Ambassador Schu’s Review of Books for You and Your Readers, Too!
Join in a conversation with Mr. Schu as he presents some of the best new picture books, early readers, and novels for k-6 readers. In typical Mr. Schu fashion, he will share book trailers, websites, activities, and interviews you can easily incorporate into lessons and booktalks to get everyone on your campus hurrying to your bookshelves to find the perfect book.
John Schumacher (aka Mr. Schu) is a blogger, a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University, and the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs. He has served on ALSC's Children and Technology committee, AASL's Best Websites for for Teaching and Learning, two Readers' Choice award committees, the School Library Month planning committee and the 2014 Newbery committee. You could say every day is a giant book party for this teacher-librarian! In fact, Library Journal named him "The Xtreme Librarian" for the high level of exertion - and some gears and stunts - he uses to get kids reading, and Instructor Magazine named him a Cool Teacher for redefining what it means to be a teacher-librarian. He blogs daily at mrschureads.blogspot.com/
Just One Idea Can Change the World: WeDo 2.0 Robotics
Using LEGO® Education solutions, elementary students can explore, create, and share discoveries as they build solutions to real-world problems and standards-based projects. At the same time, this hands-on problem solving allows students to deeply engage with science practices, coding, and the engineering design process. This is a BYOD session so participants will need to load app onto their device/computer prior to this session that can be found at here.
Betty Justus has been a Key Account Manager for LEGO Education for 16 years providing ideas for implementation and professional development to the educational community in Texas. Prior to entering the business world, she taught High School Algebra and Calculus and served as a department chairperson for 9 years in Austin ISD.
What on Earth Are You Doing NOW? --The Question You WANT Your Community To Be Asking! (FREE books for everyone who attends session!)
Keep it moving in your library with innovation and ideas! From Poem in Your Pocket to Skype in the Classroom to Twitter to LEGOS and Makerspaces to Best New Books, You'll Hear it All Here! I will give away free books to all who come to my session. Extra bonus book giveaway chance for those who follow me on Twitter!
Pamela Thompson is a YA librarian with a passion for fiction. She blogs and reviews at http://booksbypamelathompson.blogspot.com/ and her reviews appear at www.abookandahug.com and other review sites. She writes YA reviews for The El Paso Times and currently reviews for School Library Journal.
Coye Duncan and Irma Escontrias Sanchez
Integrating Technology Into Your Library and Curriculum
Please join us to learn more about digital resources which will enhance your library circulation and curriculum. Attendees will receive a free digital bookshelf trial with sample titles for K-6 and 7-12.
Author visit with Irma Escontrias Sanchez
Librarians will preview an author visit session this is available to schools at all grade levels. Librarians will also learn about a program that will allow students to write their own individual or class book which can be published upon completion.
Coye Duncan was an outstanding educator for 25 years, and garnered Teacher of the Year Honors at Edgemere Elementary in Plainview, Texas. She was also ESC Region 19 Elementary Teacher of the Year before she took her show on the road. She has been a sales representative for Opal Booz & Associates for 16 years and has prided herself on her outstanding customer service and excellent product. She is a truly one of a kind individual and extremely proud of her professional relationships with all her librarians.
Irma Escontrias Sanchez was the first person in her family to attain a college degree. Irma graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Irma taught for twenty nine years before retiring and enjoyed her journey as a reading teacher for Ysleta Middle School, V.W. Miller Intermediate, Valley View Middle School and Desert View Middle School. She was recognized by The El Paso County Council IRA by being awarded the Outstanding Teacher of Reading Award. In 2014, she was bestowed the honor of receiving the BEEMS Bilingual Advocate of the Year award.
That First Good Book and An Opportunity to Read It
After spending a great deal of time considering how best to promote a robust reading program on campus, I put my ideals to the test by stepping out of the library and into the classroom teaching half of our 6th grade population (yes, a full day course load complete with grading responsibilities) for 1 month. Join me to discuss the encouraging results of this one month project and to engage in a serious discussion about our roles as literacy advocates and leaders and the roles of the adults and professionals on campus in helping students grow as readers.
Shawn Leggett is the librarian at Camino Real Middle School in El Paso, Texas. He taught English at Riverside High School for 6 years and is committed to helping students gain a lifelong love of reading and learning. As one of the founders of the LEND Conference, Shawn has committed himself to helping librarians grow and network in our community to ensure our craft continues to have a profound impact on the lives of our students and on the community we serve.
TexQuest, Standards, ESSA, and OER. Are We Having Fun Yet!?
Librarians are constantly finding new ways to help their teachers and students navigate an increasing number of digital materials. Join us as we discover resources on TexQuest. What is new with the State Library Program Standards? See the proposed revision and how they might affect you. What is OER and why should I care? Finally where is Texas with ESSA and how will it affect me?
Liz Philippi has worked in school libraries for 30 + years as an elementary and secondary librarian, as a library systems administrator, and more recently as the manager of library services for Houston ISD. She is currently the school program coordinator at the Texas State Library which involves working with school districts and librarians across Texas on the state funded digital resources (TexQuest), updating the school library certification standards, and how the new ESSA guidelines will affect school libraries and librarians as well as other issues that involve school libraries in Texas.
Let Your Dreams Take Flight:
Empowering Children to go from Ordinary to Extraordinary
Presentation Description:Imagination has the power to open children's minds. During this interactive session, you will learn how the presenter’s book engages young Hispanic children through a story that expands their world and motivates them to learn. You will discover how his book was inspired by his own life experience. He will share how his story not only inspires children to dream but also demonstrates that anything is possible through effort and hard work.
Gilbert-Ian Rueda has a deep passion for learning and teaching, but it’s his imagination that sparks and fuels his writing. He loves creating something out of nothing, motivating him to create Santosh, the Little Elephant. His mission in life is to share these passions with the children he meets and teaches, helping them open their minds to topics they may otherwise view as dull. He strives to make his students’ education experience a memorable and exciting one.
blog address: http://gilbertianrueda.com/this-journey-to-inspire
Design Thinking for Libraries and Technology in the Library
What is design thinking and how can it help my campus library? This will be an informative session about how design thinking can go a long way in solving problems that sometimes libraries encounter.
Libraries are no longer places to check out books but places that foster creative growth in students, teachers and the community. Want to learn about how Web 2.0 technologies like Quizziz, Nearpod, Poll Everywhere and GAFE (Google Apps for Education) can be used in your library? This hands-on session will help you revolutionize your library and your classes.
Sr. Oscar Porras is the Library Media Specialist at Ysleta Middle School in El Paso, TX. His two areas of focus are to assist teachers with reading and writing and to utilize technology in the classroom. He is also interested in supporting other teachers as they integrate technology into their curriculum and helping students become lifelong readers and learners.
Angela Lucero, Les Arms and Jacob Galindo
Identifying and Combating Misinformation
Fake news has always been around but it is now more pervasive and destructive than ever. It is up to us as information professionals to ensure that our students are fully capable of recognizing when a piece of information is fake by use of their critical thinking skills, and by using trusted sources of information.
Angela Lucero, Les Arms and Jacob Galindo
Librarian- Faculty/Teacher Collaboration: Offering the Carrot
Librarians need cooperation and buy-in from faculty members or teachers to best develop information literate students which, unfortunately, isn’t always easy to establish. In this session we will discuss how the UTEP library has been employing an information literacy grant that incentivizes faculty collaboration with librarians, and how attendees can use similar methods to bring their faculty or teachers within reach for partnership.
Angela Lucero earned a bachelor’s degree in English and American Literature from the University of Texas at El Paso, and returned to UTEP after earning her Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. Ms. Lucero is part of the Health Sciences research specialist team, and also serves as the librarian for Political Science, Public Administration, and National Security Studies Institute.
Jacob Galindo earned his Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas. Mr. Galindo has been a librarian UTEP for 2 and a half years. He is also part of the UTEP Library Instruction team, which has over the past two years re-emphasized teaching information literacy to UTEP students.
Les Arms earned her Masters of Library Science and Masters of Arts in History and Philosophy from Indiana University. She is the STEM librarian at UTEP and is a member of the library’s instruction team.
Fun and Interactive Storytelling Methods/Techniques for Young Children
Keeping the attention spans of toddlers and preschoolers while reading a storybook to them can be tricky and sometimes daunting. This presentation is geared towards newcomers and veterans alike to early childhood education who would like to learn some effective techniques for reading and presenting books for early exposure to literacy and engagement in a social setting to prepare children for success in school.
Derek Najera has been a librarian with the El Paso Public Library for ten years. He's been doing children's programming during most of this time in branches around the city, providing regular Ready-to-Read story time for preschool and school age children as well as special programs for children and families. He has also been actively involved with doing community outreach to daycare centers and schools and several professional organizations to improve library services and promote literacy to children and families.
Staying a Leap Ahead in Our Changing Times:
Fun PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next databases for All Kids K - 6
Join me for a demonstration of how PebbleGo databases enhance your ability to address TEKS and Common Core standards with unlimited simultaneous usage in a FUN way. These resources make lesson planning a breeze for educators!
Marcie has been the district representative for Capstone in the El Paso area since 2007. She is here to assist you in navigating the resources available from Capstone, the largest publisher of non-fiction children's books in the U.S.
Lenny Jaquez, Trish Johnson and Alice Hanson
You Did What!? Genre-fication in the Public School Library Setting
Are you thinking about genre-fying your collection? This is the session for you. You will learn about the research behind organizing your library collection by genre and you will learn from our first-hand experience with the process. We genre-fied three school collections and would like to share the results with you. You will have an opportunity to ask questions from those that have gone through it.
SISD Comic Con
Learn about the successful 2016 SISD Comic Con. This event won the TLA 2017 Branding Iron Award in the events category! Find out what events and activities were involved and how it emphasized literacy and career readiness. Discover what will change for next year and how you can be a part of the SISD Comic Con!
Marcy Sparks is the Library Services Coordinator for Socorro ISD. She recently served on TLA's esteemed Texas Bluebonnet Award Selection Committee and organized the successful district-wide Battle of the Bluebonnets event this past year. In 2016-17 she added SISD Comic Con and #SISDBookBlitz to the Library Services event schedule. You can follow her on twitter @Sparks_Interest and learn more about SISD Library Services on their website. http://www.sisd.net/libraryservices
Are you looking for someone special? Fall in love with your next great read.
"Speed Dating with Books!"
Book talks are great but "Speed Dating with Books" totally rocks! "Speed Dating with Books" will get more great books in the hands of students, have students explore different genres, learn how to really get to know a book and date someone that their parents will approve!
I am currently the Head Librarian at Chapin High School and have been a secondary librarian for 13 years. I am always actively searching out new and exciting ways to hook kids into reading.
Research Made Easy with Gale’s Google & Microsoft Integration
The Gale resources offer easy access to award-winning content based on national curriculum standards. Resources are interdisciplinary by nature and cover most subject areas. Explore the ease of Google integration and now Microsoft integration within the resources for easy retention of documents for research. Gale resources support differentiated learning with the many tools available.
Dennis Kelsch is based out of Phoenix, Arizona and covers the entire Southwest for Gale K-12. While starting out as an ESL teacher, he has made a career consulting in the K-12 environment as a technology consultant with Blackboard, business owner with Young Rembrandts in California, and as a former Newspaper in Education manager. Among his diverse background he has also lived and worked in Japan and Brazil.
Let's Plan a Calendar: Ideas for an Annual Independent Reading Plan
Principals, reading coaches and librarians must work together on building an exciting reading culture on campus. Come prepared to share ideas so that we can begin this exciting process together. Prizes will be offered at this session.
Lisa Hernandez is the Scholastic Book Fairs Representative for the El Paso / Las Cruces area. Over the past 10 years Lisa has worked directly with librarians to provide resources and ideas to help them meet the needs of all students.
The Moment: The Evolution of an Idea
The Idea Funnel: A discussion on how ideas evolve from thought to the printed page and how teachers and librarians utilize the same process to carry out their projects in classrooms and libraries. I will be donating autographed copies of my books during my session.
Phillip Dominic Cortez was born in El Paso, Texas where he became fascinated with books and stories at a very early age. It wasn’t long before he wanted to write his own stories. Cortez began his career as a freelance sports writer, writing stories for his local paper and later moving onto writing editorials and feature stories for different publications. He is the author of Night Rhythms, When I Close My Eyes, Ava & the Monsters, Summer Son and Pancakes For Dinner! Cortez still loves to read and, with his wife, Patty, is now fascinated by the many stories told by their four children: Ivan, Cameron, Ava and Zoe. He frequently contributes to his blog, called The Moment. https://phillipcortez.com/
Out With the Old in With the New
Have your weeds gone out of control? Are you looking for new tips to save you time and money with collection development? Join Deborah for a fast-paced look at selection and de-selection of you library collection. Discover strategies and resources while preventing an outcry of dissension.
4 Ways to Ensure Diversity in the Library
Today's diverse society is a multicultural blend of races, beliefs, lifestyles and abilities. In this session, you'll receive strategies for strengthening diversity practices, new diversity resources, not-to-be-missed books, and a wealth of programming ideas. We will finish with marketing tips -- after all, what's the point of having a diverse program if no one knows you're doing it?
Deborah B. Ford, Junior Library Guild's Director of Library Outreach, is an award-winning library media specialist and international speaker with almost thirty years of experience as a classroom teacher and librarian in K-12 schools. Traveling across North America, she does workshops, library coaching, and professional development for school and public libraries. Deborah is the author of JLG's Booktalks to Go and Everyday Librarian at School Library Journal. She also maintains an award-winning, coordinating online resource a livebinders.com. Follow her on Twitter @jlgdeborahford.
School Libraries: Inculcation V. Inquiry
In 1982, the U.S. Supreme Court described the special status of school libraries. This presentation will review the debate over the role of school libraries and what it means for civic engagement in today's political climate.
At YISD Central Office, Susan Austin serves as Chief Counsel for the Ysleta Independent School District. A licensed Texas attorney since 1983, she previously worked as executive director of the El Paso Coalition for the Homeless, an independent consultant and grant writer, and a business bankruptcy attorney and law firm partner. Austin was also elected to represent District 1 on the El Paso City Council from 2003-2005. Austin earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University in Massachusetts and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston-Law Center in Houston.