November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Librarian Launches Indiegogo to Fund Hands-on Coding Blocks

School librarian Laura Fleming and two other educators have launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund a coding blocks and storybook set to teach computer science.

When Librarians Teach Teachers

Public librarians are training early learning professionals in a range of literacy-boosting skills, from in-depth professional development to puppetry.

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

Welcome to Readialand

A bold new movement embraces tech’s potential to support early literacy across income levels.

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

Top Themes and Hot Tickets at ALA and ISTE 2016

Sessions on maker spaces, leveraging ESSA, and STEM learning are among the highlights of the ALA and ISTE conferences this month.

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

Free Virtual Conference to Help Librarians Teach Data Literacy

The 4T Virtual Conference on “Data Literacy: Creating Data Literate Students” will take place July 14–15 and focus on teaching high school students statistical literacy, data visualization, and how to use data in arguments.

Mobile Device Addiction Explored in Report; Educators as “Mentors” Highlighted

The survey, “Technology Addiction: Concern, Controversy and Finding Balance in the Digital Age,” reviews existing studies on adults’ and children’s internet use and provides recommendations for educators.

Strategize: Great Ideas for Library Writing Programs

Limericks, rap, and sports journals are just a few ways to get students playing with words.

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

Libraries Included in Lawmakers’ Summer Learning Proposals

An emphasis on literacy and partnerships in pending legislation throughout the country likely means that libraries will play an increasing role in preventing summer learning loss.

Never Too Young To Code

Tot-oriented robots and resources give coding lessons a friendly face.

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

Design Thinking Maximizes Maker Spaces

Marnie Webb’s keynote to SLJ’s Maker Workshop, a four-week online course, introduced an often-overlooked approach to launching and improving maker spaces.

Denver Teen Programs Revived, Thanks to Asset Mapping

With a little know-how, you can score more funding for your program through an asset-mapping project. No, it’s not the same thing as needs assessment.

Get Ready for Endless Summer Learning

A focus on learning—encompassing reading—reflects an evolving mind-set for librarians who run summer programs for kids and teens.

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

Reimagined Cover Art for Classic Books Coming to Schools, Libraries Nationwide

Schools and libraries can play host to the Recovering the Classics exhibit of re-imagined covers of well-loved novels such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Call of the Wild.

Many Low-Income Families “Under-Connected” to Internet, Survey Finds

According to research out of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, a third of low-income families have only mobile Internet access. Of the rest, many have outdated home computers and slow, spotty connections.

A California High School Trains Young Adults for Jobs and Life

Civicorps Academy in Oakland, CA, is filling a void as educators increasingly focus on preparing students for postsecondary education or careers. Eighty-three percent of the program’s graduates are in college or working a year after graduation.

Win-Win: When School Libraries Partner with Local Organizations, Everyone Benefits

Community organizations, businesses, and local residents are often eager to help their neighborhood school libraries—they’re just waiting for someone to ask. These partnership resources and toolkits can get you started.

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

Librarians Leading the Way | Hour of Code 2015

School librarians around the country are helping their students participate in Hour of Code—the worldwide movement held during Computer Science Education Week to introduce learners of all ages to computer programming.

Can Five-Year-Olds Really Meet Common Core State Standards?

As kindergarten teachers grapple with that question, librarians become “important resource” and find new opportunities for teaching the youngest students.

Librarians, Educators Not Put Off By Black Lives Matter Controversy

The controversy surrounding the book Black Lives Matter hasn’t reached many school or public librarians. But those who are familiar with the new release say they won’t let the rhetoric determine their opinions.

Libraries Reach Out to Young Black Men

These librarians are committed to giving African American youth, particularly those in low-income communities, reasons to visit their school or public libraries—and to increasing the variety of materials that draw them into reading.

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