SAYL Mail for December 4, 2020

SAYL Mail   School and Youth Librarian’s Newsletter    December 4, 2020


Around the State

The 2020-21 Statewide Creative Writing Contest opened for entries on November 16th and will close on Monday February 15th, 2021. Winners are eligible for cash prizes ranging from $25-$50 dollars. Grant Prize $200 and Editor’s Choice Prize $100. K-12 levels are for Story, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Poetry. For rules and more information  and entry link:

Monday Jan. 4 at 6pm.   AKLA Conference March 2021 proposal deadline.

This year’s theme has an emphasis on openness and inclusivity. Sessions are not required to adhere to the theme, but it is encouraged. The committee will notify you by the end of January. The committee is Elizabeth Nicolai, Page Brannon and Stephanie Schott working on the poster sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Moreau Nicolai.  907-343-2840. Conference website:

Program proposal form:


If you’re interested in participating in a professional book study with other educators from around the state contact Amy Jo Meiners, Literacy Specialist at SERRC (907) 523-7254. The next book study series will start in February. Amy has put out a list of titles and is looking for input.  If you would like to give input or make additional suggestions please fill out the FORM.

  • Balance with Blended Learning (Caitlin Tucker)
  • Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity (Floyd Cobb)
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain (Zaretta Hammond)
  • Engage Every Family (Steven Constantine)
  • Powerful Partnerships: A Teacher’s Guide to Engaging Families for Student Success (Carve and Mapp)
  • The Reading Zone (Atwell and Merkel)
  • Science Curriculum Topic Study (Keeley and Tugel)
  • SEL from a Distance (Hannigan and Hannigan)
  • The Writing Teacher’s Companion (Fletcher)
  • Other:


PD Opportunities

Monday Dec 7   10:00-11:00 am

Tools and Ideas for Independent Reading for All Students, Anytime, Anywhere (

In this webinar, Shannon McClintock Miller will share tools and ideas for accommodating the needs of all learners in unique and creative ways. She will explore ways to use apps in concert to support learners who are in remote or hybrid learning models. Practical tips and commonly accessible platforms like Google will be incorporated.   REGISTER


Thursday December 7   11:00 am-Noon

Solving Academic and Behavior Problems in a Remote Environment (ASCD)

Sign up for a close look at proven ways to relieve the five biggest stressors of teaching in a remote or hybrid setting. Using the strengths-based approach of Appreciative Inquiry, Margaret Searle and Marilyn Swartz will walk you through a problem-solving process that helps you apply your past successes to resolve new and unfamiliar challenges.  REGISTER


Tuesday Dec 15   11:00am-Noon

Getting Started with Google Data Studio (

This free tool allows users to visualize, connect, share, and collaborate and present their data and tell their story. Therefore, teams can make accurate, data-driven decisions. Using the drag-and-drop report editor, users can create customized and interactive reports with ease. Create beautiful, easy-to-read data visualizations that tell a story and inspire action. All of this and more is possible in Google Data Studio.



Wednesday December 30   9-10am

Pretty Sweet Tech: Video Production: Tools, Tips and Tricks (Nebraska Library Commission)

Video tutorials, online story hour, and marketing videos are all the rage right now. They have been for a while. This session will tell you everything you need to know to plan, shoot, edit, and put your videos out into the world.  REGISTER


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