June 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox
Alicia Eames

About Alicia Eames

A former Brooklyn Public Library children's librarian and NYC public school teacher/librarian, Alicia Eames is a freelance editor and a frequent contributor to the SLJ’s Curriculum Connections “Professional Shelf” column.

Frankenstein200: An Interactive Story & STEM Experience | Touch and Go

Although published two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein still generates questions concerning the ethics and boundaries of scientific exploration. Arizona State University’s Frankenstein Bicentennial Project celebrates the novel’s continued currency with an assortment of programs intended “to engage the public around issues in science, technology, and creative responsibility.” Middle schoolers are invited to explore these complexities via the free Frankenstein200, “an interactive story experience” designed to spark curiosity and encourage critical thinking in STEM topics, including artificial intelligence, robotics, […]

Creating a Culture of Kindness | Professional Shelf

At a time when name-calling appears prevalent, teaching kindness warrants particular consideration.

Here Comes the Sun | Digital Resources for the Solar Eclipse

Gear up for a cosmic experience on August 21 with these easy-to-access, digital resources.

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

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

Autism and Families | Professional Shelf

We’ve rounded up a host of resources for families affected by autism spectrum disorder.

Women’s History on the Internet | Professional Shelf

Celebrate the remarkable diversity of American women, past and present, with these deep and engaging Internet resources.

The Importance of Play | Professional Shelf

When block and housekeeping corners give way to flash cards and workbooks, children don’t necessarily benefit academically.

“I Wish My Teacher Knew” | Professional Shelf

A third grade teacher asked her students to complete a simple sentence. Their responses were eye-opening.

The Bridge to Brilliance | Professional Shelf

Despite, or because of, discouraging statistics, an educator commits herself to improving student performance in a struggling urban neighborhood.

Life (and Learning) After High School: Exploring the Options

For every young adult with clear career goals, there are many more still seeking a niche that fits. These titles will help them navigate the path ahead.

RA for “Early Able, Eager Readers” | Professional Shelf

Providing readers advisory services to young, voracious readers can be a challenge, especially when reading ability far exceeds age or grade level. Here’s help.

Helping Children and Teens Succeed | Professional Shelf

Two recently published books explore practices that have the potential to increase student success, while calling for significant changes in prevailing pedagogies.

Teachers Write! is Back| Professional Shelf

Itching to write, or improve your skills? Kate Messner’s annual free online summer writing program for teachers and librarians is open for registration.

Advancing Reading and Writing | Professional Shelf

Reflection and collaboration are key to developing sharpening teaching skills. Two recent publications, each fueled with a steady supply of practical classroom suggestions demonstrate how these processes advance writing and reading instruction.

“American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers” | Professional Shelf

In American Girls, Nancy Jo Sales explores the impact of social-networking sites, dating apps, and Internet use on teenage sexuality, gender roles, and behavior—online and off.

The Importance of Being Little | Professional Shelf

Access to universal prekindergarten education has found a place on the agendas of top political leaders, but do we really understand what our youngest learners need to thrive in a school setting?