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. Click the icons below to discover sessions related to the corresponding Shared Foundation.
Hear from AASL’s 2018 National School Library of the Year and Fairfax County School District’s Coordinator of Library Information Services as we investigate library planning. Taking time to intentionally plan for your library or school district improves your practice, helps communicate your goals and documents your achievements. This session will help you:Consider value of planning; Better understand strategic and advocacy planning; Provide a roadmap for planning; and, Start planning.
Participants will understand the benefits of strategic & advocacy planning for the library.
Investigate a shared foundation engage, & evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of their library.
Identify a concern of school administration & create a an advocacy goal that will support the needs of the school administration.
Priscille Dando, Coordinator of Library and Information Services, Fairfax County Public Schools
Let’s explore the school librarian’s unique opportunities to influence teaching and learning in our schools. Using the School Library Evaluation Checklist, participants will engage in a collaborative process for shoring up key “collaborate” behaviors that lead to maximizing the effectiveness of partnerships. As empowered school library leaders, participants will leave the session with strategies and tools to co-lead alongside administrators and other educators to transform learning communities.
Participants will use the “Collaborate” criteria from the School Library Evaluation Checklist as a guide to leading positive instructional change.
Participants will use the AASL themes of Think/Create/Share/Grow to specify unique opportunities to co-lead alongside principals/other educators.
Participants will leave the session with strategies to reach out to promising partners/further build their leadership role/maximize their influence.
Escape room type activities have become popular in our schools as inquiry based lessons, collaborative activities, and to reinforce content knowledge. Whether or not you have access to breakout kits (complete with a variety of locks), you can create your own digital breakout activity for free! Join us to learn how.
Participants will collaborate with others and utilize their inquiry skills to complete a digital breakout.
Participants will create a digital breakout that can be used in their library/classroom or with colleagues.
Stay calm and don’t get “tense” about where our profession is heading! We will explore how school librarians (and their learning communities) through progress being made on the alignment of effective, research-based practice and norms with other education standards and initiatives, can achieve Future Perfect libraries. Presenters will share insights from their involvement with Standards development/implementation and take a lively look at how to improve current practice and plan for the future.
Develop achievable, evaluative goals related to School Librarian Standards.
Understand, prepare for and make appropriate adjustments in practice to meet learner needs.
Create a personal plan for improvement.
Susan Ballard, Vice President, National Collaborative for Digital Equity
Creating safe and inclusive educational settings for LGBTQIA+ students is an ongoing struggle for many school librarians. This presentation will focus on the importance of inclusion for all students and will provide examples of what various forms of inclusion looks like in both school libraries and the classroom. Common implicit biases when evaluating LGBTQIA+ literature will be discussed, and advice for working with colleagues and administrators to promote change will also be provided.
Participants will be able to articulate why inclusive LGBTQIA+ education is beneficial to not only LGBTQIA+ students but also the entire school.
Participants will be able to define common implicit biases in reviewing and evaluating LGBTQIA+ literature.
Participants will identify action items that they can take for improving LGBTQIA+ inclusive education at their own institutes.
We usually think of reading as a solitary activity, but new technologies are changing that. Explore how we can leverage technology to promote reading in formats suiting different learning styles, enhance the reading experience, and make it more interactive and collaborative with other readers and even authors. Discuss innovations in reading formats, reading websites, social media options, virtual book clubs, and more to grow interest in independent reading and facilitate collaborative learning.
Learn how to make reading more interactive and collaborative with the help of technology
Learn how new technologies can be leveraged to promote independent reading
Learn how new technologies can be leveraged to enhance the reading experience
Jane Lofton, School Librarian, Retired, Mira Costa High School
As a district leader, are you rising to the challenge? Join three administrators as they share how district level administrators can support campus libraries as they establish key commitments, align to campus and district priorities, and shift perspectives to emerge as the focal learning environment of the school.
District level leaders will leave the sessions with ideas to implement librarian focused PD / PL in their district.
District level leaders will receive strategies to identify how their libraries can align with district strategic plans and goals.
District level leaders will be able to identify strengths and build capacity among adult learners that enable a shift in perspective and priorities.
Come be introduced to ALA’s Ready to Code Collection! Join cohort and faculty members in roundtable discussions to learn more about this new resource that is available to you! This collection provides resources and strategies for coding and computational thinking activities that are grounded in research, aligned with library core values, and support broadening participation.
Learners will identify what ALA’s Ready to Code Collection includes and how to access it through the website.
Learners will make connections between ALA’s Ready to Code concepts and AASL Learning Standards using the infographic provided.
Learners will reflect how program suggestions could be incorporated into their libraries.
Though often associated with STEM activities, makerspaces and maker programming offer an exciting opportunity for collaboration and literacy integration. The school librarian has the resources and experience to lead this endeavor. This session will provide multiple options for integrating transliteracy skills and making, including low and no-cost strategies. Join us to explore the transformative power of the making and literacy connection.
Participants will explore the relationship between literacy skills and maker activities.
Participants will gain ideas for seamlessly integrating maker programming and literacy skills instruction.
Lori Sands, Director , UNC Greensboro Teaching Resources Center and SELF Design Studio
Tammy Gruer, Clinical Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro