May 27, 2016

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School Library Budgets Rise 20%, Yet Challenges Remain | Spending Survey 2016

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On average, budgets climbed nearly 20 percent in 2015–16 to $8,315. Meanwhile, school librarians report a lack of needed funds to serve special needs children and English language learners. And OER use is up, as is the demand for nonfiction.

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

Can Five-Year-Olds Really Meet Common Core State Standards?

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As kindergarten teachers grapple with that question, librarians become “important resource” and find new opportunities for teaching the youngest students.

MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

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With myriad adaptations for use in the classroom, MinecraftEdu brings Common Core–enhanced gaming to students.

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

The Super Bowl and the Oscars as text

The Super Bowl and the Oscars as text

Frank Baker and I chat around the same time each year. And when we do, the journalist, media literacy expert and author of Mastering Media Literacy, reminds us all of the importance of offering learners the opportunity to thoughtfully examine the prevalent texts of our culture. In the coming weeks, two global events present learning […]

ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps

ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps

If it’s been a while since you’ve returned to ReadWriteThink, I urge you to consider a visit today. The quality portal, rich with free resources and sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Verizon Foundation has grown even more interactive. So what’s new?  There’s an array […]

‘Text Sets’ Slated to Help School Librarians Advance College Readiness

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With reading skills being tested as criteria of college readiness, school librarians are primed to support these skills by building text sets—or units of instruction—according to the nonprofit Student Achievement Partners.

Supporting Common Core Standards with Audiobooks| Listen In

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Many of the standards from the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Reading were well supported by selected audiobooks.

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

Newsela Free Summer Reading Challenge

For those many kids who choose not to read books, for those kids who are news junkies, for those kids who choose to focus on nonfiction, for those kids who read everything anyway, and for those kids who are motivated by regular, tangible rewards, Newsela’s Free Summer Reading Challenge may be just the thing to […]

Higher Ed Administrators Seek To Stem States’ Rush Away From Common Core

Higher Ed Administrators Seek To Stem States’ Rush Away From Common Core

The Common Core is set to change the way that K-12 education is administered across the U.S. Or at least it was, until a backlash from educators and politicians put the new set of education standards on hold in some states and rolled them back entirely in others. Now higher education officials, who had previously been largely absent from the debate, are speaking up in favor of the standards.

Win for New York Teachers Unions: New York Delays Common Core Weighing in on Teacher Evaluations

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On June 19, the New York State Assembly passed a bill that will allow teachers who have been low-ranked to have their evaluations recalculated without using Common Core test results for 2014-2015.

What We Learned | Crafting Standards-Based Lessons

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Crafting standards-based lessons has taught our ‘Curriculum Connections’ columnists a thing or two. They share their insights in this article.

South Carolina and Oklahoma Ditch Common Core

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South Carolina recently joined Indiana and Oklahoma as one of the three states that adopted Common Core State Standards—only to repeal them.

Brooklyn Teachers for English Language Learners Protest Against Common Core

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At the International High School in Brooklyn’s Prospect Heights (IHSPH), 95 percent of its students are classified as English Language Learners. On May 1, IHSPH teachers protested on the school’s steps to announce that 30 teachers and staff at IHSPH have refused to administer the Common Core’s English Language Arts Performance Assessment exam to their students.

P.S. Evolution is real

P.S. Evolution is real

So the Rialto, CA, school district has decided that maybe it’s NOT a good idea to have eighth-graders debate the existence of the Holocaust. I’m of two minds (Opposing Viewpoints: In My Head). While I see the chance for much mischief in such an assignment and believe middle school is too early  for the kind […]

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OpenEd: an umbrella OER search and LMS

OpenEd: an umbrella OER search and LMS

OpenEd, a free, open source site now boasts more than a million Common Core videos, games, assessments and sources.

Core values

Core values

Narrative nonfiction is on the lesson plan in Lolly’s Classroom today. Is anyone else worried that the CCSS demand for more nonfiction reading does not seem to be translating into more nonfiction publishing? I have the feeling that publishers are mostly sitting this one out. (As well they might, now that no one seems to […]

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Common Core Flip-Flop: Governor Cuomo Changes Mind About Using Common Core Test Results For Teacher Evaluations

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U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan recently said “change is scary,” but New York State Governor Cuomo, once a staunch supporter of rigorous teacher evaluations based on student testing, has changed his position on teachers evaluations based on Common Core testing following protests and pushback.

‘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.