Session One, 9:30 am – 10:30 am
A. What's New Teacher-Librarians? – Kelly Brannock (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High) Closed
In this session we will examine the new Professional Standards for Teacher-Librarians and learn about the timeline and process for a new evaluation instrument. We will work collaboratively to identify strategies for success as a 21st century Teacher-Librarian.
B. Angling for Grants in Lean Times – Michele Oros (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
This presentation will focus on ways to acquire library resources through partnerships and collaboration,
C. The New Frontier? What was Wrong with the Old One? – Cathy DuPre (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
The new frontier… so what was wrong with the old one? New Core Essential Standards, new performance evaluations… do we really have to change as media coordinators? Bring your ideas as we examine what media coordinators have always done – collaborate, coach, and serve as a resource. What has changed; the name? We will examine together information power, aligning our former thinking and roles with 21st century skills.
D. Joining Forces to Support Students: School Librarians and Counselors Teaming for Success – Kylie Dotson-Blake, Laura Mangum, and Kaye Dotson (Interest Level: Middle/ High)
This roundtable will provide participants with an opportunity to discuss strategies for collaboration between school counselors and school librarians. School librarians are well-positioned to serve as leaders of collaborative efforts within school settings. By reaching out to the school counselor, school librarians can implement innovative initiatives to increase circulation and expand the positive impact of the library's resources. The facilitators have experience implementing and evaluating school librarian and counselor collaborative efforts and will offer examples of strategies that have proven successful. Additionally, facilitators will encourage discussion of strategies that would be appropriate in the participants' settings. Best practices and current research will be discussed and challenges will be explored.
E. CrazE Over eBooks – Alesia Stevenson (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High) Closed
This session will cover: the various forms of eBooks (pdf to interactive); eReaders pros and cons; selections criteria; how to make your first purchases match to your site's needs; and lifetime rights verses subscriptions. Bring your questions, concerns, and worries. eBook veterans bring your knowledge and best practices for overcoming obstacles in selection and implementation.
F. The Benefits of Understanding Cultural Diversity in Elementary and Secondary Education – Maliha Farhadi (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
Research shows that more diverse environments increase all students' level of critical thinking and advance students' satisfaction with college. The participants will discuss how race, language and ethnicity have a direct effect to the growth of children. Why is it important for every teacher to know the culture and background of the students they are teaching in order to help them reach their potential?
G. Three Book Repair Treatments and How to Dry a Damp Book – Gloria Bradshaw and Lynette Lundin (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
In this session, these three quick and easy treatments will be taught: tightening loose hinges, tipping in a disconnected leaf and various ways to end a torn page. There will also be a short demonstration on how to dry a damp book.
B. Let YOUR Light Shine – Kim Gugino (Interest Level: Middle/High)
This session is an opportunity for media specialists to share their dynamic secondary lessons, programs and library media center / reading promotion ideas. In the spirit of networking, teacher-librarians will be given an opportunity to share THEIR fabulous ideas with the group. The facilitator will bring lessons and program ideas to share, facilitate discussions and provide assistance with digitally archiving the resources. All ideas are welcome, including interactive whiteboard lessons, other technology infused lessons, cross curricular lessons, dynamic media center programs and library media center/reading promotion ideas. Participants should bring, or have access to, digital copies of resources to share at the session. This session will be an opportunity to network and share ideas, so please come prepared to share.
C. Google Lit Trips – Cori Burroughs, Allison Rose, and Amy Keith (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High) Closed
Google Lit Trips explores literature through Google Earth. Students can map out the books they're reading or the history lesson they are learning about, all while researching and learning more about the places. The end product is a virtual tour of the book through the information, pictures and websites that the students locate or plot on the Earth.
D. How to respond to a "Challenge": The Importance of Having a MTAC – Donna Corbo (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
Media specialists shiver when they hear the word "challenge!" The importance of having a media and technology selection policy and a Media Technology Advisory Committee in place at your school will be discussed. The facilitator will share appropriate steps to take if and when a resource is challenged. Input from the participants in the session will be encouraged.
E. Collaboration and Professionalism – Madeline Reed (Interest Level: Middle/High)
Collaboration is the key to integrating the library, and especially the librarian, into the curricular life of the school. Using the tools of good collaboration, planning, listening, learning, etc.; you can make the usefulness of the library fully partnered within the school. Many media coordinators have outstanding collaborative methods and skills, but far too many are afraid to try something new. This session will illustrate the best solutions, discuss the problems, and offer guidance and support for those hoping to become more collaborative and professional within their school environment.
** For those who participated in the 2010 session, this is an opportunity to review, share, fine-tune, and problem solve. For those who have never participated in a collaboration session, this is an opportunity to learn what you can do to turn your media specialist title into "Amazing, Teaching, Media Specialist!" and to ensure that your faculty supports you as a vital, indispensible member of the faculty.
F. Making Ourselves Indispensable: Libraries in the 21st Century – Jennifer Milton (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High) Closed
This session will focus on the changing role of the library/media center in today's school environment and how library professionals must adapt their services and ways of thinking to remain relevant in a digital world. As state and federal budgets tighten, everyone is looking for ways to save money, and unfortunately, libraries and library professionals seem to be at the top of the list. This dilemma highlights the need to make ourselves indispensable; librarians need to be the one thing their principals can't live without! Topic will include: library services both during and after school, library resources, library functions, and library/classroom connections.
G. Panel Discussion: School Libraries: Keeping the Pace – Frances Bradburn (Former Director, Instructional Technology at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction), April Dawkins (President Elect- NCSLMA), Karen Gardner (2011 NCSLMA School Media Coordinator of the Year), Lionel Kato (2011 NCSLMA Administrator of the Year), Representative Marian McLawhorn (NC House of Representatives), and Gerry Soloman (2011 NCSLMA France Bryant Bradburn Distinguished Service Award winner)(Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
How do libraries and librarians keep the pace with the ever-changing technology, standards, testing other related issues while delivering new materials, resources and services to educate 21st Century K-12 students. Join our panel of well renowned experts as they address the topic School Libraries: Keeping the Pace. A question and answer period will be offered, so bring your questions and have the experts answer them.
H. App Exchange – Joanna Gerakios (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
Bring your iPad, iPod Touch, or even your iPhone and let's exchange our favorite apps. Participants will be encouraged to share the apps they find most useful (or even fun). This session will be all about learning tips, tricks, and innovative uses of your mobile device both at work and for pleasure. Come ready to share in and share out!
I. ECU Storybook Theatre – Books Alive! – Patch Clark (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle)
ECU Storybook Theatre will perform brand new pieces they gathered from books, multicultural stories and the Young Playwright's Project. Additionally, they will share ideas and techniques for bringing "Books Alive" in the classroom and beyond!
Session Three, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
A. Leading from the Library – Deanna Harris (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
While a large part of our days are spent managing our media centers, as school librarians we have the potential and capacity to be strong, effective, teacher leaders. Together we will discuss the difference between managing the media center and leading our programs. We will also look at the new standards and evaluation process, and we will determine our role in attending as well as facilitating professional development. Participants will set individual goals and identify action steps toward becoming more effective teacher leaders within their schools, district and/or the state.
B. Fun with Reader's Theater! – Nancy May and Pat Ryckman (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
Learn tips, examples and resources on using reader's theater to expand and enhance reading achievement.
C. Angling for Grants in Lean Times – Michele Oros (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
This presentation will focus on ways to acquire library resources through partnerships and collaboration, since grants made directly to libraries are becoming scarce. We will explore the benefits and pitfalls of managing grants with multiple partners.
D. How to Wreck Your Collection with Collection Analysis – Max Rosentreter (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
Commercially available web-based Collection Analysis programs have certain advantages, but there are also several pitfalls to an analysis that media specialists should be careful to avoid.
E. Copyright: Let's Talk about it – Beth Winstead (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
Copyright is becoming more and more prevalent as the internet allows us instant access to just about everything. What is legal one place is not always legal in another. Bring your questions, concerns, and experiences and let's have a copyright conversation.
F. Get on Board: Using Games to Promote 21st Century Learning – Becky Palgi and Joshua Hostetter (Interest Level: Middle/High)
Participants will learn how traditional board games can set the stage for 21st Century learning in middle and high school libraries and classrooms. The presenters will briefly share their grant-funded seventh grade social studies unit to demonstrate how games can be integrated into the curriculum. Time will be allowed to get hands on with games and to share best practices for using them in libraries and classrooms. Attendees will be invited to participate in a wiki to follow-up and continue sharing best practices after the session.
G. Panel Discussion: School Libraries: Keeping the Pace – Frances Bradburn (Former Director, Instructional Technology at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction), April Dawkins (President Elect- NCSLMA), Karen Gardner (2011 NCSLMA School Media Coordinator of the Year), Lionel Kato (2011 NCSLMA Administrator of the Year), Representative Marian McLawhorn (NC House of Representatives), and Gerry Soloman (2011 NCSLMA France Bryant Bradburn Distinguished Service Award winner) (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High) Closed
How do libraries and librarians keep the pace with the ever-changing technology, standards, testing other related issues while delivering new materials, resources and services to educate 21st Century K-12 students. Join our panel of well renowned experts as they address the topic School Libraries: Keeping the Pace. A question and answer period will be offered, so bring our questions and have the experts answer them.
H. No Budget? No Problem: Three Simple No-Cost Book Repairs – Tracie Hampton (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
When Twilight is in tatters, the Wimpy Kid series is wimping out or Goosebumps have finally given up the ghost, extend their useful lives a little longer with a few simple no-cost repairs. Learn how to repair corners, heads/tails and reinforce loose hinges using materials you already have on hand or can scrounge from your kitchen or office. Participants will receive instructional handouts and a set of complimentary corner squares to take back to their institutions.
** Please note that this session is for general circulating books only and is not intended for any materials with historic or intrinsic value.
A. Open a Library Café – Yes, You Can! – Mary Simmons (Interest Level: Middle/High)
Can you open a library café, and stay in compliance with state nutrition mandates? Yes, you can by partnering with the school cafeteria. Join in our discussion of how we have set up our café, improved nutrition of students and increased library attendance. While we make no monetary profit, our profit is seeing more teens in our library and making them happy!
B. Keeping it Together with LiveBinders! – Sheila Mendoza (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
Create a virtual binder for documents, images, video and more! View public binders and discover tons of resources. Bring your own files so that you can get started.
C. Liven Up Your Teaching Toolkit: Free Standards-Aligned Resources from LEARN NC – Lesley Richardson (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High) Closed
Are you ready for the new Common Core and Essential Standards? Well LEARN NC helps you do some of the heavy lifting. We'll show you what we're doing to make the new standards transition easier, highlight some of our favorite free resources including lesson plans aligned to the state standards, share great resources for integrating technology and showcase some other exciting projects we've been working on.
D. Tales of a Mount Vernon Librarian: Exploring the George Washington Summer Residential Teacher's Institute – Sherry Edwards (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
Join me as I explore the George Washington Teacher Institute (GWTI), including information on applying for the 2012 GWTI. I will also share information on resources available from The Mount Vernon Education Center.
E. What Do You Say When? Using Best Practice Language to Facilitate Student Learning – Elaine Yontz and Tom Terrell (Interest Level: Elementary/ Middle/High)
School librarians can nurture students over a period of years in ways that foster the self-confidence and sense of safety required for learning. We will discuss how the school librarian can apply Best Practice Language to resolve conflicts and build trusting relationships.
F. Learning 2.0 – Sharon O'Neill (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle)
New to Web 2.0? Don't be intimidated! Let your students use Web 2.0 tools to create, collaborate, communicate, and build critical thinking skills in ways that engage and help differentiate learning. I have aligned some of the best Web 2.0 tools with the 4 C's of 21st Century Learning and Innovation Skills (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity), and can offer resources and advice to those that are just beginning to use Web 2.0 tools.
G. Vertical Alignment through Collaboration – Blake Norby and Tori Gredvig (Interest Level: Elementary/Middle/High)
We will discuss how vertical alignment through collaboration worked within our schools. Join this discussion to come up with ideas on how to further collaboration among school librarians at all levels.