AASL 2017 National Conference Highlights

This past week I attended the American Association of School Librarians Conference to take an in-depth look at the new National School Library Standards and begin planning for how we will integrate these into the Teacher Librarian Program coursework: The opening general session keynote speaker was Jaime Casap, Google Education Evangelist.  His main point was […]

TL Program Alumnus Spotlight: Travis Harding

The following was written by Travis W. Harding, FPU Teacher Librarian Services Credential alumnus (2014-2017) and teacher librarian at Atwater High School in Atwater, California: The decision to transition from a high school classroom teacher to a teacher librarian was a monumental moment in my career as a professional educator. After twelve wonderful and successful years in […]

TL Program Faculty, 2017-2018

Eric Wheeler is currently the Teacher Librarian at Sunnyside High School in Fresno Unified School District in Fresno, CA and has served in several leadership roles in the school library and educational technology fields since 2000.  He holds a M.A. in Teaching with an emphasis in Language Arts Education and two California credentials: Teacher Librarian […]

Implications of Makerspaces for School Libraries

Our Teacher Librarian Program candidates continue to add research to the school library field! Benet Hammoudeh recently completed the requirements for the Master of Arts in School Library & Information Technology. Her thesis, entitled Implications of Makerspaces for School Libraries, outlines the following: This study was conducted in a large, comprehensive high school in California […]

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 […]