SAYL Mail for January 11, 2021

SAYL Mail   School and Youth Librarians Newsletter     January 11, 2021


Upcoming events of interest

Jan 12   3:00 pm AASL Townhall: Leading Learning   More info and registration
Jan 12   3:45-5:15pm AKRISE monthly meetup chat for rural educators will include Martha Tomeo who will share “Strategies for reaching learners during the pandemic”. More info and registration


Jan 15 Jo Morse Scholarship for School Librarians

For more information read the requirements and learn what is entailed in the application process. Go to

If you have further questions, please contact me or Julie Niederhauser at



Jan 13   Sign up for World Read Aloud Day

Jan 20  Registration discount:    2021 AASL National Conference   Oct 21-23   Salt Lake City

national library conference is heading your way! Meet in person with library professionals from across the country in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 21-23, 2021. $100 discount. Use promo code AASL100 and receive a $100 discount through January 20, 2021. With your ALA member discount, you’ll save more than $170! No risk registration. We know there is some uncertainty right now, which is why AASL is offering no risk registration through May 1, 2021. This means any registrant may cancel their registration by May 1, 2021   and receive a full refund.

  Online PD Opportunities

Wednesday Jan 13   9:00 am   YMA Trivia Smackdown with Betsy Bird and Travis Yonker

Test your knowledge of Newbery/Caldecott history and celebrate a most welcome new year and the upcoming 2021 Youth Media Awards


Jan 15      A Conversation with the 2021 YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction Finalists



Wednesday, Jan 20 (1-2pm)

Cut the Cost of Digital Collection Building: Join a Consortium! (

Please join Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, as she interviews Jennifer Keohane, Executive Director of the Connecticut Library Consortium, about how this program is promoting equity and access throughout her state and how it can benefit school libraries elsewhere.

For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Jan 21 (10-11 am)

How to Unite Equity, SEL, and Literacy Instruction (

Culturally relevant books are a powerful resource for building these skills. Diverse reading can assist students in better understanding their emotions, identities, and experiences while helping educators explore meaningful topics in their classrooms—be they on-site or virtual. Join this edWebinar to learn some equity-driven best practices for integrating social and emotional learning into your teaching using the power of relevant reading!

For more information and to register, visit:


Thursday, Jan 21 (10-11am)

Manage your Virtual Classroom Stress (InSync Training)

The stressors of virtual learning aren’t going away – as a matter of fact, they are going to come up more often as virtual classroom adoption is cemented in our culture.Don’t worry! We’ve got you! In this session we will quell your inner angst and calm your nerves by providing techniques and scripts to give you the confidence you need to master the virtual classroom experience for you and for your learners.

For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Jan 21 (Noon-1pm)

What does it mean to be a school librarian during COVID-19? (Cherry Lake Publishing)

Addressing school needs vs. program needs during the pandemic. What are stakeholders (e.g., parents, students, teachers, admins) worried about? How can librarians help? What needs are librarians seeing that others are not? Suggested resources.

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Jan 22 9:00 am   What’s It Really Like? Join the 2021 Mock Newbery Live!


Tuesday, Jan 26 (3-4:30 pm)

3 Cool Tools for Station Rotation (TeachersFirst)

Maximize station rotation in your classroom with these three tech tools. One of the more popular blended learning models is station rotation. Having groups of students change tasks on a schedule allows you to meet student needs by differentiating instruction. Join us to explore, compare and contrast three tools that can be used to maximize your “computer station” time when using the rotation model. Learn about the features of each tool and understand how to add them to your instructional toolkit.

For more information and to register, visit:

Wednesday, Jan 27 (10-11:30 am)

Intentionality With Loose Parts: Provoking Children’s Inquiry (Early Childhood Investigations)

Join Miriam Beloglovsky, co-author of the Loose Parts: Inspiring Play award-winning books, and Diane Spahn, Director of Education with Kodo Kids, as they explore the 6 w’s that serve as a framework to select and set up loose parts that provoke children’s inquiry.This webinar will guide you to apply educational and design knowledge when curating loose parts to maximize children’s learning. Participants will learn the value of loose parts, discover how to curate the loose parts utilizing different lenses to explore the affordances the loose parts offer children, and how to set provocations that promote inquiry.

For more information and to register, visit:


Wednesday, Jan 28 (noon-1 pm)

Avoiding the Rabbit Hole: How to Recognize and Understand Conspiratorial Thinking (

This edWebinar explores the psychological and cognitive factors behind conspiratorial thinking, including the role of fears and anxiety, cognitive dissonance and biases, motivated reasoning and institutional cynicism. We will discuss the ways conspiracy theories exploit emotions as well as how they fill emotional needs. As part of this session, we will also provide instructional resources for integrating these concepts into your curriculum, including our new, interactive lesson which is part of the Checkology virtual classroom.

For more information and to register, visit:

Thursday, Jan 28 (10-11 am)

Innovating in the Classroom with Interactive 3D Tools (EdSurge)

As technology advances, interactive 3D experiences are becoming more common, often transcending what we are able to convey with text, images and video alone. Panelists will discuss how to bring this technology to core subjects and explore strategies for leveraging real-time technology like Epic Games’ Unreal Engine as a tool for teaching and learning.

For more information and to register, visit:



Digital Learning Day is Turning Ten

Highly recommended diverse books for kids  (Resilient Educator)

Notes Tools for Educators    (

7 easy ways to promote your ebook collection  (Overdrive)

Resources for reaching reluctant readers  (Overdrive)

Brush up on overdrive and SORA tips (Overdrive)

Future Ready Librarian Challenge: Bite sized PD to help you learn new tools and strategies. Challenges include mini-activities and sharing what you have learned with other school librarians through social media, virtual meetups and special events.

Identify Misinformation with Lateral Reading

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