DIANA O'CONNOR, Rangel Young Women's Leadership School
"As part of her philosophy that teaching must extend beyond the realm of databases and bibliography, Diana worked with Young Women’s Preparatory Network to create Respect Starts Here, a curriculum designed to build skills of listening, speaking, and understanding as we embrace our differences with empathy."
- Townview Librarian Melissa Cunningham is running a reading initiative called the Million Word Challenge. The goal is to promote reading and increase reading stamina. Initially she would actively solicit student participation but now, students are signing up on their own for the reading initiative. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Supports, supplements, and elevates learners' literacy.
- DeGolyer Librarian Cathy Bolin took a risk and wiped the regular library schedule to try out makerspace activities. Both students and teachers were engaged and excited about the hands-on learning. Furthermore, when the assistant principal asked to close the library to use the space, Cathy mentioned she had this activity going on and they found another location for the meeting. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Nurtures discovery through curiosity.
- Skyline Librarian Kimberly Broomhall created a useful video she posted on the Skyline HS Instagram that students can use to learn about taking Cornell Notes. She is creating a series of videos to support study skills. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Designs instruction for a range of learners.
- CONGRATULATIONS to Hall Librarian, Maria Rodriguez-Carter, Russell Librarian, Esperanza Alvarenga, and Jordan Librarian, Lynn DeFord for being awarded a $200 Lone Star Día Grant for Children’s Day, Book Day, from First Book Marketplace! The funding is awarded to help librarians celebrate children and foster their joy in reading during their Día celebration. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Engenders inclusiveness and diversity.
Reading Rock Stars at Harllee EC Center
Author Mac Barnett, Librarian Michelle Touchet, Author Duncan Tonatiuh, and Author Greg Pizzoli
KPMG’s Family for Literacy donates books to Franklin International Exploratory School
Why Didn't I Think of That?
Here are few things we've seen in our libraries across the district.
Book Display & Program Ideas
- Irish-American Heritage Month
- National Craft Month
- National Women's History Month
- National Music in Our Schools Month
- March 2nd National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day)
- March 2nd Texas Independence Day
- March 2nd Read an E-Book Week
- March 2nd Teen Tech Week
- March 2nd Statistics in School Week: Everyone Counts (2020 Census)
- March 4th National Grammar Day
- March 14th National Pi Day
- March 17th St. Patrick's Day
- March 30th Take a Walk in the Park Day
- Stamped Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds & Ibram X. Kendi 3/10
- Little Fires Everywhere 3/18
- Mulan 3/27
- Peabody Librarian Laurie Dillard used Pebble Go resources and collaborated with 2nd grade teacher(s) to complete research on MLK. She will continue using this graphic organizer and Pebble Go for another Civil Rights biography during African American History Month. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Models & supports collaboration, engenders inclusiveness & diversity, and cultivates learners to build on prior knowledge & apply critical analysis of information.
- Wilmer Hutchins High School Librarian Valerie Tagoe collaborated with the 9th grade African American Studies teacher to have students read an article about Jim Crow laws, find the citation, and summarize the article. Students submitted their summaries and citations through a Google Form. Students also saved the article to their Google Drive where they could highlight important parts of the article and take their own notes. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Models & supports collaboration, supports, supplements, & elevates learners' literacies including ethical behavior, and provides opportunities for learners to express & advocate diverse perspectives.
AASL in ACTION
- Collaborate.Think - Developing new understanding through engagement in a learning group.
- Inquire.Think - Recalling prior and background knowledge as context for new meaning.
- Inquire.Create - Devising and implementing a plan to fill knowledge gaps.
- Explore.Create - Problem solving through cycles of design, implementation, and reflection.
- Collaborate. Share - Establishing connections with other learners to build on their own prior knowledge and create new knowledge.
- Explore.Grow - Recognizing capabilities and skills that can be developed, improved, and expanded.
Advocacy: Start Small
- Colleagues - Talk or email staff with photos on what you're doing/done, especially responsibilities that are unique to you.
- School Newsletter - Share upcoming program/events, summarize recent projects/collaborations, or new titles, anything you want to share with the staff.
- Faculty Meetings - Ask administration if you can take a few minutes to give a booktalk, new tech. app, or highlight a database.
- Social Media - Share your library story. Social media will allow you to share more frequently then the newsletter.
- Committee - As a librarian you have a different perspective then other educators. Remember to speak on your students behalf.
- PD Presenter - Offer to present at your campus or district level. Show that you add value to the classroom. Focus on a collaborative unit or share a resource that teachers can use.
Advocacy-Something for Everyone by Iris Eichenlaub, Knowledge Quest
Grant Opportunities & Other Opps
- Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Mini Grants
- Junior League of Dallas Grants for Innovative Teaching
- School Stars Promotion Contest (SORA)
- Mathical Book Prize Collection Development Grant
- NY Times free digital subscription to Title I high schools
- Dallas Public Library Hotspot Lending
- MS & HS Curriculum Guide for Stamped
- Student Blogging Challenge
- Transformative Learning Conference: Lead from Where You Are
It seems like everywhere you turn there's an app but how do you know which one to use? In this section we'll suggest an app that's used by one of your colleagues.
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Snapshots from February 14th PD
Created with images by Unknown - "Shamrock Plant Leaf · Free photo on Pixabay" • Unknown - Diana O'Connor photos by Diana O'Connor & Heather Hornor, Feb. 14, 2020 - "Bright Spots" by Richelle O'Neil, Deidra Moore-Ballard, Rebecca Lopez, Merri Lynn Alexander, Jennifer Sancedio, Tabatha Sustaita-Robb, and Heather Hornor - "Reading Rock Star" photos by Tabatha Sustaita-Robb - "KPMG & ComericaBank Donation" photos by @dallasschools, Feb. 6, 2020 - "Library Displays" photos by Tabatha Sustaita-Robb - "Osmo" photos by Crow Elem. Library, Arlington ISD, Feb. 19, 2020 & Amos Elem. Library, Arlington ISD, Feb. 3, 2020 - "Abstract Background Wallpaper · Free image on Pixabay" • Unknown - "March Calendar Picture | Free Photograph | Photos Public ..." • freestocks - "5 Books...Wonder" by Maureen Schlosser, Knowledge Quest, Feb. 18, 2020 - "Community Circle & Supporting Community Circle" National Learning Counsel Gathering, Nov. 16, 2019 presentation by Dr. Mike Mattingly & Ross Garison, Denton ISD - "untitled image" • Nik MacMillan - "Building a Tower, DESA Students" photo by Tabatha Sustaita-Robb, 2016-17 - "Me and my film crew were setting up for a basic interview. Before the interviewee sat down for the camera, the interviewer went over some questions with him. They proceeded to bounce ideas off of each other and had an energetic brainstorm." • Skyla Design - "untitled image" - "Snapshots of PD" photos by Tabatha Sustaita-Robb & DeNeene Henderson, Feb. 14, 2020.