SAYL Mail for September 6th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

The AASL Standards Crosswalks Are Here For The Future Ready Librarians Framework & ISTE Standards! [The Library Voice. 1 min.]

Using AASL’s New LGBTQ+ Resource Guide for Professional Development [KQ. 3 min.]

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month [KQ. 4 min.]

Gaming’s Not Just for Kids: What Educators Need to Know About Esports [EdSurge. 5 min.]

“Playing these games competitively, known as esports, is on the verge of becoming not only a force in the business and entertainment world, but a factor in the classroom as schools start esports leagues and curriculum springs up around gaming culture. So what do educators need to know about it?”

Inquiry in the Classroom: Never Lose Your Sense of Wonder! [Scholastic EDU. 2 min.]

New Teacher Resources for a New School Year from the Library of Congress [Teaching with the Library of Congress. 1 min.]

The American Opioid Crisis in YA Literature [Teen Librarian Toolbox. 5 min.]

Fine Tuning Genrefication with Custom Signs [Expect the Miraculous. 3 min.]

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Closes October 1st. Pilcrow Foundation Children’s Book Project Grant(School/Public Combined only) Provides a 2-to-1 match to rural public libraries that receive a grant through its Children’s Book Project and contribute $200-$400 through a local sponsors for the purchase of up to $1200 worth (at retail value) of new, quality, hardcover children’s books.

Closes October 1st. Nominations for I Love My Librarian Award. “Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school. In order to be eligible, each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.”

Closes October 1st. ALSC 2019 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Awards.  $600 stipend to attend their first ALA Annual Conference and invitation to the Newbery-Caldecott-Legacy banquet.

Closes November 15th. (School and Public collaborative) Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award. Up to $4000 to provide a visit from an author/illustrator.

Closes November 16th. ALA Great Stories Club on Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation. “Copies of three theme-related books to use in reading and discussion groups; travel and lodging support to attend a national orientation workshop in June 2016 ; and a variety of programming support materials.”

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.
 
Thursday, September 6th, 10 am – Make Do Share: Sustainable STEM Programming for Youth [Indiana State Library]
 
Thursday, September 6th, noon – Levels Are a Teacher’s Tool, NOT a Child’s Label [Education Week]
 
 
Tuesday, September 11th, 11am – The Latest Must-Have Graphic Novels for Fall [Library Journal]
 
Wednesday, September 12th, 10:30am – MARCH with Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell [Programming Librarian]
 
Wednesday, September 12th, noon – Empower Your Students to Be Digital Leaders on Social Media [edWeb]
 
Thursday, September 13th, 10am – Fall for These Must-Haves for Every Elementary to YA Reader [Booklist]
 
Thursday, September 13th, 10am – Cultural Competence and Responsiveness [YALSA]
 
 
Tuesday, September 18th, 11am – Supercharge Your Collection with New Fall Nonfiction [SLJ]
 
Thursday, September 20th, 10:30 am – Ditching Dewey – How to Adopt Bookstore Style Organization [Texas State Library and Archives]
 
 

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Save the Date! Upcoming face-to-face conferences, one-day workshops, and online for-credit courses. AkASL Professional Development Grants may be available!
 
Upcoming Courses:
Asynchronous start date listed. Paid courses offered on ISTE U will be eligible for graduate-level credit through Dominican University of California. ISTE Member prices listed. Complete listing of courses
9/10 – Introduction to Computational Thinking – Free, no credit
 
Upcoming conferences:
 
Cincinnati. September 27th – 29th. Association for Library Service to Children National Institute. (from $400)
 
Brooklyn. October 26 – 28. 2018 School Library Journal Leadership Summit
 
Salt Lake City. November 2-4. 2018 Young Adult Services Symposium. (from $199)
 
Seattle. January 25-29. ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. (Early bird member rate $245)
 
 
Employment Opportunities
 
7-8 Librarian, Homer Middle School, .5 FTE Certified
K-6 Librarian, Mountain View Elementary, 1.0 FTE Certified
K-6 Librarian, Ptarmigan Elementary, Anchorage , 1.0 FTE Certified
 
Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

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A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if social media is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-social media resources are listed here.
 
8/24 – Interested in hosting interactive learning? School librarians can reserve two-way videoconferencing from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). CILC programs can only be requested by school library staff (i.e. they’re the single point of contact for their teachers). Contact daniel.cornwall@alaska.gov for more information.
 
8/26 – Start thinking about ASTE everyone. Tiffany Whitehead, The Mighty Little Librarian, is coming to Alaska!
 
8/27 – If you’re in a small community (pop 15000 or less) and serve teens check out this project. It sounds like a great way to help build partnerships and work on developing future ready students.
 
8/28 – Looking for ideas on library orientation and how to get the year started? Check out this great compilation of ideas and article snippets by Joyce Valenza.
 
8/28 – These are great reflection questions for starting the year off right. And not just for the librarian, but for returning teachers and administrators too. Take a look!
 
8/28 – They’re here!!! [Standards Crosswalks]
 
8/29 – I used to struggle with classroom management in the library at the elementary level. It was my first few years working in public school and it was a challenging environment. I wish I had read an article like this at the time that helped me realize it was okay to fail sometimes as long as you are reflective and try something new the next time. Just stay calm and carry on.
 
8/29 – Yes, thoughtful article. [Problematic Classics: Four Questions to Ask When Beloved Books Haven’t Aged Well]
 
9/1 – [Powerful posters that turn the ISTE Learner Standards into I Can/I Am statements. Thanks, Sharon G for posting and Tanya LeClair for designing!]
 
9/1 – Some of these would make for great tools in a lesson. [33 Google Maps Tricks You Need to Try]
 
9/1 – Way to go Michelle!
 
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This will be my last issue. Thanks for a great three and a half years! SAYL Mail will be continued soon…
-Jared

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SAYL Mail for August 23rd

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

[Please note: School Library Journal (SLJ) now requires creating a free user account to read some articles.]

Alaska Digital School Library Exceeds 1000 OverDrive Titles

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With recent purchases from the Alaska State Library, the Alaska Digital School Library currently has 1,058 K-12 titles of eBooks, audiobooks, and read-alongs, and the collection continues to grow monthly. There has also been a recent change in how titles are categorized for their intended audience, resulting in even more titles being available at the elementary and middle levels. If your school or district wants to learn more about accessing these titles for around $1/student/year, visit the ADSL page.

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Learn more about Sora – OverDrive’s new reading app designed for school use.

 

Starting at a New School? Here Are Five Essential Tips [SLJ. 4 min.]

Alaska State Library New School Librarian Toolkit

Are there new school library staff in your district? Help spread the word about SAYL Mail, AkASL, and the State Library!

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School Library Leadership Academy 2018

World Class: Michelle Carton, SLJ’s 2018 Champion of Civic Engagement [SLJ. 3 min.]

“Anchorage, AK, has grown to become one of the most diverse places in the United States… At the city’s Tudor Elementary School —among the 20 most diverse elementary schools in America—SLJ’s 2018 Champion of Civic Engagement, librarian Michelle Carton, is bringing a global education to the youngest students.”

Yes, Teens Are Texting and Using Social Media Instead of Reading Books, Researchers Say [The Washington Post. 4 min.]

“1 in 3 U.S. high school seniors did not read a book for pleasure in 2016. In the same time period, 82 percent of 12th-graders visited sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every day.”

Digital Text Is Changing How Kids Read—Just Not in the Way That You Think [KQED Mindshift. 6 min.]

Reinvented School Libraries Unleash Student Creativity [NEA Today. 3 min.]

Collaborating with Your School Librarian [Edutopia. 3 min.]

How Genrefication Makes School Libraries More like Bookstores [KQED Mindshift. 5 min.]

A Back To School Challenge [The Adventures of Library Girl. 6 min.]

Do School Libraries Need Magazines? [KQ. 2 min.]

10 Things Teachers Can Do to Protect Student Data [Blue Skunk Blog. 2 min.]

Page to Screen: Upcoming Ya Movie Adaptations [YALSA The Hub. 2 min.]

REMINDERS:

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Tumblebooks Available Statewide through June 2020

Alaska State Library Launches books.alaska.gov and Advertising Campaign

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Closes September 1st, 2018 – ALAN Cart/Cambell Grant for Teen Librarians. $500 and registration fees for two-­day ALAN Workshop which is held at the annual convention of the National Council of Teachers of English.

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Saturday, August 25th, 6 – 8:30 am – Google Training for Teachers [Simple K12]

Monday, August 27th, 1pm – Creating Student Voice and Choice for Coding and Robotics [edWeb]

Tuesday, August 28th, noon – Digital Citizenship: New Lessons for a Changing World [edWeb]

Wednesday, August 29th, 11am – Motivation Matters: 10 Research-Based Strategies to Motivate Struggling Readers [edWeb]

Tuesday, September 4th, 3pm – Exploring AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2018 [AASL]

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the School Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar 

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Save the Date! Upcoming face-to-face conferences, one-day workshops, and online for-credit courses. AkASL Professional Development Grants may be available!

Upcoming Courses:

You are invited to Invigorate your School Library with the AASL National StandardsOnline. September 4 – November 11th. UAF, 2-credit course: Invigorate Your School Library with the AASL National Youth Services Librarian Standards ($300 tuition)

 

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Asynchronous start date listed. Paid courses offered on ISTE U will be eligible for graduate-level credit through Dominican University of California. ISTE Member prices listed. Complete listing of courses

9/10 – Introduction to Computational Thinking – Free, no credit
9/17 – Exploring Future Ready Librarianship – $186
10/1 – Best Practices in Open Education Resources – $261
10/15 – Introduction to Computational Thinking for Every Educator – Free, no credit

Upcoming conferences:

Cincinnati. September 27th – 29th. Association for Library Service to Children National Institute. (from $400)

Brooklyn. October 26 – 28. 2018 School Library Journal Leadership Summit

Salt Lake City. November 2-4. 2018 Young Adult Services Symposium. (from $199)

Seattle. January 25-29. ALA Midwinter Meeting and Exhibits. (Early bird member rate $245)

Additional upcoming state, regional, and national conferences.

Employment Opportunities

Library Aide, Mt. View Elementary, Kenai Area, .44 FTE Classified

Library Aide, Skyview Elementary, Soldotna, .44 FTE Classified

K-6 Librarian, Lake Otis Elementary, Anchorage, 1.0 FTE Certified

7-8 Librarian, Homer Middle School, .5 FTE Certified

K-6 Librarian, Mountain View Elementary, 1.0 FTE Certified

K-6 Librarian, Ptarmigan Elementary, Anchorage , 1.0 FTE Certified

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

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A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if social media is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-social media resources are listed here.

8/15 – If you use Google Classroom, you might want to check out this Back to School guide from Google.

8/15 – Interesting stuff. How could you use this in your classroom?

8/20 – “In fact, if each display you do doesn’t feature LGBTQ titles, you’re doing your displays wrong.” This statement applies to people of color, gender, religion, etc. Certainly during pride and history months it’s alright to have focused displays, but if you’re doing a historical fiction display and you don’t include books that feature diverse characters and authors, you are doing a disservice to your community and missing the point of inclusion.

If it helps, remember that Include is one of the 6 shared foundations in the national standards. This concept of inclusive displays addresses School Library competency II.C.2. Don’t forget to INCLUDE in your displays.

8/20 – Something to think about as we start the school year: “I’m tired of already underpaid teachers and librarians being asked to take one for the team because no one wants to truly support and invest in our children. Public education is an investment. It’s an investment in our children, it’s an investment in our here and now and it’s an investment in our future.”

I’m just as guilty as many others for spending my personal money on books for my library; but we do a disservice to our community when year after year we spend our own money. When we do this again and again, we fail to show the pressing need. I know it’s hard, but consider making the case for more funding rather than spending your own hard-earned wages.

8/21 – Thank you colleagues for your hard work! Honored to win for Alaska, and pushing the envelope for our students, the 2018 School Library Journal Champion of Civic Engagement.

8/21 – Just two short weeks until “Invigorating Your School Library with the AASL Standards” starts!

Are you interested in digging more deeply into the new national standards and integrating them into your library? Please consider registering for my 2-credit online course.

The course is open to anyone working in a school library (certified or otherwise) with any level of experience. Read more about the course here.

The course is $300; and you can apply for an AkASL Professional Development Grant to cover the tuition. 

8/21 – “MakerSpace – Plants as Creative Expression”

The 2018 School Library Leadership Academy in Juneau focused on the lens of STEAM. I am a champion of the A in STEAM and feel that there is art in all that we do. I was particularly excited to have a chance to listen to Laura Connor, Research Associate Professor at UAF. Her presentation on “STEAM- The Colors of Nature” served as the inspiration for a future collaboration between the library, the middle school art teacher, and the 7th grade science teachers. The first few days of school being back in session this August came with, tears, hugs, smiles, laughter, and conversations about scheduling. I discussed the idea of collaboration between art and the 7th grade science native Alaskan tree unit and a way the library could support them both. Resulting from the discussion and the inspiration from Laura Connor is the attached MakerSpace lesson idea in a skeleton form that would can be adapted for grade levels and content areas.

8/21 – I know I’ve encountered confusion from students and teachers who don’t understand what banned books week is all about, who think our displays are a list of books that we have banned. It’s a great conversation started, but what about the students who don’t stop to talk about it.

Here are some good things to consider as you plan those displays, events, and lessons for Banned Books Week.

8/22 – I tried this a few years ago and no one took me up on the offer, but I’m curious if anyone else has tried it and had better results? [Personal Book Shopping]

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The next issue will be available on September 6th. To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187

 

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SAYL Mail for July 12th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Invigorate Your School with the AASL National Standards

Please consider enrolling in a 2-credit online course to be held September 4 through November 12 this fall. This course is for anyone who works in libraries (certified or otherwise) who is interested in digging more deeply into the National School Library Standards and integrating them into their library.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Deborah Rinio.

Tumblebooks Available Statewide through June 2020

Through funding made available from Alaska Early Development, a two-year subscription to Tumblebooks has been made available to all of Alaska. To create personalized class and student Tumbletracker accounts, contact Tumblebooks support. For direct linking a school or library website, use lam.alaska.gov/tumblebooks.

Alaska State Library Launches books.alaska.gov and Advertising Campaign

A new website focusing on accessing books from anywhere in the state was launched with an accompanying statewide advertising campaign on Alaska Public Media.

Little House on the Controversy: Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Name Removed from Book Award [NPR. 2 min.]

A High School Put Books About Police Violence on a Summer Reading List. A Police Union Wants Them Removed. [Vox. 3 min.]

Carnegie Medal Winner Slams Children’s Book Publishers for ‘Accessible’ Prose [The Guardian. 3 min.]

Top Ten Things You Should Know (Children of Incarcerated Parents) [Project Avary. 2 min.]

Are You a Future Ready Librarian? [eSchool News. 3 min.]

ISTE launches Librarians Are Transforming Learning site and ISTE/Future Ready Librarians Standards Crosswalk.

AASL announces 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning [Knowledge Quest. 1 min.]

Libraries Ready to Code Beta Collection Release [SLJ. 2 min.]

Common Sense Media Overhauls Popular Digital Citizenship Curriculum [EdWeek. 4 min.]

Live from ISTE: 12 Google for Education Launches to Save Time for Creativity [Google Blog. 4 min.]

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Closes July 31st, 2018. James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway $500 and 500 Scholastic Book Points (Sweepstakes) for classroom libraries.

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Thursday, July 19th, 3pm –Introducing MakeCode from Microsoft [Washington State Library]

Tuesday, July 24th, 10am – Starting Your Makerspace [edWeb]

Wednesday, August 8th, 11am – 5 Things to Give Up so your Struggling Readers Won’t [edWeb]

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the School Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar 

Slow summer learning with the AASL Standards through August 21st.

ISTE U – A Few of the Upcoming Courses:
Asynchronous start date listed. Paid courses offered on ISTE U will be eligible for graduate-level credit through Dominican University of California. ISTE Member prices listed.

7/16 – Taking Mobile Learning to the Next Level – $186
8/20 – Digital Citizenship in Action – $186
9/10 – Introduction to Computational Thinking – Free, no credit
9/17 – Exploring Future Ready Librarianship – $186

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Save the Date!
Upcoming face-to-face conferences, one-day workshops, and online for-credit courses. AkASL Professional Development Grants may be available!

Juneau. July 23rd – 27th. 8am – 4:30pm – School Library Leadership Academy: Picking Up STEAM.

New Brunswick, NJ. July 25-27. The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University Summer Institute: Guided Inquiry for Student Learning ($650)

Online. University of Maryland. August 15th – October 9th. 2.4 credit courseLilead Leaders Program: Preparing for Transformation ($349 tuition)

Online. September 4 – November 11th. UAF, 2-credit course: Invigorate Your School Library with the AASL National Youth Services Librarian Standards ($300 tuition)

Employment Opportunities

Library Assistant, North Pole High, 1.0 FTE Classified

Library Assistant, North Pole Middle, 1.0 FTE Classified

K-6 Librarian, Mountain View Elementary, 1.0 FTE Certified

K-6 Librarian, Willow Crest Elementary, Anchorage, 1.0 FTE Certified

K-6 Librarian, Ptarmigan Elementary, Anchorage , 1.0 FTE Certified

9-12 Librarian, North Pole High, North Pole, 1.0 FTE Certified

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

The Facebook digest will be back in the fall. Visit the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group

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SAYL Mail is issued monthly during the summer. The back-to-school issue will arrive August 23rd. To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187

 

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SAYL Mail for June 14th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Why School Librarians Are the Literacy Leaders We Need [Education Week Teacher. 4 min.]

“There is a cumulative benefit to students and teachers, both academic and cultural, when a school librarian becomes a literacy leader.”

What’s Going on in Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them a Story? [NPR Ed. 2 min.]

“When we read to our children, they are doing more work than meets the eye. ‘It’s that muscle they’re developing bringing the images to life in their minds.'”

How Bibliotherapy Can Help Students Open up About Their Mental Health [MindShift. 3 min.]

Secretary DeVos Approves Alaska and Iowa’s ESSA State Plans [US DOE. 1 min]

Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018 [Pew Research Center. 6 min.]

Is Screen Time a Problem? Depends on Your Source [Blue Skunk Blog. 2 min.]

Genres Generate Renewed Enthusiasm for School Libraries [District Administration. 2 min.]

Not Quite the End of Net Neutrality [ALA District Dispatch. 2 min.]

A Good Visual to Help You Teach Students to Detect Fake News [Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Resource]

Logos for Live Homework Help (May 2018) [Alaska Library Network. Resource]

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Closes July 31st, 2018. James Patterson and Scholastic Book Clubs Giveaway $500 and 500 Scholastic Book Points (Sweepstakes) for classroom libraries.

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

June 16th, 6am – 11:30 am – Google Training for Teachers [Simple K12]

July 11-12, 8am – 1pm – 4T Data Literacy Conference: Creating Data Literate Students [University of Michigan School of Information and University Library]

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the School Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar 

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Save the Date!
Upcoming face-to-face conferences, one-day workshops, and online for-credit courses. AkASL Professional Development Grants may be available!

New Orleans. June 21st – 26th. American Library Association Annual Conference. (from $350)

Chicago. Saturday, June 23rd, 8:30am – 4:30pm CDT – Future Ready Librarian Leadership Summit ($99)

Chicago. Sunday, June 24th – 27th – International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference (from $480)

Juneau. July 23rd – 27th. 8am – 4:30pm – School Library Leadership Academy: Picking Up STEAM.

New Brunswick, NJ. July 25-27. The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University Summer Institute: Guided Inquiry for Student Learning ($650)

Online. September 4 – November 11th. UAF, 2-credit course: Invigorate Your School Library with the AASL National Youth Services Librarian Standards ($300 tuition)

Employment Opportunities

6-12 Library Aide, Nikiski Middle/High, Nikiski Area, .5 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Willow Crest Elementary, Anchorage, 1.0 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Ptarmigan Elementary, Anchorage , 1.0 FTE

9-12 Librarian, North Pole High, North Pole, 1.0 FTE

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

The Facebook digest will be back in the fall. Visit the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group

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June is LGBT Pride Month, GLBT Book Month, and Audiobook Awareness Month.

July 4th is Independence Day. State Library Closed

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SAYL Mail is issued monthly during the summer. The next issue will be July 12th. To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187

 

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SAYL Mail for May 22nd

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Libraries Offer Freedom from Reading Level Limitations [Delta Phi Kappan. 8min.]

“As librarians, teachers, and researchers, we must remember that reading is more than a mere process of moving up levels, and that struggling readers may have limited choices when leveled books are overemphasized. For students to truly love reading and to become engaged, lifelong readers, they must have opportunities to read a variety of texts. For this reason, reading in the library should be grounded in student choice, rather than assessment-based measures.”

What Is the Point of a Makerspace? [Cult of Pedagogy. 6 min.]

“They need to be able to engage in iterative thinking, creative thinking, critical thinking, they need to know how to pivot, how to change, how to revise, how to persevere. They need to solve complex problems. They need to think divergently. All of those are involved in that maker mindset.”

Book About Transgender Girl Breaks Ground — And Stirs Controversy — In Oregon Schools [OPB. 5 min.]

“It’s a statewide competition, in which kids read from a list of about dozen books, curated by a team of librarians. They duke it out answering Jeopardy!-style questions about the books. One of the books contenders will read this summer is unlike any before it.”

4 Ways You Can Get Creative This Summer [AASL KQ. 2 min.]

12 Great Digital Storytelling Apps for Young Learners [Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. Resource]

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities


Closes May 31st. Best Buy Community Grants. $5,000-10,000 to schools within 25 miles of a Best Buy store for”out-of-school time programs that create hands-on access to technology education and tools that teens will need to be successful in their future schooling and careers.”

Closes June 1st. NEA Learning & Leadership Grants. $2,000 (individual) or $5000 (group) for professional development for NEA members.

Closes June 1st. NEA Student Achievement Grants.  $2,000 (individual) or $5000 (group) for classroom resources for NEA members.

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 11am – Developing Digital Citizens – Resources and Strategies [Texas State Library and Archives]

Tuesday, May 22nd, 11am – Behind the Scenes: SLJ in Conversation with Children’s Books Editors [SLJ]

Tuesday, May 22nd, noon – Summer Fun with Digital Citizenship [edWeb]

Tuesday, May 22nd, noon – A Look at the State of School Librarianship [ALA Publishing]

Tuesday, May 22nd, 1pm – Designing a Programming Language for Early Learners [edWeb]

Tuesday, May 22nd, 1:45pm – YALSA May 2018 Webinar: Learning Environments [edWeb]

Wednesday, May 23rd, 1pm – Visual and Data Literacy Learning [edWeb]

Wednesday, May 30th, 10am – STEAM & Project-Based Learning: Educators and Students Get Future-Ready [EdWeek]

Tuesday, June 12th, noon – Fighting Fake: Digital Forensics and News Literacy Educatio[edWeb]

Thursday, June 14th, 10am – Making Project-Based Learning More Than a Project [edWeb]

Thursday, June 14th, 1pm – STEM-errific Ways to Avoid the Summer Learning Loss [edWeb]

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the School Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar 

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Save the Date!
Upcoming face-to-face conferences and one-day workshops. AkASL Professional Development Grants may be available!

New Orleans. June 21st – 26th. American Library Association Annual Conference ($350 advance member rate)

Chicago. Saturday, June 23rd, 8:30am – 4:30pm CDT – Future Ready Librarian Leadership Summit ($99)

Chicago. Sunday, June 24th – 27th – International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference ($480)

Juneau. July 23rd – 27th. 8am – 4:30pm – School Library Leadership Academy: Picking Up STEAM.

New Brunswick, NJ. July 25-27. The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University Summer Institute: Guided Inquiry for Student Learning ($650)

Online. September 4 – November 11th. UAF, 2-credit course: Invigorate Your School Library with the AASL National Youth Services Librarian Standards ($300 tuition)

Employment Opportunities

K-6 Librarian Nunaka Valley Elementary, Anchorage School District, 1.0 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Kincaid Elementary, Anchorage School District, 1.0 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Ptarmigan Elementary, Anchorage School District, 1.0 FTE

9-12 Librarian, North Pole High, Fairbanks North Star School District, 1.0 FTE

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

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The latest from the newsletter of the Alaska Association of School Librarians, The PuffinTo submit an article, please contact The Puffin editor, Karina Reyes.

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska School Librarians Facebook group logo

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if social media is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-social media resources are listed here.

5/16 – If you work with teens, check out this article and maybe read the book.

5/16 – Looking for ways to connect your students to the rest of the world. Check out this list.

5/17 – For summer library staff, but totally applicable to school librarians too. And pretty much everyone!

5/18 – AASL is seeking feedback on Knowledge Quest and the Knowledge Quest website to ensure both media platforms align with member needs. Please e-mail your regions and school library networks and ask them to complete the survey linked below. It will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

www.surveymonkey.com/r/kq-survey

The survey closes on May 25 (but please try to complete it by May 22).

Your feedback is important and will help AASL better serve school librarians’ professional reading needs.

5/20 – I still use QR codes for library scavenger hunts, but I feel like I see them in less and less use. Do you use QR codes? If so, how? Do your students know what they are?

5/21 – NLLD 2018 was a great experience! How much more amazing it could have been with students there to share their experiences of how the library has impacted their lives. Start thinking about this now; even if you can’t bring students with you to DC, you can record them talking about their experience or have them write letters. Delivering hand-written letters to your legislator in person has amazing impact too! Or send them with someone else, or even mail them if you can’t make it to DC yourself.

An old due date slip from a school library, showing "Alaska State Lib" as the author of SAYL Mail. Threre are due dates from the 1940s next to borrowers signatures.Check It Out Next Time!

SAYL Mail is issued monthly during the summer. The next issue will be June 14th. To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187

 

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SAYL Mail for May 10th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

Tudor Elementary Wins Follett Challenge [Follett. Resource]

“Tudor Elementary, with an enrollment of 346 students, won the 2018 Follett Challenge Grand-Prize for its “Young Global Citizens” entry, which showcases what it means for their students to be global citizens, how it impacts their learning, their perspectives on the world and the impacts they can have on it.”

Haines Students to Display Puppets, Sets at First Friday [KHNS. Resource]

“About 20 students participated in the project after school. Librarian Leigh Horner helped spearhead the student-centered learning project.”

Reading Aloud to Young Children Has Benefits for Behavior and Attention [New York Times. 4 min.]

“The parent-child-book moment even has the potential to help curb problem behaviors like aggression, hyperactivity and difficulty with attention, a new study has found.”

In Defense of Battle of the Books… [Knowledge Quest. 3 min.]

10 Traits of Successful School Librarians [Blue Skunk Blog. 2 min.]

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program Applications Due May 18

  1. Only High Need LEAs (“Local Education Agency”, generally these are school districts) can apply. The LEA must apply, not schools.
  2. Estimated Average Award to LEAs and LEA consortia: $500,000. Estimated Number of Awards [nationally]: 30.

Eligible districts in Alaska:
Alaska Gateway
Aleutian Region
Bering Strait
Chatham
Chugach
Craig
Dillingham
Hoonah
Hydaburg
Iditarod Area
Kake
Kashunamiut
Klawock
Kuspuk
Lake and Peninsula Borough
Lower Kuskokwim
Lower Yukon
Northwest Arctic Borough
Pelican
Southwest Region
St. Marys
Yakutat
Yukon Flats
Yukon-Koyukuk
Yupiit


Closes May 11th. 2018 Banned Books Week Grants Offered through Freedom to Read Foundation’s Krug Fund. $1,000 and/or $2,500 in support of activities celebrating Banned Books Week.

Closes May 21st, 2018. SLJ School Librarian of the Year. $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing.

Closes May 31st. Best Buy Community Grants. $5,000-10,000 to schools within 25 miles of a Best Buy store for”out-of-school time programs that create hands-on access to technology education and tools that teens will need to be successful in their future schooling and careers.”

Closes June 1st. NEA Learning & Leadership Grants. $2,000 (individual) or $5000 (group) for professional development for NEA members.

Closes June 1st. NEA Student Achievement Grants.  $2,000 (individual) or $5000 (group) for classroom resources for NEA members.

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Tuesday, May 15th, 10 am – Must-Have Middle Grade [Booklist]

Tuesday, May 15th, 1 pm – Wonderful Ideas To Ignite Collaboration, Creativity and Computational Thinking [edWeb]

Wednesday, May 16th, 8am – Assistive Technology: What it is and How to Use it [Center on Technology and Disability]

Thursday, May 17th, 11am – Book-Based Making: Projects to Inspire Young Readers [School LIbrary Journal]

Monday, May 21st, noon – Using Digital Literacy to Build Unstoppable Reading Grit [edWeb]

Tuesday, May 22nd, 11am – Developing Digital Citizens – Resources and Strategies [Texas State Library and Archives]

Tuesday, May 22nd, noon – Summer Fun with Digital Citizenship [edWeb]

Tuesday, May 22nd, 1pm – Designing a Programming Language for Early Learners [edWeb]

Tuesday, May 22nd, 1:45pm – YALSA May 2018 Webinar: Learning Environments [edWeb]

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the School Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar 

calendar icon

Save the Date!
Upcoming face-to-face conferences and one-day workshops. AkASL Professional Development Grants may be available!

New Orleans. June 21st – 26th. American Library Association Annual Conference ($350 $320 early advance member rate)

Chicago. Saturday, June 23rd, 8:30am – 4:30pm CDT – Future Ready Librarian Leadership Summit ($99)

Chicago. Sunday, June 24th – 27th – International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference ($440 Early bird member loyalty rate $480)

Juneau. July 23rd – 27th. 8am – 4:30pm – School Library Leadership Academy: Picking Up STEAM.

 

New Brunswick, NJ. July 25-27. The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University Summer Institute: Guided Inquiry for Student Learning ($650)

Online. September 4 – November 11th. UAF, 2-credit course: Invigorate Your School Library with the AASL National Youth Services Librarian Standards ($300 tuition)

Employment Opportunities

K-6 Librarian, Kincaid Elementary, Anchorage School District, 1.0 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Birchwood ABC Elementary, Anchorage School District, 1.0 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Ptarmigan Elementary, Anchorage School District, 1.0 FTE

K-8 Librarian, Girdwood School, Anchorage School District, .5 FTE

9-12 Librarian, North Pole High, Fairbanks North Star School District, 1.0 FTE

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska School Librarians Facebook group logo

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if social media is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-social media resources are listed here.

4/26 – School library month is almost over, but there’s still time to bring attention to it for the public. Check out Ann Ewbank’s article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Ann is on the ALA Policy Corps) and consider writing your own letter to the editor in celebration of school libraries. If it gets published, share it here!

4/27 – Great article in SLJ featuring Homer Public’s Claudia Haines

4/27 – Congratulations Tudor Elementary!!!

4/30 – Great stuff going on in the Haines school library. Way to go, Leigh Corkum Horner!

5/8 – “Children are the future. Young people have rights recognized by countries around the world… Six of those rights are shared here along with children’s books that tell stories of how important they are in the lives of children around the world. Reading together and talking about these rights lets all of us see how we can help each other make the world a better, safer and kinder place.”

5/9 – Today I went to Capital Hill with three other Alaska librarians (read the full text below!). Now it’s your turn. You don’t have to visit DC to connect with your Representative or Senator and you don’t have to wait for National Library Legislative Day to connect either; just share the great things that happen in your library every day! Send them a photo of students in action. Did you get a grant from the state library? Share the news! Don’t wait for the “right” moment. Any moment is a great moment to share all the amazing things school libraries do for Alaska’s students.
Patience Frederiksen, Katie Baxter, Mary Jo Joiner, and I visited capital hill today for National Library Legislative Day #NLLD18. We met with Eleanor-Gray Mullen at Representative Don Young’s office this morning; and then in the afternoon we met with Senator Lisa Murkowski and her staff Karen McCarthy and Anna Dietderich, as well as Senator Dan Sullivan and his staff Joseph Hopp and Amanda Coyne. It was a great opportunity to thank the Congressman and Senators on their support of IMLS, LSTA, and IAL funding and ask for their continued support of the valuable services our libraries provide with this funding. We also discussed e-rate and asked for their support of the Tribal Connect Act which would make tribal libraries eligible for e-rate funding. And of course we invited them to visit our libraries next time they are back home in Alaska. It was a great day meeting and connecting with our federal legislators in support of libraries!

An old due date slip from a school library, showing "Alaska State Lib" as the author of SAYL Mail. Threre are due dates from the 1940s next to borrowers signatures.Check It Out Next Time!

The next issue will be May 22nd. To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187

 

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SAYL Mail for April 26th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

News in Brief includes the average reading time with the source information.

PBS “The Great American Read” Premiers May 22nd [PBS. Resource]

“The Great American Read is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey). It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. “

What has ALA done for you lately? Let me tell you! [Knowledge Quest]

Poverty & Reading: The Sad and Troubling Loss of School Libraries and Real Librarians [Nancy Bailey’s Education Website]

Harnessing Summer Excitement: Using a Medieval Travel Book to Spark Critical Thinking [Teaching with the Library of Congress]

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program Applications Due May 18

  1. Only High Need LEAs (“Local Education Agency”, generally these are school districts) can apply. The LEA must apply, not schools.
  2. Estimated Average Award to LEAs and LEA consortia: $500,000. Estimated Number of Awards [nationally]: 30.

Eligible districts in Alaska:
Alaska Gateway
Aleutian Region
Bering Strait
Chatham
Chugach
Craig
Dillingham
Hoonah
Hydaburg
Iditarod Area
Kake
Kashunamiut
Klawock
Kuspuk
Lake and Peninsula Borough
Lower Kuskokwim
Lower Yukon
Northwest Arctic Borough
Pelican
Southwest Region
St. Marys
Yakutat
Yukon Flats
Yukon-Koyukuk
Yupiit

DEED 21st Century Community Learning Centers FY19 Request for Applications

DEED is seeking applicants for competitive 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) funding that would begin providing programming in the fall of the 2018-19 school year. The goal of the 21st CCLC program is to raise student academic achievement by providing students engaging out-of-school-time academic assistance and educational enrichment opportunities. Any Alaska school district, community-based organization, tribal organization, or other public or private entity located in Alaska and working in partnership with their school and community is eligible to apply. Applications are due April 27, 2018. For questions, please contact Jessica Paris at jessica.paris@alaska.gov or 907-465-8716.

[If your district identifies school libraries as community learning centers, it could fund extended hours, programs, and additional supplies. Contact Jared Shucha with questions.]


Closes April 30th. Alaska Teacher of the Year. During the official year of recognition, the NTOY Program is released from classroom duties to travel nationally and internationally as a spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession.

Closes May 1st. Girls Who Code Club Fund. $300 for existing Girls Who Code clubs for experiences encouraging girls to get excited about learning computer science.

Closes May 1st. Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grants. Double your Capstone ebook purchasing power. $750-$5,000.

Closes May 1st.  Penguin Random House Foundation Library Awards for Innovation. $1,000 – $10,000 plus $1000 in PRH books to public libraries (or school libraries serving the capacity of public libraries) “creating innovative community-based programs, which encourage citizens to participate and support reading initiatives that connect libraries with their community.”

Closes May 4th.  Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. $5000 to a “school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities during the prior school year.”

Closes May 9th.  Friends of ALSC Institute Scholarship. Registration and $1,000 travel stipend for ALSC National Institute September 27 – 29, 2018 for ALSC members who work directly with children in a library setting.

Closes May 11th. 2018 Banned Books Week Grants Offered through Freedom to Read Foundation’s Krug Fund. $1,000 and/or $2,500 in support of activities celebrating Banned Books Week.

Closes May 21st, 2018. SLJ School Librarian of the Year. $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing.

Closes May 31st. Best Buy Community Grants. $5,000-10,000 to schools within 25 miles of a Best Buy store for”out-of-school time programs that create hands-on access to technology education and tools that teens will need to be successful in their future schooling and careers.”

Closes June 1st. NEA Learning & Leadership Grants. $2,000 (individual) or $5000 (group) for professional development for NEA members.

Closes June 1st. NEA Student Achievement Grants.  $2,000 (individual) or $5000 (group) for classroom resources for NEA members.

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Thursday, April 26th, 10am – Building Digital Learning Environments: Tools for Implementation [edWeb]

Thursday, April 26th, 1pm – The Importance of Keyboarding [edWeb]

Thursday, April 26th, 4pm – Fighting Back When Cuts Are Threatened [ISTE School Librarians / EveryLibrary]

Friday, April 27th, 10am – Improve Comprehension; Avoid Summer Slide [Booklist]

Tuesday, May 1st, 8:30am – Live Streaming Event with Katherine Applegate [School Library Journal]

Tuesday, May 1st, 10am – Four Steps to Improve Equity and Close the Digital Gap with a Shared eBook & Audiobook Collection [OverDrive Education]

Tuesday, May 1st, noon – Best Digital Reading Practices for Early Literacy: Strategies for Teaching PreK-Grade 3 Students [edWeb]

Thursday, May 3rd, noon – Creating a Classroom of Active Nonfiction Reading Detectives [edWeb]

Monday, May 7th, noon – How Do We Get (and Keep) More Girls in STEM? [edWeb]

Tuesday, May 8th, 10am – Summer YA Announcements, 2018 [Booklist]

Tuesday, May 8th, 3pm –Using the Standards to Foster a Culture of Deep Learning [AASL]

Thursday, May 10th, 10am – Throw It Back with Penguin’s #TBT Webinar [School Library Journal]

Thursday, May 10th, 10am –Learning Environments [YALSA]

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the School Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar 

calendar icon

Save the Date!
Upcoming face-to-face conferences and one-day workshops. AkASL Professional Development Grants may be available!

Seattle. Saturday, May 5th, 9am – 5pm PDT – School Library Journal’s Leadership Camp – Upskilling for the Next Generation ($159 – 199)

New Orleans. June 21st – 26th. American Library Association Annual Conference ($320 early advance member rate)

Chicago. Saturday, June 23rd, 8:30am – 4:30pm CDT – Future Ready Librarian Leadership Summit ($99)

Chicago. Sunday, June 24th – 27th – International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference ($440 Early bird member loyalty rate)

Juneau. July 23rd – 27th. 8am – 4:30pm – School Library Leadership Academy: Picking Up STEAM.

 

New Brunswick, NJ. July 25-27. The Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University Summer Institute: Guided Inquiry for Student Learning ($650)

Online. September 4 – November 11th. UAF, 2-credit course: Invigorate Your School Library with the AASL National Youth Services Librarian Standards ($300 tuition)

Employment Opportunities

9-12 Librarian, North Pole High, Fairbanks North Star School District, 1.0 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Eagle River Elementary, Anchorage School District, 1.0 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Scenic Park Elementary, Anchorage School District, 1.0 FTE

K-8 Librarian, Girdwood School, Anchorage School District, .5 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Ursa Major Elementary, Anchorage School District, 1.0 FTE

K-6 Librarian, Ocean View Elementary, Anchorage School District, 1.0 FTE

Youth Services Librarian I, Joyce K Carver Memorial Soldotna Public Library. Full-Time

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska School Librarians Facebook group logo

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if social media is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-social media resources are listed here.

4/14 – Thanks to a project grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and a grant from the Chilkat Valley Community Foundation we’ve been working with the artists from the puppet troupe Geppetto’s Junkyard after school.

4/15 – Good reminder that there are some great tools on here, not just from this year, but from previous years as well.

4/15 – Looking for ways to connect your students to those around the world? Check out this webinar.

4/23 – Librarian Opening at North Pole High School. Please share with any potential applicants.

4/23 – Alaska School Library Leadership Academy: Picking Up STEAM. Juneau, July 23-27. Join us!

4/25 – Have some school library pictures you’d like to have highlighted on DEED’s Facebook and Twitter? If you’ve got some great photos of learning in action, please check that FERPA permissions are on file for all identifiable students in the picture, and email pics to me (jared.shucha@alaska.gov) along with something along the lines of “all students in this photo have photo permissions on file with x district.” If you’re not sure of permissions, share some photos of bulletin boards, displays, makerspaces, etc minus the students. Big thanks to DEED for helping to celebrate school libraries!

An old due date slip from a school library, showing "Alaska State Lib" as the author of SAYL Mail. Threre are due dates from the 1940s next to borrowers signatures.Check It Out Next Time!

The next issue will be May 10th. To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187

 

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SAYL Mail for April 12th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

News in Brief includes the average reading time with the source information.

National Test Scores Bring More Bad News for Alaska Schools  [Juneau Empire. 2 min.]

“On a scale of 0-500 points, Alaska fourth-graders averaged 207 points for reading skills. The national average was 221. Eighth-graders in Alaska averaged 258 points, seven points below the national average.”

State of America’s Libraries Report 2018 [American Libraries. 2 min.]

“During this time of rapid social change, libraries of all types are providing welcoming spaces to an increasingly diverse population; working with the community to offer social service support and health resources, career, and small business development assistance; and combating fake news by providing tools to assess and evaluate news sources.”

Future Ready with a Library Voice [Future Ready Blog. 5 min.]

Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): The Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit Is Here! [AASL Knowledge Quest. 2 min.]

How Many LGBT Books Do You Have in Your School Library? [tes:GB. 3 min.]

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

DEED Releases 21st Century Community Learning Centers FY19 Request for Applications

DEED is seeking applicants for competitive 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) funding that would begin providing programming in the fall of the 2018-19 school year. The goal of the 21st CCLC program is to raise student academic achievement by providing students engaging out-of-school-time academic assistance and educational enrichment opportunities. Any Alaska school district, community-based organization, tribal organization, or other public or private entity located in Alaska and working in partnership with their school and community is eligible to apply. Applications are due April 27, 2018. For questions, please contact Jessica Paris at jessica.paris@alaska.gov or 907-465-8716.

[If your district identifies school libraries as community learning centers, it could fund extended hours, programs, and additional supplies. Contact Jared Shucha with questions.]


Closing April 20th. Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant. $500 – $20,000 to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children (primarily project-based collection development).

Closes April 30th. Alaska Teacher of the Year. During the official year of recognition, the NTOY Program is released from classroom duties to travel nationally and internationally as a spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession.

Closes May 1st. Girls Who Code Club Fund. $300 for existing Girls Who Code clubs for experiences encouraging girls to get excited about learning computer science.

Closes May 1st. Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grants. Double your Capstone ebook purchasing power. $750-$5,000.

Closes May 1st.  Penguin Random House Foundation Library Awards for Innovation. $1,000 – $10,000 plus $1000 in PRH books to public libraries (or school libraries serving the capacity of public libraries) “creating innovative community-based programs, which encourage citizens to participate and support reading initiatives that connect libraries with their community.”

Closes May 4th.  Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. $5000 to a “school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities during the prior school year.”

Closes May 9th.  Friends of ALSC Institute Scholarship. Registration and $1,000 travel stipend for ALSC National Institute September 27 – 29, 2018 for ALSC members who work directly with children in a library setting.

Closes May 11th. 2018 Banned Books Week Grants Offered through Freedom to Read Foundation’s Krug Fund. $1,000 and/or $2,500 in support of activities celebrating Banned Books Week.

Closes May 21st, 2018. SLJ School Librarian of the Year. $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing.

Closes May 31st. Best Buy Community Grants. $5,000-10,000 to schools within 25 miles of a Best Buy store for”out-of-school time programs that create hands-on access to technology education and tools that teens will need to be successful in their future schooling and careers.”

Closes June 1st. NEA Learning & Leadership Grants. $2,000 (individual) or $5000 (group) for professional development for NEA members.

Closes June 1st. NEA Student Achievement Grants.  $2,000 (individual) or $5000 (group) for classroom resources for NEA members.

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Monday, April 16th, 10am – Be a Change Agent: Best Practices for School Library Advocacy [School Library Journal]

Tuesday, April 17th, 10am – Stellar Series Nonfiction: Spring 2018 [Booklist]

Tuesday, April 17th, noon – Amplifying Student Voice with Technology [AASL]

Wednesday, April 18th, 7am – Reaching Out Through Your Collection [Nebraska Library Commission]

Tuesday, April 24th, 10am – Ready to Read! Board Books, Picture Books, & Middle Grade Novels [Booklist]

Tuesday, April 24th, 10am – The Role of Assessment in Personalized Learning [EdWeek]

Tuesday, April 24th, noon – Future Ready Librarians: Ensuring Equitable Digital Access [Alliance for Excellent Education]

Tuesday, April 24th, 1:30 pm – In Depth With the New AASL Standards, Part IV [Wyoming State Library]

Tuesday, April 24th, 3pm – Making Global Connections at Your School Library [AASL]

Wednesday, April 25th, 10am – Getting Practical About a Multi-Text Approach to Literacy Instruction [edWeek]

Wednesday, April 25th, 1pm – SAMR, TPACK & More: Transforming Learning with Digital Content [edWeb]

Thursday, April 26th, 10am – Building Digital Learning Environments: Tools for Implementation [edWeb]

Thursday, April 26th, 1pm – The Importance of Keyboarding [edWeb]

Thursday, April 26th, 4pm – Fighting Back When Cuts Are Threatened [ISTE School Librarians / EveryLibrary]

Friday, April 27th, 10am – Improve Comprehension; Avoid Summer Slide [Booklist]

Additional and up-to-date opportunities at the School Library Development Training and Continuing Education Calendar 

calendar icon

Save the Date!
Upcoming face-to-face conferences and one-day workshops.

Seattle. Saturday, May 5th, 9am – 5pm PDT – School Library Journal’s Leadership Camp – Upskilling for the Next Generation ($159 – 199)

New Orleans. June 21st – 26th. American Library Association Annual Conference ($320 early advance member rate)

Chicago. Saturday, June 23rd, 8:30am – 4:30pm CDT – Future Ready Librarian Leadership Summit ($99)

Chicago. Sunday, June 24th – 27th – International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference ($440 Early bird member loyalty rate)

Juneau. July 23rd – 27th. 8am – 4:30pm – School Library Leadership Academy: Picking Up STEAM. UPDATED

Cincinnati. September 27th – 29th. Association for Library Service to Children National Institute. ($400 early bird member rate)

Additional upcoming state, regional, and national conferences.

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

Alaska School Librarians Facebook group logo

A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if social media is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-social media resources are listed here.

3/29 – Recently, I posted about certifications for librarians. Through the grapevine I got the impression that some people felt this was divisive. I might be wrong but nevertheless, I want to clarify something.

I believe, and communication theory supports, that the best ideas and collaborations are a result of disagreements and arguments. When we all start from the same position we have no reason to challenge each other; we just pat each other on the back.

When we disagree, then can we discuss, understand each other’s positions and experiences, and come to mutual goals and shared understandings. We may never agree but we will understand each other better.

When I (or anyone) posts something to spark discussion that might seem divisive to others I hope that we use that opportunity to become a better and stronger community of librarians (capital L and lower case l).

I hope no one ever feels silenced or attacked in this group and that we can always discuss everything and anything related to libraries. And if you do feel that way, please say something.

3/30 – eSchool News has a new feature called “The New Librarian” – I won’t be posting links to it in SAYL because it does require a signup – which is free but a small barrier to access, nevertheless. At any rate, there’s some good stuff.

4/2 – I’m always looking for new student curation ideas. This would be a fun one with younger students; well, any age really.

4/3 – Just found this YouTube channel started by Green brothers, Hank and John. Aweome resource. Take a look!

4/3 – [Enter our School Library Sweepstakes and You Could Win 500 FREE Dover Thrifts!]

4/3 – I saw this on the AASL listserv and wanted to share – “Open Information Science Journal invites submissions for a special issue dedicated to scholarship on the broad theme of Fake News. Scholars, Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals around the world are invited to submit papers.”

4/4 – [Coming Soon to Explora: New Content to Support Information Literacy]

4/5 – Neither Senator Murkowski or Senator Sullivan have signed the Dear Appropriator letters circulating in the senate that request funding for LSTA and IAL.

LSTA funds many programs in Alaska including AkASL travel grants, Battle of the Books, Summer Leadership Academy, and much much more. IAL is the Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program that provides grants to low-income districts to bolster their reading programs.

Please call or email our senators and ask them to sign the LSTA and IAL Dear Appropriator letters today!

4/7 – “And today you hear people talk about the lump of labor fallacy to think about the future of all types of work. There’s no fixed lump of work out there to be divided up between people and machines. Yes, machines substitute for human beings, making the original lump of work smaller, but they also complement human beings, and the lump of work gets bigger and changes.”

Daniel Susskind isn’t talking specifically about libraries here but these ideas apply to us too. As we all know, libraries continue to evolve and so to does the role of the librarian. How do you envision our role in the next 10 or 20 years? Not from a funding or political perspective, but assuming that funds were unlimited and all supported libraries, what do you think school librarians will be doing? How will it differ?

4/9 – Free audio books for teens. You need to check this out!

4/9 – Check out these great ways to engage your community during School Library Month (or anytime!).

4/9 – If your school or district has switched from statewide IP authentication to using “My BrainPOP”, could you tell me how it’s going? Thanks!

4/10 – Very disappointed in Edutopia. Rather than suggesting parents build up classroom libraries, perhaps they should advocate for more visits to the already well-stocked and professionally managed Library. Utilize this amazing resource.

4/10 – If you care about education funding, please write to the senate finance committee today about HB213 ask them to please fund this legislation. HB213 creates a public school trust fund to help fund public education in Alaska. The committee will have their hearing on Friday, April 13th so contact them before that by emailing members or writing to your local legislative information office and asking them to forward your message to the Senate Finance Committee.

4/11 – Have you used Google Treks with your students? Have you made your own version using Google Sites? Neat stuff!

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The next issue will be April 26th. To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187
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SAYL Mail for March 29th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

News in Brief includes the average reading time with the source information.

Spending Bill Includes Big Increases for Libraries [American Libraries. 2 min.]

Why School Librarians Matter: What Years of Research Tell Us [Phi Delta Kappan. 8 min. ]

“[N]ewer studies, conducted over the last several years, show that strong school libraries are also linked to other important indicators of student success, including graduation rates and mastery of academic standards.”

AILA Rescinds Sherman Alexie’s 2008 YA Book of the Year Award [School Library Journal. 2 min.]

“In a bold move, the American Indian Literature Association (AILA) is rescinding Sherman Alexie’s 2008 YA Book of the Year Award ‘to send an unequivocal message that Alexie’s actions are unacceptable.'”

Why Wikipedia Works [NY Magazine: Select All. 4 min.]

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

DEED Releases 21st Century Community Learning Centers FY19 Request for Applications

DEED is seeking applicants for competitive 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC) funding that would begin providing programming in the fall of the 2018-19 school year. The goal of the 21st CCLC program is to raise student academic achievement by providing students engaging out-of-school-time academic assistance and educational enrichment opportunities. Any Alaska school district, community-based organization, tribal organization, or other public or private entity located in Alaska and working in partnership with their school and community is eligible to apply. Applications are due April 27, 2018. For questions, please contact Jessica Paris at jessica.paris@alaska.gov or 907-465-8716.

[If your district identifies school libraries as community learning centers, it could fund extended hours, programs, and additional supplies. Contact Jared Shucha with questions.]


Closing March 31st. Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant. Up to $500 “to provide creative, innovative programs that support or extend the Common Core Standards in education”

Closing April 12. NEA Challenge America Grant (part 1). $10,000 (minimum $10,000 match required) for programs that “extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.”

Closing April 15. Penguin Random House Foundation Library Awards for Innovation. $1,000 – $10,000 plus $1000 in PRH books to public libraries (or school libraries serving the capacity of public libraries) “creating innovative community-based programs, which encourage citizens to participate and support reading initiatives that connect libraries with their community.”

Closing April 20th. Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant. $500 – $20,000 to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children (primarily project-based collection development).

Closes May 1st. Girls Who Code Club Fund. $300 for existing Girls Who Code clubs for experiences encouraging girls to get excited about learning computer science.

Closes April 30th. Alaska Teacher of the Year. During the official year of recognition, the NTOY Program is released from classroom duties to travel nationally and internationally as a spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession.

Closes May 1st. Capstone Interactive eBook Matching Grants. Double your Capstone ebook purchasing power. $750-$5,000.

Closes May 4th.  Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. $5000 to a “school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities during the prior school year.”

Closes May 9th.  Friends of ALSC Institute Scholarship. Registration and $1,000 travel stipend for ALSC National Institute September 27 – 29, 2018 for ALSC members who work directly with children in a library setting.

Closes May 21st, 2018. SLJ School Librarian of the Year. $2,500 cash award, plus $2,500 worth of print and digital materials from Scholastic Library Publishing.

Closes May 31st. Best Buy Community Grants. $5,000-10,000 to schools within 25 miles of a Best Buy store for”out-of-school time programs that create hands-on access to technology education and tools that teens will need to be successful in their future schooling and careers.”

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Wednesday, April 4th, noon – Librarians’ Insights on How to Integrate Technology into Makerspaces [School Library Journal]

Wednesday, April 4th, 3pm – Making & Assessing Learner Connections Through the AASL Standards [AASL]

Thursday, April 5th, 11am – Simple STEAM: Preparing Young Children for the Careers of the Future [edWeb]

Tuesday, April 10th, 10am – STEM vs. STEAM: Science and Art in the Classroom [Booklist]

Tuesday, April 10th, 3pm – Making & Amplifying Educator Connections Through the AASL Standards [AASL]

Thursday, April 12th, 10am – Interactions with Teens [YALSA]

Thursday, April 12th, 10am – Promoting Library Resources with Email [EBSCO]

Thursday, April 12th, noon – Author Ideas on Integrating Fiction into the Middle-Grade and Middle-School Curriculum [AASL]

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Save the Date! 

Seattle. Saturday, May 5th, 9am – 5pm PDT – School Library Journal’s Leadership Camp – Upskilling for the Next Generation ($159 – 199)

Chicago. Saturday, June 23rd, 8:30am – 4:30pm CDT – Future Ready Librarian Leadership Summit ($99)

Juneau. Monday, July 23rd – Friday, July 27th. 8am – 4:30pm – School Library Leadership Academy: Picking Up STEAM.

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

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A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if Facebook is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-Facebook resources are listed here.

3/15 – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve told teachers that allowing students to have choice and autonomy in their research will result in more engagement and reflection. Sometime they get it, but other times I hear… well, I have to cover X topic and they have to write a paper anyway so I might as well make them write it about X topic. How do you convince those teachers that choice is important to the process?

3/16 – Recording of a webinar aired last year on students rights and free speech. Great way to educate yourself and your school community.

3/16 – More on Fake News:

3/16 – Great resource!

3/16 – Great resource for Graphic Novels for K – 12

3/17 – Need a great book list of books written by Indigenous women? Here you go!

3/18 – Collaborative lesson opportunity?

3/19 – I’ve done database smackdown type activities before but never as flipped instruction or with badges. I’m interested to hear if anyone else has done these activities in this type of format and how it worked?

3/20 – Advocacy doesn’t always mean writing letters to the editor, speaking at school board meetings, or calling your legislators. Advocacy is also forming relationships with your patrons and families

3/20 -Loved The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo. All YA libraries should get this title. A beautiful portrait of the struggles and the joys of being a teen.

3/21 – If you or someone you know if being affected by a RIF, layoff, firing, or other push against your/their job or budget, our SaveSchoolLibrarians.org digital advocacy campaign is here to help.
AND It is free of charge because of Follet’s support. Please contact me here, at john.chrastka@everylibrary.org or via the site.

3/21 – Infographics you can use for advocacy. Or just because they’re awesome.

3/21 – Anyone tried this? Sounds like an awesome idea. I think I would add a written reflection though to keep students on track and for formative assessment.

3/22 – Yeah!? Why shouldn’t school librarians be part of this debate? I appreciate and value my non-certified colleagues. However, I still believe that school librarians should be required to have a credential. In addition to all the studies that show the value of a certified librarian to student success, I believe this because there is no other position in the school that is allowed to not only supervise students but also instruct without having that credential. Exempting the librarian from this requirement sets him or her apart and creates confusion in the minds of parents, teachers, and administrators. What do you think? Do you think we are different than the public library? Should no librarian be required to have a degree to have the title / job?

3/25 – [Why Do Our Brains Love Fake News?]

3/25 – I’ve worked with teachers of all the core subjects to incorporate novels into their classes. Reading is relevant everywhere.

3/26 – [Why School Librarians Matter: What Years of Research Tell Us]

3/26 – I know I’ve been a little Library centric the last few days but I wanted to share this cause it’s a good demonstration of what libraries do. Except this is a public library. For a school library you have one or two people doing ALL of this with the addition of teaching and collaboration with teachers.

3/28 – Summer Reading? Check this out

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The next issue will be April 12th. To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187
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SAYL Mail for March 15th

In this issue…

SAYL News in Brief

News in Brief includes the average reading time with the source information.

Bridging the Gaps AkLA Conference (AkASL)

The Bridging the Gaps AkLA conference has encouraged members of AkASL to make a bridge to our parter library associations: AKLA, AASL, and ALA.

AASL President Steve Yates, Assistant Professor & Coordinator for the School
Library Media Certification Program at the University of Alabama, and ALA President Elect Loida A. Garcia-Febo , President – Information New Wave (NY) were part of the conference and offered advocacy support to AkASL.

We encourage you to join AkASL as well as our affiliates to reap the full benefits for your libraries, your patrons, and your professional self.

April is School Library Month [AASL. Resource]

“School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.”

Governor Signs Law that Allows Florida School Librarians to be Armed [School Library Journal. 2 min.]

Students Find Their Voice—Online and Off—During National Walkouts [EdSurge. 4 min.]

Teenagers and Community Engagement: The Developmental Picture [AASL Knowledge Quest. 2 min.]

Districts Turn to Social Media, But Parents Prefer Emails, Calls, and Texts [Education Week: Digital Education. 2 min.]

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Closing March 21st. The Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institutes. Attend a week-long professional development program in the practice of teaching with primary sources, K-12.

Closing March 31st. Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant. Up to $500 “to provide creative, innovative programs that support or extend the Common Core Standards in education”

Closing April 12. NEA Challenge America Grant (part 1). $10,000 (minimum $10,000 match required) for programs that “extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations.”

Closing April 15. Penguin Random House Foundation Library Awards for Innovation. $1,000 – $10,000 plus $1000 in PRH books to public libraries (or school libraries serving the capacity of public libraries) “creating innovative community-based programs, which encourage citizens to participate and support reading initiatives that connect libraries with their community.”

Closing April 20th. Snapdragon Book Foundation Grant. $500 – $20,000 to improve school libraries for disadvantaged children (primarily project-based collection development).

Closes May 1st. Girls Who Code Club Fund. $300 for existing Girls Who Code clubs for experiences encouraging girls to get excited about learning computer science.

Closes May 4th.  Sara Jaffarian School Library Program Award for Exemplary Humanities Programming. $5000 to a “school library that has conducted an exemplary program or program series in the humanities during the prior school year.”

For the complete record of scholarships, grants, and other award opportunities posted in SAYL Mail, visit the SGA Archives.

Employment Opportunities

Librarian, North Pole High School, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

Additional and up-to-date information at Alaska Teacher Placement

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

The following webinars are no cost and run approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Opportunities not fitting your schedule? Many of these webinars will later be available as archives.

Monday, March 19th, 11:30 – noon – Shopping for Titles in Marketplace (K-12) [OverDrive]

Tuesday, March 20th, 3pm – Your State Association Supporting AASL Standards for Your Local Context [AASL]

Wednesday, March 21st, 7am – NCompass Live: Reading Diversely [Nebraska Library Commission]

Wednesday, March 21st, 10am – LGBTQAI+ Books to Share, Conversations to Have [Association for Library Services to Children]

Wednesday, March 21st, 1pm Makerspace Successes, Makerspace Challenges [edWeb]

Thursday, March 22nd, 10am – The Newest Graphic Novels: What’s Hot for Spring [School Library Journal]

Thursday, March 22nd, 1:30pm – In Depth With the New AASL Standards, Part III [AASL]

Monday, March 26th, noon – Securing Grant Funding for Your STEAM and Coding Programs [edWEb]

Tuesday, March 27th, 10am – Boosting STEM Engagement Through Play [Booklist]

Tuesday, March 27th, 11am – Contests, Campaigns & Incentives: Ideas to Engage Students with Reading [School Library Journal]

Wednesday, March 28th, 11am – Robotics, Maker Spaces, and Mixed Reality, Oh, My! [School Library Journal]

Wednesday, March 28th, noon – Integrating Digital Literacy into Core Subject Areas [edWeb]

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Save the Date! 

Seattle. Saturday, May 5th, 9am – 5pm PDT – School Library Journal’s Leadership Camp – Upskilling for the Next Generation ($159 – 199)

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

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A roundup of resources shared and questions asked on the Alaska School Librarians Facebook group. This is intended to give readers the chance to access resources at work if Facebook is filtered. Only timely questions, announcements, and links to non-Facebook resources are listed here.

3/3 – Check out my newest post on the Knowledge Quest blog about writing to your future self.

3/4 – I did this last year on my own but I’d love to do it again with students. Everyone should do this at least once.

3/4 – My latest AkASL Smore report – highlights of the ALA Youth Media Awards press conference. Take a peek and let me know what you think!

3/5 – Hello folks, I am continuing to investigate teacher-led schools. This link shows “areas of teacher autonomy”. I would be interested to find out which schools in our district may have some degree of teacher autonomy in the areas defined. I hope that if your school demonstrates any of these areas of autonomy that you will consider registering your school on the Teacherpowered website. Please keep me [Neva Arlene Reece] posted as well. Thank you!

3/6 – Anchorage librarians & union members! Forming a new committee on teacher-led schools! Message me [Neva Arlene Reece] or Comment below if interested!

3/10 – Anchorage librarians: I have been reading several posts on another page about the benefits of Follett book fairs and how they stack up to Scholastic. Everyone who has posted has great things to say about convenience of Follett setup and product quality.

3/11 – Excellent [Jason Reynolds Calls School Libraries “Places of Recognition for Young People” in New PSA]

3/13 – Please consider applying for the high school librarian position in North Pole, so share it with anyone you know who might be interested.

Almanac

March is Women’s History Month, and National Reading Awareness Month

March 16th is Freedom of Information Day

March 20th is World Storytelling Day

March 21st is World Poetry Day

March 26th is Seward’s Day – State Library is closed.

April is School Library Month

April is also National Poetry Month, and Music in Our Schools Month

April 8th-14th is National Library Week

April 10th is National Library Workers Day

April 12th is Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) Day

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The next issue will be March 29th. To share news, success stories, resources, and opportunities, please contact Jared Shucha. To get SAYL Mail updates sent to your inbox, request a subscription to the AkASL listserv and ask a colleague to do the same!

Jared Shucha
School Library Coordinator
jared.shucha@alaska.gov
(907) 465-8187
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