May 28, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

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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How To Organize 250,000 LEGO Pieces

SLJ‘s 2016 School Librarian of the Year Todd Burleson’s quest for the ultimate LEGO storage solution.

#KidsNeedBooks Twitter Campaign Helping Students and Schools in Need

One tweet has turned into a book donation campaign.

Starting with a Pop-Up, a School Library Grows in Denver

A Denver school librarian helps teens living in a “book desert” with no high school library.

Study on Women in Social Studies Standards Finds Equity Issues

Staff at the National Women’s History Museum studied every state’s K–12 social studies standards for U.S. history to see what women and “topics associated with women” were discussed.

Librarians Cannot Self-Censor or Capitulate To “George” Complaints | Opinion

The Oregon Battle of the Books is facing controversy because a book about a transgender child is on the reading list. Librarian Miranda Doyle calls on her colleagues to stand up to the critics.

Summer Reading Lists; New Graphic Novel Imprint and More | News Bites

There’s a lot happening in this installment of New Bites, including grant opportunities, awards, a new imprint, an ALA summit, and more.

Maker Grows Up: Committing to Sustainable Programs Nationwide

Strategies for adaptability, financing, and assessment are key to the movement’s future.

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Video: Toy Take-Apart with Kristin Fontichiaro and Ben Rearick

Get out the pliers and roll up your sleeves: All you need to know to lead a toy-take apart session with students.

Good Inventions: Tech Innovations that Help the Community

A school librarian leads student tech projects to design pet prosthetics and traffic safety vests with LED displays.

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When Cosby’s ‘Little Bill,’ Alexie and Asher are on the Shelf: What Should A Librarian Do?

School and public librarians struggle with how to handle the books of Bill Cosby, as well as authors Sherman Alexie, Jay Asher, and James Dashner, who have been accused of sexual harassment.

Let Teens Lead in Makerspaces

Working successfully with teenage makers can require a hands-off approach that dispenses with structure.

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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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Librarian, Art Teacher Hope To Give Students Storytime—and Stability—Over Summer

Oklahoma educators Heather Cory and Becky Smith hope to stay connected with their elementary school kids in person and with a YouTube channel.

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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Edgar Awards, Ken Burns Classroom Q&A, and More | News Bites

Awards, a grant opportunity, and the chance for students to ask Ken Burns about the Vietnam War.

How To Boost Spatial Skills, Key to STEM Learning

A school librarian develops exercises to foster spatial reasoning, prepping students for future success.

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ProjectCiv Helps Students Break Out of Echo Chamber, Have Civil Political Discussions

In an initiative from a school librarian, students model civility in political conversations about the hotly debated issues of the day.

Among Story Contests, Imaginormous Challenge Stands Out

Five winning story ideas from kids will be developed into an ebook, video game, dessert, musical theater piece, and inspiration for the design of a new toy.

Teen Power | Editorial

It has been thrilling to watch the #NeverAgain movement rise. Adults have a special opportunity to stand up with young people.

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