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The Last Days of Summer

July 24, 2019

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This summer, I’ve worked with teachers oblivious even to the ALA Youth Media Awards and I’ve worked with those on the cutting edge of #disruptingtexts. How shall the two ever meet? How will educators who feel the pressure of just getting through the day ever be able to benefit from leaders in their field when […]


September 30, 2012


I’ve been on the road a lot lately. Two weeks ago, I drove to Shakamak State Park near Jasonville, IN with a friend to visit a PowWow. It was my first and I don’t think it will be my last. Last Sunday, I was in Kansas City, MO for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color. […]

Oil Spill Webinar

June 1, 2010

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Thanks to the KY librarian listserv I’ve become aware of an opportunity for those still in school. Discovery Education will be hosting a special FREE Webinar with Phillipe Cousteau on June 2 at 1:00 ET. This is an opportunity for students to move beyond the headlines and learn about this environmental disaster from someone on […]


September 4, 2009


I’m steeped in media center work. With some new testing and reading programs we’ve implemented, teachers are immediately aware of students low reading levels. Yes, there is that much discussed disconnected between reading at school and reading ‘in real life’, making one question the validity of these tests. Yet, when students have to read text […]

Movie Study Guides

June 22, 2009

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A new teaching guide helps you learn how to use movies to teach important life lessons to children and youth. “Teaching with Movies: A Guide for Parents and Educators,” provides insight, instruction and resources to help adults use any movie as a learning tool. The guide is produced by F.I.L.M. (Finding Inspiration in Literature & […]

In DC and want to teach?

December 17, 2008

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D.C.-Area Independent Schools Invite Candidates of Color to Jan. 11 Event Interested in a career teaching at an independent school? Nine Washington area schools are holding a networking event for candidates of color on January 11 where you can: • Learn about private independent schools • Hear how to prepare for the upcoming recruitment season […]

time to go Back to School

August 3, 2008

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ASCD’s article on Engaging African American Males in Reading provides useful information for selecting and using literature to motivate African American males.  Instead of just selecting text that builds skills, the study highlights the importance os selecting texts that is intellectually exciting for both student and teacher. serves as a roadmap and provides apprenticeships. cognitively […]

Jordan Fundamental Grant

March 18, 2008

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Grants are available to support innovative classroom projects for low-income students.The Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program, named for hoops legend Michael Jordan, supports teachers who inspire low-income students to succeed.   Teachers in grades 1-12 in schools where at least half of the students qualify for free or reduced school lunches can apply in one of […]

Online Comics Helping Students

March 6, 2008

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I just received this email and thought it is worth sharing: I am an author of books that are used in many educational programs to encourage students to express themselves through writing.  I have launched a free new web site — — where students can create their own comic strips.  The site offers fun […]