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Peter Reynolds on facing the “testing camera”

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I cried a little this morning when I watched it. Peter H. Reynolds’ new animated short, The Testing Camera, is a frightening look at the message our focus on high-stakes testing sends to our children.  Saddened that her art class is canceled young Daisy is forced into a room to face her turn with the [...]

White House Student Film Festival: On Giving Back

Here’s an opportunity for all of us working both formally and informally with young filmmakers. For the second year The White House invites students to share their stories. This year, the targeted topic is one students often choose on their own. It’s about agency, making a difference, giving back. Every day in classrooms and communities [...]

Global Education Conference: Connect this week!

Want to learn more about how to engage your school community in global literacy?  Want to connect with and learn from inspiring educators and students across the globe? This is your week, friends! The fifth annual Global Education Conference is a free, week-long online event bringing together educators and innovators from around the world. Held Monday, November [...]

Eyes Wide Open: A proof of concept for sustaining the conversation around books

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What if a book continued to resonate for its readers in a tangible way long after the pages were closed? What if books inspired, not just individual–but collective and collaborative response, creative expression, participation, action? What if communities formed around books? What if an author’s webspace inspired true dialogue and interaction? And how can librarians, [...]

Celebrating the news from Vermont!

During National Library Month, it’s so lovely to celebrate a victory for children and that the hard work of advocacy can pay off. VSLA President, Denise Wentz, just wrote to share the following great news in advance of my visit to the the Vermont Dynamic Learning Landscapes Conference. I am very happy to finally announce [...]

Librarians unite! Create a Harry Potter Alliance Library Chapter

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Mess with libraries and you mess with democracy!  Dumbledore’s Army has got your back.      Andrew Slack. At ALA yesterday, Andrew Slack (activist and kid from the neighborhood) suggested that librarians join forces with the HPA to revolutionize civic engagement by starting chapters in our libraries. Not only did Andrew lend his support to Barb Stripling’s [...]

Hitting a Wall of Films (documentaries for inspiring thought and action)

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If you know any high school teachers who regularly teach with film or work with learners on building media literacy, you’ll want to share Films for Action and its Wall of Films. This fascinating curation effort moves beyond mainstream film to gather a matrix of more than 500 documentaries, selected for their ability to shift [...]