Change With A Purpose

Change was one of the major topics at Monday’s internal professional development. We talked about changing how staff members communicate, changing our understanding of what education means, changing how we plan and deliver professional development for teachers, changing the design of our building, changing our logo, changing our ….  You get the point.  When change is discussed it’s almost always introduced with a cliché, such as:

Celebrate Women ‘s History Month 2016 in February and ALL YEAR Round!

 

 

It seems fitting to post about women and their impact on history by opening with a quote from Ronald Reagan’s Proclamation of Women’s History Month, 1987, in light of the recent demise of Mrs. Nancy Reagan, the widow of President Ronald Reagan and passionately devoted keeper of his flame, who died Sunday morning in her Los Angeles home at age 94.   One does not have to be a fan of Reagan politics to appreciate what Mrs. Reagan brought to the office of First Lady and to recognize and respect her unfailing support of her husband.

2016 Virtual Dropout Conference Proposal Form is now LIVE!

The 2016 Virtual Dropout Conference will be held on May 19, 2016 is now accepting proposal to present!  Participants will have the option of engaging in six strands which will provide strategies specific to each level (elementary school, middle school, and high school).   This year’s theme is “Dropout: It’s Never Too Early or Too Late to Intervene”.  The opening session will begin at 8:30 am and the final session will conclude at 5:00 pm.  Each session will be 60 minutes in duration and CPE credit will be provided for participants.

Yes, You SHOULD attend TLA Annual Conference – You are Worth It

 Originally posted 2/15/2016    http://tasltalks.blogspot.com/

By Jennifer LaBoon, Fort Worth ISD Coordinator, Library Technology       
TLA Annual Conference is right around the corner! It’s time to get your travel plans to Houston finalized and get registered for what will be the best conference ever!

A year ago, I wrote about the rationale for why school librarians must make the case to go to conference for the AASL blog.  Of course, in Texas we’re so very fortunate to have aworld class conference right here in our state every year.  We have even more reason to make annual attendance a regular part of our professional development plans.

Even with such an awesome conference nearby, I know many of us have a hard time making the case to attend.  Conferences are expensive, aren’t they?  Why spend that kind of money?

Because school librarians reach every student on our campuses.  We co-teach with, mentor, and model good teaching for other teachers.  We collaborate with librarians in other schools to leverage the learning to multiply the value even more.  We’re expected to recommend well-researched expenditures of campus funds on technology, print, and digital resources.   And even more so, continuing education is an expected part of any profession, and for most of us, our certification credentials require it.

Save the Date – Region 10 Early Childhood Summer Conference

The Region 10 Team is hard at work planning our 2016 Summer Conference – Now4Forever: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! The event will be held July 26-28 and is an exciting time for individuals involved the field of early childhood to come together and gain valuable knowledge.

Once again, we are holding the event simultaneously at two locations for your convenience. Nationally known experts in the field as well as local favorites will present information on various pertinent topics focusing on the education of young children from birth through age five.

Education in America: The Low-Income Gap (Video)

JAN 29, 2016

Nearly half of all public school students come from low-income families. And yet, new data show that low-income students are graduating at far lower rates than their peers.

In 2014, only 74.6 percent of low-income students graduated, compered to 89 percent of non-low-income students—a 14.4 percentage point gap.

The American Graduate video below explores why many low-income students drop out of high school — “because they don’t see hope” — and points out the impact of dropping out: without a high school diploma, youth are twice as likely to hold a minimum-wage job.

2016 Building a Grad Nation Data Brief

OVERVIEW OF 2013-14 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION RATES

The Building a Grad Nation Data Brief highlights state high school graduation rate trends, with a focus on the graduation rates for key groups of students. For the first time, the Data Brief includes 50 state reports detailing graduation rate progress. A precursor to the annual Building a Grad Nation Report, the Data Brief is co-authored by Civic Enterprises and the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Education in partnership with America’s Promise Alliance and the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Charting The Way Forward

Strategy: a plan, method, or series of maneuvers or
stratagems for obtaining a specific goal or result

For the past nine months, nearly 100 people working in teams have undertaken a process to establish a new strategic plan to guide the work of Region 10 ESC. The three purposes for our center as originally outlined by the legislature nearly 50 years ago are obviously the foundation of any such plan, but they are insufficient to be anything more than the underpinning of our work. If our labors are not improving student achievement, making schools more efficient or carrying out initiatives from Austin, then we should be focusing our energy elsewhere. Relying solely on those three statutory responsibilities to actually guide us would be like a sailing ship with all sails unfurled in a hurricane. We would be blown in all directions and go nowhere.

February is Library Lover’s Month

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Why should you care about multicultural children’s books?  Because you and any children whose lives you touch live in the real world which is multicultural.  It is very important that children see themselves represented on the pages of a children’s book in positive lights for many reasons.

Think about our world today and the images children see in the media about cultures different from their own and reflect  why it might be equally important for children to explore, different cultures from the safe pages of children’s literature!