Category Archives: School Media Specialist

AASL stands on ESSA

School Libraries & ESSA

From the AASL site:

“The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces the No Child Left Behind version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that includes “effective school library programs.”

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), as the national organization for the school library profession, is examining ESSA, unpacking the provisions for school libraries within the legislation, and communicating how they will impact the school library community.

AASL will continue to work with the ALA Washington Office, the ALA Office of Library Advocacy, and other educational organizations to highlight opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be addressed in state and local plans.”

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Minnesota Historical Society: Resources for Teachers!

If you are teaching, you are using videos. And the Minnesota Historical Society has a variety of videos available for you, to help you get familiar with their resources and be ready to share them with your students!

“Discover new teaching practices and refresh your pedagogy with these short videos aimed to give introductions to new or modernized teaching ideas, strategies, and social studies skills. Released monthly, the videos will range in topics such as introductions to primary source instruction to literacy practices in the social studies. Watch this page, Facebook, or subscribe to the e-Newsletter for new videos.”

Concept-Based Instruction

Concept-Based Instruction

Segment 1: What is Concept-Based Learning?

Concept-based learning helps students focus on “life’s big ideas” which are applicable to other situations. Learn why concept-based learning is important and how concepts differ from knowledge and skills.

Length: 9 min.
Presenter: Ryan Higbea

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New study says toy “sleepovers” can help kids’ literacy

Getting young kids involved in activities that involve reading is important to encourage their literacy skills. And when the kids can bring their favorite stuffed animals along, everyone can participate in the fun!

You may remember a few months ago CMLE’s office mascot Orville got to take part in a great Stuffed Animal Sleepover program offered by the St. Cloud Public library.

These events are becoming increasingly popular all across the world, and thanks to a new study, can even promote early literacy skills. This article from School Library Journal explains just how useful these events can be to get young kids interested in reading!
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Association for Middle Level Education offers a Grant

Collaboration Mini-Grant

“Collaboration is a key concept in the successful education of young adolescents, as identified in the following characteristic from AMLE’s foundational document This We Believe: Keys to Educating Young Adolescents: Courageous, collaborative leaders make a difference by putting their knowledge and beliefs into action.

This broad concept includes collaboration between teams, collaboration between a team and exploratory, collaboration with parents, collaboration with community agencies, collaboration with another school, and collaboration within the student body.

The Association for Middle Level Education Foundation Fund Committee is awarding two $2,000 Collaboration Mini-Grants in 2017 to middle grades educators who have taken leadership roles in developing collaborative projects both within and outside of schools. Recipients of this grant will receive funds to enhance an existing collaborative program or to institute a proposed program, and they will be invited present about their collaborative project at a concurrent session at the AMLE Annual Conference. In addition, recipients will be recognized at the Annual Conference. Attendance at the conference will be at the expense of the school and may not be funded by monies from this grant.

Application Information

Any professional member or school that has been an AMLE school member for at least 12 months may apply.

Provide a narrative summary of the project or program in not more than three pages. Narrative should include:

  • Groups or individuals involved in the collaboration
  • A description of the collaborative process used to design the program, including how students were involved in its development
  • A timeline for implementation
  • Desired outcomes for students in both academic and social/emotional domains
  • How the project will be sustained in the future
  • How this project will benefit your school, your staff, and your students
  • For projects currently in existence, also include:
    • How long the project has been in place
    • How it changed since initiated
    • Observed student outcomes, both academic and social/emotional

Also include:

  • A budget summary detailing how the grant money will be used
  • A letter of support from the school’s principal
  • Pictures, articles, or artifacts that illustrate the project (not required)

Each year, applications must be submitted electronically to AMLE no later than April 15. Submissions should be sent to

Collaboration Mini-Grant Application

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What teen magazines are you offering?

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A library person recently asked about the most popular teen/YA magazines. There were a lot of answers, so we are sharing them with you here. Feel free to add in some of the magazines that are popular in your library!

    • Teen Vogue
    • Alternative Press
    • Game Informer
    • Girl’s Life
    • ​Mad
    • ​Otaku USA
    • Seventeen
    • Transworld Skateboarding
    • J-14 (formerly Twist)
    • Otaku USA
    • Game Informer
    • Rolling Stone
    • Sports Illustrated
    • Cicada
    • Sesi
    • Justine
    • X-Box the Official Magazine
    • Scholastic Art

A few comic suggestions

  • Avengers
  • Batman
  • Spiderman
  • Star Wars
  • Superman
  • Teen Titans
  • Ultimates
  • X-men