About 360 communities in the US have adopted the Read by 4th program, which focuses on early literacy to help students become proficient by fourth grade, when some experts assert that students stop learning to read and begin reading to learn. Philadelphia has emerged as a leader in implementing the program, which officials credit for improving reading scores among students.
Florida middle-school literacy coach Nicole Jobin plans to use comic books to help struggling middle-school readers build skills. The illustrations in comics help stimulate older struggling readers who need more visual information for reading comprehension, said Jobin, who has used comics in the past to help English-language learners.
Education and social work majors at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio are helping students at a struggling local elementary school by nurturing them as authors. One of the first books published by the newly formed Saint Eagle Press bears the title "Mrs. Cardenas: A Wonderful Teacher."
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Librarians in a Missouri school district say they are excited about how technology is helping them offer new services and resources for students. Amy Sauvage, Meramec Valley Middle School and Riverbend librarian, says libraries increasingly are the technology hub of the middle schools, where students use Chromebooks to conduct research projects.
A high-school student in Massachusetts who won the Mass Humanities Frederick Douglass Award at a regional National History Day competition says he will donate a portion of his scholarship to his school's library. Half of the scholarship already is dedicated to creating a civil rights section at the library, but the student hopes to give additional funds to buy more books.
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An elementary-school librarian in Pennsylvania recently released her latest children's book, "CaveKid Birthday." Cathy Breisacher says this is her second book, and she has another book set to be released in May.
President Donald Trump's budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 cuts the Education Department's budget by about $8.5 billion. The proposal, which goes to the US Congress for consideration, also eliminates 29 programs from the department and increases funding for school choice programs.
Some schools in Texas are citing budget limitations as the reason they have cut full-time certified librarians in favor of bringing on more library aides. However, research links schools that have full-time certified librarians with improved student achievement, according to the American Library Association.
AASL invites proposals for a new strand of sessions added to its 2019 National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 14-16, 2019, in Louisville, Ky. The AASL Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) will offer concurrent sessions focused on bringing current research from the field into the practice setting. Proposals are due by 12:00 p.m. CT on May 6.
Read the latest insights from school librarians from every K-12 level on AASL's Knowledge Quest website. The KQ website features real-life experiences from school librarians on topics like makerspaces, STEM/STEAM, technology, collection development, student engagement, and advocacy. New content is posted daily!