Friday, February 1, 2019

It's Time to Join TLA!

PD in Your PJs February 2019

February 2019 Professional Development Activities
Date & Time
Professional Development Title
edWeb.netFebruary 7, 2019 – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ESTWhat Kids Are Reading (and Not Reading) in 2019: New Insights for Education Leaders
February 11, 2019 – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ESTOnline Assessment: An Evolving Landscape and New Opportunities
February 19, 2019 – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ESTIncluding Students on the Spectrum: 5 Powerful Strategies
February 20, 2019 – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ESTAccelerate Learning for the Unique Needs of Your ELLs!
February 26, 2019 – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ESTHelp Students Use Video to Demonstrate Learning with Powtoon and Biteable
Info2Go!February 11, 2019 – 11:30 pm – 12:30 pm PSTInfo2Go! STEM Making for Teens
Simple K12February 2, 2019 – 10:00 am – 10:30 am EST10 STEAM Sites to Inspire and Impress

February 2, 2019 – 11:00 am – 11:30 am ESTConnecting Your Class with STEAM/STEM Experts Using Online Tools and Resources
February 2, 2019 – 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm ESTIntegrating Virtual Reality into the STEM/STEAM Classroom – Without a Headset!
February 2, 2019 – 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm ESTFull STEAM Ahead: Girls as STEM Scholars in the Mobile Learning Environment
February 2, 2019 – 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm ESTConnect, Create, and Collaborate with Science Websites, Web Tools, and Apps
TeachersFirstFebruary 5, 2019 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm CSTTech Integration Made Easy with Twiducate
February 26, 2019 – 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm CST3 Cool Tools for Formative Assessment
InfoPeople.orgFebruary 7, 2019 – 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ESTSchool Readiness Webinar Series, Part 2: Re-imagining School Readiness: Key Findings from Research
VolunteerMatch.orgFebruary 5, 2019 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ESTDeveloping a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement
February 7, 2019 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ESTPlaying by the Rules: Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook
February 26, 2019 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ESTRe-Energize your Volunteer Program by Designing Mission-Driven Opportunities
Early Childhood Investigations WebinarFebruary 6, 2019 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ESTAutonomy Support: A New Approach to Managing Challenging Behavior
February 7, 2019 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ESTPromising Futures for Young Children of the World: Insights from ECE Leaders in 105 Countries

Thursday, January 10, 2019

PD in your PJs for January 2019

January Professional Development Chart

OrganizationDate & TimeProfessional Development Title
ASCDJanuary 15, 2019 – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ESTGet Your Classroom Thinking! Deeper Learning Strategies for Any Classroom, Grades 6–12
edWeb.netJanuary 14, 2019 – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ESTLeadership for Mobile Learning: Creating a Shared Vision
January 16, 2019 – 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ESTDeveloping a Fundable and Sustainable STEM Program

January 23, 2019 – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ESTLeading Transformational Learning Through Making
January 24, 2019 –  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm ESTPreparing Students with the Technology Skills They Need for High School
January 24, 2019 – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm ESTMake Learning Visible in Your Classroom

January 30, 2019 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ESTTransforming Student Achievement Through Common Instructional Knowledge, Language, and Tools
January 31, 2019 – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ESTFlexible Grouping and Collaborative Learning: Making It Work
Simple K12January 5, 2019 – 10:00 am – 1:20 pm – ESTGet Started with Google Forms

January 5, 2019 – 10:00 am – 1:30 pm – ESTSpark Imagination and Innovative Thinking with Steam In Your Classroom

January 12, 2019 – 10:00 am – 12:30 pm – ESTSteam Activities for Your Classroom

January 15, 2019 – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm CSTClassroom Collaboration with Google Tools
January 22, 2019 – 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm CSTTeachersFirst Tech Tools Smackdown
WebJunctionJanuary 8, 2019 – 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ESTHealth Literacy Begins at Your Library

VolunteerMatch.orgJanuary 10, 2019 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ESTTelling the Story of Volunteer Impact
January 17, 2019 – 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ESTCreating a Comprehensive and Engaging Volunteer Training Program

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

2018 Top Book Checkouts

As 2018 draws to a close, let's pause a moment to take a look at the books most frequently checked out by students and teachers across the district for this year. Wonder by R.J. Palacio was the top checkout across Mesquite ISD libraries in 2018. This beautiful book reminds readers that everyone in the world has value, all friendships are important, and overcoming struggles makes us stronger. With 810,740 checkouts during 2018, Mesquite readers made clear their favorites at all three levels with a few surprise choices here and there.

Didn't get a chance to read one of these? It's not too late! Many of these books and others are available throughout the holiday break on the Mesquite ISD Digital Library. All students and staff can access the digital library using their district online portal username & password and check out up to three books to read during the holiday break. Parents can also log in using their Skyward username or the username & password created for them by their campus librarian.

Below you will find top checkout lists for the district, elementary, middle, and high school levels. To see the top checkouts at your campus, click on the location pin for your campus on the map.

Mesquite ISD Top 10 Book Checkouts:

1. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
4. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney
6. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
7. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney
8. The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier
9. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney

Elementary Top 10 Book Checkouts:

3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
5. Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
8. The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier

Middle School Top 10 Book Checkouts:

1. Maximum Ride, vol. 5 (The Manga) by James Patterson
2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
4. Love & Gelato by Jeanna Welch
5. Hour of the Bees by Lindsay Eagar
7. A Week of Mondays by Jessica Brody
8. Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
9. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days by Jeff Kinney

High School Top 10 Book Checkouts:

1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
3. Dog Man and Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey
4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
6. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
7. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
8. Smile by Raina Telgemeier
9. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
10. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Don't forget to look for these books and others in our Digital Library this holiday break!

Map of Mesquite ISD Schools & Top 10 Checkouts

Professional Learning Opportunities from Region 10 Spring 2019

From Terry Roper, Library Consultant, Region 10:

Greetings,  Below, please find a link to the flyer for our Spring 2019 sessions. Please feel free to share with your library staff as well as your teachers.  I know between conferences, break, and testing, spring is a very busy time.  Please note we will be offering many of these sessions and more during the summer as well.

This flyer is also posted on the R10 library website and is also sent to all members of the Region 10 Library Listserv.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can be of assistance.

Terry Roper

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Digital Library is Getting a New Look!

Sora app powered by Overdrive digital library

Our digital library, powered by Overdrive, is switching to a new platform called Sora. This new platform has a new look and additional features that will make it even easier for students and teachers to find good books to read for fun and for the classroom. Users earn badges for different actions completed including borrowing your first book, finishing a book, taking notes, highlighting, and more. It is also easier to renew and return digital books.

Sometime in the next couple of weeks you will begin to see this icon on the library services page in the portal, on your websites, and on iPads.

Try it out today! 
Take some time to poke around in Sora and see how it functions so you can work with students & teachers to get them up to speed. Also, please take some time to share this blog post and video with your campus so that everyone is prepared when the change comes. We expect the logo & link to change in the portal next Friday, October 12th. The ipads will slowly follow, but should be done by the end of October.

Sora Overview Video

Don't forget to subscribe to our Library Services YouTube channel. We will begin posting more videos for librarians, students, and staff with helpful information about our library digital resources over the next several months.