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Thursday, May 3
 

8:00am

Board Meeting
This meeting is for PSLA Board members

Thursday May 3, 2018 8:00am - 12:30pm
Tower 1

12:00pm

Registration Open
Thursday May 3, 2018 12:00pm - 7:00pm
Great Lobby

1:00pm

Limitless Learning with the AASL Standards
Join Jennifer Bates and Allison Mackley for an introduction to the new American Association of School Librarians (AASL)   National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.  Explore the standards integrated framework which reflects professional best practices for effective school libraries.  Walk away with personalized priorities and an implementation pathway that is tailored toward your school community, your school library, your students, and your own strengths. ​  View the presentation: https://tinyurl.com/psla-aasl-standards

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Bates

Jennifer Bates

Librarian, Central Columbia High School
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Allison Mackley

NBCT Librarian & Instructional Technology Coach, Hershey High School
PSLA President



Thursday May 3, 2018 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Empire Rooms

4:00pm

Exhibits Hall
Exhibit Hall is open, great time to talk with vendors and learn about some new products and books

Thursday May 3, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Blue/White Room

4:00pm

Janice S. McElhoe

Thursday May 3, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Blue/White Room

4:00pm

Jennie K. Brown

Thursday May 3, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Blue/White Room

4:00pm

Jill Bateman
Authors

Thursday May 3, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Blue/White Room

4:00pm

Jim Remsen
Authors
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Jim Remsen

Author of two books, All About Pennsylvania History
I've written a pair of well-received books your students would benefit from. Both cover undertold aspects of Pennsylvania's local history. 'Visions of Teaoga' -- designed for middle schoolers -- is a dramatic treatment of Indian-settler conflicts in the 1700s. 'Embattled Freedom... Read More →


Thursday May 3, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Blue/White Room

4:00pm

Lisa Reinicke
Authors

Thursday May 3, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Blue/White Room

4:00pm

Michael Resh (w/ illustrator Steven Kernen)
Authors
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Mike Resh

Children's Book Author, Dneirf
About the Book: After having a difficult morning, a boy named Otto struggles with having positive interactions with his friends at school. He learns that his friendship struggles are due to him doing things “backwards” that a true friend would do or being a “Dneirf.” With... Read More →


Thursday May 3, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Blue/White Room

4:00pm

Stephen Kozan
Authors
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Stephen Kozan

Author/Publisher, ReadyAimWrite Publishing
I tour many schools both domestically and internationally educating students on the process of writing, illustrating and publishing. I engage in hands-on presentations, specializing in student participation with Flash Fiction and InstaART with my illustrator.


Thursday May 3, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Blue/White Room

4:00pm

Stephen Kozan
Authors
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Stephen Kozan

Author/Publisher, ReadyAimWrite Publishing
I tour many schools both domestically and internationally educating students on the process of writing, illustrating and publishing. I engage in hands-on presentations, specializing in student participation with Flash Fiction and InstaART with my illustrator.


Thursday May 3, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Blue/White Room

4:15pm

Mix & Mingle
This hour long event will allow attendees to interact with the vendors it the exhibit hall. Attendees will earn professional development credit hours as they talk to vendors about how their products support the Model Curriculum for School Library Programs, flexible learning spaces, the maker movement and creating a culture of curiosity. Vendors will supply playing cards to attendees who engage them in conversation. At the end of the hour, prizes will be awarded based on playing cards collected. 

Thursday May 3, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Blue/White Room

4:15pm

Conference 101
First time (or first time in a long time) at the PSLA Annual Conference? Not sure where to start? Don't want to get lost?  Come to Conference 101 to learn all about what is NEW at Conference!  There is a new Act 48 system in place, plus exciting new offerings in Poster sessions, Vendor presentations, and Makerspace exhibits.  Learn how to use the Sched app and how to get around the Hershey Lodge!  We'll share some great tips and tricks to make the most of your time at the conference. You will be glad you came!

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Roth

Jenn Roth

Elementary Librarian, North Penn School District
avatar for Jamie Scott

Jamie Scott

LMS, Grove City Middle School



Thursday May 3, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Empire Rooms

5:45pm

Jeanne Birdsall Presentation
Come hear Jeanne Birdsall, author of speak about her books and her experiences as a writer. Jeanne Birdsall is a New York Times best-selling author of books for children. Her middle grade novels about the Penderwick family have collected many honors, including the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, and have been translated into thirty languages. She also writes picture books for younger children.
Jeanne Birdsall's books include The Penderwicks, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street, The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, and The Penderwicks in Spring, as well as the picture books Flora's Very Windy Day, Lucky and Squash, and My Favorite Pets.

Speakers

Thursday May 3, 2018 5:45pm - 6:15pm
Red Room

6:30pm

Soup and Salad Buffet
  • Soup
  • Chopped Romaine & Mixed Greens 
  • Assorted Salad Fixings 
  • Caesar, Balsamic & Buttermilk Ranch Dressings 
  • Rolls & Butter 
  • Cookies, Brownies
  • Coffee, Tea

Thursday May 3, 2018 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Red Room

7:15pm

Choose to Be Fierce & Future Ready
Our world is not changing back. In the tumult of today's technical and pedagogical innovation, it's time to take action! As fierce and future ready librarians our language has shifted to connect, collaborate, create, construct, make, flip, share, advocate and empower to move forward into the universe of rigorous instruction. This session will make sense of the sensational and decode the Babel of buzzwords. You needn’t choose to adopt and change everything in your tech tool bag - but picking just one or two new things to try, can transform your professional practice. Choosing to be an EdTech Trooper and a change agent within education isn't easy - but it's ultimately rewarding for administrators, teachers, librarians, and students! Doing the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs, is optional.

Speakers
avatar for Gwyneth A. Jones

Gwyneth A. Jones

Teacher Librarian & Technology Leader, The Daring Librarian
Gwyneth A. Jones, aka The Daring Librarian, is a blogger, an international Ed Tech speaker, trope and meme archivist, creator of content, a citizen of advocacy, and a resident of Social Media. Gwyneth is a Google Certified Teacher, PBS-MPT-NTTI Teacher of the Year, and the author... Read More →


Thursday May 3, 2018 7:15pm - 8:15pm
Red Room

8:30pm

Gwyneth Jones Informal Meet & Greet
Come spend time socializing with your fellow librarians as well as Gwyneth Jones

Thursday May 3, 2018 8:30pm - 9:00pm
TBA

9:00pm

Awards Committee Meeting
Thursday May 3, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Fireplace Lounge

9:00pm

Communications Committee Meeting
Thursday May 3, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Fire & Grain

9:00pm

Conference Committee Meeting
Thursday May 3, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Cocoa Suite 4

9:00pm

Operations Committee Meeting
Thursday May 3, 2018 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Presidential Suite

9:00pm

 
Friday, May 4
 

7:00am

Registration Open
Friday May 4, 2018 7:00am - 4:30pm
Great Lobby

7:15am

Awards Breakfast
Note: Breakfast is served from 7:15am to 7:45am ONLY.  
If you arrive after 7:45 am, you will not be served.

Menu:
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • French Toast
  • Sausage Links
  • Coffee, Tea, Orange Juice


Friday May 4, 2018 7:15am - 9:00am
Red Room

9:00am

Anna Forrester
Authors
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Anna Forrester

Empowering Kids to Change the World, Author
Anna Forrester lives in Philadelphia and writes picture books to inspire children to get out and make change in their worlds. She will be at the conference in Author’s Alley FRIDAY ONLY, and would love to chat with people who are interested in author visits. A former teacher, she... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 12:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

Todd McClimans
Authors
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Todd McClimans

I am school administrator and a former fifth grade teacher. I've always been a fantasy nerd (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Narnia), but I didn't care much about history until I started teaching the American Revolution to my first fifth graders. I fell in love with the riveting... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 12:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

Exhibits Hall
Exhibit Hall is open, great time to talk with vendors and learn about some new products and books

Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

Makerspace
We will also have two "Make and Take" activities available at the booth all other open exhibit hall times. Both of these are simple and easy enough for you to take home and do with your students tomorrow!

Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

Chrysa Smith
I'll be signing books and chatting with librarians about my presentations and writing workshops. PowerPoint programs will be available for viewing.

Authors
avatar for Chrysa Smith

Chrysa Smith

Author, The Well Bred Book
Definitely check out my school programs! I'll have sample PowerPoints for various grade levels. School visits are the one unintended consequence of writing for children and an absolute joy! I visit with students from PreK-6 throughout the Mid-Atlantic. For the youngest, a reading... Read More →



Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

Cynthia A. Sudor
Authors
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Cynthia A. Sudor

President/Founder/Owner, CARACYN Publishing
"Adventures at Green Apple Acres" is an award-winning children's book series. Stories are about animals on a farm who overcome challenges, learning big life lessons. Five stories in each book...each story includes a moral/lesson/theme....interactive questions after each story....beautiful... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

Daniel Jude Miller
Authors
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Daniel Jude Miller

Author / Illustrator, DJudeMiller Publishing
Much like the main character from Monsters in Manhattan, I started out as just a regular kid from Queens, NY. An unspectacular kid filling countless notebooks with ideas and creations, and then always seeming to get a box of fresh drawing pads or paper from Santa every Christmas... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

Gryffyn Phoenix
Authors
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Gryffyn Phoenix

Author, Avalerion Books
As a child, I spent my summers in Haven. Running through trees, splashing in creeks, dancing with the fae, and always getting home before night.I grew up. I went out into the world. I went to school, college, traveled, loved and lost and loved again. I explored, and due to my sense... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

Janice S. McElhoe

Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

Jill Bateman
Authors

Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

Kathy Miller
Authors
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Kathy M. Miller

award-winning author/photographer, Chippy Chipmunk series
I offer engaging programs for all grade levels that combine science, writing, and the art of photography. On Friday 9 - 4:30 I will be signing copies of my four books, featuring the latest "Chippy Chipmunk Feels Empathy". (Synopsis - When Chippy meets a unique chipmunk he learns... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

Kristin Walker
Authors
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Kristin Walker

Author
Kristin Walker grew up roaming the Pennsylvania countryside. She finally landed at Penn State, where she earned a BA in Theatre Arts. In addition to being actor, Kristin was many things on her way to becoming an author, such as a lifeguard, a nanny, a beginning ballroom dance instructor... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

9:00am

Pamela Behrend
Authors
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Pamela Behrend

Owner/Artist-Illustrator, Behrend Studio
Pamela Behrend is an artist/illustrator who keeps her studio in Wexford, PA. In addition to working as an illustrator, Pamela is a classically trained musician and former public school teacher. Her background and experience in both music and education brings a unique perspective to... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

Sherri Maret
Authors
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Sherri Maret

Teacher Librarian Author, Sherri Maret Writes
Stop by and check out my SLJ reviewed/recommended #ownvoices picture book, The Cloud Artist. Follow-up activities are available on my website, too. I taught English and then became a PA librarian. Now I am a full-time author living my dream! Visiting schools in and out of PA has been... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:00am

Sherry Raby
Authors
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Sherry Raby

Author, Sherry Raby
I am an author of children's books and books for teens. I have written a memoir that is like 'The Notebook'. I dabble in self-hypnosis, and I am learning how to do hypnosis. I am currently working on a book about a young girl who has dyslexia.


Friday May 4, 2018 9:00am - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

9:15am

Science E-Resources in POWER Library
This session will provide an overview of science-related e-resources provided by POWER Library. This brief session will introduce Science Reference Center, SIRS Explorer, and TrueFLIX and highlight features of each of the e-resources. Participants will learn how to access featured content areas such as lesson plans, project ideas, science fair project ideas, and more.


Friday May 4, 2018 9:15am - 9:45am
Blue/White Room

9:15am

Fantastic PD and How to Fund It
Come discuss worthwhile professional development for school librarians. Learn application tips from a librarian who has attended a number of opportunities through non-profit and technology companies. Explore scholarships, grants, and ambassador programs to subsidize conference and travel fees, especially when school districts are unable to offer support. Librarians are encouraged to share their own exciting experiences! Attendees will also debate the merits and ethical dilemmas surrounding teacher ambassador programs. Join the discussion!

Speakers
avatar for Katherine Kauffman Roth

Katherine Kauffman Roth

Library Media Specialist, Norwin High School
Katie is an alumna of Penn State University, and she continued on to receive her MSLS degree from Clarion University. Katie is a Google for Education Certified Innovator, a German-American Fulbright Commission Seminar participant, and a Nearpod Pionear. When she is taking a break... Read More →



Friday May 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:45am
Empire B

9:15am

Mobile Media in the Classroom: Diving into Digital Discoveries
While QR Codes are still a vibrant way to communicate with your kids, parents, and your community - new mobile apps have exploded with ways to instantly engage, create, and interact with students as they dive into fun digital discoveries! Whether you're a 1:1, BYOD, or tech limited school - you can implement QR Codes, Kahoots, IoT, Instagrams, Augmented Reality, Boomerang, and interactive apps in the classroom with just one device, iPad, laptop, or smart phone. This multimedia presentation will feature meme’s, Jimmy Fallon, a singing Stephen Colbert, MYST3000, Godzilla, maybe some games, and lots of examples of how to easily implement a fun mobile strategy for your Library Ed Tech teaching practice.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/info_grrl/16180531830/sizes/l

Speakers
avatar for Gwyneth A. Jones

Gwyneth A. Jones

Teacher Librarian & Technology Leader, The Daring Librarian
Gwyneth A. Jones, aka The Daring Librarian, is a blogger, an international Ed Tech speaker, trope and meme archivist, creator of content, a citizen of advocacy, and a resident of Social Media. Gwyneth is a Google Certified Teacher, PBS-MPT-NTTI Teacher of the Year, and the author... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:45am
Crystal

9:15am

Creative Coding with Micro:bits
By offering practical real life coding experiences for patrons, limitless learning goes to the next level. Collaborating with Makecode and microbits, transdisciplinary learning opportunities give students voice as they understand how to solve real life problems using coding. Allow students to exercise their creativity as they learn how coding can produce fun and meaningful results. Ten free Micro:bits will be awarded as prizes during the session.


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Speakers
avatar for Tracey Carayol

Tracey Carayol

ALA Award Winner, Highview School
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Karey Killian

K-5 Library Media Specialist, Milton Area School District, PA 
Karey Killian is a certified Library Media Specialist for 3 elementary schools in the Milton Area School District in Pennsylvania. She is a future ready librarian finding ways for every student to achieve more by discovering their unique interests and talents. Students make these... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:45am
Empire D

9:15am

Windows & Mirrors: Celebrating Diversity the Library
The concept of using literature with young people as “Windows and Mirrors” into their world and the perspectives of others with different experiences is an important and relevant topic today. Attendees will explore the limitless learning that happens when pairing readers with text that showcases a continually diverse and ever-colorful world as well as ways to reach out within the school culture and surrounding community to provide opportunities for conversations and experiences that combine resources.

Speakers
avatar for Shannon Resh

Shannon Resh

Park Hills Elementary School Librarian, South Western School District
Celebrating her 23rd year in the public schools, Shannon Resh is thrilled to have found her niche in the school library after serving as both a classroom teacher and Instructional Technology Specialist. Believing that the year you’re in can be your best year, this is Shannon’s... Read More →



Friday May 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:45am
Empire A

9:15am

Writing is Life: Connecting Books to Your Students’ Experiences
Jordan Sonnenblick, who was an urban teacher for 14 years before becoming a full-time novelist, shares strategies for showing your students the secrets of close reading; writing with voice; and understanding deep plot – all through connection to their own life experiences. (Trigger Warning: Possible Disney Clips!)

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Sonneblick

Jordan Sonneblick

Author
Jordan Sonnenblick was a public school teacher for fourteen years, but always dreamed of being a writer, so one day in 2003 he sat down and started his first young adult novel, Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, which was published by Scholastic in 2005. Jordan was as surprised as anybody... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:45am
Empire C

9:15am

Making: A Curriculum
Embracing the maker space movement, the Penn Manor elementary librarians rewrote their curriculum to teach traditional research skills and literature appreciation through making. We have opened learning to incorporate collaboration, cooperation, creativity and critical thinking

Speakers
NN

Nancy Nadig

Librarian, Penn Manor School District


Friday May 4, 2018 9:15am - 10:45am
Wild Rose AB

9:45am

How to Engage 21st Century Students with Digital Content
Schools across the country are promoting reading and supporting literacy goals with eBooks and other forms of digital content. Whether it’s sparking a student’s interest in science fiction or providing a critical learning resource, digital content has become a vital component of today’s school library. Learn how school librarians like you are successfully navigating the digital shift.

Speakers
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OverDrive Education

OverDrive
OverDrive Education delivers a central digital content solution for K-12 that includes digital curriculum, novels, professional development and more. Meet all your content needs with digital versions of books you have in print to achieve curriculum and instruction goals. Students... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 9:45am - 10:15am
Blue/White Room

10:15am

Let’s think differently about how librarians can lead, teach and support Future Ready schools
As schools seek to become Future Ready, it is necessary to identify and cultivate leadership beyond district and building leaders. School librarians lead, teach and support their school’s and/or district’s Future Ready goals. By aligning with strategic initiatives like Future Ready Librarians Framework, librarians can better connect their practices, programs and spaces to educational innovation in schools. If properly prepared and supported, school librarians are well positioned to be at the leading edge of the digital transformation of learning.


Friday May 4, 2018 10:15am - 10:45am
Blue/White Room

10:30am

10:45am

Exhibits Hall
Exhibit Hall is open, great time to talk with vendors and learn about some new products and books

Friday May 4, 2018 10:45am - 11:30am
Blue/White Room

10:45am

Makerspace
We will also have two "Make and Take" activities available at the booth all other open exhibit hall times. Both of these are simple and easy enough for you to take home and do with your students tomorrow!

Friday May 4, 2018 10:45am - 11:30am
Blue/White Room

10:45am

Featured Author: Jordan Sonnenblick | Booth 58
Booth 58

Speakers
avatar for Jordan Sonneblick

Jordan Sonneblick

Author
Jordan Sonnenblick was a public school teacher for fourteen years, but always dreamed of being a writer, so one day in 2003 he sat down and started his first young adult novel, Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie, which was published by Scholastic in 2005. Jordan was as surprised as anybody... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 10:45am - 11:30am
Blue/White Room

10:45am

Coffee Break
Friday May 4, 2018 10:45am - 11:30am
Blue/White Room

10:50am

Makerspace: Teach Your Ozobot Area & Perimeter
Using area & perimeter of graph paper, create a maze on 1/3 the area & program Ozobot to navigate maze

Speakers
avatar for Jancie Conger

Jancie Conger

Librarian, Skyview Upper Elementary School
Nearpod Certified Educator, Discovery Education PA Leadership Council, DEN Star Educator, Southeast Regional Board Member PAECT


Friday May 4, 2018 10:50am - 11:05am
Blue/White Room

11:05am

Makerspace: Spark Imagination in Your Library with STEM Challenges
Participants will be given access to an Adobe Spark which includes directions for creating Library STEM Challenges.


Friday May 4, 2018 11:05am - 11:25am
Blue/White Room

11:05am

Makerspace: STEAM Collaborations
"Art Box" activities based around contemporary artists who use science, math, engineering & technology!!! Art Teachers collaborate with Librarians.

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 11:05am - 11:25am
Blue/White Room

11:30am

Maker/S.T.E.M Education Ideas with Maker Maven
Join Maker Maven for the latest updates in Maker/S.T.E.M. Education! This quick session is great for all levels of educators and for those who are both familiar, and unfamiliar, with the maker/S.T.E.M Education.  Maker Maven will provide immediate take-aways for you to bring back to your school, and attendees will receive a free maker activity!

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm
Blue/White Room

11:30am

Link into the PA School Library Communicators Network
Learn how you can connect as a coordinator to email a prepared monthly update to librarians in your area for the Network, whose mission is “connect, communicate, and create community” among ALL Pennsylvania school librarians. The update provides information that school librarians need (important dates, professional development opportunities, and links to articles, documents, and websites) and is funded by the PA Department of Education through an LSTA grant to PSLA and the University of Pittsburgh.

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empire A

11:30am

Tweet Like a Ninja in 6 Easy Steps: Education Edition
Twitter is one of the most significant, rich, and profound professional development tools out there (& it's FREE!) but mastering it takes some slick sensei moves. All administrators and educators can benefit from the use of Twitter for creating global connections. Whether you're a Twitter newbie, lurker, or champion, this session will be chock full of easy tips and tricks to learn. You will explore the language of Twitter, see how to set up an account and gain followers. Learn how to connect and share resources with your community and educators around the world. Discover how to participate in real-time online professional development and get updates from educational organizations via Twitter using hashtags, chats and groups. From choosing the right user name, creating a profile that packs a punch, and using graphic designs that grab, to how to build a powerful global personal learning network, you can master the art of the Tweet!

Graphic in a variety of sizes: https://www.flickr.com/photos/info_grrl/22851376077/sizes/l

Speakers
avatar for Gwyneth A. Jones

Gwyneth A. Jones

Teacher Librarian & Technology Leader, The Daring Librarian
Gwyneth A. Jones, aka The Daring Librarian, is a blogger, an international Ed Tech speaker, trope and meme archivist, creator of content, a citizen of advocacy, and a resident of Social Media. Gwyneth is a Google Certified Teacher, PBS-MPT-NTTI Teacher of the Year, and the author... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Crystal

11:30am

#10M2M- Makerspaces for a Fixed Schedule
#10M2M or 10 Minutes 2 Make is the perfect solution for any elementary library to utilize a makerspace within a fixed schedule. Learn how to incorporate a makerspace philosophy in your library by giving students free, creative choice for a set amount of time. Come ready to collaborate and walk away with a working list of makerspace offerings- many are budget friendly or free!

For the most interactive participation, install the app Nearpod before the presentation. If you are using a laptop, go to www.nearpod.com to participate.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah DeMaria

Sarah DeMaria

K-6 Librarian, Hempfield School District
Wife. Mom. Librarian. DOER! Living fiercely to serve my family and my community.



Friday May 4, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Red Room

11:30am

What's in a Game? : Gaming 101 for Librarians
Students are talking about Dungeons and Dragons, rolling dice online, and high level board games are in more and more libraries. There’s one hang up: not all librarians are “game-y,” or gamers. Learn basics of gaming to connect with students, provide a safe space, build community, and help students practice critical thinking and collaboration while gaming. Learn enough to keep up conversation with your most gamer students (you’ll understand the Crit Roll 20 memes after this!).

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Neely

Ruth Neely

Director of Libraries, Sewickley Academy



Friday May 4, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empire C

11:30am

Books of Note 2018 by Tristate YA Book Review Committee
The Tristate YA Book Review Committee will present the Books of Note 2018. These titles have been evaluated as the best of the current materials The panel will highlight favorite titles with tips to help you provide limitless learning for your students.
Website is http:/www.tristatereviews.org
Longer reviews and additional titles are available on the blog at tristatereviews.blogspot.com

Speakers
JT

Joan Theal

Milton Hershey School (Retired)
I love reading books for students to enjoy. The greatest joy is connecting students with the right book. Even though I am retired, I enjoy staying connected through Tri-State Book Review Committee. Ask me about great new reads.



Friday May 4, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Wild Rose AB

11:30am

Reaching All Readers with your eBook Collection
This workshop will provide an opportunity for librarians to understand the data that supports an eBook collection. We will examine the report functions available so that informed decisions can be made regarding collection development. Learn how to reach all readers with customizable promotional items and get ideas on how to use them. Google presentation available here.

Speakers
avatar for Elaine Spencer

Elaine Spencer

Librarian, Manheim Central High School


Friday May 4, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empire B

11:30am

Straight from the Source: Engaging with Primary Sources
Expertise with primary sources allows Librarians to bring tangible added value to collaborative standards-based teaching and to increase student engagement and critical thinking. Session provides a student framework for primary source analysis and shows example lessons for elem/middle/high school. Includes hands-on work designing primary source centered lesson. We’ll share our experience building primary sources into our K-12 curriculum. Resources include PA Photos+Docs, Digital Public Library of America, curated list of smaller collections.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Lopez-Carickhoff

Lisa Lopez-Carickhoff

Director of Libraries and Information Services, The Baldwin School



Friday May 4, 2018 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empire D

12:00pm

Increase Usage Statistics by Improving End User Experience
This session explores solutions that empower the end-user experience via a simple yet robust search of all your library resources, single sign-on for quick and secure authentication, and/or easy navigation and content management of your library’s website. In addition, administrators will learn how to capture rich and important statistics that support effective decisions about your school’s budget and resources from these same tools designed to help improve end user experience.

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Blue/White Room

12:00pm

Retirees Special Interest Group (RSIG)
Are you a retired school librarian and will be attending the PSLA Conference on Friday, May 4, 2018? If so, you are invited to the 6th meeting of the Retirees Special Interest Group (RSIG).

We'll get together at noon at the tables near the Fireplace in the Hershey Lodge Lobby for a "bring-your-own brown bag lunch" and will discuss future plans for this FUN Group.

Friday May 4, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Fireplace Lounge

12:30pm

Exhibits Hall
Exhibit Hall is open, great time to talk with vendors and learn about some new products and books

Friday May 4, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Blue/White Room

12:30pm

Makerspace
We will also have two "Make and Take" activities available at the booth all other open exhibit hall times. Both of these are simple and easy enough for you to take home and do with your students tomorrow!

Friday May 4, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Blue/White Room

12:30pm

12:30pm

Advisory Council Lunch
Invitation Only Event for PSLA Board, Advisory Council, and Governor's Advisory Council to discuss various items within the PA Library community

Friday May 4, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Cocoa Sutie 6

12:30pm

Box Lunch
Menu:
  • Roast Turkey Breast & Smoked Provolone on Whole Grain Roll -OR- Loaded Garden Salad
  • Large cookie
  • Assorted Soft Drinks and Bottled Water

Friday May 4, 2018 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Blue/White Room

12:35pm

Makerspace: STEM MakerSpace Seasonal Themes
Examples/materials from each theme with photos showing them in action. Participants will have a QR Code to access materials. October involves Pumpkin Lego Marble Mazes!

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 12:35pm - 12:50pm
Blue/White Room

1:00pm

Jim Remsen
Authors
avatar for Jim Remsen

Jim Remsen

Author of two books, All About Pennsylvania History
I've written a pair of well-received books your students would benefit from. Both cover undertold aspects of Pennsylvania's local history. 'Visions of Teaoga' -- designed for middle schoolers -- is a dramatic treatment of Indian-settler conflicts in the 1700s. 'Embattled Freedom... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Blue/White Room

1:00pm

Poster Session
Adulting 101 – What You Don’t Know You Need to Know,  Donna Kullen
Embedded Librarianship  ,   Ellen Stolarski
Trans-disciplinary STEAM Unit for 4th Graders,   Laura Fuller
FULL STEAM Ahead in K-3 Libraries,   Cindy Rizzolino
Communicating from the Heart,   Krystle Tiedeman
Digital Citizenship & Gaming with Google’s “Be Internet Awesome”,   Jane Farrell

Friday May 4, 2018 1:00pm - Saturday May 5, 2018 2:00pm
Blue/White Room

2:00pm

PebbleGo and Interactive eBooks, Your Catalog System & You: Perfect Together
Adding PebbleGo and eBooks to your library collection is simple!  PebbleGo and Capstone's Interactive eBooks are searchable and launchable right from your existing catalog system. These iPad compatible research and reading tools support unlimited simultaneous users, and are perfect for library/classroom collaboration.  Learn how other PA librarians have quickly and easily made their libraries accessible 24/7 from anywhere.  Attendees will receive a Capstone bag with posters and temporary access to Capstone’s digital content to take back to their school.  An attendee drawing will be held with 2 prizes: 5 interactive eBooks or 1 year’s access to a PebbleGo or PebbleGo Next module.

Speakers
avatar for Corey Abrams

Corey Abrams

Abrams and Son Books
avatar for Andrea Brinkert

Andrea Brinkert

Capstone Library and Classroom Rep, Capstone
Capstone is a trusted provider of kid-tested books, eBooks, PebbleGo databases, and more to schools, public libraries and anywhere kids are. I am honored to be the Capstone rep for the awesome public and school libraries in Kansas and Western Pennsylvania. More than just tech-savvy... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Blue/White Room

2:00pm

Connecting Back to the Future – it’s a mindset
When you hear the rally call to be a Future Ready Librarian, how does it make you feel? You may feel discomfort and concern that being Future Ready will require you to change your practice, learn entirely new skills, and do things outside of your comfort zone. Perhaps you feel a bit defensive because you believe that you already Future Ready thanks to your stellar tech-integration skills and the awesome makerspace in your library. Maybe you are someplace in between, not entirely sure what it means to be a Future Ready Librarian. Each of those reactions are appropriate and this session will put you at ease no matter where you fall on the spectrum of understanding Future Ready.

At its core, being Future Ready is a mindset. Understanding and demonstrating your future readiness is a great way to connect with people who may believe that librarians are anything but Future Ready. During this session, we will dig in to the Future Ready Framework and make connections to standards and best practices so you can walk away with clear actions you can take to ensure that you are preparing your students for their futures.

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Red Room

2:00pm

New Library? New School? New Ideas? No Problem!
Are you new to the library world or starting over at a new school? Are you a librarian who is looking for NEW ideas? If so, come join me as we share ideas on what to expect your first year and how to build rapport with students, staff, and the community. I will share my ideas from my first year of teaching to my 7th year when I started over in a new district. Don't stress yourself out, instead come join me and take home an idea that will work for you. (geared towards elementary and middle school)

Speakers
avatar for Jenn Roth

Jenn Roth

Elementary Librarian, North Penn School District



Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Empire D

2:00pm

Encouraging Student Expression with Multimedia Projects
In 2018, digital information is not limited to the written word. Students use multimedia like Youtube videos and podcasts not just for personal entertainment, but also to conduct research and explore personal interests. This program will highlight successful outcomes of project-based learning with multimedia. Attendees will learn about the basic equipment that was purchased, including green screens, Padcaster units, and condenser mics, and the free apps that were used. Examples of planning materials and student work will be provided and attendees will have a hands-on experience with a green screen.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Lash

Nicole Lash

Librarian, Hopewell School District



Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Crystal

2:00pm

Meet the Experts
We are expert librarians. No matter how much we think we know, we don't know it all. Skype in the Classroom extends limitless learning from experts around the world. Discover a topic that students are passionate about and connect them with an expert that can share real world experiences and answer their questions. Students eagerly enter the library with the excitement of a mystery Skype phone call with a classroom from around the world, expert in the Amazon Rain Forest, or unique author presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Karey Killian

Karey Killian

K-5 Library Media Specialist, Milton Area School District, PA 
Karey Killian is a certified Library Media Specialist for 3 elementary schools in the Milton Area School District in Pennsylvania. She is a future ready librarian finding ways for every student to achieve more by discovering their unique interests and talents. Students make these... Read More →



Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Empire A

2:00pm

The 5 W's of Library Makerspaces
Have you been thinking about starting a Makerspace in your library but are not sure where to start? Or maybe you already have a Makerspace, but are struggling with ways to implement your space into the curriculum. In this session, you will be presented with ways to start a Makerspace, sources of funding for a Makerspace, how to implement your Makerspace into the curriculum, and ideas for keeping your students excited about making.

Speakers
avatar for Jancie Conger

Jancie Conger

Librarian, Skyview Upper Elementary School
Nearpod Certified Educator, Discovery Education PA Leadership Council, DEN Star Educator, Southeast Regional Board Member PAECT
avatar for Heather Lister

Heather Lister

Professional Learning
Heather Lister is an international speaker and author on the topics of makerspaces, innovative libraries, and space transformation. With her experience and training as a school librarian, mathematics, instructional technology specialist, and school administrator, Heather brings a... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Wild Rose AB

2:00pm

Choose Your Own "Literary" Adventure with Lit Review!
How do you engage students in reading and discovering new literature? By giving them a “choose your own “literary” adventure, of course! Join members of the Literature Review Committee as they share best titles and resources from the past year, and demonstrate techniques and games to engage students in seeing reading as an activity with unlimited potential for learning and growth. Participants will also have an opportunity to browse some selected titles during the session.

Speakers
avatar for PSLA Literature Review

PSLA Literature Review

Librarian, Shady Side Academy
Librarian



Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Empire C

2:00pm

Real World Innovation and PBL - Inventionland Institute
The Kiski School offers an innovation and entrepreneurial course in collaboration with the Inventionland Institute in Pittsburgh. During this project-based learning experience, students work in teams to design an original problem-solving invention and are immersed in "beyond the classroom", real world skills such as brainstorming, market and patent research, concept modeling, prototyping, engineering and marketing. The experience culminates with a "shark tank" presentation at Inventionland where they pitch their products and premiere their infomercials in front of executives and school leaders. The workshop will demonstrate how "failing your way forward" brings many surprising learning moments in this unconventional learning environment.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Poston

Leslie Poston

Director of Library Services, Kiski School
If I can fit anything more into my full life it would be more bicycling, yoga, and craft beer with friends.



Friday May 4, 2018 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Empire B

2:30pm

“The Revolving Library”  
JP Jay Associates  will be discussing 3 different popular products that todays K-12 libraries should consider from a furniture standpoint to create the most reconfigurable libraries.  The old days of libraries just being book storage in K-12 is over and for an economical price they can show librarians pieces that will create multifaceted libraries.


Friday May 4, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Blue/White Room

3:00pm

How do I look that up? Researching in elementary and middle school
Affordable FactCite Lincoln Library Online has biographies, science, mythology, American history, countries and more. Help the youngest researchers (grades 2 and up) learn database navigation, citations, and reading skills.

Speakers
avatar for FactCite Lincoln Library Online

FactCite Lincoln Library Online

Lincoln Library Press
Tim Gall812 Huron Rd., Suite 401800/526-2656


Friday May 4, 2018 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Blue/White Room

3:30pm

Exhibits Hall
Exhibit Hall is open, great time to talk with vendors and learn about some new products and books

Friday May 4, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Blue/White Room

3:30pm

Makerspace
We will also have two "Make and Take" activities available at the booth all other open exhibit hall times. Both of these are simple and easy enough for you to take home and do with your students tomorrow!

Friday May 4, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Blue/White Room

3:30pm

3:30pm

Afternoon Break
Friday May 4, 2018 3:30pm - 4:15pm
Blue/White Room

3:30pm

3:35pm

Makerspace: Monthly Maker Challenge
Demonstration via Skype viewing Monthly Game Night Maker Challenge. Students and teachers showcase their strengths live. More information provided via informational poster, & "Maker Doggy Bags".

Speakers

Friday May 4, 2018 3:35pm - 3:50pm
TBA

3:50pm

Makerspace: Building Teamwork with Human Tetris
Using Makey Makey participants will act as human conductors to play Tetris. Instead of using a controller, participants will high-five each other to move the blocks.

Speakers
ES

Ellen Stolarski

Librarian, St Marys Area Middle School
Ellen is the middle school librarian at St Marys Area Middle School. She is the co-chair for PA Young Readers Choice and is a YALSA contributor. In 2018 she was given the distinct honor of being named the ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award recipient for her innovative practices... Read More →


Friday May 4, 2018 3:50pm - 4:05pm
Blue/White Room

3:50pm

Makerspace: Make Your Makerspace Work for Your Space
Makerspace allows student exploration, inquiry, & tinker time. Learn how one library developed Makerspace Monday during student lunch time for grades 2-5 with theme sessions, often with book connections.

Speakers
avatar for Dustin Brackbill

Dustin Brackbill

Elementary Librarian, State College Area School District
Co-chair of Teaching & Learning Committee 2016-2017 Sustaining Leaders Academy 2016-2017 Literature Review Blog Team U. of Pitt MLIS grad


Friday May 4, 2018 3:50pm - 4:05pm
Blue/White Room

4:15pm

Beyond Library Walls: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Participants will explore three levels of collaborative partnerships: with their core team of teachers and specialists; with community members, including parents and area librarians; and with their administrative team. Through examples of projects and connections that participants can take and implement in their libraries, we will explore how librarians can extend their reach beyond their library walls and create enduring partnerships that will add unlimited value to their library program and their students’ experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Nass

Michelle Nass

Librarian, Downingtown West


Friday May 4, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Empire C

4:15pm

Ditching Dewey: How Two Librarians “Hunkered Down” and Genrefied
A workshop that covers all of your questions about “genre-fying” your library.

Questions like:

What IS “genre-fying”?
Where do I start?
How do I do it?
Can I do it?

An elementary school and middle school librarian did all the hard work so that you don’t have to!

Already “genre-fied” your library and want to share your thoughts and advice? Then bring your information and join in on the discussion!


https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1c6XFOwer01Xt9GMal7e5Je3Jub6rt_Upkm1zvx1Yrbc/edit?usp=sharing


Friday May 4, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Empire A

4:15pm

Helping Them Help Themselves: Tech Self-help Environments
Are simple technology help requests consuming your time or your staff’s time? Would you like a proactive approach to supporting teacher and student technology needs in your school? Creating self-help online environments can proactively support teachers and students by providing guidance on hardware, software, and online tools in 24/7/365 format. In this workshop, participants will evaluate tools for media creation, environments for sharing, and badging for recognition.

Speakers
avatar for Phil Burrell

Phil Burrell

Librarian and Instructional Coach, Bloomsburg Area High School


Friday May 4, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Empire D

4:15pm

OER Ninja: Guiding Teachers through the Jungles of OER
Limitless learning means that we (and our teachers and students) are not hampered by the borders of our physical schools & libraries. Open Education Resources offer opportunities for teachers to greatly expand their repertoire of instructional designs. But, teachers are busy! Where do they find these resources? How do they search for them efficiently? This is a job tailor-made for school librarians! This workshop will detail the what's, where's and how's of OER exploration.

Speakers


Friday May 4, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Red Room

4:15pm

Beyond the Book: How to Experience Books with Making
Children need to experience literature. As a librarian it is our role to enhance, enrich and support what is being done in the classroom. Through literature we show children what they learn stretches beyond the four walls of their classroom. “Making” is an essential part of the library curriculum and daily lesson plans. Learn how to make literature come alive with creative projects that encourage making in the library through crafts and hands on activities.

Speakers
avatar for Maren Vitali

Maren Vitali

Library Media Specialist, Eisenhower Intermediate School/Bridgewater-Raritan School District


Friday May 4, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Crystal

4:15pm

Readers’ Advisory for the Masses using Google Classroom
How can you provide readers advisory for over 700 students in a flex schedule? Google Classroom is the vehicle. From Book Madness to PA Young Readers to Book Talks and Swaps engage students in one-on-one conversations. Google Classroom can open doors for communication and reading suggestions. But you say, how will I have time? Discover some efficiencies and ideas to make it work!

Speakers


Friday May 4, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Wild Rose AB

4:15pm

George and Martha Who?!? Examining Primary Document
Federal Law requires schools receiving federal funding must “hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17.” Libraries are perfect places to celebrate Constitution Day; where we introduce primary documents to all patrons. Using historical figures recognizable by K-6...George and Martha Washington; this program will educate/share resources from the George Washington Teacher Institute and lesson ideas for K-6 that will help librarians bring an elementary explanation of the U.S. Constitution.

Speakers
avatar for Bitsy Galaska

Bitsy Galaska

Librarian/Technology, Twin Valley SD
Staying relevant with information literacy skills that include books and digital media. Makerspaces. Fixed scheduling. Reading Olympics. One School One Book Program. Ozobots. Unleashing Green Screen Technology for students.



Friday May 4, 2018 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Empire B

5:15pm

Dinner on your own
Friday May 4, 2018 5:15pm - 6:30pm
TBA

6:30pm

Dessert Bar
Menu:
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Chocolate Tart
  • Chocolate-Raspberry Panna Cotta

Friday May 4, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Aztec

7:15pm

College Awards
Speakers
avatar for Jenn Roth

Jenn Roth

Elementary Librarian, North Penn School District


Friday May 4, 2018 7:15pm - 7:30pm
Aztec

7:30pm

UnConference
Speakers
avatar for Robin Burns

Robin Burns

Library Media Teacher, Salisbury High School
PSLA Board of DirectorsHigh school library media teacher, voracious reader, and lifelong learner.
avatar for Jenn Roth

Jenn Roth

Elementary Librarian, North Penn School District


Friday May 4, 2018 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Trinidad
 
Saturday, May 5
 

7:00am

Registration Open
Saturday May 5, 2018 7:00am - 7:30am
Great Lobby

7:30am

Business Meeting/Breakfast
Breakfast served upon entry until 8:15 AM.

Menu:
  • Scrambled Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Hash Browns
  • Pastries
  • Coffee, Tea, Orange Juice

Note: Breakfast service ends promptly at 8:15 AM.

Saturday May 5, 2018 7:30am - 8:45am
Trinidad

9:15am

This Story is For You
Author and illustrator Greg Pizzoli will discuss his work and give a peek into the process of how he created his newest picture book.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 9:15am - 10:15am
Trinidad

10:30am

Refreshing the Library and Creating a Brand
You don’t need brand new bookshelves and tables to make your library look amazing! Learn how two libraries took some paint, some (wo)manpower, a few pieces of furniture and created a space students wanted to be in, parents valued, and staff used. This approach also supported tangible goals that tie into the Core Standards. In addition to refreshing your space, refresh the very idea of library! Learn how to brand yourself as essential, relevant, and fun!

Speakers
avatar for Emily Woodward

Emily Woodward

Lower School Library Media Specialist, The Baldwin School
I earned my Master's in Library and Information Science at the University of Denver and have worked in libraries for over 9 years, both Public as well as School Libraries. I served on on several Tech Committees and have presented at an ADVIS Techie Goldmine. I love exploring new technology... Read More →



Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Empire D

10:30am

Hi, Jack! - the making of an early reader series
Greg Pizzoli will provide insight into the early reader series, "Hi, Jack!," and give you a glimpse into his creative process.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Empire B

10:30am

Information Literacy: The Fight Against Fake News
Information literacy is the best weapon against the "fake news", propaganda, and bias our students face on a daily basis. Join us for an informative presentation and discussion on identifying "fake news" as well as best practices for teaching information literacy skills with your students as well as your colleagues within your school.

Google Slides "view only" presentation:  https://tinyurl.com/y98s9uuh

Speakers
avatar for Robin Burns

Robin Burns

Library Media Teacher, Salisbury High School
PSLA Board of DirectorsHigh school library media teacher, voracious reader, and lifelong learner.
avatar for Sandra Reilly

Sandra Reilly

Librarian, Pleasant Valley High School
I have been a librarian at the high school level since 2016 and previously served as both a middle school and elementary school librarian. I utilize these experiences throughout the K-12 grade levels to contribute professionally in various committees within my district - including... Read More →



Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Crystal

10:30am

Ipods in the Library: VR, BYOD, and AR
As we work to become a Future Ready Library, we've realized how ipods can be a valuable tool in the library. Learn how one library uses ipods to implement Virtual Reality lessons, supplement Bring Your Own Device Program, and Augmented Reality Lessons. 

Speakers
ES

Ellen Stolarski

Librarian, St Marys Area Middle School
Ellen is the middle school librarian at St Marys Area Middle School. She is the co-chair for PA Young Readers Choice and is a YALSA contributor. In 2018 she was given the distinct honor of being named the ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award recipient for her innovative practices... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Empire C

10:30am

Regional Leaders Academy Gallery Crawl of Library ideas
28 Regional Leaders, collaborating with their mentors, each developed and carried out a Personalized Learning Experience--a new program idea that creates positive awareness of the value of the school library. Join these leaders in a gallery walk to view their informative posters and discuss informally how they implemented their fresh, new ideas.

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 12:45pm
Magnolia CD

10:30am

Student Choice with Library and Makerspace Centers
Library centers are one way to maximize student choice and ownership of their learning in the an elementary library class. Join us to learn how to implement centers in your library classes to promote more engagement and deeper learning, even on a fixed library schedule!  If you already use library centers, you can also learn how to integrate your current centers with Google Classroom for easier management.

This session will also include time to explore ready-to-use research centers, reading promotion centers, and makerspace centers. An Internet-connected device is needed to download presentation and materials, but not required for session participation.

Google Slides presentation link

Speakers
avatar for Collette Jakubowicz

Collette Jakubowicz

Elementary Teacher-Librarian
I'm an elementary teacher-librarian who teaches at Spring Ridge Elementary School in Wilson School District. I also write a blog about digital learning, makerspaces, and other school library topics at MrsJintheLibrary.com and create curriculum materials. When I'm not teaching or... Read More →


Saturday May 5, 2018 10:30am - 12:45pm
Empire A

11:45am

Effective and Inspiring Read-Alouds
With rising expectations of standards, assessments, and scheduling difficulties in library programs, is there a place for read-alouds with older students? Come collect inspiring ideas, lessons, and join in the conversation on how to take back read-alouds in your library program!

Speakers
TC

Tegan Conner-Cole

Youth Services Librarian, Cheltenham Township Library System
avatar for Kate Palladino

Kate Palladino

Teacher-librarian, library media specialist, Knapp Elementary
Books, cats, and quizzo.



Saturday May 5, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Crystal

11:45am

Greg Pizzoli - Ask Me Anything
Join Greg Pizzoli for a Q&A session. Ask him anything about his life as an author and illustrator!

Speakers

Saturday May 5, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Empire B

11:45am

Sky's the Limit: Graphica Clubs as Sites of Learning
For six years, we have led an after-school bookclub that specializes in graphica. In this workshop, we will share the different ways we have engaged with students and offer tips for using graphica in school libraries. This session provides a constructive space for collaboratively considering graphica in literacy education and libraries.

Speakers
avatar for Sue Dahlstrom

Sue Dahlstrom

Librarian, Wayne Elementary
PSLA Media Selection Committee, Sustaining Leaders Academy, Southeast Co-Chair PSLA Communicator's Network, Elementary School Librarian



Saturday May 5, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Empire D

11:45am

Tag Teaming High School Research with Inquiry-Based Learning
The purpose of this workshop is to present a more adaptive approach to inquiry-based learning with the goal of bridging the gap between traditional high school research and college research. By allowing the students to formulate their own topics, questions, and thesis statements, they learn how to constructively approach the inquiry process. The content for this workshop is based upon three years of extensive collaboration between myself and the history department. Interactive brainstorming with conference participants would model inquiry-based techniques with the writing of questions and thesis statements which would serve as the foundation for an analytical research paper. This type of approach to research encourages limitless learning by letting the students create their own topics in a guided environment, which encourages them to think outside of the box and push the limits of their own creativity.

Inquiry-based research assignment description: This is an analytical research process focused on the creation of a college level thesis as derived from a student-created, guided research question.  Analytical papers are more difficult than narrative writing, as they require analysis of the information found in the research which then must be synthesized to prove an argumentative thesis.
 

Speakers
avatar for Meghan Adams

Meghan Adams

High School Librarian, Slippery Rock School District
Animal lover, book nerd, librarian, photographer...My favorite time of the school year is "research season."



Saturday May 5, 2018 11:45am - 12:45pm
Empire C