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February 10, 2016

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Many Colleges Are Ignoring the SATs. Does Prep Still Matter?

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As students prepare to take the new SAT test on March 7, debates about the rationale for student testing continue—while librarians still want to help students prepare.

USC Shoah Foundation Announces 2016 IWitness Video Challenge

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The IWitness Video Challenge gives middle and high school students a chance to give back to their communities while honing their digital skills. Inaugurated in 2013 by Steven Spielberg, the competition was designed around the same premise as “Schindler’s List,” that one person can make a difference.

A New Start: With School Libraries in ESSA, on to the Next Phase of Advocacy | Editorial

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The long-awaited rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act includes a major win, with school libraries now incorporated throughout federal law. Now we must map the road ahead to achieve effective real-world integration of libraries and librarians in our schools.

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

Why (and How) to Set Up a College Library Visit for Middle Schoolers

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It can be surprisingly easy—and incredibly worthwhile—to arrange for middle schoolers to conduct a day of research at a college library. This academic librarian shares her insider know-how.

Six Things That Made my Patrick Ness Author Visit a Knockout Success

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How a Virginia high school librarian researched, budgeted, got community buy-in and read-in, and otherwise prepared for a visit to her high school by “A Monster Calls” author Patrick Ness.

Fresh Alternatives Build Engagement | Scales on Censorship

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Censorship expert Pat Scales offers guidance on helping competitive readers find their own thing, balancing the responsibility to protect privacy, and orienting new teachers to the role of the library.

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

How Kwame Alexander Gets Teens Reading and Writing Poetry

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What’s love got to do with it? A lot, writes Kwame Alexander, who recommends reading love poems with teens to engage them in reading and creating their own poetry. Also, listen to Alexander read four of his poems aloud.

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

In “Book Club For Kids” Podcasts, Tween Talk Is Front and Center

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Kitty Felde’s podcasts feature middle schoolers talking about books by authors from Roald Dahl to Laurie Halse Anderson. Each episode also features a celebrity reading, background about the title, and often an author interview.

A Curriculum Staple: Reading Aloud to Teens

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Young people often listen at a higher comprehension level than they read, according to Jim Trelease, author of “The Read-Aloud Handbook.” Here are librarians’ suggestions for enhancing teen listening and literacy skills.

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

Gaming the Teenage Brain: Q&A With Social Scientist Laurence Steinberg

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Laurence Steinberg says that adolescence can extend from 10 to 25, and that “brain plasticity” lends teens vulnerability to harm—along with a unique opportunity to thrive and learn. SLJ talked to Steinberg about how educators can take advantage of this.

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

Libraries Reach Out to Young Black Men

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These librarians are committed to giving African American youth, particularly those in low-income communities, reasons to visit their school or public libraries—and to increasing the variety of materials that draw them into reading.

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

Vlogging, Teens, and Literacy: Engaging Youth

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Media and literacy scholar Antero Garcia explains why educators and librarians should be paying attention to vlogs and what it means for today’s teens’ literacy.

Post-AASL, Inspired Brainstorming at a Lilead Project Think Tank

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Members of the Lilead Project—25 library district supervisors from across the country—gathered for a face-to-face meeting in Ohio. Topics discussed? Outcomes-based planning, effective marketing and leadership, and evaluating student success, to name a few.

Public Libraries and At-Risk Teens

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Author G. Neri speaks with public librarians about the rigors and rewards of working with young adults who are at risk.

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

How to Foster Teen Activism

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Kansas City (MO) public librarian Wick Thomas brought teenagers to meet the Governor face-to-face in his office to ask for more library funding. That’s just one way that Thomas encourages responsible activism and leadership among young adults.

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

A School-Wide Study of “Serial”

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When a Massachusetts high school tapped the true-crime podcast for its summer “read,” students and teachers used writing, science, math, art, and dance to explore the case’s many questions.

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

Tools to Engage Students When the Back-to-School Buzz Wanes | Cool Tools

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Cool Tools columnist Richard Byrne describes how Actively Learn, Verso, Buncee, and more new and improved educational tools can keep things lively.

Tackk, Twitter, and Teenagers

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This Indiana Instructional Technology Specialist and a local high school history teacher teamed up to create a successful new approach to an old classroom project.

“I am a Witness” Takes on Bullying with an Innovative Interactive Film

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Taking a stand against bullying and showing support to someone in need can be as easy as a stroke of the keyboard. The #IAmAWitness campaign aims to activate the silent majority of kids who witness it each day.

FL School District Lets Parents See What Kids Are Reading

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After book challenges by a local parents group this summer, a southern Florida school district gives parents online access to see what their children are checking out of the media center.