[Library Media] AASL Newsletter – October 16, 2017

Sharon Deeds sdeeds at utah.gov
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October 16, 2017
Association News
Discover How to Connect to Authors with the Webinar "Kick-Starting Author
Involvement with Your School" Oct. 18
Join four YA authors -- Susan Dennard, Danielle Paige, Mindee Arnett, and
Natalie Richards – and school librarian Dorcas Hand (Houston, TX) – for
"Kick Starting Author Involvement with Your School" on Oct. 18 at 6 p.m.
The webinar will present proven ways to connect your students, teachers,
and school to writers who will excite them, encourage them, and inspire

Learn More about Best Apps during "AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning
2017" Webinar Oct. 25
Two members of the 2017 AASL Best Apps committee will provide an overview
of the apps recognized as the 2017 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning
during the webinar "AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2017" on Oct. 25
at 6 p.m. Committee members Joyce Valenza and Deb Logan will highlight
their personal favorites and share ideas for using these apps in your
practice. Participants will be able to contribute their ideas on using apps
to this “app chat” as well.

Social Influences on Avid Book Readers Examined in New *SLR* Article
A new article examining how social influences can foster avid book reader
identification is now available in volume 20 of AASL's peer-reviewed online
journal, *School Library Research
*(*SLR*). In “Becoming a Reader: Significant Social Influences on Avid Book
Readers,” Margaret K. Merga continues her 2015 International Study of Avid
Book Readers (ISABR) with a particular focus on early influences.

ALA President Calls for Applicants to Newly Launched ALA Policy Corps
ALA President Jim Neal invites library advocates to apply for participation
in the inaugural ALA Policy Corps
initiative. The presidential initiative is grounded in ALA’s four strategic
and the National Policy Agenda for Libraries that emerged out of the Policy
initiative. Its goals include developing policy experts available to ALA
and the ALA Washington Office, creating longevity in expertise and
engagement in early to mid-career library and information professionals,
and positively impacting national public policy in areas key to ALA’s
strategic goals.

ALA Submits Comments on FCC Broadband Deployment Report
Since 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been required
by Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act to periodically release a
report assessing the country’s state of advanced telecommunications
capability and to adopt measures to measure further broadband deployments.
ALA submitted comments to the FCC
raising two issues particularly relevant to libraries and their public
missions: first, the criteria and standards for broadband deployment to
public institutions like libraries and schools; second, the role of mobile
internet access in connecting consumers to information.
Member Spotlight
Cynthia Waters’s School Promotes Kindness through School-wide Book Club
Cynthia Waters’s school is reading the book *Wonderful *as part of a
school-wide book club that focuses on kindness. “We really liked the idea
that we could sort of have a common language to talk about the themes of
‘Wonder,’” said Waters, “and that if every person had read it in our
school, that would help foster conversation in our school and help give us
a place to work from in terms of how the kids interact daily with each
other and with the people around them.”
Liz Phipps Soeiro Recognized as Hero of Family Outreach
Liz Phipps Soeiro, librarian at Cambridgeport School Library in Cambridge,
MA, was recently selected as one of five school librarians in the country
to receive the School Librarian of the Year recognition. Phipps Soeiro was
named a Hero of Family Outreach. Phipps Soeiro has implemented “Coffee and
Conversation,” a program to help families gather and discuss topics. She
also helps students develop their research, communication, and advocacy

April Wathen Named Hero of Equitable Access
April Wathen, teacher librarian at George Washington Carver Elementary in
Lexington Park, MD, was named a Hero of Equitable Access. “Each day we work
to prove that being a Title I school does not define who we are or what we
are capable of doing,” says Wathen, who hunts down and applies for grants
on her own time. “It goes back to finding creative ways to get funding.
Community partnerships are huge, as is establishing relationships in the
community to support you.”

Heather Chang Celebrates Banned Books in Book Display
Heather Chang, library media specialist at Ipswich Middle School in
Ipswich, MA, created a book display of banned books to celebrate Banned
Books Week. “This is a celebration of our freedom to read, to have free and
open access to information,” said Chang. Even though Chang keeps her
library shelves open, she considers many factors before putting books on
those shelves, especially since her library serves a wide range of
students, from sixth graders on up to high school seniors.
Nicole Graham Helps Students Register to Vote as Part of School Initiative
Nicole Graham is helping students in her high school register to vote as
part of a broader school-wide initiative. “The kids I see on a daily basis
definitely have a passion, they just don’t know what to do with it,” said
Graham, adding that she tells them: “You can register to vote.” Throughout
the school year, students who are about to turn 18 are encouraged to
register at educational events tied to economics and government lessons.

Submit a Member Spotlight
Have you been recognized for your work as a school librarian, received an
award, published a book or article, or received another industry
accomplishment? Submit a Member Spotlight today

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retired? Submit a Member Current
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Education News
Facebook’s New Anti-Fake News Feature
Facebook users will soon start seeing a small information button
on news articles that appear in the News Feed. When users click the button,
they’ll see a panel with information from the source site’s Wikipedia page,
content related to the article in question, and details about where and how
the article is being shared. Facebook says that the goal is to give people
tools to make more informed decisions about which stories to read, share,
and trust.

Top Tech Trends for 2018
Artificial intelligence tops Gartner's list of the top 10 strategic
technology trends for 2018. Other trends include digital twins -- virtual
copies of real-world things -- and intelligent apps and analytics.

Survey Finds Increased Use of Classroom Tech
More classroom teachers report using education technology on a daily basis,
according to a report from the College of Education at the University of
Phoenix. Data show 63% of K-12 teachers report such use, up from 55% last

Trump Nominates Deputy Secretary of Education
President Donald Trump has nominated Mitchell Zais to be deputy secretary
of education. Zais is the former state superintendent of schools in South

Multitasking Harms Learning
Multitasking could have a negative effect on learning, according to a study
of 192 college students by researchers from a University of California at
Los Angeles cognition lab. The study also revealed that listening to music
did not significantly affect students' ability to memorize a set of 120

Survey Shows Phone Addiction among Teens and Parents
Mobile-phone addiction may be a problem for teenagers and their parents,
according to a survey of 1,200 Americans and 1,200 Japanese people. In the
US, a majority -- 78% of teens and 69% of parents -- reported using their
devices every hour.

Study Links Teacher Race and Student Performance
Students may do better in school when they are taught by teachers of the
same race, according to a survey of 80,000 students. Data show students
with such teachers reported being more engaged and putting forth greater

Fewer Rural Students Go to College
Students living in rural areas may be less likely to attend college than
their peers in urban areas. Data from the National Student Clearinghouse
show about 59% of students from rural areas enroll in college, compared
with 62% of urban students.

Can Video Games Boost Communication Skills?
Playing video games may help improve communication skills, according to a
study by researchers in Scotland. Data show that after two months of
regularly playing video games, a test group of students demonstrated
improved communication skills, adaptability, and resourcefulness.

Text Messages Help Pave Path to College
Text messages from several state agencies, nonprofits, and companies are
helping some students stay on track to college. High-school seniors in West
Virginia receive reminder messages beginning in September and have access
to staff at West Virginia's Higher Education Policy Commission.
Most Talked-About KQ Blog Posts
Celebrating Digital Citizenship Week by Ashley Cooksey

Creative Constraints, Passion Projects, and Those “Bird Reports” by Connie

How to Start a Makerspace When You're Broke by Diana Rendina

How to Weed by the Numbers and Clean Up Your Collection by Diana Rendina

Resources for School Librarians

Strategies for Successful Game-Based Learning
Effective game-based learning requires mastery, motivation and a valuable
student-learning objective, asserts Andre Thomas, founder and director of
the LIVE Lab at Texas A&M University. In this commentary, he looks at how
each factor contributes to successful game-based learning.

How One District Revived Literacy Lessons
In this blog post, curriculum specialist Chris Margolin shares how a
personalized-literacy platform helped strengthen both teaching and learning
in one Vancouver, Wash., school district and revived what can be dull
lessons. Margolin shares how the program helped eliminate the tedium of the
"rote-memory-dinosaur lesson."

Using Portfolios to Look Beyond Numbers
Digital portfolios can help schools move from an achievement-based to an
accomplishment-based culture, asserts Daniel Whitt, instructional
technology coordinator for Madison City Schools in Alabama. In this
commentary, he makes a case for the paradigm shift.

Tips for Creating Flexible Learning Spaces
>From what to do during state testing to how to pass inspections,
Christopher Johnson of the University of Arizona answers some top questions
about flexible learning spaces. Other topics covered in this blog post
include ways to pay for furniture and how to keep it clean.

How Positive Language Improves Student Learning
Positive language can help empower students and boost academic success,
asserts teacher Alyssa Nucaro. In this blog post, she outlines her
strategy, which includes eliminating the word "don't."

Teacher Shares SOAR Method for Feedback
Quality feedback can help improve students' achievement, according to
high-school English teacher Susan Barber. In this blog post, she shares how
she maximizes the impact of writing feedback using the SOAR method --
specific, ongoing, action-oriented and reasonable.

Resources to Support Children Who Have Experienced Trauma
Sesame Street in Communities has released resources that aim to help
parents and caregivers support children who have experienced trauma. Data
from the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health show 1 in 5 US children
have gone through at least two adverse childhood experiences.

Tips to Infuse Creativity into the Classroom
Districtwide arts integration is an important element of 21st-century
learning, asserts John Ceschini of Prince George's County Public Schools in
Maryland. Ceschini offers three strategies to help make creativity the
foundation for teaching, learning and problem-solving.

How to Address Las Vegas Shooting with Students
Students and teachers may want to talk about the mass shooting in Las
Vegas. This blog post offers resources and advice to help teachers prepare
for those conversations with students of different ages; included are news
articles, statements from leaders and questions to prompt discussion.
Partnership & Collaborator News
CoSN Releases New Brief on Why School Districts Are Shifting to the Cloud
School systems nationwide are increasingly shifting to the cloud. In a new
brief, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) explains the reasons
behind the move and what factors districts should consider as part of their
digital strategies. Through the project over the next 12 months, CoSN and
other education technology experts nationwide are building tools to provide
school leaders with the insights and practical guidance they need regarding
cloud computing.

Speak Up Is Open
Speak Up is open—register and get started on your promotional planning
today. The Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning
is both a national research project and a free service to schools and
districts everywhere. Registered schools/districts receive all of their
data – for free – in February, plus national data for comparison. Speak Up
2017 will be open for input through January 19, 2018. Surveys take 15-20
minutes to complete. Speak Up is facilitated by Project Tomorrow
a national education nonprofit organization.

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