Jon Hamm Brings New Learning Opportunities to St. Louis

| Originally published by Ladue News | Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Jon Hamm came to support his hometown library, St. Louis County Library, with back-to-back fundraising events on July 22. He began the day with a sold-out speaking engagement at the library’s Lindbergh headquarters, where the star of Mad Men talked with local novelist Curtis … Read more

Boulder Public Library Now Offers Accredited Diplomas to Adults

“At BoulderReads, we’re working with adult learners who want to enhance their education and enhance their job prospects,” — Shelley Sullivan, BoulderReads manager She said the online program is an accredited high school diploma that’s accepted at both community colleges and four-year colleges—something that’s not always the case for non-accredited diploma programs. Participants receive credit … Read more

St. Louis Libraries Now Offers Accredited Diplomas to Adults

The thousands of dollars that actor Jon Hamm will raise at a St. Louis County Library event next week will fund scholarships for an adult online high school in St. Louis. The St. Louis County Library and St. Louis Public Library are following the lead of more than 100 major public libraries—including Kansas City, Los Angeles and … Read more

Honoring San Diego Public Library’s Largest Career Online High School Graduating Class

In May, the San Diego Public Library had a graduation ceremony honoring 18 adults who took a bold step to complete their high school education with Career Online High School. This is the largest graduating class since the program began in 2015, with 31 total graduates thus far and 39 currently enrolled. Part of the world’s first … Read more

Mesa County Libraries Offers High School Diplomas and Career Training for Adults

Mesa County Libraries offers adults an opportunity to earn high school diplomas while also receiving career training with Career Online High School. The program is designed to bring adults back into the education system and prepare them for additional career education or positions in the workforce. “Earning a high school diploma is a life-changing achievement. By offering … Read more

Colorado State Library Provides Opportunity for Residents to Earn Accredited High School Diplomas Through the Public Library

The Colorado State Library has partnered with Gale to offer accredited high school diplomas and career certificates at public libraries across the state. Qualifying Colorado adults in select communities can enroll in the Career Online High School (COHS) program starting today. Nearly half a million Colorado adults, or 9% of the population, do not have … Read more

Bringing Career Online High School to El Paso, TX

As the sixth largest city in Texas, in terms of population, the El Paso Public Library (EPPL) serves a large and diverse community with a wide range of educational needs. According to a 2012 census report, 17 percent of Texans over the age of 25 years do not have a high school diploma,1 and in cities … Read more

What Graduates and Librarians Are Saying About Career Online High School

Today, there are nearly 40 million adults, ages 18-65, who lack a high school education. Career Online High School, part of the world’s first accredited private online school district, can help adults realize their education and career goals. Not only does a high school diploma change the life of a student, it can improve the fabric … Read more

You Think You Know What Librarians Do?

| Originally publish on BubbleUp Classroom by Corey Thornblad|

This week I had the pleasure of participating in the annual Virginia Association of School Librarians conference in Norfolk, Virginia. I’ll admit that I was a fish out of water — the only teacher in a sea of school librarians. Even though I don’t know much about the Dewey Decimal system or online catalogs, they made me feel right at home.

As I sat at dinner, listening to their conversation about teaching and learning, I realized that unless you have had the privilege of working in a school over the past decade you may not understand what school librarians actually do.  Librarians are not a braggy bunch; so I feel inclined to set the record straight on their behalf. You probably think they spend their entire day shelving and checking out books, while shushing students. It’s time to set aside these stereotypes and give librarians their long overdue kudos.

Librarians teach — a lot 
First and foremost, school librarians are teachers. If you walk into our school’s library on any given day you are likely to see one of our librarians co-teaching or independently teaching a lesson. In order to pull this off, librarians have to be content experts in everything from science to math to PE. Moreover, librarians have the ability and desire to teach children of all levels and learning styles.

Librarians are Apple Geniuses in disguise
Librarians know A LOT about technology. Our librarians are the go-to teachers in our building for everything tech. They help us search the web, use Twitter, create our own websites, and help us learn how to use Google Classroom.

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Public Libraries Help Solve California’s Dropout Problem

Today, nearly 40 million adults lack their high school diploma. Your library can play a key role in re-engaging adults into the education system, with Career Online High School, part of the world’s first accredited private online school district. Along with academic coaches, certified teachers, and technical support staff, your library can help these students realize … Read more