November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox
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.

Critics Question the Representation of Disability in ‘Wonder’

While fans of Wonder await the feature film, critics claim that central character Auggie’s cranial facial deformity has been “softened” in the movie version the best-selling book by R.J. Palacio.

Authors “Heartened” by Seuss Museum’s Removal of Mural

A mural at the new Seuss Museum in Springfield, MA, prompted three authors to pull out of an event there. The museum may now use the art as a “teachable moment.”

Want To Build a Great Maker Space? Plan Before You Play, Say Experts.

Got the maker bug but don’t know where to start? Check with the very people you hope to entice: your students. Panelists Laura Fleming, Tamiko Brown, and David Jakes offered their advice in the webcast “Build a Great Makerspace.”

DACA’s Fate Still Uncertain, Librarians Reach Out to Dreamers, Offering Resources and Safeguarding Student Information

School librarians find ways to support to undocumented students and their families.

After a Member’s Ouster from Newbery Medal Committee, a Closer Look at Social Media Rules 

Social media guidelines for Newbery Committee members were devised a few years ago to avoid controversy about how the prestigious book awards are determined. But the rules have raised issues of their own.

Kid Magnets: Little Ones Love AWE and Hatch Early Learning Programs

These literacy-themed computer terminals feature digital games, storytelling programs, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Educators Share Maker, STEM, and Digital Literacy Tools

Educators presented a bevy of digital tools for classroom learning during the ISTE/SLJ “60 Tools in 60 Minutes” webinar.

School Library Tech Budgets Rise | SLJ 2017 Technology Survey

School librarians are being recognized as tech leaders and investing more in cutting-edge digital tools.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Experts Share Insight, Tools to Help Students Fight Fake News

School librarians and teachers uncovered new ideas to help students tell fact from fiction with the ISTE/SLJ “Information Literacy in the Age of Fake News” webinar.

Amid ESSA Uncertainty, Educators Urged To Be “Aware” and “Active”

In an age of ESSA and regulation unknowns, the best thing to do right now is to advocate for yourself.

The Problem with Student Privacy, and How To Protect It

Strategies for safeguarding student data in schools and libraries, and student privacy in general, in the information age.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Schools in Gatlinburg, TN, Begin Long Recovery from Wildfires

“Mountain tough” students and their families are determined to rebuild after natural disaster strikes.

FTC Complaint Takes Aim at YouTube

Groups, including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, want online ads that target kids curtailed.

Banning the Ban On LGBTQ Filters in Libraries

A California congressman’s goal is to make sure LGBTQ sites aren’t blocked on computers at public schools and libraries—where students source information not just for classwork, but for themselves.

Chicago Public Schools Continue To Cut Deeply Into Educator, Librarian Positions

The latest layoffs follow a trend that has plagued CPS, and the state of Illinois, where school librarian positions continue to drop.

“When We Was Fierce” Pulled as Demand Grows for More #OwnVoices Stories

Amid increasing controversy around author e.E. Charlton-Trujillo’s use of a made-up dialect along with what some deem as stereotypical characters in her most recent book, Candlewick Press has postponed publication.

Schools Look To Talk Race, Violence, and Tolerance with Students

As the start of school approaches, educators around the country are grappling with the best way to support students who have questions about the shootings in the news.

“There Is a Tribe of Kids” Generates Controversy Among Librarians

Lane Smith’s picture book has sparked debate around connecting the word “tribe” with images of children in lush natural surroundings with feathers in their hair.

Montana School Librarians Fight to Keep Database Subscription

A cadre of school librarians has pushed back against the cancellation of EBSCO database subscriptions that have been used statewide for more than 20 years.

Protests Grow Against Proposed Mexican American Textbook in Texas

The public school text “Mexican American Heritage” is being called “the epitome of revisionist history.”