GCS Media Matters

Upcoming Task and Dates to Remember for this Week.

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This Week April 4-6

Remember our Extreme Transformation Challenge... Send before pictures to gruert@gcsnc.com

  • April National Poetry Month
  • April School Library Month
  • April 1 GCS Spring Break
  • April 4 Middle School Regional BOB Competition in Winston Salem
  • April 7 Media Services Distict Meeting 4:00- 6:00 Location: Smith High School Auditorium
  • April 8 Middle School Tablet Collection Meeting- WSA Room 301- 2:00-4:00
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Dates to Remember

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Annual Global Conference Survey DUE April 11th

The annual global conference for media specialists is April 27-28 at UNC-Chapel. This day and half workshop surveys emerging technologies and media content used to bring the world to North Carolina’s schools. The program is designed to help K-12 school librarians and technology facilitators better understand our interconnected world by learning with and through technology. The workshop also offers resources and hands-on strategies to increase and improve content, collection, and integration of global themes in the library. If you are interested in attending this all-expense paid conference, please complete the link below. Thanks.

Creating a Global Media Center Conference Survey

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NCWiseOwl Update

We are excited to announce that NCWiseOwl has undergone an update. Students and teachers will hopefully find the new site user-friendly and easy to navigate.

Please share with your staff and students are aware.

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Grant Opportunity

NEA's Books Across America Grants

Deadline: April 29

NEA's Books Across America is back with $1,000 grants for school libraries in need, thanks to a generous donation by Walden Media and The Weinstein Company. NEA members will be able to apply for one of 100 grants in the amount of $1,000, made available by the NEA Foundation to fund the purchase of diverse books and reading materials for under resourced school libraries.

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Parents can be enthusiastic eBook advocates, so make sure to involve them in your program. Here’s how.

Raise awareness

We have email templates, blog post suggestions and flyers to hand out at the next PTA meeting or parent night.

›› Find parent promotions


Encourage parents to read to their children and encourage children to read on their own. Hear from Michelle Luhtala, Head Librarian of New Canaan High School, CT, who highlights partnerships, programming and strategies to nurture at-home reading.

›› Watch the recording

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Perma-Bound now offers a service to help you stay on top of new releases from the most in-demand fiction series!

Series Tracker is designed to help you monitor when titles are released in a popular

series. It also provides a single, convenient location for you to access relevant series content.
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Give Five – Read Five Information

A school library media coordinator “expands and enhances the quantity and quality of students’ reading activities” (Standard 4, Element C, Accomplished)

The Give Five, Read Five Program, may support SLMCs as they implement this performance indicator.

We are excited about the many opportunities Give Five – Read Five and the new partnership with myON will bring to students this year. For more information, including resources designed to help schools and partners conduct local Give Five – Read Five initiatives, visit http://www.ncpublicschools.org/give5read5/ . Thank you for your interest in North Carolina’s Give Five – Read Five campaign. Your support will help students across our state return to school this fall better prepared to learn.

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DPI Lunch and Learn PD Opportunity

ITF "Pursues professional development opportunities outside the school and/or district to enhance professional practice" (Standard 5, Element B, Accomplished)

SLMC "Applies and implements knowledge and skills attained from professional development to improve the library program and their practice" (Standard 5, Element B, Accomplished)

Below is the link to register for the April 26th lunch and learns for our region. If you plan to attend, please register so that we can ensure adequate space and lunches. Registration is first come, first served, and each venue has an attendance cap. If you have any questions, please contact your regional DTL consultant.


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Webinar Opportunity

SLMC "works with teachers to implement a schoolwide research model" (Standard 4, Element B, Proficient).

I know that some of your school programs utilize the BIG6 research method. This upcoming webinar opportunity may be informative and support your SLMC evaluation as you implement their professional standards.


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We need your input

Many media specialist are in need of a good sub that knows Destiny and simple Library procedures. Do you know who to recommend?

Library Media Services

Have a wonderful week!