I'm looking forward to attending the 2021 AASL Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. This will be my first AASL conference and it will be so nice to talk to colleagues I've met over the last year in a face to face setting. I've even volunteered to serve on the Social Media Squad and submitted two proposals. Most importantly, maintaining my personal learning network (#PLN) helps me reinforce my skills as a #schoollibrarian and provide exemplary service to my students at Jefferson Academy in Washington D.C. I'm committing my time and finances to attend...come on and join us! There's still time to register: https://national.aasl.org/
"Unfurling People" by Elizabeth Acevedo
Read by Daniel A. Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne with Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood
#PoetryMonth #AASLslm #JAReaders
"I've Been There Before" by Olivia Gatwood
Read by Abel W.
Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne with Elizabeth Acevedo and Olivia Gatwood
#PoetryMonth #AASLslm #JAReaders
Read by Zarah L.
My #DayofSilence honoring my students. #GLSEN #DayofSilence
Lessons and Activities - (compiled by K.C. Boyd)
Proclamation from the White House
Asian American and Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2021
Accessible for students, families, and teachers
API ETHNICITIES AND REGIONAL GROUPINGS
From the Census Data and API Identities - https://www.api-gbv.org/resources/census-data-api-identities/
"They Say Blue" by Jillian Tamaki
Activity - https://www.rif.org/literacy-central/book/they-say-blue
"The Serpent's Secret" by Sayantani DasGupta
Activity - https://kids.scholastic.com/content/dam/scholastic/kids/pdf/serpents-secret/serpent-secret_word_blanks.pdf
Japanese American National Museum
Watch and learn with origami tutorials and video lessons.
Middle and High School
"They Called Us Enemy" by George Takei
Activity - https://www.teachingbooks.net/clp.cgi?master_id=61411&lf_id=10
"Parachutes" by Kelly Yang
Activity - https://b0f646cfbd7462424f7a-f9758a43fb7c33cc8adda0fd36101899.ssl.cf2.rackcdn.com/reading-guides/RG-9780062869494.pdf#page=3
“When You Trap a Tiger,” written by Tae Keller
Teaching ideas/activities - https://www.theclassroombookshelf.com/2021/02/healing-and-hope-through-storytelling-the-2021-newbery-and-apala-award-winner-when-you-trap-a-tiger/
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
FREE Special Screening of the Oscar award winning film, "Minari"
June 18, 7:00 - 9:30 PM EDT
A Seat at the Table | Soapbox by
Many thanks to Kathy Ishizuka, Editor and Chief of School Library Journal for the opportunity to write a guest editorial. This article appears in the May issue of the magazine. Many thanks!
"A Seat at the Table" by K.C. Boyd
This title was the mantra of the late Congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm. She simply said, "If they don't give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair." When your voice isn't heard, welcomed, or valued, insist on making a space at the table where decisions are made and be an active part of the the process. School librarians must have a seat at the table in K-12 education to ensure our children receive the very best in school library practioner service and library programming.
I cannot tell you how happy I am to be the receipeint of the Distinguished Librarian Award. This honor is awarded by the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) during the upcoming American Library Association Annual Conference. #Honored
The campaign theme for International Women's Day is #ChooseToChallenge - A challenged world is an alert world - And from challenge comes change. I challenge you to read books written by women/self-published authors.
#IWD2021 #schoollibrarians #tlchat #KC_SaidIt
ICYMI: The #JAReaders and I celebrated #ReadWokeAcrossAmerica Week by reading diverse picture books using @sorareadingapp. View all of the videos here: 👉🏾 https://tinyurl.com/Boss-LibrarianYouTube #schoollibrarian #LibrarianLiteracyLeaders #DCPSLibrariansChampionLiteracy
March is Women's History Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in commemorating and encouraging the study, observance and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.
Here's a sample of books I wlll be highlighting this month for children, young adults and adults.
This week, my students and I will be celebrating #ReadWokeAcrossAmerica. Created by school librarian Cicely Lewis, this week will highlight picture books that celebrate cultures, dreams and overcoming struggles. Read Woke Across America Week starts March 1, 2021, in honor of Zero Discrimination Day. This day encourages everyone to take action to end the inequalities surrounding income, sex, age, health status, occupation, disability, sexual orientation, drug use, gender identity, race, class, ethnicity and religion that continue to persist around the world. Visit my YouTube page to enjoy read alouds with my dynamic 7th graders as they read picture books this week.
The first book we read together was, "Alma and How She Got Her Name," by Juana Martinez-Neal. This story celebrates the beauty of everyone's name and the story of how they were named by their families. The students completed a short written assignment from TeachingBooks and shared their responses on the collaboration board on Nearpod. Our class discussion focused mainly on the uniqueness of their names and how they were named. I learned so much about my students and I hope that they learned a lot about each other.
Today's lesson highlight a overlooked civil rights activist in history, Claudette Colvin. I created the lesson using Nearpod, Merriam-Webster Online, Britannica School Online, ABC News and a book from our SORA collection.
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I love historian Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., he's a national treasurer. Can't wait to see his new series, "The Black Church: This Is My Story, This Is My Song" which airs tonight. What some people may not realize is he has created a really cool video series called, "Black History In Two Minutes." Short videos that highlight little known black history facts that can be celebrated 365 days of the year and not just for Black History Month. Check it out when you have an opportunity, my students enjoyed the Nearpod lesson today about Garrido.
📚🖤Purchase your books 365 days of the year from #BlackBookStores. @Oprah Magazine posted a nice map/guide for the U.S.
SORA Student and Britannica Tutorial
SORA Staff Tutorial
Want to access full text magazines? Check out this tutorial video where #DCPSatHOME students and teachers can access Time, Essence and Sports Illustrated Jr.!
Just sharing a rough draft of a mini-research project my students are working on. The students are learning how to use the database PebbleGo Next.
@NewsLitProject #Checkology lesson about ‘Conspiratorial Thinking!’ 💫The program is easy & flexible to use. I can engage students in meaningful conversations while infusing school/district mandated applications such as @nearpod & @MicrosoftTeams #tlchat @dcpsneedslibrarians
The Queen's Book Has Arrived! I've hear nothing but good things about this insightful book about our dear ancestor.