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Tightening the Knot on Inquiry and Research
Leslie K. Maniotes
In my conversations with educators around the country, I repeatedly see that most people are going at "inquiry" alone and without a process or model because it is the suggested or assumed approach to teaching that is expected in the national standards across content areas: science, math, and social studies. This article untangles the knot of inquiry and research and answers the questions why bother doing inquiry (beyond ticking off the standards) and how does inquiry support deeper student research. Read More
From the Editors
Carl A. Harvey II
Looking for Answers
As the authors in this issue will share, research doesn't always have to be a formal process that results in a peer-reviewed publication or presentation. Research can (and does) happen in your school libraries all the time. Read More
Leslie B. Preddy
Knowledge Is Power
Research is tricky business. Whether we're teaching students, guiding adults, leading local action research, or entertaining personal curiosities, the world of information seems to be overwhelming, yet exciting; complicated, yet attainable. Read More
Rebecca J. Morris
Lifting the Curtain
The 2019 AASL Research Grant, sponsored by School Library Connection/ABC-CLIO recognized three papers "for excellence in manuscripts addressing a persistent and recurring challenge in the field of school librarianship," Read More
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Curriculum Connection
Highlighted Resources
Tom Bober, Elementary School
Lesson Plan: Developing Visual Literacy with Graphic Novels
by Tom Bober
Middle & High School
Curriculum Connections for Stamped
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Stand Up, Yumi Chung!
This uplifting story about a hard-working immigrant family is a must-read. Readers today will relate to the ongoing battle between parents who want the best for their children and the children's desire to forge a path of their own. Read More
We are Power: How Nonviolent Activism Changed the World
Hasak-Lowy has compiled a collection of short biographies on civil disobedience, nonviolent protest, and student activism that both build on one another and could be read as standalones. Read More
Note from the Editor
Sylvia M. Vardell
Can I Have Another One? Series Books for Middle Grade Readers
Savvy librarians, teachers, parents, and grandparents already know the secret to growing readers: give kids the books they want, not the books we think they need. And for some young people, this may mean choices that we wouldn't normally consider; nonfiction over novels, audiobooks over print books, graphic novels instead of traditional novels. And many, many readers enjoy series books featuring favorite characters in adventure after adventure in shorter, readable formats. Read More
Author of the Month
Dear Dara
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