Concurrent Sessions

Saturday, November 16
8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

 

Arts 2.0: Arts, Libraries, and Technology (S1-R23)  

In this session, focusing on how the arts (drama, music, visual art, and more) can be integrated into the school library program, participants will engage with activities and ideas. Web tools as well as mobile apps will also be introduced to accompany these artistic endeavors. Attendees will write, draw, interact, and more. BYOD for the full experience.

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

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - Curriculum and Instruction

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

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

Be Visible! Advocate for Your Library at a School Board Meeting! (S1-R27)

One of the most powerful advocacy weapons librarians possess is the creation of a presence at school board meetings. A school board presentation is the perfect vehicle for delivering an evidenced-based message that links properly funded library programs, staffed by certified school librarians, and student achievement. Use our advocacy techniques to visibly showcase your impact on student achievement and the Common Core State Standards.

Presenter(s): 
Rose Luna, Teacher Librarian
Sara Kelly Johns, Instructor
Margaux DelGuidice, Teacher-Librarian

Strand:
Leadership - Advocacy

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

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

Blog the Book: The Challenge of Motivating Readers in a Digital Age (S1-R11) 

In the present fast-paced society, not only is it a challenge to motivate students to read, it's a challenge to get their attention at all! Educators are competing with games, gadgets, and phones that stream, entertain, and divert. However, by using eye-catching book-review blogs, school librarians can join forces with these distractions and induce students to read, to critique, to evaluate, and to awaken awareness of Internet etiquette, privacy, safety, and savvy.

Presenter(s): 
Heidi Blais, Library Media Specialist
Susan Rose, Library Media Specialist & Library Program Supervisor 

Strand:
Literacy & Reading - Reading Promotion

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

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

Branching Out: Growing Collaborative School and Community Partnerships for Students’ Authentic Research Projects (S1-R12) 

Many school librarians have a vision for engaging student research projects that have authentic curriculum and real-world connections, but don’t know where to start. Attendees will learn how to build collaborative school and community partnerships, identify and communicate with community resources, structure inquiry-based action-research projects, and document the process for ongoing advocacy. Participants will explore practical strategies that they can apply in their instructional contexts.

Presenter(s): 
Kimberly Dyar, School Library Media Specialist 

Strand:
Program Administration - Collaboration

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

Grade Level(s): 
Middle/Junior; High

CCSS, My BFF: One Librarian's Journey in Advocacy for the School Library Program (S1-R22) 

This program will be a discussion of the educational shifts brought about by the CCSS, how school library programs fit and support these shifts, and ways in which school librarians can use the adoption of these standards to support or kick-start advocacy of the school library program.

Presenter(s): 
Jennisen Lucas, Elementary Librarian 

Strand:
Common Core State Standards - College and Career Readiness

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Students

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

Challenge Your Students to Communicate~Connect~Collaborate OR Literacy Experiences that Give Rise to Students' Voices (S1-R15)

Students can rise to the challenge of deeper engagement in their literacy experiences if the school library is a maker space where digital storytelling tools are common(core)place. Attendees will explore projects in which students are capturing the power of technology as a vehicle for expressing and communicating their understanding through the use of tools such as VoiceThread, Wordle, Weebly, Animoto, Storybird, StoryJumper, and ToonDoo.

Presenter(s): 
Jennifer Reed, Library Teacher/Teacher Librarian 

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - 21st Century Standards

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

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6

Challenging the Common: Recreating the Text Exemplars for the CCSS (S1-R16)

The CCSS includes lists of text exemplars chosen based on complexity, quality, and range. Educators across the country will use these lists to select books to use with students and for collection development. The presenters invite participants to critically evaluate works on these lists and consider alternative titles tying to AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and the CCSS.

Presenter(s): 
Elizabeth Burns, Library Information Specialist
Kasey Garrison​,, Lecturer
Sue Kimmel, Assistant Professor 

Strand:
Common Core State Standards - Reading

Target Audience: 
School Librarians

Grade Level(s): 
K-3; 4-6

Collaboration: It's a Challenge! (S1-ME)

The presenters ask prospective attendees: “Ever wonder which teacher in the faculty room might want to work with you on a cool project? Ever wonder what entices a teacher to want to collaborate with you? Ever wonder how to get more students in the library?” If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” conference-goers are invited to join the librarian-and-teacher team of presenters to learn how they got together, why they stay a team, and what each has learned about collaboration as they share details of their successful (and some not-so-successful) lessons and projects.

Presenter(s): 
Denise Kennedy, School Librarian
Tiffany Moyer-Washington, Grade 9 English Teacher 

Strand:
Program Administration - Collaboration

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists

Grade Level(s): 
Middle/Junior; High

Confronting the Data Dragon: Helping Students Become Data Savvy (S1-R17)

The digital world gives scientists, politicians, educators, policy makers, citizens, and students unprecedented access to raw data. But access is not knowledge, and display is not understanding. Making sense of data requires multiple literacies—but many school librarians are novices at evaluating and using data. As a group, attendees will engage in ways to process, mashup, chunk, and visualize data, taming the dragon!

Presenter(s): 
Kristin Fontichiaro, Clinical Assistant Professor
Debbie Abilock, Consultant 

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - Information Literacy

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

Grade Level(s): 
Middle/Junior; High

E-books from All Sides: Different Perspectives on Digital Content in School Libraries (S1-R13) 

An aggregator, an author, a school librarian, and a publisher walk into a panel...and they have a very informed discussion on the current status and future trends for e-books in school libraries. Firm answers may not exist, but if everyone involved continues to meet and talk, all stakeholders have a much better chance of making e-books work for all of them—and for students.

Presenter(s): 
Christopher Harris, Director, School Library System
Randal Heise, Owner
Roger Rosen 

Strand:
Common Core State Standards - Reading

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

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

Expanding the Walls of Your Learning Environment with Digital Media and Blended Learning Strategies (S1-C1-2)

A Manager of Program Engagement will guide an exploration of innovative blended learning strategies including the flipped classroom. Attendees will see how emerging digital resources support these strategies and learn to use PBS LearningMedia, a free digital-media content library designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

Presenter(s): 
John Sessler, Manager of Program Engagement

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - Curriculum and Instruction

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

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

Here's a Challenge: Get Teens and Tweens to Read for Pleasure! (S1-R24) 

The competition for teens’ time and attention is fierce. How do school librarians convince teens to spend time reading for pleasure? This session will be a group-think, culminating in a take-home list of great ideas produced by participants. The presenter will describe how one small school is making good progress in that battle, and encourage attendees to share take-home ideas to implement on Monday.

Presenter(s): 
Toni Vahlsing, Director of Libraries 

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): 
Middle/Junior; High

iLibrarians teach iStudents to Manage their Internal and External Information Worlds (S1-R26) 

According to Miller's Law, humans can keep between 5 and 9 sequenced things in mind at a time. Available information expands exponentially, but human brains do not. By externalizing information, getting it out of their heads and into explicit form, learners can manage its flow, remember what is important, create new ideas, and share information with others. iLibrarians help iStudents meet this challenge of managing internal and external information worlds.

Presenter(s): 
Jenny Robins, Professor
Rene Burress, Instructor
Patricia Antrim, Professor 

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - Curriculum and Instruction

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

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

Making the "End of Units" New Beginnings for Student Learning (S1-R14) 

David Loertscher has developed nine metacognitive strategies (“Big Thinks”) for teachers and school librarians to use at the end of units. These strategies help students reflect on not only what they have learned but also on how they learned and what they should do next. The presenters have used Loertscher’s strategies and will help attendees discover them, see how one district has applied them, and take part in an authentic Big Think.

Presenter(s): 
Natalie Carrignan, Director of Technology, Department Chair of Information & Technology Literacy (LMS & Tech Teachers)
Aimee Shuhart, Library Media Specialist
Jenn Cirino
Kelley Auringer 

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - Curriculum and Instruction

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists

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

Nonfiction and the CCSS (S1-MC) 

Authors of nonfiction discuss how adoption of the CCSS has impacted their creative process—or has it?

Presenter(s): 
Daryl Grabarek, Moderator
Steve Sheinkin, Author
Meghan McCarthy, Author
Tonya Bolden, Author
Robert Burliegh, Author

Strand:
Authors

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists

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

Proactive Strategies for Saving School Libraries (S1-R21) 

During these economically challenging times, no school library is safe from budget or staffing cuts. This session will provide participants with strategies to facilitate appraising the library program, embedding it within the school’s academic goals, and communicating its strengths to stakeholders. Participants will leave with a working outline of complementary strategies to build library support. Additional resources to renew, revamp, or develop actions to champion library programs in meaningful and lasting ways will be provided.

Presenter(s): 
Christie Kaaland, Antioch University
Deb Kachel, Mansfield University
Deb Levitov, PhD 

Strand:
Leadership - Advocacy

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

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

Rising to the Challenge of Providing and Promoting Spanish Language Equity in E-books! (S1-MB)

When Spanish-speaking students come into school libraries, librarians want them to access information and check out books that support learning and curriculum. What can school librarians quickly provide for them to take home? E-books! In an effort to make sense of and effectively implement collection development in this new digital-resource landscape, participants will learn how to find useful e-resources and advocate for Spanish-speaking learners.

Presenter(s): 
Andrea Paganelli
Cynthia Houston 

Strand:
Leadership - Advocacy

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

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

School Library Maker Space (S1-MA)

The maker space concept will be explained and implementation guidance provided. Hands-on experiences and shared ideas will enable participants to walk away inspired with ways to create an affordable, realistic maker space—project ideas they can immediately understand, get excited about, adapt as needed, and implement right away.

Presenter(s): 
Leslie Preddy, Library Media Specialist 

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - Curriculum and Instruction

Target Audience: 
School Librarians

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

Social Media—Can Your Library Trust Them? (S1-MD) 

School librarians’ use of social media can raise a school library's profile and attract the attention of young readers but is the effort worthwhile? Underneath their social coolness, sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Skype, and book blogs have data privacy policies that can leave a school librarian and the school exposed for years to come. Attendees are invited to come review the real rules, find out what they can do, and make plans for their libraries’ electronic presence that's tech savvy while it protects.

Presenter(s): 
Joyce Johnston, Adjunct Professor 

Strand:
Teaching & Learning - Information Literacy

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): 
K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Using Data to Improve Your School Library Program (S1-R25) 

Participants will use state and national data to assess local library programs by analyzing national data sets, relating them to local library programs, and using benchmarks to identify best practices and trends. Ways to use data to advocate for school library programs will be discussed, and participants will be encouraged to share their successes and challenges. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets to compare and discuss.

Presenter(s): 
Sandra Andrews, Director of Instructional Technology and Media Services 

Strand:
Leadership - Advocacy

Target Audience: 
School Librarians; Library Supervisors; Technology Coordinators

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

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.