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October 30, 2014

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The Right Stuff: SLJ’s School Librarian of the Year Award Sets a New Standard | Editorial

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It is with great excitement that we present Michelle Colte, the first SLJ School Librarian of the Year.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

E-Rate’s New Era: A Triple Win in the Effort To Close the Connectivity Gap |Editorial

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Diverse and passionate feedback helped shape the new scope of E-Rate—warts and all. Nonetheless, important work lies ahead. More will be required to ensure that the process and formula works, that money follows the promise of funding, and that these resources are fully and well utilized.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Keeping It Real: Inside the World of Early Learning | Editorial

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SLJ’s editor in chief, Rebecca Miller, writes about early learning and the role books, adults, and libraries play in building the foundation to literacy, curiosity, and lifelong learning.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Confidence: The Great Equalizer? | Editorial

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Rebecca Miller, SLJ editor-in-chief explores how confidence weighs in at every level and in putting thoughts into action.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Dedicated to Diversity: Honoring Differences and More | Editorial

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In this editorial, School Library Journal’s editor-in-chief Rebecca Miller pays tribute to the Diversity Issue, which highlights the ongoing need for more diverse representation in books published for children and teens, provides practical guidance for librarians and teachers, and so much more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Now Hiring: Recent Wins on School Library Positions Spark Optimism | Editorial

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New positions being created in school districts across the country point to places where advocacy has hit home, roles smartly redesigned, and librarians put back in the budget.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New Angles on Nonfiction | Editorial Series Made Simple

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Spicing up the same old subjects can be hard, but these series make for some great new options—your readers will be informed, entertained, and, perhaps best of all, intrigued. Read on!

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Dishes to Dirt: Six School Districts Step Up on Sustainability | Editorial

The Urban School Food Alliance is bringing greener choices to our schools, starting with the replacement of foam trays used in cafeterias with an affordable, compostable alternative.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Meet the Parents: Critical for Implementing the Common Core | Editorial

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In the initial rollout of the new standards, outreach to parents has been all too scattershot and, in many cases, much too late—in reaction to test results. It could take the pilot states years to recover from this misstep.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New Year, New Faces: Newcomers Join SLJ Staff | Editorial

From left: Sarah Bayliss, Shelley DIaz, Mahnaz Dar, and Kiera Parrott.

As 2014 arrives, it is with great pleasure that I introduce you to our newest members of the team, poised to serve you, dear readers, even more effectively than before.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Take Your Place at the Table: Thrive as Part of the Solution Your School Needs | Editorial

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School librarians, your administrators need you like never before. So let’s make 2014 the year that each of you strengthens your connection to your school’s mission and goals—explicitly, by taking a place at the table.

This article was published in School Library Journal's December 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Learning Spark: How Interest Fuels Cognition | Editorial

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Recently, I’ve reconsidered that element of human experience called interest, thanks to Annie Murphy Paul and Mimi Ito. Murphy Paul is a journalist covering cognitive science and Ito, a cultural anthropologist, is a proponent of the Connected Learning concept, but their ideas both relate to the power of interest, and the impact on kids when it is fostered.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Critical Legacy: Honoring Book Review Editor Trev Jones | Editorial

With Trev in my office at press time, talking about her early years at SLJ.
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This month marks the retirement of Trevelyn Jones, as she steps down from her role as head of SLJ’s Book Review. We will miss Trev’s direct leadership and her steady presence, but we are comforted to know she’s available for us to lean on in an editor-at-large capacity as we transition to a new era. Her life’s work and contribution to the world of children’s literature has made the world a better place.

This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New York’s Folly: A Lack of Vision at the City’s Dept. of Education | Editorial

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As students around the country return to school, those in New York City are facing a future without certified school librarians, as the NYC Department of Education (DOE) has asked to be excused from a decades-old state mandate on minimum staffing requirements.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Matters of Equity: As the Divide Grows, We Must Help Level the Playing Field for All of Our Kids | Editorial

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As the economic landscape continues to shift, the mission of schools and libraries to address the gaps intensifies, and the work of the key players, teachers and librarians, has never been more essential.

Give ’Em Chalk: Hands-On Learning Is Fun and Builds Literacy Skills | Editorial

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The most exciting time for a kindergarten teacher is when a kid looks up and says, ‘Hey, I can read!’” Fostering early literacy is the focus of our very first theme issue. We’re also debuting a new look, with some significant improvements to the all-important reviews section.

ALA, It’s Time to Step Up for School Libraries | Editorial

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What if ALA leadership fought for school librarians like it fought for access to ebooks?

World Peace and Other Aspirations: The Role of Play | Editorial

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Pam Sandlian Smith’s ongoing reinvention of library service at the Anythink Libraries in Colorado shows what leadership exercised in a spirit of wonder and playfulness can achieve. John Hunter’s World Peace Game takes playing to a new level for learning. We can all learn from both.

Poem! Poem!: Everyday exposure to poetry brings joy and learning | Editorial

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April is National Poetry Month and a favorite part of this initiative by the Academy of American Poets is Poem in Your Pocket Day, coming April 18. It’s a perfect time to see poetry all around us and reinforce that poetry infuses our lives. How will you be celebrating?

Letters to SLJ | March 2013

Is there a lack of Latino lit for kids or just a lack of awareness. Find out what our readers are saying.