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Marino, John; Eisenberg, Mike – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Instructional collaborations between classroom teachers and school librarians often involve the "research project." These annual assignments (typically) are opportunities to put the inquiry process into practice and provide a rich context for learning. The National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School…
Descriptors: Research Projects, Inquiry, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, School Libraries
Reese, Debbie – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Debbie Reese, a former elementary school teacher and assistant professor in American Indian Studies, publishes the blog American Indians in Children's Literature. Tribally enrolled at Nambe Pueblo, her book chapters and articles are taught in university classrooms in English, education, and library science across the U.S. and Canada. She is…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Minority Groups, Racial Factors, Cultural Differences
Kvenild, Cassandra; Shepherd, Craig E.; Smith, Shannon M.; Thielk, Emma – Knowledge Quest, 2017
In a climate of increased interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), school libraries have unique opportunities to grow collections and cultivate partnerships in the sciences. At the federal level and in many states, STEM initiatives encourage hands-on exposure to technologies and open the door for student-led discovery of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Robotics, Information Technology, Learning Resources Centers
Stivers, Julie – Knowledge Quest, 2017
This article asks: What messages are school librarians sending to students of color if the only authors invited to visit schools are white? The author argues that bringing authors of color--image makers--to schools to speak to, and work with, students of color is a vital piece of culturally relevant library practice. School librarians must…
Descriptors: Librarians, Middle Schools, Librarian Attitudes, Racial Attitudes
Bunner, Teresa – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Teresa Bunner works as the high school literacy coordinating teacher for the Wake County (NC) Public School System in Raleigh. In this article she discusses the concept of Culturally Responsive teaching as a pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural reference in all aspects of learning. She describes how she and her…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Faculty Development, Student Diversity, Teacher Student Relationship
Martin, Crystle – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Learning to code has been an increasingly frequent topic of conversation both in academic circles and popular media. Learning to code recently received renewed attention with the announcement of the White House's Computer Science for All initiative (Smith 2016). This initiative intends "to empower all American students from kindergarten…
Descriptors: Librarians, Role, Coding, Computer Science
Kumasi, Kafi D.; Hughes-Hassell, Sandra – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Historically, the canary served to warn coal miners of the presence of dangerous gases. When the canary stopped singing or was found dead, the miners knew a serious problem required immediate attention. Like canaries, racialized youth in inner city schools are a litmus test for the health of the entire educational system in the United States. They…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Youth, Literacy, At Risk Persons
Cooke, Nicole A.; Hill, Renee F. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
It is widely understood that effective children's and youth librarians must be innovative, aware of current/popular trends, and able to build rapport with young patrons. However, more emphasis must be placed on the fact that it is essential for these librarians to be prepared to identify and meet the needs of a patron population that is becoming…
Descriptors: Librarians, Cultural Awareness, Annotated Bibliographies, Cultural Pluralism
Jackson-Brown, Grace M. – Knowledge Quest, 2017
This article shares the story of the author's involvement in a national literacy initiative known as the African American Read-In (AARI) in Springfield, Missouri. The article highlights successes that public school librarians and university librarians are experiencing as they work together to promote diversity and reading through a community-wide…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Libraries, College Libraries, Librarians
Welz, Krista – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Many educators may view use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) as a new trend that has emerged in various school districts, especially those OERs that are (Common Core State Standards) CCSS-aligned. However, OERs certainly aren't new to education. Many educators have been using these types of materials since the late 1990s (Godwin 2016).…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Services, Library Materials
Wiliams, Philip – Knowledge Quest, 2017
School libraries play a powerful role in enabling, informing, and sustaining student agency, and nothing engages and motivates students more deeply than enabling them to become the active agents in the process of learning. Students with agency are powerful learners who are prepared to engage with the world with sustained, courageous curiosity.…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Role, Active Learning, Individual Characteristics
Easley, Michelle – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Personalized learning is defined as "tailoring learning for each student's strengths, needs, and interests--including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn-- to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible". Personalized learning offers school librarians a way to…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Individualized Instruction, Educational Environment, Program Effectiveness
Fleishhacker, Joy – Knowledge Quest, 2017
By providing a wide selection of high-quality materials that will grab the attention of individual readers, school libraries can play an integral part in initiating and supporting student agency and a student-centered approach to learning. Such materials should not only address and expand upon what kids are learning in the classroom, but also…
Descriptors: Library Services, Library Materials, Library Development, Science Materials
Alvarez, Vivian – Knowledge Quest, 2017
Besides being a social experience, tabletop games can serve as intrinsic educational tools that tap into students' needs and interests, inspiring them to find motivation in applying new knowledge to their academic work. Why? Because, as with school, every game has a very specific set of rules by which participants must abide. Experiences with…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Public Libraries, Educational Games, Video Games
Martin, Crystle – Knowledge Quest, 2017
A growing body of research focuses on the impact of video games and coding on learning. The research often elevates learning the technical skills associated with video games and coding or the importance of problem solving and computational thinking, which are, of course, necessary and relevant. However, the literature less often explores how young…
Descriptors: Video Games, Coding, Youth Programs, Youth Opportunities
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