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  • Should Kindergarten Be More About Play or Literacy? - New York Times (blog)

    LITERACY NEWS - Google News
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    New York Times (blog)Should Kindergarten Be More About Play or Literacy?New York Times (blog)... embracing play as an important part of the learning process after years in which explicit academic instruction has been increasing in kindergarten classrooms across the country. What's the right balance? Should kindergarten be more about play or
  • Georgia presentations and conference

    Information Literacy Weblog
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Presentation materials from a number of the sessions at the 2014 Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy (held held in October 2014) are available. These include: - The Best Laid Plans of Librarians and Faculty: Information Literacy Instruction in a General Education Literature Course, Difficulties and Successes- The Proof is in the Worksheets: Assessing Information Literacy Outcomes from Library Instruction in an Evolved FYE ProgramThey are at http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/gaintlit/2014/The 2015 Georgia conference is on September 25-26, 2015 in Savannah, Georgia,…
  • Register the NCBLA as Your AmazonSmile Charity

    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    Help the NCBLA Each Time You Shop on AmazonAn easy way to contribute to the NCBLA is by registering us as your AmazonSmile charity. AmazonSmile is the charitable foundation of Amazon.com, and it provides an easy way to support charities like the NCBLA each time you shop online. All you need to do is register the NCBLA as your AmazonSmile charity recipient, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases directly to the NCBLA at no extra cost!National Childrens Book and Literacy Alliance IncTo register, just visit smile.amazon.com and select National Children's Book and Literacy…
  • Sorting Out the Arguments Over "Independent" Reading

    Shanahan on Literacy
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Teacher question:I am confused. You claim that independent reading has almost no benefit, but another article I just read says, "In one of the most extensive studies of independent reading yet conducted, Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding (1988) investigated a broad array of activities and their relationship to reading achievement and growth in reading. They found that the amount of time students spent in independent reading was the best predictor of reading achievement and also the best predictor of the amount of gain in reading achievement made by students between second and fifth grade." Which…
  • Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorites for August

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    Samantha McGinnis
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Our favorite books this month will get kids exploring the outdoors, show them the importance of kindness and illustrate the bond between parents and children, no matter the distance. You’ll also find a beautiful coming-of-age story for older readers and a tale about life during wartime. Pre-K – K (ages 3-6) Outdoor Opposites by Brenda Williams Jenn’s pick this month: “This colorful book featuring a diverse group of friends is perfect for young children! Use it to get kids up and moving, learning about opposites, and exploring the great outdoors.” Grades 1-2 (ages 6-8) The…
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    LITERACY NEWS - Google News

  • Should Kindergarten Be More About Play or Literacy? - New York Times (blog)

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    New York Times (blog)Should Kindergarten Be More About Play or Literacy?New York Times (blog)... embracing play as an important part of the learning process after years in which explicit academic instruction has been increasing in kindergarten classrooms across the country. What's the right balance? Should kindergarten be more about play or
  • Indy book-sharing stations combine art and literacy - Indianapolis Star

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:19 am
    Indianapolis StarIndy book-sharing stations combine art and literacyIndianapolis StarTake a peek inside any one of Indy's new book-sharing stations, and you can find books by Charles Dickens and Charlie Murphy, Janet Evanovich and Jane Austen. The eight stations are part of The Public Collection, which had its grand opening Thursday ...and more »
  • Thurman earns national honor for grading literacy modules - messenger-inquirer

    27 Aug 2015 | 10:50 pm
    Thurman earns national honor for grading literacy modulesmessenger-inquirerSharon Thurman, literacy staff developer for Daviess County Public Schools, has done something only 11 other educators in the country have done. She recently earned the "Certified Literacy Design Collaborative Juror Badge" from the Literacy Design ...and more »
  • Free books distributed to promote literacy in Hidalgo County - KGBT-TV

    27 Aug 2015 | 7:33 pm
    KGBT-TVFree books distributed to promote literacy in Hidalgo CountyKGBT-TVDirector of network and business development for the Molina Foundation, Rachael Voorhees said the foundation travels to low-income areas to promote literacy. “Our mission is to reduce disparities and access to education and health,” Voorhees said.
  • Mpls. schools chief sorry for 'insensitive' literacy training books - Minnesota Public Radio News (blog)

    27 Aug 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Minnesota Public Radio News (blog)Mpls. schools chief sorry for 'insensitive' literacy training booksMinnesota Public Radio News (blog)The Minneapolis Public School interim superintendent has apologized for optional materials used at a recent early literacy training program that reinforced some cultural and racial stereotypes. “Due to staffing shifts and the desire to get a program in and more »
 
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • Georgia presentations and conference

    25 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Presentation materials from a number of the sessions at the 2014 Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy (held held in October 2014) are available. These include: - The Best Laid Plans of Librarians and Faculty: Information Literacy Instruction in a General Education Literature Course, Difficulties and Successes- The Proof is in the Worksheets: Assessing Information Literacy Outcomes from Library Instruction in an Evolved FYE ProgramThey are at http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/gaintlit/2014/The 2015 Georgia conference is on September 25-26, 2015 in Savannah, Georgia,…
  • Lifelong Information Literacy conference - videos added #lilicon2015

    24 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    I mentioned before that the presentations from the LILi (Lifelong Information Literacy) conference held on 3 August 2015 in Los Angeles, USA were online. Now the presentations are all there, and there are videos of the sessions too https://sites.google.com/site/lifelonginformationliteracy/annual-conference-1
  • Growing Our Teaching Practices: priced online short course

    24 Aug 2015 | 4:41 am
    Andrea Baer is teaching an asynchronous online short course New Directions in Information Literacy: Growing Our Teaching Practices, for Library Juice aacdemy. It runs 7 September - 16 October asnd costs US $250. There is more information at http://libraryjuiceacademy.com/099-new-directions-IL.phpPhoto by Sheila Webber: wellie boots on the ground, Blackheath, August 2015
  • Wrocław in 2017, Columbus in 2016 #wlic2015

    23 Aug 2015 | 12:56 pm
    Wrocław, Poland will be the venue for the 2017 World Library and Information Congress, as was revealed at the closing ceremony to the 2015 World Library and Information (IFLA) Conference, which took place in Cape Town, South Africa last week. In this picture you can just about see the Mayor of Wrocław who had flown in to encourage delegates to visit his city in 2 years time. Next year WLIC (or, IFLA) conference takes place in Columbus, USA (as you will gather, the IFLA conferences rotate to different parts of the world each year) and they already have a website here: http://2016.ifla.org/
  • Cape Town Declaration #wlic2015

    21 Aug 2015 | 2:53 am
    The Cape Town Declaration was announced at the World Library and Information (IFLA) Conference taking place in Cape Town, South Africa. "Ministers and country representatives from Angola, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Lesotho, Guinea, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, South Sudan and Swaziland met to discuss the status of libraries and implementation of access to information agenda" and they made various commitments concerning information and libraries. The declaration is here: http://www.ifla.org/node/9767Photo of the cultural evening at the conference
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    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE

  • Register the NCBLA as Your AmazonSmile Charity

    24 Aug 2015 | 5:06 am
    Help the NCBLA Each Time You Shop on AmazonAn easy way to contribute to the NCBLA is by registering us as your AmazonSmile charity. AmazonSmile is the charitable foundation of Amazon.com, and it provides an easy way to support charities like the NCBLA each time you shop online. All you need to do is register the NCBLA as your AmazonSmile charity recipient, and AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases directly to the NCBLA at no extra cost!National Childrens Book and Literacy Alliance IncTo register, just visit smile.amazon.com and select National Children's Book and Literacy…
  • Share the Story of Our National Anthem with Your Kids

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    "The Star-Spangled Banner" Will Be Played at Many Celebrations This WeekendDo You Know Its History?Try your luck at a few trivia questions about our national anthem:   Do you know what battle inspired the writing of "The Star-Spangled Banner?" Did you know our national anthem was originally given a different title? Why is the "The Star-Spangled Banner" played at baseball games?You can learn the answers to these questions and more in the article "Star-Spangled Presidents" by Helen Kampion on OurWhiteHouse.org.   On this fourth of July, why not take a few moments today to…
  • Keep Your Kids Reading This Summer

    3 Jun 2015 | 5:17 am
    Reading Rockets Provides Engaging Summer Reading Resources With the coming of summer comes summer reading! And Reading Rockets has lots of resources and ideas you can share to help caring adults encourage kids to learn, read, and have fun in the summer sun.    Start with a Bookfeatures 24 kid-friendly themes, like dinosaurs, building, animals, sports, superheroes, music and more! Each theme introduces young readers and their families to great fiction and nonfiction books, along with hands-on activities that support reading, writing, and critical thinking skills and links to…
  • Celebrating Poetry Month

    20 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    The Horn Book Interviews Poet Nikki GrimesIn honor of Poetry Month, the Horn Book's Robin Smith recently interviewed acclaimed poet for young people Nikki Grimes. Here is an excerpt:QUESTION: As you travel and engage with children, how do you inspire in them an interest in reading and writing poetry?ANSWER: That interest is already in them. Poetry is a huge part of their childhood, from the ABC song to jump-rope rhymes to “Ring Around the Rosie.” Stoking that interest only requires sharing poems with them to which they can relate. One whiff of poetry about the stuff of their own…
  • Looking for Quality Books for the Kids in Your Life?

    24 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Check out the Bank Street College Center for Children's Literature BEST OF THE BEST List of Books Published for Kids 0-18 in 2014!The Bank Street College Center for Children's Literature recently published The Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2015 Edition, which includes more than 600 titles chosen by the Children’s Book Committee as the best of the best published in 2014. In choosing books for the annual list, reviewers consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include…
 
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • Sorting Out the Arguments Over "Independent" Reading

    26 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Teacher question:I am confused. You claim that independent reading has almost no benefit, but another article I just read says, "In one of the most extensive studies of independent reading yet conducted, Anderson, Wilson, and Fielding (1988) investigated a broad array of activities and their relationship to reading achievement and growth in reading. They found that the amount of time students spent in independent reading was the best predictor of reading achievement and also the best predictor of the amount of gain in reading achievement made by students between second and fifth grade." Which…
  • Vocabulary Teaching

    16 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Teacher question: What do you recommend is the best way to teach vocabulary to struggling readers at the middle school level?  My snappy reply:          I know of no special ways of teaching vocabulary to that group of students. Vocabulary is one of the many areas of instruction that one doesn’t find much in the way of interactions. What I mean by that is that usually, when it comes to teaching, what works with some kids, works with all or most kids. Struggling readers tend to be a bit slower in picking things up and consequently they tend to benefit a bit…
  • Why We Need to Teach Reading AND Writing

    2 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
                Many educators trumpet the idea of reading-writing relationships, emphasizing how close reading and writing are. As a teacher I was a big believer in this—my kids wrote every day, despite the lack of a report card space for writing, a writing curriculum, writing standards, or even any professional development on the topic. I strongly believed that when you taught writing, you were teaching reading.            Then I went to graduate school. My dissertation focused on the relationships between…
  • Report Cards and Standards

    28 Jul 2015 | 7:54 am
    Teacher Question:I wanted to ask your opinion regarding the structure of report cards for parents of students in grades 3-5. Understanding that ELA CCSS intertwines the areas of reading, language, spelling, writing, and moving toward creating district standards based report cards in all K-5 grade levels, how do you think students' progress should be reported out to parents via report cards, as we transition? Would you recommend having an ELA grade on the report card or segregating particular areas as a stand alone grade?  Shanahan Responds: This is less a research question than one…
  • What Can Librarians Do to Support Student Literacy?

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Question:Any thoughts on top 2 or 3 literacy concepts on which you would focus librarians? Grades 4-8?My response:Let me say how happy I am that you are available to students and teachers. As I make my way across the country I find fewer and fewer school-based librarians. Unfortunately, you appear to be part of a disappearing breed. Here are a few ideas.Content Basically, I think one of the biggest things school librarians can do for teachers is help them and their students to find resources. As teachers are trying to emphasize content and informational text to a greater extent, helping them…
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  • Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorites for August

    Samantha McGinnis
    18 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Our favorite books this month will get kids exploring the outdoors, show them the importance of kindness and illustrate the bond between parents and children, no matter the distance. You’ll also find a beautiful coming-of-age story for older readers and a tale about life during wartime. Pre-K – K (ages 3-6) Outdoor Opposites by Brenda Williams Jenn’s pick this month: “This colorful book featuring a diverse group of friends is perfect for young children! Use it to get kids up and moving, learning about opposites, and exploring the great outdoors.” Grades 1-2 (ages 6-8) The…
  • Children Should Have Books

    Julia Hornaday
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    Diane Brownstone Diane Brownstone grew up one block from the nearest public library. She attributes her love of literature to her early proximity to books. “The public library of my youth gave me an addiction to books that has enriched my life.  My wish is to give this experience and pleasure to many other young people.” Years later, Diane and her husband Clyde created the Brownstone Family Foundation to share the joy of reading with kids in need. The stars aligned when Diane was introduced to First Book while supporting the Reach Out and Read program site at Bellevue Hospital in New…
  • It’s Time to Play (And Win!)

    Samantha McGinnis
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Games and activities are a fun, hands-on way for kids to learn through play. They help kids tackle complex subjects like STEM, foster problem solving skills and build imagination. We’ve picked some of our favorite games and activities to get kids of all ages interacting and learning in the coming school year. How would you use these activities in your school or program? If you are a registered member of First Book’s community of educators working with kids in need, you can enter to win a collection of games and activities for your classroom, school or program. Simply share how…
  • How to Foster a Love of Reading

    Samantha McGinnis
    4 Aug 2015 | 1:55 pm
    93% of educators and program leaders use books from First Book to develop a lifelong love of reading in their students. But how can we help kids develop this love of reading? First Book hosted a Twitter chat last week wherein educators around the country convened to discuss their experiences and tips for fostering a love of reading in the kids they serve. Here are some of the highlights from our chat. To see full answers to all six questions, visit the hashtag #FirstBookEDU on Twitter or read our full recap on Storify. Why is it important for kids to love reading? What have you noticed about…
  • Monthly Book List: Our Favorite Books for July

    Samantha McGinnis
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Once a month, our team of book enthusiasts share their picks for the best in children’s and young adult books. This month, Lori, Alison, Matthew, Jenn and Miriam have selected tales on finding oneself, nurturing friendships, appreciating grandparents, adapting to change, and coping with loss — with adorable illustrations, silly stories and powerful narratives. Pre-K – K (ages 3-6) How to Grow a Friend by Sara Gillingham Lori’s pick this month: “Colorful, eye-catching illustrations, and a diverse cast of characters make this a perfect read-aloud for preschool. A great…
 
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  • Nina In New York: Queens Is Losing Its Books

    28 Aug 2015 | 6:04 am
    CBS 2 CBS 2 is part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corp. and one of the largest network-owned station groups in the country. Latest Videos Eye On New York Dining Deals Tony's Table Links [] WCBS 880 WCBS Newsradio 880 is one of the tri-state's most trusted sources for news and information.
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    28 Aug 2015 | 5:32 am
    The Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County dedicated its new campus at an event in Boynton Beach on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Two south Palm Beach County charities just walked into some cash.
  • Business leaders focus on early childhood education

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:42 am
    Virginia spends about $78 million a year on students who must repeat a year between kindergarten and the third grade because they simply weren't ready for school. That statistic, however, reveals only part of the problem when children aren't prepared to enter kindergarten.
  • The Public Collection: Indianapolis's own 'Big Free Libraries'

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:31 am
    I don't often run across TeleRead stories in person, though it does happen from time to time . Oddly enough, the story I came across lately actually happened in the very same spot as that one, Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.
  • Learning

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:01 am
    Holy Family Holy Name School: Registration for the 2015-16 school year is underway. Welcoming new students in preschools for 3-4 year olds.
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  • The Weekly Text: August 28, 2015

    markstextterminal
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:02 am
    Is there a way we can assist our students in remembering what we teach them in the classroom? More broadly, can we help students become stronger, more effective, and therefore more satisfied learners, particularly in terms of retention (de rigeur now for hyper-tested students), by showing them how memory actually functions? The answer, or part of the answer at least, thanks to Daniel Willingham, a professor of psychology at the University of Virginia, is yes. Professor Willingham writes a column called “Ask the Cognitive Scientist” for The American Educator, which is an…
  • Childhood secrets

    hoakley
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:50 pm
    When I was a child, there were two things that I used to do instead of going to sleep, after the lights were turned out: read (avidly) by torchlight under the bedcovers, and listen to the radio. I suspect that many of us brought up in the latter half of the twentieth century were the same – before kids expected to have a TV, or latterly a games console or computer, in their bedroom. Reading has played a similar role in the lives of children and adults ever since education (hence literacy) caught up with technology (printing), which depended on where you lived and social class. It…
  • Mean Jean the Recess Queen

    danielalaska
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:33 pm
    As we finish up this week are moving onto transitioning from back to school to feelings and friendship.  Yesterday we read The Recess Queen and  created a character web to describe the two main characters in the story, Katie Sue and Mean Jean. Then we used the character web to illustrate one of the characters.  We also talked about how Katie Sue showed kindness to Mean Jean even though Jean was being a bully.  In some of the illustrations you can see Katie Sue with a jump rope and Jean bullying other kids and looking angry!
  • Wearing Technology

    cmiyata
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:35 pm
    I (Cathy) looked up the definition of technology the other day because I had lost track of the meaning outside of my association of technology with computers.  According to Dictionary.com, technology is “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry.  This refresher helped me to better grasp the technological clothing my husband has been wearing as of late. For Father’s Day my husband was given an UnderArmour shirt (from our son-in-law) and challenged to wear it for a day. My husband has been a stanch believer in wearing cotton for many, many…
  • FREE GOODREADS GIVEAWAY

    saculpepper2015
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Receive a signed copy of my fiction book Body Of Music through a month long Goodreads giveaway! (Plus a free gift) I ask that everyone who wants to support a diverse book join the giveaway. Body Of Music, highlights the confidence a child has when there is a strong familial support!
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