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Ehler-Hansen, Deborah; O'Meara, Casey – Knowledge Quest, 2019
Fair Haven Union High School (FHUHS) is a small school of approximately 375 students in rural Vermont. The district is called the Slate Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) and consists of about 1,320 students who come from five sending towns. The school is currently undergoing several educationally innovative changes as directed by the Vermont…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Administration, School Districts, Librarians
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Baker, Sheila F.; Alexander, Bonnie – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Learning in makerspaces involves doing, playing, thinking, experimenting, creating, collaborating, mentoring, inquiring, problem-solving, producing, inventing, designing, building, and sharing (Loertscher, Preddy, and Derry 2013). Whatever the character of a makerspace, all makerspaces have the same goal: to actively engage students in open-ended…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Middle Schools, Library Services
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Davenport, Allan; Mattson, Kristen – Knowledge Quest, 2018
In the spring of 2015, Dr. Karen Sullivan, superintendent of Indian Prairie School District 204 in Aurora, Illinois, signed the Alliance for Excellent Education's Future Ready Pledge, "making a firm commitment to implementing meaningful changes toward a digital learning transition that supports teachers, and addresses the district's vision…
Descriptors: Leadership Styles, Cooperation, Educational Change, Organizational Change
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Hand, Dorcas – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Catalyst: Another newspaper article ("Ranks of School Librarians Dwindle in HISD, Statewide" in the October 7, 2013, "Houston Chronicle") detailing another decision by a Houston Independent School District (HISD) campus principal to eliminate the librarian (Mellon 2013). In response to this article, Dorcas Hand, an experienced…
Descriptors: School Libraries, School Districts, Librarians, Library Role
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Burns, Elizabeth – Knowledge Quest, 2018
The modern school library is a complex social setting "grounded in standards and best practice" (AASL 2018). The new "National School Library Standards" have refreshed the student learning standards and aligned new Shared Foundations to the school library. Additionally, the competencies for learners are now complemented by…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Library Administration, National Standards
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Johnson, Craig; Subbian, Arun; Bhojwani, Heeru; Bishop, Rachel – Knowledge Quest, 2018
Social, professional, and learning networks have altered the way humans deal with the volume of information that bombards them daily. Traditionally, the library has served as a center of information in our schools. Because the availability and access to information has changed, many institutions, in both business and education, have chosen to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, International Schools, School Libraries, Library Role
Ballard, Susan D. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
The author reveals in this article that her action research journey in the land of evidence-based practice was not her own idea. She writes that she was lured by the profession's finest scholars who advocated for reflective dispositions for practitioners to improve their practice and demonstrate the school librarian's critical role in teaching and…
Descriptors: Action Research, Evidence, Best Practices, Reflection
McGrath, Kevin G. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School library programs have measured success by improved test scores. But how do next-generation school libraries demonstrate success as they strive to be centers of innovation and creativity? These libraries offer solutions for school leaders who struggle to restructure existing systems built around traditional silos of learning (subjects and…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Innovation, Library Role, Library Services
Messenger, Caroline Gordon – Knowledge Quest, 2015
More than twenty years ago reading researchers sought to capture the behaviors good readers demonstrated to make meaning from their reading. By shifting the focus away from what was wrong, researchers were able to study and discuss what worked. A comprehensive list of reading strategies emerged from this research. This was an important discovery.…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Literacy, Evidence, Classroom Environment
Richey, Jennifer; Cahill, Maria – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School librarians, professional library literature, and scholarly library literature tout the benefits of schools staffed with certified school librarians. However, recent reductions in library funding and elimination of school library positions suggest stakeholders do not connect the school library program to positive student learning outcomes.…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Evidence, Librarians, Multiple Choice Tests
Stubeck, Carole J. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Fixed scheduling is well-researched in the school library literature. We know from this research that information skills taught in isolation from curriculum content are not as relevant to students as skills taught in the context of what they already know (McGregor 2006). Constructivism is an approach to learning that posits individuals construct…
Descriptors: Evidence, Inquiry, School Libraries, Scheduling
Cox, Marge – Knowledge Quest, 2015
As an educator for thirty-four years, the author describes several great changes she has seen in the field of education since she started in the 1970s. The author gives advice to educators just beginning their careers. Old and new ways of receiving professional development are explained along with the limitations and benefits of these options.…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Benefits
Lamb, Annette – Knowledge Quest, 2015
School libraries have been in existence since at least the eighth century. However, it wasn't until the twentieth century that the school library was seen primarily as "a source of enrichment for the curriculum, and a means of developing reading and study habits in the pupils" (Clyde 1981, 263). While the formats available and tools for…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Educational Change, Educational Resources, Access to Information
Barnett, Cassandra – Knowledge Quest, 2015
Over the last century, school library standards have gone through a number of iterations, and expectations for student learning have evolved. While the school library of today looks and functions differently from the school library of the early 1900s, the vision surprisingly is still very similar. The goal of today's school library is to provide…
Descriptors: Standards, Educational History, Educational Development, Intellectual History
Dickinson, Gail K. – Knowledge Quest, 2015
The literature in both education and library science since the 1980s has encouraged school librarians to support education change through service to school-wide initiatives. The difference in the literature from the last century to this one is the transition from a reactive stance to a proactive one. The former encouraged librarians to gain…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Librarians, Change Strategies, Educational Change
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