limitless Libraries | A joint initiative

Limitless Libraries | A joint initiative | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Limitless Libraries is a cooperative program of Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Public Schools with the goal of improving school libraries, fostering resource sharing between the two institutions, and improving student access to learning materials.

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It all began with a big idea: give students easy access to the best educational resources and learning materials in our libraries and on the Internet. A joint initiative of Nashville Public Library and Metro Nashville Public Schools. 

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