New officers for next year are:
Chair Elect-Mary Woodard Secretary/Treasurer-Jeanne Martinez
Secretary, Treasurer-Jeanne Martinez
consultant from Region one spoke about the Texas Star Book Award , a bilingual book award. The purpose of the program is to:
ELL students are concentrated in Houson, Edinburg, Ft.Worth, Dallas and El Paso.
Of the over 4 million students in Texas 46% are Hispanic, 14% African American, 36% White, 4% other.
See link above for complete list of books on the 2008-09 list.
Time for break provided by Heinemann
from TLA spoke about advocacy for school libraries. The study between TEA and the State Library is due in December. The hope is that the report will convey a plan of action. Beyond the local district, most respondants taking the survey sent by the agencies felt that TEA should be the agency to cover school libraries.
The dinner Thursday evening was so enjoyable! Jim Roberts was surprised with a cake and picture signed by TASLA members for his birthday. It was unclear which birthday it was but I think that’s how Jim wanted it. We ate at the remodeled Oasis that overlooks Lake Travis and claims to have the best sunset in Austin. Judge for yourself! It was truly beautiful!! Dinner provided by BTSB, Discovery Education, Britannica, and EBSCO.
Barry Bishop, Vaughn Branom and Liz Phillipe presented what they are doing with the 23 Things in Spring Branch. Can’t blog on this one due to wireless access constraints. Here’s the website for the wiki to follow along. They are offering this workshop for teachers and have about 300 participants this summer.
and dinner tonight provided by BTSB, Discovery Education, Britannica and EBSCO. Thanks again to all vendors for keeping us well fed and happy!!
talked briefly about the Strong Libraries, Strong Scores. It has been thorugh all major cities in Texas. It will be April 1, 2009 in Houston. He wants input as to whether to change the format. Suggestions:
TEA update. She is in new position, promoted as unit manager for Educational Technology.
School libraries are leading the way for technology use in schools. School libraries inspire literacy. School libraries don’ t matter without certified librarians. School library programs affect achivement when collaboration occurs.
Setting the course for we can go-
Please email responses to firstname.lastname@example.org to the following questions:
TEA Curriculum–hottest news are the new LA and Reading curriculum standards approved;
Differences in 1997 TEKS and2008 TEKS–new area is RESEARCH!!
Fall 2009 required implementation of the new ELA/Reading TEK
Fall 2010 -reading ELA/reading literature tetbooks in the classroom
See new reporting requirements for Instructional Technology here. See correspondence to districts and then the additional reporting requirements for NCLB.
Librarians should be filling out the Star Chart. If librarians have not filled it out they need to do it now.gy
Goal for database activation is 100%
Statewide TETN videoconferencing through ESC’s set tentatively for August 20th. 1:30-4:00 They will try to reschedule due to back to school staff dev.
TEA will get a new website that will be easier to navigate. YEA!!
Get on the admin lists from TEA. You will be informed as soon as administrators get the news
SIDE NOTE–Karen is going so fast; I have missed many things…sorry if you don’t see something here she talked about. My fingers are burning from typing so fast!
Karen will send everything to David with the links we need. (thank goodness)
High school librarian, Northwest High School, presents, “Engaging young Adults–Making high school library programs work”.
Even though our students are digital natives, they are literary immigrants therefore our job is to help them with literacy. We need to use their technological formats to reach them. For example book talks need to be amped up ; instead of just talking use a slide show. Create videos or mini commercial’s for books to engage students. Naomi shared many of her great book talks that she uses with students. Animoto is one free program that she uses to create videos. It has a great hip MTV style to the videos. She shared many of her “book talks” and podcasts with the group.
Shelfari is a program she is using with student to review and keep up with books read. The students have to review a book before they can add it to their shelf.
How does she find time to do it all?
She ended with a movie from Simple Truths
GREAT job Naomi!
Time to eat again!! Break provided by Worldbook