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August 13, 2013: Day 1 Agenda

Workshop offerings for Day 1 of the conference

Day 1 Agenda

         RILINK Summer Conference, Day 1, August 13, 2013

      Strengthening the Core:  SLMS as Curriculum Leader

                                    Sponsored by Follett School Solutions

8:00 – 8:30

Coffee and registration.  Please remember to sign the RILINK Professional Development Roster.  Please check your library’s entry on the RILINK Member Directory page using the laptops provided in the registration area. Please make any corrections using "Report Changes" box on the Member Directory page.

8:30 – 9:15

 

Session 1 

Keynote Presented by Renee Hobbs, Professor & Founding Director of Harrington School of Communication & Media

Messy Engagement: The Heart of the Common Core

At the heart of the Common Core standards is a focus on mastering complex texts, analyzing their structure, determining an author's purpose or point of view and presenting ideas, information and evidence using an appropriate media format. When done well, this work is messy -- because asking children and teens to share ideas through discussion, compare and contrast a variety of sources, and develop media messages to represent their learning creates high levels of engagement. Authentic critical thinking is inherently unpredictable. In this talk, Renee Hobbs explores the concept of messy engagement as a dimension of digital and media literacy and identifies the host of interdisciplinary competencies that enable teacher-librarians to create robust learning environments that motivate learners, support critical thinking, and inspire the kind of intellectual curiosity that lasts a lifetime.

9:20 – 10:35

Session 2A

Beyond Drill-and-Kill

Renee Hobbs, Professor & Founding Director, Harrington School of Communication & Media

Want to move beyond drill-and-kill computer games on the whiteboard? Learn how to help bring digital and media literacy to the elementary grades, where even the youngest children can learn to access, analyze, compose, reflect and take action using print, visual, sound and digital media tools, texts and technologies. Based on five years of practice and research in urban and suburban elementary schools, Renee Hobbs introduces Powerful Voices for Kids, a collection of lesson plans, videos and other online resources designed for K-6 educators and their students.

Session 2B

Blog the Book: The Challenge of Motivating Readers in a Digital Age

Heidi Blais, SLMS, Cranston High School East

Not only is it a challenge to motivate students to read in our fast-paced society, it's a challenge to get their attention at all! We are competing with games, gadgets and phones that stream, entertain, and divert. However, we can join forces with these distractions by using eye-catching book review blogs to induce students to read, to critique, to evaluate and to awaken awareness of internet etiquette, privacy, safety and savvy.

Session 2C

LibGuides CMS:  How Do I Get Started?

Beth Gorter, SLMS, George R. Hanaford Elementary School

Katie O’Kane, SLMS, Gladstone Elementary School

Interested in how members are implementing LibGuides CMS in their schools?  Hear from your colleagues about how they have started building guides and using them with their faculty and students. 

Experience some of the basics creating a guide from scratch.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop if possible.

A LibGuides CMS subscription is not required to attend this session.

 

10:35 – 10:50

Break - refreshments available

10:55 – 12:10

Session 3A

Beyond Drill-and-Kill

Renee Hobbs, Professor & Founding Director, Harrington School of Communication & Media

Want to move beyond drill-and-kill computer games on the whiteboard? Learn how to help bring digital and media literacy to the elementary grades, where even the youngest children can learn to access, analyze, compose, reflect and take action using print, visual, sound and digital media tools, texts and technologies. Based on five years of practice and research in urban and suburban elementary schools, Renee Hobbs introduces Powerful Voices for Kids, a collection of lesson plans, videos and other online resources designed for K-6 educators and their students.

This session is a repeat of Session 2A.

Session 3B

B-Ready with Britannica: Digital Resources, Secondary Library Media Specialists and the Common Core

Sara Torpey, Manager, Curriculum Specialists, Encyclopaedia Britannica

Library Media Specialists are the hub for connecting teachers and students to digital resources that best meet all of their learning needs, including those that best support Common Core Standards. Join us to deepen your understanding of the Common Core Standards for ELA, and meet an array of digital resources for middle and high school students that efficiently and effectively support the concepts and practices outlined in the standards. Clear connections will be made between Common Core Standards and ways that standards can be met using digital resources.

Session 3C

Aspen Curriculum & Learning©

Amy DiPaolo, Teacher,          West Warwick Public Schools

Marcy Lamlein
Director National Accounts, Follett School Solutions

Jacquelyn Lamoureux, SLMS, Deering Middle School

Hear how teachers are using Aspen Curriculum & Learning© to improve student learning, provide easy safe access to digital content, and communicate more effectively with students and their parents about student academic progress and growth.  Learn about the vital role of the school library media specialist in this new collaborative learning environment.

 

 

12:15- 1:00  

 Lunch- a catered lunch of wraps, salads, drinks, and desserts is offered.  See General Information on the Overview page for details on how to order and send payment.

 

1:00- 2:15

 

Session 4A

B-Ready with Britannica: Digital Resources, Elementary Library Media Specialists and the Common Core

Sara Torpey, Manager, Curriculum Specialists

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Library Media Specialists are the hub for connecting teachers and students to digital resources that best meet all of their learning needs, including those that best support Common Core Standards. Join us to deepen your understanding of the Common Core Standards for ELA, and meet an array of digital resources for elementary students that efficiently and effectively support the concepts and practices outlined in the standards. Clear connections will be made between Common Core Standards and ways that standards can be met using digital resources.

 

Session 4B

Using LibGuides CMS & Destiny© as Collaborative Tools to Meet Common Core Standards

Zachary Berger, RILINK Staff

Sharon Webster, RILINK Staff

Explore ways to create and maintain collaborative relationships with classroom teachers using features of LibGuides CMS and Destiny©.  Learn how accessing such tools as the Common Core Standards and Resource Lists in the catalog along side the creation of collaborative guides in RILINK Schools LibGuides CMS can support students and faculty in meeting the CCS.

 

Session 4C

Solutions to the Common Core/Literature Puzzle

Amanda Davia, English Teacher, Narragansett High School

Donna Good, SLMS, Narragansett High School

Joanne Gongoleski, English Teacher, Narragansett High School

Two high school English teachers and their school librarian offer their practical suggestions (efforts) to the literature/informational text/common core puzzle. They will discuss their collaboration and planning process which culminated in classroom instruction.  Included in their sharing will be a Shakespeare unit, a multiple media project which led to a piece of argument writing, a Macbeth piece with argument writing,  work on To Kill a Mockingbird and Night with Holocaust art, and a museum activity tied to The Last Days of Summer.  Many of the ideas and suggestions may be modified for any grade level.

2:20-

2:45

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