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July 6, 2015

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Role-Playing Victorian Teens Learn About History and Class

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A high school librarian engages freshman in role play while researching the Victorian Era—complete with hoop skirts, washboards, silver polish, and cooking assignments.

Dear ISTE (reprised)

This past week in Philadelphia I participated in a meeting that launched the year-long process of refreshing ISTE’s Standards for Students. The organization acknowledges the accelerated pace of change and is entering the process of seeing what works, what is still relevant, what is obsolete, what is still missing since the last refresh in 2007. […]

Perfect Partners: Libraries and the Nationwide Pre–K Movement

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As studies increasingly show that early learning supports later student achievement, financial investment on the national, state, and local level has increased. Libraries are showing that they can be ideal partners in this effort.

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

Teaching With the #CharlestonSyllabus

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Librarians and teachers across the country are planning to use the #CharlestonSyllabus in classes this fall and will refer to it when purchasing future books.

First Class Graduates from Queens Library’s Pre-Kindergarten | Pictures of the Week

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Proud families applauded, took pictures, and cried during the graduation ceremony for their children, who completed Queens Library’s pre-K program, the first library-run pre-Kindergarten in the nation.

Kate Messner’s “59 Reasons to Write” | Professional Shelf

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Children’s and YA author Kate Messner’s “Teachers Write,” a free online writing workshop for teachers and librarians, will begin on July 6th. Are you ready?

Early “Sesame Street” Boosted Kids’ Learning—If They Had Good TV Reception

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A new study on the historic impact of the series also shows that watching “Sesame Street” may still be one of the most cost-effective ways to help kids, particularly those who start out economically disadvantaged, succeed later in school.

MakerBridge Site and Blog Show Diversity in Maker Movement | The Maker Issue

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Being a maker is about independence and empowerment, says MakerBridge Project founder Sharona Ginsberg. Focused on making in libraries and schools, the site features tech tips, tool reviews, and variety of resources and profiles.

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

Whale Watching|Those Magnificent—and Vulnerable—Leviathans

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Encourage kids to dive into this selection of informational and fictional picture books to learn more about the largest animals on the planet.

The Hum of Mindful Learning | Professional Shelf

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It’s easy to recognize the educational bliss of a classroom that hums with joyful learning. Here are two books that have the potential of transforming classroom stresses and improve learning outcomes along the way.

Nathan Hale, Maris Wicks, Don Brown, and Others On Nonfiction Graphic Works | Day of Dialog 2015

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Dynamic authors and illustrators on the panel Nonfiction Goes Graphic (in Format) spoke about everything from whether cute cartoons can faithfully illustrate the human body to portraying violent subject matter for young children.

Family Place Libraries Recast the Librarian’s Role in Early Learning

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A national network now in 29 states, Family Place Libraries, re-envisions public libraries as centers for early childhood information and positions librarians in the role of change agent.

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

Take Wing | New Books About Birds

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Use these fun-to-share offerings that utilize a variety of formats, illustrative styles, and narrative focuses to support a unit on birds, facilitate comparisons between different informational texts, and encourage imaginations to soar.

How Brooklyn Special Ed Students Built a Library | The Maker Issue

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Students at a Brooklyn vocational school and occupational training center constructed furniture for themselves and their library. They’re part of a movement empowering people of all abilities to create and build.

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

Tests Are Changing: How to Keep Your Collections Up-to-Date

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join us as Rosanne Cordell, Lauren Barack, and Barron’s publisher, Bob O’Sullivan, share insights and tips on ensuring your test-prep collections are up-to-date.
Register Now!

Changing the World with Erin Gruwell | Professional Shelf

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Erin Gruwell, a teacher determined to make a difference, and her students became the subject of the 2007 Hollywood movie Freedom Writers. On May 5, Gruwell and some of those same students will visit with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Together they will view a new documentary about the Freedom Writers’ extraordinary journey.

Build Something Bold Award Submissions Deadline Extended to May 11

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Holly Whitt, 2014 Build Something Bold Award-winning librarian, explains how the proceeds are improving her school library and encourages others to apply.

Hack Your Notebook: Circuitry mixes with paper in a creative project for 21st century learners

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What if we could reappropriate traditional paper pads to teach technology and foster creativity? It might look something like “Hack Your Notebook,” a project that adds illumination—literally—to what you write or draw with a craft called paper circuitry.

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

Capstone Announces New PebbleGo Dinosaurs

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At the Texas Library Association annual conference in Austin (April 14−17), Capstone unveils its pre-K−3 database PebbleGo Dinosaurs.

Talkin’ Trash | Spotlight on the Environment

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In schools across the country, we remind children and teens to “reduce, reuse, recycle,” but how these acts impact a community isn’t always visible. The consequences of avoiding that responsibility are, however.