Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act

Introduced in January, the SKILLS Act (S.312) aka the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act would improve upon existing legislation by developing coordination and communication between teachers and school librarians. These efforts would include professional development and training for school librarians to teach information literacy, reading, and writing on all grade levels, as well as make sure that resources are available for all students – particularly those with special needs.

This is good news, as many school libraries have seen drastic funding cuts or haven even been eliminated from some schools over the past few years. This act is part of several ongoing education reforms by the federal government.

Post authored by Janie Richardson

Measles Outbreak

In light of the recent measles outbreak, here are a few tidbits and statistics.

First, what is the measles, you ask? Here is the definition and related symptoms from the National Library of Medicine.

And here are the latest statistics on the current outbreak from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and an FAQ page for more info.

While there is no absolute cure at this time, there is a vaccination for the virus. Here is more information on the vaccine and the benefits and risks associated with it

Post authored by Janie Richardson

Attend a Community College for Free

By now some of the dust has settled and folks are considering the impact of President Obama’s proposal to offer free tuition for responsible students. At this point, it’s still an initiative and only listed in the What’s New section of ed.gov’s Community College section. Keep in mind the proposal includes an American Technical Training Fund. The facts can be found here and the YouTube announcement is on the blog post.

Being Prepared for Active Shooter Incidents by Learning from the Data

Does it seem as though the number of active shooter incidents is rising? Especially after the Sept. 23, 2014 UPS workplace shooting here in Birmingham, AL. The FBI just released A Study of Active Shooter Incidents in the United States Between 2000 and 2013. If you download the actual study, a snapshot begins on page 6. We found the data on page 14 interesting. The FBI blog, Stories, has a post on the study with a few graphics.

 

 

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