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Stenzel, Carolyn – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Carolyn Stenzel is the Library Department chair and Upper School librarian at the Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. She is a member of AASL and is the Independent Schools Committee Chair for the Virginia Association of School Librarians. She was awarded the AASL Frances Henne Award in 2014. In this article she shares her experiences as a…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarian Attitudes, Librarians, Social Networks
Genay, Tina – Knowledge Quest, 2015
This article describes the author's (an elementary school librarian) journey as she researched various bike bookmobile programs in the United States. Though the three programs had different target audiences, all the bike bookmobiles that she observed generated excitement and interest in reading. Public interest for each program was high. People…
Descriptors: Program Descriptions, Phenomenology, Library Services, School Libraries
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Knowledge Quest, 2014
The Virginia Board of Education is committed to the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) program and opposed to adoption of the newly developed Common Core State Standards as a prerequisite for participation in federal competitive grant and entitlement programs. The Standards of Learning are clear and rigorous and have won the acceptance and trust…
Descriptors: State Standards, Board of Education Policy, State Programs, Educational Change
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Mulch, Beth Ebenstein – Knowledge Quest, 2014
In this article, high school librarian Beth Ebenstein Mulch describes how she used iPads to introduce students at T. C. Williams High School (Alexandria, Virginia) to the school library. Her goal was for the library to come to life in front of new students and for them to learn from peers about all the great resources and services their library…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Libraries, Library Instruction, Handheld Devices
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Lighthart, Matthew; Spreder, Creedence – Knowledge Quest, 2014
Matthew Lighthart and Creedence Spreder, librarians, describe a partnership that proved successful for the school and library in their community of Pungo, nestled in Virginia Beach's vast but sparsely populated agricultural center. This community was facing a dual challenge: their only elementary school (Creeds) was in dire need of renovation and…
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Elementary Schools, Public Libraries, Shared Facilities
Lambusta, Patrice; Graham, Sandy; Letteri-Walker, Barbara – Knowledge Quest, 2014
School librarians in Newport News, Virginia, are meeting the challenges of integrating an Inquiry Process Model into instruction. In the original model the process began by asking students to develop questions to start their inquiry journey. As this model was taught it was discovered that students often did not have enough background knowledge to…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Inquiry, Models
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Knowledge Quest, 2012
In this article, school librarians from Henrico County Public Schools in Virginia [the AASL 2011 National School Library Programs of the Year (NSLPY) Award recipient] share some of their experiences caring for students in their libraries.
Descriptors: Caring, School Libraries, Librarians, Library Services
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Keeling, Mary – Knowledge Quest, 2009
Students learn best from well-designed instruction. To what extent can a school district design a curriculum that supports inquiry learning? How can a district implement consistent inquiry practices in forty schools? In this article, the author discusses Newport News Public School District's journey to inquiry which began in 2004 with a…
Descriptors: School Districts, Reading Instruction, Inquiry, Librarians
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Lehman, Kathy – Knowledge Quest, 2008
Armed with digital cameras, voice recorders, and movie cameras, students from Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Virginia, have been exploring neighborhoods, interviewing residents, and collecting memories of their hometown. In this article, the author describes "Digital History of Chester", a project for creating a commemorative DVD.…
Descriptors: High School Students, Student Projects, Local History, Photography
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Kolvoord, Bob – Knowledge Quest, 2008
Geospatial technologies of geographic information systems, global positioning systems, and remote sensing are just a few of the projects that evoke an unexpected drive and devotion from high school students in Virginia. Their integration into different curricular areas lets students focus on understanding their community and the many issues that…
Descriptors: High School Students, Information Technology, Geographic Information Systems, School Districts