Tuesday, May 26, 2020

#classroombookaday Summer 2020 Learning Opportunities


With no nErDcamps or conferences this summer, and likely into fall, I'll be missing several of my typical chances to share #classroombooakday with educators. So I've decided to offer some virtual options. The good thing is this gives everyone the opportunity to learn, not just those who are in the same physical space as me! 

There are two different sessions offered in June & repeated in July. 
#classroombookaday101 (June 23 OR July 22)
& a brand-new session I'm creating after school gets out that I'm eager to plan
Going Deeper with #classroombookaday: The Power of Critical Selection (June 24 OR July 23)

  • Sessions will be live via Zoom. Link will be sent the morning of the session and will be recorded for those unable to attend at the live time.
  • Recording link will be shared with those who registered after the session. Disclaimer: Link is provided for the sole use of the individual who registered & will only be available until the Sunday after the session.
  • Sessions will be 75-90 minutes depending upon length of Q&A at the end.
There is a registration fee (discounted if you register for both sessions) to help support my work and ability to offer other sessions for free. I'm hoping (assuming things go according to plan) to also offer a booktalk session with #cbadspotlight reveal as a free session later this summer & possibly a live Q&A virtual session at some point.
 
Sign up for one, or both, through the widget below. Or visit heisereads.ticketleap.com to register. 


Friday, May 1, 2020

#classroombookaday Recommendations: You Do You - Picture Books Supporting Identity

Each month of this school year I am getting a chance to share a themed list of 20 recommended picture book titles for #CLASSROOMBOOKADAY read alouds in partnership with Follett Classroom. Each booklist is accompanied by a blog post explaining more in depth my thoughts in creating the list and why I chose those specific titles.

One of the great parts of this partnership is that my recommendation lists are also being saved in Titlewave which allows them to be easily found and shared with librarians for purchasing for school libraries!

My May list is in the spirit of You Do You & Identity! 
[Please visit this link to read the accompanying blog post]
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You can also find all of my posts & lists I've done with Follett at my landing page bit.ly/heisefollett.

Monday, April 13, 2020

#classroombookaday Recommendations: Social Emotional Learning

Each month of this school year I am getting a chance to share a themed list of 20 recommended picture book titles for #CLASSROOMBOOKADAY read alouds in partnership with Follett Classroom. Each booklist is accompanied by a blog post explaining more in depth my thoughts in creating the list and why I chose those specific titles. 

*With everything going on in our country, and the world, right now as we all live through anxiety and trauma, it is even more important that we consider the social emotional learning of our students. Though this list was put together several months ago, many of these titles will be especially applicable to our, and our students', needs right now.*

One of the great parts of this partnership is that my recommendation lists are also being saved in Titlewave which allows them to be easily found and shared with librarians for purchasing for school libraries!

My April 2020 list is all about Social Emotional Learning! 
[Please visit this link to read the accompanying blog post]
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You can also find all of my posts & lists I've done with Follett at my landing page bit.ly/heisefollett.

Monday, April 6, 2020

Continuing #classroombookaday During School Closures

Part of the power of #classroombookaday is the way it can work to build community and bring comfort through predictable routines. So what do teachers do when they don't have a physical classroom for read alouds? During this unprecedented time, many are wanting to turn to online options to record a daily picture book read aloud to continuing sharing this time with their students. 

There are many options for creating a digital #classroombookaday grid also: a table in Google Docs or Slides, Google Sites, Padlet, or even Symbaloo with links to your read alouds. Whatever method you choose, make it easy for you to keep up with during this time!

However...
...it's important to remember that there is an equity issue along with this. What will happen with students who don't have devices or wifi or data to watch these videos?
...we need to be respectful of copyright laws and honoring the work of the creators who bring these books to us. 

For the purposes of this post, I'm focusing on helping with the copyright concerns. The good news is most publishers have extended temporary open permissions during this closure time. It's important to note that the permissions are coming from publishers, so you need to check the publisher of the book you are considering reading. Please also read the particulars from the publisher as they are all slightly different. Some allow only on closed sites (Google Classroom, Seesaw, Flipgrid, etc. - places where it is password protected), some allow YouTube as long as it is unlisted, some require a permissions statement at the beginning of the video, & some require an email to them. Most require them to be removed by a certain date at the end of this school year. So, yes, you can read most of the books you may want to and share that read aloud via video with your students, but pay careful attention to the permissions statements to honor the copyrights and ensure that these authors can still be writing books when we get further along in this crisis and back in our classrooms. 

I was going to create my own table to track these, but this Piktochart that librarian Jessica Purvis shared is amazing, and since she has them all together in an easy to see format, I'm sharing the link to her infographic with some screenshots.
The specific publisher details are located further down on her infographic

In addition, School Library Journal has created a COVID-19 Publisher Information Directory in a Google Doc that has all of the individual publisher permissions during this time!


They should all be covered, but if not, just be sure to check the publisher website or reach out to their school & library teams on Twitter.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

22 Asian American #ownvoices Picture Books for #classroombookaday

With everything happening and changing quickly with the concerns around Covid-19 and most schools being closed, I wanted to do some posts recommending picture books that you could record to share as virtual read alouds for your students (sharing in password-protected/closed groups or unlisted on YouTube preferably) to keep your #classroombookaday community going...if you are in an area where all families have access and the school supported providing devices if necessary. If not, then these recommendations would be good for you to read and add to your list for when we are back in school again. 

Most publishers have provided temporary open permissions during this time, but please see their sites for the complete detailed requirements before you record. Kate Messner is keeping an updated list of them here.& SLJ has an updated list here.
*Starred titles are from publishers who I have not yet seen a permissions statement from for video read alouds.

As I was contemplating how to focus this recommendation list, I saw this tweet from Kate, which clarified it for me. *Edited 3/19 4:45pm: I was called in on the fact that using Asian instead of Asian American is not the best way to word this as it "others" and erases the American identity that Asian Americans have. I have corrected each of my uses of the term & share to make my learning transparent and to help others learn also.

One of the ways I use my #classroombookaday choices intentionally is to help combat racism, bias, and stereotypes. What better chance than now to make this impact by featuring books from Asian American creators? 

March #cbadspotlight - Spotlight on At the Mountain's Base with Author Traci Sorell & Illustrator Weshoyot Alvitre

Though we are dealing with a new normal at this point with the majority of schools closed across the country for social distancing purposes, I don't want to lose sight of putting the spotlight on some amazing picture books. *Penguin Random House has given a temporary open license during this time to record a read aloud for your students. Please read, and follow, the specific details found here.

Today I'm shining the spotlight on 
Traci Sorell & Weshoyot Alvitre,
author & illustrator of #cbadspotlight pick 
AT THE MOUNTAIN'S BASE
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A family, separated by duty and distance, waits for a loved one to return home in this lyrical picture book celebrating the bonds of a Cherokee family and the bravery of history-making women pilots.

At the mountain's base sits a cabin under an old hickory tree. And in that cabin lives a family -- loving, weaving, cooking, and singing. The strength in their song sustains them through trials on the ground and in the sky, as they wait for their daughter/sister/granddaughter/niece, a pilot, to return from war.

With an author's note that pays homage to the true history of Native American U.S. service members like WWII pilot Ola Mildred "Millie" Rexroat, this is a story that reveals the roots that ground us, the dreams that help us soar, and the people and traditions that hold us up. 



Thank you, Traci & Weshoyot, for joining me for a #cbadspotlight conversation today!
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