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  • Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorite Books for May

    First Book Blog
    Samantha McGinnis
    21 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Our May book list includes fun, magical books featuring adventures with an adorable elephant, funny stories about sisters for young readers, the story of strong man Charles Atlas, a laugh-out-loud tale about pranksters and one of the best teen romances ever written. Pre-K – K (Ages 3-6): Little Elliot, Big City By: Mike Curato Elliot loves the adventure of living in the city but his size often gets in his way. Readers’ hearts will melt when Elliot meets an unlikely friend at just the right moment and the two take on the town together. A sweet, beautifully illustrated book!   For …
  • Three Transhumanist Organizations Fund “Science & Literacy Centre” in Uganda - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

    LITERACY NEWS - Google News
    27 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Institute for Ethics and Emerging TechnologiesThree Transhumanist Organizations Fund “Science & Literacy Centre” in UgandaInstitute for Ethics and Emerging TechnologiesThe Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) the Christian Transhumanist Association, and Alcor Life Extension Foundation have teamed up to establish a “Science & Literacy Centre” in Kyarumba, a small village in western Uganda. The project has ...
  • Land on troublesome knowledge

    Information Literacy Weblog
    26 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    Ray Land's keynote from the #LILAC2015 conference, 'There could be trouble ahead’. Threshold Concepts, Troublesome Knowledge and Information Literacy – a current debate can be viewed as a recording at https://campus.recap.ncl.ac.uk/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=fb2c8875-f382-4242-9e95-c4b5138fdc37Photo by Sheila Webber: the heath, Blackheath, May 2015
  • An Argument About Matching Texts to Students

    Shanahan on Literacy
    17 May 2015 | 11:23 pm
    A reader wrote:My main response is toward your general notion of the research surrounding teaching kids "at their level." First, I think the way you're describing instructional/skill levels obfuscates the issue a bit. Instructional level, by definition, means the level at which a child can benefit from instruction, including with scaffolding. Frustrational, by definition, means the instruction won't work. Those levels, like the terms "reinforcement & punishment" for example, are defined by their outcomes, not intentions. If a child learned from the instruction, the instruction was on the…
  • Jessixa Bagley and Laurie Ann Thompson Chat with First Book

    First Book Blog
    Samantha McGinnis
    26 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids. Jessixa Bagley and Laurie Ann Thompson authored two of our 2015 Stories for All Project title selections. The new picture book authors recently joined us for a Twitter chat to discuss their books “Boats for Papa” and ”Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah” and why diversity and inclusion are important in children’s stories. Here are some…
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    LITERACY NEWS - Google News

  • Three Transhumanist Organizations Fund “Science & Literacy Centre” in Uganda - Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

    27 May 2015 | 5:40 am
    Institute for Ethics and Emerging TechnologiesThree Transhumanist Organizations Fund “Science & Literacy Centre” in UgandaInstitute for Ethics and Emerging TechnologiesThe Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) the Christian Transhumanist Association, and Alcor Life Extension Foundation have teamed up to establish a “Science & Literacy Centre” in Kyarumba, a small village in western Uganda. The project has ...
  • Wells Fargo trainer, her financial literacy bus are on the move in Charlotte - Charlotte Observer

    27 May 2015 | 3:04 am
    Charlotte ObserverWells Fargo trainer, her financial literacy bus are on the move in CharlotteCharlotte ObserverShe drives her “financial literacy bus” around town, consulting with clients on budgeting and saving strategies. Barnes also has an online club – with members as distant as Guam – through which she helps clients build healthy financial habits. Her
  • Literacy gap between UK unemployed and those in work 'is highest in Western ... - The Independent

    26 May 2015 | 11:52 pm
    The IndependentLiteracy gap between UK unemployed and those in work 'is highest in Western The IndependentFigures show the gap between the “haves” and “have nots” in literacy and problem solving skills is the highest of any country covered by the study, The NEETs lag 12.5 per cent behind in literacy skills and just under 10 per cent behind when it comes to ...Not in school, not working: Millions of young people worldwide are disengagedWashington PostGap between NEETS and working peersBelfast TelegraphUK nations have biggest skills gaps, says OECDBBC Newsall 28 news…
  • Students receive Gift of Literacy - Lebanon Express

    26 May 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Lebanon ExpressStudents receive Gift of LiteracyLebanon ExpressSuperintendent Rob Hess first learned of the program when he was in Springfield, where they dubbed it “Gift of Literacy.” He shared the idea with Lebanon teachers. In 2011, Lebanon held its inaugural “Gift of Literacy” day at COMP-Northwest, where it's
  • COMMUNITY NOTES: Fundraising breakfast to promote early literacy, more - Press-Enterprise

    26 May 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Press-EnterpriseCOMMUNITY NOTES: Fundraising breakfast to promote early literacy, morePress-EnterpriseGolf tournament helps four non-profits; Tip-A-Cop fundraiser helps Special Olympics; Edison honors three Inland students; Kiwanis Club gives scholarships; Breakfast to promote literacy; Master's student's show artwork; New master's degree program ...
 
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • Land on troublesome knowledge

    26 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    Ray Land's keynote from the #LILAC2015 conference, 'There could be trouble ahead’. Threshold Concepts, Troublesome Knowledge and Information Literacy – a current debate can be viewed as a recording at https://campus.recap.ncl.ac.uk/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=fb2c8875-f382-4242-9e95-c4b5138fdc37Photo by Sheila Webber: the heath, Blackheath, May 2015
  • The NICE Evidence Search Student Champion Scheme

    23 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    A scheme organised by NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, in the UK) selects students to be student champions, aiming "to improve the routine use of evidence-based information by future doctors, pharmacists, nursing and other healthcare professionals. ... These students receive bespoke training and support to enable them to disseminate information about NICE Evidence Search to their fellow undergraduates in structured hands-on learning sessions." The scheme launched in 2011. Another good example of making students active in information literacy!
  • ACRL instruction recordings: collaboration and learning outcomes

    22 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Recordings of webinars recently organised by the ACRL Instruction Section Management and Leadership Committee are now available:Char Booth: Cultivating Campus Collaboration http://ala.adobeconnect.com/p3asujae6d4/ ("For librarians who work in information literacy program development, creating and sustaining meaningful ties with a diverse range of campus stakeholders is an essential and complex task. This webinar will involve participants in a discussion about cultivating effective institutional collaborations, from identifying and engaging potential partners to curriculum mapping strategies…
  • Teaching or Training? Academic librarians’ conceptions of their IL teaching

    21 May 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In my previous post I mentioned that Emily Wheeler was presenting at the LIRG AGM on 1st July. Embedded below is her presentation on the same topic given at the LILAC conference in April. Emily also blogged about LILAC at https://exlibrislinguist.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/teaching-or-training-my-lilac-presentation/ and https://exlibrislinguist.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/another-lilac-blog-post-workshop-on-hunting-assumptions/ Teaching or Training? Academic librarians’ conceptions of their IL teaching
  • #LIRG member's day: information literacy featured

    21 May 2015 | 2:58 pm
    The Library Information Research Group Member’s Day & AGM is taking place on 1 July, 3pm-6.30pm, in Liverpool, UK. It includes talks from LIRG prize winner (and one of my current PhD students) Jess Elmore on An exploration of the information literacy experiences of home educating families and Emily Wheeler (who was a Masters student here last year) on Teaching or training? Academic librarians’ conceptions of their IL activities. There is also a talk from Miggie Pickton on Developing a research culture in the workplace: top down and bottom up approachesThis event is free to CILIP…
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • An Argument About Matching Texts to Students

    17 May 2015 | 11:23 pm
    A reader wrote:My main response is toward your general notion of the research surrounding teaching kids "at their level." First, I think the way you're describing instructional/skill levels obfuscates the issue a bit. Instructional level, by definition, means the level at which a child can benefit from instruction, including with scaffolding. Frustrational, by definition, means the instruction won't work. Those levels, like the terms "reinforcement & punishment" for example, are defined by their outcomes, not intentions. If a child learned from the instruction, the instruction was on the…
  • How Much Text Complexity Can Teachers Scaffold?

    13 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    How much of a "gap" can be compensated through differentiation? If my readers are at a 400 Lexile level, is there an effective way to use a 820 level chapter book?             This is a great question. (Have you ever noticed that usually means the responder thinks he has an answer).             For years, teachers were told that students had to be taught with books that matched their ability, or learning would be reduced. As a teacher I bought into those notions. I tested every…
  • Should We Teach Spelling? II

    7 May 2015 | 7:46 pm
                My last blog entry was written in response to a fifth-grade teacher who wanted to know about spelling instruction. Although teachers at her school thought that formal spelling instruction, like working with word lists, was a bad idea, it turns out that such teaching is beneficial to kids. The same can be said for studying word structure and its implications for spelling, pronunciation, and meaning.            The best reviews of this research have consistently found that spelling instruction leads…
  • Should We Teach Spelling?

    30 Apr 2015 | 2:32 am
    I often hear concerns about our students' poor spelling abilities, and have been thinking about practical ways to address this issue.  Although we want to continue to steer away from memorized lists that are often not retained, I want to get your feedback about incorporating more word study in your ELA block.  I know what you are thinking~ there is no time!  I first want to hear your concerns about spelling, so we can determine a manageable way to address them. My word study involves challenging vocabulary from my student's self-selected books and Greek and Latin word…
  • Round Robin by Any Other Name... Oral Reading for Older Readers

    23 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I am seeking your advice based on the email correspondence below that I have had with my principal.  She noted that I was practicing “round robin reading” on a classroom observation.  Upon asking her to remove it (since it was not what I was doing), I realized that she doesn’t entirely understand what that practice looks like.  I gather from her response that she is only interested in the teacher modeling expert reading and students not reading aloud in the classroom at all.  I personally believe that there is a place in the classroom for students to read…
 
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    First Book Blog

  • Jessixa Bagley and Laurie Ann Thompson Chat with First Book

    Samantha McGinnis
    26 May 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids. Jessixa Bagley and Laurie Ann Thompson authored two of our 2015 Stories for All Project title selections. The new picture book authors recently joined us for a Twitter chat to discuss their books “Boats for Papa” and ”Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah” and why diversity and inclusion are important in children’s stories. Here are some…
  • Monthly Book List: Our Five Favorite Books for May

    Samantha McGinnis
    21 May 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Our May book list includes fun, magical books featuring adventures with an adorable elephant, funny stories about sisters for young readers, the story of strong man Charles Atlas, a laugh-out-loud tale about pranksters and one of the best teen romances ever written. Pre-K – K (Ages 3-6): Little Elliot, Big City By: Mike Curato Elliot loves the adventure of living in the city but his size often gets in his way. Readers’ hearts will melt when Elliot meets an unlikely friend at just the right moment and the two take on the town together. A sweet, beautifully illustrated book!   For …
  • What Does the Stories For All Project Mean to You?

    Samantha McGinnis
    19 May 2015 | 8:07 am
    Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids. On May 6th, we hosted a Twitter chat to talk about how books featuring diverse voices help children learn and grow. Educators from across the country joined publishers, thought leaders, supporters and partners to share their thoughts. Here are just a few highlights from the conversation. View the entire Twitter chat on Storify. What does the #StoriesforAll Project mean to you? Why is it…
  • The Right Book at the Right Time

    Samantha McGinnis
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids. Today’s guest blogger is Melissa Spradlin, Executive Director of Book’em in Nashville, TN. Having the right book at the right time can make a difference in a child’s life – sometimes forever. That is why having a variety of books to choose from is so important to our program. Every day I work with Book’em in Nashville to make kids and teens owners of books, helping them…
  • Six Diverse Stories: Our 2015 Stories for All Project Selections

    Samantha McGinnis
    12 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    Today’s blog post is part of our Stories For All Project series, focused on sharing the latest announcements and impact stories about our effort to put diverse, inclusive books into the hands of kids. Last week, we announced our latest action in the Stories for All Project – we selected six outstanding titles that showcase characters and storylines often underrepresented in  children’s literature and are making 10,000 copies of each title available in affordable trade paperback format for the first time ever. The first three titles are available now on the First Book…
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  • OECD eyes 'enormous' economic gains from better education

    27 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Rich and poor countries could see "enormous" economic benefits from reducing youth unemployment by ensuring all youngsters have basic reading, maths and science skills, the OECD said Wednesday. In a report entitled "Universal Basic Skills", the OECD warned that global economic crises in recent years had shown that bailouts, stimulus programmes and printing money were not remedies by themselves.
  • Dan Tilley Releases Absolutely Hutely

    27 May 2015 | 4:13 am
    A college student living in a sleepy mountain town is transported to ancient Crete during a dream, only to meet a philosophizing donkey in the new fiction by Dan Tilley , " Absolutely Hutely : Dan and Hutely Meet the Minoans" . Dan McCaugh is inspired to study ancient philosophy by his enlightened professor, Dr. Dean.
  • Law enforcement: Pay for pre-K now, or pay us more later

    27 May 2015 | 4:09 am
    Gov. Tom Wolf spoke outside the Camp Hill Corrections Instiution in support of spending more state dollars on preschool education. With Wolf are Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, Franklin County Sheriff Dane Anthony and Chambersurg Police Chief David Arnold.
  • 30 Minutes of Reading a Week Provides a Lifetime of Literacy

    27 May 2015 | 1:10 am
    Real estate veteran and reading volunteer, Jim Thoeming , is celebrating his 40th anniversary. Jim has spent more than 300 hours ensuring children in at-risk neighborhoods develop a love for the written word.
  • Supporters plead for shuttered library

    27 May 2015 | 12:36 am
    After listening Tuesday night to heartfelt pleas from numerous community members, including from children bearing posters asking the city to reopen the shuttered eastside hub, Stockton council members now have the ultimate say. The City Hall discussion on Fair Oaks came near the conclusion of the first of as many as three scheduled public hearings being held this week as Stockton develops its initial post-bankruptcy budget.
 
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  • Strategic planning when survival is the modus operandi.

    wslightfoot22
    22 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    “We’ll be dead by then.” This was a common response to a survey our team did last year with regards
  • Learning Log Homework: T3.1W5: Literacy: Spot the Difference!

    Ms. H
    22 May 2015 | 3:27 am
    The Year 3 children worked so hard during Art Week, and in preparation for the Art Exhibition. Hence Ms. H. decided to make ALL of 3H superstars this week! Picture A:   Picture B: Look at these 2 pictures above. Can you play ‘Spot the Difference’ using conjunctions? Here are some conjunctions which you could use: while, although, however, but, even though For example, you could write: “In picture A, Look-Nut is glaring at the camera. However, in picture B, Look-Nut is looking out of the window!” How many differences can you spot?
  • In Year 1 this week (WB 18/05/15)

    rosemaryworks
    21 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    What an exciting week it has been! We started our Pen Pal Project in Literacy and the children couldn’t wait to get writing. We are writing letters to children in a school in Massachusetts, USA. We looked at how to include interesting information and ask good questions as well as how to set out a letter. In Maths this week we have been working on co-ordinates, compass directions and other positional language! We helped Little Red Riding Hood make her way safely to Grandma’s house by giving her the correct directions and also saved some pirates from hungry crocodiles! In Art we…
  • PencilPALS: Giving Back

    married2arod
    21 May 2015 | 10:21 pm
    This is my second year participating in PencilPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools). Eac
  • ECT Session - Guided Reading

    Debbie Ross
    21 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Here is the link to the recording of the webinar on teaching Guided Reading. https://connect.schools.nsw.edu.au/p1ls1ag5flm/ and the resources… ECT Resources Overview – Guided reading Comprehension 01 – Overview C omprehension 02 – Focus on Reading Super Six May 2015 Reading Texts 01 – Guided Reading K-6 Reading Texts 02 – Guided Reading Teacher Checklist Reading Texts 03 – mod guide ind reading Reading Texts 04 – Guided Reading Record Reading Texts 05 – Suggested Guided Reading activities Reading Texts 06 – When you don’t know…
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