April 29, 2016

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Lauren Barack

About Lauren Barack

School Library Journal contributing editor Lauren Barack writes about the connection between media and education, business, and technology. A recipient of the Loeb Award for online journalism, she can be found at www.laurenbarack.com.

National Readathon Day 2016: Ice Cream, Grab Bags, and, of Course, Books

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The idea behind National Readathon Day, co-hosted by ALA and Penguin Random House, is to celebrate the delights of falling into a story. Any proceeds will support ALA’s Every Child Ready to Read initiative.

Florida Lawmaker Suggests Students Be Allowed to Swap Foreign Language for Coding

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As emphasis on STEM grows, many legislatures want to push these classes in K-12 programs, as has been done in New Mexico and Kentucky, among other states.

School Library Budgets Rise 20%, Yet Challenges Remain | Spending Survey 2016

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On average, budgets climbed nearly 20 percent in 2015–16 to $8,315. Meanwhile, school librarians report a lack of needed funds to serve special needs children and English language learners. And OER use is up, as is the demand for nonfiction.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Teens Teach Computer Science at a CA Library

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In Cupertino, young adults teach computer science to peers and run an all-night hackathon at the library.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Getting ELL Students College-Ready Challenges School Librarians

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Educators want to help all students learn English quickly so they don’t fall behind. But at the high school level, when grades will be part of college applications, this process takes on new urgency.

Tech Tips to Encourage Reluctant Readers

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From street lit resources to free, web-based libraries, digital tools to spark a love of reading and other tips from three experts.

Many Colleges Are Ignoring the SAT. Does Prep Still Matter?

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As students prepare to take the new SAT test on March 5, debates about the rationale for student testing continue—while librarians still want to help students prepare.

Microsoft Purchase of MinecraftEdu Leaves Educators Leery of Change

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With Microsoft’s acquisition of MinecraftEdu, the software giant released details about its own educational version: Minecraft Education Edition. And the questions started flying.

Getting Schools Revved Up About Robotics

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Expert panelists from our recent webcast share advice on how—and why—to dive into robotics with your students.

Blended Learning Model Essential for College Prep, Say Educators | College Ready

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K-12 schools are integrating digital tools and skills to better ready their students for the next phase of their education.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

To Support Teen Parents, Libraries Build Trust and Unique Programs

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Public libraries reach out to teenage parents and their children by offering specialized services ranging from tips on reading with babies to free car seats.

Full Steam Ahead for Sixth Grader Gathering Books with Black Girl Protagonists

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Tired of reading assigned books about “white boys and dogs,” 11-year-old Marley Dias decided to collect 1,000 books with protagonists who are black girls and send them to Jamaica. The hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks has spread the word and spurred donations.

Digital Visual Dictionary Bridges Language Gap for Refugees

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In Germany, a new tool is being used to ease the adjustment for the throngs of new immigrants coming from the Middle East, especially children.

“When I Was The Greatest” Book Cover Provokes Concern From Brooklyn Parents

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Despite complaints from a contingent of parents about a photo of a gun on the cover, the New York City Department of Education has no plans to remove Jason Reynolds’s YA novel from lists of suggested reading material for seventh and eighth graders.

Mississippi School Librarians, Despite Low Funding, Enjoying Higher Profiles

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School librarians in Mississippi are experiencing a renaissance thanks to a rubric that puts school libraries back into focus with details on how districts can—and should—improve their school libraries.

The Latest Tale of Captain Underpants Kept Out of School Book Fair

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The 12th “Captain Underpants” novel will only be available to school kids in Monroe, MI, if they specifically order it. It is not in the school library or at book fairs.

Found Objects Give Digital Learning a Fresh Face

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Brussels entrepreneur incorporates everyday objects, such as buttons, bottle caps, and string, into digital-based learning with a new app.

In the Tech Mosh Pit: True Adventures of Nikki Robertson

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Nikki Robertson enjoys a sandbox just as much as her students. But instead of shovels and sifters, her toys tend toward digital tools that fill the maker space at James Clemens High School in Madison, AL, where Robertson is the librarian and tech facilitator. Her goal? Get messy, get out of her comfort zone, and bring others along with her.

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Hartford Library Offers New Path to High School Diploma

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Online college classes are all the rage. Yet many adults are trying to finish their high school education — years after their classmates graduated.
The Hartford (CT) Public Library (HPL) has decided to take a step towards changing the city’s grim high-school graduation statistics.

Emily Jenkins Apologizes for “A Fine Dessert”

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Describing her book as “racially insensitive,” author Emily Jenkins took to the web Sunday to apologize for her picture book A Fine Dessert, announcing her intent to donate her writing fee to We Need Diverse Books, which has been confirmed by the organization.