Curate and Include Lessons That Honor Jacqueline Woodson
Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:00:27 +0000

Jacqueline Woodson was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2018 and 2019. As a writer, she changes the way her readers think and feel. As a champion for children’s literature, she will continue to reach our hearts... Read More ›

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4 Words Can Change Your Whole Day
Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:00:14 +0000

You gotta love Facebook. Really. From the ridiculous to the sublime and all the variations in between – and I’m totally ignoring the horrible or otherwise negative here – there are moments we can savor together. Early in the fall,... Read More ›

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What’s a Hashtag?
Fri, 12 Jan 2018 14:00:10 +0000

In last month’s post, What is a #ConnectedEducator, we looked at a few ways we can become more connected virtually and share online. Being a connected educator is one of the best ways to build your personal learning network, connect... Read More ›

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School Librarians’ Knowledge: What We Bring to the Curricular Table
Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:00:35 +0000

Twenty-first century school librarians are both heirs and path-breakers. As heirs, they draw from a rich tradition of school library philosophy and pedagogy, including building diverse collections, fostering one-on-one relationships with individual students as readers and researchers, and empowering students... Read More ›

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Review of the Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better
Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:00:39 +0000

Library space, librarians, and instructional time are too frequently railroaded by the testing regime, so reviewing The Testing Charade by Daniel Koretz seems appropriate to the Knowledge Quest forum. When George W. Bush ran for president in 2000, he boasted about the... Read More ›

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Readability or Content?
Tue, 09 Jan 2018 14:00:57 +0000

A few weeks ago the California Department of Education and members of the Recommended Literature Committee scheduled a phone conference to discuss the issue of reading levels and age appropriateness. We were concerned that younger students with high Lexile/AR levels... Read More ›

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Demystifying Librarian Leadership: Five Ways to Find Your Leadership Voice
Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:00:01 +0000

We keep saying it amongst ourselves: librarians are leaders. But, midyear, when we are up to our necks in winter routine, an ambiguous word like “leadership” can intimidate the most confident of us. I mean, let’s face it: we don’t... Read More ›

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Explore How to Advocate through Coalitions in the Jan/Feb Issue
Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:00:14 +0000

The focus of this issue of Knowledge Quest is Advocacy through Coalitions. School librarians must advocate for school libraries everywhere. Often the most effective advocacy method is joining groups or larger organizations that have the power to influence legislation. By... Read More ›

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NC Kids Digital Library: PL Directors Launch Innovative New Digital Reading Program Statewide
Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:00:45 +0000

When I first heard about the upcoming launch of the NC Digital Kids Library in February of this year, I knew it was going to be great. But what I didn’t know is what a game changer this was going... Read More ›

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The thrill of discovery: collaboration, literacies, and curricula
Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:00:38 +0000

A key focus in my library this year is collaboration. I am currently teaming up with the world languages department and the school’s administration as they re-design curricula. As I participate in this collective endeavor, I am also learning a... Read More ›

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