Friday, September 03, 2004

Association for Childhood Education International

Association for Childhood Education International. Provides information on the organization's history and purpose, lists of members and committees, a guide to standards, and published materials.

From the site:

When it Comes to Kids, Call on Us! The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) will help you to find specialists in childhood education who have extensive experience in teaching, research, and administration, and who are available to answer your questions on topics that affect children between birth and early adolescence.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Ms. Ely's Second Grade

Ms. Ely's Second Grade. Class website for second grade teacher at Eastvalley Elementary in Marietta, GA. Includes event calendar, spelling and book lists, resources, and contact information.

From the site:

It was good to see you!

Thank you for attending Open House on Tuesday night. It was great to see all of you. Don't forget to return any forms and the volunteer calendar. If you have any questions while looking through all of the information given out, please e-mail me and I will adress any concerns. Thank you again and I am looking forward to a successful school year!

Monday, August 30, 2004

Why Should Principals Support School Libraries?

Why Should Principals Support School Libraries? Well, the answer ought to be obvious to all but I guess some of those administrators have to be convinced...

From the site:

Principals should support school libraries because it is in both their students' and their own best interests to do so. Quality library media programs can enhance student achievement, and informed, committed librarians can help principals enhance their own administrative practice.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Improving student achievement is a vital principal interest, but many principals overlook libraries and librarians as potentially powerful instruments in that work because they have not been educated to the library's value and library media research rarely appears in administrator publications (Wilson & Blake, 1993). Consequently, principals often leave library potential untapped despite fifty years of research evidence that effective library media programs-when led by active, involved librarians-can have a discernible positive impact on student achievement regardless of student, school and community demographics. The evidence is drawn from elementary, middle, and high school studies reaching back to the 1950s. While the volume of evidence alone is cumulatively persuasive, the most recent research is especially powerful because its authors statistically controlled for demographic differences among the schools they studied-a feature missing in the pre-1990 research. This is important because the evidence is largely derived from statistical correlation studies, which cannot unequivocally prove causation. Correlation research can, however, identify relationships and degrees of association among variables. Cause-and-effect probability is strengthened if similar correlations appear in multiple settings over time, which is what occurs here.