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  • MPs back charity's literacy vision - Nursery World (subscription)

    LITERACY NEWS - Google News
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Nursery World (subscription)MPs back charity's literacy visionNursery World (subscription)As a result of campaigning from its 19 member organisations, the charity coalition has received a ministerial pledge from the three leading political parties to tackle the dangerously low levels of literacy in the UK. The charity presented its Vision
  • California Conference on Library Instruction - Call for Proposals

    Information Literacy Weblog
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The California Conference on Library Instruction will be held on April 17 2015 at Sonoma State University Library, California, USA. It's theme is: Teaching and Reaching Your Students in Environments of Rapid Change. There is a call for proposals, with a deadline of November 26 2014. The conference "will explore new and practical ways to craft innovative experiences for learners. Think about the buzz words of today: maker, hack, design, engage, community, framework, scalable, ethical, sustainable, etc. These are some of the ways librarians are working with library instruction." Proposal form…
  • Two Hundred Years Later.

    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    This Year Marks 200th Anniversary of the Burning of the White House"Struggling to Stand"Copyright  (c) 2008 by Wendell MinorIn August of 1814, during the War of 1812, British troops marched into our nation's capital and set fire to the White House. In the NCBLA's  award-winning anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, young people can learn not only about the building of the White House, but also why it burned in 1814 through its incomparable collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, poetry, and  stunning array of original art. Engage young…
  • Do You Want Your Husband to Remember Your Birthday or Anniversary?

    Shanahan on Literacy
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
                Let’s be honest. Any woman (or man, for that matter) wants their significant other to be involved enough that they remember both of these dates. Remember my birthday, but forget the day that we linked ourselves together for eternity, and you’re in obvious trouble. Recall the date we connected, but not my special day (all by myself) and I wonder if you think of me only in connection to you. Problem!            Your spouse wants to know that he/she is important to you and not having a premature…
  • Goodnight Moon: Making a Classic Bedtime Story Available to Bilingual Readers for the First Time

    First Book Blog
    Julia Hornaday
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    For generations, American families have gathered together to read the cherished children’s book, Goodnight Moon, as part of their bedtime routine. Today, with Harper Collins Children’s Books, we are making the iconic title accessible to millions more families in a bilingual edition for the very first time. Goodnight Moon/Buenas Noches, Luna is now available through the First Book Marketplace to educators and programs serving children from low-income families. Recognizing the growing need for greater diversity in children’s literature, HarperCollins is offering the book at…
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    LITERACY NEWS - Google News

  • MPs back charity's literacy vision - Nursery World (subscription)

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:48 am
    Nursery World (subscription)MPs back charity's literacy visionNursery World (subscription)As a result of campaigning from its 19 member organisations, the charity coalition has received a ministerial pledge from the three leading political parties to tackle the dangerously low levels of literacy in the UK. The charity presented its Vision
  • Literacy initiative set to debut - Knoe.com

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:16 am
    Literacy initiative set to debutKnoe.comThe program is an outgrowth of the Literacy-Based Promotion Act, which took effect this school year. It requires that third-graders read at a third-grade level or above to be promoted. Officials say kindergarten through third-grade students' reading and more »
  • Steamboat Living: Love of literacy: BookTrails program gets local kids reading - Steamboat Pilot & Today

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    Steamboat Pilot & TodaySteamboat Living: Love of literacy: BookTrails program gets local kids readingSteamboat Pilot & TodayKrall, the daughter of Off the Beaten Path Bookstore owners Ronald and Susan Krall, started the nonprofit BookTrails — a literacy learning program for children — in 2012, and its quick rise is a testament to her model of mixing outdoor education and
  • Hemlock Middle School literacy program in full swing - Midland Daily News

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Hemlock Middle School literacy program in full swingMidland Daily NewsThe Hemlock Middle School English Language and Literacy program is in full force this fall. With the support of all teachers and staff, students continue to enjoy 17 minutes a day of silent “reading choice” time as well as participation in the
  • Local Preschoolers Help Set New World Record For Literacy - CBS Local

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Local Preschoolers Help Set New World Record For LiteracyCBS LocalPITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A total of 240 Pittsburgh pre-schoolers gathered in the West Lounge of Heinz Field Thursday morning. In an event sponsored by PNC Bank, they hoped to set a Guinness World Record for literacy. “We've got students, teachers, ...and more »
 
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    Information Literacy Weblog

  • California Conference on Library Instruction - Call for Proposals

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    The California Conference on Library Instruction will be held on April 17 2015 at Sonoma State University Library, California, USA. It's theme is: Teaching and Reaching Your Students in Environments of Rapid Change. There is a call for proposals, with a deadline of November 26 2014. The conference "will explore new and practical ways to craft innovative experiences for learners. Think about the buzz words of today: maker, hack, design, engage, community, framework, scalable, ethical, sustainable, etc. These are some of the ways librarians are working with library instruction." Proposal form…
  • An #ecil2014 roundup

    29 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Almost done with posts from the European Conference on Information Literacy held last week, but here are some useful links, including a few presentations. - The conference website is at http://www.ecil2014.org/- The official Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/ECIL2014- The Twitter stream is https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%23ecil2014- I liveblogged the conference. You can find my posts at http://information-literacy.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/ecil2014- Jane Secker did a blog post…
  • One million page views

    28 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    During the #ecil2014 conference this blog hit one million page views (since it started in 2005): perhaps no big deal if you are Lady Gaga or Stephen Fry, but I'm happy that so many people continue to find it worth visiting! (and here's another photo of Dubrovnik)
  • Presentation from #ecil2014 - Information Literacy as a discipline: a contemporary perspective

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    This is the invited talk I gave with Bill Johnston at the European Conference on Information Literacy on 22 October 2014, in Dubrovnik. Information Literacy as a discipline: a contemporary perspective from Sheila Webber
  • Poster at #ecil2014 Digital Citizenship: Global Perspectives Across Age Levels

    27 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is the poster which I presented at the European Conference on Information Literacy , which was produced by me and Dr Valerie Hill. Val was describing her initiative using Minecraft with school children, to support their learning of digital citizenship. Digital Citizenship: Global Perspectives Across Age Levels from Sheila Webber
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    THE NATIONAL CHILDREN'S BOOK AND LITERACY ALLIANCE

  • Two Hundred Years Later.

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    This Year Marks 200th Anniversary of the Burning of the White House"Struggling to Stand"Copyright  (c) 2008 by Wendell MinorIn August of 1814, during the War of 1812, British troops marched into our nation's capital and set fire to the White House. In the NCBLA's  award-winning anthology Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out, young people can learn not only about the building of the White House, but also why it burned in 1814 through its incomparable collection of essays, personal accounts, historical fiction, poetry, and  stunning array of original art. Engage young…
  • Happy Anniversary "Star Spangled Banner!"

    20 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    September 2014 Marks the 200th Anniversary of Our National AnthemThis month marks the 200th anniversary of "The Star Spangled Banner." Did you know that our national anthem has its roots in a poem and a drinking song? And that baseball played a role in its history?Share the story of how Francis Scott Key's poem became our national anthem. It's all in "Star Spangled Presidents" by Helen Kampion on the NCBLA's education website OurWhiteHouse.org! Click here to read the article.The website OurWhiteHouse.org is the online education companion to the NCBLA's award-winning anthology Our White House:…
  • Writing Workshops in Northern Ohio

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    Northern Ohio SCBWI to Host Three Fall Writing EventsThe Northern Ohio chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) invites adults interested in writing for young people to join them at their monthly workshops and annual conference. You do not need to be a member of SCBWI to attend.SCBWI is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults. It acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and…
  • Join Us at IN SEARCH OF WONDER October 17, 2014 in Perry, Ohio

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Top FIVE Reasons to Register for In Search of Wonder: Common Core & MoreIllustration (c) Steven KelloggTeachers, principals, librarians, parents, students of education and library science, book lovers--you are ALL invited to register for the NCBLA's upcoming literary event In Search of Wonder: Common Core & More to be held Friday, October 17, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Perry, Ohio.  But WHY should you take a day to attend? We are so glad you asked!FIVE FAMOUS AUTHORS! Sit back and hear firsthand the inspiring, wise, and often witty words of five of America's most…
  • Back to School

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    Great Tips for Reducing the Stress of Going Back to School Grown-ups begin a new year on January 1st, but for kids the new year begins on the first day of school. Although kids love to "hate" school, many are truly eager to learn, to get back to their school, its social scene, and its reassuring routine. New kids in town, oldest children, kids transitioning from elementary to middle school or from middle school to high school, or kids with learning or behavioral challenges, may feel a little anxious when the new school year rolls around.Our job as parents is to raise our children to be…
 
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    Shanahan on Literacy

  • Do You Want Your Husband to Remember Your Birthday or Anniversary?

    26 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
                Let’s be honest. Any woman (or man, for that matter) wants their significant other to be involved enough that they remember both of these dates. Remember my birthday, but forget the day that we linked ourselves together for eternity, and you’re in obvious trouble. Recall the date we connected, but not my special day (all by myself) and I wonder if you think of me only in connection to you. Problem!            Your spouse wants to know that he/she is important to you and not having a premature…
  • Would you rather have $50,000 or $25,000? Explaining the impact of full-day kindergarten

    19 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
                 Lots of interest, all of a sudden, in full-day kindergarten… I’ve had several questions about that scheme during the past few days. I’m not sure why, but it is well worth discussing yet again.             What I’ve been asked has varied, but it always seems to come back to, “Is full-day kindergarten better than half-day kindergarten?” I get why that is being asked, and I’m too polite to sneer openly, but what a silly question.
  • A George By Any Other Name: Guided Reading and the Common Core

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Once when visiting the Big Easy, a young woman who had clearly been over-served, stopped me and said, “You’re that guy.”I smiled, bemused, unsure what to say. Now her friends had fanned out around me.“You’re that guy. You’re that guy on TV.”My grin grew downright idiotic. At first I tried to explain that I wasn’t “that guy,” but that just seemed to convince them even more that I must be. They insisted.I never figured out who she thought I was, but I copped to it, and thanked her for her support and asked her to keep watching. I’m pretty sure she had me confused with…
  • Final Notes on Washington Post Article on Complex Text Requirements

    5 Oct 2014 | 1:52 pm
    Last week I replied to some of the remarks about text complexity that were made on the Valerie Strauss’s Washington Post column. Here are a couple more.Fountas and Pinnell are stating what is their take on what the Common Core standards say. What the standards say and what their supporters are advocating are not necessarily the same thing. I think this statement is fully in agreement with what I have said above.  "But standards do not usually prescribe that students must spend all their time reading texts that are extremely hard for them, with no access to books that will help…
  • Snappy Responses on Challenging Text Debate

    28 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    Last week, Valerie Strauss devoted her Washington Post space to an article challenging idea of teaching with challenging text, including my articles. The posting got lots of response showing fundamental misunderstandings of the issues on this. I am reprinting some of those responses along with my rejoinders to those. I will continue this over the next couple of entries since I think it will help teachers and parents to understand what this issue is about.Basically, many reading experts have claimed that it is necessary or optimum to teach students using texts that are at the students’…
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    First Book Blog

  • Goodnight Moon: Making a Classic Bedtime Story Available to Bilingual Readers for the First Time

    Julia Hornaday
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    For generations, American families have gathered together to read the cherished children’s book, Goodnight Moon, as part of their bedtime routine. Today, with Harper Collins Children’s Books, we are making the iconic title accessible to millions more families in a bilingual edition for the very first time. Goodnight Moon/Buenas Noches, Luna is now available through the First Book Marketplace to educators and programs serving children from low-income families. Recognizing the growing need for greater diversity in children’s literature, HarperCollins is offering the book at…
  • Welcoming We Give Books to the First Book Family

    Julia Hornaday
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    We can’t keep it a secret any longer! As of today, We Give Books has a new home at First Book. The online platform, which features nearly 300 digitally-optimized children’s books, enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of kids in need, simply by reading online. This generous gift to First Book comes from The Pearson Foundation along with $1.3M in cash to support We Give Books and help First Book deliver new online programs and services to our growing network of 140,000 classrooms and community organizations serving children in need. You can get involved too!
  • Five First Book Favorites

    Samantha McGinnis
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    Here at First Book, we love books (surprise, surprise) and love sharing great books with friends like you. Starting today, we’ll share a new list of the books each month that our book enthusiasts on staff can’t stop raving about!  You’ll find books full of rich illustrations, diverse characters and compelling tales that span multiple age ranges. And if you serve kids in need, you can access these books through the First Book Marketplace by signing up. PreK-K (Ages 2-5): My Big Barefoot Book of Wonderful Words  written and illustrated by Sophie Fatus The Palabra family has…
  • On Creativity and Culture: Yuyi Morales

    Samantha McGinnis
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, we had the opportunity to talk with the award-winning author and illustrator Yuyi Morales about why she became an author and illustrator, the role of children’s books in understanding and celebrating cultures and her new book, “Viva Frida.” Click here to read this blog in Spanish. What led you to become a children’s book author and illustrator? Photo Credit: Antonio Turok Soon after I immigrated to the USA in 1994, I found myself with my newborn at the doorsteps of the public library. I had never before seen a place with the treasures…
  • First Book and ALAS: Better Serving Latino Youth

    Samantha McGinnis
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    Veronica Rivera serves as the Executive Director for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS), which leads at the national level to ensure every school in America effectively serves the educational needs of all students, with an emphasis on Latino youth. She recently joined us for a Q&A session to discuss ALAS’s new partnership with First Book, how schools can better serve Latino youth, specifically English language learners from low-income families, and why culturally relevant books play an important role. Q:  Why is ALAS’s new partnership with First Book…
 
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  • Book News: J.K. Rowling Exposes Origin Of Harry Potter's 'Twee' Nemesis

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:40 am
    J.K. Rowling reads to children at the 2010 White House Egg Roll. According to a new essay, her own experiences as a young student helped inform the Harry Potter character Dolores Umbridge.
  • Scholastic Announces First-of-Their-Kind Literacy Events to Help...

    31 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Scholastic , the global children's publishing, education and media company, today announced the release of Scholastic Literacy Events, comprehensive family engagement kits that educators can use to engage families in their children's literacy development. The Literacy Events were created by the Scholastic FACE group in response to the recent release of the U.S. Department of Education's Dual Capacity-Building Framework for Family-School Partnerships, with the assistance of Dr. Karen Mapp from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
  • MPs back charity's literacy vision

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    It has called for a cross-departmental early years minister, along with investing in new support for teachers, school leaders and governors. As a result of campaigning from its 19 member organisations, the charity coalition has received a ministerial pledge from the three leading political parties to tackle the dangerously low levels of literacy in the UK.
  • Newcomer challenges Bynum for school board seat

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:50 am
    Completion of the work already started or a new vision on what needs to be done is the decision voters will ultimately make to decide who represents District 9 on the Nash-Rocky Mount Board of Education. Appointed to fill a board vacancy in 1999, Bynum is seeking re-election to the board and said he believes his experience provides an advantage for the tasks facing the school system.
  • Cross-border raids hinder relocation of Nigerian refugees in ...

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    GENEVA, October 31 - The UN refugee agency on Friday said it was very concerned about growing insecurity in border areas between Cameroon and Nigeria, where thousands of Nigerian refugees fleeing insurgent attacks have sought refuge in the past weeks. "In recent days, Nigerian insurgents have launched repeated cross-border attacks from Nigerian border towns into northern Cameroon, hindering our efforts to relocate refugees from the volatile border area to Minawao camp, located some 120 kilometres away from the border," UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told journalists in Geneva.
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  • Family Word Snacks: Gibbous Moon and New Moon

    Tuned In Parents
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Who can resist gazing at the Moon? Today’s Family Word Snacks cover two of its phases: “gibbous moon” and “new moon.” Don’t forget to share this with the kids! Thank you for being tuned in parents. I welcome your comments, suggestions, stories, and parenting tips! -Elle C.
  • November at Makers ...Trunk Shows on the Horizon!

    TrulyUnruhly / OneFish, Two Fish
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Witness the Wonder of Color!   Trunk show November 8 Linda Nickerson and Susan Morgan bring their mutual sensibilities to their wonderfully colorful works;  Susan in quilting and Linda in glass painted ornaments. We’ll host them both in house on Saturday, November 8 from 11:00 am till 5:00 pm. Susan Morgan (SEM Custom Designs) states that her work is aimed at promoting literacy, starting at the earliest age and in the most comfortable place… in the home.  “When one can associate warmth and love with reading, children will develop a fondness for this very basic life…
  • Creepy Carrots

    Seattle Children's Museum
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Age Range: 4 – 8 years Creepy Carrots is a perfect book for just that little bit of “scary”, and by the end of the book we find out it is just plain fun! Well, if you want to believe in carrots that have faces, talk and can think up a very funny plan to fool Jasper the Rabbit. This story for early readers, by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown, really does start out as a fun story, yet the black, white and grey tones, meant to cause shadows, has an eerie beginning, letting the reader know that at some point, maybe just the turn of the next page, it will be…
  • Wednesday, October 29th

    vchiaramonte
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    DO NOW Interactive log – 10/29/14 – Watch this video on Web Presence and answer these questions. 1. Why care what your online reputation looks like? 2. When will it matter?  4th Period – Globaloria 3rd & 5th Period Assignment: I CAN…assess (judge; consider) terminology and issues surrounding cyber-bullying, then describe (tell about; explain) my new findings by completing 3 activities and a quiz. Directions:  Make sure you are reading each step and following it correctly. The BrainPop Password will be on the board. 1. Watch the video on BrainPop by clicking on this…
  • Get the KCSS fall update. And try out Smore

    glennw
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
    KCSS is giving an online tool called Smore a test drive for publishing our quarterly newsletter. First things first. Head over and get the newsletter here. But I also think that Smore is a handy tool for teachers and students for creating all sorts of products and projects. It seems very easy to use and has some cool sharing tools. Create a free account and begin creating a rich, multimedia online flyer with drag and drop features. Use one of their templates or start from scratch. You can add audio, video, photos, text – just about anything you need. And once you’ve added your…
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