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Practice Persuasive Essay Writing With This Top Classroom Tool

The step-by-step process makes persuasive essay writing much less intimidating; clear tools build kids' confidence in argumentative writing.

The Transformation Will Not be Televised

This will be my last column as PLA President, and I want to take the time to thank four special groups that have made my tenure so memorable. First, I want to thank my staff and board at the Cleveland Public Library for their support of my leadership journey. Show More Summary

Being Loved is Not Enough

If you've read any of my previous columns, you've probably noticed that I prefer to impart life lessons by telling stories. While this is a practice that drives my teenage daughters crazy, it has been effective for me in getting my point across. Show More Summary

Gender Reassignment Surgery and the Library’s Health Plan

In 2016, library employee Rachel Dovel (via employer health care plan) planned to undergo gender reassignment surgery. When told the surgery was not covered by the library’s health insurer, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Dovel took the library board/insurance company to court.

Library Spells Success with Sip & Spell Event

How do you attract more readers to your library? Let them show off their dictionary know-how in a head-to-head spelling competition!

Patrick Roewe, Spokane County Library District’s New Director

While many incoming library administrators find their jobs by way of a national search, Patrick Roewe, the new director at Spokane County Library District (SCLD), WA, did it the old-fashioned way—by working his way up through the ra...

Where Have All the Computers Gone?

Reformy Chalkbeat NY just ran a piece about how a lot of computers were missing from city schools. I'm not remotely surprised. I've been teaching since 1984, and I've been hearing stories like that almost since I started. My first exposure...Show More Summary

Kindness Rocks

Easy. Inexpensive. Trending. Dispenses kindness and inspiration. There’s something that does all of that and is a great fit for the public library?

Google Form to Video Display

This is another SPLOT-ish tool that takes videos uploaded through a Google Form and then displays them.1 This particular proof of concept was built in about ten minutes as a result of a conversation with our World Language faculty who are going to be doing student-to-student video work with people from other countries. Show More Summary

CT Library Supporters Worry as Doomsday Spending Plan Hangs Overhead

Being able to easily get their hands on materials needed for job hunting, financial or legal research, or college applications, whether or not their local branch has them, saves library patrons in Connecticut money and time. In many cases, it may be their only option.

Local Control

Jo Ann Fujioka abruptly withdrew her candidacy for a seat on the Denver Public Schools board due to a loss of union support. Fujioka’s platform seems to be right out the union playbook. She opposes school closures, new charter schools, and Betsy DeVos. She wanted to run on a three-member slate in order to coordinate … Continue reading "Local Control"

NaNoWriMo Young Writers Program Turns Students into Novelists

The light tone and fun activities ensure the novel-writing process isn't intimidating at all.

Australian Law Reform Commission Discussion Paper on Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The Australian Law Reform Commission has published a discussion paper on Incarceration Rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. From the Terms of Reference:"It is acknowledged that while laws and legal frameworks are an...Show More Summary

Library People News: Hires, Promotions, Retirements, and Obituaries

Dawn Hammatt has been appointed Director of the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum; Christopher Sagaas is the new Director of the Utica Public Library, NY; Charla Wilson has been hired as Northwestern University's first...Show More Summary

IEP Meeting: WHO CAN ATTEND IEP MEETING?

Amanda:  Last week I received the conference announcement with the people listed who would attend our IEP. At yesterdays meeting, there was a district sped teacher there to assist in Continue Reading ?

Transfers: CHANGING SCHOOLS AND PTSD

Debra:  We lived in one District and then moved to a neighboring District. My child has always had an IEP. She did well at the prior District but has been Continue Reading ?

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