AASL National Conference & Exhibition 2017

Nov 10, 2017 ‐ Nov 11, 2017


Concurrent sessions captured in Phoenix, Arizona

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 in 2017 introduce the new National School Library Standards, raising the level of learning in school libraries, and addressing the needs of a new generation of students.

Members: Free

Sessions

The Power of Nonfiction Graphic Novels

Nov 10, 2017 2:30pm ‐ Nov 10, 2017 3:30pm

As demonstrated by the John Lewis's March series, nonfiction graphic novels can tell powerful stories. In this session we will explore graphic novel conventions, examine how nonfiction graphic novels can support literacy strategies, and discuss visual literacy. Finally we will explore how students can use comic strip maker apps to explore and understand primary sources.

Speaker(s):
  • Ellen Pozzi, Assistant Professor, William Paterson University
  • Yvonne Roux, Education Librarian, William Paterson University
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Fake News Frenzy: Recognizing Digital Deception

Nov 10, 2017 2:30pm ‐ Nov 10, 2017 3:30pm

How do we prepare students to navigate the world of online news? The answer is simple. Teach students to understand the difference between fact, fiction and to recognize when a source is not reliable, accurate, or authoritative. In the age of “post-truth,” “truthiness,” and downright false news sites, it more important than ever to give students the tools necessary to separate fact and fiction. Participants will leave the session with lesson plans for all levels.

Speaker(s):
  • Jennifer Sturge, Library Media and Digital Learning Specialist, Calvert County Public Schools
  • Donna Mignardi, Library Media Specialist, Calvert High School CCPS
Standard: $6.99
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Valuing the Team in the Middle School Research Process

Nov 10, 2017 2:30pm ‐ Nov 10, 2017 3:30pm

Are you looking for ways to enhance interdisciplinary teaching connections? Come learn about the transformation from what was a traditional research project to an 8th-grade capstone research-unit focused on human rights and social justice. We will discuss how collaboration among librarians, classroom faculty, and members of the outside community help to create an authentic research experience. Time to develop your own ideas and gain feedback from others will be included.

Speaker(s):
  • Kira Senedak, Library & Research Teacher, Winchester Thurston School
  • Callie DiSabato, Language Arts Teacher, Winchester Thurston School
Standard: $6.99
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Grant Writing 101

Nov 10, 2017 2:30pm ‐ Nov 10, 2017 3:30pm

Discover ways to successfully obtain grant money to fund your innovative library ideas and projects. Learn how to research, find, and choose appropriate local, foundation, and government-related grants that improve chances for successful funding. Learn to match identified student and faculty needs to the funder’s priorities. Tips for best grant writing style will be shared as well as how to collect evidence and show how student learning has been impacted.

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Standard: $6.99
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Explore and Engage with the New National School Library Standards

Nov 10, 2017 2:30pm ‐ Nov 10, 2017 3:30pm

Explore and Engage two of the Shared Foundations in the AASL National School Library Standards! Join us as we collectively examine the integrated frameworks of Explore and Engage, discuss how they connect to your current practice, and develop a plan for implementation of the new standards in your library program.

Speaker(s):
  • Ellen L. McNair, Librarian, Centreville High School
  • Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University
  • Susan D. Ballard, Project Director, School Librarian Program Development, Granite State College/USNH
  • Jeanie Phillips, Professional Development Coordinator, The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education
Standard: $6.99
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Beyond the Conference: Keeping the Momentum between Professional Development Experiences

Nov 10, 2017 2:30pm ‐ Nov 10, 2017 3:30pm

Back to life, back to reality! You spend the conference collaborating, networking, and learning. As it comes to a close, you are energized and excited to return home and implement the ideas. Then, life gets in the way. Learn how school librarians in one district came together to create a dynamic professional learning community. Attendees will leave with over a dozen strategies to keep inspired and spread the energy to other librarians in their district.

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Standard: $6.99
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Collaborate for Powerful Teaching and Learning in History and Language Arts

Nov 10, 2017 2:30pm ‐ Nov 10, 2017 3:30pm

Librarian/teacher/author collaborations use primary sources and proven strategies to personalize and deepen understanding of content while strengthening information literacy skills. Through civil rights history and an overcoming adversity theme, learn techniques to help students formulate questions, focus inquiry, analyze photos, read for information, and direct their own learning to become effective users of information. Compare similarly themed F/NF to stimulate analytic and critical thinking skills. Handouts: Classroom ready lesson plans, discussion questions, and hands-on activities.

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Place Based Learning: Where Engagement Meets Inquiry!

Nov 10, 2017 4:30pm ‐ Nov 10, 2017 5:30pm

Discover how place based learning immerses students in investigations and initiatives that capitalize on their local heritages and cultures. Gain background information about how place based learning and inquiry frames foster curious learners and concerned citizens. Attendees are invited to brainstorm and share ideas about how this type of inquiry driven learning can connect classrooms, libraries, and communities in their own school settings.

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Standard: $6.99
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MakerSpace Your Literacy Program

Nov 10, 2017 4:30pm ‐ Nov 10, 2017 5:30pm

Some people worry that with the recent focus on school libraries as makerspaces, that the role of reading promotion and the love of literacy will be reduced. Why does it have to be either-or? This hands-on workshop will illustrate how to combine both, with a healthy helping of technology, to foster critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creation, innovation, and ingenuity in your learning commons. Come willing to read, make, and think!

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Standard: $6.99
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Inquire and Include with the New National School Library Standards

Nov 10, 2017 4:30pm ‐ Nov 10, 2017 5:30pm

Investigate the I’s in your National School Library Standards. Explore how the Shared Foundations of Inquire and Include come alive for your learners. Join us for an interactive session to discover strategies and resources to implement the Inquire and Include standards, discuss school library practice, and commit to action steps.

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Standard: $6.99
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