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 […]

TL Program Student Spotlight: San Diego TLs

Last week while I was in San Diego to attend the California School Library Association Conference, I had the opportunity to visit one of our Teacher Librarian Credential candidates, Laura Preble, at the Monte Vista High School Library.  This past year, the Monte Vista HS Library was one of ten school libraries in California selected […]

TL Program Face-to-Face Events

Last week FPU Teacher Librarian Program candidates that attended the California School Library Association Conference (CSLA) in San Diego had the opportunity to meet one another face-to-face during a FPU Meet & Greet session.  This was a great time of conversation with current candidates, alumni, instructors, and friends of the program.   Many thanks to CSLA […]

Digital Discernment

The need to exercise digital discernment has never been greater as K-12 schools transition to digital learning environments and strive to meet California Education Code that requires both students and teachers to receive instruction in digital citizenship, which is defined as: An understanding of the ethical, legal and safe use of information and technology. Respect […]

AASL National Conference Highlights

This past week I attended and presented at the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference (http://national.aasl.org) in Columbus, Ohio.  This excellent professional learning event, titled “Experience Education Evolution,” provided me with the opportunity to meet with and learn from school librarians and educators of school librarians from across the nation.  Here are […]

What’s in a Name?

This week is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. Tomorrow, April 14th, is National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. In California, […]

April is School Library Month!

Join us in celebrating the role school libraries and librarians play in transforming learning!  If you value this role, please contact your state senators and ask them to co-sponsor the SKILLS Act (Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act) to ensure the future of school library funding. The American Association of School Librarians is providing […]

Battle of the Books!

One hundred twenty middle school students from the Fresno area gathered today at FPU for the annual Battle of the Books competition.  Teacher Librarians Kristine Smith of Ahwanee Middle School and Doug Ward of Computech Middle School organized the event during which teams of 4-6 students competed in a Family Feud-type competition, answering questions about […]