SAYL Mail for October 9, 2020

SAYL Mail     School and Youth Librarians newsletter    October 9, 2020


Around the state

A warm welcome to Mary Everhart the new librarian at Hydaburg School. She is working on a DOE grant that aims to reopen and refresh the school library and two other school libraries in the area. Mary has many years of teaching in rural Alaska and is excited to be in Hydaburg for her new adventure.


YALSA training Christine Osciak and I are ready to provide training on collected learning and computational thinking based on a new online format designed by YALSA. We are starting with the option of a short hour long training session on computational thinking for both school and public library staff. If you are interested or would like more information please contact me.


Beyond the Bell is a new program sponsored by EED for short PD trainings. It is a collection that supports the professional learning of educators throughout the year. All sessions begin at 3:30pm or later. One option are book discussions featuring titles addressing current educational topics. Take a look at the offerings. Beyond the Bell is designed for educators and takes place at the end of the school day.


Live Homework Help: If you haven’t already, please take some time to review the many resources and the FREE live tutoring component available to K12 students. Make sure you have a link on both your library website and your school page. The more people who work with students are aware of this service the more students will take advantage of our resources.


Digital Citizenship Week   October 19-23          

Check out the resources on the EED webpage as you plan activities for this week. These include lesson plans, resources for family engagement, district implementations, social media plan and copyright resources.


Upcoming: AASL Townhall October 22, 2020   REGISTER

“Everyone nowadays seems to feel a little stuck in the day to day. School librarians have a unique chance to rise up and lead the learning by providing solutions to work beyond today. Where would we like to go? Let’s dream a little–the how doesn’t matter right now. Let’s focus on our why and create a where.”




CE and PD Opportunities for October

October 14   1:00pm    REGISTER

“Teaching Disinformation in 2020: COA Tips for Students and Educators Learn how to tell if a bot or a troll is behind the online content you see and what to do about it. Plus, dive into the information landscape surrounding the 2020 elections and political campaigns.”


October 15   REGISTER

School Library Journal Day of Dialog   Fully virtual and free.  REGISTER

All sessions and author chats will be available for viewing on demand within an hour of the initial broadcast and the entire event will be available on demand until January 15th.


October 21 10:00 am   REGISTER

5 Kinds of Nonfiction: Rethinking Your Book Collection

Melissa Stewart offers tips for collection development and suggests small group and whole school activities that highlight a broad selection of nonfiction titles. When students understand the five kinds of nonfiction they can predict the type of information they’re likely to find and how that information will be presented also be able to quickly identify the best book for a purpose.


Oct 21   10:00 am   REGISTER

Booklist YA for All: Genre Bending Young Adult Titles   

“A great discussion about books, readers’ advisory, book talking, and some new amazing YA titles.” Featuring authors Nic Stone, Kim Johnson, Karen McManus and Trung Le Nguyen


Oct 22   10:00am             REGISTER

Literacy Development: How to Avoid COVID Slide & Digital Divide Pitfalls

Looking for a simple and proven way to build confidence, stamina, and literacy outcomes for struggling readers? How about a format that addresses the equity challenges at the forefront of our minds in the current COVID-slide reality? Presenters will share philosophies and best practices for incorporating large print into a youth collection


Oct 23   11 am    REGISTER

How to Reach Your Readers: Keys to Marketing Your School Library

“Easy strategies and best practices for how to promote your school library to not just your student readers, but your entire school community—whether they’re in the classroom or at home.”


October 24     REGISTER

SLJ Summit 2020 “Culture Shift”

This all day event will focus on creating a culture that promotes an equitable world and closes the opportunity gap for all children.


Oct 27 10:00 am   REGISTER

Bursting at the STEAMS: Upcoming Titles for Young Readers

“Features representatives from representatives from Penguin Young Readers, DK, and Skyhorse Publishing, who will spotlight forthcoming STEAM-centric titles for grades K-12.”


Oct 28   11:30am    REGISTER

Author& Educator Roundtable: Culturally Responsive Books in the Classroom

“Hear from educators turned authors as they talk about culturally responsive books in the classroom. How do these authors internalize that in their own writing? How do they use books, their own and others, to affirm the humanity of their students and advance antiracism in their work as educators? How can these ideas and practices be taken on by fellow teachers and librarians in the 2020-2021 school year and beyond?


October 30   10:00 am    REGISTER

Booklist: Mad About Middle Grade

“What must-have MG titles are coming your way this winter and spring from Holiday House, Pixel+Ink, Shadow Mountain, and Tundra Books?



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