updated 8/1/18

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The complete collection of online resources from SLLA 2018 is found here.

Thank You!

School Library Leadership Academy 2018 would like to thank participants, presenters, and partners involved in creating a fantastic week of STEAM learning:

Cayla Armatti, ASD
Katie Clar, MSBSD
Lisa Davis, ASD
Carrie Day, MSBSD
Karen Denny, MSBSD
Audrey Drew, ASD
Leslie Hannam, ASD
Marlena Henrie, ASD
Julie Leary, JSD
Jannelle Maki, MSBSD
Lara Powers, KGBSD
Amy Riggan, MSBSD
Deborah Tice, FNSBSD
Pam Verfaille, VCSD
Sheryl Wittig, JSD
Laura Conner, UAF/UAF Museum of the North
Daniel Cornwall, Alaska State Library, Library Development
Audrey Drew, Code.org
Megan Egbert, Meridian Library District
Leah Geibel, Alaska State Archives
Claire Immamura, Alaska State Library, Information Services
Shannon Miller, Follett Education and Future Ready Libraries (Alliance for Excellent Education)
Dr. Deborah Rinio, UAF/Montana State University
Sue Sherif
Jared Shucha, Alaska State Library, Library Development
Rebecca Soza, Juneau Economic Development Council
Steven Yates, AASL
ABDO Publishing
Alaska Staff Development Network
Alliance for Excellent Education
American Association of School Libraries
Follett Corporation
Juneau Economic Development Council
Orca Book Publishers
Rosen Publishing
Simon & Schuster Education & Library
Travel Juneau
University of Alaska Anchorage, Professional and Continuing Education
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Alaska Museum of the North
University of Alaska Southeast Summer Guest Housing

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The School Library Leadership Academy is a week-long intensive workshop for school librarians who are established education leaders in their school or district.  It is open to currently employed (SY17-18) Alaska Certified School Librarians, with at least .25 FTE in a school librarian/media role.

The 2018 theme is “Picking up STEAM” and will focus on STEAM collaboration and integration within the context of American Association of School Librarians’ new National School Library Standards. 

Contact Jared Shucha for registration materials.

Participant Considerations:

  • Transportation costs from locations outside Juneau will be reimbursed through travel grants.  This will be in the form of a reimbursement check issued to your school district.  Individuals will make their own travel arrangements within the best-cost travel guidelines.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided, dinner is on your own.
  • Shared suite housing is available at John Pugh hall on the UAS campus at no cost to participants. These are individual bedrooms with a shared kitchen and living space. Staying at UAS may require using the city express bus to downtown and back daily, although other transportation options are being investigated.
  • Group rates at hotels near the Andrew P Kashevaroff building are also available at the Driftwood Inn  and Sheraton Four Points.  Details on booking will be sent to accepted applicants.
  • Participants may have the option of choosing one or two 500-level academic credits.
  • Earning one credit will require only attendance and participation during the week of July 23-27.
  • Two credits will require additional preparation work, facilitating a 20-30 minute mini-session during the academy, and online followup coursework. This option begins July 16th and ends no later than August 10th.
  • Tuition will be kept as affordable as possible (with the goal of the base rate of $74 for one credit, $94 for two) but is subject to change.
  • When selecting a credit option, please note that a two-credit online course through UAF which will focus on the AASL National School Library Standards will be offered later in the fall of 2018.

Information will be updated as available to this page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jared Shucha

Our sponsors:

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Simon & Schuster Education & Library logo

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Tentative Schedule, 8 am – 4:30 pm

Each day will also include 2-3 student led modules on STEAM collaborative lessons and/or literature connections.

Monday, July 23rd                     

  • Welcome and library logistics
  • “Backstage” Tour of APK.  State library staff, service roles & responsibilities.
  • Questioning and Inquiry
  • Sharing our Library Stories
  • AASL National School Library Standards: Inquire

Tuesday, July 24th     

  • AASL National School Library Standards: Include
  • Alaska Books for Alaska Kids
  • Makerspaces, Breakerspaces, and Learning Commons
  • NGSS Standards Overview
  • AASL National School Library Standards: Collaborate

Wednesday July 25th             

  • Engineering is Elementary
  • AASL National School Library Standards: Curate
  • AASL National School Library Standards: Explore

Thursday, July 26th                  

  • Shannon McClintock Miller: Future Ready Libraries

Friday, July 27th

  • Computational Thinking and Coding in the library
  • AASL National School Library Standards: Engage
  • Course Evaluations and Continuing Plan for 2-credit Option

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Shannon McClintock Miller is an international speaker, consultant and author who has a passion for education, librarianship, advocacy, technology, social media and making a difference in the world and lives of others, especially children. She served as the K-12 district teacher librarian and technology integrationist at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa for 10 years. Shannon now brings a special expertise and vision to conversations around school libraries, education, technology, creativity and student voice.  Shannon currently serves as the Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect Spokesperson working with librarians, educators and students around the world every day.
She is Buncee’s Librarian Advisor, Cantata Learning’s Teacher Librarian Advocate and Author and a Participate Author. Shannon is the author of the award winning The Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for various blogs, journals and other forums including ISTE, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. She recently published her first 4 children’s books about library skills with Cantata Learning and is working on the next series which is due out in the fall of 2018.
Shannon will be presenting a full-day workshop on Thursday.

Deborah Rinio received her MA from the University of Arizona in 2003 and PhD from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2018. She’s held various positions over the years, but most recently worked seven years for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District as a librarian in elementary, middle, and high school. She is active in the Alaska Association of School Librarians (AkASL) and with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). From 2014-2017, she served on the AASL Editorial Board and helped write the 2017 National Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.
Deborah will be facilitating activities throughout the week on the new AASL National School Library Standards.

Megan Egbert is the District Programs Manager for Meridian Library District in Meridian, ID and author of the book Creating Makers: How to Start a Learning Revolution at Your Library. Megan is a reluctant STEM convert, a maker enthusiast, a storyteller at heart, and a firm believer in the role that informal learning can have on our communities. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Boise State University in Multi-Ethnic Studies, a Masters in Library Science from University of North Texas, and now finds herself taking Public Policy and Administration classes just for “fun.” Egbert has written articles for Huffington Post, Idaho Magazine, Young Adult Library Services, and more.  She is a book reviewer for School Library Journal, is serving on the 2019 Caldecott Committee, and is active in local, regional, and national professional organizations.
Megan will be facilitating makerspace learning via video conference.

Rebecca Soza has a passion for community involvement in education that creates real-world opportunities for students to engage in learning. She regularly teaches Juneau Girl Scouts, coordinates science camps, organized “Girls Rock Science!” and leads other community science events designed to introduce STEM programs and careers to students. Her primary role at JEDC is directing Alaska’s FIRST Robotics program where she has built the statewide program to include over 200 teams and 400 volunteers.
Becca earned her MA in Secondary Science Education and BA in Environmental Science from Columbia University and went on to teach middle-school science at an inner-city public school and work for a variety of nonprofit organizations.
She is now an integral part of JEDC’s STEM AK programming on the local, regional and statewide level.  Beyond FIRST Robotics, she developes and executes enrichment activities, professional development opportunities, helps facilitate Technology Transfer partnerships and is an enthusiastic advocate for STEM education.
Becca will be leading a half-day workshop on engineering education.

Audrey Drew is definitely a Jack-of-All Trades. In addition to being a Code.org Fundamentals Facilitator she is an Elementary Librarian, and former Ed Tech Collaborator and Classroom Teacher. She has taught mostly upper Elementary, M.S. Math, H.S. Biology/Psychology and student teaching seminars.
Audrey has lived in Alaska for the last 24 year and is originally from Nebraska. She and her husband Gary have two adult children; Raimey and Dawson, who live with them and attend College. Gary is a Biologist with USGS and there have been many times when Audrey has been his field hand on some adventures in Resurrection Bay or out of Homer, Alaska. They love to ski, hike, fish, and enjoy all that Alaska has to offer!
Audrey will be leading a half-day workshop on code.org programming.