A Mind about Meetings November 22, 2013Posted by Jen Habley in Check this out!.
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Posted on behalf of Carrie Turner, Affiliate Assembly Delegate
This past summer our state organization NSLA (NE School Librarians Association) in conjunction with the University of NE Omaha library program, and the Eastern Library System held its’ second bi-annual Heartland Conference. This conference is our attempt to reach school librarians from across the region and bring information that is relevant to their school libraries. With funding being cut in districts across our state and elsewhere, we held this affordable conference the first weekend in August, to avoid conflicting with school days. The featured speakers were Barbara Stripling and Marc Aronson addressing the topics of Inquiry and Common Core. Even though our state has not adopted the Common Core, it was exciting to hear new ideas and learn different approaches to teaching.
One thing I notice whenever attending a conference like that, is the energy and passion I feel when sharing a valuable learning experience with like-minded colleagues. The resulting conversations and ideas that freely flow cannot be duplicated. That became crystal clear to me as the AASL National Conference came and went. Due to budget cuts, I was unable to attend this year. Instead, I followed the conversations on Twitter and the AASL conference site. I read about great sessions and linked to information shared by speakers. I am incredibly grateful to have access to something like Twitter where all the “tweeps” and tweets kept me learning and informed!
There is one thing Twitter cannot duplicate, though. That’s the excitement I feel when I hear extraordinary ideas I can’t wait to share with my colleagues, (who can’t wait to share their own exciting thoughts from other sessions). So until Twitter can translate passion and excitement into tweets, I’ll be planning on attending conferences in person, including Columbus, OH in 2015!
TASL TECH CAMP November 21, 2013Posted by Jen Habley in Check this out!.
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Posted on behalf of Karen Kessel, Texas Association of School Librarians Chair
The Texas Association of School Librarians in collaboration with the Texas Library Association’s Children’s Round Table and Young Adult Round Table are sponsoring a TECH CAMP pre-conference during TLA’s Annual Conference on Tuesday, April 8. Librarians are invited to spend a day with Tech Camp Counselors and earn life-saving badges of knowledge that will move their libraries down the 21st century technology trail. Head counselors are Library Girl Jennifer LaGarde, Dr. Bruce Ellis, and Tech Ninja Todd Nesloney. In addition to keynote addresses by the Head Counselors there will be six breakout sessions for campers to participate in for “badges.” It will be a day full of fun and learning!
#AASL13 Blog Teasers November 19, 2013Posted by cstarkey in Check this out!.
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By Carolyn Starkey
The conference is over and we’ve caught our breath. It’s time to reflect, ruminate, and rehash our #aasl13 professional learning. Here are some preliminary thoughts from the first wave of school library bloggers. Follow the links to read their full reflections. You might find yourself nodding in agreement….
From Crain Seasholes, Books ‘n Bytes from a freely circulating librarian blog
Having sailed through a perfect storm of people, ideas and information in Hartford these past three days and pausing during a layover in today’s return to Seattle, I want to jot down some of what I saw, thought and heard. The intensity of interactions during the face to face to face to face professional development like #AASL13 leaves me both exhilarated and exhausted. What’s the take away?
From Joyce Valenza, SLJ: The Neverending Search Blog
Friday night a team of teacher librarians, and a few friends, hosted AASL’s first unconference. It all started with a conversation with Susan Ballard at a CiSSL Retreat at Rutgers this summer.
From Cathy Jo Nelson, Cathy Jo Nelson’s Professional Thought Blog
I promised to break my #AASL13 reflection down and not overwhelm you all with long wordy posts. But you know I just can’t help it. My friend Pat Hensley over at Successful Teaching recently modeled sharing session by session, and that is a great way to do this, but I don’t take notes very well. So I’m going to attempt a daily reflection. This is a summary of Day 1 – Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
From Laura Pearle, Venn Librarian: Reflections about the intersection of schools, libraries and technology blog
Most of us are not math people, but even the numerically challenged should question this: “‘We Hate Math,’ Say 4 in 10 — a Majority of Americans” | Degrees of Freedom, Scientific American Blog Network via kwout But when such thoughtful and challenging speakers as Debbie Abilock and Kristin Fontichiaro are giving a presentation entitled “Slaying the Data Dragon” it’s difficult to resist going.
From Meg Donhauser, Heather Hersey, Cathy Stutzman, and Marci Zane, Letting Go: How to Give Your Students Control Over Their Learning Blog
On Friday, November 15th, we presented the ILP to a group of educators at the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition in Hartford, CT. As part of our presentation, we shared video reflections from students who have experienced the Inquiry Learning Plan, which is one of our favorite parts of the presentation to share with others.
AASL 2013 Friday Morning Concurrent Session Twitter Talk: Visions, Apps, and Many Things to Explore! November 15, 2013Posted by cstarkey in Check this out!.
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Compiled by Carolyn Starkey from #aasl13
Oh, wow! Lots of learning going on around here!
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Tweets compiled by Carolyn Starkey from #aasl13
Perhaps one of the most eagerly anticipated events at any AASL conference is the opening of the exhibit hall.
Attendees map out their attack strategies in advance…..
offer advice to newbies….
and get reved up by the atmosphere!
On your mark…
The exhibits are open!
You never know who you’ll find there.
Of course, the exhibit hall is not the only place you’ll find our generous exhibitors!
The Presidential State Representative Breakfast was sponsored by Libraries Unlimited, the Professional Development Imprint of ABC-CLIO.
If you haven’t made it to the Exhibit Hall yet, you need to make time. It shouldn’t be missed!
AASL 2013 Opening General Session Twitter Talk: What Was Your Favorite Take-Home Inspiration? November 14, 2013Posted by cstarkey in Check this out!.
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AASL 2013 opened with a bang as Opening General Session keynote speaker Tony Wagner, Innovative Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard, discussed his latest publication, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World.
The Twitter backchannel was buzzing with comments, insights, and take-home inspirations. Check out this selection of tweets–which one is your favorite?
Ideas for Using AASL Best Website: ScienceNetLinks November 14, 2013Posted by hmlang in Best Websites for Teaching and Learning.
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ScienceNetLinks is one of the many great sites on the 2013 AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning list under the Content Resources category. Produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a member of the Thinkfinity/Verizon Foundation family, this dynamic site is a treasure trove of standards-aligned STEM resources for K-12 educators, students, and parents.
The website is comprised of five major sections:
- Lessons – searchable by topic, grade level, theme, and format
- Tools – quality online resources including websites, downloadable apps, and interactives with suggestions for classroom integration
- Collections – groups of lessons, tools, Science Updates, and other resources centered on a specific topic
- Afterschool - informal hands-on activities with printable pages for students and tips for facilitators
- Science News – up-to-date science news on the “Today in Science” and “Science Update” page.
This well-organized website provides a multitude of resources supporting many of the cross-curricular goals of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The site’s up-to-date information reflecting current national and international events supports the Common Core’s intent to prepare students for real world problems. The Collections section even offers resources for applying the CCSS into STEM classrooms under the topic “STEM and the Common Core.”
While ScienceNetLinks obviously targets science educators, other busy content-area teachers can also benefit from this website.
- In support of November’s Native American Heritage Month celebration, multi-level resources are available that include the science of linguistics through endangered languages and how the relationships of technology, culture, and environment can help us understand the progression of communities, such as the Chumash people.
- “Poetry Across the Sciences” is a compilation of K-12 teaching strategies and materials utilizing poetry to enhance science instruction.
- The site’s Science Updates section offers numerous podcasts about current science research involving music, such as “Browsing Music,” “Driving Music,” “Music and IQ,” “Stone Age Tunes,” “Perfect Pitch,” and others. These short, student-friendly podcasts are good resources for flipped classrooms.
- Lessons about studying giant trees and how the world’s weather is connected, as well as other materials, are available to educators in support of Geography Awareness Week 2013 held November 17-23.
- The American Association for the Advancement of Science annually recognizes the best in science writing and illustration for children and young adults. Previous year’s winning books and the 2014 finalists are available on the site, along with lessons, podcasts, and videos developed for use in STEM classrooms. These books for students K-12 are excellent resources for introducing and building STEM concepts and vocabulary while reading complex texts – another Common Core goal.
Be sure to check out ScienceNetLinks for wonderful resources for your school’s teachers and students. With new content added regularly, this vibrant website can benefit K-12 classrooms across the curriculum.
Elizabeth P. Dumas
AASL Best Website for Teaching and Learning
Win $1,000 with the MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens November 13, 2013Posted by cstarkey in Check this out!.
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For those AASL members who are also members of YALSA….
YALSA members who have run an exceptional reading or literature program in the 12 months leading up to Dec. 1, 2013 are eligible to apply for the MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens, which recognizes an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults.
Do you run a spectacular teen book club that engages underserved audiences? Did your summer reading program or literature festival connect teens with literature in an innovative way? Have you connected teens to literature or helped them gain literacy skills via some other exciting means? If so, you could win $500 for yourself and an additional $500 for your library by applying for award. Individual library branches may apply.
The MAE Award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Applications and additional information about the award are available online. Applications must be submitted online by Dec. 1, 2013. For questions about the award, please contact the jury chair, Laurie Amster-Burton (email@example.com). The winner will be announced the week of Feb. 9, 2014.
Not a member of YALSA yet? It’s not too late to join so you can be eligible for this award. You can do so by contacting YALSA’s Membership Marketing Specialist, Letitia Smith, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390. Recognize the great work you are doing to bring teens together with literature and apply today.
Posted on behalf of Laurie Amster-Burton, MAE Award Jury Chair.
Final in the NSLPY Series October 22, 2013Posted by Susan Ballard in Check this out!.
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And now last, but not least, in our series that shares the thoughts of the 2013 National School Library Program of the Year recipients are the remarks of Lauren Kniola, School Librarian at the New Augusta South Elementary School in Indianapolis, IN. While Lauren rightfully credits the learning community she serves with being in her program’s corner and providing the requisite support and commitment needed to realize their shared vision of excellence and student achievement, Lauren is also an incredible example of a talented and dedicated school librarian who has earned the respect of many. Kathy Lowe, chair of the 2013 NSLPY Committee noted “Her colleagues see Lauren as a ‘real leader’ and her program was cited as the ideal of what a school library program should look like.”
The NSLPY Award recognizes school library programs that meet the needs of the changing school and library environment. Exemplary school library programs ensure that the students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. These programs empower learners to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers and ethical users of information.
Read more about the process to apply in this press release announcing that the application for the 2014 NSLPY Award has been posted, with links to the same: http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2013/10/online-application-aasl-s-national-school-library-year-award-now-open
AASL School Library Program of the Year – Lauren Kniola
It is such an honor to be chosen as a recipient for the AASL National School Library Program of the Year Award. I know I need to say thank you to Follett Library Resources for sponsoring this prestigious award, but I’ll get to that in a moment. First, I need to say thank you to the folks that really made this award possible — the New Augusta South Elementary School teachers. Thank you to the teachers that I work with each and every day. Thank you to the teachers that believe in the importance of teaching inquiry skills to students because they know students need these skills in our ever-evolving technological world. Thank you to the teachers who fought for and supported keeping the New Augusta South library open access with flexible scheduling so that students can come any time they have a need to check out library books and teachers can bring classes to the library for inquiry when it fits in the curriculum, not just on an appointed day as a drop off special class. Thank you to the teachers who understand the power of collaboration and are willing to plan units of study with me that are based on the grade level standards, and incorporate the AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. Thank you to the teachers for supporting the idea that students need to be given ownership to the library by being on library teams, such as the News Teams, Jr. Librarians, and the Electronic Bulletin Board Crew. Thank you to the teachers who are willing to try new technology so that students are motivated and engaged. Thank you to teachers who believe in modeling and teaching the reading of books, for learning and pleasure. Thank you to teachers who support and promote the New Augusta South library special reading programs – such as the Young Hoosier Book Award program celebrations and annual author visits- so that students get excited about reading and books. To say the least, I am privileged to work with an incredible group of teachers who support the implementation of a library program the way an awarding winning AASL library program is supposed to be implemented!
Now, back to the official thank-yous. Thank you to Follett Library Resources for sponsoring the AASL NSLPY award. This company’s conviction and willingness to financially recognize outstanding library programs as role models cannot go unmentioned. It is motivating when the business world sees and understands the importance of school libraries that make a difference.
It is essential to recognize the AASL guidelines that define the present and future direction of school library programs. These give librarians the support they need to go beyond the “basics”, to provide goals and priorities for those who want to establish the most effective school library programs.
It is also imperative that I thank the Administration in the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township where I work for supporting ideal library programs. The Pike Superintendent and School Board maintain certified librarians in each of the schools in our township. Librarians are supported by full time library assistants, so that the librarians can fulfill the teaching role assigned to them. (I happen to have an incredibly great media assistant who reads articles and watches webinars on ideal library programs, and takes on almost all the clerical jobs to allow me to spend most of my time teaching and with students.) In addition, New Augusta South has a principal that fully “gets” the advantages of having an open-access, flexibly scheduled library that supports collaboration.
Pike Township schools should also be acknowledged for being a unique school district because we have an “Inquiry Specialist” at the district level who acts as an instructional coach for the librarians, as well as all classroom instructors, teaching inquiry and integration of curriculum. This professional is devoted to keeping the librarians and libraries on top of their game, so to speak, so that we can continue to be leaders in library programs and advocacy in our state. It would behoove other districts to initiate this role model position.
To all the school librarians out there, thank you for continuing to hold fast in the ideals of our profession and not giving up on the vision of what an excellent media program should look like! We stand strong and united together in the belief that our children deserve the opportunity to grow to their fullest potential!
Receiving this NSLPY award made me reflect on all the factors that go into making a library program worthy of a national award. “It takes a village to raise a child” is often quoted by teachers, but I believe it can be tweaked for libraries: “It takes a village to support an ideal library program.” Thank you, village, for supporting us!
AASL KQ Webinar Series: LACs, Rti, and Community Assessment How-Tos October 22, 2013Posted by cstarkey in Check this out!.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013
7:00 p.m. EST/6:00 p.m. CST/5:00 p.m. MST/4:00 p.m. PST
Kick off the school year right by learning how to take charge of three major library initiatives: library advisory committees (LACs), Response to Intervention (RtI), and community assessments. The Sept/Oct KQ webinar will feature three 20-minute presentations from three authors moderated by guest editor Sue Kimmel. Janie Pickett will outline the steps to create an effective library advisory committee. Jennifer Robins will discuss how librarians can play a role in Response to Intervention efforts. Finally IdaMae Craddock will explore how librarians can help incorporate community assessments into the research process. Webinar is open to all attendees. Registrations will be accepted until 6:00 p.m. on the day preceding and a seat in the webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.