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Launching Real “Reading Progress”: A Game Changer from Microsoft Education
Microsoft Education's new (and free) Reading Progress application promises to be a game changer and I would get ready to introduce it to your faculty early in the school year.
The SLIDE Study: A chat with Deb Kachel (Part 2) And exploring the interactive data tools
In my last post, I shared news of the School Librarian Investigation—Decline or Evolution?, or SLIDE research project. The study emphasizes a critical equity issue: our most vulnerable students are those most impacted by a declining numbers of school librarians. I recently chatted with project director, Deb Kachel to dig a little deeper into what […]
SLIDE: data, interactive tools, and an equity wake-up call (Part 1)
We now have the data. Important new research documents concerns relating to the future of our profession and implications for those we serve. The School Librarian Investigation—Decline or Evolution?, or SLIDE research project emphasizes a critical equity issue: our most vulnerable students–those living in poverty, minority populations and English language learners–are those most impacted by […]
Making civics a priority: “The Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy”
This week, I was excited to attend the launch event for The Roadmap to Educating for American Democracy. At a time when school districts are focused on delivering curricular essentials . . . At a time when school districts have seen a 50-year erosion of civic education schools—to the point that the federal government now […]
Choosing Choice Boards
The essence of the demand for freedom is the need of conditions which will enable an individual to make his own special contribution to a group interest, and to partake of its activities in such ways that social guidance shall be a matter of his own mental attitude, and not a mere authoritative dictation of […]
Launching SchoolLibraryNJ (and some models beyond)
We're exited to launch SchoolLibraryNJ, a evolving project designed to address inequitable access to resources for K12 schools and libraries and to present the value of librarians in digitally curating resources for teaching and learning.
Reading is Self-Care
I suppose it’s something we simply know. But I suspect it’s something we don’t explicitly teach. Reading is more than an enjoyable and enriching experience. Reading is self-care. At a time when they don’t see their friends . . . At a time when some are reluctant to turn their cameras on and share their […]
TeachingBooks Launches Free Chrome Extension
It’s never been easier to explore those questions you have about authors and illustrators and books. TeachingBooks’ new free Chrome extension makes moving from your Google search about anything, including children’s or young adult lit, to its rich and engaging digital content. And because founder and publisher Nick Glass has made access to TeachingBooks available […]
Enough with the CRAAP: We’re just not doing it right
It's not the web it used to be and our traditional approaches to teaching about it no longer make sense. In fact, we teach strategies that often fail our students.
Reach out!: Web-Based Advice Service for School Librarians
At a time when a professional version of a Dear Abby is most needed, our past AASL presidents offer to personalize and scale their leadership, providing timely advice and time-honored vision.