Ten Terrific K-12 Texas Librarians to Follow…on Twitter

It’s amazing to see how many Texas librarians are active, welcoming, and eager to share and learn from other librarians on Twitter. A great place to grow with Texas librarians (and librarians from other states, too!) is #txlchat. I loved co-moderating a #txlchat earlier this year, and found many wonderful people to follow. If you’re looking to grow your PLN with some fabulous Texas librarians, check out this list! Want to nominate someone? Let us know!

Mary Woodard @MaryWoodard

K-12 District Librarian

Mesquite, TX


Cynthia Alaniz @utalaniz

Elementary Librarian

Coppell, TX


Patricia Alvarado @DISDLibrarian

K-12 District Librarian

Dallas, TX


Sue Fitzgerald @sue_fitz

Secondary Librarian

Justin, TX


Neil Krasnoff @txlibraryguy

High School Librarian

Dallas, TX


Who else is on the list? Find out . . . after the jump!

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Using Ungraded Assignments to Develop an Effective Environment for Better Writing

Photo courtesy of Dr. Gary Hafer

Photo courtesy of Dr. Gary Hafer

Research shows that the majority of recent graduates are not meeting employers’ expectations for rigorous, analytical writing. With national, state, and institutional standards placing a strong emphasis on writing, students and teachers face great pressure to deliver on high-stakes, or graded, writing assignments.

Offering low stakes (ungraded) assignments not only helps students feel more comfortable with their writing, but it also allows educators to provide effective feedback quickly. In turn, this helps students’ academic growth and better prepares them for high-stakes assignments.

Dr. Gary Hafer, John P. Graham Teaching Professor at Lycoming College, shared with us the best practices he’s learned in his near-25 years of teaching to provide quick, effective feedback to low-stakes writing. This webinar is great for any educator—K-12 or academic—who works with students on writing assignments in any subject area.

Continue to learn from Gary’s by ordering his new book, Embracing Writing: Ways to Teach Reluctant Writers in Any College Course. Use code HAE25 at checkout to get 25% off and free shipping!
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Nominations are Now Open for the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award

Do you know a librarian that you can say you’re proud to call your librarian? Well, if you do, he or she could walk away with $5,000 as part of the I Love My Librarian Award.

For the past six years, The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times has been honoring librarians throughout the United States for their hard work and dedication to their libraries and the committee is now accepting nominations for the 2014 year.

Share your story of how your librarian has made a positive impact on your life and your community. If they’re chosen, they could walk away with a cash prize, a plaque and the opportunity to attend the awards reception in New York City.

Let your librarian have their moment to shine in the library space and submit a nomination today!

Nominations will close on September 12.

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Providing Constructive Feedback for Your Students’ Writing

Dr. Gary Hafer
John P. Graham Teaching Professor
Lycoming College

Research has shown that increasing the complexity and number of high-stakes writing assignments, such as timed tests and extended research essays, has not yielded “better writing.” Yet the call for better writing from legislators, administrators, and employers to use these high-stakes assessments to achieve that ill-defined outcome continues.

How can educators develop an effective environment for better writing without abandoning high-stakes assignments altogether? Join our professional development webinar with John P. Graham Teaching Professor, Dr. Gary Hafer, to find out.

Better Writing for You & Your Students:
Crafting Quick and Constructive
Responses to Student Writing

Thursday, August 7 @ 1 PM EDT


In this webinar, participants will learn how to respond to students’ low-stakes (ungraded) writing, and transition them to high-stakes (graded) assignments within the classroom and their professional lives.

This is an active learning session, designed for both K-12 and academic educators.

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