Crowdfunding Online: Petitioning for a Better Future

Arevalo, Deisy

Topic: Technology

Bibliographic Citation:   Classroom Fundraising Tips. (n.d.). Retrieved September 2019, from

Summary:  Here are some tips and tricks to fundraising through GoFundMe, a top fundraising platform teachers primarily use to raise funds in order to pay for fieldtrips or fund other school activities.

Evaluation/Opinion:  I think this a great tool school librarians can use in order to bridge the gap between digital divide, by raising funds to buy new technology and resources to help students engage in learning.

“Piloting the Learning Commons”

Jamie Clayton
Topic: Learning Commons

In the article, “Piloting the Learning Commons”, author Esra Murry, shared the excitement students had for their new space which was designed for them.  I imagine this is typical whenever a new space is created for students and done so in a way that allows for multiple arrangements to accommodate multiple learning styles. What the author emphasized as really being important was the collaboration and communication among teachers to make the space valuable for them as well.  One of the first things this teacher did was to set up a time with the media specialist to collaborate on one unit. Teacher collaboration was at the heart of the success of the learning commons. This was also one of the difficulties she found, finding time to collaborate and using that time efficiently, as all teachers are infinitely busy with a to-do list that is longer than their arms.  Murry shared though that these initial planning stages shaved off a great deal of time later on that would be required to teach certain skills. She also shared that open and honest communication with her collaborating partner lead to increased opportunities for professional development. As is usually the case, two heads are better than one.

Jay, Jessica CO Murray, E. (2015). Piloting the learning commons: Co-teaching and collaboration between a classroom teacher and a teacher librarian. 43(1), 18-24. SJO&search_scope=EVERYTHING&tab=everything&lang=en_US

The Learning Commons

Bagley-Rowe, Heather


Moreillon, J. (2017). The Learning Commons. Teacher Librarian, 44(3), 21-25.

The learning commons provides schools and teacher librarians the opportunity to redefine the library as a dynamic place in the learning community, and to establish teacher librarians as leaders in 21st century learning. Future ready librarians collaborate with teachers — and administrators — to ensure project-based learning and performance assessments meet appropriate standards and incorporate technology to enhance learning, as well as providing students with differentiated learning experiences. When they coteach with classroom teachers, teacher librarians yield three-fold benefits: advancement of the administration’s change and growth plan, support of educator’s professional development, and enrichment of students’ learning experiences.

Moreillon promotes both the learning commons, and coteaching between school librarians and classroom teachers. draws Support for Moreillon’s arguments come from respected academic research in the field of school librarianship, coupled with national government studies in education. This article may be used as an advocacy piece for schools and librarians facing challenges to the concept of a learning commons, and to the integral role school librarians have in their education community.