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April 15, 2014

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‘More Truth-y than Truthful’: Stephen Colbert Rips Into Common Core—and Melinda Gates Tweets Back

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On April 8, Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert ripped into the Common Core State Standards. Melinda Gates, one of Common Core’s biggest proponents, tweeted back her response.

No More Due Process for Kansas Teachers?

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House Bill 2506 is a school finance bill that was narrowly passed by the Kansas state legislature late on April 6, allowing teachers to be terminated without due process. Whether Kansas Governor Brownback will sign the measure remains to be seen.

American History Comes Alive | Series Made Simple

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These fresh, original takes on American History include firsthand historical accounts, looks at military conflict, exploration of our government, and more.

This article was published in School Library Journal's April 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Gynzy, handy beyond the whiteboard (and a list of other goodies)

Gynzy, handy beyond the whiteboard (and a list of other goodies)

My very dear friend, Eileen Welsh teaches kindergarten. This morning I asked her, “What’s the most effective teaching tool you’ve discovered for your little ones?” Without hesitation she answered Gynzy. Eileen shared: When it is time to create collaborative groups or partners in my Kindergarten classroom,  I no longer use the “popsicle stick” method to [...]

Highlighting Boyds Mills Press Spring 2014 | Preview Peek

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Boyds Mill Press, a division of Highlights, showcased their Spring 2014 nonfiction offerings for young readers at a librarian preview event at the recent Midwinter Meeting, held in Philadelphia, PA earlier this year.

Strong Women, Strong Stories: Audiobooks for Women’s History Month | Listen In

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In preparation for the celebration of Women’s History Month in March, check out these audiobooks highlighting the accomplishments of women who made strides in music, politics, science, literature, and beyond.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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 [...]

Meet the Parents: Critical for Implementing the Common Core | Editorial

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In the initial rollout of the new standards, outreach to parents has been all too scattershot and, in many cases, much too late—in reaction to test results. It could take the pilot states years to recover from this misstep.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

School Library Journal’s Top Posts of 2013

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From the latest technology to examples of stellar programming and insight into the Common Core, our most popular posts of the year reflect the range of reader interests and concerns.

Fusenews: That’s what I get for ignoring copyright

Happy Columbus Day to you!  I’ve not particularly insightful encapsulations of the day to offer you, though if you’d like to read some preview posts I’ve done on the day (completely with book recommendations) feel free to go here. I will start today with this rather interesting post about a recent brouhaha that arose when [...]

“I Want a Real Picture of a Dinosaur” | Consider the Source

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While many of us have thought about the interplay of art, text, and design in picture books, few of us have considered how the same elements work in nonfiction. It’s time to talk about the decisions that go into choosing and using art in nonfiction.

Fusenews: Berries of new, cots of Cal.

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Today I shall begin by ripping out your heart and stomping it into tiny shreds upon the floor.  You may be aware that for years I have worked with the real Winnie-the-Pooh toys at NYPL.  You may also know that the real Christopher Robin had a serious falling out with his father about the books.  [...]

New York’s Folly: A Lack of Vision at the City’s Dept. of Education | Editorial

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As students around the country return to school, those in New York City are facing a future without certified school librarians, as the NYC Department of Education (DOE) has asked to be excused from a decades-old state mandate on minimum staffing requirements.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Trouble: Learning from the New York State Common Core Assessments | Consider the Source

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The first round of Common Core assessment results are in. What do they tell us, and what should librarians be asking? Marc Aronson weighs in.

Capstone’s Interactive “Super” Ebooks; Gamers Wanted for the Innovation Math Challenge | News Bites

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Thirty-two titles from the “DC Super-Pets,” “DC Super Heroes: The Man of Steel,” “Superman,” and “Batman” series are now available as interactive ebooks from Capstone. Educators, student teams, gamers, or programmers can submit entries of games, math videos, infographics, or manipulatives to the WGBH Educational Foundation’s Innovation Math Challenge for prizes of $1,000.

Informational Text: Recommended Books, Suggested Strategies

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It’s all too easy to dismiss colorful, fun books of this sort, with their brief chunks of text and apparently oversized photos, as merely motivational in nature.

Ways to Welcome Fanfiction in Schools

When it comes to fanfiction and academics, there is a long history of non-fans writing and doing things that fans don’t particularly like, so you should be extraordinarily careful when you introduce fanfiction-based exercises to wary young fans.

Fusenews: More rubbish, please!

Fusenews: More rubbish, please!

You know what’s hot these days, topic-wise?  Diversity!  Or maybe just the lack thereof.  Seems its all anyone can talk about this week.  First the First Book blog reported that “at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting, hosted by President Bill Clinton, [they] announced First Book’s commitment to create a sustainable solution [...]

Fusenews: C is for Calligraphy. That’s Good Enough for Me.

Allo!  BEA is now in full swing and always assuming I wasn’t crushed to death by today’s Family Feud game (it’s librarians vs. authors and I’m on Family Librarian) I’ll hopefully be seeing at least some of you on the conference floor in the next day or so.  In the meantime, take a look at [...]

Book Giveaway: Informational Text Par Excellence… ‘American Comic Book Chronicles’

So does this sound like something that could get the teen and tween comics fans you know into nonfiction? Sure it does.