AASL National Conference & Exhibition 2015

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.

  • Sarah Scholl, Library Media Specialist, Harford County Public Schools - Havre de Grace Middle School
  • Sarah Wein, Teacher, Harford County Public Schools - Havre de Grace Middle School

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.

  • Sara Frey, Instructional Media Specialist, Technology Integration Coach, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

  • Marcia Davis, Elementary Library Media Specialist, Howard County Public School System
  • Judith Hendricks, High School Assistant Principal, Howard County Public School System
  • Melissa Grabill, Instructional Facilitator, Library Media, Howard County Public School System
  • Danielle Dunn, Library Media Specialist, Hammond High School, Howard County Public School System

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.

  • Ross J. Todd, Professor, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Lyn Hay, Head of Professional Learning, Syba Academy

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.


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.