October 23, 2010

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I thought this week I would just take a minute to highlight a few of the cool things we have available for use in our professional library. If you are interested in borrowing, you can either book through Medianet, or let me know and I'll be sure to get them for you.

For the younger classrooms we have our Corduroy Theme kit. This kit includes lesson plans and interactive activities that makes the character of Corduroy the bear come to life. This kit comes with eleven books of Corduroy adventures and a stuffed Corduroy character. The Medianet number for this kit is PL9004.

Some of you may remember our Books for Boys titles that we had from our training a few years ago? Well, we made them into "kits" that have different themes.

We have one set of Adventures of Captain Underpants titles. The epic novels of the adventures of Captain Underpants are seven fast-paced, funny, easily read chapter books geared toward boys. RL 3 ages 7-10. Titles include :The Adventures of Captain Underpants, The Attack of the Talking Toilets ,The Invasion of the Incredibly Naughty Cafeteria Ladies from Outer Space, The Wrath of the Wicked Wedgie Woman, The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boys Part 1 ,The Big, Bad Battle of the Bionic Booger Boys Part 2 and The Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants. The Medianet number for this set is PL9002.

We made a set for the Middle High level composed of seven high interest books for boys which recognize that growing up can be hard to do. These books deal with difficult subject matter with good writing and knowledge of their audience. Titles include: Handbook for Boys, The Last Book in the Universe, The Car, The Outsiders, Boy 2 Girl, 145th Street Short Stories and Monster. The Medianet number for this set is PL9001.

Our final set is made up of six short, visually-stimulating, funny stories that would appeal to both boys and girls. Stories have a tongue-in-cheek fairy tale like quality which could generate writing prompts. Titles included in this kit: The Teacher from the Black Lagoon, Schmoe White and the Seven Dorfs, Cinderella Bigfoot, The Princess and the Pea-ano, Hanzel and Pretzel, and Company's Coming. RL 2 - 3 6-9 yrs. The Medianet number for this set is PL9003.

I also just finished adding some new titles that may be of interest to you.
New Titles in Medianet
The Whole Digital Library Handbook - PL0549
Web-Based Instruction:A Guide for Libraries - PL0547
I Found it on the Internet: Coming of age online (2nd Edition) - PL0507
Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians - PL0545
Teaching Literacy Through the Arts - PL0554
Teaching Literacy in Fourth Grade - PL0553
Intellectual Property: Everything the Digital-Age Librarian Needs to Know - PL0552



In July and August, 2010, Regulations of the Commissioner of Education relating to the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) of Teachers were revised with four major changes. One of these requires school districts and BOCES to include student growth as a mandatory criteria to be used in the evaluation of teachers. The amendment defines student growth.
Student growth is defined as:
"The teacher shall demonstrate a positive change in student achievement for his or her students between at least two points in time as determined by the school district or BOCES, taking into consideration the unique abilities and/or disabilities of each student, including English language learners. Student achievement means a student’s scores on State assessments for tested grades and subjects and other measures of student learning, including student scores on pre-tests and end-of-course tests, student performance on English language proficiency assessments and other measures of student achievement determined by the school district or BOCES to be rigorous and comparable across classrooms."
NYSED School Library Services liaison to the SLMS/NYLA Executive Board, and in consultation with the SLSA representative to the SLMS/NYLA Board and SLSA, have agreed to maintain data on self reporting by districts of what they are using or considering for use for student achievement data for evaluation of school librarians.
NYSED can share this data periodically or upon request, for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders.
Kindly share this request for information on what school district are doing with regard to student achievement data for evaluation of school librarians with your SLS component district liaison Communication Coordinators, as appropriate.
Communication Coordinators can email district data metric considerations and district name directly to John Brock at JBROCK@MAIL.NYSED.GOV

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