Members of the United Federation of Teachers, parents, and students joined hundreds of other union members, activists and community leaders for a rally in Foley Square in Manhattan on December 5. The advocates were calling for smaller class sizes, sufficient materials, and an emphasis on teaching instead of test-prep and standardized testing.
Teens in the U.S. scored about average in reading and science and below average in mathematics when compared to their counterparts around the world on the most recent Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), with little change seen from previous scores. This reported gap has sparked debate among U.S. education experts on how to interprete the data and on the PISA’s relevance.
Woodrow Wilson Elementary was contemplating ways to raise funds for more iPads for students. Certain options were out of the question—asking kids to sell stuff that no one wanted, or using a fundraising company that would give participants cheap prizes. We wanted a new approach, and the iPad Film Festival was born.
Librarian Misti Jenkins, formerly an English teacher at the Nashville, TN, high school she now serves, shares her experiences in adapting from a predominately Spanish-speaking population of English Language Learners (ELL) to one that is comprised largely of Nepali and Burmese refugees. Here are her recommendations for ways to reach out to all students, regardless of their backgrounds.
A Partnership for Success: The Jacksonville Public Library and University of North Florida Summer Tutoring Program
In an August issue of SLJTeen, we covered a program run by University at Buffalo’s Center for Literacy and Reading Instruction that matched graduate students with 180 elementary school students to advance their reading and writing schools over the summer. We asked readers to tell us about other programs like it, and the Southeast Regional Library (FL) stepped up with their collaboration with University of North Florida’s education undergrads.
Technology makes everything simpler and more efficient, right? Maybe not always, but with teachers’ class sizes increasing, we’re all looking for tools to help manage their work load. Teacher librarian Phil Goerner shares info about a free Chrome extension that has been useful at his school. Kaizena allows teachers to grade student work and provide audio feedback, comments, or even a URL link right on their shared Google Doc.
Navigating the transition from high school to college can be really tough, and debut YA author/illustrator Ramsey Beyer has turned her experience into Little Fish. It is an honest look at making those first step into an exciting world, with new friends and discoveries around every corner. Five lucky SLJTeen readers will win a copy of Little Fish from Zest Books.
Amanda Ripley set off on a year-long “field trip to the smart-kid countries” to see if she could account for the success of the high achieving students around the world. What made these kids smarter than their American peers? The writer reports in ‘The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got that Way’ (S&S, 2013).
Tech maven Joyce Valenza and longtime SLJ contributor Joy Fleishhacker share the latest tools and book picks for the back-to-school season. From curated reading lists to useful tech trends and tips, School Library Journalhas gathered the following resources to help your students, patrons, parents (and you) get back in the swing of things.
The books presented in this month’s collection development column have been selected to support and enhance expeditions to favorite preschool and elementary-aged destinations: farms and other food-producing enterprises; museums (both natural history and art); nature reserves and outdoor-observation areas; community institutions; and zoos and aquariums. A mix of fact-filled offerings and fictional adventures, all of these titles give kids a break from the routine and encourage interactive learning experiences.