Check-It out March 2021

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African American Read-In

The African American Read-In was a huge success! The event highlighted African American authors, read alouds, and inspiration to go after your dreams!

The Racial Equity Office and Teaching Learning would like your feedback. Would you please gather information to complete this survey for your campus? The data collected will assist in making decisions on next year's event and upcoming purchases. Please complete the survey by March 5, 2021. If you have any additional questions, please contact Ariss Rider, Director of Schools, Community, and Partner Engagement.

Did you and your students enjoy the African American Read-In? How are you having your students reflect on this amazing event? Share their reflections on social media and don't forget to use tags and hashtags such as @DISD_Libraries, @DASLORG, @DallasISDLeads, @DISDREO, #studentvoice, #librariesmatter, #AASLStandards, and #imatterwematterwordsmatter


We are proud of Pamela Rambert Librarian at Mark Twain School for the Talented & Gifted was featured on the Dallas ISD News Hub. She discussed how she got creative to serve her students in a pandemic. Click to read article. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile: Designs Instruction for a Range of Learners & Supports, Supplements, and Elevates Learners' Literacy
Ms. Ballard-Moore was awarded $3000 from Toyota Drive Teacher Grant to create Take 'N Make, take home maker style kits. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile: Models & Facilitates Innovative Thinking for Problem Solving
LaShonda Roberson Librarian at Quintanilla STEAM Academy received kudos from her Principal and $200 from her ED, Mr. Hussain, for organizing the High School Night at her campus. Ms. Roberson plans to use the funds to purchase a green screen for the library. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile: Models & Supports Collaboration
Ms. Canales attended the NTTBF planning meeting and won a raffle for a free virtual visit with Julie Murphy author of Dumplin', Puddin', and upcoming Pumpkin. Hillcrest Book Club is thrilled! Dallas ISD Librarian Profile: Models & Supports Collaboration and Supplements & Elevates Learners' Literacy
Clara Oliver Elem. Librarian, Elizabeth Reed-Smith, was featured on NBC Ch. 5 news for reaching out to actress/comedian Amanda Seales to read Hair Love by Matthew Cherry for Read Across America. Click to watch the news segment. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile: Models & Supports Collaboration, Supports, Supplements, & Elevates Learners' Literacies, and Engenders Inclusiveness & Diversity


Silberstein Elementary Librarian Christine Pilkington recently taught the principals of coding to her youngest learners. Using Bee-Bots, Ms. Pilkington fostered a learning environment that afforded learners the opportunity to work through challenges both collaboratively and independently. Ms. Pilkington also modeled effective feedback for learners when assisting them. Learners not only learned the basics of coding but had a lot of fun doing it! AASL Standards:  Collaborate.Grow, Explore.Grow, and Include.Share

J. P. Starks Elementary Math, Science and Technology Vanguard Librarian Kimberly Wooten devised a learning activity that required learners to evaluate a variety of perspectives and challenged learners to work with others to broaden and deepen understandings. Ms. Wooten facilitated a lesson that gave learners the opportunity to research and compare/contrast different winter holidays. Learners were asked to identify the holiday, who celebrates the holiday, and how the holiday is celebrated. Learners organized the information in a table making it easy to compare/contrast the different winter holidays. AASL Standard: Collaborate.Think

Hillcrest HS librarian Nina Canales employed student volunteers to assist her in weeding the library. Students took ownership of their work of not only weeding books, but identifying gaps in the collection! Students have loved exploring all of the materials and can't wait to get back to work. One student remarked, "I had no idea how much work went into organizing the library!" AASL Standard: Curate.Think

Onesimo Hernandez Montessori Librarian Leesonia Rutledge provided opportunities for learners to share learning products and reflect on the learning process with others. Ms. Rutledge differentiated the activity for learners in different grade levels. She then created a bulletin board to showcase learner products, providing opportunities for all learners to view them. AASL Standard:  Inquire.Share

Library Opportunities

  • March 12th due date to nominate a fellow librarian for TASL's Media Virtual Presence (MVP) Award. Click for nomination form.
  • March 19th due date for KERA Oratorical Contest: The Black Church. Contest is open to students ages 16-20 yrs. old. Click for more details.
  • Several grants from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are open or will be opening soon. Click to view list.
  • NPR's Student Podcast Challenge
  • School Stars Promotion Contest
  • Register to receive DFW Airport Earth Day 2021 STEAM Activity Kits
  • March 30th DEAR for Dyslexia - celebrate reading without boundaries

March is...

  • Women's History Month
  • Music in Our Schools Month
  • March 16th Freedom of Information Day
  • March 21st World Poetry Day
  • March 31st National Crayon Day

Don't Forget...

Created By
Tabatha Sustaita-Robb


Created with images by Joyadita - "reading book exterior" • African American Read-In logo created by Dallas ISD * African American Read-In tweets by @HgspruceL, @LibEddie, @LLS_Library, @CallejoLibrary * Couleur - "guitar musical instrument stringed instrument" * Pamela Rambert photo by Dallas ISD The Hub photographer * Toyota logo * Deidra Ballard-Moore photo * LaShonda Roberson photo @MsLRoberson * NTTBF logo * Nina Canales photo * Elizabeth Reed-Smith photo @lizzythelibrarian01 * Dynamic Librarians Bright Spots written by Richelle O'Neil * Bee-Bots photo by Christine Pilkington * Snowman Library Poetry photos by Leesonia Rutledge * MVP Award announcement by TASL • Unknown - "HD wallpaper: Different, 4K, Shamrock leaves | Wallpaper Flare" * NTTBF logo