Media Matters

January 22, 2015

Free Books for Read Across America

The final deadline for Free Books for Read Across America Day is February 15th, 2015.

The Literacy Empowerment Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, invites your school or other literacy project to apply for FREE books for Read Across America Day. During the past year, LEF has distributed over 3,000,000 books to schools all across the country for Read Across America Day and other literacy projects.

Free Books for Read Across America Day: Order Form at

Resources are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Orders must be received by February 15th, 2015.

Please share this information with your fellow educators!

Questions about how the program works? Call us at: 610-719-6448

1311 West Chester Pike
West Chester, PA 19382
Phone: 610-719-6448
Web site:

Request from Kathy Parker at NCDPI

Please read the information below and complete the survey.

SLMCs "actively seek ongoing professional development to improve their practice and the effectiveness of the library media program” (Standard 5, Element B)


I'm considering leading a monthly or bimonthly school library media broadcast and value your thoughts and those of your SLMCs. The broadcast may be a recorded webcast, live webinar archived for later viewing, or a mix. The content of the broadcast will vary depending on needs expressed by the library media field. The duration will be 30 mins.-1 hour depending on the content. The target audience for the broadcast will be NC school library media coordinators, but depending on the topic, it may also be relevant to instructional technology facilitators and/or other library media and technology stakeholders.

Please take a couple of minutes to share your thoughts with me through the linked form, and disseminate this to your SLMCs so that I can consider their input as I plan. Thanks.


Opportunity from UNCG

The following text is from an email sent to the NCSLMA Google group via Anne Akers:

Beginning in the summer of 2015, the Department of Library and Information Studies (LIS) at UNC-Greensboro along with the Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations Department (ELC) in the School of Education will be pleased to offer online coursework leading to the NC School Library Supervisor add-on license (078).

Potential candidates for this program must be fully licensed with current 076 school library licensure and have worked as a school librarian for a minimum of three years.

Candidates for the license must complete nine (9) graduate semester hours online that include a required library supervisor course and two other leadership courses of the candidate’s choosing. Summer Session II runs from June 18 through July 24. The plan of study is listed below:

SUM II 2015
LIS 694 Supervision: School System Library Programs (3) (Required)

Choose two (2) administration/ed leadership courses:

FALL 2015
ELC 670 Leadership for Teaching and Learning (3)
ELC 688 21st Century Teaching, Learning, and Leading (3)
​ELC 700 Critical Perspectives on Education, Leadership, & Culture (3)

ELC 694 Cultural & Political Dimensions of Schooling (3)
​ELC 750 Seminar in Education Law (3)
​ELC 751 Cases & Concepts in Educational Administration (3)

​SUM or FALL 2016​
ELC 752 Theories of Educational Administration (3)

TOTAL: 9 semester hours
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To apply to this licensure-only program you must submit the following to the UNCG Graduate School by April 1, 2015:

Spring 2015: Instructor-Facilitated Online Courses from NCDPI

Looking for feedback from your peers? Districts or individuals may participate in Cross-district Strategic Solutions statewide topic based forums. The purpose of Cross-district Strategic Solutions sessions is to build a problem-solving, solution-generating Professional Learning Network of educators open to district leaders, administrators, teachers, counselors and coaches across the state.

During the forum sessions, district teams, individual teachers, administrators and other educators may introduce or acquaint others with a challenging issue and receive feedback from other participants across the state by asking clarifying questions and sharing strategies for success. Each forum session will be facilitated by Professional Development Consultants from the NCDPI, using a consultancy protocol. To view an example of a Cross-district Strategic Solutions forum, visit

Following is a schedule of webinar topics and registration links. Each webinar is scheduled from 3:15-4:30 p.m.:
Jan. 20 – Effective Implementation of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program,
Jan. 22 – PLCs and Common Assessment Development,;jsessionid=abckvCjJBN72t_wA0BVRu
Jan. 29 – Progress Monitoring in Elementary School Science,
Feb. 17 – Differentiation for All Learners,
Feb. 18 – Instructional Diversity for Differentiation in Grades 3-8,

Should you have any questions, please email Heather Stewart at

How School Library Staff Can Increase Student Achievement

An Internet Hotlist on Collaboration Ideas that Work

Created by Deborah B. Ford
Junior Library Guild

A principal once told me, "Don't tell me about Alaska, Colorado, or Florida. Show me that what you do matters." School libraries impact student achievement. The following resources will give you ideas about how to go about making your case and improving your program.

The Internet Resources

AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner - In an effort to prepare students to succeed in the 21st century, AASL developed standards that help students to use the best resources, tools and and skills.
Common Core State Standards - With less than a dozen more to go, these state adopted standards states to create the next generation of K–12 standards in order to help ensure that all students are college and career ready in literacy no later than the end of high school.
Crosswalk for the Common Core State Standards and AASL Standards - See tables at a glance to determine how the Common Core State Standards align with AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner.
K-12 Standardized Testing - Providing a plethora of information about standardized testing, K12 Academics has information about many types of testing as well as links to testing sites.
K-12 State Testing Resources - EDinformatics provides links to sample test questions, standards and testing dates for many states.
National and State Standards @ Curriculum World - Located in one hotlist, Curriculum World bookmarks the Common Core Standards as well as National voluntary standards, such as those set by national professional organizations in the content areas. There are also links to each state's standards.

Time Savers
Templates for Game Boards - Download Damon's powerpoint versions of Jeopardy, How to be a Millionaire and Weakest Link to jazz up your classes.
AASL Advocacy Brochures - AASL has created ready to use and provided templates for brochures to speak to different types of people to create advocates for school libraries.
Audacity - Free recording software for use in making narration for podcasts.
Catpin Productions - Create tests that help students practice testing format by using bubble answer sheets.
Collaboration Checklist - As part of the Tools of the Trade Series in LMC, Carl A. Harvey II writes a one page worksheet to be sure librarians know what they need in a collaboration project.
Common Core Curriculum Digital Resources - An exhaustive list of 2.0 digital resources to support the teaching of common core curriculum standards.
Cool Tools for Schools - An amazing list of online technology tools for using Web 2.0 resources.
Kathy Schrock's Guide to Educators: Rubrics - Why reinvent the wheel? This site gives you ready to use 'road tested' links to already prepared rubrics.
Libraries Matter Wiki - Deborah B. Ford's library wiki has a new page on Collaboration. Look here for ready to use word documents, lessons and PowerPoints.
NoodleTools - Format your bibliography in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian style
RubiStar - Create a rubrics by simply filling in the blanks on this site. You can also just use someone else's creation. Sign up for free access.
Rubrics for Teachers, K-12 - Though it does have ads, this free site has ready to use rubrics cateogorized by subject, term and level.
Tests and Assessments - Part of Cool Tools,this URL provides links to sites for creating tests and rubrics at the click of your mouse hand- including a bubble answer sheet!
Transforming Teaching Through Technology - As part of their focus on using technology, Jordan School District has produced a useful page on using rubrics on their site, including a lesson on how to teach your students to make one.
Understanding Rubrics - Find out the basics of using, creating and evaluating rubrics in instruction.
Web 2.0 Cool Tools for Schools - An award winning site with links to research and collaborative 2.0 tools.

Libraries Matter Blog - Deborah B. Ford's library blog has posts about everything you need to run a library. Find out about the latest thing by catching up on your reading here. Join the blog!
Simple K-12 - For a wealth of ideas about using educational technology, check out Simple K-12. There are many free resources, but they also offer a membership with many more benefits.
Tween Tribune - Middle schoolers can respond to popular news stories. Get your students to read, write and think.


ALA Advocacy and Legislation - For everything from toolkits to legislation, ALA has resources that are ready to use to ensure you have people on your side.
Dana Middle How to do Research - Links for students and teachers to use while doing research. Includes a link to an online outline maker.

ALA Copyright tools - From a Fair Use Evaluation program to Fair Use, ALA has gathered tools for learning and teaching about copyright.
ANTHILL Guide to Research - LaDawna Harrington writes about a 7 step research process.
Association of College and Research Libraries - A division of ALA, this link leads you to a plethora of resources related to the teaching of ethical research behavior.
Citation Machine - A free online source for creating citations.
Copyright and Citations - Part of Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators, scroll down for links to information about copyright along with lesson plans for teaching it to your students.
Cyberbee - In addition to ideas for using the internet with elementary students, Cyberbee has an interactive test on copyright guidelines.
EasyBib - A free website that creates bilbliographical citations
Independent Investigation Method - A model of research for primary and secondary students, IIM is a 7 step research process. - Owned by iParadigm, this resource for educators provides resources for teaching the prevention of plagiarism.
Proquest Guide to Mini-Research Models and Strategies - This 28 page document is the work of Proquest staff and librarians on teaching students to think critically and how to prevent plagiarism.
Research Models for Elementary Students - Links to several types of research method are included on Nelson Elementary's (Denton ISD)website.
Research Models that Engage College Students - A report from Harold Washington College in which they report their project that had students do 'real' research.
School Libraries Work - Updated in 2008, Scholastic provides a brief synopsis of the research in how school libraries impact student achievement.
The Big 6 - Big6 is a six-stage model to help anyone solve problems or make decisions by using information. - This commercial online product allows students to upload their work so that teachers can check it for originality and grade it.

Collaborative Units
Bowie Elementary Library Media Services - Wonderful research projects from this elementary school in Richardson ISD in Texas.
High Tech High- Project Based Learning - This web-based high school in San Diego uses PBL for students to complete their course work.
Project Based Learning - All the resources you need to design and manage high quality projects for middle and high school students.
University of San Diego PBL - Globalizing education, these project based learning which often involves peer collaboration, a strong emphasis on critical thinking and communication skills, and interdisciplinary learning.