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2014 SPRING CONFERENCE

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

AS OF 3/28/2014

Please note:  information is subject to change.  Final information will be provided in on-site materials, including the Spring Conference Program and Grid.

 

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Workshops will also be presented by all winning authors – Deborah Blumenthal, Sharon Draper, April Henry, Jonathan Maberry and winning illustrator – Adam Gustavson.   

 

 

 

Alternatives to Student Response Systems

Session VII – Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Jeffersonian/Knickerbocker

Presenters – Andy King, MOREnet & John Riley, MOREnet

Strand – Technology

Audience – All Levels

Engage your students in real time and obtain quick, honest and easily managed feedback.  Attendees will get hands-on experience using free cloud-based applications to track student performance and learning to make your math and science assessments more accurate and fun.  

 

Analyzing Primary Sources in Elementary Schools

Session V – Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Frisco

Session VI – Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Frisco

Presenter – Tom Bober, Clayton School District

Strands – Collaboration; Literacy & Technology

Audience – Elementary School

Do you love primary sources, but are unsure of how to use them in K-5 instruction?  Attend this session to see how an elementary library, after attending a summer workshop at the Library of Congress, collaborated with teachers and utilized tools to incorporate primary sources into library lessons.  Attendees will see actual examples along with results of student work, as well as curriculum connections and ideas for resources, both online and local, to find primary sources.

 

Author Studies, Fiction, and Common Core – Together!

Session V – Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Midway Suites I&II

Session VI – Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Midway Suites I&II

Presenter – Rebecca Marcum Parker, Kansas City (MO) Public Schools

Strands – Collaboration; Literacy & Literature

Audience – Elementary School

Common Core presents new challenges for librarians; we want to provide all students an exciting base and on-going support for their lives as readers.  Fiction reaches many, and author studies can provide a solid scaffold for student knowledge.  By incorporating non-fiction, we can reach readers with different interests, while maintaining fidelity to Common Core.  We will discuss and create unit ideas that will interest students that support Common Core curriculum.

 

Be a Hub of Information:  Websites to Help You and Your Teachers!

Session III – Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Regency C

Session IV – Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Regency C

Presenters – Carrie Hayward, Westran R-I; Becky Hoyt, Wellsville-Middletown R-I & Tiffany Taylor, Westran R-I

Strand – Technology

Audience – All Levels

Have you ever wished you knew more websites to recommend to your teachers or use in your library, computer lab, or website? We have compiled a list of neat websites that we and our teachers frequently use. Come see what we do with some of our favorites and be ready to share neat websites you use as well. 

 

Big Read Partnerships Provide Big Learning Opportunities

Session V – Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Midway Suites III&IV

Presenters – Jeannine Birkenfeld, Springfield-Greene County Youth Services & Amy Price, Springfield Public Schools

Strands – Collaboration; Literacy & Literature

Audience – All Levels

Would you like to bring amazing authors to your school but have limited funds?  Would you like to provide your students with opportunities to participate in a community-wide reading program?  Library media specialist Amy Price and public library associate Jeannine Birkenfeld will speak about how school libraries can accomplish these goals by participating in the public library’s Big Read program.  There will be time for participants to share their ideas and experiences as well.

 

Break into Learning Commons without Breaking the Bank:  A Systematic, District-Wide Approach to Library Transformation

Session II – Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Regency B

Presenters – Alli Bernskoetter, Springfield Public Schools; Robyn Hagerman, Springfield Public Schools & Melody Netzer, Springfield Public Schools

Strands – Library Management & Technology

Audience – All Levels

The lives of our students are changing.  The Learning Commons concept outlines a way libraries can become more relevant to today’s students.  We will introduce the basics of a Learning Commons; share the journey of Springfield Public Schools and ideas about creating a Learning Commons without spending much money.  You’ll leave with cheap and free ways to make the change, see some examples, and have the chance to discuss your own ideas.

 

Collaborating with Common Core

Session V – Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Regency A

Session VI – Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Regency A

Presenter – Sarah Easley, Columbia Public Schools

Strand – Collaboration

Audience – Elementary

Common Core is here!  The LMS, as a tech-savvy information guru, is the ideal partner for classroom teachers as they delve into these standards, but do they know that?  We will discuss how to “sell” yourself and “hook” teachers into collaborative teaching of the CCSS.  We will highlight the major strands and standards where the LMS “fits” and discuss how to plan and assess lessons and projects that address these standards.  You will leave with ideas to try – both right away and in the coming years.

 

Collaborating with Social Studies to Teach Research Skills

Session V – Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Illinois Central

Presenters – Eve Diel, Parkway North High School; Amy Grich, Parkway North High School & Chris Johnston, Parkway North High School

Strands – Collaboration & Technology

Audience – High School

The Parkway North High librarians and a social studies teacher will present four collaboratively planned and taught research lessons (avoiding plagiarism, notetaking, keyword searching, and web evaluation).  We will demonstrate the technology we used (Padlet and Socrative) to create formative assessments to determine if students were learning what we were teaching.  The teacher and librarians will discuss the importance of collaboration which led to ALL freshmen experiencing these research lessons at our school.

 

Common Core = Creative Outstanding Reading Experiences, Take 2!

Session VII – Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Grand B

Presenters – Heather Poland, Raymore Peculiar Schools & Jana Stidham, Raymore Peculiar Schools

Strands – Collaboration; Library Management; Literacy; Literature & Technology

Audience – Elementary School

Take 2 with the Common Core and more fun reading experiences!  Come and hear how pairing the Common Core standards and your library objectives can be fun for you AND your students!  Similar to our presentation during MASL 2013, you will come and enjoy a relaxed session, sharing ideas, handouts, and more!  Common Core, technology, and inquiry ARE our future!  We invite you to Face your Future by incorporating these fun ideas into your library curriculum!

 

Digital Transformation in the LMC

Session VII – Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Burlington Route

Presenters – Connie King, Robin Lewis, Beth Marley, Susan Martin, Susan Miller & Andrea Sumy, Liberty Public Schools

Strands – Collaboration & Technology

Audience – Middle & High

Transitioning to an environment where all/most students have a computer during the school day and beyond has impacted collaboration, collection development, professional development, and instruction.  In addition to triumphs and challenges, we will share the resources and processes that have helped the most in our transition to a 1-to-1 environment.  Participants will be encouraged to share their own experiences as well.

 

Don’t Reinvent the Wheel

Session V – Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in New York Central

Presenter – Margie Wayman, Francis Howell School District

Strands – Literacy & Literature

Audience – Middle School

As library media specialists, we know that it takes going above and beyond simply making a good display to get our kids to pick up a book.  You will leave this session with a new enthusiasm (and some great ideas) to entice your middle schoolers to read.

 

Engaging Tomorrow’s Readers with the Books of Today

Session III – Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Midway Suites I&II

Session IV – Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Midway Suites I&II

Presenters – Frances Cox, Rolla Public Schools; Kaye Garner, Rolla Public Schools; Jennifer Heberlie, Rolla Public Schools; Wanda Hinshaw, Rolla Public Schools; Karron Ingram, Rolla Public Schools and Jessie Shields, Rolla Public Schools

Strands – Collaboration; Literacy; Literature & Technology

Audience – All Levels

Rolla librarians will share strategies that infuse reading excitement and build lifelong readers. This experienced group of K-12 librarians will share practical strategies they use to encourage students to read MASL-award books and other literature. Presenters will discuss using technology that includes My Big Campus, blogs, ebooks, and SMART Board activities. They will also discuss ways that they have successfully rewarded students for reading including traveling to UCM's Children's Literature Festival. Strategies presented can be adapted to various types of literature and grade levels. 

 

Face the Future with Google

Session III – Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Burlington Route

Session IV – Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Burlington Route

Presenters – Kristin Davis, Lindbergh School District & Mindy Siefert, Lindbergh School District

Strands – Collaboration; Library Management & Technology

Audience – All Levels

Want to integrate technology into your library program, but don’t know how?  Join us as we demonstrate ways to update current practice through the use of Google Apps for Education (GAFE).  GAFE allows librarians to transition from traditional practice to “Face the Future” with new, simple technology integration ideas.  The session will specifically highlight the ways we use Google Forms, Slides, and Calendar to promote our library, provide lessons, and share information.  Google apps are free and accessible to everyone.  All it takes is a Google address.

 

Facing the Future:  Lessons Learned from Planning and Implementing a 1:1 Personal Learning Pilot

Session VII – Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Midway Suites III&IV

Presenters – Carolyn Chipley-Foster, Columbia Public Schools & Jayme Pingrey, Columbia Public Schools

Strands – Collaboration & Technology

Audience – Middle & High School

This presentation focuses on our roles as Media Specialists in a 1:1 iPad pilot. Come hear about our experiences and the lessons that we've learned while planning and implementing a 1:1 personal learning pilot at the high school level. From the thought process and planning that took place 16 months before students had devices, to the everyday work that it takes to manage and support this project- we've learned a lot that we hope to share with others. Planned discussion and Question/Answer session to follow. 

 

Facing the Future with Nonfiction

Session VII – Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Grand C

Presenter – Margaret Sullivan, Rockwood School District

Strand – Literacy

Audience – High School

Are you a high school librarian looking for ways to collaborate with your teachers to incorporate more nonfiction reading into the curriculum? This workshop will provide attendees with sample lessons involving close reading activities in a variety of subject areas, examples of short research projects related to classic fiction and historical fiction, suggested paired readings, and recommended titles for nonfiction books of choice. 

 

Forgotten Google Tools

Session VIII – Tuesday 11:30-12:30 p.m. in Jeffersonian/Knickerbocker

Presenters – Andy King, MOREnet & John Riley, MOREnet

Strand – Technology

Audience – All Levels

Remember when Google was just a search engine?  Yeah, me neither.  The explosion of Google’s online platform has overshadowed some very useful and unique tools. Google’s photo editing and organizing tool Picasa has gained even more powerful features over the last year.  Google Books is an ever-growing list of ebooks.  Google Scholar is a great resource for primary source documents, journal articles and other research information. Revisit some of these great tools in this informational session.

 

The Future is Now:  21st Century Skills and Collaboration

Session III – Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Frisco

Presenters – Dea Borneman, Haseltine Library; Becky Crowder, Greenwood Lab School; & Melinda Hammerschmidt, Greenwood Lab School &

Strand – Collaboration & Technology

Audience – Elementary School

TLC presenters will demonstrate ways classroom teachers and librarians can successfully collaborate to help students produce a variety of integrated research projects.  Participants will be walked through a series of projects that incorporate reading, writing, research, technology, the arts, and communication skills.  These models can easily be adapted to a variety of topics and grade levels.  Student samples and tips for successful collaboration will be shared.

 

The Future is Now with Integration of Technology

Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Regency C

Session II – Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Regency C

Presenters – Yvonne Gibbs, Lindenwood University & Amy Spears, St. Dominic

Strands – Collaboration & Technology

Audience – All Levels

Learn about the importance of new technologies and how to use them to facilitate learning. This workshop will include discussions and interactive demonstrations on the use of augmented reality with the use of smart phones and iPads, along with other apps. #BYOD #integratingtechnology #iPads 

 

Gateway In Your Future

Session II – Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Grand A

Session VIII – Tuesday 11:30-12:30 p.m. in Regency B

Presenters – Jennifer Baldwin, Jasper R-5 School District; Shannon Grieshaber, Fort Zumwalt R-II; Lee Mitchell, Rockwood School District; and Amy Taylor, Lee’s Summit R-7

Strand – Literature

Audience – High School

Please join some of our Gateway Committee members as we “Face the Future Together”.  If you want to know more about the 15 books selected for the 2014-2015 Gateway Awards, how to promote these books, get ideas for collaborating with your teachers, win some prizes, and more…then this is the workshop for you.

 

Google Calendar Can Help!

Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Jeffersonian/Knickerbocker

Presenters – Andy King, MOREnet & John Riley, MOREnet

Strand – Technology

Audience – All Levels

Google has a great suite of tools to make your life much easier.  Google Calendar is simple and easy to use.  The real power of this tool is how easy it is to share and collaborate.  Google Calendar is perfect to add to your library blog or website!  Learn how to setup and control your Google Calendar, create events, share calendars, embed them in websites and much more in this fast paced, one-hour demonstration.  Need to schedule your library and computer lab for your staff?  Google Calendar can help!  Using Google Calendar can allow your staff to schedule the lab themselves online.

 

Google Docs In and Out of a Changing Classroom

Session VI – Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Jeffersonian/Knickerbocker

Presenters – Andy King, MOREnet & John Riley, MOREnet

Strand – Technology

Audience – All Levels

Google Documents is a great tool that allows you to easily create, share, and edit documents online.  You decide exactly who can access and edit documents. It promotes group work and peer editing skills, as well as provides an easy way to monitor who contributed to what assignment and when.  Teachers are using Google Docs both to publish announcements about upcoming assignments, monitor student progress and give guidance in real time.  If you have a Google account, you already have Google docs.  Attendees will use MOREnet’s chromebook lab to create, share, and edit documents online in this hands-on, fast-moving presentation. Come experience how it can transform your classroom and how easy it is to get started.   

 

Google Forms in the Library

Session III – Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Jeffersonian/Knickerbocker

Presenters – Andy King, MOREnet & John Riley, MOREnet

Strand – Technology

Audience – All Levels

Come find out how libraries are using this powerful FREE online tool with patrons and staff to collect, organize, compare and structure all kinds of data.  Google forms can help you do everything from surveying groups, inventory, and even creating maintenance records.  We will create a form, capture and collate responses, create charts and discuss ideas for using this tool.  In this hands-on session, participants will: create a Google form; use different ways to distribute a form to collect data; display data collected in a form in different ways; and explore different types of forms being used by school librarians today.

 

Great Books for Young Readers

Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Midway Suites I&II

Session II – Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Midway Suites I&II

Presenter – Vicki Berger Erwin, Main Street Books, Children’s Book Author

Strand –Literature

Audience – Elementary School

Great books for young readers will explore some of the new and possibly forgotten picture books and early chapter readers for grades 1-3 (and beyond because picture books aren’t just for early grades!).

 

Keynote Speaker Workshop

100 Great Books for Teens

Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Grand C

Presenter – Terri Grief, AASL President-Elect 2013-14

Strand – Literature

Audience – Middle & High School

Terri will present her last year's 100 top picks for teens. The session will be rapid fire and full of energy so get ready! A handout will be emailed to everyone who signs in. 

 

Grow Thinkers for the Future

Session V Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Burlington Route

Session VI Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Burlington Route

Presenter – Patricia Antrim, University of Central Missouri & Jenny Robins, University of Central Missouri

Strand – Literacy

Audience – All Levels

The AASL Standards for 21st Century Learners and the Common Core State Standards guide librarians as they help students be inquiring, critical thinkers who can draw conclusions and create knowledge.  The way students develop 21st Century skills is through practice.  In this workshop we will look at three ways to routinely practice these skills:  using thinking maps, exercising vocabulary related to thinking, and applying tagging to make thinking explicit.

 

Keynote Speaker Workshop

I Hate to Read!

Session II – Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Grand C

Presenter – Terri Grief, AASL President-Elect 2013-14

Strand – Literature

Audience – High School

Books and strategies that will hook even the most reluctant high school student-Terri will share success tips for getting kids to read. A list will be emailed to the session participants. 

 

Info About Infographics – A New Way to Present Information!

Session VIII – Tuesday 11:30-12:30 p.m. in Grand C

Presenter – Elaine McKenna, Rockwood School District

Strands – Collaboration, Literacy & Technology

Audience – All Levels

Learn how infographics can provide a creative, engaging outlet for today’s increasingly visual learners as they research, synthesize, and present information to others.  Attend this workshop session to learn about the components of infographics, see some examples of how infographics can be integrated into collaborative lessons that include library research, and learn about some technology tools that can be used to create original infographics.

 

HEC-TV Live! Videoconferencing That Takes Your Students Beyond The Horizon

Session V – Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Regency C

Session VI – Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Regency C

Presenters – Helen Headrick, Higher Education Channel Television & Tim Gore, Higher Education Channel Television

Strand – Technology

Audience – All Levels

HEC-TV Live! Engages students in real- life learning experiences by meeting working professionals face-to-face in their classrooms via videoconferencing, both traditional and desktop, viewing on-line in real time, and accessing archived programs.  The opportunity to solve authentic problems, guided by the expert panelists, is the purpose of each program.  Students also learn from one another through presentations sprinkled throughout the programs.  Participants will learn about our virtual field trips and understand how videoconferencing engages and motivates today’s students.

 

Heritagequest

Session II – Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Jeffersonian/Knickerbocker

Presenter – Andy King, MOREnet

Strand – Technology

Audience – All Levels

Check out the latest addition to MOREnet's online resources available to all MOREnet members. HeritageQuest is a collection of American genealogical sources featuring six core data sets: U.S. Federal Censuses, genealogy and local history books, Periodical Source Index, Revolutionary War records, Freedman’s Bank Records, and LexisNexis U.S. Serial Set. Come explore how this great resource can be used in your classroom.

 

History Meets the Future:  One School’s Approach to Keeping SSR Alive & Relevant

Session III – Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Midway Suites III&IV

Presenter – Christie Brown, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District

Strands – Collaboration, Literacy & Technology

Audience – All Levels

With the emergency of Common Core is it time to abandon SSR?  Well, our school says, “Why abandon one when you can have both.”  Last year approximately 970 Summit Lakes Middle School students recorded reading 11,572 books.  Attendees will leave with fun promotional ideas to get students excited about reading as well as organizational tips for coordinating the program to help teachers feel at ease with managing their SSR groups.  Attendees will also learn how to create a game that mimics the popular game Scene It in which favorite books of each semester are featured.  Use the game for a celebration!

 

Implementing a Book Love Reading Program

Session III – Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in New York Central

Presenters – Dawn Jerger, Eureka High School & Janie Pickett, Eureka High School

Strand – Literacy

Audience – Middle & High School

Does literacy matter for your students?  Come share the experience of Eureka High School’s implementation of Penny Kittle’s Book Love approach to developing depth, stamina, and passion in adolescent readers.  The session will share how one high school’s program began, took shape, and was brought to life.  Librarians will speak to ways the program impacted the library, and the way in which the library supported the students and faculty with the dramatically increased demands for free-choice reading materials.  Learn about the school-wide impact that a focus on reading can bring.

 

It’s YOUR Future:  Lead the Way

Session III – Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Grand A

Session IV – Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Grand A

Presenters – Leslie Brantley, Morgan County R-II & Lisa Scroggs, Jefferson City Public Schools

Strand – Collaboration

Audience – All Levels

With librarians facing an uncertain future, it is crucial that they take on leadership roles to help determine that future.  Librarians Leslie Brantley and Lisa Scroggs, members of their schools’ Professional Learning Community leadership teams, have served in leadership capacities at school, district, community, and state levels that have given them opportunities to promote and enhance libraries.  They will share research and practical applications that librarians can put to use upon returning to their schools.

 

LearningExpress Library

Session V – Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Jeffersonian/Knickerbocker

Presenters – Andy King, MOREnet & John Riley, MOREnet

Strand – Technology

Audience – All Levels

LearningExpress Library provides users with access to hundreds of texts, ebooks and elearning courses for FREE!  Setting up an account is easy and once you are in you can take tests, save them for later, score them and even follow references to books or courses to help you understand the material better.  LearningExpress has also added a completely new section called the Job and Career Accelerator that is loaded with information on how to write resumes and cover letters, search for jobs and build job skills.  Soon there will be an updated version 3.0 of LearningExpress Library!  Get the latest information on this powerful resource for your students and staff.

 

Let’s Give ‘Em Something to Talk About!  Using Book Clubs to Promote Recreational Reading, Comprehension, and Discussion Skills

Session III – Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Grand B

Session IV – Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Grand B

Presenters – Nancy Baumann, Literacy Consultant; Rebecca Bevel-Smith, Columbia Public Schools; Tami Ensor, Columbia Public Schools & Lysha Thompson, Miller County R-3 Schools

Strands – Collaboration; Literacy & Literature

Audience – All Levels

Book clubs provide a welcoming atmosphere for students, educators, parents, families, and caregivers to read and discuss books.  Learn how to implement a book club at your building to stimulate recreational reading and teach valuable comprehension and discussion skills as prescribed in Empowering Learners:  Guidelines for School Library Media Programs, Standards for the 21st Century Learner, and Common Core Standards.

 

Winning Author Workshop

Jonathan Maberry Workshop

Session VI – Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Regency B

Session VII – Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Regency B

Presenter – Jonathan Maberry

Strand – Literacy

Audience –High School

Kids are gobbling-up books about the end of the world, and about dystopian societies. And we should be really glad they are! New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry presents an overview of apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic and dystopian fiction and shares some insights about why it’s a good thing kids are reading about the end of the world.

 

Keynote Speaker Workshop

Makerspaces in Schools and Libraries

Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Grand A

Presenter – Kristin Fontichiaro

Strand – Technology

Audience – All Levels

Makerspaces -- informal networks and communities of people who tinker, invent, make stuff, and collaborate -- are popping up all over the United States. One may be coming to a school near you! In physical, virtual, and hybrid spaces some of the very students who are disengaged in school are wildly active in collaboratively developing and sharing ideas and projects about hacking, programming, building, and prototyping. We'll look at some easy ways that you can engage students as technology creators, not just users. What does it mean to have a culture of "making" in your school or library? We'll talk about what's happening generally in the field of K-12 makerspaces and focus in on work the University of Michigan is doing with local middle schoolers.  Learn some strategies people are using to engage students in problem-solving, critical thinking, and revision -- by using their hands to program, make machines, construct robots, make jewelry, and more. Stretch your brain and think differently!

 

Winning Author Workshop

Making Books Come Alive for Teen and Tween Readers

Session III Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Regency A

Session IV Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Regency A

Presenter – Sharon Draper

Strand – Literacy

Audience – Middle & High School

This presentation by Sharon M. Draper will discuss her Young Adult and Tween novels and their impact on readers.   It is possible to engage and excite young readers, even for students who swear they "hate to read," as long as you know which books to offer them and how to capture their imaginations through action.  She will discuss the necessity of literary value in children's literature, the importance of humor and immediacy, and the value of strong, positive role models for young readers.

 

Mark Twain Readers Award Committee

Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in New York Central

Session II – Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in New York Central

Presenters – Members of the Mark Twain Readers Award Committee

Strand – Literature

Audience – Middle School

Join the Mark Twain Committee to hear about the future nominees for the Mark Twain Readers Award.  Committee members will share information regarding the nominees as well as ideas for promoting the titles within your library and school.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to be among the first to view the 2014-2015 DVD.

 

Multiethnic Literature for Grades 5-8:  From Historical Fiction to Futuristic Fantasy –with Non-Fiction Across the Curriculum!

Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Frisco

Presenters – Dea Borneman, Head, Haseltine Library, MSU Libraries;  Cherri Jones, Head, Curriculum Resource Center, MSU Libraries; & J.B. Petty, Professor Emeritus, LIS Dept. MSU

Strand – Literature

Audience – Middle School

Enjoy short, snappy book talks on the best current multiethnic fiction and non-fiction for grades 5 through 8! We’ve chosen our favorite titles for you to consider that will increase the diversity in your collection as well as support your teachers’ work with the Common Core across the curriculum.

 

My Library Google Site

Session IV – Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Jeffersonian/Knickerbocker

Presenters – Andy King, MOREnet & John Riley, MOREnet

Strand – Technology

Audience – All Levels

What can you do with a Google Site in your library?  Come get ideas for setting up a library website using Google sites and take advantage of all the great features that Google has to offer.  We will look at embedding calendars, forms, and docs in your site.  Explore ways to use file cabinet, list pages, use comment pages as a blog or a “what’s new” section, and more.

 

Winning Author Workshop

Mysteries and Thrillers:  Gateway Drugs for Reluctant Readers

Session III – Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Grand C

Session IV – Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Grand C

Presenter – April Henry

Strand – Literature

Audience – Middle & High School

Come listen to April as she discusses why mysteries and thrillers can hook kids, how to find good books, using mysteries and thrillers in lit circles, and she will also briefly touch on mysteries/thrillers and The Common Core.  April will also discuss how to take a "What if?" and turn it into a book, using her own experiences as an example.  

 

Keynote Speaker Workshop

The New Reality of Literacy

Session VII – Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Midway Suites I&II

Presenter – Ben Grey

Strand – Literature

Audience – All Levels

Literacy is rooted in the ability to effectively communicate through the input and output of thoughts, ideas, and stories. This session will lead participants through several experiences designed to bring the new digital reality into our view and practice of literacy. Come ready to actively engage the literacy process, and work through concepts that often go overlooked in the literacy experience.

 

Nothing but the Truth:  How to Start a Nonfiction Book Club

Session VII – Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Illinois Central

Session VIII – Tuesday 11:30-12:30 p.m. in Illinois Central

Presenters – Megan Bright, Liberty Public Schools

Strands – Collaboration, Literacy & Literature

Audience – Elementary

Do you ever wonder if students are actually reading the nonfiction books they check out each week?  Come hear the success story of how nonfiction book clubs helped one librarian and classroom teacher change the way elementary students read nonfiction.  Learn how to Face the Future with your own nonfiction book club that prepares students for the Common Core State Standards.  Leave with the resources you need to successfully implement your own book clubs.

 

Partnering with Local Resources:  Missouri Botanical Gardens

Session V:  Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Regency B

Presenter – To Be Determined

Strand – Collaboration

Audience – All Levels

The Missouri Botanical Gardens offers comprehensive resources for teachers and students in the state of Missouri. Find out what these resources are, how you and your teachers can access the resources, virtually as well as in person! How do these resources connect with the Common Core Standards? All this and more will be shared in this session!

 

Partnering with Local Resources:  St. Louis Art Museum

Session VIII – Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Regency A

Presenter – To Be Determined

Strand – Collaboration

Audience – All Levels

The St. Louis Art Museum offers comprehensive resources for teachers and students in the state of Missouri. Find out what these resources are, how you and your teachers can access the resources, virtually as well as in person! How do these resources connect with the Common Core Standards? All this and more will be shared in this session!

 

Partnering with Local Resources:  St. Louis Science Center

Session IV – Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in New York Central

Presenter – To Be Determined

Strand – Collaboration

Audience – All Levels

The St. Louis Science Center offers comprehensive resources for teachers and students in the state of Missouri. Find out what these resources are, how you and your teachers can access the resources, virtually as well as in person! How do these resources connect with the Common Core Standards? All this and more will be shared in this session!

 

Partnering with Local Resources:  St. Louis Zoo

Session VII – Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in New York Central

Presenter – Maggie McCoy, St. Louis Zoo

Strand – Collaboration

Audience – All Levels

The St. Louis Zoo offers comprehensive resources for teachers and students in the state of Missouri. Find out what these resources are, how you and your teachers can access the resources, virtually as well as in person! How do these resources connect with the Common Core Standards? All this and more will be shared in this session!

 

Partnering with the Public Library

Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Missouri Pacific

Session II – Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Missouri Pacific

Presenters – Grace Bentley & Rachelle Peak, Springfield Public Schools

Strands – Collaboration; Literacy & Literature

Audience – Elementary

What’s happening at your public library?  Collaborate and strengthen your partnership to benefit your students’ literacy and the school library.  After an introduction, there will be a Q&A panel followed by group discussions to create takeaways to implement in your library right away.

 

Winning Illustrator Workshop

The Picture Book Process
Session V – Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Grand B

Session VI – Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Grand B

Presenter – Adam Gustavson

Strand – Literacy

Audience – Elementary
Focusing on 2013 MASL Show Me Award winning book The Blue House Dog, artist Adam Gustavson will discuss the process behind illustrating a picture book in all its various stages, from pagination to thumbnails and sketches to final paintings, with frequent forays into the search for artistic inspiration and the ups and downs of reference and research.

 

Presentation Formats Students will Love and Tips for Managing Them in the Elementary Library

Session III – Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Illinois Central

Presenter – Marilyn Mercer, Springfield Public Schools

Strand – Technology

Audience – Elementary & Middle School

Your students have just finished an inquiry project and it is time to share their learning with their class.  Watch your student’s excitement soar as you teach them how to create quality presentations using online tools such as Prezi, Animoto, videos, PowerPoints, and more.  This workshop will help you to plan and schedule your projects using 30 minute class periods and will give you tips to help avoid the glitches that could derail your presentations.  Learn the ropes of creating student accounts, teaching processes step by step, and organizing their online files.

 

Re-Imagining the Library

Session IV – Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Midway Suites III&IV

Presenters – Megan Chambers, Lee’s Summit R-7 & Amy Taylor, Lee’s Summit R-7

Strand – Library Management

Audience – Middle & High School

Times...they are a changing, and we want to change with them! A relatively new library that found itself struggling to meet the needs of the 21st century classroom has recently undergone a budget-friendly makeover. Come for a discussion on re-imagining learning spaces and how to change with the times, without a ton of money. 

 

Retweet and Hashtags and Followers, @#My!

Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Burlington Route

Session VIII – Tuesday 11:30-12:30 p.m. in Grand A

Presenter – Megan Bright, Liberty Public Schools; Rene Burress, University of Central Missouri; Katie Dunne, University of Central Missouri Student, Norine Gaskill, University of Central Missouri Student,  DeAndra McDaniel, Fort Osage Public Schools; and Vicki Hansen, Park Hill

Strand – Technology

Audience – All Levels

BYOD so that you can learn along!  Have you heard about Twitter but not signed up yet?  Have you signed up but don’t really know what it’s all about?  Do you already have an active Twitter and love it so much you want to hang out and add to the backchannel during the session?  If any of the above describe you, please join us as well talk all about Twitter.  Twitter terminology, Twitter accounts, who to follow and more.  Plan to leave with an active account!

 

Show Me the Future of Picture Books

Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Grand B

Session II – Sunday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Grand B

Presenters – Show Me Readers Award Committee

Strands – Collaboration & Literature

Audience – Elementary School

The future of children's picture books is here! The availability of children's picture books continues to expand and change, and each year we choose ten highly recommended books as nominees for the Show Me Readers Award. During this workshop we will show you the nominees for 2014-15 AND present great collaborative ideas to teach Common Core State Standards with these books. Committee members will give a short synopsis of each book and share teaching connections across the curriculum. 

 

Sites for Cites

Session III – Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Missouri Pacific

Session IV – Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Missouri Pacific

Presenter – Carrie Jacquin, St. Teresa’s Academy

Strand – Technology

Audience – Middle & High School

Students need systems to help them navigate the research process, incorporate outside sources into their own work, and avoid plagiarism.  BibMe, Citelighter, Noddle Tools and Zotero are designed to help students with these tasks.  We will address the functionality of each, benefits and drawbacks, feedback from teachers and students, and cost considerations.  Participants are welcome to bring one-to-one technology to investigate tools during the session.

 

Socially Academic

Session III – Monday 9:15-10:15 a.m. in Regency B

Session IV – Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Regency B

Presenters – Melissa Arenson, Raymore Peculiar School District & Genese Wright, Raymore-Peculiar School District

Strands – Collaboration & Technology

Audience – High School

A variety of Internet programs will be demonstrated and linked to research and use of technology as stated in the requirements of the Common Core. Programs include those that help with organization during research, presentations beyond the PowerPoint, study aides, and much more. This will be presented in a manner to give a quick introduction to the most number of programs possible. You will not have time to log in to create your own accounts, but you will leave with many that you will want to check out later! 

 

Students Start Smart with Britannica

Session IV – Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Illinois Central

Presenter – Mabel Mannion, Britannica Digital Learning

Strand – Collaboration

Audience – All Levels

Join us to learn about Britannica’s exciting digital resources for classroom and library use – the products that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, on any device, for a highly affordable price.  The ideal tool for supporting the Common Core Standards and 21st century skill-building, Britannica School offers the broadest and best real-world, nonfiction content for reading and research across the content areas.  Special features promote differentiation to reach all students and a specially-designed elementary interface engages young children in age-appropriate viewing and learning experiences.

 

Tech Tools for the 21st Century Library Learning Commons

Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Illinois Central

Session II – Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Illinoi Central

Presenter – Susan Robison, Francis Howell School District

Strand – Library Management & Technology

Audience – Middle & High School

As we move into this 21st century tech driven world, we and our students need to use and explore the rich world of technology for learning.  We need to be more than aware of what is available.  We need to use these tools and incorporate them into our programs.  This session will highlight the tech tools we use as part of our program and with students.  Many are free resources and others are subscription resources we have found to be valuable assets.  We will show you how we use tech tools as part of our program and share somehow to’s.  There will also be a share time and question and answer period.

 

Tempt Them with Trumans

Session VIII – Tuesday 11:30-12:30 p.m. in Regency C

Presenters – Carol Bauer; Rockwood School District & Christie Brown, Lee’s Summit School District

Strands – Collaboration; Literacy & Literature

Audience – Middle School

Tempt Them with Trumans!  introduces the Truman nominees for the 2014-2015 school year and supplies attendees with “presentation ready” materials to take back to school!  Join us for booktalks, author biographies, and more!  Find out how you can be part of this selection process and become more involved in MASL!

 

That’s Genius: Using Genius Hour to Engage Students in Inquiry

Session II – Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Frisco

Presenters – Teresa Barnett, Megan Bright & Nancy Wilcox , Liberty Public Schools

Strands – Literacy & Technology

Audience – Elementary

Imagine you were given time every week to work on developing one of your real passions.  What questions would you ask?  What new discoveries would you make?  Come chat with librarians from one district that has begun using Genius Hour as an avenue for exploring students’ real interests while sneaking in research skills at the same time.  We’ll talk about our journey so far, the changes we’re planning for next year, and the successes we’ve seen when students are allowed to pursue their passions.

 

Truman Tie-Ins with Cross-Curricular Lessons!

Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Regency B

Session VII – Tuesday 8:30-9:30 a.m. in Regency C

Presenters – Carol Bauer; Rockwood School District & Christie Brown, Lee’s Summit School District

Strands – Collaboration; Literacy & Literature

Audience – Middle School

Truman Tie-Ins with Cross-Curricular Lessons! provides attendees with ideas and presentation-ready materials for collaborative lessons with teachers in various disciplines.  You’ll leave with ideas for collaborating through character education, science, social studies, health and more!

 

Unique Missouri

Session IV – Monday 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Frisco

Presenter – Ross Malone

Strands – Collaboration & Literacy

Audience – All Levels

There are many people, events and places from the Show-Me State that are unique in all the world.  Attendees will learn about many of them.  For instance the nation’s greatest maritime disaster was not the Titanic but a riverboat that blew up on the Mississippi.  The famous Pony Express was not the first, but the fourth congressionally chartered pony express taking the mail from Missouri to the west.  Our state and her people are unique in all the world and school librarians are in a wonderful position to inspire students with accomplishments from our past.

 

Urban Literature

Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Midway Suites III&IV

Session II – Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Midway Suites III&IV

Presenter – Contella Farley, St. Louis Public Library

Audience – All

Workshop will include an overview of the history of street literature and why young African Americans are drawn to this genre.

 

Using Easy Books to Explain Literary Devices

Session V – Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Missouri Pacific

Session VI – Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Missouri Pacific

Presenter – Linda Fredrick, Springfield Public Schools

Strands – Collaboration & Literacy

Audience – All Levels

Mark Twain wrote, “I didn’t have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a longer one instead.”  Authors of high-quality picture books will frequently sprinkle figurative language throughout their stories.  These examples could be quick, easy, and fun to incorporate in library lessons.  Teachers from K-12 have the responsibility to explain literary(or figurative) devices (simile, alliteration, metaphor, allusion, personification, onomatopoeia) which remain tricky terms for students to understand, and are among the lowest scoring areas on end-of-the-year assessments.  Librarians can help!

 

Using the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award in Your School 

Session VIII – Tuesday 11:30-12:30 p.m. in Midway Suites I&II

Presenters –Amy Held, Children's Librarian Jefferson County Library & Building Block Picture Book Award Chair & Julie Schwartz, St. Charles City-County Library District

Strands – Literacy & Literature

Audience – Elementary

Missouri Building Block Award committee members will discuss the history and purpose of the Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award. The ten 2014 nominee books will be shared along with ideas for promoting the award in your library and using the nominee books in story time. 

 

Web Tools SmackDown

Session VIII – Tuesday 11:30-12:30 p.m. in New York Central

Presenters – David Ackerman, Waterloo Community Unit School District #5 & Krista Schoellhorn, Waterloo Community Unit School District #5

Strands – Collaboration & Technology

Audience – All Levels

What’s the latest, greatest tool out there?  Come find out as a high school and an elementary media specialist hold the ultimate Web tool smackdown!  This session will move quickly, so come prepared!  This session is suitable for beginners and advanced.  Come one, come all.  LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLE!

 

What’s New in YA Lit?

Extended Session V Monday 2:30-4:00 p.m. in Grand A

Presenters – Shannon Grieshaber, Fort Zumwalt R-II; Jenni George, Fort Zumwalt R-II; Brian Katcher, Moberly Public Schools & YA Author & Dr. Maggie Newbold, retired librarian

Strand – Literature

Audience – High School

How do you justify Choice Reads?  There is research that supports teens reading novels of their choice.  Rationales for using novels and allowing teens to select reading materials will be shared at the beginning of this workshop.  To help you select some of the best of the many new novels and non-fiction published from 2013-2014, the presenters will booktalk their favorites.

 

Winning Author Workshop

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Session V Monday 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Grand C

Session VI Monday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Grand C

Presenter – Deborah Blumenthal

Strand – Literacy

Audience – Elementary

A writer charts her path from inspiration to finished book.   The author will discuss the types of materials that inspired a number of her books, as well as offer librarians insights into the process of how books take shape. 

 

 

USERS GROUPS

 

The Rewards of Capstone Digital

Session VI – Monday 3:45-4:45 p.m. in Midway Suites III&IV

Presenters - Mark & Melanie Wilson, Capstone

Audience - All

Discover how rewarding Capstone Digital can be for your students. Enjoy a demo of the award-winning PebbleGo database. This unique and engaging program assists early readers in researching and writing about the most popular elementary subjects. You'll also see interactive ebooks from Capstone Publishers in action. Now the print titles your students love will engage them with the power of multi-media. Attendees will earn 5,000 rewards points from Capstone!

 

Safari Montage

Session II – Sunday 2:45-3:45 p.m. in Regency A

Presenters – Stephanie Danielson, Donna Ford, Kelly Leinert & Adam Wagner, Haddock

Audience – All

SAFARI Montage users are forward-thinking educators who understand that instructional technology does not have to get in the way of teaching and learning.  To the contrary, they know that the right system in the right hands can greatly enhance the learning process.  In short, SAFARI Montage users are a creative and dedicated bunch!  And when they get together, ideas and solutions follow.  Join other users of SAFARI Montage in Regency A to compare notes, trade ideas, and brainstorm new methods of using the user-friendlies digital instructional platform in K-12 today!

Understanding the Future of Digital Resources 
Session I – Sunday 1:30-2:30 p.m. in Regency A

Presenter – Laura Hammerschmidt, Mackin Educational Resources

Audience - All  
Join Laura Hammerschmidt from Mackin Educational Resources for an in depth discussion on digital resources in your schools. We will discuss the wide variety of digital resources available to schools such as eBooks, digital audiobooks, and databases, as well as how to streamline access to them. We will also discuss the many factors that need to be considered in rolling out these resources in your schools - IT concerns, how to encourage usage, and extending the usage of the materials into all classrooms of the school.

 



 

 

 

 

 

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