Preconference Workshops

Additional registration is required for preconference workshops and advance registration is recommended. Onsite registration will be allowed pending availability.

Full-Day Workshop

Think Tank Library – Think Tank Classroom!
Weaving Research, Rigor, & New Standards Together Creatively

Wednesday, Nov. 4 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Presenters:
Paige Jaeger, School Improvement Trainer
Mary Ratzer, Consultant              

21st Century Learning requires students to be engaged, connected, challenged, and in-charge. This hands-on session will equip educators to turn learning upside down. Librarians and teachers can guide students down paths of discovery so they hardly know they are learning the "scope and sequence." This session will weave together Inquiry based learning, brain-based research, and the framework of the new standards (CCSS, Next Gen, C3 SS and more). Come with ideas, leave with a lesson.

Audience: Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Higher Education; Library Supervisors; School Librarians

Grade Levels: K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Strand: Curriculum and Instruction

Registration Fees:
AASL Member: $189 | ALA Member: $239 | Non-member: $304


Half-Day Workshops

Take the Initiative!  Transform Your School Community with an
Outward-focused Library Program

Wednesday, Nov. 4 | 1:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

Presenter: 
Ken Stewart, School Librarian

Strengthen your role as a school community leader!  Join us as we encounter a new and exciting strategy that, through your library program, will help to transform your school community.  With the ALA initiative, Libraries Transforming Communities, begin turning “outward” by drawing your school community inward while garnering ideas, support, and encouragement.  Be sure to bring a copy of your current Mission and Vision statements for your program!

Audience: Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Higher Education; Library Supervisors; School Librarians

Grade Levels: K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Strand: Curriculum and Instruction

Registration Fees:
AASL Member: $109 | ALA Member: $159 | Non-member: $224


Coteaching Inquiry Learning and Reading Comprehension Strategies: A Perfect Match

Thursday, Nov. 5 | 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Presenter:
Judi Moreillon, Assistant Professor

Calling all school library leaders! Let’s exceed all expectations for today’s literacy challenge! Instructional partnerships are a pathway to integrating the work of the school librarian and the resources of the library into your school’s literacy program. All school librarians can develop skills to integrate inquiry learning, reading comprehension, and current best practices in literacy instruction into the classroom curriculum. Come learn new strategies to develop an even more powerful, high-impact library literacy program.

Audience: Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Higher Education; Library Supervisors; School Librarians

Grade Levels: K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High

Strand: Curriculum and Instruction

Registration Fees:
AASL Member: $109 | ALA Member: $159 | Non-member: $224


Extending Guided Inquiry into the Interrogation of Sources

Thursday, Nov. 5 | 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Presenters:
Randell Schmidt, Head Librarian
Emilia Giordano, Assistant Librarian

This workshop will provide lesson plans and information source interrogation strategies to guide students in a high school humanities or science research paper. Approaches to scientific, dramatic, legal, archaeological, artistic, photographic and fabricated materials will be examined in textual and non-textual formats both print and digital.

Audience: Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Higher Education; School Librarians; Students

Grade Levels: High

Strand: 21st Century Standards

Registration Fees:
AASL Member: $109 | ALA Member: $159 | Non-member: $224


Three Must-Have Tools for the School Librarian’s Digital Leadership Toolbox

Thursday, Nov. 5 | 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Presenters:
Lucy Santos Green, Assistant Professor
Stephanie A. Jones, Assistant Professor

Explore new and innovative ways to "smoosh" together three powerful web-based tools (RebelMouse, Weebly and Twitter) so that you and your school library are always ahead of the technology wave! Through beginner-friendly hands-on experiences, this workshop will introduce you to the unique characteristics and properties of social media, curator, and web design tools, preparing you to reach your full potential as a digital and instructional leader!

Audience: Administrators; Classroom Teachers; Curriculum Specialists; Public Librarians working with Children and Young Adults; School Librarians; Students

Grade Levels: K-3; 4-6; Middle/Junior; High 

Strand: Publishing

Registration Fees:
AASL Member: $109 | ALA Member: $159 | Non-member: $224


ESLS Research Symposium

Thursday, Nov. 5 | 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Presenters: 
Shana Pribesh, Associate Professor
Marcia Mardis, Associate Professor

Facilitators:
Jody Howard, Associate Professor
Sue Kimmel, Assistant Professor

Do you have burning questions about student learning, instructional partnerships, or other issues related to school librarianship? Do you collect data but are not sure quite what to do with it? Want to learn more about a shift to causal research in the field? “CLASS-ify” your research as we think together about problems in school librarianship, research questions, and research design. Practitioners and researchers interested in inquiry into practice are welcome to join the workshop led by experts in educational research. This session will continue and intensify the discussion and collaborations initiated at the CLASS Research Symposium in April 2014.

Strand: Research

Registration Fees:
AASL Member: $75 | ALA Member: $125 | Non-member: $190


Volunteering Your Leadership: Become an AASL Reviewer of Graduate School Library Programs

Thursday, Nov. 5 | 12:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

AASL needs your expertise. The ALA/AASL Standards for Initial Preparation of School Librarians (2010) apply to all master’s programs that prepare candidates to develop and manage library and information services in a PreK-12 setting. Each fall and spring, volunteer AASL reviewers serve on three-person teams to examine a university report to see if the program is meeting the standards.  Attend this three hour session to receive the training needed to become a reviewer.  Provide service to our profession and help universities ensure their graduates will have the skills and knowledge to lead outstanding 21st century school library programs.

Registration Fees:
AASL Member: $0 | ALA Member: $0 | Non-member: $0