ETLS November Newsletter

Lisa Lund, Director of ETLS

ETLS Mission Statement

We liberate teaching and learning through culturally responsive and inclusive integration of technology and library resources.

Shout Out to Kacie Close at Holm Elementary for Celebrating Book Joy!

Professional Learning

In response to feedback from library staff, we are planning an in-person gathering for November/December. We will host the event at Stanley Marketplace and we will send a survey this month to determine a time/day.

Additionally, please save the date for the Bi-Monthly Tech Teacher Meet on November 2nd from 3:30-4:30! This optional gathering will be a space where great technology teaching and projects can be shared, as well as an opportunity to highlight outstanding student work.

Meet link:

Seesaw for Learning

Seesaw is a great tool for teachers to engage their students in many different ways. Please check out this Seesaw for Learning poster for a few ideas you can use in your K-5 classroom.

For additional support, please reach out to your digital coach.

Celebrating Cultural Moments

Denver Public Schools strives to recognize cultures and identities year-round. With equity as our core identity, we aim to celebrate the significant cultural moments of our students and staff, especially those that have not been historically and consistently recognized.

In preparation for Transgender Week of Awareness November 13-19, the Collection Development team has curated these resources of recommended books, events and resources. Please share widely with your schools!

DPS MyTech Podcast

New DPS MyTech Podcast episode drops in November! Folks, we had so much content and so many people with things to say about Devious Licks and Social Media that we are putting out a Part 2 of our first episode in November! In the new episode, you’ll hear from a high school principal, a student council, a middle school assistant principal, and a 7th grade student who are navigating this strange and challenging school year. On and offline, social media, school culture, and digital citizenship complicate what it means to be a student during this pandemic, which we’re still experiencing. I hope you’ll check out what they have to say. In the meantime, you can find Episode 1 on Anchor, Spotify, and Apple Podcasts. And wherever you’re listening, please give us a rating and share this with your friends and colleagues. Stay tuned!

Click HERE or on the logo at right to listen!

November Kindness "Challenge"

In contrast to the Devious Licks TikTok shenanigans that the MyTech Podcast has covered, here's a calendar of ideas to promote healthy connections and encouraging acts for the month of November. [Original source]
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DPS Ed Tech PDU Cohort - Reimagining School through Technology Integration that Drives A Culturally Responsive Classroom

The EdTech team is offering a PDU opportunity designed to support teachers in implementing the six CRE mindsets through instructional technology. This PDU runs concurrently with the PL Series we have available already, but in case teachers are not able to attend our live PL sessions on Teal Day, they also have an opportunity to engage with the materials asynchronously. Teachers are able to register through Learning Space here or by searching “Classroom Technology Integration that Drives Culturally Responsive Education PDU”. Please reach out to your digital coach for more information!

The Latinx Kidlit Book Festival

The Latinx Kidlit Book Festival is December 9th-10th! Wondering how to incorporate festival programming into your library or classroom? Below are three ways to bring the excitement of the festival into your school:

Attend the Wednesday Educator’s Night:
In #DISRUPTTEXTS: FINDING LATINX TEXTS THAT FIT YOUR CURRICULUM we’ll discuss questions of voices—authors or characters—that are marginalized or missing in our classrooms, how our biases affect the way we teach and engage with students, how a text perpetuates or subverts dominant power dynamics and ideologies, and how we ask students to wrestle with these tensions. Together, we’ll gain insights and discuss actionable strategies for bringing Latinx texts into your classroom.

Get You Students Involved--Send Us Students' Questions:
Want to give your students a chance to have an author or illustrator answer their questions during a festival panel? Want to win a classroom set of books? Then send us student questions for our authors and illustrators! Ask your students to submit questions for our festival participants. If selected they will be entered into a drawing to win books for their classroom. Video questions will receive priority--and what student wouldn’t want to see their recording in a panel with their favorite author or illustrator? What to know more about our authors before sending in a question? Check out their FlipGrid introductions!

Use A Lesson from Our Festival Educator Guides!
Help guide your students through this virtual field trip by using our Common Core Educator Guides! Bring the festival into the classroom with guided questions, writing prompts, and more, which are suitable for all ages K-12 and tailored to connect with festival programming.
Want to work with your students on elements of writing? These mini-lessons from our award-winning festival authors use their own work as mentor texts and connect with a common core teaching standard, so you will be able to incorporate them seamlessly into your lesson plan--in English and in Spanish!

For more information about the Latinx Kidlit Book Festival, click HERE.

Digital Citizenship School Programs

Digital coaches have been supporting DPS schools in the organization and delivery of Digital Citizenship sessions for students and parents. Some quotes from the students about what they learned:

"I learned more about digital footprints and how as a 6th grader we're starting to really shape them."

"I learned how to be a better person online and what information not to give out"

If you'd like to host one of these events at your school, please reach out to your digital coach.

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Library Grant Opportunity

The Laura Bush Foundation is offering library grants again this year. Last year, five of our DPS schools received a $5,000 grant for new books!

Public school applicants must be Title 1 to be eligible. Deadline is December 31st. Find the application here:

Authentic Spanish Language Books

In search of authentic, high quality Spanish language books to add to your library collection? Lorito Books has created elementary, middle school, and high school lists of recommended titles especially for DPS libraries. Contact your Collection Development specialist or Suzi Tonini at to learn more about including Spanish language books in your library mill levy order.

Denver Public Library Updates

DPL is looking to connect with 13-18 year old youth in our community to engage in a conversation about banning and belonging. Conversations will take place on a weekday evening between late October and mid-November. Each conversation will run approximately 90 minutes. Dinner and a $50 gift card will be provided for each participant. Visit for more information.
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Follett Supply Chain and Shipping Update

Due to supply chain delays, staffing challenges in the Follett service center, and the high influx of orders with schools starting, there are significant delays in shipping Follett orders. (Similar to other supply chains, many of Follett's vendor partners are also experiencing material and sourcing delays, which Follett relies on to fulfill our orders.) We anticipate shipping delays will continue for at least the next several months.

As soon as orders arrive to Acoma, our Library Services team will process and deliver books to your school as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Lisa Lund, Director of Educational Technology & Library Services