January 16, 2017

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Free Tools for SAT/ACT Test Prep | Tech Tidbits

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Help students prepare for college prep tests with these free interactive resources.

Murals Making a Difference for Low-Income Students

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The mission of the Estria Foundation, based in Honolulu, HI, is to foster social change through the creation of art.

New Year, New Ideas: Knockout Programming for 2017

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From astronomy and salsa storytime to family literacy and more, these programming ideas for the year ahead hit it out of the park.

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The Smell Test: Educators can counter fake news with information literacy. Here’s how.

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In the era of fake news, librarians are our best hope for educating kids about bogus reporting, biased points of view, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

A Dream Library for Students with Special Needs | Take the Lead

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A principal of a school for students with multiple disabilities spearheaded superb library services.

High School Library Coloring Center De-Stresses Students

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Coloring is the new meditation, as one group of high school students (and staff) in California discovered.

“I Wish My Teacher Knew” | Professional Shelf

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A third grade teacher asked her students to complete a simple sentence. Their responses were eye-opening.

Wonders 2017: McGraw-Hill’s K–6 ELA Program | SLJ Review

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Packed with new features, the updated English Language Arts program includes a student interface where teachers can assign independent work.

Engineering, Inspired by Kid Lit

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How can Hugo Cabret wind the clock faster? Novel Engineering, a Tufts STEM initiative, draws technical challenges from children’s literature.

Teaching Information Literacy Now

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Laura Gardner, 2016 SLJ School Librarian of the Year finalist, updates her lesson plans for the era of fake news.

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Building a 21st Century Library

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As technology changes the way we consume information, the role of the library is evolving.

Freeze! Library Mannequin Challenges | Videos of the Week

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Students and librarians embrace the #mannequinchallenge.

K.C. Boyd: A Leader for Readers

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A librarian brings lessons from a Chicago high school to a new library leadership post at the East St. Louis (IL) School District.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

After Election, Librarians, Book Creators Vow To Support Children

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Librarians are addressing student concerns with “safe spaces,” support groups, book displays, special programming—and lots of hugs.

Five Questions for Kids’ Media Literacy Expert Frank W. Baker

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How can kids deconstruct Super Bowl ads? Or distinguish authentic news items online from manufactured content? Insight on this and more from Media Literacy Clearinghouse founder Frank W. Baker.

The Bridge to Brilliance | Professional Shelf

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Despite, or because of, discouraging statistics, an educator commits herself to improving student performance in a struggling urban neighborhood.

Credo, AR State University Partner to Boost College Readiness

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The Literati High School Partnership aims to support research at the middle and high school level and ease students’ transition to college-level learning.

Amazon “Rapids” App Offers Kids Short Stories

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Amazon’s new app for kids ages 7–12 brings them original short stores that unfold in snippets of chat style text on e-readers and cell phones.

$1 Million Gift Funds Homework Centers in L.A. Public Libraries

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The gift from the Broad Foundation will support “student zones” with free computer use, Wi-Fi, printing, and assistance from on-site homework helpers.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Struck by Tragedy, a NY High School Heals Through “Compassionate Making”

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A small army of “maker activists,” led by a library media specialist, is improving the lives of the needy one project at a time.