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How Parents Can Request Access to Accelerated Reader

 
parents can request access to view their child's progress 
 
1. Go to the website: https://hosted194.renlearn.com/742704
2. Click on Parent on the welcome page...the Request Parent/Guardian Access Information page will open.
 
  • Type your first and last name in the appropriate blank fields.
  • Enter an e-mail address so that the school or district can use it to send information if necessary.
  • Identify all your children who may be using Accelerated Reader.
    • Use the Number of Children drop-down list to choose the correct number of children.
    • Type the first and last name for each child in the appropriate blank fields.
    • For each child, you must also use the Parent/Guardian Relationship drop-down list to choose your relationship to the child.
 

3. When you've finished filling out the form, and you're ready to send it to the school, click Save to send the form.
4. The next page will show you the information you've entered. Click Done.
5. Your request will be review and confirmed before granting access.

If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Hopkins at 903-664-2005 x200.

Educational Fair Use

 
what you need to know about copyright in the school
 
Educational fair use is for teachers, scholars, and students who copy for the purpose of teaching, scholarship, learning, criticism, comment, news reporting, and research.
 

The 4 Tests of Determining Fair Use

1. The use is for nonprofit educational purposes only.
2. The nature of the work tends to be mostly factual and published.
3. The amount to be used falls within the portion guidelines.
4. The author/owner of the copyright must not be deprived of a sale.
 

What You Can and Can't Do

  • You must cite your sorce on the copy and document the tie-in to your curriculum in your lesson plan.
  • You can have no more than one copy per student.
  • Usage must be at the "instance and inspiration of a single teacher."
  • You cannot create anthologies.
  • "Consumables" cannot be copied.
  • Images and sound files may not be reposted onto the Internet without permission.
  • Copying can't be directed by a "higher authority."
  • Anything in the public domain can be used.
  • Staying within the length limitation guidelines constitutes fair use.
 

Other Information You Need to Know

  • You should model copyright compliance and ethical behavior for students.
  • Cite sources carefully and teach students how to cite sources.
  • Copyright is federal law.
  • The burden of proving fair use falls to the educator using the material.
  • When in doubt, ask permission.
  • As a rule of thumb, don't use more than 10% of print or online pieces of work.
  • Affix labels to equipment which is capable of copying/reproducing documents.
 
Copyright and Fair Use Portion Chart http://www.halldavidson.net/chartshort.htm

Censorship

 
what you need to know about books you personally might find objectionable
 
Our local policy states:
 
  • "The District possess significant discretion to determine the content of its school libraries.  The District must, however, exercise its discretion in a manner consistent with the First Amendment.  Students' First Amendment rights are implicated by the removal of books from the shelves of a school library.  The District SHALL NOT remove materials from a library for the purpose of denying students access to ideas with which the District disagrees.  The District may remove materials because they are pervasively vulgar or based solely upon the educational suitability of the book/s in questions. [Bd. of Educ. v. Pico, 457 U.S. 853 (1982)]"
  • Objections MUST be in a written format using the Request for Reconsideration of Instructional Materials form, completed, signed by the complainant and submitted to the principal or designee.
  • "Upon receipt of a formal objection, the principal shall appoint a reconsideration committee which shall include at least one member of instructional staff who has either experience teaching the challenged material or is familiar with the challenged material.  Other committee members may include District-level staff, library staff, secondary-level students, parents, and others deemed appropriate by the principal."
  • "All members of the committee shall review the challenged material in its entirety."
  • The reconsideration process continues on with a meeting, determination, a written report, and copies of the report being distributed to the principal, Superintendent, and the complainant.
  • There is an appeal process if the committee determination does not satisfy the complainant.
  • Other things of note:  "A parent's ability to exercise control over reading, listening, or viewing matters extends ONLY to his/her own children."  [A teacher does NOT have the right to determine what a child selects to read from the library; it is a violation of the First Amendment to do so.]
  • "Access to challenged material shall not be restricted during the reconsideration process."
  • "No challenged library material shall be removed solely because of the ideas expressed therein."
  • The Texas Library Association in consultation with the Texas State Board of Education [5-15-09] Texas Administrative Code, Title 13, Part 1, Chpt. 4, Subchapter A, Section 4.1 states that equitable and universal access will be provided for all and that intellectual freedom will be promoted, developed, and facilitated with age-appropriate access to all expressions of knowledge, opinion and intellectual activity.
  • The American Library Association's interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights in regards to minors states "only parents and guardians have the right and the responsibility to determine their children's--and only their children's--access to library resources.
 
Reading is a joy, a privilege, and the right of every student.

As a student selects the library books he/she want to read, please understand that every book may not be the best choice for that student.

If a book is unappealing or offensive to a student, that student should return it and select another.

The student and/or parent/s know best what reading materials best serve him/her and their standards and beliefs.

Flexible Library Scheduling

a position statement from ALA
 

How it works:

  • Using a monthly calendar, teachers sign up for
    • weekly or bi-weekly classroom circulation in the library
    • specific skills work with class in the library
    • specific instructional units in the library
  • During open access times, students can come for individual circulation or research
 
Flexible scheduling is the most effective way of providing library services when they are most needed. It allows the library media program to become fully integrated into the curriculum and help strengthen the teaching process so that students can develop vital information retrieval and research skills.

Teachers sign up for classroom circulation times and, while in the library, assist their students in making appropriate choices and help them practice appropriate behavior. Teachers can also sign up for instructional unit collaboration with the LMS. This is the catalyst for making an integrated program work.

Classes are not scheduled in the LMC to provide teacher release or preparation time. The library program becomes an extension of the classroom where information skills and technology skills are integrated into the context of the classroom curriculum.
 
Source: AASL (American Association of School Libraries) Position Statement on Flexible Scheduling: http://www.ala.org/aasl/aaslproftools/positionstatements/aaslpositionstatement.cfm