SAYL Mail March 22, 2019

School and Youth Librarians Newsletter from the Alaska State Library

News in Brief

April is School Library Month. The theme this year is Everyone Belongs @Your School Library

“School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.” (AASL.org)

Check out these resources http://www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy/slm

The 2019 spokesperson is Dav Pilkey. Webinars are scheduled throughout April (AASL members) along with the complimentary Web graphics and files for your website and for printable posters.

Juneau school librarian is featured in a new blog Our Alaskan Schools. Read about their makerspace. Turning an Empty Space into a Creative Space Luke Fortier at Dzantik’iHeeni Middle School

YALSA Offerings

2019 Selected Lists and Book Awards
Have you checked out our 2019 selected lists and book awards yet? All the lists, including the Best Fiction for Young Adults, Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Printz Award, Nonfiction Award, and more can be found on the YALSA site!  Check them out now at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/book-media-lists.

2019 Teens’ Top Ten Giveaway
In celebration of the 2019 TTT Nominees being announced next month, we’ve opened our Teens’ Top Ten giveaway! 50 sets of the nominees will be given to libraries in need generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Applications are due April 15th. Applicants must be YALSA members and be located within 30 miles of a Dollar General store. Check out the announcement and find more info here.

Teen Book Finder Database Updated with 2019 Titles
Our Teen Book Finder Database is now updated with 2019 titles! Check out the database and create your own customizable recommended reading lists for your teens. And the database now includes awards and lists from ALA affiliates and round tables!

Opens April 15 Registration for 2019 YA Services Symposium
YALSA’s 2019 YA Services Symposium will take place Nov. 1-3 in Memphis, TN, with the theme: Show Up and Advocate: Supporting Teens in the Face of Adversity. YALSA members receive the best registration rate. Not a YALSA member? Join YALSA and ALA before registering to save. Joining before registering vs. registering as a non-member is of equal or similar cost. All are welcome to attend. Questions? Email Nichole O’Connor at noconnor@ala.org. Want to receive updates about the symposium? Sign up here.

 

 

April 11; 2PM EST ( 10 am AK)

Webinar: What Does it Take to be Career Ready?

Free for YALSA Members/$29 Non-Members or $59 yearly subscription

Join us for a webinar on the importance of understanding the difference between job readiness and career awareness. Participants will learn about a report published by King County (WA), the Seattle Region Partnership, and the Seattle Office of Economic Development, “Job Readiness Skills for Youth a Clear and Actionable Definition.” The report, which will be used to help guide the webinar, highlights the importance of early work experiences, provides a list of “soft skill” competencies required on the job, and helps define a developmental continuum to better match youth with employers and work experiences. Learn more.

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities (all times adjusted to Alaska)

Wednesday March 26 1-2pm

Culturally Responsive Teaching; Key Principals and Practices (edweb)

CRT consists of instructional practices that acknowledge the particular cultural background of each student. Students often differ from each other, and from their teachers, in cultural values, traditions, and experiences. Successful instruction depends on sensitivity to these differences as well as the ability to draw on them in the creation of supportive educational environments for all students. Register Here

Wednesday March 27 10 -11 am

The Power of Story: Understand How Stories Can Transform Struggling Readers (edweb)

Hear the research that explains why stories can have a physical impact on the brain, and how—when struggling readers are exposed to stories through strategies that make use of digital literacy and other alternative approaches—moments of deep learning and engagement can have transformational impacts on students. Register here

Wednesday March 27, 11 am-Noon.

Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Real-World Projects in the Digital Age (edweb)

Based on the popular ISTE title, the authors will lead a conversation to help participants maximize the effectiveness of PBL.   Register Here

Thursday March 28, Noon-1:00 pm

From Key Boarding to Coding: Best Practices in Digital Literacy Instruction (edweb)

Examine best practices in digital literacy instruction including assessment, instructional approaches, and models for ensuring your students master digital literacy concepts and skills so they are prepared to excel in a digital world. Register Here

Wednesday, March 27 (8-2pm)

Middle Grade Magic Virtual Summit ( School Library Journal)

https://www.slj.com/?event=middle-grade-magic-2019

Join School Library Journal for our inaugural Middle Grade Magic virtual summit, a day-long celebration and exploration of one of the burgeoning and most important – areas of publishing for young readers: literature for children ages eight through 12 – and beyond! Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles for kids and tweens, from laugh-out-loud tales to eye-popping graphic novels to enveloping fantasy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, download educational resources, and receive prizes and giveaways.

Middle Grade Magic is a free, completely virtual conference – no traveling, no cost, AND you will be able to earn CE credits for all the webcast sessions you attend. Register now, and we look forward to ‘seeing’ you on March 27th. Can’t make the live date? No problem! The entire environment will be archived and available for up to three months.

 

Tentative date Thursday April 25th, 3:00PM

Addressing Alaska Student Reading Scores through School and Community Library Collaboration. ( AK State Library)

Janet Madsen, Julie Niederhauser and Ann Morgester. This presentation was originally scheduled for the March 2019 AKLA Library Conference. Reading scores got you down? Wondering how many more initiatives you can implement? Feeling like you won’t change the literacy tide? These presenters will help you reframe the dilemma and carry on. Stay tuned for more information

 

Alaska Employment Opportunities

As seen on Alaska Teacher Placement: Posted 3/8/19   Job ID 7386

Librarian, North Pole Middle School, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

Available August 2019 Open Until Filled.  More information

 

 

 

 

SAYL Mail is published the second and fourth Fridays of the month from August through May.

If you have any questions, suggestions or find information errors please direct them to Janet Madsen

Alaska School Library Coordinator at janet.madsen@alaska.gov or (907) 465-8187.

 

SAYL Mail March 8, 2019

School and Youth Librarians Newsletter

News in Brief

Database Highlight: Learning Express Offers Assistance to Students of All Ages and Adult Learners

Learning Express provides a comprehensive selection of educational resources—including interactive tutorials, practice exams, flashcards, articles and e-books—for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation, and career advancement. The Alaska Library Network has bought a statewide online subscription to Learning Express. Learning center resources include School Center, Student Success Skills, High School Equivalency Center, College Admissions Test Preparation, College Students, Adult Core Skills, Compute Skills Center, Career Preparation, and Jobs and Career Accelerator.

Resources, Posters, Lessons, and More for Women’s History Month (SLJ)

Advocacy Toolkit: Library Reports (KQ)

Transform the High School Library: Innovative ways to get more students-and staff-engaged with your space (American Libraries)

ConnectLib Professional Development Toolkit Helping librarians use digital media to make learning connections with youth. ConnectLib is a research-based professional development toolkit that offers youth-serving library staff a free, customizable, and self-paced program to create engaging teen programs and services with digital media.

Skype a Scientist. “Educators and STEM professionals alike may be interested in Skype a Scientist, a program that “matches scientists with classrooms around the world … for 30-60 minute Q and A sessions that can cover the scientist’s expertise or what it’s like to be a scientist.” This innovative program offers students an opportunity to video chat with an actual scientist, and it gives scientists an excellent avenue to inspire interest in their work.”

Building Relationships Improves Outcomes Students’ academic engagement and behavior improves when teachers form meaningful relationships with them, according to a study by researchers at the University of Minnesota. The study focused on the Establish-Maintain-Restore approach, and researchers shared ways teachers can develop stronger relationships with students, including spending time with them in one-on-one meetings. (AASL Smartbrief /Edutopia)

March/April Issue of Knowledge Quest features Exploring School Library Services Beyond the Walls of the School Library.

Support and motivate aspiring young innovators While this one stop site has been around for a while it’s worth checking back and reviewing the free resources for “inspiring young innovators.”

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities (all times are adjusted to Alaska)

Middle Grade Magic Virtual Summit (School Library Journal) Wednesday, Mar 27 (8-2 pm) Join this day-long celebration and exploration of one of the burgeoning and most important – areas of publishing for young readers: literature for children ages eight through 12 – and beyond! Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles for kids and tweens, from laugh-out-loud tales to eye-popping graphic novels to enveloping fantasy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, download educational resources, and receive prizes and giveaways. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events

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Easy as 1, 2, 3: Practical Tactics to Advocate for Your Library Today (School Library Connection) https://bit.ly/2EfvGeS : Jump into this webinar to uncover strategies to advocate for your library from the hallway to the town hall, including how to build coalitions to influence policy, craft more powerful narratives about your library, and help administrators see the magic of your library.

Integration Nation: Combining Technology and Library Media (Wyoming State Library) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ya2L_AnU_2U&feature=youtu.be : Join Megan Dingman and Maggie Unterseher, Library Media Specialists in Campbell County, Wyoming, to explore technology and library media integration opportunities. Hosted by Paige Bredenkamp of the Wyoming State Library.

Wednesday, Mar 6 (12-1 pm) New Nonfiction for Spring (School Library Journal)

 Who doesn’t love new and engaging nonfiction? From a delightful tale of a budding ballerina to STEM projects for Minecraft lovers — and everything in between — these fun and informational series and titles are sure to inspire your curious students and young patrons. Join publishing insiders for an array of nonficiton to deck out your shelves this spring!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.slj.com/?subpage=Events

Wednesday, Mar 6 (3-4 pm) Using Makerspaces to Build Teacher/Librarian Collaboration (AASL)

 This session will demonstrate to participants how use of 3D printing can help teachers augment their lessons, develop higher order thinking and research, and give students exposure to 21st century technology. School librarian Harry Ostlund and social studies specialist Ryan Fontanella will share how their campus/district worked to create “archival boxes” – boxes of premade lessons incorporating various elements of the library’s digital and print resources available for checkout by teachers for use in the classroom.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

Thursday, Mar 7 (11-am-Noon) Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Early Childhood Development (Assoc. For Library Services to Children)

 The way children learn and develop affects everything we do in the library. From collection development to program planning, it is vital that we understand how our children learn and grow in order to provide the best possible programs and services for them.  Attendees will learn about the different stages and phases of early childhood development from an expert and then explore ways to put that knowledge into practice.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/alsc/elearning/live-webinars 

Friday, Mar 8 (10-11am) Spring Picture Books (Booklist)

Is there anything more enticing than picture books to foster a child’s love of reading? In this free one hour webinar, you’ll discover new titles from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lee & Low, and North South that get children excited about reading. You’ll learn about trends we are seeing in we are seeing picture books today. Moderated by Books for Youth Editor Sarah Hunter.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63 

Tuesday, Mar 12 (9-10 am) Springing Forward: Youth Titles to Watch (Booklist)

Your clock won’t be the only thing springing ahead this March; accompanying the shift in seasons is a bevy of beautiful new books for youth. In this free, one-hour webinar moderated by Books for Youth associate editor Julia Smith, representatives from Albert Whitman & Company, Fabled Films Press, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and Penguin Random House Canada will introduce an array of exciting forthcoming releases for all ages, from early readers through young adults. Don’t miss this glimpse at the latest and greatest in kid lit!

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

Wednesday, March 13 (11am -Noon)  Strategies to Improve Adolescent Reading Proficiency: How to Identify and Address Why Students Struggle (edWeb)

Dr. Suzanne Carreker, CALT-QI, discusses why 66% of eighth-grade students in the United States cannot read proficiently and what educators can do right now to combat this crisis. Dr. Carreker uses the Simple View of Reading to explain why identifying and addressing the diverse needs of non-proficiency can be incredibly complex—but not impossible with the right tools. This presentation will be of interest to middle and high school teachers, school and district leaders, technology coordinators, Title I coordinators, literacy specialists, and interventionists.

For more information and to register, visit:

https://home.edweb.net/webinar/ela20190313/

Thursday, Mar 14 (10-11 am) Supporting Developing Readers at the Library: Reader’s Advisory for K-3rd Graders(Colorado State Library)

Learn how the Children’s Librarians at Denver Public Library are expanding their services to developing readers and the grown-ups in their lives using the five Grade Level Reading Skills. The importance of balancing reading level with interest will be discussed. You’ll walk away with more insight into the elements of an excellent developing reader book, as well as tips on how to navigate advisory interactions with kids and grown-ups.

For more information and to register, visit: https://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/category/upcoming/

Tuesday March 19, 2019 (3-4pm) Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Mobile App for Supervisor’s to Learn, Advise, and Evaluate (AASL)

Supervisors of school librarians will learn about the features of the new AASL Standards Mobile App and its use as a valuable tool in learning the new AASL Standards.

Wednesday, Mar 20 (7-8 amReading Diversely (Nebraska Library Commission)

Nebraska Library Association Diversity Committee members will booktalk diverse titles and share resources for finding more reading to diversify your shelves. Attendees will be encouraged to share titles of diverse literature they have read to create a list for everyone to use.

For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

Wednesday, March 20 (1-2 pm) Digital Collection Development (edWeb)

Purchasing digital educational content is tricky business. The big trade publishers can change licensing agreements in ways that impact schools because K-12 is not their priority market. Textbook publishing, which seemed simple and profitable in the print format is far more complex for eTexts. The term “eBook” calls to mind an alphabet soup of delivery formats (EPUB, MOBI, AZW, IBA, PDF, and more). Purchasing as we have traditionally known it is replaced by a wide array of “leasing” models where a dropped contract can result in collection depletion. Managing a digital collection requires attention to detail. The screen reading vs. print reading debate rages on.

For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/emergingtech20190320/

Thursday, March 21 (Noon-1:00pm) Explore a Free World of Personalized Professional Learning (edWeb)

A panel of innovative educators in different leadership roles in the school community will present ideas and “PD plans” for using the free professional learning platform, edWeb.net, Google and other free tools to provide a “PD Buffet” of learning that inspires and motivates teachers and impacts learning.

The objective of the presentation is to share a variety of ideas for how educators in different roles in a school community can foster a collaborative, personalized professional learning culture that energizes teachers and makes a significant impact on teaching and learning, using free, anytime, anywhere resources that provide convenience and also global collaboration. edWeb.net will be featured as the hub for this activity, but other free tools will also be included.

For more information and to register, visit:

https://home.edweb.net/webinar/pd20190321/

Thursday, March 22 (1-2 pm) Assessment for Learning: Classroom Strategies to Improve Learning for ALL Students(edWeb)

This webinar will review the essential elements of assessment that improve learning and illustrate classroom strategies that improve learning for all students. Through a combination of presentation and video clips, and will examine questions such as: What does effective assessment for learning look like? How can I engage students and encourage them to take greater responsibility for their own learning? How do I train students to become reliable and effective assessors of their own work and the work of their peers? What does effective feedback look and sound like?

For more information and to register, visit:

https://home.edweb.net/webinar/techtools20190321/

Tuesday, Mar 26 (11am-Noon) What We Say and How We Say It Matter: Teacher Talk that Improves Student Learning and Behavior (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ACSD)

 As educators, we all end up talking with students in ways that don’t actually align with our best intentions and positive goals for them. In this webinar with Mike Anderson, author of What We Say and How We Say It Matter: Teacher Talk That Improves Student Learning and Behavior, you’ll learn about several common language habits and patterns that many educators find themselves in and have a chance to explore better alternatives. You’ll also learn about a process for changing language habits so that your language better aligns with your best intentions and positive goals for students.

 For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ascd.org/professional-development/webinars.aspx 

 Wednesday, Mar 27 (10-11 am) Literacy as a Tool for Student Engagement (Education Week)

 Join this webinar with the Executive Director of Research at Think CERCA Chris Balow, who will explain how district leaders can use a literacy initiative to cultivate student engagement. By emphasizing reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills across the curriculum, educators can provide students abundant opportunities to collaborate with peers, develop deeper connections to learning, and see the real-world applications of their classroom instruction.

For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweek.org/ew/marketplace/webinars/webinars.html

SAYL Mail February 15, 2019

News and Opportunity Updates for School and Youth Librarians from the Alaska State Library

In Brief

Alaska Statewide Summer Reading Program: A Universe of Stories

Keep your ears open for more information from your local public library about the summer reading program so that you can alert students and teachers about the opportunities.

 TumbleBook Library is pleased to announce the launch of TumbleBooks of the Day!

This is a joint project between TumbleBook Library and the Alaska State Library. It provides free daily content for families, schools, and public libraries in order to promote literacy and a love of reading. In addition to Book of the Day, Math Book of the Day, Game of the Day, and Spanish Book of the Day, all in the TumbleBook format, it also includes a Fun Fact of the Day- specially customized for each state! Content changes every single day and we encourage users to login on a regular basis in order to discover the amazing books which await them.

Learning Express Offers Assistance to Students of All Ages and Adult Learners

LearningExpress provides a comprehensive selection of educational resources—including interactive tutorials, practice exams, flashcards, articles and e-books—for basic skills mastery, academic success, job preparation, and career advancement. The Alaska Library Network has bought a statewide online subscription to LearningExpress. Learning center resources include School Center, Student Success Skills, High School Equivalency Center, College Admissions Test Preparation, College Students, Adult Core Skills, Compute Skills Center, Career Preparation, and Jobs and Career Accelerator.

New Trauma-Engaged Resource Available for Alaska Schools

DEED and the Association of Alaska School Boards are pleased to jointly announce the release of a new resource for Alaska schools entitled “Transforming Schools: A Framework for Trauma-Engaged Practice in Alaska”. This innovative framework provides schools with a detailed road map illuminating the steps that can be taken to better address students’ needs.  

Scholarships, Grants and Awards

Deadline March 31, 2019   Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grant Program 2019

EJK Mini-Grant offers funding of up to $500 and the opportunity to design and implement a creative program for your school or library…. press release

Scholastic List of upcoming or ongoing library grant opportunities

http://www.scholastic.com/librarians/programs/grants.htm

Training and Continuing Ed

Tuesday February 19, 2019 @   9:00-10:00 am AKST

Everything’s Coming Up YA  (Booklist)

Get a sneak peek at forthcoming fiction and nonfiction titles from Blink YA, North Star, and West 44 Books, in this hour-long, free webinar, moderated by Booklist Books for Youth Associate Editor Maggie Reagan.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm AKST

Including Students on the Spectrum: 5 Powerful Strategies  (edWeb)

Participants will learn:

  • Ideas that work for the inclusive classroom (and often work just as well for students without disabilities)
  • Powerful, student-centered strategies and relevant research
  • Tools (e.g., checklists, forms) that can be used to implement the strategies
  • How to access a handful of free virtual resources to use and share with others
  • Ways to use these strategies with collaborative partners and teach colleagues about them

This workshop is for all skill levels and will be of interest to K-12 teachers, librarians, and occupational and speech therapists.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm AKST

Level Up! Integrating Games and Gamification (edWeb)

Games and gamification can be powerful and controversial tools for teaching and learning. This webinar will provide:

  • Background on learning, motivation, and research for using games and gamification
  • Explanation and examples of gaming to support learning
  • Strategies, examples, and opportunities for gamification to support teaching and learning

The topics of games and gamification in learning, of which individuals engaged in teaching and learning should be aware, have persistently been cited as important or cutting-edge. Games and gaming are distinguished by their specific original purposes of entertainment; however, serious games, which are most akin to simulations, are designed to educate first. Most recently, gamification applies game design elements, particularly those engendering motivation, to non-game processes like courses and instructional units. Attendees will be introduced to games and gamification and receive numerous practical examples to try in their own settings or inspire changes to existing lessons.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am AKST

 How to Create a School Makerspace  (Demco)

This webinar will cover the basics of starting, outfitting, and maintaining a makerspace at your school. Based in part on his best-selling book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, Nicholas Provenzano will share all of his favorite tips, tricks, and tools to help you as you venture into the world of making.

Thursday, February 21, 2019 @ 9:00am-10:00 am AKST

Youth Titles Guaranteed to Jump Off Your Shelves     

Check out wonderful offerings new this spring from Cavendish Square Publishing, Enslow Publishing, Gareth Stevens Publishing, KidHaven Publishing, and Rosen Digital. Topics sure to be covered include STEM resources, news literacy, current events, social and emotional learning, and so much more! K-12 series nonfiction is what it’s all about during this must-see webinar. Booklist Books for Youth editor Sarah Hunter will moderate. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 9am – 10 am AKST

Help Teens Build Financial Wellbeing at Your Library (WebJunction)

Join us to learn how to help your teen patrons become empowered to navigate their financial futures. As children grow, their potential to manage money and understand financial concepts grows as well. The knowledge, skills, and behaviors kids learn when they are young lay the groundwork for their financial well-being as adults, and libraries can play a role in building these important financial literacy skills.


Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 11:00am-12:00 pm AKST
What’s New in Children’s Literature – 2019 (Infopeople)

Join the annual review of what’s new in children’s literature, both new authors and old favorites, that you can recommend to a child – especially when you are busy! This webinar can help you discover new books that you can offer to children who use your library, including books that reflect the diversity of the children we serve. Hear about books published in late 2018 and spring 2019, which will be popular with children ages 0-12. These include board books, picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more! Hear about books that will be popular with a wide audience of children, including recent award-winners. Also, find out about books that fit the 2019 summer reading themes of music and travel.

Thursday, February 28, 2019 @3:00 p.m. AKST 

Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (AASL eCollab) FREE

This session, dedicated to the AASL Standards Mobile App, defines some of the most appropriate uses for school library educators. We will clarify and explain the content of the app and its use as a companion tool to the print publication of the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. (FREE)

Wednesday, March 6, 2019  9:00 a.m. AKST

Using Makerspaces to Build Teacher/Librarian Collaboration (AASL) FREE

This session will demonstrate to participants how use of 3D printing can help teachers augment their lessons, develop higher order thinking and research, and give students exposure to 21st century technology. School librarian Harry Ostlund and social studies specialist Ryan Fontanella will share how their campus/district worked to create “archival boxes” – boxes of premade lessons incorporating various elements of the library’s digital and print resources available for checkout by teachers for use in the classroom. (FREE)

 

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am AKST

Help Students Use Video to Demonstrate Learning with Powtoon and Biteable   (edWeb)

Most students would rather use digital tools to demonstrate their learning instead of traditional paper and pencil. Is this feasible with your current classroom technology situation? Let’s find out together! Join this edWebinar with school administrator and educational consultant Shannon Holden as he explores the features of two of the most popular video creation tools—Powtoon and Biteable.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

Social-Emotional Learning in the Library

 

Integrating social-emotional learning into the learner experience is becoming a priority among school districts but competing initiatives vie for professional development and instructional time. The library program can serve as a vehicle to incorporate emotional wellness into each student’s day.

In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will explore the many ways in which school librarians can support their learning communities through co-teaching, making, reading, and more. This edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 librarians, teachers, and administrators. Michelle will answer questions throughout her presentation.

As seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook Page

Our Alaskan Schools

There is a new blog with an open invitation to contribute what great things are happening in Alaska’s schools. A project of the Alaska Council of School Administrators and the Alaska Staff Development Network. An opportunity to submit positive stories about your school. Send submissions to sjordan@alaskaacsa.org

SAYL Mail February 1, 2019

News and opportunity updates for School and Youth Librarians from the Alaska State Library

In Brief

Two conferences this month!

ASTE Conference February 16-19 in Anchorage: Featuring Tiffany Whitehead the Mighty Little Librarian who will present the opening keynote, “Relationships: The True Power Source” along with additional presentations on news literacy, teaching digital learners and a librarian workshop , Examining the Sacred Cows of School Librarianship Feb 16 8:30-11:30 am. 

Along with Tiffany there will be several Alaskan school librarians offering presentations:

  • CS Fundamentals for K-3 Grade Levels
  • Exploring AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching and Learning
  • Fostering Wonder, empowering curiosity and inspiring inquiry
  • How to maximize your eRate infrastructure dollars
  • PLUG in to the standards to UNPLUG from your curriculum: Using Guided Inquiry to meet the standards
  • Engaging Learners through Technology
  • CS Fundamentals for 4-6th grade Levels
  • Crosswalking the AASL & ISTE Standards with Tech Tools
  • Leverage the untapped potential of your school library
  • Fostering wonder, empowering curiosity and inspiring inquiry
  • Makerspace 101: 101 Non-tech makerspace ideas
  • UNPLUG your library; Using technology and standards to transform your library from a space to a destination

AKLA Conference Feb 28-March 3 in Juneau: Catch the early bird registration rates until February 7th. Register online.

Any questions about registration, email akla18reg@gmail.com. Early rate for members is $240. More information is available at https://akla.org/juneau2019/

This conference will feature the following sessions of particular interest to school librarians:

  • AkASL and Battle of the Books
  • Inspiring Curiosity, Fostering Wonder and Encouraging Noticing in K-2
  • Talking to Legislators 101
  • Bringing the World to Your Library via Virtual Fieldtrips
  • Embracing Diverse Books
  • Student Blogging with ELL Students
  • Addressing Alaska Student Reading Scores through School and Community Library Cooperation
  • AkASL eBoard Meeting
  • Learning Express Library: the eLearning Resource for Test Prep, Job Search and Lifelong Learning
  • Everything Audio for Kids
  • Fighter in Velvet Gloves: Alaska Civil Rights Hero Elizabeth Peratrovich
  • Battle of the Books Title Selection Workshop
  • Creating School Library Needs Based Budget Proposals
  • Makers to Mentors and Libraries Ready to Code: Supporting Computational Thinking and Computer Science from Preschool to High School at HPL
  • AkASL General Membership Meeting
  • Makers to Mentors; A Year of Youth Programming
  • Leadership 24/7

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

Early Registration promotion until Feb 17, 2019

Registration is now open for the  #AAS19 National conference in Louisville, KY Nov. 14-16. If you plan to attend the conference, save $100 by registering with coupon code AASL100, NOW through Feb 17; no payment required until conference time. Visit https://national.aasl.org/ for registration, schedule, “make the case” and more.

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities

FREE

February 13, 2019 1-2 PM AKT

Easy as 1, 2, 3 Practical Tactics to Advocate for Your Library Today

With Stony Evans, Ann Dutton Ewbank and Deborah Rinio

Register now at bit.ly/SLCFeb2019  (School Library Connection)

Like it or not, advocacy is not an optional activity for school librarians. Fortunately, the work involved doesn’t need to be especially difficult or time-consuming, so it’s time to roll up our sleeves! Come learn from three expert school library advocates who will share practical tips and ready-to-go resources to start getting key stakeholders in your corner today, from the hallway to the town hall. Dr. Ann Dutton Ewbank will discuss how to build relationships and networks to influence decision-makers at the local and state level. Dr. Deborah Rinio will talk about the importance of language and how you can craft your advocacy message to increase its impact. Finally, Stony Evans, high school teacher librarian, will share strategies for transforming the teachers in your school into powerful voices speaking on your behalf.

February 13, 20193:00 PM AKT

Gamify Your School Library (AASL eCollab)

You have seen gamification in a variety of settings: completing a punch card to earn a free sandwich or receiving a badge for taking a certain number of steps. The idea is to encourage brand loyalty, so how does gamification impact your school library? Games, in any form, increase motivation through engagement. This webinar demonstrates how to gamify aspects of your school library. We will explore the design process, teaching strategies, and digital tools for taking library services and instruction to the next level. 

Register via Zoom

https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5sf8X_GxTjuRtZWJed4APg

February 28, 2019 3:00 PM AKT

Standards at Your Fingertips: AASL Standards Mobile App for School Library Educators (AASL eCollab)

This session, dedicated to the AASL Standards Mobile App, defines some of the most appropriate uses for school library educators. We will clarify and explain the content of the app and its use as a companion tool to the print publication of the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. To demonstrate how the app is both distinct from and complements the National School Library Standards text, we will share examples for use in three categories: working with school librarian candidates on lesson planning and reflections; professional development planning; and writing and presenting research as a university faculty member. Our session will conclude with opportunities for participants to engage in discussion about the use of the app as school library educators and possible advocacy connections afforded by the app.

Register via Zoom

https://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wIJdoNpKQGmLLv3-qlSdLQ

Learning About Robotics: Examples and Discussions for K–8 and Beyond

Thursday, February 14, 2019 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm AKT

The fascinating field of robotics is a powerful tool for sparking young people’s interest in STEM careers. Both presenters—Rich Mahoney and Graham Ryland—were inspired to pursue careers in STEM at a young age and are now working on the next generation of robotics in Silicon Valley. This edWebinar will offer a short historical review of the field, links to free resources for teachers to draw on when introducing the subject of robotics, and provide real world stories and examples from the industry today that can be shared in the classroom to make the subject more relatable and authentic.

Elementary and early middle school are critical times, especially for girls, to spark a passion for STEM that will help sustain them through the rigor of a technical education. Viewers will walk away with unique ways to leverage the attention-grabbing power of robotics and ignite critical thinking towards engaging students.

Register at https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED58DF86864631

Social-Emotional Learning in the Library

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST

Integrating social-emotional learning into the learner experience is becoming a priority among school districts but competing initiatives vie for professional development and instructional time. The library program can serve as a vehicle to incorporate emotional wellness into each student’s day.

In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School, CT, will explore the many ways in which school librarians can support their learning communities through co-teaching, making, reading, and more. This edWebinar will be of interest to K-12 librarians, teachers, and administrators. Michelle will answer questions throughout her presentation.

Register https://www.anymeeting.com/AccountManager/RegEv.aspx?PIID=ED57D68183463B

Employment Opportunities

No current jobs listed in Alaska

Check Alaska Teacher Placement and ALA Joblist

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook page

Learning Across Borders: Collaborative Global Projects

2019 Youth Media Award Winners

5 Good Tools for Creating Timelines

SAYL Mail January 18, 2019

News and opportunity updates for School and Youth Librarians from the Alaska State Library

In this Issue

  • Scholarships, Grants and Award Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities
  • Employment Opportunities
  • As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook
  • Questions and Resource Requests

Scholarships, Grants and Award Opportunities

Deadline Friday January 25th, 2019

Apply NOW if you are interested in attending either the AkLA or ASTE conference in February.

There are a few spots left. Grant Information and Application

Deadline Friday January 25th, 2019

AkASL Linda K. Barrett Service Award is an annual award given to an Alaskan school librarian who is a member of AkASL, has demonstrated outstanding service to the school library profession and has provided significant services to both state and local activities. Complete the online nomination form and send the requested documentation to akasl.awards@gmail.com

Deadline Friday February 1, 2019

Travel Grants for First Time Attendees at the AASL National Conference, Nov 14-16 in Louisville, KY. Amount $750 will be given to 30 first time attendees to be used towards travel, hotel and /or registration fees. You must be a personal ALA/AASL member. Sponsored by Bound to Stay Bound Books. Online Application

Now Open: Early Registration Promotion; Feb 17, 2019

Registration is now open for the #AASL19 national conference in Louisville, KY Nov. 14-16.

If you plan to attend the AASL National Conference, save $100 by registering with coupon code AASL100, NOW through Feb, 17; no payment required until conference time. Visit https:national.aasl.org/ for registration, schedule, “make the case”, and more. 

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities

Wednesday, Jan 23 (10-11 am MT) 8-9am AST

Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters – Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association)

Dr. Patti Fletcher, speaker, advocate, leadership futurist, and author of Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold, shares how a disrupter’s mindset enables women to not just break the glass ceiling, but shatter it against all odds. You will take away an action plan with specific lessons learned that can be put into practice right away.  For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx

Wednesday, Jan 23 (3-4 pm MT) 1-2 pm AST

Leading Transformational Learning through Making (edWeb)

The library makerspace is emerging as a powerful vehicle for increasing library visibility and value to the student community. In this session, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, of New Canaan High School in Connecticut, will feature how reorganization and materials selection helped one learning community fully embrace “making” across disciplines and grade levels. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech

Thursday, Jan 24 (12-1 pm MT) 10-11 am AST

National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)

The National Girls Collaborative Project is celebrating National Mentoring Month by highlighting the importance of role models and mentors in empowering girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. Join us as we cover tangible takeaways for educators seeking to utilize mentors in their programming, in addition to concrete strategies mentors can use to engage girls. We will also take time to hear from participants and discuss methods for promoting the mentoring work that inspires girls to pursue STEM. For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events

 Tuesday, Jan 29 (10-11 am MT) 8-9 am AST

Building and Maintaining a Graphic Novel and Comics Collection (Utah State Library)

 Graphic Novels can be one of the most popular and highest circulating formats in your library collection, but often, staff are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with the format. In this webinar, graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developer, Amanda Jacobs Foust, will share the secrets of purchasing, organizing and preserving graphic novels and comics in the library for all ages. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

Tuesday, Jan 29 (1-2 pm MT) 11 am-noon AST

Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations (edWeb)

In this edWebinar, Sean Coffron, Ph.D. will present strategies and tools for introducing the topic of digital footprints to students and for preparing them to be thoughtful keepers of their online presences. For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2019-01/

 Wednesday, Jan 30 (5-6 pm MT)

Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth (American Association of School Librarians)

 This session will introduce participants to best practices for implementing multicultural literature into curriculums. The goal of the session is to engage participants in a meaningful, reflective discussion about the importance of diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative for creating a sense of equality for all students. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

Thursday, Jan 31 (2-3:30 pm)

Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: An Overview of Innovative Tools for School, Work, and Home (PACER Center)

This workshop will introduce you to new tools that support reading and writing. Demonstrations will include devices from the STC lending library, mobile apps, Chrome extensions, and Microsoft learning tools. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.pacer.org/workshops/

CE Compilation courtesy of paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov

Employment Opportunities

No new ones listed. Keep posted at Alaska Teacher Placement

As Seen on Alaska School Librarians Face Book page

Why Reading Aloud to Older Children is Valuable  (Knowledge Quest)

World Read Aloud Day, February 1, 2019  (litworld.org)

Questions and Resource Requests @ ASL

Do you have a student who cannot read standard print and would benefit with access to braille and audiobooks?

The Alaska Talking Book Center can provide free access to audio books, downloadable books, large print and braille books. Application forms are available on their website. Fill out the application and have a health care provider sign to certify your eligibility. After your application is processed you will receive a talking book player and books based on your preferences, in the mail. There is never any postage due. Books are on loan for one month. To find out more about this service see their website , download an application and browse the National Library Service catalog to see what is available.

Need access to books but live in a remote location and do not have a local public or school library?

The Alaska Mail Services Program connects Alaskans who live remotely with our library services.  This service is free and open to anyone who lives outside an area serviced by a state funded library.   If you become part of our program we will mail books, movies, audiobooks, and music to you anywhere in Alaska.  We can also connect you with our online services, including research, training and educational tools, help sites, small engine repair, homework help, newspapers, magazines and more.   Your library card will give you access to the Alaska Digital Library, where you can download audiobooks and e-books from wherever you have internet access. Check out their website for more information.

SAYL MAIL January 7, 2019

School and Youth Librarian’s Newsletter from the Alaska State Library

In this issue…

  • News in Brief
  • Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • As seen on Alaska School Librarian’s Facebook page
  • ASL Resource Requests
  • Employment Opportunities

In Brief

Closes January 15, 2019   AKLA Scholarships. Please check the guidelines for the School Librarian Jo Morse Scholarship.

Catch the Early Bird rates! Registration is open for the annual AKLA Conference in Juneau, Feb 28-Mar 3, 2019. Early registration has been extended to February 7th. Any questions about registration, email akla18reg@gmail.com. Early rate for members is $240. More information is available at https://akla.org/juneau2019/. Register online       

Register for the ASTE conference February 16-19th in Anchorage. Tiffany Whitehead, aka The Mighty Little Librarian will deliver the opening keynote. Relationships: The True Power Source along with additional presentations on News Literacy, Teaching Digital Learners and a librarian workshop (Examining the Sacred Cows of School Librarianship  Feb 16, 2019 9:30-11:30 am $30.00 reg. fee for this particular event /Register online )

Along with Tiffany there will be several AkASL members offering sessions on everything from coding and computer science, to STEAM and Inquiry, online resources, makerspaces and the new library standards.

TERC has been replaced with EBSCO’s Learning Express. Learning Express, Online tutorials are available and more information to come soon.

Field Testers Needed Deborah Rinio is writing an inquiry-based STEAM focused book for ALA Editions and looking for elementary library folks who are willing to field test the activities. The working title is “STEAM in 30 Minutes: Scaffolded Inquiry for the Elementary School Library.” Each chapter features three activities that use the same materials and address the same concepts, adapted for different grade levels (K-2, 3-4, and 5-6). Field testers would be asked to complete the activities with as many grade levels as possible over the span of a week and then report what worked, what didn’t, and how they modified the activities (if at all) via a Google form. Materials used are common household items and easy to obtain office supplies, such as empty cardboard tubes and rubber bands. There are 15 lessons, and field testers can help with one, two, or all fifteen if they have the time! Testing will occur in January, February, and March. Please email Deborah at northernlightslibrarian@gmail.com if you are interested in participating or have any questions. Your help is greatly appreciated!

Scholarships and Grants and Awards Opportunities

Closes February 1, 2019  

Bound To Stay Bound Inc. “My First AASL National Conference” Travel Grant

The Bound To Stay Bound, Inc. “My First AASL National Conference” Travel Grant in the amount of $750 will be given to thirty (30) first-time attendees to be used towards travel, hotel, and/or registration fees for the AASL National Conference & Exhibition.

Closes February 1, 2019

Innovative Reading Grant

Supports the planning and implementation of a unique and innovative program for children which motivates and encourages reading, especially with struggling readers. $2500. Must be a personal member of AASL.

Closes February 1, 2019

Inspire Collection Development Grant

For an existing public middle or high school can extend, update, and diversify the book, online, subscription and/or software collections in their library in order to realize sustainable improvement in student achievement at their school. 

Closes February 1, 2019

Inspire Special Event Grant

Supports a special event so that an existing public middle or high school library can create new or enhance its extracurricular activities in order to increase student academic achievement at their school. The goal is to provide direct assistance funding to middle or high school libraries for special short-term projects or events that would create new or enhance educational activities in order to engage students with and in the library and to promote reading, books, literacy and authors. The fund is $10,000 per annum. The direct assistance is capped at $2,000 per grant.

Inspire Disaster Recovery Grant

The applicant must be a publicly funded middle or high school, grades 5-12, and have a pre-existing campus library. Each library, regardless of the variety of constituents it may serve, is limited to submission of one application. Within the past 36 months, the public middle or high school library must have lost its building or incurred damage or hardship due to a natural disaster (tornado, earthquake, hurricane, flood, avalanche, mudslide, severe winds), fire, or an act recognized by the federal government as terrorism OR has absorbed a significant number (more than 10% enrollment) of displaced/evacuee students.

Training and Continuing Ed Opportunities

Tuesday, Jan 8 (3:30-4 pm, MT) 1:30- 2:00pm AST

GIS In Your Classroom: Map Contests & More (Technology & Innovation in Education)

 ArcGIS Online has expanded resources for K-12–including additional Geo Inquiries for more content areas. In addition, there is a statewide map contest for students with prizes! Learn about the requirements and deadlines. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.tie.net/webinars

Wednesday, Jan 9 (9-10 am MT) 7-9 am AST

NCompass Live: Graphic Novel Collection and Programming (Nebraska Library Commission)

Learn new resources to find widely-appealing graphic novel selections for all age groups, toddler through teen. Join Russ Harper, Youth Services Specialist at Omaha Public Library, as he makes core collection recommendations, discusses top sellers, and how to find the hot new thing. Includes programming tips for both American comics and manga fans! For more information and to register, visit: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/scripts/calendar/eventlist.asp?Mode=ALL

Wednesday, Jan 9 (12-1 pm MT) 10-11am AST

Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries New Applicant Webinar (Institute of Museum and Library Services) The Institute of Museum and Library Services has launched a new special initiative, Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries (APP), and is accepting grant applications now through February 25, 2019.This pre-application webinar will be held with program staff to answer questions from potential grant applicants. School libraries are eligible for this grant! For more information and to join webinar, visit: https://www.imls.gov/grants/available/acceleratingpromising-practices-small-libraries

Thursday, Jan 10 (12-1 pm MT) 10-11 am AST

Design Squad Global Inventing Green: Engage Kids in Hands-on Engineering around Sustainability (National Girls Collaborative Project)

This one hour webinar will detail how to bring Design Squad Global (DSG) Clubs to your community, including the support and resources available to make it successful. Participants will learn about the new DSG club guide “Inventing Green” that gets kids thinking about engineering and environmental sustainability. The guide challenges DSG Clubs to think about how to solve environmental problems with engineering, as well as how to create new inventions using a sustainability mindset.  For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events

 Saturday, Jan 12 (8-10:30 am MT) 6am-8:30am AST  

STEAM Activities for Your Classroom (SimpleK12)

Session 1: Engage Students and Enhance Learning with Innovative STEAM Activities from Google. Session 2: Connect, Create, and Collaborate with STEAM Websites, Web Tools, and Apps. Session 3: Integrate Coding Across All Subjects: It’s Easier than You Think. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.simplek12.com/webinar/

 Tuesday, Jan 15 (12-1 pm MT) 10-11 am AST

Presenting the 2019 Morris Award Finalists (Booklist)

 Join Booklist for this exciting Q&A with all five authors nominated for YALSA’s 2019 William C. Morris Debut Award, an honor presented annually to first-time authors writing for teens. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.booklistonline.com/GeneralInfo.aspx?id=63

Wednesday, Jan 16 (3-4 pm MT) 1-2 pm AST

Elementary Educator’s Guide to Primary Sources (School Library Connection)

 A compelling primary source can bring a bit of mystery or intrigue into an elementary classroom. Even in kindergarten, using an analysis process to look at primary sources can lead to student engagement, critical thinking, and empowered learning. Tom Bober, elementary school librarian and author, shares insights on the benefits of primary source analysis to student thinking and learning along with steps and strategies to unleash them in the classroom or library. For more information and to register, visit: https://schoollibraryconnection.com/

Thursday, Jan 17 (2-3 pm MT) noon-1:00pm AST

Handling the Holiday Device: Tips and Best Practices (edWeb)

In this edWebinar, join Christine Elgersma, Senior Editor of Parent Education at Common Sense Media, to learn best practices and messaging to give to both students and parents to help them navigate using that new holiday device.

 For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/

Wednesday, Jan 23 (10-11 am MT) 8-9am AST

Reclaim Your Success: Lessons from Disrupters – Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold (American Management Association)

Dr. Patti Fletcher, speaker, advocate, leadership futurist, and author of Disrupters: Success Strategies from Women Who Break the Mold, shares how a disrupter’s mindset enables women to not just break the glass ceiling, but shatter it against all odds. You will take away an action plan with specific lessons learned that can be put into practice right away.  For more information and to register, visit: https://www.amanet.org/news/events-calendar.aspx

Wednesday, Jan 23 (3-4 pm MT) 1-2 pm AST

Leading Transformational Learning through Making (edWeb)

The library makerspace is emerging as a powerful vehicle for increasing library visibility and value to the student community. In this session, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, of New Canaan High School in Connecticut, will feature how reorganization and materials selection helped one learning community fully embrace “making” across disciplines and grade levels. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.edweb.net/emergingtech

Thursday, Jan 24 (12-1 pm MT) 10-11 am AST

National Mentoring Month: Strategies for Mentoring Girls in STEM (National Girls Collaborative Project)

The National Girls Collaborative Project is celebrating National Mentoring Month by highlighting the importance of role models and mentors in empowering girls and young women to actively pursue STEM education and careers. Join us as we cover tangible takeaways for educators seeking to utilize mentors in their programming, in addition to concrete strategies mentors can use to engage girls. We will also take time to hear from participants and discuss methods for promoting the mentoring work that inspires girls to pursue STEM. For more information and to register, visit: https://ngcproject.org/events

 Tuesday, Jan 29 (10-11 am MT) 8-9 am AST

Building and Maintaining a Graphic Novel and Comics Collection (Utah State Library)

 Graphic Novels can be one of the most popular and highest circulating formats in your library collection, but often, staff are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with the format. In this webinar, graphic novel enthusiasts and longtime collection developer, Amanda Jacobs Foust, will share the secrets of purchasing, organizing and preserving graphic novels and comics in the library for all ages. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/usl-training-208844751

Tuesday, Jan 29 (1-2 pm MT) 11 am-noon AST

Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations (edWeb)

In this edWebinar, Sean Coffron, Ph.D. will present strategies and tools for introducing the topic of digital footprints to students and for preparing them to be thoughtful keepers of their online presences. For more information and to register, visit: https://home.edweb.net/webinars/2019-01/

 Wednesday, Jan 30 (5-6 pm MT)

Moving Diversity Forward: Using Embedded Diversity Practices to Enhance Learning Opportunities for Youth (American Association of School Librarians)

 This session will introduce participants to best practices for implementing multicultural literature into curriculums. The goal of the session is to engage participants in a meaningful, reflective discussion about the importance of diversity and inclusion as a strategic imperative for creating a sense of equality for all students. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

Thursday, Jan 31 (2-3:30 pm)

Assistive Technology for Reading and Writing: An Overview of Innovative Tools for School, Work, and Home (PACER Center)

This workshop will introduce you to new tools that support reading and writing. Demonstrations will include devices from the STC lending library, mobile apps, Chrome extensions, and Microsoft learning tools. For more information and to register, visit: https://www.pacer.org/workshops/

CE Compilation courtesy of paige.bredenkamp@wyo.gov

As seen on Facebook

A Literacy Tsunami Warning for K-12 Educators

Free catalogue of Indigenous Films Online

Reading to your child and the emergent brain

Geotools connect students with the world

Looking for standards resources

The Difference a School Librarian can make

Increase Students following Social Media

Front Line Librarians on the Constant Pressure to Do More

Questions and Resource Requests @ ASL

A request was made for information regarding movie licensing for schools.

Here are some helpful links explaining how the licenses work, popular vendors and quick handouts to explain copyright and licensing to your administrator and fellow teachers.

http://libguides.ala.org/copyright/video

Comparison of the two main vendors from WebJunction

Employment Opportunities

There are none listed at this time on Alaska Teacher Placement. If you are looking outside of Alaska try the ALA Jobs List.

SAYL Mail December 7, 2018

In this issue…

  • SAYL News in Brief
  • Scholarships ,Grants and Awards Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • As seen on Alaska School Library Facebook
  • Employment Opportunities

 

In Brief

 

Closes December 15, 2018   AkASL Professional Development Grants to attend Feb 2019 AKLA Conference in Juneau, Feb 2019 ASTE Conference in Anchorage.

For more information: akasl.grants@gmail.com

 

Closes Dec 20, 2018 The Alaska Retired Educators Association (AKREA) is offering awards of up to $200 to five classroom teachers for projects otherwise unfunded. The money is available for the second semester. For an application form or further information contact Virginia Walters at vewalters@gci.net

 

Closes January 15, 2019  AKLA Scholarships. Please check the guidelines for the School Librarian Jo Morse Scholarship.

 

Rescheduled:  December 18, 2018

Alaska Board of Education meeting (Alaska Library Standards on the agenda)

The meeting starts at 12:00pm and public testimony will be taken at 12:10pm after the preliminary stuff. Check the agenda/ board packet and  AkASL for more information.

 

Congratulations! to Staci Cox, Librarian at Romig /West High School. She is the recipient of the Fall 2018 Anchorage School District Denali Award.

“She is described by her principal as passionate and dedicated to student success and lifelong achievement. Ms. Cox serves over 2500 students between the two schools with diverse needs, from students in Spanish and Russian Immersion programs to West High students in the International Baccalaureate Program.”

 

Earthquake Updates

Eagle River Elementary School will be closed and students will be transferred to other elementary schools. Laura Guest the Librarian will keep us posted as to the impact on her duties and the status of the library.

Refer to the list of earthquake and disaster stories given below in   “as seen on AKSL Facebook” for sharing with students. Share with us other titles as you find them. Other resources include: Helping Children after a Natural Disaster  and a selection of children’s books online both fiction and nonfiction

 

Week of Code Activities

If you participated in these activities, please share your stories and pictures with ASL. We’d love to showcase your work!

 

 

Scholarships, Grants and Awards Opportunities

 

Deadline: January 18, 2019 Nominations due for the following

 

Deadline:  January 25, 2019 Nominations for the following

 

Deadline: February 1, 2019   Collaborative School Library Award sponsored by Upstart

$2,500“Recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and educators in meeting goals outlined in National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians and School Libraries through a joint planning of a program, unit or event in support of the curriculum and using school library resources.”

Deadline: February 1, 2019   Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award

$2,000 to the librarian, up to $1,000 in reimbursement towards travel and housing to attend the AASL awards presentation at the ALA annual Conference and $5,000 book donation by Penguin Random House.

Deadline:  Feb 1, 2019   The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

$3,000 to create and implement a project that promotes school library awareness and its accomplishments to school officials and administrators. $2,000 for both the school librarian and school official (or volunteer parent) to attend the AASL national conference or the ALA Annual Conference during the years when there is no AASL national conference.

Deadline:  Feb 1, 2019   Inspire Collection Development Grant

Up to $5,000. Update and/or diversify your book, online, subscription and/or software collection in a public middle or high school. Awarded to individual schools located in the U.S. One staff position must be a certified school librarian at the school or district level.

 

 

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

Saturday, Dec 8 (8-11:30 am) STEAM Activities for Your Classroom (Simple K12)

More STEAM activities and tools for your classroom or school library, including coding.

For more information and to register

 

December 12, 2018    Students Leverage Technology Tools and Makerspaces to Personalize Instruction (edWeb) Learn how SETDA’s 2018 Student Voices Award Winner, St. Albans City School in Vermont, embraces technology tools to personalize instruction. Fourth to sixth grade students will discuss their STEAM classes and their use of the makerspace to explore their personal passions and artistic abilities. In addition, students will share how the school’s collaborative stewardship projects support the community.

 

December 13, 2018  YALSA Teen Services Competencies free webinar. This last session of the year is on Continuous Learning. These webinars are free and although the live sessions are during the school day, the webinars are archived.

 

Monday, December 17, 2018  (11:30-12:30 pm) YA Reads for the New Year (Idaho Commission for Libraries)

What’s coming down the pike for your young adult readers in 2019? Learn what titles are on their way and what titles remain in top reading lists.

 

Article: Can You Show Netflix in Class? Copyright for Teachers Made Simple

Always good to have a short article on hand for teachers after you’ve explained the situation at hand.

 

Article: How classrooms can Start Talking about Race in just 6 Words

A simple method derived from the Race Card Project that asks students to share experiences and questions in just six words about a topic that can be hard to talk about.

 

 

As Seen on Alaska School Libraries Facebook

Books to consider for sharing in response to recent geological upheavals:

  • Eight Days: a Story of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat
  • A Place Where Hurricanes Happen by Renee Watson
  • Ninth Ward by  Jewell Parker Rhoades
  • Under the Ashes by Cindy Rankin
  • Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

 

Graphic Novels involving the Refugee Experience by Kristyn Dorfman as seen on Teen Librarian Toolbox

The UN Refugee Agency figures there are 25.4 million refugees and half are under the age of 18. This list features both adult titles and those written for the MS/HS audience. The author features publisher blurbs with each title. Includes several graphic novels and memoirs.

 

NASA Media Library

This online collection contains 140,000 images and recordings from space. All are consolidated into one searchable location.

 

Employment Opportunities (Alaska Teacher Placement)

 

Closing 12/21/18   Other/Library/Media Specialist  Hydaburg School    Posted: 11/24/18, Available 1/07/19

 

“The Hydaburg City School District is seeking to hire a librarian.  This is a permanent position.  The district will be creating, in collaboration with the community, a new library and the person hired for this position will be in on the “ground floor” of this library.  We are looking for someone who is an organized,  self-starter willing to work closely with the community of Hydaburg.  While a degree in library science is preferred, applicants with a background in language arts or history will also be considered.”

SAYL Mail for November 26, 2018

In this issue…

  • SAYL News in Brief
  • Scholarships ,Grants and Awards Opportunities
  • Training and Continuing Education Opportunities
  • As seen on Alaska School Library Facebook
  • Employment Opportunities

 

SAYL News in Brief   November 26, 2018

 

Closes December 15, 2018:  AkASL Professional Development Grants to attend Feb 2019 AKLA Conference in Juneau, Feb 2019 ASTE Conference in Anchorage

 

Rescheduled:  December 18, 2018 Alaska Board of Education meeting (Alaska Library Standards on the agenda) The meeting starts at 12:00pm and public testimony will be taken at 12:10pm after the preliminary stuff. The agenda isn’t posted yet, but as soon as it gets posted it will contain the information on how to call it. People can be directed to the AkASL Advocacy page http://akasl.org/advocacy for taking points.

 

Nominations Due: The following awards will be presented during the AKLA Conference (Juneau) in February 2019. Check the AkASL website for more information about the individual awards.

 

January 18, 2019 Nominations due for the following

School Librarian of the Year

School Library Staff Award

“Pat on the Back” Awards for school administrators, individuals and organizations…

 

January 25, 2019 Nominations for the following

Linda K. Barrett Service Award

 

  • Interested in the Paint Party at the AKLA Conference in Juneau? This would be a fundraiser for AkASL advocacy efforts. Please fill out the survey which was also posted on the AKLA listserv .What is a paint party? It’s an event where a professional painter guides participants through replicating a painting step by step. All supplies are provided. The final painting is 11”x14” and the paint dries within a few hours. No painting experience required.

 

 

The Alaska Week of Code is dedicated to bringing awareness to the value in teaching coding and computer science in classrooms and school libraries around the state.  Contact Sam Jordan with questions samuel.jordan@alaska.gov

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“Now is the time of year when many writing assignments seem to be assigned to students. Whether students are working on a book report, a term paper, or a college or scholarship application essay, remember that Tutor.com has two different ways to help. Students can work with an expert writing tutor 1:1 in our online classroom to develop and organize a draft or they can upload their document using our Drop-Off feature to receive detailed feedback within 24 hours. Let Tutor.com help your students tackle those assignments!
Tutor.com is FREE for all Alaskans to use. To access the service, go to: http://lam.alaska.gov/sled/homework seven days each week from noon to 2 AM Alaska time.”

 

 

 

Scholarship, Grants and Awards Opportunities

 

Closes December 15,2018 AkASL Professional Development Grants to attend Feb 2019 AKLA Conference in Juneau, Feb 2019 ASTE Conference in Anchorage

 

Closes Dec 20, 2018 The Alaska Retired Educators Association (AKREA) is offering awards of up to $200 to five classroom teachers for projects otherwise unfunded.

The money is available for the second semester. For an application form or further information contact Virginia Walters at vewalters@gci.net

 

Closes February 1, 2019   Collaborative School Library Award sponsored by Upstart

$2,500“Recognizes and encourages collaboration and partnerships between school librarians and educators in meeting goals outlined in National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians and School Libraries through a joint planning of a program, unit or event in support of the curriculum and using school library resources.”

Closes February 1, 2019   Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award

$2,000 to the librarian, up to $1,000 in reimbursement towards travel and housing to attend the AASL awards presentation at the ALA annual Conference and $5,000 book donation by Penguin Random House.

Closes Feb 1, 2019   The Ruth Toor Grant for Strong Public School Libraries

$3,000 to create and implement a project that promotes school library awareness and its accomplishments to school officials and administrators. $2,000 for both the school librarian and school official (or volunteer parent) to attend the AASL national conference or the ALA Annual Conference during the years when there is no AASL national conference.

 

Closes Feb 1, 2019   Inspire Collection Development Grant

Up to $5,000. Update and/or diversify your book, online, subscription and/or software collection in a public middle or high school. Awarded to individual schools located in the U.S. One staff position must be a certified school librarian at the school or district level.

 

Training and Continuing Education Opportunities

 

YALSA is hosting free live monthly webinars. Each one is facilitated by knowledgeable youth development experts and library staff and focus on a different competency in YALSA’s brand new Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff. All free webinars are held from 2:00 – 3:00pm, eastern, the second Thursday of the month. These webinars are free and open to any interested individual, regardless of job or membership status. Webinar recordings are available for those who can’t participate in the live session. Reserve your free seat for the webinars you are interested in attending by selecting the link in the table below.

Dec 13 Continuous Learning

 

 

 

Employment Opportunities ( as posted on Alaska Teacher Placement )

Closing 12/21/18  Other /Library/Media Specialist

Hydaburg School    Posted: 11/24/18, Available 1/07/19

 

“The Hydaburg City School District is seeking to hire a librarian.  This is a permanent position.  The district will be creating, in collaboration with the community, a new library and the person hired for this position will be in on the “ground floor” of this library.  We are looking for someone who is an organized, self-starter willing to work closely with the community of Hydaburg.  While a degree in library science is preferred, applicants with a background in language arts or history will also be considered.”

 

 

As seen on Alaska School Librarians Facebook

 

Other articles of interest…

The Future of Learning? Well It’s Personal (Heard on All Things Considered)

Most Parents Are Not Involved Enough in Their Child’s Reading Education, Survey Says  (Fortune)

Bringing Tech to the Tundra (EdSurge)

 

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