Volume 14 - Spring 2020: A Spring to Remember
How Can We Help?
This Beecher Feature will highlight some of the resources shared since mid March. Your Decatur Central HS library team has been working behind the scenes with the Indiana Library Federation, Lucinda Nord and a host of other school librarians who are working diligently to provide appropriate resources to their own populations. Additionally, and certainly of great importance, we are collaborating more than ever with our community partners at the Indianapolis Public Library....more on that later!
Keep Reading, DC!
Resources to promote continued reading (and sharing!)
DCHS Book Bingo
The bingo game has been emailed to DCHS teachers and administration team and posted on the DCHS Media Center webpage. It was also Tweeted from the @dmbeecher Twitter account (*ahem* follow!). Students should have received the bingo game via their CCR teachers. The instructions for the game are on the game board. If you need some help or guidance, we are happy to help!
Decatur Central Reads Flipgrid
Axis 360, Libby, Overdrive, Flipster, Hoopla, Teen Book Cloud, Tumble Book Library, Tumble Math....whew!
Our own partner, IndyPL offers us a host of platforms to engage in eBooks, audio books, video, and magazines - all free with your Indianapolis Public Library card!
Newsela - Lesson Sparks
Take some time to check out what these collections have to offer while they are free. They are standards based, and adjustable according to your students' Lexile. Assessments are customizable too! If you have never used the Lesson Sparks feature, check out the video that we created for one of our own DC Choice teachers, Leslie Fairchild.
Interactive eBooks - Great for eLearning!!!
Lightboxes to the Rescue!
A quick guide....
Virtual Conference Series - Get your PD ON!
Workshop sessions will arm you with tools to help your learners be successful in the virtual classrooms. The extra cool factor? Decatur Central's very own Kayla Gerlach of the Choice Academy is the Operations Engineer for CWI and has played a key role in the development of the virtual conference. We are #DecaturProud!
Register for May 16th Conference and gain Member access to reduced rates for all upcoming events and Institutes, along with innovative educational resources from our partners and contributors. Upcoming conference dates include: May 16 and June 6.
Em Bailey Author Visit
The second session was specifically for teachers and students who read one of her most recent Rosie books, The Special Ones. Students and teachers were invited to the session and question Mrs. Bailey about her process and thoughts regarding this spooky tale! Her transparency was deeply appreciated as she shared her struggles with writing YA fiction. The Special Ones has been very popular at DCHS so if you would like to read it, you can NOW via Axis 360! A special thanks to the teachers who helped promote and joined in the session: Haley Campbell, Patrick Soltys-Curry, Kayla Gerlach, Kamille Jacobs, and Emily Blue-Trepton.
Don't Miss This!
The Everywhere Book Fest is a virtual celebration of authors, books, and readers that brings the book festival experience to everyone!
On May 1-2, the book festival will open its virtual doors and unveil two free full days of live and pre-recorded sessions with your favorite picture book, middle grade, and young adult authors.
Check out the festival schedule here.