Seven-year-olds, Josephine Sinclair and Sarai Williams, of Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito, California, hope to raise $20,000 to restore their school library using the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo.
Missouri’s Ferguson Public Library has gone out of its way to be a refuge of peace and calm during the the tumult following the August 9 shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, and teachers—and retired teachers—offer lessons at the library during the ongoing district closure.
Books and resources on the history of the Civil Rights movement, nonviolent resistance, the Rodney King legacy, the history of racial tensions between citizens and police, and more.
Following the ongoing community unrest and protests in Ferguson, Missouri after 18-year-old unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot by a Ferguson policeman, the Ferguson-Florissant School District has changed its first day of school from August 14 to August 18.
Los Angeles Public School District (LAUSD) recently passed a $6.64 billion dollar budget, the largest budget since LAUSD’s 2008 slashing of jobs, services, and programs. The budget is anticipated to not only restore school library services to every elementary and middle school, but also “more than double the number of new teachers to 1,200, increase librarians, nurses, and counselors, reduce class sizes, increase tutoring, and improve parent education efforts.”
Colorado school librarian Phil Goerner shares how his team will be initiating a Learning Technology Plan to create a digital district library using funds received from a Race to the Top grant.
The high school graduation rate for the class of 2012 was 80 percent in the United States—the highest in the history of the country and a one percentage point gain over last year, the National Center for Education Statistics reports.
Modesto City Schools (MCS) is set to end all library instruction for its elementary schools for the 2014-2015 school year—while keeping the school library open with library assistants.
Once staffed with 13 elementary school librarians and four middle school librarians, today Allentown (PA) School District now has one district elementary school librarian serving all 15 elementary schools and two middle school librarians split among four middle schools.
The recent surge of interest in reconfiguring school library spaces offers tremendous opportunity to spotlight the potential of school libraries.
This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
With a generous $100,000 donation from the LeBron James Family Foundation, the students of Akron Public Schools now have access to one of the largest e-libraries in the country.
Hundreds of thousands of students will take a vow of silence on Friday, April 11, to raise awareness of the silencing impact of bullying, name calling, and harassment of LGBTQ youth in schools.
In Minnesota, Saint Paul Public Schools has agreed to more than double the number of school librarians over the next two years, to 25 positions by the fall of 2015.
If you could change one thing about your school, what would it be, and how would you do it? Teacher librarians Sherry Gick and Matthew Winner are asking students this very question with a collaborative, student-driven initiative they’re calling GeniusCon.
The Detroit Achievement Academy in Michigan announced that it is naming its library in Ellen DeGeneres’s honor because of her philanthropic work and advocacy for its students. Only in its first year of existence, the charter school and its 28-year-old cofounder, Kyle Smitley, were featured as part of the “Inspirational Story” segment on The Ellen Show.
A majority of fourth graders in the United States are still not reading proficiently, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The data show that 80 percent of lower-income fourth graders and 66 percent of all kids are not reading at grade level.
Middle school students in Reading, PA, are protesting what they see as unjust scrutiny of their classroom libraries—using their own voices even as teachers express reservations about speaking out.