Library News Blast February 2016

Flushing High School Library Media Center

Happy February!!

February is known for Black History Month. Check out some highlights from our Black History Collection, like Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, which highlights her life during the 60s and 70s. The Pact by Drs. Davis, Jenkins and Hunt, 3 friends who grew up together in Newark and became doctors or a picture book about George Washington Carver by Tonya Bolden. I also created a book list of popular books in our collection.

Interesting Websites and Professional Development Opportunities

For Social Studies and English and Science teachers: "The Global Oneness Project offers a beautiful collection of multicultural films, photo essays, and articles that 'explore cultural, social, and environmental issues with a humanistic lens.' Many of the featured stories are paired with a lesson plan for high school or college classrooms, aligned with Common Core and national standards."

For Science teachers who want to know more about the science standards: The NGSS website,, has a brand new look and more levels of utility. The revamped website has a host of new features for parents, teachers, school administrators, and other advocates of the NGSS.

For anyone who can use timelines in their class: Hstry is a multimedia timeline creation tool that will work on your laptop, Chromebook, iPad or tablet. Students can interact and comment on peer timelines. Use a variety of media to highlight important biographical, historical, or literary events in chronological order. Add in video, images, audio, and text to the events these engaging timeline. Grades: 3-12 "

Great Opportunity for an art and social studies teacher to partner together....Hurry, first PD is Feb. 29

Ticket for Two Professional Development Series: American Identity? at the Brooklyn Museum and the National Museum of the American Indian

This popular series is a collaboration between the Office of Arts and Special Projects and the Social Studies Department.

Registration is now open for this two-part series and it fills up very quickly!

Each event is a full-day and registrants are expected to attend both days:
· February 29th at the Brooklyn Museum

· May 17th at the National Museum of the American Indian.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must register with a person who teaches social studies at your school.

This event is open only to PAIRS of teachers: One art teacher + one social studies
teacher per school.

Register here:

Please contact Sahar Mirsepassi at with any questions.