General Sessions

Opening Keynote |  Friday General Session  |  Saturday General Session  |  Closing Keynote


Opening Keynote

Thursday, November 5 | 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Executive Director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute and President of Curriculum Designers, Inc., is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction. Jacobs has consulted with a range of organizations nationally and internationally on issues and practices pertaining to curriculum mapping, dynamic instruction, and 21st-century strategic planning. The fundamental backbone of her experience comes from her years as a teacher of high school, middle school, and elementary children in Utah, Massachusetts, and New York. She has been interviewed and featured in many national dailies, magazines, and radio programs, and has published curriculum materials, including webinars and videos featured by Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Sponsored by Follett.


Friday General Session

Friday, November 6 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Administrators Empowering School Library Programs
Join members of the Project Connect panel for a frank and honest discussion of what administrators need and expect from their school library programs and school librarians.  Panel members are award winning superintendents in districts that are maximizing the impact school libraries have on student outcomes.  School librarians will walk away with a deeper understanding of what superintendents need and administrators will leave feeling confident in the role their school librarians can play as drivers of curriculum development, digital transition and collaborative teaching.  A must attend event that truly addresses the evolution of the school library program as an integral part of any district. Appearance made possible by Follett.


Saturday General Session 

Saturday, November 7 | 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Brian Selznick is an award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books. After graduation from the Rhode Island School of Art and Design in 1988, Selznick worked for two years at the independent bookstore Eeyore's Books for Children in New York City. It was here that he wrote and illustrated his first book, The Houdini Box, inspired by a fascination with the famous magician. He has since enjoyed a number of collaborations with authors, including his illustrations for Barbara Kerley's The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins which won a Caldecott Honor award in 2002. Selznick’s groundbreaking book The Invention of Hugo Cabret was awarded the 2008 Caldecott Medal, was nominated for a National Book Award, and was the basis for Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning film Hugo. His most recent novel, The Marvels, has been described “a multi-layered reading experience in words and pictures.” It weaves together two stories – one set in 1776 and told in pictures and one set in 1990 and told in words. Appearance made possible by Scholastic.


Closing Keynote

Saturday, November 7 | 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Eszter Hargittai's research focuses on the social and policy implications of digital media with a particular interest in how differences in people's Web-use skills influence what they do online. Her projects have looked at the evolution of search engines and the organization and presentation of online content, and how IT are influencing the types of cultural products people consume. In addition to her academic articles, her work has been featured on CNNfn, the BBC’s Web site, and several national dailies. Hargittai is a Delaney Family Professor in the Communication Studies Department and Faculty Associate of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.