Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Summer Reading

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Summer Reading

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Summer is here (or almost). Most of us know this isn't a "break" for us; instead, we view it as a chance to restart our engines, hone our skills, and look toward the coming school year with enthusiasm and new knowledge that will help us do our work even better!

The June issue of Teacher Librarian is perfect for summer reading, offering some great advice you can use next year, and some interesting ideas to think about and investigate over the next couple of months. Take this publication with you places, and spend time reading as well as thinking about how you can use much of the information with your program. Don't forget, you can get the full issue (and back issues) in the digital edition using your mobile and not-so-mobile devices.

One famous and respected researcher has collaborated with another expert in our field to present findings from research they conducted recently in Pennsylvania. Keith Lance and Deb Kachel discuss the relationship between school administrators' views of school library programs and student test scores. While there is a lot of interesting information in the findings, the bottom line reinforces the significant effects of school libraries on student achievement. It is interesting to read this alongside Donna Shannon's "Perceptions of School Library Programs and School Libraries: Perspectives of Supportive School Administrators" in the February 2012 issue of TL.

Carol Doll and Kasey Garrison discuss how to select and evaluate literature from cultures other than your own. They provide reference to the five guiding principles that Ann Nolan Clark stresses as important when looking to any literature, and how these five principles help us guide young readers toward worthy literature.

Susan Faust and Jenny Howland provide us with an understanding of their journey toward design thinking and collaboration with other professionals in their school. …

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