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New YALSA Outstanding Books for the College Bound

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In the wake of the high profile announcements of the Youth Media Awards, another elegant list emerged a little more quietly. Every five years, a YALSA committee comprised of public, secondary, and academic librarians, selects titles for independent teen reading and lifelong learning in its Outstanding Books for the College Bound. The list includes fiction, nonfiction [...]

Model Library Curriculum shared on our PA DOE portal

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In times like these it’s even more meaningful when your state department of education endorses and validates your contribution to the learning culture of your school. This past fall, New York State recognized the specific contributions of  its school librarians by approving a new School Librarian Evaluation Rubric. (AASL lists a variety of others as [...]

Kathy’s updated assessments

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Over the last few years, student products have changed.  The Common Core State Standards force us to focus specifically on new sets of criteria. And so we find ourselves independently developing new rubrics and assessments. Happily, my/our dear friend Kathy Schrock stepped up to address the wheel-reinvention issue. Her updated assessment Guide covers assessment options for [...]

The LC does CCSS

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Earlier this week, the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog, announced that it has made its already fabulous  teaching resources–designed to inspire analysis, critical thinking, and the value of working with primary sources–more findable for teachers by aligning them to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). It’s all free and available through a new [...]

You’re gonna want to share ShareMyLesson

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The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) recently partnered with Britain’s TES Connect to create the ShareMyLesson portal, featuring content developed by teachers, for teachers, with a significant emphasis on resources on implementing the new Common Core State Standards. The free site promises to be the go-to online community where teachers of students K through 12 [...]