Concurrent Sessions

Friday, November 15
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

 

Challenge Your Four Walls with a Twitter PLN (F2-R11) 

Use of social-networking tools like Twitter can expand a PLN beyond a single school or district. Attendees will learn how to create an account, and to develop and manage a network of colleagues and contacts. The presenters will demystify terminology, demonstrate terrific Twitter tools, and give examples of how these tools have lead to authentic learning experiences.

Presenter(s): 
Jennifer Reed, Library Teacher
Brian Hammel, Instructional Technology Specialist 

Strand:
Leadership - Personal Development

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Library Supervisors; Curriculum Specialists; Students; Technology Coordinators

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Game On: Scratch in the Library and Classroom (F2-R17)

Scratch allows students to be the authors of original digital content. Scratch enables computer programming for kids, empowering students to present information in multiple formats, including digital shorts and games. This colorful tool has endless possibilities for primary students, as well as those in middle and high schools. Critical thinking, collaboration, and imagination are employed to create interactive digital content in this open-source tool developed by MIT. And it's FUN!

Presenter(s): 
Anne Schoelz, Media Specialist
Kerry Townsend, Technology Specialist 

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - Student Achievement

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Students; Technology Coordinators; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior

Game On: Using the Latest and Greatest to Entice Patrons and Promote Literacy (F2-C1-2)

Attendees can get their game faces on! Gaming is in the school library, and this session will take a look at how school librarians are implementing gaming. What game systems and games are being used? How are they being used? Why? Does gaming have educational value? The results of an international survey of gaming in the library along with a few favorite games, as reported in the survey, will be shared.

Presenter(s): 
Tricia Kuon, Sam Houston State University
Holly Weimar, Sam Houston State University 

Strand:
Program Administration - Collection Development

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Library Supervisors; Students; Technology Coordinators; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Give the Kids the Keys: Students Drive the Independent Project (F2-R22) 

An independent project lets students drive their own learning. Sometimes the teacher provides a curricular roadmap; other times the student alone determines the direction and pace. This session will provide inspiration, examples of student projects, as well as materials to help plan, execute, and assess travels with students and teachers as they get immersed in independent projects. It’s time to grab a go-mug and knitting, and give the kids the keys. Road trip!

Presenter(s): 
Shelly Buchanan, Teacher Librarian
Maureen Milton, Librarian 
Heather Paulsen, Social Studies Teacher

Strand:
Leadership - Research

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Lessons from the Winners Take All Community Read (F2-MB) 

Schools have used Winners Take All to bring staff and families together for a very cool reading experience. Attendees will how to sponsor their own community read (with any book) and maximize its potential for improving family literacy, including exciting author visits, and enhancing school spirit. Practical details, including tips on finding grant money, authors, discounts on books, and much more will also be shared, as will anecdotes from "the field"—some inspiring, some very funny.

Presenter(s): 
Fred Bowen, Author
Peggy Jackson 

Strand:
Literacy & Reading - Reading Promotion

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Library Supervisors; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior

Leveraging the Library: Sci-Fi, Storytelling, and New Media Ignite Student Interest in Science
(F2-R12) 

How can middle and high school library programs help students identify with science in their everyday lives? Implement Sci-Dentity! In the Sci-Dentity program, students embed science information in their stories and share them in an online community of storytellers. Participants will learn how to administer Sci-Dentity at their schools. Presenters will share Sci-Dentity session plans, demonstrate digital technologies used, and engage attendees in creating Sci-Dentity sessions.

Presenter(s): 
Mega Subramaniam, Assistant Professor
June Ahn, Assistant Professor
Amanda Waugh
Anne Ledford
Lauren Stoop 

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - 21st Century Standards

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Classroom Teachers; Library Supervisors; Technology Coordinators; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults

Grade Level(s): 
Middle/Junior; High

Making the Case for Tablet Computers (F2-R23)  

In this session participants will be introduced to case studies where tablet computers (iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Windows) are being used in school libraries and classrooms. Practical ideas for using handheld technologies will be shared, and applications used in libraries and classrooms will be explored and discussed. (BYOD for full interaction in the session.)

Presenter(s): 
Heather Moorefield-Lang, Education and Applied Social Sciences Librarian 

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - Curriculum and Instruction

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Classroom Teachers; Higher Education; Curriculum Specialists; Technology Coordinators; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

No-Fear Nonfiction: Meeting the Challenge (F2-R13) 

Many school librarians fear their nonfiction collections are not up to the new standards. How can these librarians find more-demanding supplemental nonfiction with increased text complexity? Get recommendations of new nonfiction titles for their collections? Practice pairing nonfiction with standards and creative learning strategies? By attending this session. No Fear Nonfiction will help attendees meet building-level challenges.

Presenter(s): 
Karen Perry, School Librarian (Retired)/Book Reviewer
Linda Gann, Assistant Professor 

Strand:
Program Administration - Collection Development

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior

Presenting Social Issues in Teen Literature (F2-MC) 

An award-winning panel of YA authors will discuss the process they use in researching and presenting contemporary social issues to their readers.

Presenter(s): 
Cheryl Karp Ward, Moderator
David Levithan, Author
Eliot Schrefer, Author
Patricia McCormick, Author
Lyn Miller-Lachmann, Author 

Strand:
Authors

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Library Supervisors; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults

Grade Level(s): 
Middle/Junior; High

Queer Library Alliance Goes to School (F2-ME)

This session includes three sections. Firstly, we review options for selecting materials with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (GLBTQ) content to support curricular and personal goals. Secondly, we look at challenges to providing access to resources. Finally, we consider possibilities to develop collections and programming with GLBTQ content aligned with community needs. Presenters will offer ideas and incorporate examples to encourage participants to share knowledge and engage in open discussion throughout the session.

Presenter(s): 
Rae-Anne Montague, Assistant Dean/Professor
Thaddeus Andracki, Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Strand:
Program Administration - Collection Development

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Library Supervisors; Higher Education; Curriculum Specialists; Students; Technology Coordinator; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior: High

Rising to the Challenge: Preparing Students for College-Level Research (F2-R27) 

Using audience involvement, this interactive program will allow participants to view and evaluate the Hemingway Library Information Online Skills (HeLIOS) tutorial. HeLIOS is a free online tutorial designed to help high school students learn essential library- and research-related information-literacy skills and rise to the challenge of college-level research before entering college. (BYOD)

Presenter(s): 
Joanne F. Christensen, Teacher Librarian
Ludwig Possie, Systems Administrator
JaNae Kinikin, Science Librarian 

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - Information Literacy

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Classroom Teachers; Library Supervisors; Higher Education; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults

Grade Level(s): 
Middle/Junior; High

Rocks in the River: The Challenge of Piloting the Inquiry Process in Today's Learning Environment (F2-R27)

AASL defines Information Literacy as "following an inquiry-based research process by applying critical thinking skills to information to construct new understanding, draw conclusions, and create new knowledge." The presenters’ district's journey to their current Inquiry Process model has followed a river of changes in curriculum, leadership, and teacher assessment. Attendees will examine the model and its recent changes, and see how the model is being used to transform activity-based lessons into true inquiry learning.

Presenter(s): 
Sandy Graham, Library Media Specialist
Barbara Letteri-Walker, Librarian
Patrice Lambusta 

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - Information Literacy

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Classroom Teachers; Library Supervisors; Curriculum Specialists

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

School and Public Library Collaboration: Combat Budgets and Fatigue while Meeting Standards and Inspiring Administrators (F2-R25) 

School librarians are educational leaders adept at crafting creative solutions to common problems. In this session a school librarian and a reference librarian rise to the challenge to improve the learning experiences of students, inspire teachers, and dazzle administrators, all while meeting state and national standards. With the help of the presenters, participants will create their own action plans for collaborative activities that meet the needs of their libraries.

Presenter(s): 
Cherie Pandora, School Librarian, Retired; Adjunct Instructor
Stacey Hayman, Reference Librarian 

Strand:
Program Administration - Collaboration

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Administrators; Library Supervisors; Curriculum Specialists; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults

Grade Level(s): 
Middle/Junior; High

Strike Gold! Support CCSS by Mining Free Nonfiction Resources at the NEH and the National Archives (F2-R24) 

In response to the CCSS, educators across subject disciplines are being asked to increase access to selections of literary nonfiction and informational texts. Resources from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from the National Archives and Records Administration will empower learning communities to rally an effective response to this new nationwide initiative. NEH's EDSITEment, and NARA's Digital Classroom and DocsTeach represent open-source, humanities-rich websites that foster exploration and discovery for communities of learners.

Presenter(s): 
Shelley NiTuama, Program Specialist
Christopher Zarr, Education Specialist 

Strand:
Common Core State Standards - Reading

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Library Supervisors; Higher Education; Curriculum Specialists; Students; Technology Coordinators; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults

Grade Level(s): 
4-6; Middle/Junior; High

The Goldie Socks Strategy—Creating a "Just Right" Library Program (F2-R21)  

Award-winning author and librarian Jackie Mims Hopkins will share her book Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians. This program will provide strategies to encourage enthusiasm and fun in the library. Through a PowerPoint presentation and storytelling, Jackie will offer creative ideas and techniques to invigorate school library programs.

Presenter(s): 
Jackie Hopkins, Author 

Strand:
Literacy & Reading - Reading Promotion

Target Audience: 
School Librarian

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6

The Vision of Outstanding School Library Programs (F2-MA)

What does an excellent school library program look like? In 2010–2011, then-AASL president Nancy Everhart conducted a Vision Tour of 38 outstanding school libraries to find out. Along the way data was collected using AASL’s School Library Program Assessment Rubric and the PALM Center Technology Integration Survey. Attendees will find out the factors that are common to excellent school library programs, and also what has happened to these programs and their school librarians in the past three years.

Presenter(s): 
Nancy Everhart, Associate Professor 

Strand:
Leadership - Research

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Administrators; Library Supervisors; Higher Education; Students; Technology Coordinators

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Using AASL’s Lesson Plan Database to Integrate CCSS with AASL Standards (F2-MD)  

AASL's Lesson Plan Database is an online resource providing school librarians a user-friendly way to create and share lesson plans that align AASL Standards with the ELA and mathematics CCSS. Participants in this BYOD session will take on the role of moderators as they evaluate unpublished lessons and rate published lessons. An in-depth exploration of the lesson plan template will be conducted, with hints on how to successfully submit a lesson for publication.

Presenter(s): 
Kathy Lowe, Executive Director 

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - 21st Century Standards

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Library Supervisors; Higher Education; Curriculum Specialists

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Using Apps and C.R.A.P. Testing to Rise to the CCSS Challenge (F2-R26) 

Apps and Web 2.0 technologies can be everyday classroom tools that facilitate conformance with the CCSS. In this session, digital citizenship and tools to evaluate Web resources will be aligned with anchor standards; this evaluation will be conducted through the lens of the C.R.A.P. test (Currency, Reliability, Authority, and Perspective). Through engaging applications, writing standards for ELA, history, and science and technology can be integrated into existing lessons and provide new venues for innovative learning products, creativity, and collaboration.

Presenter(s): 
Sydnye Cohen, Library Media Specialist
Jennifer Rocca, Library Media Specialist 

Strand:
Common Core State Standards - Writing

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists

Grade Level(s): 
Middle/Junior; High

What Do I Do If? Intellectual Freedom Dilemmas in School Libraries (F2-R15)

The principles of intellectual freedom may be crystal clear, but often the situations school librarians face in applying them are not. In a round-robin format, participants will discuss real-life, gray-area dilemmas involving self-censorship, viewpoint discrimination in Internet filtering, e-books and users’ rights, and navigating challenges to resources containing controversial ideas. Attendees will learn how to create a PLN to help them protect students' First Amendment and privacy rights in school libraries.

Presenter(s): 
Helen R. Adams, Online Instructor
Annalisa Keuler, Librarian
Debbie Abilock, Co-founder Noodle Tools
Christine Eldred, Librarian
Karyn Storts-Brinks, Librarian
Dee Venuto, Librarian

Strand:
Leadership - Personal Development

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Library Supervisors; Higher Education; Curriculum Specialists; Students; Technology Coordinators

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

You Are Relevant, If You Lead! Now Is the Time to Rise to the Challenge! (F2-R16)

A veteran school librarian will share how she grabbed the opportunity to lead by inviting a veteran second-grade teacher to collaborate in creating learning opportunities for students beyond the school day and year. This dynamic duo will share techniques, strategies, lessons, and tech tools that increase student engagement, motivation, and learning by creating multi-age summer reading and writing camps, as well as online learning opportunities.

Presenter(s): 
Jane Martellino, School Librarian
Robin Welton, Math Coach 

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - Curriculum and Instruction

Target Audience: 
School Librarian

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6

Icons At A Glance

Session led by authors and focused on hot topics in school library programs.

Bring your own device (BYOD) session.

Session will be captured as a slidecast (audio synced to slides) and available to conference attendees through AASL eCOLLAB.