Integrating libraries and tech to promote student-centered learning
At Friends School, nurturing a love of reading and literature is paramount to our work. Our librarians and technology educators work in tandem to integrate into the curriculum a variety of skills — from information literacy and research techniques to coding and programming, digital literacy, and digital citizenship — that promote active, student-centered learning. We believe that cultivating this level of expertise in our students is critically important to prepare them for the many challenges that college and the real world will present.
Our divisional libraries serve as a “learning commons” for students of all ages, offering space and opportunities for group work, project-based learning, and time spent enjoying books. Our librarians and technology educators are teachers first and serve as collaborative partners with our faculty. Together they guide students to find new ways of demonstrating knowledge, conducting research, and exploring their passions through authentic learning that reinforces traditional skills and concepts.
Visiting Authors at Friends
The goal of the Friends Visiting Author program is to help students make connections with great writing/illustrating and the people behind the work that goes into producing books.
In 2018-19 we are proud to be hosting:
Rita Williams-Garcia is coming to Friends on October 19th! Rita is the New York Times bestselling author of ten novels for young adults and middle grade readers. Her novels have been recipients of numerous awards, including the Coretta Scott King Award, National Book Award Finalists, Newbery Honor Book, Junior Library Guild, and the Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction. Friends students who recently read the novel One Crazy Summer have overwhelmingly given it two thumbs up.
Jason Chin - On April 5th the 2018 Caldecott-Honoree will be visiting in the Lower School. Jason’s work incorporates beautiful art to bring science to life. His work has had an immersive quality taking readers/viewers on journey to the redwoods, coral reefs, and most recently to the Grand Canyon (for which he was honored with a Caldecott Honor.)
Elizabeth Acevedo—Ms. Acevedo will meet with Middle and Upper school students to share her New York Times bestselling, award-winning novel, The Poet X. The story follows a young teen from Harlem as she embarks on a journey to learn about her family history, meanwhile also discovering her passion for slam poetry. (April 8, 2019)
Elizabeth Lilly - a debut picture book, Geraldine, has brought this Baltimorean to the top of the charts quickly. Our kindergarteners are looking for candidates for our Mock Ezra Jack Keats Award (an award for debut picture book authors/illustrators) and we are looking forward to learning more about this new talent at some point in the 2018-19 school year. (date to be determined)
The library encourages students to love reading and to become more than simply content consumers. Students use technology to archive their learning portfolios, create content, make global connections, and become responsible digital citizens.
The library contains more than 16,000 items, a robust digital library and devices for students to film, record, and edit. Librarians and tech educators work with teachers to guide students to develop media literacy and a deeper understanding of digital citizenship.
Serving as a place for quiet study, collaborative group work, and research consultations; students are encouraged to use the library and its technology as a tool to enhance important skills — such as information literacy and critical-thinking.
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