Tuesday, May 30, 2017

PD in your PJs (or by the pool!)

Just a few more days and summer will be here! While you are relaxing during the break, check out some of these opportunities for learning!

June 2017 Professional Development

Title:  Digital Literacy & Fake News
  • Organization: Library 2.0 Network
  • Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm CST
  • Description: In this Library 2.107 mini-conference, we start with the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and now digital literacy, and then we ask some pointed questions. How should library and information professionals address the issues of fake news, propaganda, and biased research? What technical skills are required for critical thinking in the digital age? As learners increasingly move from just consuming information to also socially producing it, what are the new requisite skills of critical thinking and decision-making? What are appropriate uses for social media when conducting research? What is digital citizenship in a global, globally-diverse, and often globally-fragmented world? What work on digital literacy is available, what frameworks already support these efforts, what are the perspectives of the leading thinkers?
  • Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/library-2017-digital-literacy-fake-news-registration-33684268554
 Title:  50 Years of YA: Part 1
  • Organization: Booklist
  • Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST
  • Description: 50 Years of YA Webinar: Part 1. Our year-long celebration reaches its zenith with several events, including a two-part webinar extravaganza. Part 1, will feature authors Patrick Ness (HarperCollins Children’s Books), Deborah Heiligman (Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group), and David Levithan (Random House Children’s Books). Tune in to hear what they have to say about the past, present, and future of YA lit. Moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor Dan Kraus.
  • Link: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars
Title:  Embedding Purposeful Literacy Scaffolds and Strategies to Support EL Learners
  • Organization: edWeb.net
  • Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
  • Description: English Language Learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing student population in our country, and these students deserve to be supported throughout their learning process – especially when it comes to reading and writing. Join this research-fueled session to learn how leveraging targeted and embedded scaffolds as part of a differentiated instruction approach can dramatically accelerate language and literacy gains for ELLs at every stage of English acquisition. Marisa Russo, M.Ed., Executive Director, EL Development and Early Literacy Instruction, at Achieve3000, will share:
    • Critical scaffolds for ensuring mastery of foundational literacy skills such as phonics and fluency
    • Proven strategies for supporting vocabulary development across the content areas
    • Tips for using consistent language and frequent visual aids to support comprehension skills
    • Ideas for providing ongoing opportunities for listening and speaking to ensure students are able to express their ideas and opinions
  • Link: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED50D989894F3C
Title:  Thrifty Teacher’s Guide to Creative Learning Centers
  • Organization: edWeb.net
  • Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
  • Description: Early childhood teachers often struggle with creating enticing and engaging play-based environments on limited budgets. In this edWebinar, Shelley Nicholson, PhD, Owner/Director of Nicholson Early Childhood Education Center; and Jessica Martinez, Director of The Goddard School of Austin will explore inexpensive ways to collect and create classroom learning materials. They will share helpful tips and strategies from their book, Thrifty Teacher’s Guide to Creative Learning Centers, including:
    • How to find, choose, and integrate materials into learning centers
    • How to create unique and inviting props for play and learning
    • What children are learning as they play with materials
    • How to scaffold learning with materials
    • When to add or replace materials through observation of children
  • Link: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED50DA80864638
Title:  Managing, Deploying, and Sharing School-Issued Devices: Lessons Learned
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Thursday, June 8, 2017 @ 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm EDT
  • Description: Managing, deploying, and sharing school-issued devices can be a monumental and sometimes frustrating task – but it doesn’t have to be. Whether your school has already issued mobile devices or is considering implementing or expanding a 1:1 or shared mobile initiative, there are things you can do to make your job – or that of your tech coordinators and teachers easier. Join Matt Bergman as he offers advice and tips for managing, sharing, and distributing school-issued mobile devices. In addition to providing some device management and deployment strategies, Matt will discuss common pitfalls and how to avoid them. He will also cover items to consider such as charging, sharing, storing, and tracking devices.
  • Link: https://simplek12.lpages.co/event-6-8-17/?cc=website-tlc-adblock
Title:  50 Years of YA: Part 2
  • Organization: Booklist
  • Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST
  • Description: Our year-long celebration reaches its zenith with several events, including this two-part webinar extravaganza featuring speakers from Scholastic, Little, Brown and Company, Penguin Young Readers, and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Tune-in to hear what they have to say about the past, present, and future of YA lit. This is a free, one-hour webinar moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Editor, Dan Kraus.
  • Link: https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars
Title:  Making and Coding: A More Inclusive Approach to Computing Education
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT
  • Description: Are you looking for engaging, interactive ways to help teach students of all levels to code? Join Todd Beard as he explores and explains Microsoft MakeCode – a new approach to computing education that combines the magic of making with the power of code, in a way that engages every student in computational thinking. Discover how to bring computer science to life with fun projects and immediate results.
  • Link: http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=2822
Title:  Get Started with Live Online Adventures Via Skype!
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT
  • Description: Would you like to inspire, engage, and excite your students while bringing the world into your classroom? Discover how to jump into a world of live adventures with Skype in the Classroom. Join Skype Master Teacher Darcy Grimes as she talks through the basic steps of getting started with this fantastic online community of educators around the world. She will share where you can find Skype Lessons and Virtual Field Trips to cover many different areas of the syllabus. As part of a focus on literacy, Darcy will show how to have amazing authors and writers Skyping live into your classroom!
  • Link: http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=2823
Title:  Childhood Suicide: Signs, Effects, and Links to Trauma
  • Organization: SimpleK12
  • Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 10:30 am EDT
  • Description: Traumatic events are very difficult to deal with, even for adults. Can you imagine how difficult it would be for young children or early adolescents to cope? When something traumatic happens, the shock can reverberate in our thoughts and negatively influence our emotions and perception of life for extended periods of time. It can even lead to suicidal thoughts. Join Tamara Hill, a licensed therapist and certified trauma professional as she discusses the psychological, emotional, physiological, and neurological effects of trauma among young children around the ages of 7-12.
  • Link: http://community.simplek12.com/scripts/student/webinars/view.asp?id=2767
Title:  Mindfulness for Librarians
  • Organization: American Libraries Live
  • Date: Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT
  • Description: Join library experts and hundreds of your colleagues for interactive discussions on pressing issues in modern librarianship.
  • Link: https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/al-live/
Title:  Pinterest & Snapguide For Learning
  • Organization: Insync Training
  • Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT
  • Description: One of the unique products to emerge in an increasingly crowded field of social tools is Pinterest—a fun combination of social bookmarking, images, commenting, and public sharing. It’s a great place for connecting with and sharing resources for your own professional development. So, you might be wondering how Pinterest can be used for learning and development. Join Jane Bozarth for a quick example-filled tour of using Pinterest and another very-new product, Snapguide, to support your practice and your professional growth.
  • Link: https://reg131.imperisoft.com/InSyncTraining/ProgramDetail/3236343832/Registration.aspx
Title:  Using Storytime to Grow Executive Function and Self-Regulation in ECE: Setting the Stage for Success
  • Organization: Early Childhood Investigations
  • Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CDT
  • Description: We know that sharing books with young children helps them gain valuable early literacy skills like vocabulary, print awareness, and letter knowledge. However, it also helps them develop skills that experts say are a better predictor of success: executive function skills. Executive function, or “soft” skills, include social-emotional skills like self-regulation and taking on different perspectives, as well as accessing one’s working memory and more. In this interactive webinar, participants will learn what executive function is, why it’s important to learning and life success, and how it can be developed through shared story time experiences. In this webinar participants will learn:
Title:  Virtual Library Program Development
  • Organization: EdWeb.net
  • Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT
  • Description: This webinar will align learning goals with the tools used to reach them. Formerly called 30 apps in 60 minutes, this session has evolved. Instead of focusing on tools, we will focus on learning objectives and how to use technology to meet them. This webinar is a follow-up on Emerging Tech’s webinar, “Redefining Professional Learning for 1:1 Computing.”
  • Link: https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=EC59DC8080493E

***Thanks to Daniella Smith at the Knowledge Quest blog for curating this list!***

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Grant winners!

Several MISD librarians were awarded grants from the Mesquite Education Foundation this year. Here are the winners we know about. If there is someone we missed, let us know in the comments!

Liz Payne at Poteet High School will be adding to the Native Readers Collection and purchasing books for students in their native languages. Next year students at Poteet will have access to more materials in Arabic, Vietnamese, Chinese, Urdu and others. Congratulations Liz!!!

Amy Milstead won a grant to turn the library at Thompson Elementary into an active learning environment. Thompson students can look forward to more makerspace equipment and furniture that allows for more flexibility in the library.

Amy Burris and Brenda Allen at Horn High School are the happy recipients of a grant to create a "future ready" space for their students. They will be adding collaborative work areas, comfortable seating for individuals and whole class areas with mobility and flexibility in mind.

Callie Dawson at McDonald Middle School received a grant to create a makerspace!

Congrats to all our grant winners and thanks to the Mesquite Education Foundation for supporting MISD libraries!


Favorite finds from around the web (about annual reports). 


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Presentation Opportunity

from Terry Roper, Region 10 Library Consultant:

Hello All,  Please consider submitting a presentation proposal for the August 11th Library Summit 2017 co-sponsored by Dallas ISD Library Media Services and Region 10 Library Media Services at Molina High School in Dallas.  The Summit is open to all.  No coop membership required.  We would love to have the entire area represented in both attendance and presentations!

The sessions will be 50 minutes long and co-presenters are certainly encouraged.  This is a great way to grow presentation skills, practice your stuff in front of a friendly audience, take a new presentation proposal for a test drive as practice for TLA, TCEA or other presentations in future.

Proposals must be submitted by July 10, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact me!

Thank you,

Monday, May 22, 2017

Perception is reality

How do your teachers and students perceive your activities towards the end of the year? Are you bringing back all the books and giving the impression that the library is now closed for business?

Reading and learning must continue to the very last day of school and library services must continue as well. Are you focused on getting all of the library books back or are you focused on getting all of your readers back in to provide them with new books to read over the summer?

You may have seen this video before, but it is a great reminder of how extremely important it is that students of poverty continue reading over the summer in order to keep up with their more affluent peers and not lose what they have worked so hard to achieve during the school year.

We should be less worried about losing books and more worried about kids losing reading skills.

Make sure that these last weeks of school kids and teachers know that the library is still open for business!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Digital Library Changes

I'm excited to share that on Thursday, May 18, our Digital Library is being updated to filter titles according to a user's access level. This popular request will create an easier and more customized experience for our students as they browse our collection.

How will this work?

·        Users will only see titles that they can borrow and place holds on based on their assigned access level (this includes titles at their level and below).

·        Your Subjects, Collections, and Levels menus will filter content based on the user’s access level.

o   The Subjects menu will be replaced with a page that displays all the subjects available to the user.
o   If a curated collection does not contain any titles accessible to the user, it will not display in the Collections menu.

What else do I need to know?

·        Direct links to titles, such as in MARC records, will still work the same as today. If a user clicks on a link to a title that is inaccessible to them, they will see the notice “This title is not available for your age level.”

·        The sign-in process for the Digital Library will remain the same. Please continue to let me know if we have any titles that have an incorrect access level. I can change those immediately. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

The SYNC Program - Free Audiobooks All Summer Long

In addition to ebooks from Overdrive Summer Read that Debbie posted about last week, make sure that your secondary students know about the SYNC program. Read the blog post below for details and share!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Overdrive Summer Read

Due to migrating to a new automation system, we are limited in circulating books throughout this summer.  But that doesn't mean kids can't access some great reads! Overdrive Summer Read is back to encourage your students to keep reading all year long. The titles selected offer free, simultaneous access to students June 7th-August 7th. The collection of titles will be prominently displayed in our Digital Library.

Take a look at the Overdrive Summer Read website for marketing materials, a podcast and the collections for elementary and secondary readers. I've provided some marketing materials in a shared folder, Summer Read 17