Day 1 Sessions
Librarians as Ambassadors for the Science of Reading
Presenter: Marcia Barnhart, Ohio Department of Education
Why do so many students still struggle with reading? Why haven't the remedial programs we have been using closed the gap between those who can read fluently and those who cannot? How can librarians lead the charge to answer these questions with information that many teachers do not know about? This session will address those questions and inform participants what the research shows about the science of reading. In addition, the Ohio Department of Education's Strategic Plan and Ohio's Plan to Raise Literacy Achievement will be shared so that participants see how the Department has a focus on literacy and can become ambassadors leading the charge to change the way the teaching of reading has been done in the past.
Towards A More Inclusive History: Immigrants in Children’s Literature
Room: Dublin D
Presenter: Dr. Nalini Krishnankutty, Researcher, Writer, Educator, Speaker
This interactive presentation will share tools to teach the complex history of US immigration, and highlight contributions made by immigrants, in spite of the backlash towards them. Since one third of children currently under 18 are either immigrants or the children of immigrants, text and online resources shared in the presentation will act as windows, mirrors or sliding doors, leading to an inclusive school climate. Ideas will be presented to create community partnerships through inclusive curriculum and programming to discuss immigration history and immigrant contributions within the entire school community and compare and apply lessons from history to current situations.
Heart Your Library: INFOhio’s BlueCloud & Discovery Layer
Presenters: Janah Shumaker and Juanita Markham, INFOhio
Attendees will learn:
1.The pros and cons of BlueCloud circulation and cataloging
2.The next steps with INFOhio student search and discovery
3.Hints and tricks to use the INFOhio software to improve access to learning resources
Flipping Over Flipgrid
Room: RiversideFlipgrid is the leading video discussion platform that allows all students to record and share their voice and it's FREE! In this session, learn how to set up a grid, create topics within a grid (to be shared for discussion), share student voices and connect your classes with other classes from around the world with Gridpals. You will also learn creative ideas to implement and amplify your students' voices through the use of Flipgrid.
Presenter: Heather Baugess, Canal Winchester Middle School
MIND THE GAP: Building a Library that Includes Diverse Books
Presenter: Keila V. Dawson, M.Ed., Children's Author & Educator
In 2014, the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign brought attention to the need for more books featuring diverse characters in children’s literature. This presentation will address what diverse authors and the picture books they write offer to children and how teachers and librarians can use diverse books to promote social-emotional growth, facilitate empathy, and teach history through the awareness of different cultures and marginalized groups.
The audience will explore questions used to examine individual books, tools developed to identify a library’s strengths and weaknesses, and where to find books by topics and or categories to build a more diverse classroom or school library.
Keila will be available in the exhibit hall on Thursday between 1:30 pm and 2:15 pm to sign your book which can be purchased directly from Keila at her table (cash or credit card).
Rough Riders Read: a Collaborative Summer Reading Program
Presenters: Jennifer Flaherty and Terry Clutter, Kent City Schools
Rough Riders Read is a collaborative summer reading program that provides K-12 students with their own books and the opportunity to use their school ebook accounts on our wifi-enabled Mobile Learning Lab. Literacy programming is provided by teachers and librarians at all of the summer program events. This is a collaboration of the school libraries, administration, teachers, and community organizations. Information on grants, planning materials, and anecdotes from the first summer are provided. More information at https://sites.google.com/kentschools.net/roughridersread
Is Dewey Doin’ You Right?
Presenters: Karen Gedeon, Cuyahoga Falls City Schools
Utilizing the traditional Dewey Decimal system may not be the best way to structure a nonfiction section to accommodate today’s library patrons. Keeping users in mind, we will look at the latest trends in nonfiction collections and discuss why and how one district switched to Dewey Lite at grades 6-12. Attendees will participate in discussions on what is and is not working with their nonfiction collections, will leave with best practices, and will have concrete examples of what works and doesn’t work when restructuring nonfiction so the media center remains attractive and vibrant to all users.
Thursday, 9:00 - 9:45 AM
OELMA Annual Meeting
Choose to be Fierce & Future Ready
Room: Dublin A/B/C
Presenter: Gwyneth Jones, Future Ready Teacher Librarian & Ed Tech Leader, Murray Hill Middle School
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 educators 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.
Ohio Authors Panelists
Ohio Author Panel: Research in the Real World
Room: Dublin D
Panelists: Darby Ratliff (pen name: Rory James), Mary Kay Carson, Terry Eisele, and Dee Garretson
Hear from some Ohio authors as they discuss their research process, how it differs from the research method they were taught in school, and how librarians can apply this to their work with children.
Ohio Author Panel: Strong Females
Panelists: Emma Carlson Berne, Terri Libenson, Keturah Bobo, and Brandon Marie Miller
Sit down with some Ohio Authors and hear how these authors craft story lines and characters that show the female gender as strong and empowered. Authors will also discuss why it is important for young people to read books with strong female characters.
Ohio Author Panel: No Perfect First Draft
Panelists: Megan Whalen Turner, Kate Hoefler, Kerry Winfrey, and Kristina McBride
Sit down with some Ohio Authors and hear what they do when they get stuck. Hear how their failures have shaped the choices that they make, and what they have learned about writing or illustrating since they first began in the profession.
Ohio Author Panel: Making Characters Come to Life
Panelists: Will Hillenbrand, Ronni Davis, Michele Jakubowski, and Emery Lord
Ohio Authors discuss their thoughts on how they take an idea and turn it into characters who seem so real that readers believe these beloved characters really exist.
From Poverty to Possibility
Presenters: Christina Dorr, Ph.D., Hilliard City School District/ Kent State University
Do you understand the lives children in poverty lead? Do you know how to reach them? How to empower them? Learn the values children in generational poverty hold, what books depict them accurately, and what books can afford them glimpses of possibilities.
Game ON! Gameify INFOhio Digital Resources!
Presenter: Mindy Engler, McKinley Senior High School
Are you tired of the same old PD? Learn how to take the skills and information you want staff to learn and know and make it fun! Facilitate professional learning that is personalized and “speaks to the heart!” Last year I created the McK Media Center Digital Resources Challenge for staff to learn and practice content specific applications for INFOhio Digital Resources.You can take the format of the INFOhio Digital Resources Challenge and add what content you want teachers to know. All templates will be shared.
Escape in School Libraries -The Heart of it All
Room: Dublin A/B/C
Presenters: Cheryl Lorson, Westfall Local School District
Have you ever wondered what an escape room would be like in your school library? Examples of clues that you could use for this teaching strategy that involves participants utilizing critical thinking and communication will be provided along with places from which you may obtain materials for this academic technique. Come and learn about the logistics and then experience an escape room yourself! Various clues that could be modified for your school library to keep students engaged will be shared with participants.
Mindfulness in the School Library
Room: Dublin D
Presenters: Meghan Harper, Kent State University
Mindfulness has been known to positively impact an individual’s overall health, wellness, self-reflection, self-compassion, empathy and resiliency. Participants will learn how mindfulness positively influences student learning and the overall school community. Examples of mindful activities and how-to initiate mindfulness programming in the school library will be shared. Participants will participate in a guided brainstorming to plan a mindful program and experience a mindful meditation session.
Girls in the Literary Driver’s Seat: Helping young readers reframe and celebrate girl-centered fiction
Presenter: Meg Medina, Author
Raise Literacy Achievement and Reading Engagement with a No-Tech Solution
Room: RiversideImagine if all of your students could have books in their hands that empower them to find joy in the reading experience, at their fingertips 24/7. Better yet, what if they could have access to hundreds of high interest, diverse titles, in an inviting format that improves reading skills? Even better, what if you had at your hands, a no tech solution that inspires your striving readers, helping them to build confidence in themselves and their reading ability? Come learn about a solution based upon a year-long research study focused on improving a student’s reading skills and reading confidence—The results of the study show a direct correlation between reading test scores and a no-tech solution. All attendee’s will receive a free book to take with them.
Presenter: Sabine McAlpine, Strategic Account Director, Thorndike Press a Gale Company
How to be a "Bad" Library Media Teacher
Presenter: Dr. Jessica Dennison, Kettering City Schools
Gone are the days of shushing and empty rooms. There are so many needs that students and teachers have when using the Library Media Center. Participants will gain strategies on accommodating multiple needs and programming to increase library use. The presenter will share strategies that were implemented to increase LMC use and participants will have the opportunity to share their own strategies. Participants will walk away with ideas they can take back to their own locations to support the management of time and space as well as collaborative efforts.
Googlize you library tasks
Presenters: Angie Jameson, Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools and Jim Martin, Lake Geauga Computer Association
Does your school use Google? Do you L•O•V•E Google tools? Do you wish you could use it for everything?
AND...do you have spreadsheets full of information from Google Forms and need for a simple way to use it? Join us as we explore some Google Sheets actions with the autoCrat add-on to create certificates of attendance, sign in sheets, email reminders and more. We will also use Google tools with the INFOhio reports and WorkFlows library automation software. A couple of the many reports we will be creating include student and book barcode labels and overdue lists.
Getting to the Heart of It: One Book, One School
Presenter: Jamie Davies, Dublin City Schools
This presentation will detail how our school community connected and collaborated through a whole school read aloud of two books: Wishtree by Katherine Applegate and Saving Winslow by Sharon Creech. I will share ideas for implementing One Book, One School in an elementary school specifically and I will also include ideas for how to include all classes (and ages), while allowing for the needs of individual students, classes, and curriculum goals to be met. This presentation will also give ideas for how we made connections to outside community members, as well as connections we made to kindness and empathy.
Indispensable Librarians Don’t Miss A Beat: Listen, Lead, and Loud
Room: Dublin A/B/CIndispensable Librarians Don’t Miss a Beat using The Three Ls: Listen, Lead, and Loud to develop marketing strategies that keep library services at the heart of school culture. In this presentation, a team of district librarians will discuss easy, adaptable strategies to market your library services to stakeholders that will help you embed your library services into the school culture and make the librarian indispensable. We will explain the importance of The Three Ls: Listen, Lead, and Loud in creating a library brand and marketing that aligns with the school and district’s visions and strategic plans.
Presenters: Jessica Klinker, Franklin Heights High School, Brandi Young, Westerville South High School,
Liz Bode, Central Crossing High School, and Amy Wise, Grove City High School
Get LIT with Project LIT!
Room: Dublin D
Presenter: Mindy Engler, McKinley Senior High School
Reading is at “the heart” of school libraries. Project LIT is a national, grassroots, literacy movement that is on fire!
Join Project LIT to empower your students as readers and leaders; read, discuss, and celebrate diverse books every day; develop authentic reading identities by increasing access to high-quality books, building community, and fostering a sense of belonging; improve literacy attitudes and outcomes, one book and one conversation at a time; and amplify voices of students and educators of color!
Learn how you can start a Project LIT Chapter at your school!
The Heart of your Library: New teen titles!
Presenter: Mary Anne Nichols, Kent State University School of Information
Reading and literacy are the heart of what we do in libraries. Hear about the newest titles and trends in publishing for teens and leave with a list of titles to enhance your collection. Your to-be-read pile will grow so you can share these and your love of reading with teens!
FOMO: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Instagram – Gwyneth Jones
Presenters: Gwyneth Jones
Do you have a fear of missing out? That’s FOMO. Have you been worried about how or where to start a Social Media presence? Are you overwhelmed and concerned about the legal ramifications of promoting your professional practice with the most popular platform out there called the Instagram? It's more than taking pictures of pretty plates in restaurants, Instagram is a powerful tool to push the positive, promote literacy, and model appropriate and effective Social Media behavior. This session will provide practical tips on how to start, craft, promote, and maintain a professional Instagram. Demystifying the easiest and most fun way to connect with students, parents, and community. Simple ways to share all the great things that go on every day in your classroom, library, and school. The human element will not fail us here. On Instagram, it’s good to be human. Bring water. No Fluoride. No Fomo.
The STEAM of Picture Books: Inquiry into Picture Book Creation
Presenter: Kathy Halsey, Free-lance Children's Writer/ SCBWI
Picture books go beyond typical literacy constructs. They are the heart of many STEAM elements: design process, art as object, visuals, and economics. An inquiry-based model of examine picture books will be demonstrated by a professional children's writer to empower learners as effective users and creators of picture books in many formats and genres.
Methods to engage students with mentor texts that showcase STEAM across disciplines, and a model for examining picture books as professional writers do will be presented. Attendees will leave with resources to collaborate with kid lit writers in partnerships to extend the power of the medium.
Reading Motivation for Struggling Middle School Students
Presenter: Jacqueline Kociubuk, Kent State University
Students of all levels, but especially struggling readers, experience a significant decrease in reading motivation during the middle school years. School librarians are uniquely positioned to provide support and research-based solutions to increase reading motivation for middle schools students. Presentation attendees will gain an understanding of reading motivation barriers for struggling students and come away with various in-library programming and classroom collaborative ideas and tools that can serve to intrinsically motivate middle school students to read. This presentation supports AASL Future Ready “Collaborative Leadership” by providing ideas on how librarians can lead beyond the school library’s walls.
Read Woke @ RHS
Room: AveryRead Woke @ RHS is about giving a voice to the voiceless and challenging the status quo for the betterment of all through literature and civil discourse. Staff and students are encouraged to participate in book discussions and activities that focus on empathy and understanding the experiences of others. Participants can expect to take away themed booklists with guiding questions, the Read Woke professional development curriculum, and ideas for how to incorporate into your school. This Read Woke program is adapted from Cicely Lewis, the Read Woke Librarian.
Presenter: Jen Flaherty and Lisa Kellar, Kent City Schools
Sit down with fellow media specialists from around the state to discuss topics that intrique you the most. Topics and room assignments to be posted by October 1, 2019