They Just Don’t Understand Me!

Sue Subel’s session, “They Just Don’t Understand Me!”

Description:Feeling like no one understands you? Feel like no one knows or understands what it is you do in the library? Then TELL them! How this school librarian offered to present at the board of education meeting and later had the school board president request a one-to-one session on how to use databases! Presenter will share full presentation and resources used.

Sue hopes that attendees will be able to: …participants will be able to come up with an idea of how they can inform and show their constituents (parents, board of education, community, administration, etc.) what the role is of the school library in learning.

Brittany F. learned some great resources to promote the importance of the library in a school and plans to share these resources with her administration and use it when she starts doing monthly newsletters.

Katy M. learned why advocacy is so important and plans to show it by the school board.

Monica L. learned valuable resources for her students and how much bad information our kids are using and plans to talk to her school board and come up with info regarding how her students use resources.

Stacey G. learned to promote her library and plans to promote her library and what she knows.

CCSS and Librarians

Kristin Fontichiaro’s Session, “Common Core Strategiess and Librarians”

SESSION DESCRIPTION: The days when recall-based fact reports are over. How do we help stretch our students’ thinking in new ways that not only meet but exceed the research standards in the Common Core State Standards? We’ll look at the Stripling Inquiry Model as a foundation for how we can deepen learning experiences for students. See how we can combine classic and emerging strategies to make research projects more challenging — and fun — for students.

Laura P

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. How can I use them to standardize the process and language of research in K-12 in my district?

2. How do even subversive librarians get to collaborate with Social Studies teachers in HS?

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? I will look for a starting point upon which to stake my support in my HS.

Karon L.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

Districts unprepared/ ignorantly blissful = very scary

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? More activism. Turn the MA info into a Google form to use 🙂

Theresa H.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. Concern that administrators will plan without our participation

2. How we can integrate into class more.

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? Work harder to be part of Common Core planning.

Rebecca P.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. That teachers will continue to do the same things they are doing now.

2. That they will change again before we get everyone on board.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? Primarily I will use what I am already doing that supports this transition; delineate what I am doing in a way that promotes my program as valuable.

Jackie Y.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. Having a budget to support at K-5 level.

2. Having time to work with staff to be recognized as a valuable resource.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? Immediately speak with curriculum coordinator.

Connie C.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

Do we have the budget to purchase the needed information text.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? Become involved in all of the core classes not just LA.

Sue S.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? I am going to go to CCSS on http:bit.ly and start to use!

Kate H.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. How to create new library curriculum to reflect these needs for Common Core.

2. Need to develop new resources with ready-to-go lessons so we can start. We need to catch up.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? I can be more deliberate in HOW I present things.

Emily C.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1.  How do I take the vague CCSS and AASL Standards and turn them into Info Lit scope and sequence of I Can Statements?

2. How do I focus it down to a manageable # of I Can Statements.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? I’m in the process of evaluating and revising our info lit scope and sequence. This will help me further develop it and determine what’s important.

Cynthia VanW.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? More Collaboration!

Joanna McN.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. Need to look at the exit grades bands & CCSS library plan (Mass doc.)

2. Getting social studies and science teachers to collaborate!

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

Kathy D.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. Roll our adjusting levels of what we already do.

2. PD for teachers- we should do this!

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

Stacey G.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? I would like to give them vague questions and have them use critical thinking and compe up with more complex questions.

Brittany F.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

Will my position be embraced at my school with the new standards?

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? STart more of a focused conversation with teachers about how I can help meet the standards and offer resource suggestions– Especially databases! 🙂 I need to be more focused on inquiry in my research projects.

Michele K. 

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. We’re going to do all this work and in a couple years the government will move on to “the next new thing.”

2. Getting the staff to collaborate

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? Just learning curriculum at a new building/grade level so I can focus on their needs better.

Karen G.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. Can you teach a much longer class?

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? Know where to find info on Common Core and love the plan documentation for Administration.

Lisa B. P.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. The collaboration between teachers in different disciplines.

2. Rigor

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? Work on my own document.

Marilyn W.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? More collaboration with the teachers.

Karen M. 

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? Use the plan to send to administrators.

Yvonne M.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. Creating opportunities to reach these standards.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already?

I’m going to be aligning a lot of what I already do to the CCSS.

Amy M.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. Will the teachers truly embrace the research aspect?

2. Will they make a difference?

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? I am much more informed and armed with some really great resources to use!

Lisa G.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. Do we have the resources to support the students with inquiry?

2. How to work collaboratively with staff in other buildings.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? Use document template to creative Common Core Standard plan.

Cynthia G.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. Misinformation that administration are getting and spreading

2. Teachers reluctance to teach literacy and research who are not English teachers (grades 9 -12)

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? Work with teachers to begin research PROJECTS.

David H.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. Are the CCSS vastly different from Ohio’s current standards?

2. How can we bring rigor to reading without boring students out of reading?

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? I am trying to immerse myself in knowledge about CCSS so that I can establish myself as an “expert” to help bring change to my school district.

Shelley T.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. ELA is everyones job to teach.

2. Using AR/STAR and how to “coach” teachers to use it propoerly in light of text complexity.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

Paula B.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. How will CCSS affect libraries?

2. What should I be doing now to prepare?

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes and No, because I’m already doing what the presenter suggests.

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? Doing much of what was suggested in terms of research. But resources, ideas will be added to what I am already doing. I will try the CC planning sheet template shared.

Amy B.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. High school standards for ELA do not mention reading for pleasure!

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes and No.

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? There are some research methods I used to us in Elem. that really fit with CCSS. I am going to take them back to my Elem. People and show them how they relate. I’m going to create a CCSS statement for my Admin.

Lisa H.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. I’m not sure how I will get the staff to be willing to collaborate.

2. Unsure how to prepare my print collection for Common Core (other than weeding.)

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? I will work to get teachers to collaborate with me in asking me in the research component. I will create  a Common Core Plan for my library.

Lara W.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? OMG So many ideas here… but I will be buying these books that were recommended and going to the bit.ly site to develop my plan. Thank you!! 🙂

Jan W. 

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. Finding time to work with teachers.

2. Convincing teachers who are resistant to the CCSS AND research, that I can help.

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? Study the literature about the CC and study actual CC more, so I can be more fluent in promoting my assistance to teachers- especially in social studies.

Emily R.

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. Differs somewhat from our districts EOC assessments.

2. Vague wording = differing interpretations

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? Elementary research

Cathy L. 

Two questions or Concerns about CCSS:

1. Who puts the details and specifics around a (rather vague) standard

2. Accountability along the way- who is in charge? What can do about it?

Will you Practice change as a result of this session? Yes!

If yes, How? If no, what are you doing already? I really need to CLEAN UP my informational text and advertise it!

Celebrating Poetry

Nancy Boone’s session, “Celebrating Poetry”

Description:  “There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it.” –Gustave Flaubert. All ages, all ability levels can enjoy and benefit from poetry! Come share ideas for infusing poetry across the curriculum. Consider ways to make poetry accessible for students with limited language or other disabilities. Learn about options for creating a school-wide event to celebrate poetry.

Nancy hopes that attendees will be able to: implement poetry activities in classes; host a special event related to poetry

Beth M. learned fun poetry ideas to share with her staff.

Brittany F. learned some great resources available online to get kids excited about poetry and plans to create centers when they talk about poetry (books, online, creation, etc.)

Monica L. learned great new ways to help teachers insert poetry into their day and plans to do a display in her library, pop into classrooms, add some activities to her classes and websites to add to her blog.

Lorrie H. learned about some great ideas to promote poetry all year round.

GO!INFOhio: Ask, Act, Achieve Step-by-Step Help for Inquiry

Jennifer Schwelik’s session, “GO!INFOhio: Ask, Act, Achieve Step-by-Step Help for Inquiry”

Description: Big research projects can be daunting, especially for students who are just learning the skills they need to work through a long-term project. This new INFOhio website guides middle and high school students to tools and databases to help them learn how to use the tools necessary for thorough academic research. Join us to learn more about this site that helps students excel at research, and helps teachers introduce inquiry-based learning to their students.

Jennifer hopes attendees will be able to: Create collaborative inquiry-based lessons.
Create lessons incorporating research databases as critical houses of information.
Use open-source tools for research such as Zotero.
Use open-source tools for presentations such as VoiceThread.
Use assessment tools to determine student learning growth such as TRAILS.

Jackie Y. learned “about Zotero” and plans to “share with my MS/HS staff.”

Jan D. learned “R4S is coming for upper grades” and plans to “share with teachers.”

Karen M. learned “about go.infohio.org, about different wikipedia attitudes. I like the video! Thanks!” and plans to “use some of the videos that can be easily accessed.”

Kim T. learned “great research sources but not for my age group” and plans to “try to see what I can modify for my students (4+5).”

Lisa B.P. learned “about inquiry research process and how to get info off of the tool to teach to teachers and students” and plans to “try some collaboration with the health teacher as she assigns her kids to use research tools to do assignments.”

L.D. learned “a lot about recent offerings and how the go.infohio.org can help me and teachers and students” and plans to “really explore the Go site and share with teachers.”

Martha K.W. learned “about INFOhioGo, KC, Research4Success” and plans to “share with district librarian.”

Mary Ann C. learned “how to use the Ask! Act! Achieve! site” and plans to “share the site with teachers. Look into Zotero for AP classes.”

Stacey G. learned “to use the 3 AAA.”

Stephanie B. learned “about Research4Success” and plans to “take this back and share with my colleagues.”

Reader’s Advisory in the 21st Century

Maria Hines’ session “Reader’s Advisory in the 21st Century”

Description: Create QR codes, create book trailers with students, post book trailers to the web.

Maria hopes that attendees will be able to: Help even the hardest to please student find the perfect book! Included in this session will be information about programs to use for creating book trailers, good sites for viewing book trailers, the process of creating book trailers with students and how to make QR codes to link students to trailers and/or book reviews. It’s the perfect marriage of books and technology!

Annette K. learned new ideas and plans to implement the plans.

Elisabeth C. learned about QR codes and book trailers and plans to try QR codes in her library.

Emily R. learned different options for getting kids to read.

Kathy M. learned the advantage of peer review and plans to start and student recommendation tree.

Lisa G. learned about Shelfari and School Tube and plans to explore Shelfari and Good Reads to see if she can use it with students somehow.

Mary Ann P. learned about making book trailers and info she did not know and plans to try some of these ideas at school.

Nellie S. learned of some great sites for promoting books and plans to start implementing some student recommended book talks and reviews.

Roberta M. learned how to create and use QR codes, creating book trailers, what tools are available to create both, and ways to promote books and encourage reading and plans to collaborate with English teachers to create projects for students to create book trailers and book reviews and use QR codes to link them to the book.

Sally B. learned about several resources and plans to help students make video book reviews/reader’s advisory.

Stacey G. learned how to help reluctant readers and spur interest.

Adventures in Google Docs

Mary Ann Christopher’s session “Adventures in Google Docs”

Description: In Spring 2011, Yellow Springs Schools decided to migrate from Microsoft Office to Google Apps for Education; that May, we rolled out Gmail and Google Docs for the staff. January 2012, we rolled out Google Docs for students in Grades 3-12. We had great successes and hit a few bumps along the road. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the pros and cons of using Google Docs and see examples of its various uses.

Mary Ann hopes attendees will be able to:  state some pro’s and con’s of Google Docs and evaluate the possible use of Google Docs in their district.

Annette L. loved seeing how other schools are using Google Docs and plans to start using templates.

Annette K. learned Google Docs and says that “our school is switching to Google Chrome this year.”

Debbie M. learned lots of good tips and plans to talk with her tech administrator.

Father Timothy learned what Google Docs is all about and plans to talk to his tech person.

Janah S. learned some new information about using a closed email system and plans to try out some new ideas/things with Google Docs.

Laura D. learned good examples of how to use and why to use Google Docs (apps) and plans to explore more Google Docs (apps) tools especially the presentation and forms.

Martha W. learned a lot about Google Docs that she was honestly unaware of when she entered the room and plans to share with her district coordinator.

Shari W. learned ways to present Google Docs to the teachers in her building and plans to hold training sessions for the k-3 teachers that are starting to use google docs.

School Library Evaluation

Patricia Owen’s session, “School Library Evaluation”

Description:  Do you need a new school librarian evaluation form in the wake of the Common Core Standards initiative? Join in a discussion about a school librarian evaluation form that includes professional standards and all 5 librarian roles. Learn to use evaluation materials that: mirror classroom teacher forms, help grow an evaluation portfolio, supply a professional development reading list, provide a chart

Patricia hopes attendees will be able to: create a school librarian assessment tool to use with the principal during the annual professional evaluation process.

Amy M. learned how to better collect and analyze data to present to her principal and plans to plan how to better collect data for her assessment and evaluation purposes.

Beth M. learned the importance of collaboration and collecting evidence and plans to take control of her own collaboration.

Cynthia G. learned to take lead on her own evaluation and work in collaboration with her principal and plans to get the book.

Ellen W. learned that there are many aspects to an evaluation that she hadn’t thought about and plans to read more articles about evaluation.

Jan D. learned librarian/teacher evaluation and plans to buy the book and use it with the resident educator program and school evaluation.

Karen G. learned how to take control of her own evaluation and plans to purchase the book and create her own evaluation.

Laura D. learned strategies to help with her evaluation plan as things are continually changing and plans to perhaps purchase the ebook to help.

Lila W. learned about another possible way to evaluate librarians and plans to do much research.

Michele K. learned that there is a format specific to her job and plans to share with principal and union.

Nellie S. learned about some tools to take to her admin to help with her evaluation and plans to play an active role in her evaluation tool in her district.