2019 AASL National Conference

Nov 15, 2019 ‐ Nov 16, 2019


The AASL National Conference is the only national conference devoted solely to the needs of school librarians. In 2019, concurrent sessions focused on AASL's National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries, giving school librarians and other educator attendees an opportunity to dig deep into the guiding document of the profession.

Members: $0.00
Standard: $199.00

Sessions

If You Build It, They Will Come: Constructing a 21st-Century School Library Program from the Ground Up

Nov 15, 2019 2:00pm ‐ Nov 15, 2019 3:00pm

Credits: None available.

What do you get when you add 1 new high school, 1 new school librarian, 6 library spaces, 4 Career Academies, 1 middle school program, and a 1:1 device initiative? The answer to many might be chaos and burn-out. But not for Frederick Douglass High School. Join me to discuss the challenges & celebrations of building and "visioning" a library from scratch, with invaluable support from the new National School Library Standards and Fayette County Public Schools Instructional leadership.

Learning Objectives:
  • School librarians will identify at least one of the new Shared Foundations that they can use to structure program growth goals.
  • School librarians will identify at least one partner to whom they can connect to work towards growth goals aligned with the AASL NSLS.
Speaker(s):
  • Kelli Reno, Library Media Specialist, Frederick Douglass High School, Fayette County Public Schools
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Librarians Connect! Integrating the National School Library Standards with School Priorities through an Inquiry-based Approach

Nov 15, 2019 2:00pm ‐ Nov 15, 2019 3:00pm

Credits: None available.

In this session, participants will learn how to strategically connect the National School Library Standards to a school’s or school district’s targeted goals and instructional strategies. Participants will gain an overview of Guided Inquiry Design as a professional learning strategy and complete the first steps in planning their own engaging and effective process that develops high impact tools supporting alignment of the National School Library Standards with local instructional priorities.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the National School Library Standards and how they can be leveraged to meet school and school district goals.
  • Examine school or district priorities and identify intersections with the National School Library Standards.
  • Understand how to apply an inquiry process and blended learning as a structure for facilitating meaningful professional learning.
Speaker(s):
  • Priscille Dando, Coordinator of Library and Information Services, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Kim Sigle, Elementary Library Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Kesha Valentine, Secondary Library Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools
  • Barbara McLeod, Library Resource Teacher, Fairfax County Public Schools
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Reimagining Library Spaces to Foster Design Thinking

Nov 15, 2019 2:00pm ‐ Nov 15, 2019 3:00pm

Credits: None available.

As school librarians adapt to the new AASL library standards, the Explore Shared Foundation necessitates that we offer space for discovery and innovation. Implementing some of the standards takes creativity and ingenuity on the part of the librarian to make dated or traditional spaces still relevant to today’s students. This session will cover how two librarians used limited funds to transform traditional spaces to foster design thinking in their students and project examples of design thinking activities.

Learning Objectives:
  • Attendees will learn about changes that can be made to physical library spaces to foster design thinking.
  • Attendees will learn about what they can offer their students to help them develop in the explore domain.
  • Attendees will learn how to apply design minded thinking practices to both flexible scheduling and fixed scheduling libraries.
Speaker(s):
  • Adele Koch, Librarian, Sacred Heart Model School
  • Amy Fears, Innovation and Research Specialist, St. Michael School
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

The Inquiring Librarian: Evidence-Based Practice in School Libraries

Nov 15, 2019 2:00pm ‐ Nov 15, 2019 3:00pm

Credits: None available.

One of our most valuable tools for improving our school libraries is our own line of inquiry! While it is important to look to others for innovation, we must also ask our own questions and gather data about our programs and services. This session will focus on collecting and reviewing data to make decisions based on evidence from your own school library. We’ll discuss different ways you can collect data and how to review the results to better serve your students, faculty, and communities.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will review and reflect on the basic tenets of evidence-based practice.
  • Participants will propose their own line of inquiry to examine, reflect, and improve on their school library, using evidence-based practice.
Speaker(s):
  • Jeffrey DiScala, Assistant Professor, Old Dominion University
  • Kelly Miller, Coordinator of Library Media Services, Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Bookstagramming: Leveraging Instagram to Connect, Promote, and Reflect

Nov 15, 2019 4:30pm ‐ Nov 15, 2019 5:30pm

Credits: None available.

Meet your teen patrons where they are—and extend your library beyond its four walls! Instagram—more than just selfies and cute hashtags—allows you to reach countless teen patrons, well, instantly. Learn how to use this powerful tool to generate excitement among your teen patrons—and watch your library media program grow! Audience members will be able to see real-life examples of how we use Instagram to enhance our library program and walk away with ideas on how you can start your journey today!

Learning Objectives:
  • At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to establish their own Instagram account.
  • At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to apply one of the top ten ways to leverage Instagram in connecting with patrons.
Speaker(s):
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Equity: Moving Beyond Intention to Inclusive Practice

Nov 15, 2019 4:30pm ‐ Nov 15, 2019 5:30pm

Credits: None available.

To truly serve our students, equity must be woven into our library practice. What does this look like? Come explore inclusive library practices, drawing on the INCLUDE Shared Foundation, to build equitable school library collections, instruction, and spaces. Student voice will be centered as the core concept of inclusivity requires both honoring and amplifying student voice. The #libfive-a student/librarian partnership that created PD on building inclusive libraries-will be featured.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will understand the breadth of the INCLUDE foundation and how this builds a strong base for our entire library practice.
  • Participants will hear from student learners explaining what an inclusive library practice means and looks like.
  • Participants will reflect on multiple definitions of equity and how they can provide a roadmap for weaving INCLUDE throughout their library.
Speaker(s):
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Inquiry, Digital Literacies, and the Makerspace: How to Flip Traditional Research to Embrace the New AASL Standards

Nov 15, 2019 4:30pm ‐ Nov 15, 2019 5:30pm

Credits: None available.

Are you interested in flipping traditional research projects to incorporate many of the new AASL standards? This workshop offers practical implementation techniques and lessons learned to revamp traditional research projects to embrace an inquiry mindset, incorporate digital literacies, and leverage the library maker space. After learning about a variety of inquiry units at Princeton Day School, participants will leave the workshop with a plan to implement their own inquiry projects.

Learning Objectives:
  • Audience will understand the process and benefits of flipping traditional research projects to the Guided Inquiry Process
  • Audience will learn strategies to leverage digital literacies and the makerspace in the Inquiry Process
  • Audience will brainstorm ideas and begin to plan an Inquiry Project in their own school libraries
Speaker(s):
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Ready, Set, Research!Ready, Set, Research!

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Ready, Set, Research!

Nov 15, 2019 4:30pm ‐ Nov 15, 2019 5:30pm

Credits: None available.

Even the youngest learners can create new knowledge through inquiry and collaborative research. Inspire curiosity and prompt questioning with primary source analysis and visual thinking strategies. Explore music, movement, and play to promote student inquiry and reflection and meet the needs of diverse learners. Experience interactive tools to organize information, engage in chants, songs, and movement to spark interest, and explore projects that demonstrate learning and encourage reflection.

Learning Objectives:
  • Learners ask questions rooted in prior knowledge and curiosity. (Inquire:Think)
  • Learners reflect on and revise their information sets in an iterative process. (Curate:Grow)
  • Learners strive to make meaning and create new knowledge using an inquiry process. (Inquire: Create)
Speaker(s):
  • Susan Bowdoin, Librarian/Technology Teacher, Albuquerque Public Schools/Mitchell Elementary
  • Terri Gaussoin, Teacher Librarian, Albuquerque Public Schools/Janet Kahn School of Integrated Arts
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

Social Activism and Research in the Library

Nov 15, 2019 4:30pm ‐ Nov 15, 2019 5:30pm

Credits: None available.

Join us on a journey of developing socially responsible global citizens! Discover an authentic learning unit where learners work collaboratively to promote awareness about global human rights. Students uncover world issues they are passionate about, develop research questions, participate in digitally responsible research and create a community wide movement to highlight their findings. This project showcases teacher/librarian collaboration and the shared foundations of Inquiry and Collaboration.

Learning Objectives:
  • Consider the importance of teaching global citizenship as Inquiry.
  • Create an authentic project-based learning experience that incorporate inquiry, collaboration and the creation of a hands-on final product.
  • Consider how our experience can influence you to incorporate this approach in your collaborative work.
Speaker(s):
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00

“That’s Not Real Reading”: Making the Case for Graphic Novel Inclusion in Every Classroom

Nov 15, 2019 4:30pm ‐ Nov 15, 2019 5:30pm

Credits: None available.

Despite their continuous growth in popularity in and out of the classroom, graphic novels still have the reputation as not being on par with traditional texts. This presentation will breakdown why graphic novels should be considered “real” academic reading, illustrate the relevancy of their use in secondary curricula, and provide attendees with methods for staying informed of the newest titles.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will be able to articulate the relevancy of the graphic novel format in relation to various types of secondary education learners.
  • Participants will be able to describe various approaches to using graphic novels in the classroom in order to increase student learning.
  • Participants will develop personalized action plans for implementing knowledge gained from the session at their own institutions.
Speaker(s):
Standard: $6.99
Members: $0.00
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