Teens in the U.S. scored about average in reading and science and below average in mathematics when compared to their counterparts around the world on the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), with little change seen from previous scores. This reported gap has sparked debate among U.S. education experts on how to interprete the data and on the PISA’s relevance.
McGraw-Hill’s professional’s ebook catalog of more than than 5,000 business, consumer, education, technical, and medical titles is now available for K–12 school libraries and public libraries worldwide on OverDrive. Also, some 700 of McGraw-Hill’s 2012 and 2013 offerings will be offered at special rates.
The Freedom to Read Foundation, joined by key library and learning advocates, filed an amicus brief November 25 with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the constitutionality of an Arizona statute that bans ethnic studies. The statute violates students’ First Amendment rights, Barbara M. Jones, FTRF’s executive director, says.
ABFFE’s Holiday Children’s Book Art Auction ends December 3. Young adults prefer print books to ebooks, a new survey finds. World Book Night will add three YA titles to its 2014 event. The Department of Labor will fund $100 million in grants via its new Youth Career Connect program. The New York Times has announced its list of Notable Children’s Books of 2013.
Young adult author A.S. King has partnered with school and public libraries in four communities for multi-generational reads of her novels, producing some illuminating experiences and conversations between teens and adults. More towns and cities should try such projects, King and her librarian partners say.
Whovians, unite! Saturday, November 23, marks the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, and teachers and youth librarians have been celebrating in recent weeks with a host of Who-themed programming, to the delight of their tween and teen patrons. For many superfans, though, the clever series is inspiring all year long.
Earlier this year, a committee of Vermont’s Board of Education quietly revised the State Education Quality Standards to remove the words “library” and “library program,” despite recommendations from the Vermont School Library Association (VSLA). The VSLA has been working tirelessly ever since to get library-specific language reinstated before the board rules in December.
Passionate school library advocacy takes many forms, though all too often these efforts don’t reach the district and state level. This can change once stakeholders start working together to improve student outcomes. That’s the goal of Project Connect, a national initiative bringing thought leaders to the same table to support the needs of 21st century schools.
As school library professionals from around the country flock to Hartford, CT, this weekend for the AASL National Conference, Connecticut’s own media specialists are at a crossroads. They face one of the highest achievement and budget gaps in the US between the state’s poor and wealthy school districts. However, the potential for successful advocacy is very high.
Neil Gaiman‘s bestselling urban fantasy novel Neverwhere has been restored to the curriculum at New Mexico’s Alamogordo High School (AHS), ending a temporary suspension due to a parental challenge. The book remained available to students in the library, although it had been pulled from English classes for several weeks until a review committee found it to be suitable and age-appropriate for study.