Idaho Commission for LibrariesAddress: 325 W State St., Boise, ID 83702
Phone: (208) 334-2150 | In-State Toll Free: (800) 458-3271
Printed from the Idaho Commission for Libraries website: http://libraries.idaho.gov
by Jan Wall, northern Idaho field consultant
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to modernize the federal E-rate program with a July 11 E-rate Order. Below are some upcoming changes:
Elementary school libraries play a vital role in ensuring that children develop strong literacy skills, starting in the earliest grades. Unfortunately, many Idaho elementary schools haven’t had the resources to allow children in developmental preschool programs, kindergarten, and even first grade to check out books to take home.
The State Department of Education has a new professional development website for Idaho educators called “The Hub.” The goal of the Hub is to provide educators opportunities to learn and lead. The site is a one-stop shop to find resources for professional development to utilize the power of collaboration and connect educators.
Bullies are everywhere—even online. And bullying in any form should be taken seriously.
The Idaho Library Association (ILA) Annual Conference is October 1–3, in Lewiston at the Red Lion Hotel. A wide range of great programs, guest speakers, and activities will be offered for the library community. Three pre-conferences are available October 1, free with full conference registration.
Fox Searchlight and director Steve McQueen are offering high schools in the United States free DVD of the Academy Award Winning 12 Years a Slave along with a curriculum tool kit. Visit http://www.12yearsaslave.com/ to find out how to get a kit for your high school.
Thank you to the Library of Virginia for sharing information on the following opportunities!!
Using STEM in Preschool Programs
As I was trolling the web for all things STEAM, I came across a competition I had not seen before. As I read more about the challenge, I discovered how it fit so well with our Make it at the Library project's mission and philosphy. This is what the website says about the challenge: