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The Giver

Thanks to Randy Testa at Walden Media and Gerri Fegan of NESLA & MSLA, today I had the good fortune to watch a preview of The Giver which comes to theaters August 15, 2014. You will be happy to hear that the movie is true to the spirit of the Newbery award winning book written by Lois Lowry. Walden Media has put together some wonderful resources and a guide for educators. Check it out. There will definitely be a new demand for this book and the other three titles in the quartet.…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on July 17, 2014 at 9:31pm — No Comments

Congratulations

Congratulations to CASL vp intern Jane Martellino selected to be on the Connecticut Teach Dream Team !

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on April 17, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

CT's Common Core Implementation Task Force

Thank you to Barbara Johnson, teacher librarian at Colchester Elementary School, for advocating for school libraries on the CT CCTF. Their first meeting was on March 25, 2014; they will continue meeting bi-weekly until June 4, 2014.  You can watch the entire first meeting on the Connecticut Network and follow Barbara's…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on April 3, 2014 at 5:23pm — No Comments

Time Flies

The AASL annual conference in Hartford is almost upon us.  Where did the summer go? 

Even in retirement, managing your time well by doing what you want to do can be a challenge. Without focus, time can be wasted.

Peter Bregman’s book 18 Minutes: Find Your Focus, Master Distraction, and Get the Right Things Done, the one book/one conference read, is a big help.  I’ve been looking for a good time management book for years.  This book has…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on October 27, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

2 Conferences last week---Priceless

I was at the Massachusetts School Library Association conference and the CASL/CLC mini conference last week.  They were great professional learning opportunities and a chance to network with fellow colleagues and administrators.

#MSLA13 notes:

Barbara Stripling, ALA president-elect, gave an inspiring talk "Whose Life Will You Change Today?"  

  • change in a positive way not through taking something…
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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on March 11, 2013 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Wow. Powerful.

Seth Godin's blog on January 12 is food for thought.

"The cost of neutral

If you come to my brainstorming meeting and say nothing, it would have been better if you hadn't come at all.

If you go to work and do what you're told,…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on January 15, 2013 at 12:06pm — No Comments

SLJ Summit 2012

This is a great site on transforming school libraries from the keynote speakers this morning. Great stuff!!!

http://educologists.com/

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on October 26, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

Mission Impossible?

We live in an exponentially changing world.  Has our mission changed?  Is it impossible to achieve?

No, I don’t think so.  Our mission continues to survive the times.  It has staying power.

The mission statement for the 2009 Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs is just as timely as it was in the 1998 Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning and the previous 1988 Information Power: Guidelines for School…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on September 23, 2012 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Privacy

Celebrate and Discuss Privacy May 1 - 7, 2012

The April issue of Wired magazine has an interesting article for a discussion starter, "The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)."

Check out ALA's Libraries, Privacy and Confidentiality website and…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on April 27, 2012 at 3:30pm — No Comments

2012 Horizon Report

Where are you and your district on the timeline of acknowledging and embracing these trends?

  1. Cloud computing
  2. collaborative environments
  3. mobiles and apps
  4. tablet computing
  5. digital identity
  6. game-based learning
  7. learning analytics
  8. personal learning environments
  9. augmented reality
  10. natural user interfaces
  11. semantic applications
  12. tools for assessing 21st century learning…
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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on April 25, 2012 at 2:55pm — No Comments

From the CT SDE

From the CT State Department of Education, the 2012-2015 Ed Tech Plan and the posted certification draft adopted in 2010 and effective July 1,…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on March 19, 2012 at 10:22am — No Comments

CT Teacher Evaluations

Contrary to the 22.5% quoted in this article in the Stamford Advocate "Ignoring the evidence on teacher evaluations,"  the ESEA waiver request meeting handouts recommend testing as 45-50% of a teacher's evaluation. 

In Principle 3: Supporting Effective Instruction and Leadership, of the No Child Left Behind (ESEA) Waiver Request,  PEAC (the…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on February 12, 2012 at 7:56pm — No Comments

'You're not really a librarian"

I invite you to read this blog by our president-elect, Sara Kelley-Mudie.

Added by Irene Kwidzinski on February 6, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Back to School

Hurricane Irene delayed school for most people in Connecticut.  That gave us some extra time to reassess and tweak our plans for the beginning of a new year.  What are your priorities this year?

 

Joyce Valenza is concentrating on how we can all better manage our information lives and the role of curation in research.  Read her blog on Web 3.0.  She is…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on September 4, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Be a "Soul Learner"*

I just finished John Seely Brown's The Power of Pull and am re-energized.  The epilogue, "The Journey from Passion to Pull"  was fabulous and gelled all of his ideas for me.  So of course, I have to share.

 

Bottom line, we all have to share our passion for learning.  Isn't that why we chose education in the first place? If we are passionate about reading and learning, they will come.  We will "pull" them.

 

"Pull demands that we…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on July 14, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Filtering

I finished Eli Pariser's book The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You.  It gives much food-for-thought.  

Here are some of my notes from the book to give you an idea of the content:

 

" More and more, your computer monitor is a kind of one-way mirror, reflecting your own interests while algorithmic observers watch what you click." location 103

 

"While Gmail and Facebook may be helpful, free tools, they are also…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on June 7, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Re: Seth Godin's blog on the Future of Libraries

The library world is abuzz after Seth Godin's blog today on The Future of the Library.

 

There were many responses from librarians as well as…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on May 17, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Defining Our Future

Wow.  There are so many things going on and moving so quickly that it seems like a tsunami. This on top of the fact that everyone is approaching the end of the school year, the most hectic time of year, and needs time to refresh and regroup.  

 

There is no such thing as "relax" in the school library field!!!  School librarians can't let any grass grow under their feet.  That's true for any educator today.

 

Good program assessment and strategic planning is never…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on May 6, 2011 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Fire It Up!

Is your library transforming lives?  In today's AASL webinar "How to Create Strategic Stories to Gain Support for Your Library" with Nancy Dowd, she talked about how to advocate with anecdotal evidence.  There are two more sessions.  Nancy is also the keynote speaker for NESLA'S 2011 Leadership Conference at SERESC in Bedford, NH on April…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on March 16, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Strategic Planning

In AASL's Empowering Learners, the first guideline under building the learning environment is:

"The school library media program is built on a long-term strategic plan that reflects the mission, goals, and objectives of the school." 

 

Buffy's February 13th blog "What's Going On" gives us an idea of what she is thinking…

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Added by Irene Kwidzinski on February 15, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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