Guided Inquiry Design Workshop

On March 14th and 15th, several FPU Teacher Librarian Program students attended the first two days of a workshop focused on Guided Inquiry design (GId).  The workshop was hosted by Selma Unified (thanks to Maria Petropulos, District Library Coordinator and adjunct instructor for our TL Program!) and facilitated by Leslie Maniotes, co-author of Guided Inquiry […]

CSLA Conference 2017

FPU Teacher Librarian Program students, alumni, and friends enjoyed meeting one another in person at the California School Library Association Conference in Rohnert Park this past weekend!  We’re looking forward to attending next year’s conference, which will be held close to FPU – at Tenaya Lodge near Yosemite National Park.    

Fake News

Last week, two bills were introduced in the California State Senate and Assembly to address the “fake news” phenomenon that has plagued our digital landscape in recent months. AB-155 Pupil Instruction: Civic Online Reasoning proposes adding Section 51226.8 to the Education Code, to read: (a) The Instructional Quality Commission shall develop, and the state board […]

School Library Services in California’s Public Schools: Inequitable Access

Yesterday Maria Petropulos, Adjunct Instructor in the FPU Teacher Librarian Program and District Library Coordinator for Selma Unified School District (USD), and I presented an EdTips webinar entitled “Instructional Leadership: The Role of the Teacher Librarian in California Schools.” The purpose of our presentation was to educate participants about the unique role teacher librarians play […]

California Reading Association PDI 2016 Highlights

This past weekend, the California Reading Association Professional Development Institute (PDI) was held at the Visalia Convention Center.  This was a treat for the Central Valley since this state-wide conference for educators involved in reading and language arts instruction is normally held in either Northern or Southern California.  On Saturday, our amazing Teacher Librarian Program […]

TL Program Faculty, 2016-2017

I’m very excited to work with these amazing instructors in our program this year! Maria Petropulos is currently the District Library Coordinator for Selma Unified School District in Selma, CA and has worked in school libraries since 1999.  She holds an M.A. in Education: School Library and Information Technology and three California credentials: Clear Administrative […]

Norma P. Dick Scholarship 2016 Recipient

The purpose of the FPU Norma P. Dick Scholarship is to honor the founder of the FPU Teacher Librarian (TL) Program and benefit FPU students pursuing the California Teacher Librarian Services Credential. Mrs. Dick was a teacher and administrator in the Clovis Unified School District prior to establishing the TL Program at FPU in 1991. […]

Trends in Digital Learning & the Teacher Librarian

The concept of personalized learning – the ability to effectively meet the individual needs of diverse students – is at the forefront of today’s educational conversations.  The ubiquity of inexpensive mobile devices and widespread availability of digital content is making this concept a reality in many schools, which is highlighted in the 2016 report of […]

Teacher Librarian Leadership Day 2016: Digital Discernment

On Friday, March 11th, teacher librarians, classroom teachers, administrators, credential candidates, and university faculty gathered to hear Dr. Mike Ribble, author of Digital Citizenship in Schools, speak about how to design a comprehensive digital citizenship plan, integrate digital citizenship and character education concepts into the curriculum, and provide professional development (see http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Resources.html for copies of his […]

Bibliotherapy and Third Culture Kids

It is exciting to see how our Teacher Librarian Program candidates are adding research to the school library field!  Rebecca VanWeerdhuizen recently completed the requirements for the Master of Arts in School Library & Information Technology. Her very well-written thesis, entitled Bibliotherapy and the Third Culture Kid Transition Process, outlines the following: The purpose of […]