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  • Tennessee Literacy Coalition closing in June - Jackson Sun

    LITERACY NEWS - Google News
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    Tennessee Literacy Coalition closing in JuneJackson SunThe Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1G0uwQY) reports Suzanne Horne said in a letter that the coalition has canceled a statewide adult literacy conference that was scheduled next month and it will cease operations in June. She cited budget problems as the ...and more »
  • Putting the Framework for Information Literacy into Action #acrlframework

    Information Literacy Weblog
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:54 am
    ACRL has organised a free Webcast on March 4 2015, Putting the Framework for Information Literacy into Action: Next Steps, 1pm – 2 p.m.USA Central time (which is 7pm- 8pm UK time). "Following the ACRL Board Action at Midwinter, the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education is now a dynamic living document that has great potential for transforming information literacy research and practice. This webcast will provide an overview of next steps for the Framework and will highlight examples of how librarians are already incorporating it into their work. Join us to learn more about…
  • February Is Presidents Month!

    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE
    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…
  • Why Standards-Based Teaching Has Failed to Raise Reading Achievement

    Shanahan on Literacy
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:34 pm
                Standards-based educational reform goes back to the early 1990s. Since then, test scores have see-sawed a bit, but for the most part we are doing about as well as we’ve been doing since 1970 (when we first started collecting national reading data).             That means standards-based reform has not led to higher achievement. Establishing educational goals and aligning teaching to those goals to ensure kids succeed has not happened.
  • Books to Start A Dialogue About Disabilities

    First Book Blog
    Samantha McGinnis
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:38 am
    Today’s guest blogger is Leslie Anido, a special needs teacher in California. She first connected with First Book as a member of long-time partner Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. She now receives books and resources for the children she serves through First Book. Leslie Anido and her students with one of the many books that have helped encourage understanding within their school. “Books have helped our students look beyond their differences and discover their similarities, regardless of appearance or skills,” explains Leslie. Leslie’s students’ physical, medical and communication abilities…
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    LITERACY NEWS - Google News

  • Tennessee Literacy Coalition closing in June - Jackson Sun

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:37 am
    Tennessee Literacy Coalition closing in JuneJackson SunThe Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1G0uwQY) reports Suzanne Horne said in a letter that the coalition has canceled a statewide adult literacy conference that was scheduled next month and it will cease operations in June. She cited budget problems as the ...and more »
  • Men of Color Read promotes literacy in Muskegon Heights school district ... - MLive.com

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:07 am
    MLive.comMen of Color Read promotes literacy in Muskegon Heights school district MLive.comTwo-thirds of students who cannot read proficiently by the end of the fourth grade "end up in jail or on welfare," according to the Write Express Corporation's literacy statistics. The same statistics indicate that 70 percent of America's inmates are and more »
  • Economic Survey 2015: Female literacy improves; 10.9% over 5.6% male literacy - Economic Times

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:58 pm
    Firstpost (blog)Economic Survey 2015: Female literacy improves; 10.9% over 5.6% male literacyEconomic TimesNEW DELHI: There has been a marked improvement in female literacy as per Census 2011, says the Economic Survey for 2014-2015. Though the male literacy is still higher at 80.9 per cent than female literacy at 64.6 percent, the increase has been 10.9 per ...Economic Survey: Marked increase in female literacy; Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Firstpost (blog)Marked improvement in female literacy: Economic SurveyNew KeralaImprovement in Female Literacy in India, says Economic…
  • KHAN: Prioritize computer literacy - University of Virginia The Cavalier Daily

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:38 pm
    KHAN: Prioritize computer literacyUniversity of Virginia The Cavalier DailyIn her column last week, Viewpoint writer Lauren Jackson argued coding is a “new literacy that must be acquired,” suggesting the University too should consider allowing computer science to fulfill the College's language requirement. I would argue even ...and more »
  • Country on track to meet literacy target - Jamaica Gleaner (subscription)

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:07 pm
    Country on track to meet literacy targetJamaica Gleaner (subscription)Based on the results of the Grade Four Literacy Test (GFLT) last year, the country is 7.6 per cent below the target. For the past 15 years, the country has improved by 30 percentage points in the mastery of literacy - an average increase of two Teachers are being put to the test - but why?TES Newsall 3 news articles »
 
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • Putting the Framework for Information Literacy into Action #acrlframework

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:54 am
    ACRL has organised a free Webcast on March 4 2015, Putting the Framework for Information Literacy into Action: Next Steps, 1pm – 2 p.m.USA Central time (which is 7pm- 8pm UK time). "Following the ACRL Board Action at Midwinter, the Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education is now a dynamic living document that has great potential for transforming information literacy research and practice. This webcast will provide an overview of next steps for the Framework and will highlight examples of how librarians are already incorporating it into their work. Join us to learn more about…
  • Research 101 #acrlframework

    25 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    University Libraries, University of Washington have produced a Libguides website, Research 101, based around the new ACRL Framework for Information Literacy. For each of the frames they have produced: a few learning goals, a short video explaining the concept, a brief description of a couple of classroom activities or assignments, and a short multiple choice quiz. The "Information has value" section has yet to be completed, and one name reflects previous drafts of the Framework. Note also that in a couple of cases the heading on the tab is slightly different from the wording used on the page…
  • Librarians as Teachers Conference: 10 June: Birmingham

    24 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    There's a one-day Librarians as Teachers Conference, 10 June 2015 at the Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK. Confrmed Speakers are: Jane Secker, Adam Lancaster, Michelle Jenkins, Jessica Haigh, Andrew Walsh, Sarah Pavey and Helen Ryba. More information http://www.cilip.org.uk/west-midlands/events/librarians-teachers-conferencePhoto by Sheila Webber: Dubrovnik coastline, October 2014
  • cfp e-learning 2015 conference

    24 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    There is a call for papers for the e-learning 2015 conference being held on 21-24 July 2015 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. The deadline for papers is 6 March 2015 (full papers are required except for workshop and poster proposals). More information at http://elearning-conf.org/call-for-papers/Photo by Sheila Webber: Sea, Dubrovnik, October 2014: the weather is miserable at the moment so I'm going to use some photos from sunny Dubrovnik for a couple of days.
  • Is Gibbs' team info literate? The information literacy of #NCIS

    23 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    Workplace information literacy is all the vogue, and so I offer an information literacy analysis of a team of workers who have to solve impossible information problems on a weekly basis: the NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) team headed by Special Agent Jethro Leroy Gibbs. In case you never watch NCIS, it is a hugely successful TV series in which they solve crimes involving a (dead) navy person. I will focus on the ur-team, headed by Gibbs, rather than the flibbertigibbet spinoff series. After iterative conversations with the data (i.e. I’ve watched a lot of NCIS) I am able to…
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    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE

  • 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…
  • From Real Talk Publishing on TeenReads.com

    5 Jan 2015 | 8:02 am
    Robin Adelson, Outgoing Executive Director of the CBC and Every Child a Reader, Talks to Teen ReadsTake a moment and read the insightful interview with esteemed Executive Director Robin Adelson of the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader on TeenReads.com here. Here is an excerpt: Every Child a Reader is a charitable organization focusing on literacy. Its mission is to instill a lifelong love of reading in children. It’s not enough to learn how to read. For a child to truly reach their potential as a student and ultimately as a productive member of society, you need to…
  • Donate Today!

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:39 am
    Help the NCBLA Help All of Our Nation's KidsIn this season of giving, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the NCBLA. Large or small, we value and honor every donation.To make a donation by credit card using our secure credit card service, click here. To send a check or money order, please mail your donation to:Mary Kemper, TreasurerThe National Children's Book and Literacy AllianceP.O. Box 1479Brewster, MA 02631 Thank you! We hope you and your family have a delight-filled holiday season and a joyous New Year!
 
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • Why Standards-Based Teaching Has Failed to Raise Reading Achievement

    22 Feb 2015 | 7:34 pm
                Standards-based educational reform goes back to the early 1990s. Since then, test scores have see-sawed a bit, but for the most part we are doing about as well as we’ve been doing since 1970 (when we first started collecting national reading data).             That means standards-based reform has not led to higher achievement. Establishing educational goals and aligning teaching to those goals to ensure kids succeed has not happened.
  • Content-Focused Reading Interventions or How to Fit Into a Size 4 Dress

    16 Feb 2015 | 4:50 pm
    I would like your thoughts on some instructional practices that I am seeing an increase in amongst the schools that I work with What do you have to say about decreasing or eliminating science/social studies instruction for those students who have not met proficiency in reading (as determined by a screener or other assessment tool) to allow for RTI time?Ah, the "how do I fit into a size 4 dress for my sister's wedding?" question. I say that because we all deal with problems of trying to fit too much into a small space, whether we're still in the condo with the second baby or sneaking our SUV…
  • Should We Read to High School Students?

    1 Feb 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Should high school English teachers read aloud to their students or play audio recordings to them?Over the past several years, this practice has insinuated itself, Justin Bieber-like, into our consciousness. It seems to be showing up everywhere and it can be very annoying.Reading aloud to older students definitely has a place, and yet it depends upon the purpose. I know many teachers use it like a crutch, reading to kids rather than requiring them to do their own reading. It is easier that way, of course, but it doesn’t accomplish some major instructional purposes. Thus, if the purpose is…
  • Examples of Close Reading Questions

    1 Feb 2015 | 9:40 pm
    As a principal, I want my teachers to teach student how to read a text closely. After going through your Powerpoint, reading the questions you suggest and the responses, I think professional development in developing questions would be required to ensure they were actually asking the right kind of questions.             One of the biggest implementation problems with Common Core that I see is that teachers (and curriculum designers) don’t understand close reading well enough to ask appropriate questions. The point of the questions is to…
  • Concerns about Accountability Testing

    25 Jan 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Why don’t you write more about the new tests?I haven’t written much about PARCC or SBAC—or the other new tests that other states are taking on—in part because they are not out yet. There are some published prototypes, and I was one of several people asked to examine the work product of these consortia. Nevertheless, the information available is very limited, and I fear that almost anything I may write could be misleading (the prototypes are not necessarily what the final product will turn out to be).However, let me also say that, unlike many who strive for school literacy reform and…
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    First Book Blog

  • Books to Start A Dialogue About Disabilities

    Samantha McGinnis
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:38 am
    Today’s guest blogger is Leslie Anido, a special needs teacher in California. She first connected with First Book as a member of long-time partner Pi Beta Phi Fraternity. She now receives books and resources for the children she serves through First Book. Leslie Anido and her students with one of the many books that have helped encourage understanding within their school. “Books have helped our students look beyond their differences and discover their similarities, regardless of appearance or skills,” explains Leslie. Leslie’s students’ physical, medical and communication abilities…
  • Our Five Favorite Books This February

    Samantha McGinnis
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:16 am
    This month on Five First Book Favorites you’ll find books that help kids understand civil rights and fair wages, explore different cultures… or even explore the moon! For PreK – 1st (Ages 2-6) Take Me Out To The Yakyu By Aaron Meshon The narrator of this delightful book is a boy who loves baseball – in two different countries! He goes to games in the U.S. with his American grandfather (pop pop) and games in Japan with his Japanese grandfather (ji ji). Bold, colorful illustrations show, side-by-side, the trip to each stadium. It’s a wonderful invitation for kids to…
  • Creating Strong Readers with the Wrestlemania Reading Challenge

    Samantha McGinnis
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:35 am
    Do you know how to exercise your brain? By reading, of course! First Book has teamed up with WWE to promote the importance of reading through the WWE Wrestlemania Reading Challenge.  WWE Superstars and Divas are on the road visiting schools and showing kids throughout the country the power and strength of being a reader. Just last week, WWE’s Jimmy and Jey Uso visited Johnson Elementary School in Denver, Colorado to share the joy of reading.  Check out the video below to see their fun-filled visit. The post Creating Strong Readers with the Wrestlemania Reading Challenge appeared first…
  • Q&A with Mary Mazzio: Underwater Dreams documentary filmmaker

    Julia Hornaday
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    We had the privilege of speaking with Mary Mazzio – an award-winning filmmaker and creator of Underwater Dreams, a documentary film chronicling the inspirational story of four teenage boys, each the son of Mexican immigrants, who enter a sophisticated robotics competition and defeat the likes of engineering powerhouse MIT. In addition to exploring STEM topics, this film sheds light on the lives of immigrant families and the struggles they face living in America. Underwater Dreams is now available for free on the First Book Marketplace thanks to generous support from 3M. Q: What made…
  • 5 Books to Celebrate Black History Month

    Samantha McGinnis
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:46 pm
    February is Black History Month and to celebrate we’re sharing five of our favorite books that honor the history and legacy of African Americans. If you work with kids in need, you can find these and other great titles to celebrate Black History Month on the First Book Marketplace. Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull Before Wilma Rudolph was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed, she’d run. And she…
 
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  • Teacher5aDay for Geek Teachers With Children

    dragonflytraining
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:15 am
    Author: Lisa Jane Ashes, @lisajaneashes Lisa’s Courses with Dragonfly Training can be viewed here: http://bit.ly/1EPNCFe A harmonious home life would make any stressful job easier to handle. My resolution has been the same every year since having children – to be the best parent I can be. Being a teacher geek does not always make family life easy. It may seem like a simple resolution to be a good parent, an easy and manageable target to achieve but honestly, rewriting a book in six weeks after dropping my mac was a far more manageable goal. Families are not as simple and…
  • my father reading

    Lilly Warren
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:48 am
    Reading in the afternoon sun, Waihi, New Zealand. My father loves to read. He spent a solid sun-soak
  • Entrepreneurship and The World of Skateboarding with Nebula Youth

    nebulaskate
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:41 am
    One of the biggest issues facing South Africa is youth unemployment. It is widely recognized that entrepreneurship is key to solving this issue and is proven to have many benefits to the entrepreneur and society. This year, Nebula has included an entrepreneurship module to its programme to kindle the entrepreneurial potential in the kids that we work with. We begun our entrepreneurship module on Saturday with the grade 7 to 9’s and are excited to see the learning that will take place when they begin their small income generation activities later this year. And of course, there is…
  • ASIJ's Tohoku Virtual English Classes travel to Ofunato

    asijnews
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:08 pm
    In our Tohoku Virtual English Classes, ASIJ high school and middle school students teach English through monthly Skype lessons to 5th and 6th grade students at three elementary schools in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture. In the middle school, we have partnered with two 6th grade classes at Ikawa Elementary School. Over the last few months, our students, “teachers,” at ASIJ have connected with Ikawa students through basic English conversation, songs and games. We were thrilled for the opportunity for ten of our students to travel to Ofunato to finally meet those classes face-to-face. Along with…
  • Looking for a Sign

    thelittlethangz
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:48 pm
    Looking for a Sign.   Finally the new post is up on The Little Thangz ! Aren’t we all just looking for a sign? Look no further, they’re all around you ;)
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