Central Region Directors, Laura Piazza and Rebecca Tabor Pollock, served another slam dunk tonight at the second Central Region Workshop session with Carol Brown Dodson of the Ohio Resource Center. Those present tonight learned about the shifts in focus and instruction and how school librarians can support our learning communities in the move to the new Common Core Standards. The online resources available through ORC to support K-12 educators are unbelievably rich. The lesson plans will make you an instant hit with your classroom teachers. Visit http://www.ohiorc.org/ and tour the website and all its resources. Be sure and join us for our next Central Region Workshop session on December 6 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Trish Baker, INFOhio ICoach, will walk us through INFOhio’s newest research tool – Ask! Act! Achieve!
What are all those white square stickers for? “It’s not a sticker…it’s a badge,” says Kristin Fontichiaro. Fontichiaro and her Michigan Makers team from U of Michigan School of Information will be at the 2012 OELMA Conference. OELMA members will be among the first beta testers. At selected events, you can fill out an exit slip and trade it with your presenter for a badge that represents your new learning. Collecting digital badges will help you build a portfolio representing what you know. Watch the video and learn more about badging at the OELMA Conference – http://oelmabadges.wordpress.com. The backpack link is not live yet.
The 2012 OELMA Conference is just two weeks away. Consider serving as a host for an author or speaker. Debbie Reynolds, Local Arrangements, created a handy Host Guide. Here are some of her tips: 1) You are their troubleshooter – when their technology goes wrong contact Kalahari tech support; 2) You are their assistant – help distribute handouts, evaluations, etc.; 3) You are their opening act – ask the presenter if they would like you to introduce them; 4) You are their care giver – work out with the presenter when you need to give them the “high sign” for 10 or 5 minute warning; 5) Most of all you are their gracious host and greet everyone who enters with a smile and a welcome. As Debbie says this responsibility can be very enjoyable and educational especially if you’re able to have some one-on-one time. So when your Conference Chair, Susan Yutzey, sends out the request for session hosts later this week, don’t be shy!
Bring your favorite lesson, tech tool or book to share with your colleagues at the Library/Tech Slam table in the Exhibit Hall on Thursday, October 18. Stop by between 12:00-5:00 and share! We will collect all book talks, lessons and tech tools through video and screencast, and assemble them into a finished product to be shared with all attendees! This idea brought to you by Jen Flaherty and her team.
The purpose of the OELMA Conference is to engage Ohio’s school library media specialists in collaborative learning and discussion about new technologies, literature, and methods of research and instruction to foster student learning and achievement. Participants will attend either the “Infographics as a Creative Assessment” or “Using 21st Century Tools and Ideas to Make You Indispensable” preconference session on Wednesday afternoon from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Participants will also attend self-selected sessions on Thursday and Friday. Speakers include nationally known authors Keiko Kasza, Nic Bishop, Tim Green, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Lauren Oliver as well as leaders in the field: Kathy Schrock, Laura Deisley, Frank Baker, Kristin Fontichiaro. Sessions will meet the state professional development goal: “Offer professional education and resources for the success of members.” OELMA’s conference is the only one in the state of Ohio to offer unique and sustained professional development for school library media specialists.
Conference dates: October 17 (3 hrs), October 18 (6 hrs), and October 19 (6 hrs)
The Graduate Credit meeting will be from 9:30 to 10:00 on Thursday, October 18 in the Guava Room with this year’s adjunct instructor, Marie Sabol. Participants will receive 1 semester hour for 15 hours of face-to-face interaction. Participants will read an introductory article before the Conference and respond to the article on the Conference Blog. Participants will read additional articles after the Conference and journal about how they can incorporate the practices into their teaching. In addition, participants will share a reflective journal on the Conference Blog and outline an action plan to implement some of the strategies and techniques learned at the Conference. The cost is $250.
Carl A. Harvey II, Past President of AASL, will be our guest at the 2012 OELMA Conference. As Past President, Carl will speak to the accomplishments of AASL under his leadership and their implications for school libraries of the future. He will address OELMA members at our Annual Meeting on Thursday evening and will conduct a session. Complete your registration for OELMA now. Each week look for updates about the 2012 OELMA Conference on the OELMA Blog as well as Facebook.
It’s a new season, and a season of change for OELMA – the OELMA 2012 Conference will be taking place at a NEW LOCATION: The Kalahari Resort and Conference Center, Oct. 17-19, 2012, and we’ve got a great line up of authors! You won’t want to miss seeing Kathy Schrock, Laura Deisley, Tim Green, Lauren Oliver, Nic Bishop, Keiko Kasza, Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Kristin Fontichiaro and Frank Baker, among others! There will also be many informative educational sessions that fall in line with the conference theme: School Libraries 4 the Future.
The OELMA web site is the go-to place for information, and we’ll be posting a lot in the days and weeks to come. That’s where you’ll go to find a listing of conference sessions, information about our authors and AuthorPalooza, hotel information and more. But in the meantime, why not just get registration out of the way? To do this, go to http://www.formstack.com/landing/oelma-2012confreg
and register. We’re planning now to offer an outstanding conference in 2012 – won’t you plan now to attend?
A great line-up of authors will be at OELMA on Thursday evening, October 18. for Author Palooza. Megan Whalen Turner, author of the Newbury Honor book, The Thief will be there as will Tricia Springstubb. Her Fox Street books come from an article she read about people trying to save their city street. Sean Paul McCartney is a teacher and author of The Treasure Hunters Club series. Considered a cross between the mystery of the Hardy Boys with the action of Indiana Jones and National Treasure, this series appeals to both boys and girls. Mike Mullins, author of Ashfall and Ashen Winter, is a library lover. One of his early jobs was shelving books at Central Library in Indianapolis…later he paid his way through graduate school by serving as a reference assistant for Indiana U’s library. Register now for the Conference!
On Friday, March 3rd, I attend the SSCO meeting with Stan Heffner, State Superintendent. This group of the SSCO meets monthly, BUT does not involve the same people every time, depending on the topic. It’s designed around school superintendents so one meeting they might do a book review; the next time they might cover a current newsworthy topic. The presenter at the March meeting will be Karen Hildebrand, (Chair of the IRA Notable Books for a Global Society Award committee, Board Member of the CLRS, and Board Member of ALAN) speaking on multicultural books. Dr. Heffner feels that the overall educational system is at least 20 years outdated, but finances do not allow a complete overhaul. He is not interested in supporting educators who want to continue as they have done in the past because it’s easiest way to work. He is continuously looking to the future and to how we can do things more efficiently for the betterment of the students. The first 30 minutes was spent on the Chardon situation. He spent the previous Tuesday in Chardon, returned there Wednesday night, and stressed that EVERY school district needs to practice a full security check at least annually. With the number of staff turnovers in recent years, he stressed that this is of grave importance and commended Chardon for running a full security check just last year, which saved more lives. He said that, “They (Chardon officials) could not stop what was going on in the mind of that one student, but they could prevent further deaths with a well-run plan, which they did.” He stressed that this type of individual has had a “complete detachment from conscience.” He answered my questions about teacher librarians and about the role librarians will play in the assessment piece in several parts. He greeted me with, “I’m glad to see that there is at least one librarian left in the state after all of the latest budget cuts.” (There was a lot of squirming in the room at that comment!) He understood that there was no easy fix and that he would be interested in working with librarians in curriculum matters, but could not work with a particular group in regards to advocacy for the need of a certain certified position over any others. He strongly feels that librarians need to get out of the reading to children model and promote the inquiry-based model. He advocated that higher ed. needs to be involved and needs to learn about the common core standards. The worst thing we (the educational system) have done is not correctly training building PRINCIPALS to set the correct climate in the building. District officials are sending mixed signals on what is important in the buildings and have focused too much on how we look on grade card reports versus on inquiry-based learning. In regards to the new statewide assessment (PARCC = for more information, check out the website http://parcconline.org/ ), only teachers who deal with a student 50% or more of the student’s school day would be under the assessment guidelines. (That would eliminate librarians and guidance counselors, for example, being held accountable through the value added improvement piece). OELMA has chosen to be proactive on a future assessment by forming a committee to work on this. Respectfully submitted,Krista Taracuk