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Curriculum Letter to the Editor Assuaging Technology Fears
To the Editor:
After reading the article "COVID-19 & Remote Learning: How to Make It Work," ("Special Report: How We Go Back to School," July 22, 2020), it looks like school administrators are forgetting the library media specialist again. The article links to a document with six ways educators can help parents with remote learning next school year, but perhaps library media specialists could also provide guidance.
August 18, 2020
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Reading & Literacy As COVID-19 Budget Cuts Loom, Relevance of School Librarians Put to the Test
From California to Pennsylvania, school librarians are on edge as district and school leaders across the country seek ways to cut back expenses amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Cayla Bamberger, Claire Bryan, Jessica Campbell & Anya Schultz, July 1, 2020
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In these 2017 photos, students in Noelle Mapes' 3rd grade class complete an audit of the books in their library. They tracked the racial breakdown of the main characters in the stories and determined that they were overwhelmingly white. The exercise is meant to illuminate the lack of diversity in children's literature.
In these 2017 photos, students in Noelle Mapes' 3rd grade class complete an audit of the books in their library. They tracked the racial breakdown of the main characters in the stories and determined that they were overwhelmingly white. The exercise is meant to illuminate the lack of diversity in children's literature.
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Reading & Literacy Teachers Push for Books With More Diversity, Fewer Stereotypes
As schools add more books with main characters of color to their shelves, some teachers are going a step further and examining whether those narratives can reinforce biases.
Sarah Schwartz, June 11, 2019
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Social Studies Photos Teachers Show off their #BlackHistoryBookShelf “Shelfies”
For Black History Month, teachers and librarians send in pictures of the books and resources they use to celebrate the month.
Education Week Photo Staff, March 4, 2019
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Two students read together in teacher Justin Minkel's classroom at Jones Elementary School in Springdale, Ark.
Two students read together in teacher Justin Minkel's classroom at Jones Elementary School in Springdale, Ark.
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Reading & Literacy Opinion 4 Steps to a Magnificent Classroom Library
Teachers need to look closely at the range of reading levels, experiences, and genres represented in their classroom libraries.
Justin Minkel , June 13, 2018
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School & District Management From Our Research Center Schools See Steep Drop in Librarians, New Analysis Finds
Nationwide, schools have lost 20 percent of their librarians and media specialists in the past 15 years. Here's why that could hamstring district literacy efforts.
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Ed-Tech Policy FCC Dismantles 'Net Neutrality' Policy, and K-12 Schools Await Impact
Critics fear the new policy will allow internet service providers to create fast and slow lanes in a way that restricts online options for consumers, including schools.
Sean Cavanagh, December 14, 2017
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Ed-Tech Policy Teachers Fear the Unknown in FCC's 'Net Neutrality' Vote
Teachers worry that their ability to access online resources will diminish if the FCC's proposed order easing regulations on internet service providers is approved.
Sean Cavanagh, December 13, 2017
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Students at Vardaman High School in Mississippi continue to complete worksheets and pay no attention to the poor internet connection during a World History class in November 2015.
Students at Vardaman High School in Mississippi continue to complete worksheets and pay no attention to the poor internet connection during a World History class in November 2015.
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IT Infrastructure Questions Over New Construction Projects Raise More Worries About E-Rate's Future
More than 100 school districts have received letters questioning their plans to use federal E-rate funds to support construction of fiber-optic networks.
Benjamin Herold, May 30, 2017
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Reading & Literacy Startup Aims to Customize Classroom Book Selections
While it deals primarily in print books, a new app presents yet another angle on how digital technology is changing literacy instruction in schools.
Brenda Iasevoli, November 9, 2016
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School librarian Michelle Luhtala co-teaches a lesson on news analysis to 11th and 12th grade students at New Canaan High School in Connecticut. She and fellow librarian Jacqueline Whiting frequently partner with classroom teachers at the school to teach media-literacy skills.
School librarian Michelle Luhtala co-teaches a lesson on news analysis to 11th and 12th grade students at New Canaan High School in Connecticut. She and fellow librarian Jacqueline Whiting frequently partner with classroom teachers at the school to teach media-literacy skills.
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Reading & Literacy As Information Landscape Changes, School Librarians Take on New Roles
School librarians increasingly find themselves teaching students how to navigate and consume information online—and helping teachers embed those skills into the curriculum.
Madeline Will, November 9, 2016
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Curriculum Video What Do You Predict for the Future of School Libraries?
Librarian Sereena Hamm of Washington Latin Public Charter School in the nation’s capital discusses what she predicts for libraries in the future. She is the school’s first full-time librarian. Even as school libraries explore new digital media, she said, they are still exploring the “essential human questions we’ve always explored.” This video is part of a set of interviews for School Library Month on Education Week’s BookMarks blog. Education Week Video
April 29, 2016
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Curriculum Q&A Amid Changes, School Librarians Keep Student Learning Central
In recognition of School Library Month, BookMarks spoke to three school libraries to hear how they fare in today's digital world.
Kate Stoltzfus, April 29, 2016
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Curriculum How Are School Libraries Adapting in a Digital Age?
According to a new report from the American Library Association, school libraries are even more important to student learning in a technological age.
Kate Stoltzfus, April 28, 2016
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