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

Fiction Feud: A Book Bowl for Novel Nerds

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

Tired of traditional book clubs? Try Fiction Feud: a Book Bowl for Novel Nerds. Support and promote literacy initiatives with a fun, new reading club and competition. Learn how five high school librarians conceived of and enacted a new intradistrict reading trivia program at their schools. Come learn and play Fiction Feud with us!

Speaker(s):
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Separating Fact from Fiction: Teaching Media Literacy in a World of Misinformation

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

In today’s world, everyone can be a publisher – but not all authors are equally credible or truthful. This hands-on session introduces tools for teachers to build their students’ media literacy skills and learn to authenticate, analyze and evaluate content from a variety of sources and platforms. Then, guided by a Wiki expert, participants will get a deep dive into decoding crowd-sourced websites and behind-the-scenes investigative tips for using Wikipedia for classwork and research. BYOD recommended.

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Standard: $6.99
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Invisible No More: Meeting the Needs of Autism Spectrum Disorder Students in the School Library

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

Autism Spectrum Disorder students are making up an increasing percentage of our school populations. This session will expose you to programming ideas and grant opportunities available to schools to help implement programming that targets students with ASD. Programming ideas include job skills, cooperative learning and the use of inflatable mascots (crazy, I know…but the science is there) to help ASD students interact with the community. Come think outside the box with us!

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Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Painless Poetry: Promoting Poetry Reading through Poetry Writing

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

This program will emphasize hands-on poetry writing for attendees, using structured and formulaic approaches to writing poetry. This will be accompanied by PowerPoint examples and descriptions on how this approach has been used to foster creativity and a love of poetry in children, tweens, teens, and ESL young adults in schools and public libraries. Participants will be encouraged to share a few of the poems. Handouts will detail must-have poetry books and numerous online resources.

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Standard: $6.99
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Promoting Civil Discourse and Competent Media Consumers in Grade 8 through the Lens of Race and Identity

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

After a tumultuous year at Boston Latin School around the issue of race, the librarian and 8th grade history teacher created a unit focusing on identity, race, and civil discourse. We selected a variety of media for students to analyze making connections between identity, stereotypes and individual world views. A variety of media, tools, and strategies from Facing History were integrated to ensure maximum student engagement, promote discussion, and build a foundation for continued discussions.

Speaker(s):
  • Deeth Ellis, Head Librarian, Boston Latin School
  • Cate Arnold, Teacher, History Department, Boston Latin School
Standard: $6.99
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Don't Be an Island: Create Your Library Group and Set Sail for Your New Community

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

Come hear from a successful professional learning community of middle school librarians how we made our time together meaningful for all facets of our libraries including teacher collaboration, mentoring, serving special needs populations, promotion and marketing, physical space and funding, Leave with ideas you'll be excited to implement right away. If you're yearning to get off your "island", book passage with us and let's set sail!

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Standard: $6.99
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Research Ready? Prove it! Using Digital Badges to Measure Information Fluency Competency

Nov 11, 2017 9:30am ‐ Nov 11, 2017 10:30am

High school librarians must ensure information competencies of students before they head off to college. Digital badges used as part of a blended "Senior Research Qualifier" course measure and microcredential the information fluency of seniors before they can perform their senior capstone project. Learn how this course is organized, which skills are included, what assessments are used, and how badges work to help measure these critical skills.

Speaker(s):
  • Brenda Boyer, Information & Technology Resources Department Leader, Kutztown School District
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Empowering Intellectual Freedom Leaders

Nov 11, 2017 9:30am ‐ Nov 11, 2017 10:30am

Librarians can no longer hope that no one will be offended. As librarians and educators we must take a stand and declare, with passion, our support for the core values of our profession. By reviewing recent censorship cases and reporting tools, this session will embolden participants to stand up for the right to read and never let a book be removed from the hands of their students.

Speaker(s):
  • Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, American Library Association
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

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Cosplay MakerSpaces

Nov 11, 2017 9:30am ‐ Nov 11, 2017 10:30am

You've heard the term "makerspace". Have you heard of "cosplay"? Often seen and admired at comic and anime conventions, cosplay is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game. Cosplayers often make their own outfits, so why not combine cosplay and makerspaces at school? This mother-daughter team will tell their tales of creating costumes and share potential ways to incorporate it into your established or emerging makerspace.

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Standard: $6.99
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Creating Something from Nothing

Nov 11, 2017 9:30am ‐ Nov 11, 2017 10:30am

When the L&N STEM Academy opened 6 years ago, the library media center was an empty room. The budget that normally would have been earmarked for an opening day collection and furnishings was reallocated to pay for Smart Boards, computers, and Apple TVs. Innovation and ingenuity led the day in establishing relationships and collaborations to create a library that would be attractive and useful to both the students and faculty.

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