Debate continues over reading strategies | Teacher: Incorporate the news into online classes | Colo. library offers world language lessons online
March 31, 2020
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Learners and Literacy
How will school closures affect the achievement gap?
A rapid transition to remote learning as schools closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus has some concerned that learning gaps could widen as a result. Concerns focus on disparities in at-home internet and technology access, as well as that students with special needs may not receive the support they need.
Full Story: Education Week (tiered subscription model) (4/1) 
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Debate continues over reading strategies
There has been a recent resurgence of the debate over how to best teach reading. This article describes four major findings, including the argument for phonics, the benefit of independent reading time and how to develop reading comprehension.
Full Story: The Hechinger Report (3/30) 
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Teacher: Incorporate the news into online classes
Now might be the time to boost literacy about current events, writes civics teacher Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. In this article, Pondiscio writes that using the news in teaching can boost language proficiency and civic-mindedness while cultivating a lifelong interest in current events.
Full Story: The 74 (3/25) 
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Today's School Libraries
A New York state high school won $15,000 for its school library through a competition that featured a music video called "In the Library." In the video, students showcased its school district's Go Read initiative, which encourages students to read more books.
Full Story: Herald Community Newspapers (Garden City, N.Y.) (3/30) 
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The Future of Library Science
Drexel University's nationally-ranked online MSI in Library & Information Science offers students transformative insight into the future of librarianship. The program focuses on the study of people, information, and technology, preparing students to work in a wide variety of information-intensive environments. Learn more.
Professional Leadership
Reading recovery specialist Katrina Daiga responded when Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked teachers to get creative about teaching students who are at home while schools are closed. Daiga, who is also a district administrator and elementary English-language arts administration leader, has been reading books aloud in online videos for local students and has recorded about a dozen books.
Full Story: Niles Daily Star (Mich.) (3/25) 
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The coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the education system is "without precedent," says Mike Magee, CEO of Chiefs for Change. In this interview, he shares some of the innovative ways school chiefs nationwide are leading through the crisis, including by ensuring students have access to meals and finding innovative ways to connect with students.
Full Story: Edutopia (3/27) 
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Policy Update
The Federal Communications Commission told shuttered schools and libraries that they will not forfeit their E-rate subsidies if they provide the public with access to Wi-Fi networks. The Wireline Competition Bureau said each institution should create use policies for the service.
Full Story: Multichannel News (3/23) 
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Reading a book aloud online -- legal or illegal?
The sudden shift to online instruction has many teachers using digital platforms to read aloud to students, but is the practice legal? In most cases, it is allowed under fair-use statutes, but there are a few instances when teachers should consider potential copyright complications, such as establishing a free YouTube channel for reading aloud when that reading is not directly related to instruction.
Full Story: EdSurge (3/30) 
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On Thursday, April 2, AASL will host a second town hall to give school library professionals the opportunity to gather as a community and discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on schools, educators, and learners. All are welcome to participate in the AASL Town Hall: The Show Must Go On(line) beginning at 11:00 a.m. Central. Visit here at the time of the meeting to join the discussion. Registration is not required. An archive of the town hall will be available within 1-3 business days here.
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During this unique time of national crisis in which the K-12 education setting has been challenged, school librarians are taking the lead in teaching and learning now more than ever. School librarians are working with classroom teachers and administrators to keep their community of learners connected. AASL wants to capture the critical role school librarians are playing during this crisis. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes. The survey is open to all school library professionals. The survey will close Monday, April 6, at 9:00 a.m. Central.
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