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Schools can now order CSLP materials from Upstart

The CSLP is proud to announce a new partnership opportunity!  In response to members' feedback that there is a need to allow school and non-profit partners the opportunity to purchase materials to help promote the library's summer reading program, a limited selection will now be available for orders.  Attached please find the 2013 School/Non-profit Partner catalog.  Partners may call, fax or mail their orders in to Highsmith/Upstart; they will not be able to place the order online.

Using technology integration to support learning

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With the recent adoption of the new Idaho Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and with research and media skills embedded into the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, it is apparent that technology plays a vital supporting role in Idaho education.

Letters About Literature competition

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A call for student entries

Letters About Literature (LAL), a national reading and writing promotion program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, invites readers in grades 4–10 to enter the 21st Annual LAL letter writing competition.'s picture

Summer Reading Program Manual for 2014: Call for Ideas for Teen Manual

2014 Collaborative Summer Library Program: Teen Manual

Call for Ideas by November 1, 2012

Science is the broad theme chosen for 2014.

“Spark a Reaction” is the teen slogan.'s picture

Read to Me First Book Program Evaluation, 2010-2011

A comprehensive program evaluation of Idaho Commission for Libraries' (ICFL) Read to Me First Book program was conducted by Boise State University Literacy Professor Dr. Roger Stewart. Dr. Stewart has been collecting data regarding the First Book program and other Read to Me early literacy programs for three years; he has compiled his findings in annual reports for 2008, 2009, and 2010.

Social Media Reading List for School Leaders

Here is an example of how one educator used social technology to promote the use of social media for collaboration and learning in his school. Awesome!
From the Hey Jude blog

    Schools Kill Creativity - Video Link

    Here is a link to a GREAT video from Sir Ken Robinson, an educator and creativity expert who challenges the way we're educating our children.

    School Librarians--Need a Morale Boost?

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    If so, then mark your calendars to come hear from two women that absolutely GET what school library media centers and librarians are about. Yes, Lisa Layera Brunkan and Susan McBurney, co-founders of The Washington Coalition for School Libraries & Information Technology (aka the Washington Moms) are coming to Idaho!

    Are textbooks becoming obsolete?

    Recent news stories have been discussing the benefits and disadvantages of replacing textbooks with hand-held and/or on-line resources. Check out the full story in the September 25th issue of The Scoop, and share your thoughts on the issue...