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Hi, my name is Kristina Holzweiss, and I’m a middle school librarian from Long Island, New York.  I’d like to take you on a field trip to libraries across the United States.

 

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The traditional view of the library as an archive of books has been transformed into a dynamic, environment where people investigate, learn, make, organize, and collaborate.

 

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Ellen Bayer knows that it is important not only that her students USE credible resources, but that they know HOW to LOCATE them.

 

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Partnering with Common Sense Media, Nicole Taormina helps her students to develop digital citizenship skills and participate in the global community.

 

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Michelle Cooper invites experts to visit and speak with her students, and Laura Gardner’s students create TouchCast newscasts and public service announcements.

 

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Through cooperation and teamwork, students in Julia Hannibal’s library realize that many hands make light work.  Working together with people is a lifelong skill.

 

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Susan Henke’s third and fourth graders focus on collaborative programs with their classroom teachers.  Stacey Rattner’s flexible schedule allows her to collaborate with nearly all of her colleagues.

 

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Jennifer McKinnon and Corinne Wedell encourage their students to make connections among various literacies, and apply them to their lives.

 

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Students in Randie Groden’s library realize how their learning contributes to the progress of the entire group, class, and school community.

 

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Every day in Jane Lofton’s library there is something to celebrate, whether it be a poetry slam, an author visit, or even a new book.

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Creating a learning community involves developing relationships with students and parents in Angie Mitchell’s school, and forging global bonds in Nikki Robertson’s library.

 

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Knowing the right answers isn’t the goal in Michelle Griffith’s library.  It’s learning how to ask the right questions with Breakout EDU.

 

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Everyone speaks making in Elissa Malespina’s library.  Hands-on learning helps English Language Learners to develop conversation skills.

 

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Tonya Fletcher’s students know that learning is measured by process, not by the product.  Critical thinking happens when students shift from knowing to wondering.

 

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Students with special needs and disabilities challenge themselves to reach their learning potential, with the support of Maria Muhlbauer.

 

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Student choice leads to ownership, and ultimately empowerment.  Whether working individually or in a group, Gina Seymour offers the support they need.

 

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Visitors to Lisa Brennan’s library can see a reluctant reader channeling his energy into persuading his peers to read his favorite book series.

 

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Carolyn Burton and Barbara Johnson have transformed their roles from the “sage on the stage” to the “guide on the side.” They encourage STUDENTS to become TEACHERS and TEACHERS to become STUDENTS

 

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In the end, it’s not about the tech it’s about the teach.  When our students understand how their actions can help others, they begin to realize how beautiful the world can be.

 

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Libraries and librarians serve people regardless of age, gender, culture, race, religion, and socioeconomic background. Universal access to knowledge and resources is the great equalizer.

 

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Visit your school library today and be transformed!