Summer Reading Incentive Ideas!

We are working with READ-O cards for students!  Check out these cards and personalize them for your library or school!

READ-O Board
READ-O Activities


Library Catalog Search Options Can Make You a Better Teacher!

School Libraries are able to offer search options that make sense for their patrons!  My school offers a catalog that kids and teachers can search by DRA reading level, lexile level, reading comprehension quiz programs Accellerated Reading, Reading Counts and by reading strategies.  Students can target titles that are available in their DRA range or push themselves to the next level.  Teachers can search by a reading strategy like summarizing to find titles that will help them to teach that strategy.  What does your Library Catalog offer to help you become an even better teacher?


Saving Places Conference: Learning Together


We are excited to join our Historic Preservation and Communications buddies to present at the annual Colorado Preservation Inc Saving Places Conference. Great learning and collaboration takes place each year at this conference and we love sharing new ideas that benefit our historic places.

Once again we join with another geek we love to share some new tech tools that can be used in the classroom and elsewhere. Check them out here!

10 Tech Tools for Historic Preservationists

And another resource sheet which we will add ideas to by Feb 4th


Then, fun happens while we talk about or work with gaming in the classroom to support engagement in learning about historic places, and join the City Planner from Florence, Colorado and game designer Wade Broadhead, to share some great thoughts and ideas about using gaming to learn about historic places. Bring your cards and Pokemon - we are set to GO!

Gaming for History


Hidden Figures: Resources for Discussion

For many, the new feature film Hidden Figures is a surprise. This story that few know, is a powerful one indeed, and one that can kickstart wonderful discussions about a variety of topics related to STEM, the power of thoughtful women making a difference in our world, civil rights, and the power of education. We have compiled a list of resources online to support teaching about the film as an effort to put them in one location for reference for educators.  Take the time to see the film- you will not be disappointed!

Resources for Hidden Figures

Articles/ Video Clips


Huffington Post:




Washington Post:




From Computers to Leaders: Women at NASA:

Family Discussion Guide:

Lesson Plans

NASA Modern Figures Toolkit:

Who is Katherine Johnson:

HS Level (Could be adapted)
American Institute of Physics:

Oral HIstory:

NASA Johnson

People Behind the Movie:

Mrs. Obama:

A Mind Doesn’t Have Color:

Pharrell Williams Video:

MAKERS: Clip of Katherine Johnson explaining her story  

CBSN: Overview   https://youtu.be/w2vXUyAgwo8

White House Event: Panel discussion with author of book, actors, and director.  Background info about the movie, how the actors became a part of this project, how the actors portrayed the real-life women. The whole panel discussion is inspirational, but when Michelle Obama speaks at the end her speech it is AMAZING! https://youtu.be/SY-Emk98wC0
*** the sound cuts out from 13:24-13:47


Author’s website:

Resources from Teaching Tolerance: