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Making the Most out of the Not-So-Best Year Ever
Leslie B. Preddy
In education, summer is a time of transition and reflection. It offers us a chance to change, to find out who you are or who you want to be. It is a time to reaffirm or reinvent. Keeping that in mind, this summer I asked myself two critical questions: who have I become and who do I want to be? Read More
Leap into Reading
Stacey Rattner
Summer Lovin'
Of course this is our time to relax and rejuvenate. But, it can also be a time to think ahead and get energized for the next year. If you are anything like me, turning school off completely can be a challenge. Set limits for yourself: don't check school email for x-days, take time to read uninterrupted for x-hours. Here are some ideas to think about as your summer leaps by...
Technology Connections
Ida Mae Craddock
Heather Moorefield-Lang
Interested in augmented reality? This technology can encompass everything from Pokemon Go to Google Lens and can be used over an equally broad range in the school library and classroom.
Adding Friction: How to Design Deliberate Thinking into the Research Process
Mandated by the Constitution, the census is a snapshot of the U. S. population that happens once every ten years. The 2020 Census presents a golden opportunity to teach data literacy in the context of any subject. 
Relaxation, Rejuvenation, and Self-Paced Summer PD
Now that the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and my favorite patio chair is calling my name, I am ready to put my good intentions into action and dig into some professional learning. To continue my school year theme of "work smarter, not harder," I am happy to share what's on my radar as I pick and choose my summer self-paced, professional development plan. Read More
Now on Exhibit: Prompting Higher Order Thinking Skills through Primary...
After attending the Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Institute at the Library of Congress, I was excited over how much I gained in regards to researching techniques and skills. This opportunity taught me how to question primary source documents and artifacts, compare/contrast them with secondary sources, and then apply my analysis to the "bigger picture" through questioning and problem solving. Read More
Fostering Support for School Libraries
I have spent the last twenty years working to educate and advocate for school libraries. Working to change people's perceptions has been the most challenging and, at the same time, the most rewarding endeavor. Read More
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