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Check-It Out! february 2020

Welcome to our first newsletter!

The 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.

INFLUENCERS

Tracie Walker-Reed, sPRUCe HS

"Her humble and generous spirit creates a warm and inviting place in the library for scholars and staff. All who step in know that they are welcome."

Traci Walker-Reed, Spruce HS Librarian, #ILoveMyLibrarian Award Honoree at ALA Mid-Winter!!

We have some dynamic librarians. Here's a snapshot of what they're doing in their library.

  • Wilmer Hutchins Elementary Librarian Leisa Booker created a book review/recommendation template for 4th and 5th grade students to complete based on a book they recently read. Students not only reviewed the book, but they also analyzed the text and illustrations to determine what grade level would most enjoy the book. Students recorded their reviews and recommendations using FlipGrid. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Cultivates Learners to build on prior knowledge and apply critical analysis of information.
  • Tasby MS Librarian Adriana Marroquin collaborated with the ESL teacher to help students write about their favorite things. Adriana took their writing and illustrations to produce a hard copy book that is available to read and check out in the library. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Engenders inclusiveness and diversity. Provides opportunities for learners to express diverse perspectives.
  • Lipscomb Elementary Librarian Maria Acevedo Negron designed a survey using Google Forms to gauge the needs of her staff regarding the usage of subscription databases. She asked staff members how they prefer to learn and what they want to learn about. She is using those results to craft a variety of professional learning options to meet the needs of all staff members. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Designs instruction for a range of learners.
  • E.D. Walker Middle School Librarian Julie Sibley designed a career exploration project for G.T. students that asked them to explore a career that they are interested in. Students created a Google Slide presentation with images that were properly cited. Students also had to explore how they might begin that career and what kind of help they might need. Students not only strengthened their research skills, but they explored areas of personal interest! Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Nurtures discovery through curiosity. Supports, supplements, and elevates learners' literacies including digital citizenship and ethical behavior.
  • Dealey Librarian Lisa Simmons created a "Fact or Fib" lesson that she facilitated with 4th-6th grade students to help them identify valid and reliable websites. She used a variety of digital resources to help teach the concept and helped students evaluate websites using the CRAAP test. Students became more aware of bias and opinion in web resources! Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Supports, supplements, and elevates learners' literacies including digital citizenship and ethical behavior.
  • Chapel Hill Preparatory Librarian Alicia Grijalva has prepared a dynamic and resource-packed professional learning activity for her staff. Chapel Hill is a personalized learning campus, and Alicia has been asked by her principal to help teachers implement collaboration stations in their classrooms. Alicia has created a 1 hour professional learning activity that includes photo and video examples, articles, and look-fors that will allow teachers to begin implementing teaming immediately! Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Models and supports collaboration.
  • Franklin IEA Librarian Dr. Rose Badia designed a lesson using Popo's Lucky Chinese New Year by Virginia Loh-Hagan, which was received as part of DISD Multi-Cultural Initiative. ESL Students took notes on the traditions they observed in the book. They then interviewed their own family members about family traditions and compared/contrasted traditions from the book with their family traditions using a Venn diagram. Finally, students created a Chinese Pellet Drum like the one they saw in the book. These activities not only allowed students to explore different perspectives but allowed them to reflect upon their place within the global community. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Engenders inclusiveness and diversity. Provides opportunities for learners to express and advocate diverse perspectives.
  • Kramer Elementary Librarian Jennifer Sancedio created a one-stop-shop for a 5th grade research project. Students were encouraged to select a topic they are passionate about in order to discover ways they might make a positive change. Jennifer not only created a webpage on her campus website with valid resources, but also partnered with a 5th grade teacher to post links to these resources on a shared Google Classroom. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Models and facilitates innovative thinking for problem solving. Models and promotes self-curation.
  • Harrlee Librarian Michelle Touchet shared books from the Texas 2x2 reading list with students in Kinder, 1st, and 2nd grades. As Michelle read the book aloud to students, they would stop and record facts as they heard them. Then, Michelle and the students conducted a fact check for each of the facts using research databases to ensure the information was accurate and reliable. Dallas ISD Librarian Profile - Designs instruction for a range of learners. Cultivates learners to build on prior knowledge and apply critical analysis of information.

Why didn't I think of that!

Here are a few things we've seen in our libraries across the district.

Ms. DeFord, Jordan Elem, keeps track of Bluebonnet Books read for each class by using charts, Ms. Criner, Greiner MS, promotes less circulated books by creating a Lonely Books display, and Ms. Cook, Donald Elem, announces Bluebonnet Book winner for the state, her school, and each class.

Book Display & Program Ideas

  • National African-American History Month
  • National Library Lover's Month
  • National Children's Dental Health Month
  • Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
  • Feb. 2nd Groundhog Day
  • Feb. 17th President's Day
  • Feb. 25th Fat Tuesday
  • Feb. 26th National Tell a Fairy Tale Day
  • Feb. 17th Random Acts of Kindness Week
  • Feb. 22nd National Engineers Week
  • Birds of Prey (Harley Quinn - DC Comics) 2/7
  • P.S. I Still Love You 2/12
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2/14
  • Call of the Wild 2/21

Book Recommendations

Recommended by DeNeene Henderson and Heather Hornor

AASL in action

  • Inquire.Think - Recalling prior and background knowledge as context for new meaning.
  • Inquire.Create - Generating products that illustrate learning.
  • Collaborate.Think - Developing new understandings through engagement in a learning group.
  • Explore.Create - Problem solving through cycles of design, implementation, and reflection.
  • Engage.Share - Disseminating new knowledge through means appropriate for the intended audience.
Studying food chains and food webs using Science Stations in the library. How? By reading on the topic from a book, using ChatterPix to explain vocabulary words, using Legos to create part of a food web, and answering questions using a response sort card. Shackelford Library, Arlington ISD posted on Twitter Jan. 22, 2020.

Weed by the Month

The deselecting process should be done on a continuous basis. It ensures that our collection stays current and relevant.

  • Jan. - Feb. Reference
  • Feb. College-Readiness Collection
  • Feb. - Apr Non-Fiction

If we want our administrators to value our work, we need to speak their language.

Instead of saying...

  • Library Maintenance / shelving say or write Library Budget Management
  • Library Administration say or write Lesson Planning or attending PLCs
  • Collection Development say or write Data Alignment with Library and School Goals

Teaching Toolkit

Taking notes can be passive. Making notes is active. Active note taking leads to making meaning. By adding the elements of questions, feelings, and ideas to facts when making notes, the Window Notes strategy draws students deeper into an engaging experience with the content. Dr. Mike Mattingly and Ross Garison Denton ISD, Hattie and Marzano Walk into a Bar presentation at National Learning Counsel gathering November 16, 2019.
TECH INTEGRATION - Supporting Window Notes with technology is what is done after taking them. A student would have access to a digital copy of notes more often than a physical copy. We can facilitate that with digital portfolios via Google Sites, Seesaw, Drive, etc. Dr. Mike Mattingly and Ross Garison Denton ISD, Hattie and Marzano Walk into a Bar presentation at National Learning Counsel gathering November 16, 2019.

Makerspace idea

  1. The Challenge: Make a strong 1 foot bridge.
  2. 25 popsicle sticks.
  3. 3 feet of tape.
  4. Use as much or as little of the materials you are given.
  5. Test the strength of the bridge.

Tabatha Sustaita-Robb, DESA Library 2016-17

Tech App

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.

Make printed content interactive using augmented reality. Watch video of Marvin Gonzalez, Trinity Heights Librarian, to see the app in action.

Created By
Tabatha Sustaita-Robb
Appreciate

Credits:

Created with images by freestocks.org - "untitled image" • Seyedeh Hamideh Kazemi - "untitled image" • Unknown - "I Love My Librarian, Tracie Walker-Reed" photos by Richelle O'Neil and Valerie Tagoe, Jan. 25, 2020. - "Bright Spots" by Richelle O'Neil- "Library Displays" photos by Tabatha Sustaita-Robb - "February Calendar Picture | Free Photograph | Photos ..." • "The Roots of Rap" photo by Here Wee Read, Mrs. G., Jan. 8, 2019. - "My Life as an Ice Cream" Image by Chelsea Villareal Latinex in Publishing Blog, Jan. 21, 2020. - "One of Us is Lying" Image on Amazon - "Science Stations" photos by Shackelford Library Arlington ISD, Jan. 22, 2020 - "Window Notes & Supporting Window Notes" National Learning Counsel Gathering, Nov. 16, 2019 presentation by Dr. Mike Mattingly & Ros Garison, Denton ISD. - .Aleksandr Ledogorov - "Dandelion" • alex bracken - "This shot was taken on a trip in Rockford, Illinois with my family. There was a beautiful community park we visited, and there was a section of bricks in the courtyard. Most of them had names of people who had donated to the building of the park, but this one stood out from among them. With the words, “I BELIEVE IN YOU. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! BE POSITIVE.” inscribed on the brick, it was a reminder that some people don’t care about recognition, but solely making the world a better place." • Thomas Drouault - "Testing 1 ft. Bridge, DESA Students" photo by Tabatha Sustaita-Robb, 2016-17. - "Brainstorming sessions can be an excellent way to drive innovation." - "hp Reveal Quick Demo with Marvin Gonzalez" video filmed by Tabatha Sustaita-Robb, Dec. 3, 2019.