ESC Region 11 Library Services News

September 2020

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Professional Learning Opportunities

Monthly Virtual Librarian PLN Meetings

Region 11 Librarians are meeting virtually to share ideas, brainstorm solutions, and network with each other. Register to join us!

Are You a Solo Librarian?

If you are a solo librarian in your district or a small district librarian and would like to be a part of of a group of librarians in a similar situation, register to join us for these monthly meetings.

We will meet virtually each month throughout the fall.

More Learning Opportunities

Engage by Design Sessions

Are you looking to add digital tools to your toolbox? Are you looking for ways to support instruction? Take a look at the Engage by Design sessions offered throughout the fall.

AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

KidLit TV (PK-3rd Grade)

KidLit TV is a curation of resources to support literature for our younger students. There are video interviews of authors and illustrators, book trailers, and even a podcast. If you are looking for resources to support literacy for early elementary, check out this site.

TexQuest Resources to Support Teaching & Learning

TexQuest Resources to Support Remote Learning

TexQuest provides access to authoritative digital resources for educators, students, and students' immediate families in Texas K-12 public schools and open-enrollment charter schools. Using the TexQuest Navigator, students can access all resources with a single login. These resources are a perfect tool for supporting your students during school closings.

Now is the time to familiarize yourself with these resources and ensure your users have easy access. Tip: Create a quick screencast to show users how to access the resources.

If you need support or are unsure of your login, please email

Gale in Context: High School

If you aren't following @GaleSchools on Twitter, add this one to your list. You will get reminders about these educational resources and tips to share with teachers. Here is one of their recent tweets:

"Argumentative writing is a form of writing in which the author takes a position on an issue and attempts to persuade the reader to adopt the position. Gale In Context: High School lays out how this style of writing works in a new topic overview >> "

Discovery Education

Instructional Inspiration Channel

Have you checked out Discovery Education lately? The Instructional Inspiration Channel is a collection of grab-and-go lesson activities that combine Discovery Education content and strategies you love into a flexible format for modification or turnkey assignment.

If your district needs help with setting up a single sign-on for Discovery Education, reach out to Maria Collins ( for more information. Having easy access to this resource will be beneficial for both teachers and students.

#ESC11Librarians Are Doing AWESOME Things!

Don't forget to share the awesome things you are doing in the library and in your community! Remember to tag #esc11librarians so we can all learn from and celebrate with each other. Also, remember to promote your library program on the first day of each month for the #TxASL "Did You Know School Libraries..." monthly Twitter share.

ESC Region 11 Librarians - Stay Connected!

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