SLS Weekly Update

November 27, 2020

Thank you

Hello all,

I know 2020 has been a crazy year, but we have made it to a day of great thanks. I am so thankful for all of you, the amazing work that you do for your students every day, the relationships that I am building with you and that we are getting through this together.

Please take this time to rest, take care of yourselves and know that you are so valued and appreciated.

Happy Thanksgiving,


Regents Advisory Council- Role of School Librarians in Remote and Hybrid Instruction

The Regents Advisory Council presentation on The Role of School Librarians in Remote and Hybrid Instruction on November 18th was a great success. Co-hosted by the School Library Systems Association (SLSA) of New York State and the New York State Library, the program showcased exemplary programs and services from librarians and systems from across the state for the Regents and a diverse audience.

Computer Science Education Week

Celebrate CS EdWeek 2020 with a new

Hour of Code activity from CS First - no internet or devices needed!

December 7th-13th

Google has just released its latest CS First activity as part of this year’s Hour of Code, a celebration of Computer Science Education Week which starts on December 7! Hour of Code™ activities may look different in 2020 for many teachers, students, and families, so to support a variety of learning environments, CS First created a new lesson that can be used completely offline and without a computer. CS First Unplugged includes a printable booklet that contains three computational thinking activities in which students (grades 4-8) learn about how computer science helps us communicate and stay connected with people around the world.

Check out the CS First’s Hour of Code lessons

For those looking to participate in Hour of Code with a connected device, CS First’s Dialogue lesson is a great one to engage with this year. This beginner-friendly activity includes video-based instruction to guide students as they program a conversation between two characters. They’ll use Scratch, a block-based coding language, to animate and bring their story to life with movement, dialogue and more.

CS First Unplugged and Dialogue are both available in English and Spanish. Lesson plans and solution guides for teachers (or parents and guardians!) are provided so that anyone can teach and learn with Hour of Code™ -- no prior CS experience required.