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February 10, 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.

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

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As students prepare to take the new SAT test on March 7, 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.

Support Pours In for 11-Year-Old Girl Gathering 1,000 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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.

FL School District Lets Parents See What Kids Are Reading

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After book challenges by a local parents group this summer, a southern Florida school district gives parents online access to see what their children are checking out of the media center.

Where are the ELL Books? Educators need more content to serve growing demand

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Technology may be transforming the way people learn a second language—but not in K–12 schools. Instead, librarians and teachers still prefer to use print books to support their English language learners (ELL), according to a survey by SLJ and Rourke Educational Media.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

“Libraries Are Essential to a City” | SLJ Talks to Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean

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Karl Dean remembers his childhood public library as a place where “you could go to dream.” Recreating that experience resulted in Limitless Libraries, which brought public library resources into Nashville schools to enable every student to pursue their dreams.

Amazon Ebook Deal With NYC Schools Not Dead Yet

Terms of the pending three-year, $30 million deal between the retail giant and the New York City Department of Education for e-materials are being revised after the National Federation of the Blind said that the technology would not adequately serve blind students.

Stop Calling Them “Young Adult” Books, Teens Say

Stephanie Retblatt (left) moderates the all-teen panel “Suburban Teens on Reading, the Young Adult Label and More” at the Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

Eight high school students sounded off about the “YA” label, print books versus ebooks, and why they read what they read during a panel discussion at the 2015 Nielsen Children’s Book Summit in Manhattan.

School Librarian Jobs At Risk In Ohio

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Ohio’s school librarians are losing Jobs after a state education mandate, colloquially referred to as “5 of 8,” was removed.