Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Important News ...

From Pam at Waverly:

"Every Monday during the month of September, beginning September 8, teachers across Canada are invited to a complimentary cup of coffee at their local Starbucks coffee house. In order to receive their complimentary coffee, teachers are asked to provide proof of teacher status such as a teachers' federation card or school district badge, though any form of identification will be accepted. The Great Start for Great Teachers special offer ends Monday, September 29."

From Rick Mulholland for IASL and International School Library Month: "The International School Library Month committee is proud to announce the availability of the 2008 posters and bookmarks. These can be downloaded from the ISLM resources webpage. These posters were revealed at the 2008 conference and were well received by the delegates. The poster comes in two styles and two sizes. ISLM 2008 Flyer is approx 8.5 X 11 inches and the ISLM 2008 Tabloid is approx 11X17 inches.

ISLM 2008 Bookmarks -- Literacy and Learning at Your School Library [PDF 111 k]
ISLM 2008 Flyer [PDF 181 k]
ISLM 2008 Flyer [PDF 126 k]
ISLM 2008 Tabloid format [PDF 221 k]
ISLM 2008 Tabloid format [PDF 323 k]

These files can be downloaded and printed out to assist you in your ISLM 2008 celebrations."

Thanks, Rick.

From Karen Cordiner, somewhat retired and still a national force for TLs: "Thought that this bibliography builder might be of interest. It got good reviews on IASL." BibMe

From Karen Lindsay on BCTLA Forum: "This is very good news for teacher-librarians, who may have been contravening copyright in order to beautify their OPACs and webpages. Hooray for LibraryThing!" LibraryThing Releases One Million Free Covers [Library Journal]

From Linda Hof's (SFU) Webbits:

BC Teacher-Librarians' Conference:
Mission Literacy: Teachers and Teacher-librarians -
not-so-secret agents of change

If you're still undecided as to what to do on the Provincial Professional Development Day, make plans to attend the annual conference of the BC Teacher-librarians' Association at Spectrum Community School on October 24, 2008. It's not just for teacher-librarians, but for classroom teachers who want to learn more about literacy strategies, research skills and collaboration. The conference is preceded by an Author's Festival throughout Greater Victoria schools on October 23rd. The concept of "change" is key to this Conference.

Change is one of few constants in the work of educators, as teachers and teacher-librarians work together in many different ways to support literacy. Change in technology, change in attitudes, and change in expectations demand changes in pedagogy, and it's hard to keep up if you're trying to do it alone. Working together to change students' attitudes towards reading and learning opens doors and levels playing fields -- positively affecting students in school, beyond the classroom, and into their adult lives.

To register, click here.

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