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I've been an elementary media specialist for seventeen years. Besides reading, I love to play tennis and watching professional football.
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Motivating African American Students in Elementary School to Read

I read "Supporting the Literacy Needs of African American Transitional Readers" by Corinne Burton. This article ties in with what our district Media Cadre is researching. We are reading Alfred W. Tatum's "Reading for Their Life," a book about motivating (AA) African American males to read. Just as Burton writes, Tatum writes about exposing AA males to literature that relate to them personally and culturally. You can find this article at… Continue

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 11:32am

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At 7:13am on January 24, 2012, Mike McQueen said…

Greetings Anita,

I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!


Mike McQueen

Teacher Librarian at McLain HS

Lakewood, CO

At 3:13pm on July 25, 2011, bj neary said…
Hello, Anita!  Love your blog and Be Funky! Welcome to TLNing, this will be a great place to make friends and collaborate, add blog posts and discussions, add photos and videos. 


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