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Robin Cicchetti
High school librarian on an information tech mission. Bring it.
High school librarian on an information tech mission. Bring it.


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The Baby
The Baby by Lisa Drakeford The Baby by Lisa Drakeford is a well-written piece about a high school girl and her four friends. She did not know that she was pregnant, and has to give birth in the middle of her best friend's house party. This book gives teens ...

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This looks interesting.  They are still in beta. Waiting for my invitation.  

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Shoot or Shute
We are busily checking out books for the summer, stamped with a due date of September 8, 2014. I was gathering a stack of requests for a colleague, and as I went through the stacks I was talking to myself (as I often do). A student, one of our regulars, loo...

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This is a great blog for graphic novel reviews. My students especially love the Japanese imprints. I hope this is helpful. In the Boston area we are all polishing off our summer book orders. When do people do big orders in other parts of the world? Please share specialized review sources : )

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Marc Aronson and Mary Ann Cappiello presented to school librarians on the role of nonfiction in our collections and implications for the CCSS. I have a new appreciation for my own cultural biases regarding reading, and a new appreciation for the importance of highlighting nonfiction (especially narrative) for pleasure reading and as curriculum texts.

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Marc Aronson and the Common Core State Standards and Nonfiction
Aronson via Weston HS Global Ctr EDCO Nonfiction and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) June 6, 2014 Weston High School Global Center, MA Twitter hashtag #edcolibrary #msla Presentation Notes Presenters: Marc Aronson , Rutgers University Mary Ann Cappie...

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This is a superb blog post on repackaging research in a 1:1 environment. The 5 points at the end provide clear talking points to use in discussions with  curriculum committees/administration.
1. Administer the Google litmus test 
2. Insert Essential Question at the beginning which will foster synthesis of those facts and conclusions 
3. Require credible library resources to be used 
4. Embed technology for engagement - somewhere 
5. Insure that students have an opportunity to "present" their knowledge
Great blog post, +Paige Jaeger !

Looking forward to this great community! I am a high school TL of a learning commons located in Concord, MA, USA. I have worked in libraries in the U.K. and Switzerland, and am currently pursuing a EdD (doctorate in education). My thesis focuses on the teacher-librarian experience of transitioning from a traditional school library to the learning commons service model, and the critical elements required for a successful transition. Thanks for initiating the group, +Joyce Valenza : )

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Summer purchasing decisions are complicated, but feeling better about my philosophy.
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