8th Annual TRC Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit

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Session One - 9:30 am - 10:30 am

A. Be a Connection in Connect2Compete – Kelly Brannock (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
This session will introduce the new national Connect2Compete initiative and encourage school librarians to be partners in their local communities. In March 2013, Connect2Compete will launch a $30 million Ad Council campaign to promote digital literacy. This campaign will direct the community to their local public library for digital literacy training. This session is an opportunity to learn more about Connect2Compete and to strategize about becoming a partner to promote digital literacy in your school community.  The session will focus on four things:  1) Identifying resources for digital literacy instruction, 2) Building a relationship with your public library, 3) Developing a strategy for providing digital literacy training to members of your school community, and 4) Marketing your library as a digital literacy center. 

B. In-Flux:  Transforming the Media Center – Pamela Jackson and Nicole Borman (Interest Level: Middle, High)
During this session, the facilitators will map the first two years of a vision to transform the media center and student learning, as well as produce a concept map that includes a variety of media to create a dynamic model that is still in flux, and discuss Web 2.0 tools, social media, mobile devices, and multimedia necessary to communicate and help brand the library.  Additionally, phases of development, plus/deltas, school culture, and technology tools will be examined to help participants replicate this somewhat messy process. Participants are encouraged to bring creative ideas.


C. One To One To Win:  How School Librarians Can Make the Difference In the New Normal – Tom Terrell and Elaine Yontz (Interest Level: Middle, High)
One-to-One and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) computing is changing the nature of library services across North Carolina. What resources should we acquire and how should we manage them for a student body that is wired 24/7? What is the impact of Common Core? Teachers are flipping the classroom – how do we flip the library? We will discuss emerging research, national trends, and most importantly, we will share experiences from our home districts and schools.

D. Using Prezi In The Classroom – Amanda Bosch and Laura Williams (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
This session can be considered a beginner’s guide to using Prezi.  Participants will learn what Prezi is, how to access Prezi, how to search existing Prezi presentations, and how to use Prezi with students.  Examples from a recent collaboration with English II students will also be included.

E. The Accidental Grantwriter:  A Survival Guide – Michele Oros (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
Library Media Coordinators are increasingly required to seek grant funds to support their programs. Many media coordinators do not know how to proceed once funding is located. This session will teach participants how to read a funding announcement, evaluate the risks and benefits of applying, assemble the tools and team needed to apply for a grant, and create a winning proposal that meets the needs of your library and organization.

F. Getting To The Core:  Opportunities For Quality Media Programs – Cathy DuPre and Kevin Washburn (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
The Common Core and the new NC School Library Media Coordinators Evaluation allow media coordinators opportunities to grow and learn. Join us and share your thoughts as we explore several questions:  How do you direct your energies? What is it that makes you a valuable technology and information literacy resource? How do you find time to get important tasks done? How do you look for root causes and long term solutions? How do you familiarize yourself with new books, media software and online resources? What do you try in the way of new educational strategies? What new educational strategies do you use?

G. Books To Promote Diversity In Elementary Settings After 9/11 – Maliha Farhadi (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle)
The media has such a strong influence on its viewers, especially the younger children. We cannot shield our youth from the difficulties of the world but we can provide a classroom setting where children are able to ask questions and encouraged to be respectful of others.  After 9/11, the world changed - simply watch the nightly news to see the increased violence.  It is imperative that teachers attempt to normalize a child's environment by providing an open format to discuss what a child is feeling about the world around them. By offering coping skills and reducing their feelings of anxiety or just inquiry, certain books can be used to discuss issues children may have harbored.  As educators, we should not shy away from hard issues, but instead utilize them in the classroom as a means to unlock emotions, encourage empathy, and promote diversity.  

H. Reattaching a Text Block and a Single Signature To Its Original Case – Gloria Bradshaw, Ryan Bradley, Chelsea Hauck and Zachary Taylor (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
Are you interested in learning how to reattach a text block back to its original case? Do you want to know how to reattach a single signature back to its original cover? If so, then this is the session for you.  Participants will receive instruction on both  types of repairs as well as hands-on experience.  Facilitators will do their best to provide cost cutting ways to accomplish these repairs. Let’s have fun learning together and remember, your questions are always appreciated.

I. Marketing Your Media Center: Ideas and Strategies For Bringing Your Students, Staff, and Community Closer To Your Media Center – Max Rosentreter and Colleen Pinyan (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
Do your students, staff, and parents know your collection and your services as well as they should? We will talk about specific, easy activities and strategies that will increase enthusiasm and awareness for students. We will discuss ways to engage staff to make collaboration more exciting and successful.  Administrators and parents are both extremely valuable partners for your media center, and we will discuss ways to increase your visibility with them as well. If you have ideas you would like to share, please bring them – we are hoping for a lively discussion!

J.  Storybook Theatre Presents, “Tales From Middle, Far, and Near” – Patricia “Patch” Clark (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
Storybook Theatre will present exciting new tales gathered from a recent trip to Iraq and through global linking sessions with Japan, Mexico, and other countries from around the world. Come be a part of the mystery, intrigue, and laughter of these delightful stories as we travel around the globe with Storybook Theatre.  In addition to being entertained, you will learn how these tales can be brought to your school!

K. Reaching Alternative Learners Via the Library – Kristy Sartain (Interest Level: High)
The library can help students in alternative learning programs gain independence, confidence, responsibility, and job skills.  Join me as we discuss ways to reach this population of students within our schools.

Session  Two - 10:45 - 11:45 am

A. Expanding Your Collections Through Collaboration – William Gee and Hazel Walker (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
With library budgets stretched, explore ways K-12 schools can expand access to print, media, and online collections through collaboration. Exchange ideas about establishing cooperative borrowing agreements with the nearby public, school, and college libraries. Discuss the pros and cons of interlibrary loan and how to establish such partnerships with other libraries.

B. Researching, Gathering, and Analyzing Information –
Gail Holmes (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
The goal of this session is to share strategies, resources and online tools for gathering and analyzing information to support research and move toward student centered learning.

C. Surviving 1:1 – Christie Canter and Nicole Dunevant
(Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
We have become just as much technology facilitators as media coordinators since our schools went 1:1 with laptops two years ago. We have found many ways to be effective in schools without full time technology employees.Join us and discuss strategies for success while wearing both media and technology hats.

D. Using Digital Tools to Extend Learning–
Whitney Hoffman (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
Based in part on my book, The Differentiated Instruction Book of Lists, and experiences as a member of the Professional Development Committee and Technology Committee in the Kennett Consolidated School District, I will introduce and discuss ways to use digital web-based tools. These tools help teachers extend learning in the classroom, by asking students to complete projects and assignments that help them demonstrate a thorough knowledge and mastery of material, while enhancing their multimedia skills.  Participants will be encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences.

E. Teach With Technology:4Teachers.org – Sheila Mendoza
(Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
During this session, we will explore Web Poster Wizard, Trackstar, Rubistar, Quizstar, Casa Notes, and Arcademic Skill Builders. Using online tools and resources from 4Teachers.org will help you integrate technology into the curriculum.  Many of these tools are ready for you to customize and use.

F. Library Of Congress:Resources For Meeting Your Standards – Cheryl Lederle and Katie Richardson
(Interest Level: Middle, High)
The Common Core State Standards specify the ability to read and analyze complex informational texts that primary sources can provide. Reading these complex texts, and considering the context in which they were created, can offer a rich resource for examining perspective and point of view. Comparing what students learn from a primary source to what they know from secondary sources, or can learn from other primary sources, supports learners as they construct knowledge. Free online primary sources and teaching materials from the Library of Congress can help meet both skill and content standards. Primary sources naturally invite research and inquiry, which are prominent in many standards. This session will focus on selected content and sample tasks aligned to standards using primary sources available online from the Library of Congress. Presenters will point out efficient ways to access and explore the resources, and facilitate an ongoing conversation about ways to use them in developing and delivering effective educational activities. Highlights of the session may include founding documents of the United States, global cultural treasures, maps, early motion pictures, sound recordings, photographs, oral histories, historic newspapers, and notes and diaries of scientists and inventors.

G. Professional Development Opportunities –
Kathy Parker (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
This session will be a discussion of professional development opportunities (PD) for school library media coordinators, a conversation about challenges to onsite, building, and LEA level PD, and an exchange of thoughts on virtual PD and virtual PD resources.

H. CANCELLED The Common Core, Your School Library, and Apple TV:Making the Connection –
Sarah Steele and LaKeshia Darden (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
Many NC schools have acquired grants for the purchase of iPads for use in the classroom.Join Campbell University librarians Sarah Steele and LaKeshia Darden to discuss how the use of the AppleTV and the iPads will help you bring alive the Common Core Standards for your students. Share your personal experiences using this technology in your library or come ready to hear the experiences of others. A live demonstration will be given.

I. Storybook Theatre Presents, "Tales From Middle, Far, and Near" – Patricia "Patch" Clark
(Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
Storybook Theatre will present exciting new tales gathered from a recent trip to Iraq and through global linking sessions with Japan, Mexico, and other countries from around the world. Come be a part of the mystery, intrigue, and laughter in these delightful stories as we travel around the globe with Storybook Theatre. In addition to being entertained, you will learn how these tales can be brought to your school! 

J. Using Young Adult Literature To Enhance Learning Across the Curriculum –
Nancy May and Pat Ryckman (Interest Level: Middle, High)
How do you find the best literature with high appeal for young adult readers? How do you use YA literature in meaningful and creative ways to illuminate concepts and topics in all the content areas? Share your successful projects and brainstorm new ideas while taking home some helpful resources and booklists! 


Session Three - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

A. Copyrights & Copywrongs For K-12 Schools – William Gee (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
Copyright and licensing questions are often the ones we dread the most to be asked, but learning the basics can reduce this apprehension. School library and classroom examples, along with your questions, will be discussed.

B. CLOSED The 21st Century Library Media Program and the New North Carolina School Library Media Coordinators Standards – Kimberly Hirsh and Lesley Richardson
(Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
In April 2012, the State Board of Education approved a new set of professional standards for North Carolina's School Library Media Coordinators (SLMCs). In September 2012, the Board approved a draft Evaluation Rubric for these standards. This rubric will be piloted in the 2012-2013 school year and should be ready for wide scale training and also will be used during the 2013-2014 academic year. In this session, the facilitators will discuss what SLMCs can do to prepare for the new evaluation instrument and learn how LEARN NC’s resources can help you make the transition to these new standards.

C. e-Books and Beyond:  Exploring Uses For Nooks – Joanna Gerakios and Kellie Williams
(Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
During this session, the facilitators will share several Nook-based projects being implemented in the Pitt County district this school year. The focus of these projects are on using Nooks for both reading and related activities to reinforce and extend learning. Devices will be available to preview regular e-books, interactive children's books, and learning apps available for Nooks. Participants are also encouraged to join us in sharing successes, lessons learned, and how they are using Nooks.

D. Track It!  Documenting Your Impact On Student Achievement –
Gerry Solomon and Karen Gavigan (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
Capitalize on the school library media program’s potential to positively affect student achievement. Stakeholders in your school and your community want to know about your program. You have the responsibility to document the contributions and impact of your own school library program. During this session, faculty from the University of South Carolina will discuss and share various strategies for gathering meaningful evidence to demonstrate how your instructional role as a school librarian positively impacts teaching and student learning. Join them to get ideas and to share your strategies for collecting documentation and communicating results as part of your advocacy efforts. A wiki of extensive resources will be shared as part of the session at http://slmimpact.wikispaces.com.

E. Harness the Free Resources Of The North Carolina School Of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) –
Robin Boltz (Interest Level: Middle, High)
Teacher resources and professional development in STEM-related topics can be scarce and costly. Courses for academically gifted students are often difficult to offer, especially in rural areas, as schools lack the resources to fund classes for small numbers of students, but these gifted students are often our least-served demographic. The good news is that teacher resources like labs and demonstrations, professional development in STEM-related areas, and honors and AP level courses in students' home schools are offered free from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Participate in this session and take back to your school and district a cornucopia of tools and information to serve students, families and faculty.

F. Using the North Carolina Children’s Book Awards (NCCBA) To Teach Common Core Standards –
Lisa Denning (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle)
The facilitator will lead a roundtable discussion about using the North Carolina Children's Book Award winners to teach the new Common Core standards.  Resources will be shared for both elementary and junior level NCCBA books. Participants will leave this session with ready-to-use resources and ideas, as well as a better knowledge of Common Core integration for the media center.

G. Practical Ways To Team-Up With Teachers – Sheryl Crockett and Kerriann Kokinda
(Interest Level: Elementary, Middle)
Wondering how you can encourage teachers to become more involved in using the library media center and its resources?  This session, facilitated by a librarian/teacher team, will share ideas for activities/lessons that blend information skills in all areas of the curriculum – even math. The focus will be on successful practical activities (whole class, small group, and independent study) in which both the teacher and librarian take an active role. Many of the activities can be easily adapted to a variety of grade levels or curricular areas. Ideas for making your media center collection more easily accessible to teachers will be shared. Participants will be encouraged to share activities of their own. Appropriate handouts will be available.

H. Book Diagnosis:  Outpatient, Inpatient, or Emergency Room? –
Gloria Bradshaw, Ryan Bradley, Chelsea Hauck and Zachary Taylor (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
Bring one damaged book and your book repair questions to this session and receive a one-on-one repair consultation.  Participants who choose to leave the "Specialists" their contact information will receive detailed instructions needed to repair the book.  In addition to consultations, a limited number of minor repair techniques will be demonstrated.  If we work together, your specific book repair needs can be diagnosed and cured!

I. The Perfect Storm:  Digital Resources and the Common Core –
Karei Swift (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
Session participants will share unique strategies that assist them as they navigate the ever changing educational digital landscape.  Additionally, the facilitator will provide resources that can help media coordinators become the hub of common core support for their respective schools.  Topics such as where to start, how to implement/maintain the hub concept, and how to achieve the ultimate goal of connecting the dots for their patrons will be discussed.

J. CANCELLED Don’t Throw Away That Old Wall Map! –
Madeline Reed (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
Since so many resources in school libraries are being pushed aside in favor of technology, there is a growing surplus of "useless" items.  Participants of this session will discuss new uses for old resources.  Participants will be encouraged to bring their ideas and successes to share with fellow librarians.

K. Up Close & Personal: A Book Signing with Michael Dahl –
Michael Dahl (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)
Session participants will be given a little extra time to interact with Michael Dahl as they purchase books, have books autographed, and take pictures with the author if they choose. Additionally, each participant will be issued a special VIP Pass which allows them to zoom to the front of the line.Utilizing this pass is sure to reduce wait time tremendously.


Session Four - 2:15 - 3:15 pm

Panel Discussion: Common Core Standards: From the Eyes of a Technologist, Media Specialist, Administrator, and Community Leader —Frances Bradburn (North Carolina New Schools and the Golden LEAF Foundation), April Dawkins (President-NCSLMA), Kathy Parker (School Media Consultant at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Dennis Teel (2007 NCSLMA Administrator of the Year), and Caroline (Cal) Shepard (State Librarian) (Interest Level: Elementary, Middle, High)

The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), a state-led effort to craft common academic-content standards, is coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. These standards are intended to provide states a new framework for the knowledge and skills students need to develop in grades K-12 to be prepared for success in college and the workplace. Join our panel of well renowned experts as they share their perspectives on the Common Core State Standards from viewpoints of an administrator, technologist, media specialist and community leaders.  A question and answer period will be offered, so bring your questions and have the experts answer them.

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