Ask to Include Librarians in the NEA Quality Dashboard Proposal

At the Network for Public Education conference, Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of National Education Association, spoke about the “Opportunity Dashboard” that NEA is promoting as critical to the reauthorization of ESEA. Notably absent on this dashboard are school libraries and school librarians. The NH School Library Media Association seeks to draw the union’s attention to this! Please join with NHSLMA and the Office of Educational Technology in contacting through email, twitter – any way you can – the NEA to let them know that opportunities for our students start with the school library and we need to have a certified school librarian in every school.  Below is a link to the dashboard:  https://www.nea.org/assets/docs/NEA-Opportunity-Dashboard.pdf

Whether you are a member of NEA or not, this message is important to all educators. Please support NHSLMA in this endeavor.

Network for Public Education Conference http://www.networkforpubliceducation.org/2015-national-conference-chicago/

New Hampshire School Library Media Association   http://www.nhslma.org/

National Education Association  http://www.nea.org/

Opportunity Dashboard, We Need it Now on Lily’s Blackboard  http://lilysblackboard.org/2015/03/educations-opportunity-dashboard-we-need-it-now/

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Using Social Media to Promote your School and Communicate with your Community

Social media considerations for social work students, University of Wisconsin-MadisonBy orchestrating multiple social media channels, the Minnetonka School District in Minnesota boosts its brand and builds community.  Traditionally, school communications have been all about managing the flow of information to the public and then framing the discussion about that information. Even technological advances like robo-calls and mass e-mails still constrained schools to push out information in one direction—say, to announce school closings or publish school test score results.

But in the age of new media, things have changed. Popular social media tools like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and webinars enable schools to maintain interactive dialogue with stakeholders. Today, the vision of school district communications is all about building relationships. Continue reading

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4 Things You Should Know About The Senate’s Overhaul Of No Child Left Behind

A Senate committee pushed an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind Act a step closer Thursday, passing a rewritten version called the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015.
The vote by the Committee on on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, led by Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and ranking member Patty Murray (D-Wash.), gives hope that the Bush-era law, which expired in 2007, will finally be updated. Previous attempts have failed miserably.

Here are four things to know about the committee’s Every Child Achieves Act.

1. It Passed Unanimously, With Bipartisan Support. The measure was approved 22-0. Members of both parties praised the vote as a triumph of bipartisanship.

2. It Would Continue No Child Left Behind’s Emphasis On Standardized Tests.  The No Child Left Behind Act relied on high-stakes testing, with consequences for poor scores. The Every Child Achieves Act continues this emphasis, requiring states to give students standardized math and English exams in grades three through eight, and once in grades nine through 12.

3. The Secretary Of Education Supports It.  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement that he applauds the committee’s leaders and members “on the important steps taken this week.”

4. It Still Has A Long Way To Go.  Before it can become law, the Every Child Achieves Act must pass the full Senate and House and be signed by the president. The future of the House version, called the Student Success Act, is uncertain.

Read the entire article by Rebecca Klein on the Huffington Post at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/16/senate-no-child-left-behind_n_7080736.html.

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Tuesday, April 21: Watch the Games for Learning Summit Live

Join Office of US Educational Technology on Tuesday, April 21st for the day-long Games for Learning Summit!

The summit will bring together educators, researchers, students and video game developers to share strategies for the creation and use of high quality games for learning. Throughout the day, participants will engage in meaningful dialogue to identify the potential barriers and opportunities for collaboration necessary to accelerate the broader adoption of well-designed games in education.

How to join: Check out the schedule and watch the live stream of the Games for Learning Summit here: https://livestream.com/g4c/g4l. Use the hashtag #G4L15 to join the conversation on Twitter!

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Limited Ed Tech Support in the new ESEA Reauthorization Bill

If the Murray / Alexander bill becomes the Every Child Achieves Act that will reauthorize ESEA, it would appear as though every child will achieve without integration of technology or next generation type digital learning.

In the bill, which is 601 pages long:

  • Technology is mentioned 11 times.
  • Digital is mentioned once.
  • Online is mentioned once.
  • Blended is mentioned once.

Looks like we have some work to do folks!

Alexander, Murray Announce Bipartisan Agreement on Fixing “No Child Left Behind”   http://www.help.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=4cea5b0a-0acb-448c-bad9-d3fa00de0e66&groups=Chair

Click here for the legislation.

Click here for a summary of the bill.

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Join the American Library Association Media Push for School Library Support

This Thursday, April 9, 2015, the American Library Association is joining a social media push in support of dedicated funding for school libraries through Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills (SKILLS) Act, which would expand federal investment in school libraries so they can continue to offer students the tools they need to develop the critical thinking, digital, and research skills necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

We need to tell legislators how important school libraries and librarians are to our students and we need your voice to take up the rallying cry.

Here’s how you can help:

On Thursday, April 9, 2015, between 7-8pm, post one or all of the tweets below, or create your own:

  • School libraries receive over 1.3 billion student visits a year! #getESEAright – include funding for school libraries with the SKILLS Act.
  • Studies show test scores trend higher in schools with full-time, certified school librarians. #getESEAright with the SKILLS Act.
  • Strong school libraries drive student achievement! http://ow.ly/LaDHo #getESEAright – include the SKILLS Act!
  • .@PattyMurray Help us #getESEAright – include the SKILLS Act! Listen to teens speak out about the importance of #libraries http://ow.ly/LaCAo
  • .@SenAlexander #getESEAright – include the SKILLS Act and support dedicated funding for school libraries.

For more information about ESEA and the SKILLS Act, check out our earlier post on the topic.

Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) are the keys to unlocking more sustainable funding for our school libraries. Join us Thursday on the #getESEAright hashtag and let them know why they should include the SKILLS Act in ESEA.

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Blended Learning Visually Explained

Blended Learning is one of the major learning concepts that came about as a direct result of the impact of technology integration in education.In blended learning students and teachers get to experiment with a multimodal teaching method in which the digital and virtual learning is blended with the face-to-face one. However, one of the misconceptions circulating among those who are  less enthusiastic about the use of this learning method in classrooms is that blended learning is nothing else but replacing teachers with technology. The infographic below debunks this myth and features the numerous benefits of blended learning. Have a look and share with us what you think of it. Enjoy!

Via: More Than Blended Learning
Courtesy of eLearning Infographics

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning at http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/03/blended-learning-visually-explained-for.html

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