Vision over small things

In 2010, I had the pleasure and honor of opening a middle school. I would be the first choir director of this school and would build its program. After two years, our principal got a job as Assistant Superintendent for Student Engagement. Our new incoming principal, before the end of that year, sent a surveyContinue reading “Vision over small things”

Careful with those Picture Books

In our coursework, we have learned what to look for in a quality picture book. Children’s Literature, Briefly, indicates the way in which illustrations tell a story can be through: establishing a setting defining and developing characters reinforcing the written text providing a differing viewpoint extending or developing the plot providing interesting asides establishing moodContinue reading “Careful with those Picture Books”

Changing Representation one book at a time

In the Spring of 2021, I attended my first YA book festival, entitled, “North Texas Teen Book Festival,” or NTTBF. This was my first book festival. One common point continually surfaces from the authors is the desire to represent a story that has a connection to their lives. The purpose of this session and manyContinue reading “Changing Representation one book at a time”

Face the Music – Being Honest about the History of School Librarianship

How would you react to history that goes directly against what you thought to be true? While obtaining my master’s in library science, I have come to consider the library as a beacon of truth, and a place that fights injustice and promotes equity and equality. My idea of the library has been a romanticizedContinue reading “Face the Music – Being Honest about the History of School Librarianship”

Where do they get those wonderful tools?

Where do librarians get resources to support subjects related to STEM? In the IASL session entitled, “Supporting STEM Education in the School Library with Digital Tools,” presenters Johnston, Green, Thompson and Jones offer various websites, applications and digital tools to complement, enhance and support subjects such as math and science. Johnston points out that whileContinue reading “Where do they get those wonderful tools?”