AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition


Concurrent sessions captured in Columbus, Ohio

The AASL National Conference & Exhibition is the only national conference devoted solely to the needs of school librarians. Concurrent sessions are specially chosen to empower leaders to transform teaching and learning. Sessions focus on helping school librarians implement the AASL learning standards and program guidelines, raising the level of learning in school library programs and addressing the needs of a new generation of students.


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Be a Research Rock Star! Using Guided Inquiry Design to Promote Higher Level Learning and Enthusiasm for Research at All Levels


Get your students to inquire, explore and engage in the research process through Guided Inquiry Design.  Hear from a middle school media specialist and a Language Arts teacher on how to make research accessible to all students while encouraging higher level learning.  Walk away with an understanding of the process, ways to differentiate instruction, and engage and motivate students to explore the research process.

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ExcELLent School Library Services: Supporting English Language Learners and Their Teachers


Support English Language Learners in your library and school by connecting with them, the ELL teacher and content area teachers. Whatever your experience level is with supporting ELLs, join our discussion of best practices for establishing these connections and great literacy and learning resources. Although not required, it is recommended that participants bring a digital device (laptop or tablet) to access and share digital resources.

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Exploring Advocacy: Connecting Beliefs and Practice to Engage Stakeholders in Educated Action


Though best practice and program standards dictate school librarians advocate for their school library program, many struggle to define advocacy and implement an advocacy plan. This session invites participants to explore what it means to advocate for a school library program and critically evaluate relationships between their library program and the stakeholders in their setting. Participants will create an advocacy plan they can implement into their own practice.

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Free Your K-12 Students from the Web with Discovery


School libraries can free students from the entanglements of an open web search using a discovery service. Learn how INFOhio, Ohio's PreK-12 digital library, developed ISearch, a discovery tool to support the needs of emerging researchers, and improved circulation of trusted print and digital school library resources.

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Innovative Research Process with Interactive Technology


Learn how to use and make Thinglink, a powerful online tool, to help scaffold the research process for younger students and ELL's (English language learners). This is a modern twist on web quests. Link textual information, web sites, images, and videos to a Thinglink you create to guide students to scholarly sources. Students can also create a Thinglink or digital poster to share what they have learned.

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Mission Possible: Research Projects with Primary Students


Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to conduct research with primary students through engaging curricular projects. Though the mission seems daunting, implementing the three stages of the Super 3 makes the job manageable and exciting!  In this session, we'll examine real-life examples and resources for implementing the stages of Plan, Do and Review with K-2 students.  In addition, we'll explore websites and apps for planning and preparing your own research projects.

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Prove it! Library Media Instruction Does Impact Student Achievement


Hear directly from library media specialists, a school-based administrator and central office supervisors about how Howard County, Maryland implemented Student Learning Objectives (SLOs). Participants will learn how sample SLOs were created and implemented at all levels. Strategies learned in this session will provide participants with a way to use assessment in teaching and learning to ensure the library media program is meeting its goals, as outlined in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs.

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The 4th E = EVIDENCE! Empowering Evolution, Experience, and Education


Connect the dots! Experience. Educational outcomes. Inquiry-centered learning. Information Literacy. Learning standards and Common Core. It is EVIDENCE that is the powerful connector. Be empowered to develop evidence-based initiatives through engaging with the exemplary practices of school librarians from the USA and Australia. See how evidence is gathered, shared and utilized to showcase the school library's core role and relevance in 21st century teaching and learning to address curriculum standards.

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Urban Edgy and Marginal: The YA Underground - Titles Under Consideration for the 2015 In the Margins List


Come find out about the YA fiction and nonfiction titles that made the 2015 In the Margins (ITM) Award list which is compiled by school and youth in custody librarians from the Americas existing under the umbrella ofLibrary Services for Youth in Custody. This two-year old independent selection committee features self-published and small press published titles by, for, and about youth in poverty, on the streets, in custody, or otherwise living a marginalized existence.

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Welcome to the (De)Construction Zone: Digging into the Standards to Pave the Way for Learning


Being aware of the standards from which we teach is only the first part of knowing them.Digging intothem toidentify the underlying skills facilitates the creation ofasolid and viable curriculum and opens the doorfor collaborative conversations with our colleagues. Join us for an interactivesession on how to deconstruct a standard and use our deeper understanding to make clear connections between the various standards which we use for instruction.

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1:1 - What Works, What Doesn't?


Discover what research and best practice shows when your district moves to 1:1, how 1:1 helps you meet learning objectives - including common-core, why your library MUST be involved in this process, and WHY 1:1 is critical to your students K-12 academic, college and career success. An implementation timeline including PD recommendations will be provided, with suggestions that WORK for involving virtually every student, while spending almost nothing - and no grant-writing required - really!

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2 Librarians + Leadership = Meaningful PLC Experience


Learn how two school librarians designed a professional development (PD) initiative that is proving to be an effective model for long-term results. Presenters collaboratively plan and deliver training with university partners and librarian colleagues to meet the needs of their district-wide professional learning community (PLC). They share training modules dealing with inquiry research, assessment techniques, and tech tools for learning. Get involved in table talk and hands-on exercises using strategies from the PD.

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Digitize the Book Club


Book clubs in the 21st Century don’t have to be about finding a meeting time and place that is amenable to everyone. No more do students have to be left out because they are not able to come to the book club before or after school. Learn how to use technology to foster a life-long love of literacy, right from the comfort of your own office or home.

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Easy as 1, 2, 3: How to Design an Essential Library Program for Younger Students


Build a library program that best meets the needs of young learners by understanding and valuing the unique developmental traits of Kindergarten and 1st grade students. Learn how incorporating quality literature, critical questioning, hands-on activities, and relevant technologies will create an environment where these students grow and thrive.  Be ready to try new technologies and leave with easy to implement, developmentally-appropriate lessons and activities.

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Flipping 101: Insights from One of the Forefathers of Flipped Learning


Flip the way you think about learning & instruction in the classroom with Aaron Sams - one of the Flipped Class Movement's most notable pioneers! This interactive, "101" session will offer an outstanding primer on the key trends, terms, and best practices that define the Flipped Class Movement, while introducing you to a suite of free digital resources that you can use to flip your own classroom.

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Rethinking Professional Development: Training School Librarians for Digital Schools


One-to-one device schools and BYOD programs create new learning environments challenging school libraries to change. Expanding digital schools in Orlando, Florida led to rethinking the professional development used to train new school librarians. Creating quality professional development for digital school librarians meant rethinking and recreating the district's plan to meet today's needs and provide for future flexibility. Participants will learn about one district's approach and have the opportunity to share insights from their own experiences.

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Rooms with a View: Theoretical & Practical Strategies for Advancing School Library Access


Featured are stories and strategies for implementing school/district-wide library programs, including generating data regarding the academic impact on learners without school libraries, the Informationally Underserved.  Activities include examining survey and interview IU theory methods, applicable in any context, to initiate local research for igniting advocacy for local or regional school library initiatives, including levels of access. Round-table discussions, focused on successful approaches for working with site-based management teams, will be facilitated.

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Student Success: Administrators & School Librarians Speaking the Same Language


What are school administrators' top concerns and priorities and how can our school library programs help meet them? This panel of building principals, a district curriculum director, and library media specialists from every grade level will discuss strategies for creating powerful collaborations that make the school library (and its credentialed Teacher Librarian) a critical component of the school culture and success. Bring your administrator with you to this panel to start a powerful conversation!

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Transforming Libraries in Transitional Times


School librarians have big dreams. Innovative practitioners are eager to improve students' college and career readiness through learning commons, eCollections, mobile learning, virtual library services, and collaborative project-based learning. But many school librarians are caught between slow paced school modernization and fast paced learner evolution. In this session, participants will learn about innovative strategies that are helping library programs drive learning revolutions one school at a time.

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Using Children's Literature to Open Guided Inquiry


Learn about how to open Guided Inquiry sessions using high quality children's literature. School Librarian will hear examples of how a museum educator from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum uses children's literature to inspire inquiry about a variety of topics, such as flight, bravery, space exploration and astronomy. Participants will identify literature that they can use and begin to map out inquiries that children could follow after reading the text.

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We Got This - Integrating Digital Databases Within Classroom Instruction


Many school leaders report challenges in the integration of digital content within classroom instruction and yet school librarians and libraries are uniquely positioned to address these key challenges. We will present the results from a study and discuss findings with the librarians from two project high schools. Audience members will learn key strategies for integrating digital databases within classroom instruction, and how innovative librarianship can enhance both student and teacher outcomes. Modeling interactive learning, the audience will be polled throughout the session regarding their views on the outcomes using a Jeopardy style game format. The session supports the AASL strategic plan by demonstrating the relevancy of librarians within digital learning adoptions.

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Volando en Dos Alas! Soaring on Two Wings! Two-way Spanish Immersion Programs, Bilingualism, and the School Library


Providing library services in a two-way immersion elementary school offers challenges, but also great rewards. The presenter will guide the audience through the fundamentals in providing service to students, teachers, and parents in a two-way Spanish/English immersion program. We will cover collection development, library instruction, equity of access, programs, events, and online resources. Some content will be applicable to two-way programs in other foreign languages.

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Analyzing Primary Sources in Elementary Schools


Do you love primary sources, but are unsure of how to use them in K-5 instruction? Attend this session to see how an elementary librarian, after attending summer workshops at the Library of Congress, collaborated with teachers and utilized tools to incorporate primary sources into library lessons. Attendees will conduct their own primary source analysis, see projects examples and student work, and explore resources and ideas to find and use primary sources with students.

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Applying Guided Inquiry in the Common Core Curriculum


Guided Inquiry Design is a valuable tool to assist with Common Core implementation and provides a vehicle for students to become experts. In this session we will showcase a high school unit where physical science topics are addressed through a Guided Inquiry Design. A collaborative team teaching approach provided depth of learning that differs from the typical compilation based projects. Participants will gain an understanding of GID along with easy to implement assessment measures.

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Designing a Genius Hour Program in Your Middle School Library


Did you know that Google allows its engineers to spend 20% of their time on any project of their choosing? Because Google allows employees "tinker time," productivity has gone up. Genius Hour is an opportunity for students to create their own knowledge from exploring topics of personal interest. Learn how you can assess what they have learned through project-based activities where your students can become "master builders" of their own learning.

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Getting Beyond the Brick and Mortar: 3 Teens and a Librarian Discuss Virtual Courses and Learning Commons


Do you need resources for creating a virtual learning commons? Perhaps you have been looking for easy yet effective ways to develop an online course. In this session, you will interact with three teens and a librarian to get tips for creating virtual resources for students. Let teens tell you about their experiences with learning online and what they need. Find out about tools that can be used to effectively develop learning opportunities for students.

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Hook 'Em: A Guide to Workshopping with Tween/Teen Writers


The trick to successful creative writing revolves around crafting a solid hook and layered characters faced with organic conflict. Kristina McBride, YA author and former high school English teacher, will offer participants an effective way to workshop with tweens/teens, providing various activities to guide and inspire young writers in the creation of original works of fiction.

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Impacting Student Achievement Through Community Partnerships


Limitless Libraries, Nashville's partnership between public schools and public libraries, puts resources in thousands of students' hands. While all stakeholders were confident it helped students, we wanted to measure the impact. A study spearheaded by Keith Currey Lance and RSL Research Group proved community partnerships like Limitless Libraries impact student achievement significantly. Attendees will leave with tools to create their own community partnership proposals.

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Makerspaces and Libraries: How to Bring Some STEAM into Your Program


Makerspaces and the Maker Education movement are quickly taking hold of the library world. In this session, you can learn what the Maker Movement is and find some ways to get started bringing Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics into your library program. Session will include practical tips and examples of activities and programs, as well as a chance to try Makerspace tools hands-on.

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Teacher-Librarian Performance Evaluation: Positive, Productive, & Purposeful


Teacher evaluation is an important part of any building administrator's job. It's not a "one size fits all" proposition. Attend this session to learn about the comprehensive teacher-librarian evaluation system used by Chicago Public Schools. We'll look at the REACH Framework for Teacher-Librarians, which is based on the Danielson Framework, performance task testing, and inclusion of student performance measures.

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The Why and What of Successful Collaborative Professional Development with Teachers and Librarians


Collaboration thrives only when both parties participate. In order to better enhance collaboration between school librarians and teachers from various subject areas, librarians should be actively involved with teachers’ professional development activities. Hear how grant-funded professional development workshops allowed teachers and librarians a collaborative PD opportunity. Findings of the study accompanying the workshops, some of the teaching strategies and an overview of informational texts used during the workshops will be shared.

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Unbridling School Library Spaces to Empower Learners


Location, location, location—well maybe, but it's just not enough for school libraries in the 21st century. When the CIO of a school district and libraries collide, spaces are transformed for powerful learning. Discover how librarians are positioned as leaders, students' learning is enhanced, and teachers interact in powerful ways when library spaces are redesigned for inquiry-based learning using research-based design that embraces but exceeds maker-space tenets.

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Beyond "Issue" Books - Unpacking Mental Health in Teen Fiction


An estimated 20% of teens (13% of pre-teens) experience a serious mental health disorder within a given year. Four YA Authors explore mental health topics in middle grade and teen literature, from ADHD to Major Depressive Disorder, with an interactive emphasis on growing awareness and identifying appropriate resources.

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Building a School Community Using Web Tools and Digital Communication


Use a variety of digital tools to engage the school community in events, activities, and meetings. Participants will brainstorm and collaborate to form lists of low-cost/no cost ways to get parent, student, staff, and community participation and engagement to increase without having to step inside the door. BYOD to play and find the right tool for YOUR needs.

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Elementary Library Centers


Elementary librarian-bloggers share their experiences implementing centers-based library programs. Library centers provide engaging, standards-based learning activities for students and support self-directed student learning in the library. These student work stations appeal to a variety of ages, abilities, and learning styles and support library and classroom curriculum. Join this session to experience hands-on examples, receive materials for getting started, and build your PLN to gather and share center ideas.

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Libraries in 3D: Case Studies in Maker Spaces and 3D Printers in Libraries


Maker Spaces and 3D printers have become hot items in our libraries. During this session find out what school and public librarians across the United States are doing with their 3D printers and maker spaces in their library spaces. Successes, challenges, project ideas, as well as library and student perspectives will be shared in the case study based presentation.

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Power of a Positive Librarian: Yes! And.....


School librarians live in a shifting climate where they must prove their value to the students, staff and administration. "Yes! And..." is an engaging and interactive sessionthat will demonstrate how you can elevate your library to the center of academic progress. You'll learn simple strategies using a variety of technology resources, including iPad, iCloud and Google Docs to engage and empower your students. Don't think outside of the box, use the box!

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Predictive Search: Increasing Quality, Enhancing Findability by Teaching Students to Imagine the Perfect Source


One tip that expert researchers commonly offer is to "imagine your perfect source." But what does that actually look like in practice? Is it an innate skill, or can students all learn to do it? Two school librarians share methods they used to teach students to undertake this type of predictive search. Come enhance your own predictive skills and explore ways to scaffold student success at imagining and finding the evidence they need.

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Transform Teaching and Learning by Facilitating Action and Creation


Looking for ways to foster creativity in all students? You will learn ways to engage students in the creative process and transform traditional assignments and projects with new tools and technologies. We will focus on the environment and tools needed to encourage and support students and teachers as they begin to transform their teaching and learning.

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Turn on a Dime: Change Your Library on a Budget


Learn how a small budget can make big changes as Willoughby South High's librarian shares how she re-designed her library at minimal to no cost.  Discover how to transform your library’s space, atmosphere, website, and resources while encouraging students to take an active role in their library.  From voting in real-time, to exploring linked resources, to a lively tech-savvy discussion, you will enjoy this fun, interactive workshop.  Its resources and strategies will leave you inspired.

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Upcycling the Media Center: Making it Work


Effective library media programs should provide an inviting, accessible and stimulating environments. This can be a challenge on a limited budget with little or no physical resources to begin. Or are we looking at what we have in the most creative ways? Upcycling is the process of re-purposing items into more interesting or creative uses. This session will give an overview of space planning, designing, and creating with less. Numerous examples provided to add excitement.

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Upping Your Game in the Common Core with Academic Vocabulary


Non-digital game design provides a rigorous and relevant tool for classroom engagement with curriculum. Join author and game designer Brian Mayer for an interactive exploration into various ways that game design programs can be used.

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AASL Best Apps for Teaching and Learning


There are thousands of apps available. How do educators and teacher librarians evaluate, vet, curate and use apps with students? Is mobile technology worth the investment in terms of the technology learning curve, cost and time? What is the value of apps in curriculum development? This workshop will help educators learn how AASL's Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee evaluated and selected apps for the 2014 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning list.

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Assessing the Impact of Digital Media on Student Achievement


Teachers understand the qualitative benefits of integrating digital media into their lessons but can't always quantify the impact on students. PBS and researchers from the Education Development Center have recognized the need for data and are offering an insightful look into the impact of digital media on student achievement. Find out which strategies have had the most meaningful outcomes.

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Bringing the World into Your Library


Video conferencing tools have the power to connect us as learners, information seekers, and knowledge experts. Let's explore ways that tools like Skype and Google Hangout can enrich and enhance our instruction by connecting students to field experts, authors, and peers. Presenters will share examples from their instructional practices as well as discuss strategies for making meaningful connections and supporting global literacy for all students.

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CCRS (Clear, Concise, Resonant Speaking): Transform Your Professional Voice Today!


As we continue to lead programs that empower all learners in our communities, we must have a strong battery of public speaking skills to ensure our voices are clear, concise, and resonant. Participants will enter a live learning laboratory with role playing and proven tips for positive oral and written communication with stakeholders of all shapes and sizes. Join us as we develop our voices to be our learners' best advocates! Personal electronics are welcome!

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Everyone Learns in The Library: ELL Students in the School Library


Across the country schools are experiencing a growing population of English Language Learner (ELL) students. For many, the school library can be the place with accessible curriculum resources as well as a welcoming space where the students feel included. Join us for this session where we will provide easy to apply teaching strategies, learn and use Tier Vocabulary definitions, strategies for diverse collection development and tips for outreach to the parent community for ELL Learners.

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Get Your Wheels Spinning: Books on Bikes Literacy Outreach in Your Community


Books on Bikes is a community outreach and literacy program created by two school librarians and an elementary teacher in Charlottesville, VA. During the summer, Books on Bikes delivers books by bicycle to students, promoting the love of reading and preventing the summer reading slide. Discover how you can make connections to your students and community by creating a program that benefits student learning and extends library programming beyond your school walls.

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Guided Inquiry in Action: Strategies for Implementation


Guided Inquiry Design is a useful approach that places the library in the center of learning through collaboration and inquiry. In this session we will share examples of strategies for addressing the AASL standards through inquiry. Conferring with students, Inquiry Circles and a text coding strategy will be featured. Participants will leave with connections to their work, as well as, templates and tools that they can use to enhance inquiry in their school.

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Help Me Figure This Out! Thorny & Thought-provoking Ethical Dilemmas for School Librarians


Does the Code of Ethics still offer guidance in situations that are complex and changing? Join us in a lively round-robin discussion of real-life ethical questions: 1) What is ethical "fair use" in a remix world? 2) How can we assure student privacy and security online? 3) Is there an ethical obligation to develop student-centered social media policies? 4) What happens when selection decisions and community values clash? See tools supporting the Code.

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