Check-It Out February 2021

Dallas ISD LMS Newsletter

Is designed to share innovative practices, great things happening in our libraries, and to recognize the excellent work you are doing for our students.


We're proud of Elizabeth Reed-Smith Librarian at Oliver Elementary. She was invited to be part of a librarian panel for the Jan. 28th webinar, 2021 Vision: Change and Growth in School Libraries & Media Centers, for the Institute of Museum & Library Services to the Texas State Library & Archives Commission! Click to view recording of the webinar. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile: Models & Supports Collaboration
Thanks to a donation from KPMG's Family Literacy initiative, Ms. McCorcle was awarded $700 to use in First Book Marketplace. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile: Supports, Supplements, & Elevates Learner's Literacy

Student Leila Serratos from Longfellow Career Exploration Academy thinks her Librarian Mr. Hood is Great "because he is very hardworking, and cares about the school and the people in it!" Dallas ISD Librarian Profile: Provides a Conducive & Safe Environment and Engenders Inclusiveness & Diversity

Donors' Choose & Amazon Business gave funds to purchase new chapter books. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile: Supports, Supplements, & Elevates Learner's Literacy
Leesonia Rutledge Librarian from Onesimo Hernandez Montessori Academy was granted sanitizing supplies from Donors' Choose & Delta Dental Community Care Foundation for her Sanitizing My Learning lesson. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile: Provides a Conducive & Safe Learning Environment
Library Media Services Specialist, DeNeene Henderson, is now an International Society for Technology in Education Certified! YAHOO, way to go!! Dallas ISD Librarian Profile: Models & Supports Collaboration and Supports, Supplements, & Elevates Learners' Literacies including Digital Citizenship and Ethical Behavior

Dynamic librarians

Susan Mauldin, Kimball HS Librarian, enhanced student engagement by gamifying the check for understanding part of an info literacy lesson. Students enjoyed the alternative method of questioning and were able to retain more of the concepts. AASL Standard: Engage.Grow

Melanie Conner, Carter HS Librarian, shared a SMORE newsletter with her students that gives them information about accessing databases. AASL Standard: Curate.Think

Wilmer Hutchins HS librarian coach, Valerie Tagoe, sent a thorough reminder email to her coachee. The email included what the coachee committed to in the last conversation as well as all of the meeting details and links! e2L Coach PLS Standard: Relationships

Amethyst McArthur Librarian at Travis Vanguard created a shared drive for her school because the school did not have a drive. She then used the drive to post a SORA tutorial on how to access and use SORA as a research tool. AASL Standard: Include.Create

Lisa Robinson, O.W. Holmes Librarian, has worked diligently with the students who are reporters for their campus newspaper, to get it up and running. The Tiger Tales Newspaper highlights academic, athletic success, and community partnerships. With her guidance, they are learning about the importance of traditions. AASL Standard: Inquire.Create

Toni Crawford, South Oak Cliff HS Librarian, has done an excellent job writing advisory lessons for the whole campus. Through these lessons she has embedded library instruction. Through these lessons she was able to teach students how to access eBooks. As a result there was an increase in eBook circulation between November to January with 109 titles checked-out. AASL Standards: Inquire.Grow

Dallas ISD Library Media Services Coordinator Belinda Jacks has done an incredible job of appreciating and celebrating her coachees during this trying time. When asked how her conversations with librarians are going, Belinda responded, "I find our conversations inspiring!" Belinda explained that she has been so impressed and proud of the way librarians have responded to challenges in order to provide great learning experiences for students. Belinda's growth mindset is an example for all coaches! e2L Coach PLS Standard: Life Ready Skills

SEL Book Club

Now open to all students, Tuesday’s are K-3, & Thursday’s are 3rd-5th at 4:00 p.m. Click to register. We have done our maiden month and are now launching. Also we need more presenters. If you were on the first group of readers and want to jump in, please contact Gay Patrick.

School stars promotion contest

How do you promote SORA? Let OverDrive know and you could be the lucky winner.

  • 2021 Catagories
  • Promotion must occur during 2020-21 school year
  • May have 5 entries per school
  • Must provide evidence: video, photos, screenshots, student testimony
  • All School Stars entrants are eligible for a Sora Marketing Kit
  • Best Overall Grant Prize is $2500
  • Online entry form, 1 form per entry
  • Deadline to submit is March 31, 2021

Bluebonnet award voting

  • Voting is now open until Feb. 15th.
  • Register teachers before voting begins
  • Conduct voting: Go to the link above select Public School - Dallas ISD - your school - 'Student Voting' radio button
  • Submit your school's votes to TLA: Go to the link above select Public School - Dallas ISD - your school - 'Submit Ballots to TLA' radio button - forgot PIN & enter your school's PIN. Select 'Go to Ballot Submission' enter the person reporting & 'SUBMIT'.
  • Contact Lynn DeFord, Jordan Elem, if you have questions at BTurner1@dallasisd.org

Infosy fOUNDATION 2021 Infy Maker Awards Contest

  • $10,000 grant with the focus on projects empowering students to engage in hands-on learning through making
  • Library, School, Youth Organization, or Museum may apply
  • Application preview
  • Contest rules
  • Deadline to submit online application March 2, 2021 @ 7:00 pm CST

librarian wellness matters

  • Pause, take a moment & breath
  • Write 1 thing you're grateful for at the end of the day
  • Set your boundaries - What can you control? What adjustments can you make?
  • Be mindful of your own wellbeing and take care of yourself!
Created By
Tabatha Sustaita-Robb


Created with images by Unknown - "Royalty Free Bored Stock Photos | rawpixel" • Unknown - "Chinese New Year Dragon · Free photo on Pixabay" • Elizabeth Reed-Smith webinar image & TX. State Library & Archives Commission logo - Institute of Museum & Library Services * Librarian Panel photo - Tabatha Sustaita-Robb * First Book & KFFL logo * Dianne McCorcle photo * My Librarian is Great! Leila Serratos * Donors'Choose.org logo * Lynn DeFord photo * Sanitation Supplies, Getting Hand Sanitized, and Boy Wiping book photos by Leesonia Rutledge * ISTE Certified Educator badege provided by DeNeene Henderson * Bright Spots written by DeNeene Henderson, Karen Harris, Richelle O'Neil, Tabatha Sustaita-Robb, Tracie Walker-Reed, and Valerie Tagoe * * JessBaileyDesign - "literature book bindings page" • JillWellington - "little girl reading garden child" • OverDrive logo * 13467596 - "bluebonnet blue bonnet flower" * OwlKidsbooks.com poster - "What Feelings are YOU Feeling Today?"