New discoveries, new tools, and new perspectives constantly yield a new past—history is alive, coming into view right now. We must make sure that students see history as an adventure, a detective story, unfolding in front of us and not as a set of unyielding key points to be rehearsed and memorized for tests.
The books of Lois Ehlert, with their vivid-hued collages, are a staple of the storytime shelf—and a great start for teaching STEAM concepts to toddlers and preschoolers. Which of your favorite titles would fit into a preschool science program? Share them here.
District administrators want new collaborations between school districts, businesses, and higher education. Librarians can help by gaining a better understanding of local and global educational priorities and facilitating external relationships.
This month, one school librarian touts the victory for New York City school librarians and another grouses about out-of-pocket spending.
Under the Common Core State Standards students need quality nonfiction to support class assignments and they need to know how to read it. So where is it?
The four stand-out programs recognized by SLJ and LEGO Education’s Build Something Bold design award reinforce the case for strong school libraries.
As every teacher knows, good classroom management can make the difference between a great class experience and a poor one. While technology doesn’t replace the need for a solid approach to classroom management, tech tools, including these, can certainly help.
Where science and math were once deemed cold, distant, less human and humane than English or history, attitudes are changing.
With information literacy among the top five skills that employers look for in potential hires, according to a recent report, Sarah Darer Littman argues that it is not just state regulation supporting the hiring of certified media specialists that will bridge the skills gap—but the advocacy of parents.
In many states where the CCSS have been adopted and RttT funds accepted, educators are feeling beleagured.
Don’t ever doubt it—librarians are in a service industry. By focusing on our unique patron needs and demographics, libraries will continue to be relevant in their schools and communities.
When we envision a future for our libraries, we shape the present, writes Project Advocacy columnist Carolyn Foote.
Educator Jason Sellers reviews zSpace, which enables users to view and manipulate objects in a unique, immersive experience.
Reading Portfolio, a tiny non-profit, is hoping to make wide and deep reading a verifiable and valued experience—and one that students can present to college admissions boards.
Enough about budgets, says Leslie Farmer. College readiness is about relationships, and for the sake of the students, school and academic librarians must team up to determine what is information literacy and ensure they’re teaching the right skills.
Read Aloud 15 Minutes is a nonprofit organization that’s working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes “the new standard in child care.” First Steps columnist Lisa Kropp urges libraries to sign on as partners in the effort.
A public librarian asks if merging her teen and adult collection will reduce the challenges to the YA literature collection; a school librarian writes about the superintendent’s restriction on teaching some of the classics listed on the Facts on Fiction website. SLJ censorship columnist, Pat Scales, provides answers to these matters and more.
Is there a student on Earth who doesn’t love LEGO? StoryStarter, from LEGO Education, taps into that enthusiasm with a language and literacy product that combines an inviting tub of LEGOs with thoughtful lessons and user-friendly writing and comics software.