Supporting excellence in school library programs supporting improved student learning.
|Beth Geatrakas (Morrisville-Eaton MS/HS Librarian) Nominated Mike Drahos (M-E Superintendent) for 2015 SLS Administrator of the Year Award
Nomination video clip part 1. Nomination video clip part 2.
Superintendent, Mike Drahos' Acceptance Speech
Selection of Authentic Texts for Common Core Instruction: Guidance and a List of Resources for Text Selection:
Libraries and librarians are also great resources.Your school librarian is likely an under-tapped resource with many library catalogs searchable by Lexile. Your librarian can lead you to a plethora of appropriate materials for learning centers, online access of articles, complexity tools and more. NYS School Library Systems Association has led a resource aggregation for many additional resources to meet the Common Core Learning Standards and curriculum modules. Please visit the following site for an example of such a site:
From SLJ Summitt and Mike Eisenberg: http://www.slj.com/2015/10/schools/teach-more-librarian-less-becoming-essential-panel-at-the-slj-leadership-summit/#_
How might teacher librarians reimagine their positions to help meet strategic student learning needs? This was the main focus of the panel discussion “Become Essential” at the SLJ Leadership Summit in Seattle on September 26th.
Today the US Senate today voted 98 – 0 in favor of the bi-partisan Reed-Cochran Amendment to S. 1177, the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015. This amendment will explicitly make effective school library programs part of the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Prior to the vote, both Sens. Jack Reed (D-RI) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) spoke eloquently in support of this amendment and the importance of school libraries. Their work has been invaluable in garnering attention for the important role that an effective school library program plays in a student’s education.
Next steps for this bill will be: continued discussion on the Senate floor, a Senate vote, and then -- once the House has finished work on its own H.R. 5 -- the House and Senate will appoint a conference committee to resolve any disagreements and arrive at a bill that both can agree on. (Facebook)
School libraries are
HUGELY important! Every child doesn’t have the ability to walk to their
public library on their own; they have to rely on adults to take them, and some
parents are too busy to make this a priority. Perhaps they’re working two jobs
and they’re exhausted at the end of the day. Perhaps they aren’t readers
themselves and don’t understand the importance of exposing their child to a
world of books and starting them down the path to being lifelong readers.
But kids always have access to books in their school libraries. At least,
this has been the case in the past. Unfortunately, school budget cuts in
some school districts are threatening this heretofore most reliable source of
books. They don't see how vital school libraries are to education.
Schools without libraries would be like a daily diet of only meat and
potatoes--no fruits, no whole grain breads, no fresh vegetables or yummy
desserts. The meals would keep hunger at bay, but they wouldn't result in
a healthy, well-nourished child.