June 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Unlimited Engagement: Helping Teen Readers by Giving up the Struggle

Nearly a quarter of third graders who aren’t reading at grade level will not graduate from high school by the time they are 19. Here are ways to help them.

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Librarians Collaborate to Support English Language Learners and Their Families

To properly serve immigrant communities, libraries are partnering with local organizations—and the patrons themselves—to boost collections in the populations’ native languages.

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From “The Outsiders” to “The First Part Last”: A Margaret A. Edwards Award Time Line

Download this nifty visual and chronological representation of the history of young adult literature and the Margaret A. Edwards award in the context of literary, economic, and political milestones.

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Margaret Edwards Award Winner Angela Johnson Just Wants To Tell a Good Story

“I’ve never set out to teach a lesson, to lecture anyone,” says the author of more than 40 books.

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The Margaret A. Edwards Award and 30 Years of Young Adult Literature

Angela Carstensen takes a look back at three decades of YA—its evolution, groundbreaking titles, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award that honors its authors.

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39 Titles To Round Out Any Maker Program

From biographies of real-life makers to activity books, these selections are the perfect way to get students engaged in making.

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Get Thee to a Makerspace: A Shakespeare-Themed Festival from SLJ’s 2017 Maker Hero

Shake Fest is a blow-out event Bard-related activities, crafts, and games in Alisha Wilson’s school library.

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MākMō Mobile Makerspace Making Impact in Los Angeles

Four customized vans bring makerspace programming and spark education and partnerships in Southern California.

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Slime Science

The goopy substance is all the rage—and a great way to explore polymers during library maker activities.

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MIT Developing Assessments To Quantify Makerspace Educational Value

University’s Teaching Systems Lab is teaming up with MakerEd and two schools to try to quantify what students learn and, in the process, change the mind-set of educators and parents.

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Laura Fleming: Don’t Let Makerspaces Be A Passing Trend

High school library media specialist and pioneer in school makerspace movement issues a call to action.

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Makerspaces Help Kids Tap Potential, Find Confidence, Success, and Friendships

It’s more than just tinkering, young people can find a place to belong, learn to persevere, and even discover a path toward a possible career in makerspaces.

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Super Heroes: These Superintendents Champion School Libraries

Visionary school leaders and superintendents are reinventing school libraries, highlighting their key role in student learning and literacy.

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Erin Entrada Kelly Talks Newbery Award and Filipino Storytelling Tradition

The author’s character-building approach in “Across the Universe” takes her readers on an honest, authentic journey.

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Going Rogue to Teach Code: A school librarian offers strategies for teaching every age group

Once we inspire our students to love coding, how do we transition them from the safety of block-based languages to the kind of coding that solves real-world problems?

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Don’t Stress About Coding: Focus Shifts To Teaching Problem Solving Not Computer Skills

Educators look at coding in a new context, with computational thinking and basic computer literacy as the goal.

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How To Run a Successful Kids Book Club

Start small. Lead by letting go. Read more tips from experts who run book clubs for kids of all ages.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Graphic Novels Offer Windows, Mirrors on Mental Health

A small but growing YA category, graphic novels that deal with mental illness reflect readers’ own experiences and help them better understand and empathize with others.

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Big Fish, Small Budget: Insights from SLJ’s 2017 Spending Survey

School librarians see declining budgets, but many have influence over spending, our survey shows.

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Never Too Old: Embracing Picture Books To Teach Older Students

Traditional picture books provide versatile, effective teaching tools for a range of students.

This article was published in School Library Journal's February 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.