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April 15, 2014

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Census visualization and a data set round-up

Earlier this week, Gary Price shared news from the Census Bureau relating to its efforts to increase the use of visualization in making data available to the public. Part of the effort is this beautiful gallery.  The Bureau shares its plan: The first posted visualizations will pertain largely to historical population data, building on prior [...]

New YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound

New YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound

In the wake of the high profile announcements of the Youth Media Awards, another elegant list emerged a little more quietly. Every five years, a YALSA committee comprised of public, secondary, and academic librarians, selects titles for independent teen reading and lifelong learning in its Outstanding Books for the College Bound. The list includes fiction, nonfiction [...]

What’s Happening at the Core?

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Despite the vast array of publishing materials geared toward the Common Core State Standards, educators still seek support—and time to adapt

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Librarians on the Common Core: Cautious Optimism

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While educators grapple with the Common Core State Standards, school librarians are finding aspects to celebrate. To start? Their jobs, and their important role in supporting teachers and students through this transition.

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I thought this book was labelled NONfiction

On the dust jacket for Jean Craighead George and Wendell Minor’s Galápagos George, forthcoming from HarperCollins, I see the following statement: “This book meets the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Science and Technical Subjects.” You big fat liars: Galápagos George, whose virtues are indeed many, does NOT meet the CCSS Standards, because the CCSS […]

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No Fail Nonfiction for YA | JLG’s Booktalks to Go

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So many books, so little time. It’s hard to sell something to readers which you haven’t had time to read yet, so SLJTeen is introducing JLG’s Booktalks to Go Teen. This monthly column will provide you with ready to use booktalks on new releases for your teen readers.

Time for a meltdown?

Time for a meltdown?

If you’re free and in Boston Wednesday night, I’ll be participating in a panel discussion of the Common Core State Standards for Bookbuilders of Boston. Other panelists include Simmons GSLIS prof Amy Pattee and educational publishing consultant Steve Pekich; the program runs from 6:00-8:00PM at 501 Boylston Street in Copley Square. Bring ID to get […]

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CC’s Seventh Shift | On Common Core

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The very language of the Common Core State Standards calls for librarians’ key skills: research; equipping students to access, evaluate, and synthesize information; and strengthening literacy. Paige Jaeger, a coordinator of school library services in Saratoga Springs, NY argues that librarians can build a strong case for a seventh shift in the CCSS: research.

How to publish for the CCSS

Ha ha, not really. I hope everybody is getting some use out of our latest newsletter, Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book. I’ve been thinking about NF a lot since ALA, where I spent two solid days talking to publishers about what they were planning for the coming year(s). Along with inflicting upon the world [...]

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‘Pathways to the Common Core’ | Professional Shelf

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“Pathways to the Common Core” offers solutions and directions for teachers looking for a way to understand and implement the Common Core State Standards into their lesson plans.

Model Library Curriculum shared on our PA DOE portal

In times like these it’s even more meaningful when your state department of education endorses and validates your contribution to the learning culture of your school. This past fall, New York State recognized the specific contributions of  its school librarians by approving a new School Librarian Evaluation Rubric. (AASL lists a variety of others as [...]

Kathy’s updated assessments

Over the last few years, student products have changed.  The Common Core State Standards force us to focus specifically on new sets of criteria. And so we find ourselves independently developing new rubrics and assessments. Happily, my/our dear friend Kathy Schrock stepped up to address the wheel-reinvention issue. Her updated assessment Guide covers assessment options for [...]

Clustering and the Common Core

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Achieving the level of complex thinking in the classroom required by the Common Core standards can feel overwhelming, particularly when students will be reading, writing, listening, speaking, and viewing in this capacity throughout the day.

Nonfiction Series and the Common Core State Standards: Back Page | Series Made Simple Fall 2012

Many education professionals are grappling with the process of implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It’s both exciting and daunting.