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Programs with focuses on STEM/STEAM, digital literacy, college and career readiness, service learning, or aimed at underrepresented populations in your community are of particular interest. Ten winners will receive a gift pack full of great YALSA resources and swag. One lucky individual will be chosen at random to win a $50 Amazon gift certificate. Submit a program now through July 15, 2017.

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Aaron LaFromboise Mapril Action Plan
Posted by Aaron LaFromboise, 4 answers
*actual action plan starts with the 3rd paragraph* I kind of feel like our action plan entries are also a bit like a diary, and this entry is no different. Spring semester was amazingly tough (but…
Gayle Edelen May Action Plan
Posted by Gayle Edelen, 4 answers
Hello Awesome Ladies! Below you will find my May Action Plan. Please weigh-in on how I can improve, clarify, etc. this plan. My Community Partner for our initial offering is the Girl Scouts.…

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Stacey Cole How are you getting administrator buy in to your Makerspace? What activities/equipment do high school students like the most?
Posted by Stacey Cole
If you have a MakerSpace, what did you do to get principals and assistant principals on board? Also, what activities are teens enjoying the most?
Angela Olson Do you have a coffee shop in your library? How is it going? Positives? Negatives?
Posted by Angela Olson
We have a perfect location for a coffee bar in our library. I want to know what works and doesn't work. How did you get it going? How are you keeping it going?
Allison Renner Programs for Teens with Autism
Posted by Allison Renner
Does your library offer programs for teens with autism? I know a lot of libraries offer sensory storytime for kids with autism, but my library doesn't even offer that. We're applying for a grant to…
Linda Braun Where Cohort 1 Participants are From
Posted by Linda Braun
Linda Braun How to Use our Community of Practice (CoP)
Posted by Linda Braun
Video 1 : Getting started with our CoP Video 2 : Reading and responding to posts Video 3 : How to post a discussion/topic.
Linda Braun Presentations and Resources from Future Ready Cohort 1 Meeting in Atlanta
Posted by Linda Braun
Presentations and resources from the sessions in Atlanta are available. I'll continue to add them as I receive them: World Cafe slides from Sandra Hughes-Hassell Dru and Cassi's PowerPoint on…
Annie Miller Ideas from ALA Midwinter
Posted by Annie Miller
After the workshop, I stayed on for the conference, running into Amy Straube at a few sessions. (Amy I hope you got home alright. I landed in a sleet storm and white knuckled it home at 35 mph.) A…
Laura Pitts Introduction
Posted by Laura Pitts
Hey everyone! It is so hard to believe that it's been over a week since Atlanta! I don't know if you all are like me but it takes me a while to get back in the swing of things. Just a quick…
Carol Lo Weekly Activities: Working with your Group
Posted by Carol Lo
Group Activity # 1 Your Group Identity Going Do: Have someone in your group create a post and insert the photo you took at the meeting. Pick a name for your group (2 groups already have…
Ximena Grollmus Ximena Grollmus Introduction
Posted by Ximena Grollmus
Hello everybody, It took me a while to get organized with everything after coming back from my trip. I enjoyed meeting you all and spending those two days learning together. I felt a new world…
Peggy Poling-Sharkey Killing 3 Birds with 1 Stone (Intro & Jan/Feb reflections)
Posted by Peggy Poling-Sharkey
Intro: 13 years as 7th grade ELA teacher, 20 years as Middle School principal, first year librarian. My journey to the library started with my love of books and being with kids...which has now…
Linda Braun Colleges Discover the Rural Student
Posted by Linda Braun
This article from the NY Times, Colleges Discover Rural Students , connects perfectly to the work we are doing with the FRwtL project. There are lots of parts that jumped out at me but here's one…
Carol Lo Yeah, CAPS
Posted by Carol Lo
I'm so glad you have your group up and running! Hurray!
Carol Lo Activity #6 Every1graduates and AMLE exploration
Posted by Carol Lo
Activity #6 Due February 24, 2017 Explore Balfanz’s site and the AMLE site for further information, articles, blog posts, research and other resources. Again, use…
Annie Miller Far-Flung Futurists (formerly known as ADHK)
Posted by Annie Miller
Katie, Annie, Hannah and Deb the Far-Flung Futurists
Hillary Scholz Every1graduates and AMLE exploration
Posted by Hillary Scholz
In my search to find something amazing and worth sharing I found the Grad Nation Community Guidbook. It’s a research-based toolkit for communities working to raise graduation rates and better…
Annie Miller Assignment #5
Posted by Annie Miller
Hi Futurists, After the last assignment, I've been thinking more and I realized that I really do need to develop a more systematic way of working. At the moment, I am quite over-committed at work…
Lisa Erickson Activity #6
Posted by Lisa Erickson
Explore Balfanz’s site and the AMLE : Feedback -- I found this interactive map series quite interesting and it is something that could be shared during a public…
Carol Lo Updated Activity Sheet
Posted by Carol Lo
Here's the Link to the Activity sheet. It will be updated every week along with the assignment. It is possible for all of us to edit, but please don't unless you have really mean to do so. If you…
Gayle Edelen Activity 6
Posted by Gayle Edelen
http://// I found this to be important in that…
Gayle Edelen February Reflections
Posted by Gayle Edelen
February Reflections I hardly know where February has gone. If this entire year passes as quickly as February I can hardly imagine having a project in place. And then I remind…
Linda Braun Webinar of Interest
Posted by Linda Braun
ACT is hosting a webinar on Tuesday - 2/28 at noon Eastern - that might be of interest to some or all. It's called How You can Help Underrepresented Students Aim Higher I just registered and…
Laura Pitts February Reflection: Making Initial Contacts and Figuring Things Out
Posted by Laura Pitts
This February has remained productive despite the issues that we have had regarding staffing and library building maintenance. I have had two interesting conversations where I have brought up the…
Renae Rountree Activity #6
Posted by Renae Rountree
The most intriguing information that I found on the two websites is the following two page report on food insecurity.…
Jessica Faill Activity 6
Posted by Jessica Faill
Sorry I'm so late on this ladies. Life has been hectic as usual. I chose this article:…
Amy Straube Activity 4
Posted by Amy Straube
I have asked my principal to allow me to not go to the Public library during our early outs which are typically once a month. I will use that time during the rest of this school year to work on this…
Amy Straube Disclaimer--I remember why I went AWOL...I feel like the most negative person in the WORLD...I'm Not.....please read
Posted by Amy Straube
Ok, I will keep this short as I tend to overexplain..sorry, bad habit of mine..working on it. As I reply to your posts I try to provide an honest answer from the education side, as I'm hoping…
Carol Lo What's your score?
Posted by Carol Lo
I'm attaching a college and career rubric to let you (and members of your community) score how you're doing at providing a great environment for middle school students to be aware and ready for their…
Carol Lo March Action -- Reminder
Posted by Carol Lo
Hi all, There's just a few more days left in March so I wanted to check in with a reminder about the March Action Plan. March is all about expanding your potential Community Partner horizons. AND…
Carol Lo April Action Plan Due May 5th
Posted by Carol Lo
April Action Plan Due May 5th READ Inputs v Outcomes READ Types of Outcomes DO April’s Action Plan moves from branching out from potential partnership…
Hannah Buckland March Reflection: On Risk
Posted by Hannah Buckland
[All apologies for the fact that my reflections keep getting longer. March had good adventures, and it all fits together, and it's so nice to write things that aren't grant reports.] The Setup…
Stephanie Loiselle Reflecting on March
Posted by Stephanie Loiselle
March was a month that kept me hopping. I really enjoyed meeting so many people in the community, and hearing their concerns and interests. I met this month with people from the economic development…
Katie Baxter Kodiak Far-Flung March 2017 Assignment
Posted by Katie Baxter
Greetings all! I appreciated the month's time to review the resources and share/process them with others. Spreading the work across a month allowed various of my staff to see me in action, ask…
Stephanie Loiselle March Action
Posted by Stephanie Loiselle
This post is not pretty, but I want to get it in before too much time goes by! I still have meetings with the PTO, rescheduling one at the high school after we got a snow storm and had to cancel, and…
Linda Braun New Report on Social Emotional Development and College Career Readiness
Posted by Linda Braun
I just discovered this new report - March 2017 - from the Aspen Institute on Social Emotional Development and College Career Readiness . It is a great resource for us in the work we are doing now. …
Carol Lo March Action Summary Examples
Posted by Carol Lo
Linda and I have asked a couple of folks to post their March Action summaries on this site so that everyone could see them. They reflect very different approaches to setting up the meetings with…
Linda Braun April Wednesday Chat Recording
Posted by Linda Braun
Today's chat was a small but hard-working group of Amy, Carol, Ximena, and me. I think even though Amy was the only person in the chat from the cohort, we had a lot of great conversation about how…
Carol Lo Relationships Come First article
Posted by Carol Lo
Many of you have mentioned appreciating the articles and other content we've provided along the way as helpful for your own professional development and sharing with prospective community partners. …
Linda Braun Trauma Informed Practice Chat
Posted by Linda Braun
The video and chat from today's Trauma Informed Practice Zoom chat with Ximena is available: Video Chat Transcript We are going to schedule a part two and I will let you know when that is.
Carol Lo May Action Plan
Posted by Carol Lo
May Action Plan. March and April have been devoted to interviewing potential partners, considering outcomes and evaluations and exploring your community’s career opportunities. Now is the…
Linda Braun Navigating SEL from the Inside Out
Posted by Linda Braun
This is a new report from the Wallace Foundation . I haven't read through it yet, but it looks like it could be a good resource for ideas on integrating SEL into activities as well as providing some…
Renae Rountree April Action Plan
Posted by Renae Rountree
April’s Action Plan wants 3 outcomes. Since I was slightly behind the curve on my meetings, I went into my meetings thinking about outcomes and how to measure them. There are two possible ways…
Gayle Edelen April Action Plan
Posted by Gayle Edelen
April Actioin Plan Community Partners* Northeast Dubois Middle School *My primary Community Partner is the Northeast Dubois Middle School. The middle school will…
Katie Baxter Cohort Chats May 9 and May 10, 2017
Posted by Katie Baxter
Greetings all. I wanted to reach out and say hello before May gets too much underway with end of fiscal year tasks and Summer program planning. I continue to find your updates and tips motivating.…
Laura Pitts March / April Action Plan
Posted by Laura Pitts
Combined in this post are both March’s and April’s action plans. Our school system that I am working with is under a new Superintendent Change and it has been a fun challenge to get…
Carol Lo Reminder - Video / Phone Chat today
Posted by Carol Lo
Hi all, Just a quick reminder of the link and/or phone number you'll need to come to the chat today. It starts at 3 p.m. Eastern, 2 p.m. Central, 1 p.m. Mountain, and 12 p.m. Pacific. Wednesdays,…
Linda Braun May Chat Recordings
Posted by Linda Braun
The recordings of this month's chats are now available: Tuesday, May 9 Chat Wednesday, May 10 Chat We had small groups for both - well on Wednesday there was Stephanie, Carol, and me and…
Linda Braun Partnering to Increase Your Impact
Posted by Linda Braun
This week YALSA published a new toolkit on partnerships and partnering that I think has some good ideas and resources. Check it out .
Carol Lo June Action Plan - Program Template
Posted by Carol Lo
Hi all, Your May Action Plan (search for May Action Plan tag below this post for reference) is due this Friday, June 2. We look forward to hearing how your plans are shaping up! June's Action…
Carol Lo Hi all,
Posted by Carol Lo
Hi all, How are you and how's the May assignment going. Please write me if you have questions, need some encouragement and or an ear to listen to whatever is going on. Tomorrow, your May…
Linda Braun June Video Chats
Posted by Linda Braun
We had two great video chats this week that included really inspiring updates on the work several cohort members are doing/moving forward with. Each chat was uploaded to our Google Drive space and…

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