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Hannah Buckland February Reflection: Community Engagement, Workforce Development, and the Oboe
Posted by Hannah Buckland, 5 answers
The full team looking unusually serious at September's workshop. From last February through this February, I participated in the Native Community Development Institute (NCDI), an opportunity…
Ximena Grollmus February Reflections
Posted by Ximena Grollmus, 4 answers
Hi all, I wrote another reflection the day before yesterday, but it is some place in the cyber space. I hope this one shows up. Apologies for my long silence, February has been kind of busy for…
Carol Lo New Action Strategy - please read BEFORE the March action post
Posted by Carol Lo, 4 answers
New Action Strategy We are shifting our strategy and process now that we’re a couple of months into the project. The first few weeks our goal was to get all of us connected, into small…
Renae Rountree Checking in with all of you
Posted by Renae Rountree, 4 answers
Hello all, Just checking in to see if everyone is doing okay. Things for me in February were crazy. If I don't hear back from you all by the end of this week, I will give you a call!
Christina Boyles 7 SKILLS STUDENTS NEED FOR THEIR FUTURE
Posted by Christina Boyles, 6 answers
Sorry about the caps in the headline... I often have it on and decided that since I was halfway done, I didn't want to re-type it. :) I was just sent this video via Facebook from a parent who…
Jessica Faill I need some help!!
Posted by Jessica Faill, 6 answers
Hello all! I was wondering if I could get some input from you on how to help our school system with something they are planning. I got this email today "We are having a college/career week the week…
Stephanie Loiselle Relevant upcoming Independent Lens film
Posted by Stephanie Loiselle, 4 answers
Hi all! i wanted to share this article preceding the first showing of the Independent Lens film "Bad Kids" on PBS. I'm looking forward to the film, and I think there's a lot of perspective to be…
Stephanie Loiselle Compounding parnter possibilities
Posted by Stephanie Loiselle, 4 answers
Hi guys, I just wanted to check in and see how everyone's month is going. I feel like it took so long to get in to see the potential partners, but now it's like I'm speaking to someone new every…

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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 Every1Graduates.org 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 Every1Graduates.org 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:////www.amle.org/Publications/ResearchSummary/TabId/622/ArtMID/2112/ArticleID/307/Setting-Higher-Expectations-Motivating-Middle-Graders-to-Succeed.aspx 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…
Christina Boyles Round Table #1 - How it went.
Posted by Christina Boyles
On Monday March 20th , my library hosted our first round table event for our College and Career readiness programming. Our goal was to find out what our community members feel that the youth in our…

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