Sneak Peek: Nancy Everhart on Autism and Your School Library

 

How are you observing National Autism Awareness Month?

While individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) might have difficulties with communication, library settings can play an important role in facilitating speech development and information exchanges with people beyond their family. By engaging in library activities, these students have the opportunity to interact and communicate with others, thus exposing them to typical communication styles.

In this free sneak peek of her six-part video workshop on School Library Connection, Dr. Nancy Everhart introduces us to her topic (above) and outlines some effective communication strategies for working with students with ASD in your school library (below). The full workshop—with coverage of technology, preparing students with ASD for a library visit, designing your library environment, and responding to challenging behaviors—will be available to School Library Connection subscribers on April 22nd.

 

 

Nancy Everhart, PhD, is Professor, School of Information, at Florida State University. She earned a master’s in educational media from the University of Central Florida and a doctorate in library science from Florida State University. Everhart is the primary investigator for the IMLS-funded Project PALS (Panhandle Autism Library Services), enabling librarians to better serve patrons on the autism spectrum. She is a past president of AASL, current co-chair of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards revision committee, and in 2012 received the School Librarianship Award from the International Association of School Librarianship. Everhart is also the author of over 100 publications.

ICYMI: Daniella Smith on Working with Public Libraries

With PLA meeting in Denver this week, it’s a perfect time to think about working with public libraries. Be sure to check out Dr. Daniella Smith’s recent SLC article about strategies for collaborating with public libraries. 

Nurturing Youth Pathways through Learning

Smith_DaniellaI attribute my experiences in public and school libraries with enabling me to understand the nuances that make both positions crucial to the development of young people. According to Barbara Immroth and Viki Ash-Geisler’s 1995 report, regardless of their location, libraries are institutions of education, whether it is formal or informal. Children are often introduced to their first organized educational experiences in public libraries. The library was my playground as a child, and this was by design.  Continue reading “ICYMI: Daniella Smith on Working with Public Libraries”

ICYMI: Sylvia Vardell on Lit for ELL Readers

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In case you missed it, check out Sylvia Vardell’s recent editorial from reVIEWS+ for our issue on English language learners.

Did you know?

  • It is estimated that there are 4.4 million public school students in the United States who are English language learners (ELL).
  • English language learners represent approximately 10.3 percent of the total public school student enrollment in the U.S.
  • Twenty-one percent (21%) of all urban public school students across the U.S. are English language learners.
  • The English language learning population is the fastest-growing population of public school students in the U.S.
  • An increasing number of English language learners are newcomers to U.S. schools, having just recently immigrated to the United States.
  • There are 400 languages spoken by English language learners across the U.S.

The great majority of students learning English claim Spanish as their native language (79%), followed by Vietnamese (2%), Hmong (1.6 %), Chinese, Cantonese (1%), Korean (1%), and other (15.4%).
If you work in public schools in the U.S., particularly in cities, you have certainly encountered students who are learning English as a new language. They may have recently emigrated from other countries or have grown up in families within the U.S. who don’t speak English fluently. Many years ago, that was ME! My parents were born and raised in Germany and immigrated to the U.S. shortly after I was born. Continue reading “ICYMI: Sylvia Vardell on Lit for ELL Readers”

Sneak Peek: Gretchen McCord Tackles Copyright

 

How well do you get copyright, really? Many important aspects of copyright law are frequently misunderstood by K-12 librarians (and teachers, administration, and other K-12 educators), significantly diminishing the effectiveness of our educational system. School librarians have the opportunity to be leaders on copyright issues in their buildings and role models of good digital citizenship for their students.

Thankfully, Gretchen McCord, JD, MSIS, is here to help us out. In this free sneak peek of her eight-part video workshop on School Library Connection, McCord introduces us to her topic (above) and dispels some common myths about fair use guidelines (below). Subscribers can access the full workshop here, to learn more about the purpose of copyright law, licensing, the dangers of self-censorship, and how to develop effective school policies dealing with copyright.

FAIR USE GUIDELINES

 

Gretchen McCord, JD, MSIS, is an attorney specializing in copyright and other legal issues related to digital information. She is the founder and principal of Digital Information Law, which provides online and face-to-face training in copyright law and related areas and publishes a range of materials, including the quarterly journal Copyright & New Media Law, established in 1997. Gretchen currently serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Freedom to Read Foundation’s Board of Trustees, the Amigos Library Services Board of Directors, and the American Library Association Legislative Subcommittee on Copyright. Her previous activities include serving on the City of Austin Library Commission, as President of the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas, and as President of the Texas Library Association. Gretchen is the author of, among other publications, the books What You Need to Know about Privacy Law: A Guide for Librarians and Educators (2013), Fair Use: The Secrets No One Tells You (2014), and Copyright in Cyberspace 1 and 2: Questions and Answers for Librarians.

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From the Archives: Celebrating the Ladies

By Kay Weisman

In North America, females outnumber males by about three percent, but books highlighting women’s contributions are not always so numerous. Share the following clustered titles with students to help them appreciate the accomplishments of women.

SCIENTISTS
Butzer, Anna. Maria Mitchell. Great Women in History series. Capstone, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4914-0539-0; 24p., Gr. K-2.
This brief introduction to America’s first female astronomer explains how her interest in the stars developed and cites her professional accomplishments. Included are period photos, a timeline, and appended back matter.

Fertig, Dennis. Sylvia Earle: Ocean Explorer. Women in Conservation series. Heinemann, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4846-0470-0; 48p., Gr. 3-6.
Fertig discusses Earle’s early inspirations and details her many undersea achievements. Full-color photos, diagrams, and generous back matter supplement this very readable text. Other series titles include Dian Fossey, Jane Goodall, and Rachel Carson.

Polacco, Patricia. Clara and Davie: The True Story of Young Clara Barton. Scholastic, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-545-35477-6; 40p., Gr. 2-4.
Polacco recounts an episode from American Red Cross founder Barton’s childhood detailing how older brother Davie protected, encouraged, and mentored her. Later, when Davie is hurt in a fall, Clara becomes his nurse, putting her healing powers to work.

Stone, Tanya Lee. Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors? The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell. Illus. by Marjorie Priceman. Holt, 2013. ISBN: 978-0-8050-9048-2; 40p., Gr. K-2.
In the 1830s girls were encouraged to become wives and mothers. Adventurous Elizabeth Blackwell defied that expectation, becoming America’s first female doctor despite first being turned down by twenty-eight medical schools. An author’s note and source list append this inspiring biography.

CONNECT & INVESTIGATE:
Both Polacco and Stone employ narrative frameworks. Discuss the portions of Barton and Blackwell’s lives covered by these texts. Where is other information placed? How do the illustrations contribute to these biographies? Butzer and Fertig apply a more traditional chronological approach to their works on Mitchell and Earle. Where is additional information placed in these texts? What information is conveyed in illustrations and graphics? (RI: K-6.1; RI: 1-6.5; RI: K-6.7)

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ICYMI: Cahill on Our Co-Teaching Survey

“We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!”

Cahill_coteaching 1QSIn case you missed the results of our recent One-Question Survey on co-teaching and co-planning across the disciplines at SLC’s online home, check out Dr. Maria Cahill’s always incisive analysis below. Our results show both encouraging gains and room for our professional growth as collaborators. (Click here to participate in our latest survey.)

That more than twice as many librarians, 384 total, responded to this month’s question compared to last month’s illustrates the importance of collaboration to school librarians! Continue reading “ICYMI: Cahill on Our Co-Teaching Survey”