Hillcrest HS Librarian Nina Canales designed and facilitated a lesson for the IB Juniors and Seniors that taught them how to navigate the various databases offered by Dallas ISD and Dallas College. Nina collaborated with a librarian at Dallas College to learn more about the college-level databases so she could better support students and staff. Hillcrest teachers were thrilled with Nina's lesson and remarked, "No one has ever taken the time to teach our students how to navigate the databases before!" AASL Standards: Engage.Grow & Inquire.Grow
Toni Crawford, South Oak Cliff HS Librarian, did an excellent job creating Advisory lessons for her campus and connecting them to the EBSCO Learning Express Interest Matcher & Skills Matcher Quizzes. Students then completed tasks based on their areas of interest stated in the results. Lessons and activities are posted in PowerSchool Learning for the students. Toni posted information on how to use Sora in her PowerSchool Learning Advisory course. Students have the opportunity to access Sora anytime to check out an ebook. AASL Standard: Inquire.Grow
Mary Martinez, Winnetka Elem. Librarian, used both WB English and Spanish! Awesome template for planet research! AASL Standard: Explore.Share
Sharanza Williams, Young Women's STEAM Academy at Balch Springs MS Librarian, Mobile library is very successful. Students come 2 at a time - can request a book if it's not on the 2 carts then she will return the book. They are beginning to use the catalog to request books for the cart. First, she asked the teachers for book ideas and also the new arrivals, highly circulated books (especially Harry Potter). Cart is available 1st period (Tue-Thur) in a space conducive to the checkout station with PPE equipment. Returned books are wiped down. Now other grades are looking for her cart and sending students so it has steadily risen in popularity. AASL Standard: Explore.Think
Ms. Mauldin, Kimball HS Librarian, successfully increased student engagement in a virtual Info Literacy Lesson by converting a standard check for understanding into a game format using Kahoot! Way to go! AASL Standard: Include.Grow
Dallas ISD Librarians Tracie Walker-Reed, Rose Badia, Tabatha Sustaita-Robb, LaShonda Roberson, Mona Mendoza, Deidra Ballard-Moore, Laurie Fuentes, Heather Dunlap, Melissa Cunningham, Valerie Tagoe, Julie Sibley, Diana O'Connor, and Karen Harris are going above and beyond to support teachers. They are currently working on online lessons that demonstrate how teachers can use library resources to teach different units of study. These librarians understand that when they build capacity in teachers, they are improving the experience for ALL Dallas ISD Learners! AASL Standard: Curate.Think
Natalie Frodin, M.L. King Jr. Arts Academy Librarian, tenaciously pursued the "re-purposing" of her library space BACK into a library. AASL Standard: Include.Create Organizing facilities to enhance the use of and ensure equitable access to information resources and services for all learners.
Ms. Willis, Skyline HS Librarian, brought the AASL Standard, Inquire: Create & Think to life. Her literacy activity engaged the students in reading and writing critics/book reviews. The reviews are on the school library website and at the shelves in front of the specific book, giving the opportunity to future readers to learn about the book from another student. Her students voices are heard and they are inspiring other students to read and contribute their voices as well.
Carter High School Librarian, Melanie Conner, curated Lesson Plans for SPED teacher using Britannica. She created lesson plans on mammals and animals in the jungle. Melanie assisted with the database to encourage the students to be independent learners. AASL Standards: Think.Explore & Grow.Inquire
Patti Turner, Urban Park Elem. Librarian, taught the trait of fairy tale and characteristic in collaboration with 2nd grade. On top of working with her students, she worked with a student getting them the resources for the MLK Jr. Oratory contest which she is over. On top of organizing her campus safety plan and the school-wide spelling bee. AASL Standard: Collaborate.Think
Harry Stone Librarian, Rosia Roberts, collaborated with a teacher in reading a diverse Bluebonnet book, Stay. Students created digital images using Canva from the part of the book they've read. AASL Standard: Curate.Create
Grant Application Open!
- The goal is to encourage students to develop a love of reading and learning.
- Click to apply
- Application due January 29, 2021
- Needy schools (check eligibility) that want to extend, update, and diversify the book & print collections in their libraries are encouraged to apply.
- The grant award may be used only for books, periodicals, eBooks, reference materials, and magazine/newspaper subscriptions.
Personal Protective Equipment
We do not have the capability to track an order. You can do the following:
- Go to Google Drive - click Shared Drives - click DISD Librarians - click Library PPE Supplies Ordered 2020 folder - Find your campus on the document.
- Write down the PO#.
- Take it to your Office Manager. Ask if the items for the PO# have been delivered.
- Let your OM know the items listed with the PO# belong to the library.
- Contact Mark Mendoza if items arrived damaged or if the items were distributed somewhere else on campus.
Upcoming Events +
- Mark Mendoza will be inducted to the National Society of Leadership & Success this month!
- Hour of Code unplugged activities
- Letters about Literature Texas Contest entries due 12/17/2020 at 5:00 pm
- Free NewsLitCamp for MS & HS educators (yes, that includes librarians) on 12/10/2020. Click for details.
- January 4, 2021 tentative virtual Librarian PD from 1-4 pm, register in Cornerstone.
- Do you want to be recognize for your achievements as a librarian? Fill out our form.
Created with images by Joanna Kosinska - "Xmas" • Ri_Ya - "hanukkah jewish judaism" • Influencers photos by Amy Garnica, Natalie Frodin, Michella Chappell, Lynn DeFord, Bonner Hernandez, Christy Willis, Brenda McElyea, "Cathy with First Book Boxes & PPE" photos by Cathy Bolin - Rebecca Sivard, Marcie Verastqui, Diann Gentry, Edith Bender, Maria Acevedo Negron, "3D printer with Mark Cuban Foundation banner" photos by Marvin Gonzalez -"DonorsChoose.org logo", "FirstBook.org logo", "Amazon Wishlist banner" * Dynamic Librarians "Bright Spots" written by Richelle O'Neil, Valerie Tagoe, Bonner Hernandez, Diana O'Connor, DeNeene Hernandez, Michelle Touchet, Rosenid Badia, Karen Harris, Rebecca Lopez * "Mockingbird Elementary Family Literacy" photos by Sarah Jane Rust * "Mrs. Bush with Students" by Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries website * Matryx - "corona coronavirus covid" * "Red Nose Gay Patrick" by Bitmoji.com * "Belinda Jacks Elf", "Tabatha Sustaita-Robb Tangled in Lights", "Christmas DeNeene Henderson Tree", and "Rosenid Badia Train Conductor" by Bitmoji.com