October 20, 2017

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Expert Advocacy Saves WA School Librarian Certification Requirement

The Washington State Professional Educators Standards Board voted to reinstate the Pathway 3 standards for teacher librarians, which require completion of a full certification program from an accredited, state-approved institution.

Students Create VR Field Trips in Charlottesville, VA

Middle schoolers turned their lens on the Jefferson School in Keswick, VA—one of two segregated one-room schoolhouses built in the 1920s.

Meet Tamiko Brown, SLJ’s 2017 School Librarian of the Year

Tamiko Brown embraces innovation at the Ed White E-STEM Magnet School in El Lago, TX.

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Four Surefire Techniques for Engaging English Language Learners

A veteran educator shares her most successful teaching methods and favorite resources.

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Attuned to Equity: April Wathen, 2017 Hero of Equitable Access

April Wathen, 2017 School Librarian of the Year Finalist, proves that “being a Title 1 school does not define who we are or what we are capable of doing.”

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Make, Write, Excel: Alisha Wilson, 2017 Maker Hero

2017 School Librarian of the Year Finalist Alisha Wilson’s library “Spark Lab” has all the supplies kids need—including a writing lab for one-on-one help.

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In Charlottesville, a Back-to-School Like No Other

Virginia school librarians prepare for school to open 11 days after the deadly clash between white supremacist groups and counterprotestors.

School Bus–Turned–Bookmobile Rolls Across Georgia

Over the summer, the polka-dot bus visited areas without easy access to a public library.

For Next Book, Jeff Baron Crowdsources 2,000 Kids’ Opinions

While writing Electro-Pup, the author has been trying out chapters, cover designs, and illustrations with second- through fifth-graders.

Building Bridges and Restoring Jobs | Take the Lead

A strategic district media specialist “re-professionalized” school librarian positions in Georgia schools.

Books on Bikes Initiative Keeps Students Reading in Summer

School librarians in Charlottesville, VA, get pedaling in order to bring books to kids.

New Advocacy to Save School Librarians, One Click at a Time

Save School Librarians, a project of EveryLibrary, Follet Learning, and state library associations, is an online activist site for librarians, parents, and others.

Digital Citizenship Education in Nine Steps | Take the Lead

A Texas school district’s strategic design plan includes a digital citizenship program to accompany a 1:1 rollout.

VA School Librarians Spearhead Historic Community Collaboration

65 trees, each one in memory of a fallen Civil War soldier, are planted at a high school on a historic parcel of land through a collaboration of librarians, teachers, and local and national organizations.

School Librarian Collaborates with Classroom Teacher to Boost Ebook Circulation

In Georgia, a new digital book club boosted ebook circulation—and got fifth graders talking about classic literature.

Surprise! It’s Kwame Alexander

The Newbery Award winner delighted a stunned group of seventh grade fans with an impromptu concert. Yes, a concert.

Media Center to Learning Commons: One District’s Transformation

A California library media coordinator led a renovation that boosted circulation and drew in many more teens—and made shush a four-letter word.

Supermoons Cause Tidal Waves—True or False? Our news literacy program challenges fourth graders to find out.

A school librarian media specialist and computer science coordinator design a hands-on, three-week news evaluation lesson.

Federally Funded Afterschool Programs Safe—for Now

While funding for certain afterschool programs was preserved in the spending bill signed April 28, the President’s budget is still aiming for elimination of these funds long-term.

“You’re In the Wrong Bathroom!” | Professional Shelf

The authors of a new book confront pervasive misinformation on transgender and gender-nonconforming people.