SAYL Mail for February 12, 2021

SAYL Mail     School and Youth Librarians Newsletter     February 12, 2021

Upcoming events of interest

February 25   Digital Learning Day

Celebrating Ten Years of Digital Learning Day.  Overcoming Adversity with Resilience and Hope for the Future. Live broadcast starts at 8:00 am. Share ideas, stories and practices through social media in your own schools and communities. Local events, interactive activities and lessons. Register for the live broadcast   Programming Schedule


February 25   Libraries, Literacy and Equity: a Virtual Conversation featuring Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress and Tracie Hall, Executive Director ALA.     Register


Diversity Resources

At a recent AASL Townhall which focused on diversity in school library collections and conducting a diversity audit, the following free resources were shared.

Michigan Association of Media in Education (MAME) recently created an annual list of diverse books for learners. The list was compiles by certified school librarians and includes books published in the last two years for all grade levels: Pk-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8 and 9-12. The committee also developed an app for easy access to the list along with supporting resources such as author website, book trailers, teaching and discussion guides.

2020 Diverse Books List

2020 Diverse Books List (screen reader friendly)

Directory of #ownvoices Books App which includes additional resources for each book.

Books Diversity Rubric

Developed from the Teaching Tolerance “Reading Diversity: A Tool for Selecting Diverse Texts
Diverse Book Resources  curated by MAME members

February 16   Noon-1pm   Shake Up Your Shelves: Diversify Your Book Collection!

Join award winning teacher and author Donalyn Miller and get practical tips and approaches for diversifying your book collection.    Register

February 17   10:00 am Lifting Voices: books Like Us: The Power of Seeing Yourself Reflected in a Book

Simon & Schuster editors and authors from the Denene Millner Books and Salaam Reads imprint share the moment when they were able to connect with a character that reflected their own personal narrative. Seeing themselves reflected in a book had a powerful impact on their sense of self and shaped the editors and writers they would later become. Register


Share with your teacher collaborators and students

2021 Ninth Circuit Civics Contest “A fun and engaging way for Alaska’s high school students to write essays or create videos that speak this year’s topic. “What does our American community ask of us?”

“We are able to arrange zoom conversations between your students and Alaskan attorneys to discuss the civics lessons associated with this year’s topic. The contest’s web site presents engaging materials that your students will be able to access online, free of charge.  You can find them under the “resources” tab of the website.  If students are interested in participating in the contest, volunteer attorneys from the Federal Bar Association are available to meet with your class and have a virtual conversation about the topic, answer students’ questions, and help them explore and navigate the materials.  We hope your students will be interested in attending one of these afternoon zoom sessions during the week of February 15th please email our law librarian, to make arrangements to attend. A complete set of materials here Contact Anna Russell with your questions.

Entries accepted: February 1, 2021, Deadline for Entries March 17, 2021

New! Teen Health and Wellness database on SLED

Check out the resource page for Librarian and Educator resources including newsletters, lesson plans, program ideas and promotional materials, training tools and buttons and widgets for your school and library webpage.

Professional Tools for Librarians Serving Youth

This toolkit is a selection of resources, some created by the Association of Library Services to Children and some by outside organizations.

Recent articles

Learning Tools and Standards Lead to Ah-ha Moments (Our Alaskan Schools)

Read more about how Pam Verfaillie and Becky Walker of Valdez High School use the AASL Standards Framework for Learners while guiding students through a persuasive essay assignment.

Remote Realities (American Libraries)

School librarians share how they are adapting their teaching and outreach to support students.

Sitting on the Roof at Night for Internet (edweek)

Read about the challenges of teaching in a Navajo community in Northern New Mexico.





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