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  • Happy National Reading Month!

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    Samantha McGinnis
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    March is National Reading Month, and the educators and programs leaders we serve hope their kids will develop a love of reading that lasts a lifetime. 93 percent of respondents in a recent First Book survey* hope their kids will gain a lifelong love of reading from the books they access through First Book. *n = 977 The post Happy National Reading Month! appeared first on First Book Blog.
  • 10 Arguments Against Common Core that Presidential Hopefuls Should Avoid

    Shanahan on Literacy
    7 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
          An Open Letter to the Candidates                Ladies and Gentlemen. We're quickly sinking into the quicksands of yet another presidential campaign. I'm writing to help with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) issue. I don't want any of you tripped up by a feeble or foolish argument, and there are lots of ways of doing that. I'm sure you all know not to rely on your 13-year-old kids for policy advice, and not to sigh audibly and roll your eyes since it will look like you sent your 13-year-old to debate in your place. If you…
  • Cleveland Foundation announces March grants; Charter One kicks off Financial ... - cleveland.com

    LITERACY NEWS - Google News
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:09 pm
    cleveland.comCleveland Foundation announces March grants; Charter One kicks off Financial cleveland.comCharter One/Citizens Bank fights financial illiteracy: Charter One, which will be renamed Citizens Bank by mid-year 2015, has kicked off National Financial Literacy Month (April) with the launch of its multifaceted financial education program, Citizens
  • #ACRL2015 proceedings, presentations, tweets

    Information Literacy Weblog
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    The ACRL (North American academic librarians) conference just took place in Portland, USA. As usual there were sessions relevant to information literacy. The conference Twitter is https://twitter.com/ACRL2015 and the hashtag was https://twitter.com/hashtag/acrl2015?f=realtime.There is a page with links to full papers from presenters (not all, I think, but quite a lot) at http://acrl.learningtimesevents.org/proceedings/ Examples of papers linked from this proceedings page (which are listed in alphabetical order of title) are:- Information Use during the First College Year: Findings from the…
  • Looking for Quality Books for the Kids in Your Life?

    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE
    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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  • Cleveland Foundation announces March grants; Charter One kicks off Financial ... - cleveland.com

    1 Apr 2015 | 2:09 pm
    cleveland.comCleveland Foundation announces March grants; Charter One kicks off Financial cleveland.comCharter One/Citizens Bank fights financial illiteracy: Charter One, which will be renamed Citizens Bank by mid-year 2015, has kicked off National Financial Literacy Month (April) with the launch of its multifaceted financial education program, Citizens
  • Financial literacy needed for domestic violence survivors - Tallahassee.com

    1 Apr 2015 | 9:49 am
    Tallahassee.comFinancial literacy needed for domestic violence survivorsTallahassee.comThe Changing Lives partnership between Allstate and Florida's 42 certified domestic violence centers — including Tallahassee's Refuge House — launched at the Capitol on Wednesday, the start of Financial Literacy Month. The program involves Allstate ...
  • Financial Literacy Month? Don't Be Fooled - Huffington Post

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    Huffington PostFinancial Literacy Month? Don't Be FooledHuffington PostApril Fool's Day marks the start of Financial "Literacy" Month. Ironically, a group of researchers and experts say the month -- declared by Congress in 2004 to promote smart money management -- should be re-named Financial "Illiteracy" Month. Why?FoolProof Offers Financial Literacy CoursesFinancial Advisor Magazineall 2 news articles »
  • And the worst state for financial literacy is... - CNBC

    1 Apr 2015 | 6:40 am
    CNBCAnd the worst state for financial literacy is...CNBCAmericans don't have a great track record when it comes to financial literacy, but some states have more money-smart residents than others. To gauge residents' financial literacy, WalletHub.com assessed financial knowledge and education in the 50 Nevada ranks next to last in financial literacyReno Gazette JournalReport: Tennesseans not very smart about their moneyNashville Business JournalNJ & PA Among Most Financially Literate StatesCBS Localgulflive.com (blog) -Tucson News Nowall 10 news articles »
  • A Call for Data Literacy - Huffington Post

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    Huffington PostA Call for Data LiteracyHuffington PostWe are increasingly witness to reports about poor deployments of digital platforms for learning that open up students' information to unintended audiences. This is a scary fact not simply for children but for digital citizens writ large; we are mucking
 
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • #ACRL2015 proceedings, presentations, tweets

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:53 am
    The ACRL (North American academic librarians) conference just took place in Portland, USA. As usual there were sessions relevant to information literacy. The conference Twitter is https://twitter.com/ACRL2015 and the hashtag was https://twitter.com/hashtag/acrl2015?f=realtime.There is a page with links to full papers from presenters (not all, I think, but quite a lot) at http://acrl.learningtimesevents.org/proceedings/ Examples of papers linked from this proceedings page (which are listed in alphabetical order of title) are:- Information Use during the First College Year: Findings from the…
  • The World through Picture Books

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Literacy, rather than information literacy, but I couldn't resist linking to this publication, which lists the favourite picture books in many countries of the world. It includes a thumbnail of the book's cover and a brief description (in English plus in the native language of the country) for each book. There are also ideas for children's activities with the books.Everall, A. and Quiñones, V. (2015). The World through Picture Books: Librarians’ favourite books from their country. 2nd ed. The Hague: IFLA. http://www.ifla.org/files/assets/hq/publications/professional-report/136.pdfIt was…
  • Friday post: #hatnote Listen to #Wikipedia grow

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    For some relaxing new-agey sound, go to Hatnote's Listen to Wikipedia. "Bells indicate additions [to Wikipedia] and string plucks indicate subtractions. Pitch changes according to the size of the edit; the larger the edit, the deeper the note. Green circles show edits from unregistered contributors, and purple circles mark edits performed by automated bots. You may see announcements for new users as they join the site, punctuated by a string swell. You can welcome him or her by clicking the blue banner and adding a note on their talk page." It was built by Stephen LaPorte and Mahmoud Hashemi…
  • TeenTech and IL Group launch Information Literacy Award

    26 Mar 2015 | 4:29 pm
    The CILIP Information Literacy Group, in partnership with the TeenTech initiative, has announced a new award for 11-16 year olds that will recognise excellence in information literacy. The "Research and Information Literacy Award will celebrate how well young people can dispel the ‘Google Generation’ myth and show that they can be truly information literate researchers as they explore their ideas to make life better, simpler or easier. ... Winners of the new award will have demonstrated their ability to search intelligently across a range of resources, including search engines like…
  • Conference report: MOOCs and flexible learning #sheftess15

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    In my third post about the University of Sheffield Faculty of Social Sciences learning and teaching conference (that I attended on 19 March), I’ll cover my own presentation and say something briefly about two others in the session. Marie Kinsey (School of Journalism) talked about Mixing it up with MOOCs, in which she described the progress of of Futurelearn (of which University of Sheffield is a member), highlighted Sheffield’s MOOC activities (she also played this cool trailer for the forthcoming How to write your first song MOOC) and identified the value of MOOCs to the University of…
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    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE

  • 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…
  • An Easy and FREE Way to Help the NCBLA

    9 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Register the NCBLA as Your AmazonSmile Charity andHelp Us Raise Funds to Continue Our Mission    AmazonSmile, the charitable foundation of Amazon.com, 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!To register, just visit smile.amazon.com and select National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance Inc as your charity of choice. Once you have registered, the NCBLA will…
  • February Is Presidents Month!

    2 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Get Kids Excited About Presidential History Using the Award-Winning Anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking OutExciting stories, informative essays, humorous poetry, and extraordinary art can help kids engage in the past and make connections with our present and future. A perfect resource for learning more about American and presidential history that provides all of this and MORE is the NCBLA's award-winning anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out.With Our White House, kids can learn about the building of the White House--and why it once burned. They can engage with intimate…
  • State of the Union Address Tonight

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Helping Young People Connect with Contemporary EventsTonight President Obama will make his state of the union address to Congress. Will he find refuge in the White House movie theater sometime beforehand to practice his delivery of tonight's speech, just as his predecessor President George W. Bush liked to do? What policies and legislative goals will the president be promoting tonight? Is the state of the union address important? Need we watch?In his 1949 state of the union address, President Harry S Truman proposed his program of social and economic reform, asserting that “Every segment of…
  • New Year Resolutions

    9 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
    I Will Read To My Kids -- If I Ever Find The Time! All right, so you've heard that you should read aloud to your kids fifteen minutes everyday. You've heard from teachers and pediatricians and politicians and the so-called "educational experts" that it is the best thing you can do ensure your child's success in reading and school. But who are they trying to kid with this fifteen minutes a day deal? It takes a heck of a lot more time than fifteen minutes a day! First, if you are going to read books, you've got to have books to read. And that means getting everyone dressed, then driving to the…
 
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  • Middle School Interventions

    29 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    We are a K-12 district and are revamping our grade 6 through grade 8 instructional supports, which include a 40 minute additional session of reading and/or math instruction  anywhere from 3 to 5 days a week. This extra instruction is provided to any student below the 50th percentile on the MAP assessments ---roughly 2/3 of our student population in our 5 middle schools.  Where we are struggling is in determining whether this additional instructional time  (taught during later periods in the day  by different teachers from the core instruction)…
  • Teaching Visual Literacy Makes a Big Difference

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Would you add some thoughts about visual literacy, that is, questioning the artist/illustrator in the same way we are questioning the author/text…prior to analyzing the text.  Thank you.I’ve been carrying this question around for a while, trying to think up a good answer. On the one hand, I’ve never been a big fan of “visual literacy.”  It’s not that I’m insensitive to the idea that pictures have value (I subscribed to Playboy for many years), but I’ve never been willing to put pictures on the same plane as the printed word.I guess I’ve been afraid that…
  • Informational Text and Young Children

    15 Mar 2015 | 7:23 pm
    So the woman who runs my local children’s book store told me that more and more parents of young children are asking for “non-fiction beginning readers” because “that’s what Common Core wants.” Really? In kindergarten and first grade? Aren’t beginning readers supposed to develop their decoding and word recognition by reading simple stories (the ones populated by talking pigs). I’ve seen “easy” nonfiction books that are full of difficult multisyllable words and proper names.  The publishers have made the books (supposedly) appropriate for beginning…
  • 10 Arguments Against Common Core that Presidential Hopefuls Should Avoid

    7 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
          An Open Letter to the Candidates                Ladies and Gentlemen. We're quickly sinking into the quicksands of yet another presidential campaign. I'm writing to help with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) issue. I don't want any of you tripped up by a feeble or foolish argument, and there are lots of ways of doing that. I'm sure you all know not to rely on your 13-year-old kids for policy advice, and not to sigh audibly and roll your eyes since it will look like you sent your 13-year-old to debate in your place. If you…
  • More on the Teaching with Books at the Students' Reading Levels

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    Please provide the research about how teaching students using instructional level texts does not yield results! I am a literacy coach with five years of successful guided reading with below-level ELL's, working with them at their instructional level for TWENTY MINUTES A DAY. The rest of our two-hour block is spent with students immersed in either an independent book of their choice (also about 20-25 minutes) or in grade level text (1+ hours). I feel confident that I am teaching CCSS Standard 10 because my students read complex text in whole group with my scaffolding. I understand you've…
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  • Sparking Students’ Interest In Math

    Samantha McGinnis
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Sarah’s students practicing “counting on” When it’s time for a math lesson, Sarah Richardson’s kindergarten class sits in a group, with one hand on their heads, counting on the other hand in front of them.  They’re learning addition using a method called “counting on”. This can be a very tricky skill for some of Sarah’s students. After a tough math lesson, the students sit down to enjoy a new story.  She begins to read a book about a builder named Jack who uses different numbers of blocks to build robots, a hot dog stand and the tallest building in the world. …
  • One More Page

    Samantha McGinnis
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Dr. Shirley Johnson, in her words, is an educator to the depths of her soul. Over the last 40 years, she has been a teacher, administrator, union leader, curriculum supervisor and an education advocate.  Most recently, she opened The Resource Room, an afterschool education program for children ages five to 11 in Miami Gardens, Florida. She is also a long-standing NAACP member and Regional Chair with a long history and deep family roots in the Civil Rights Movement. Recently, with support from the General Motors Foundation, First Book partnered with NAACP to launch the new national NAACP…
  • INFOGRAPHIC: Books Make a Difference in Kids’ Lives (Now Available in Spanish)

    Julia Hornaday
    17 Mar 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Our popular infographic “Books Make a Difference in Kids’ Lives” is now available in Spanish. The infographic illustrates how the presence of books in a low-income community versus an upper-middle income community impacts a child’s life. Ahora encuentras nuestra infografía popular “Los libros hacen una diferencia en la vida de los niños” en español.  La infografía ilustra como la presencia de libros en una comunidad de escasos recursos versus una comunidad de recursos altos y medios impactan la vida de los niños. Do you work with kids from low-income…
  • Kwame Alexander Q&A: Poetry Provides Possibilities

    Marissa Wasseluk
    10 Mar 2015 | 8:39 am
    We recently had the opportunity to talk with author Kwame Alexander about how poetry can draw a reluctant reader into a lifelong love of books and the creative process behind his book, “The Crossover,” awarded the 2015 Newbery Medal for Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children. Author Kwame AlexanderPhoto Credit: Pilar Vergara The first thing we noticed about The Crossover: its rhythm. Why did you choose to have Josh’s voice rhythmic in that way? When I decided the book was going to have a frame of basketball, I knew that I wanted the language to mirror the…
  • Happy National Reading Month!

    Samantha McGinnis
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    March is National Reading Month, and the educators and programs leaders we serve hope their kids will develop a love of reading that lasts a lifetime. 93 percent of respondents in a recent First Book survey* hope their kids will gain a lifelong love of reading from the books they access through First Book. *n = 977 The post Happy National Reading Month! appeared first on First Book Blog.
 
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  • PMG enhances kids waiting room

    1 Apr 2015 | 5:17 pm
    Piper and Finley Reitz pick their favorite items of the "Eye Spy" college at the Prowers Clinic March 26. Prowers Medical Center took another step forward in its commitment to the community March 26, and dedicated its new and improved kids section featuring a big "eye spy" activity at the clinic. The area previously contained a few books and crayons and now contains an impressive array of thought provoking activities, like the "Eye Spy" mosaic and more books to engage people of all ages.
  • June is GLBT Book Month

    1 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
    The American Library Association has designated June 2015 as GLBT Book Montha , a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. GLBT Book Montha is an initiative of the American Library Association and is coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table .
  • Kelowna parent concerned about proposed changes to School Act

    1 Apr 2015 | 4:22 pm
    A parent of two elementary school students, Kelowna mom Shelley Courtney says proposed changes to the B.C. School Act will make it harder for parents to have input into what is happening at their children's schools among a variety of changes that she says should be of concern to everyone involved in public education. Under the legislation, which has yet to be passed into law, school districts will no longer need to have school planning councils in place.
  • June is GLBT Book Montha

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:45 pm
    The American Library Association has designated June 2015 as GLBT Book Montha , a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. GLBT Book Montha is an initiative of the American Library Association and is coordinated through its Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table .
  • On the march to better reading

    1 Apr 2015 | 3:45 pm
    News last month from the Minnesota Reading Corps was so good that it made headlines in the March 28 Washington Post: "Can volunteers help kids read more proficiently? New research says yes." The research, conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, compared student outcomes at 25 Reading Corps prekindergarten programs in a variety of settings around the state with those from 25 similar preschools that do not engage Reading Corps volunteer tutors or use its methods.
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  • WABI TV5 Crew Visits PCES and GrowME

    Walter Boomsma
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    Third graders at PCES were already pretty excited because Valley Grange volunteers and bookworms Mrs. Boomsma and Ms. Erwin were coming to help them make “dirt babies” as part of the GrowME Collaboration. But they became even more pumped when they saw WABI’s Caitlin Burchill and a camera operator headed their way. One teacher asked us to pop in and say “Hi” to the kids… and a third grader came rushing up to Cait with a quickly made card for the “wether woman” that said inside, “I love you!” The resulting video can be viewed on the WABI TV 5 website. GrowME…
  • Easter egg hunt

    mrspeacockfirclass
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:21 am
    When the children came to school today they discovered I had hidden some treats for them to find. They were given a clue which led to subsequent clues and finally a message. The children arranged words to make the sentence “Look in my cupboard for your prize”. The children understood positional language and worked as a team, reading and following the clues.
  • Dettatura and Spelling Game

    cyncas
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:39 am
    I forgot to mention about these two.  The children have new words to study for dettatura but no new words for Spelling Game.  I have kept the ‘s’ green copybook in class and children only have the ‘sg’ copybook.  Go through the words already covered and when we come back we will have a ‘surprise’ spelling game with words we have already covered.
  • Reading

    asirisack
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:53 pm
    Reading is important, I try to incorporate it into everyday activities with the kids I taught.  This is my favorite photo, we were at the local food bank waiting on our tour.  While we were waiting the kids were getting restless, so I asked the older kids to read with the younger children.  Withing couple seconds they quietly grabbed the pamphlets and started reading it to each other and were excited about the information they learn within several minutes of reading. This was one of my best memories working with my little munchkins.
  • Animal Research

    myriahcogswell
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Look at these highly engaged focused children!!!  How do you get wiggly boys to sit still and write?  Tell them they can choose any animal they want to research and write about, even dinosaurs.  Some kiddos were so excited and eager that they decided they would research 2 different animals and write about their second one during Writer’s Workshop. I encouraged the children to choose an animal that isn’t necessarily local to Vermont, since local animals are our upcoming focus.  The children chose a variety of different animals: wombat, cheetah, shark, ants, elephant, cat,…
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