Are you interested in including more Asian American voices and histories in your curriculum but aren’t sure where to begin? Led by Noreen Naseem Rodríguez,
Are you interested in including more Asian American voices and histories in your curriculum but aren’t sure where to begin? Led by Noreen Naseem Rodríguez,
Paula Willey is a children’s librarian in Baltimore, MD. She has written about children’s literature and family engagement for publications such as School Library Journal, the Baltimore Sun, Booklist, VOYA, and Baltimore’s Child and speaks on topics ranging from book illustration and trends in children’s literature to what it means when a kid is totally into truly creepy books. A member of the 2019 Michael S. Printz Committee, she is a vocal advocate for families with justice system involvement.
Andria L. Amaral has spent more than 20 years planning and developing public library programs and collections and services for students in grades 6–12, including after-school activities, summer reading contests, and innovative outreach programs targeting at-risk and incarcerated teens. She has provided professional development workshops at local and national library and education conferences, has guest lectured for MLIS students at the University of South Carolina and YA Literature students at the College of Charleston, and serves on the board of the YALLFest young adult literature festival.
Gabbi Pace is a media specialist at Sedgefield Middle School in Goose Creek, South Carolina. She graduated from Columbia College with a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education and from USC with a master’s in library science. While earning her master’s she worked as a library generalist at Charleston County Public Library’s main branch, where she assisted in the implementation of passive programming in the Teen Lounge. Now, passive programming ideals are baked into her mindset as a media specialist, and she loves finding ways to engage students when they come into Sedgefield’s library, no matter how brief their visit.
Kristy Hill is a school librarian in Fort Worth, Texas. She has 20 years of education experience in the classroom, in school libraries, and as a social emotional learning coach. She is the author of professional books for educators including Teaching Elementary Students Real Life Inquiry Skills and Guided by Meaning in Primary Literacy. She is the recipient of the 2018 Sue German Award for excellence in literacy advocacy. She is currently a doctoral student in educational psychology at the University of North Texas. Her current research includes compassion organizing, belonging, and identity development.
Abbie Harriman is a doctoral candidate in educational psychology at Tech University. She served in public education for 14 years as a teacher, school counselor, and coordinator of social-emotional learning. As a school counselor, Abbie received the Lone Star State School Counseling Association honors of Bronze, Silver, and Gold and received the Crest Award through the Texas School Counselor Association. In 2019, Abbie was named as one of the Top Five Counselors in the State of Texas by the Lone Star State School Counseling Association. Her current research surrounds self-regulation and its impact on student outcomes.
Dr. Amy Grosso completed her PhD in counseling and counselor education at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She started her career as a mental health counselor with Wake Forest Baptist Health. She now is the director of behavioral health services at Round Rock ISD, where she oversees a team of social workers and campus-based mental health centers. In addition, Dr. Grosso is part of the formation of a new district police department aimed at reforming school policing by focusing on safety and security, behavioral health, equity, and student advocacy. Dr. Grosso is also on the Chapter Leadership Council for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Kristina A. Holzweiss, MA, MLS, is an ed tech librarian at Syosset High School, as well as a presenter, author, and professional developer. She earned her master’s degree in English from CUNY Queens College, her master’s degree in library science from LIU Post, and her advanced certificate in educational technology from SUNY Stony Brook. Kristina was named the School Library Journal Librarian of the Year in 2015, a National School Board 2016-2017 “20 to Watch” emerging education technology leader, and a 2018 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She is also the winner of the 2015 NYSCATE Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award and 2015 Long Island Technology Summit Fred Podolski Leadership and Innovation Award. In 2015 she founded SLIME, Students of Long Island Maker Expo (slimemakerexpo.com), where schools, libraries, museums, nonprofit organizations, civic associations, and educational companies can celebrate creativity and innovation. Kristina is the co-author of Hacking School Libraries: 10 Ways to Incorporate Library Media Centers into Your Learning Community with Stony Evans, as well as the author of Scholastic makerspace books. She is the Long Island Director for NYSCATE, an ISTE affiliate, and shares regularly on social media (@lieberrian) and her website (bunheadwithducttape.com).
Nancy Jo Lambert, MLS, is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and public high school teacher librarian. She is a speaker advocating for libraries by telling the story of the learning happening in her library. She has been published in professional journals and won numerous awards and grants and was named TCEA Library Media Specialist of the Year by the American Association of School Librarians Social Media Superstar Curriculum Champion in 2019. She is co-founder of EduPrideAlliance.org #TeachPride and a #FReadom organizer. She is known for sharing her professional work on Twitter @NancyJoLambert and her website nancyjolambert.com.
Becky Calzada, MLIS, is the district library coordinator in Leander ISD, which is located just northwest of Austin, Texas. She has been published in professional journals including School Library Connection, Knowledge Quest, and the TLA Journal. She is a director-at-large for AASL, an advisory member for The Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group, on the Legislative Committee for TxLA, past chair for the TxASL, and a #FReadom Fighters organizer. Becky can be followed on Twitter @becalzada.
Kristin Fraga Sierra, MEd, is the teacher librarian at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington. She is advisor of Project Lit Abes Book Club, a chapter of grassroots literacy movement the Project Lit Community. Kristin co-wrote a chapter in the book Core Values in School Librarianship: Responding with Commitment and Courage (Libraries Unlimited, 2021). As a Cuban-American, she is a proud member of the Latinx community. Connect on Instagram and Twitter @lincolnabesread or school library blog: lincolnabesread.wordpress.com
Tyler Sainato is a former high school teacher who loved books and advocacy so much that she decided to become a school librarian. By day she works with amazing young people in her building, and by night she goes home to her family and new baby in Nashville, TN. Winner of the Innovative Librarian Award from the Tennessee Association of School Librarians, she works to bring creative and inventive ideas to her library. She loves to create escape games and other immersive experiences for her school community. She has worked closely with the Project LIT community over the last five years and has seen her own chapter evolve as the world has changed. Her current chapter has not only made an impact on their local community, but they have also been recognized nationally.
Jarred Amato, EdD, is an award-winning English teacher from Nashville, TN, and the co-founder of Project LIT Community, a national grassroots literacy movement. Jarred is an avid reader and writer who enjoys collaborating with fellow educators to improve literacy access, attitudes, and outcomes in our schools and communities. Dr. Amato received his BA in English and History from Vanderbilt University, his MAT from Belmont University, and his EdD from Lipscomb University. You can follow Jarred at @jarredamato and @projectlitcomm on Twitter!
School librarians are well-positioned to create learning environments that support and empower students with dyslexia and other specific learning needs. So what are the techniques and approaches that will help these students thrive? Join educators Tina Berumen and Mary Kennington as they uncover common misconceptions about dyslexia and share tips and strategies to best support your students, and their families, with digital resources and literature.
Tina Berumen, MLS, serves as the coordinator of library services for Coppell ISD in Coppell, TX. Prior to this library administration role, she served as a school librarian for fifteen years at the elementary and secondary level. She earned her bachelor’s in education from the University of Texas at Arlington and her master’s of library science from Texas Woman’s University. She is a Texas certified teacher in early childhood through fourth grade, English as a second language early childhood through twelfth grade, and a certified school librarian. Tina is an active member of the Texas Library Association, Texas Association of School Library Administrators, and the Texas Computer Education Association. She has served these state organizations on various committees over the years and led professional development sessions in the areas of school librarianship, library programming, and instructional partnerships. She is passionate about ensuring equity of access to library resources for all and supporting school librarians to develop professionally. You can follow her on Twitter @tinaberumen.
Mary Kennington, MEd, LDT, CALT, serves as a middle school assistant principal in Coppell, TX. Prior to this administrative role, she served as a dyslexia diagnostician and dyslexia therapist. She earned her bachelor’s in history from the University of Arkansas, her master’s of education in special education specializing in dyslexia therapy from Midwestern State University, and her principal certification from Lamar University. She is a Texas certified teacher in early childhood through sixth grade, special education early childhood through twelfth grade, English as a second language early childhood through twelfth grade, and a certified educational diagnostician. She is also a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT) and a Licensed Dyslexia Therapist (LDT). Mary has a heart for helping learners reach their full potential. She believes that the brightest children can sometimes have the hardest time learning, and that we must meet their needs in unique ways. You can follow her on Twitter @mekennington.
Most school districts promote the idea of educator collaboration, but how often does it actually happen? We have learned that successful collaboration occurs best when partners are intentional about working together—by choosing to invest their time in the process—and are flexible with their collaborative approach. By creating purposeful bridges between libraries, curriculum development, and classroom teachers, we can foster an environment of inquiry, develop critical thinking skills, and grow student passion for lifelong learning.
This session will support you as you brainstorm future collaborative opportunities in social studies, in your own setting and across grade levels, and also highlight how you can apply these ideas across the disciplines. Session participants will have the opportunity to learn about our approaches to collaboration and examine five types of partnerships we have undertaken. We will discuss why this work is valuable and explore models of collaboration, including possible ways to overcome obstacles that inherently exist when we try to put our brains together for the good of our students. A discussion and question period follows the session content.
Kesha S. Valentine, EdS, is an educational specialist for secondary libraries in Fairfax County Public Schools. She received her education specialist degree from the University of West Georgia. She is currently working on doctoral studies in career and technical education at Old Dominion University. Her research interests are career literacy as a way to remove equity barriers and secondary librarians as literacy leaders. Her ORCID id is 0000-0002-7844-8863. You can connect with Kesha on Twitter @quest4inquiry or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to writing, Kesha enjoys traveling with family and friends, trying her hand at crafting, and playing logic games.
Craig Perrier is the High School Social Studies Curriculum and Instruction Specialist for Fairfax County Public Schools in Fairfax, VA. Previously, he taught at American Schools in Brazil for six years and for six years in public schools in Massachusetts. After leaving the classroom, Craig was the Coordinator for Curriculum and Instruction for Social Studies and History at Virtual High School and then the PK-12 Social Studies Coordinator for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools. He has consulted with World Savvy, IIE, iEARN, IREX, The Global Campaign for Education, Knovva Academy, and the U.S. Department of State: Office of the Historian and is a member of the advisory board for Teachers Without Borders. You can follow him on twitter @CraigPerrier.
Students have so much access to technology, but are they using it to make authentic connections? Being a digital citizen AND global collaborator are essential in today’s world and must be experienced in tandem—and our school libraries are the ideal place to build the bridge!
Join media specialist Ali Schilpp for this inspirational conversation on the many ways a school library can foster multiple literacies, cross-cultural understanding, and expand students’ horizons. Learn about the positive impact of global collaborations, ideas for sharing a love of literature, and how to facilitate authentic connections. This webinar will share how to connect students with peers, educators, and experts as a way to introduce new cultures, people, and places, and broaden their perspectives!
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Your digital collection has likely grown, but how do you sustain student and teacher engagement with the resources over the long term, to ensure that your investment is worth it? The East Baton Rouge Parish School District worked to discover the answer to this question after a devastating flood destroyed eight of their libraries in 2016. Join us to learn from high school librarian Betty Brackins and library services director Susan Gauthier as they share how they transformed a disaster into an opportunity to build a robust digital collection and sustained delivery of online resources to the students and teachers in East Baton Rouge Parish Schools.
What value statements guide school librarians as we meet challenges such as equitable access and opportunity gaps?
Although school librarians and classroom educators share values such as collaboration, innovation, and literacy as a path to school success and lifelong learning, we have a unique set of values that positively impact the entire learning community: equity, diversity, inclusion, and intellectual freedom. It takes commitment and leadership to enact school librarian core values. It also takes courage to stand up for social justice in our school communities.
Do the words “permission” and “copyright” make you squirm? As educators and content creators, we often rely on the images, soundbites, and written words of
In this timely webinar, veteran educators Peter Adams and Jacquelyn Whiting offer practical, up-to-the-minute strategies for meeting young news consumers where they are and nudging them toward more critical