March 18, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Partnerships Promote Culture of Reading in Texas

From Pizza Hut to a local supermarket to a famous ball player, a library-advocacy team in Houston found the perfect partners to create change for students.

Tech and the Race to Read: the Case for Early Literacy

A Houston library services specialist finds that the addition of technology motivates learning, helping both students and teachers overcome the challenges of low reading achievement.

Lacking District Vision or Mandate, Houston’s School Librarian Numbers Continue to Shrink

School librarians are currently an endangered species in Houston—and the future doesn’t look very bright. Decisions in the district on librarian staffing levels are left to the principals, with no mandates at the district level for certified media specialists in the schools. The result? A dramatic decline in the number of these professionals serving students in Houston, according to the Texas Education Agency.