I have the pleasure of presenting to teachers from the English Montreal School Board over the next 3 Fridays at their district PD Days. I am presenting on the topic of Building a School-Wide Reading Culture. To construct the presentation, I am using the same LiveBinders binder I created on the topic last fall. I am using that binder to help guide our discussion. You can see the LiveBinders here: http://www.livebinders.com/edit/index/225482
I also gave the teachers who attended my session a handout, which is here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B26FVFyG1P7lZEZvVV9QUE5Rb0NuVjJzMkdjRENzQQ
The first presentation was this past Friday and it went very well. I spoke to an engaged and interesting group of about 18 teachers and preservice teachers (it was great to have some student teachers in attendance!) and they asked some great questions. We talked about the role of leveling books in junior and senior high school level classes, we talked about technology, we talked about finding resources for kids and teachers online. I started the session by reading Lane Smith’s fabulous book It’s a Book with them and they loved it! Check out the trailer below for It’s a Book…we also talked a lot about book trailers and how they can be used to engage kids with books and reading. All in all, a great day with teachers from the English Montreal School Board. I’m looking forward to next Friday’s session!
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I returned last night from Dallas, Texas, where I attended the annual conference of the Association of Library and Information Science Educators (ALISE). Dallas was a fun city to visit and the conference was very good. It was great to connect (or re-connect) with colleagues and ‘talk shop’ over lunch, dinner, and drinks. I attended sessions on supporting adjunct faculty in LIS education (presented by Dr. Sandy Hirsch from San Jose State University) and a panel about using new technology to support distance education courses. Dr. Hirsch’s talk was particularly interesting because she provided us with an overview of two new studies on adjunct faculty in LIS programs that spoke to my own experiences as an itinerant professor. One thing I found interesting was that most adjunct (or sessional) faculty in LIS programs tend to have full time jobs and teach courses ‘on the side’. Less than 20% of adjunct faculty (according to the study) make their living teaching for one or more programs. In this session we also talked about issues related to mentorship, teaching online, remuneration of adjunct / sessional faculty, and ways to improve communication.
I was fortunate to be part of a panel presentation through the School Libraries SIG entitled “Four Perspectives on School Librarian Professional Development”. This session was one of the best conference sessions I have attended in a long time. Renee Franklin Hill (from Syracuse University) shared findings from a recent study about how teacher-librarians are prepared to support special education teachers and special education programs in their schools. Dr. Judi Moreillon and Dr. Maria Cahill (from Texas Women’s University) presented their research about the kinds of professional development opportunities available to teacher-librarians from conferences. Then, Dr. Moreillon discussed another study about the importance of teacher-librarians’ role as instructional partners. Finally, Jennifer Branch and I then presented our research about professional development opportunities for Canadian teacher-librarians, based on the national survey we conducted last year. We focused particularly on the school and district level PD available, as well as the ways in which teacher-librarians are building and maintaining personal learning networks to support their informal PD needs. I was really thrilled to be part of this panel and to meet such interesting and dedicated researchers. I look forward to being able to read more about these research projects and share the findings with my students in future classes.
Now that this conference is done, I am home for a few days to catch up and recuperate and then beginning to look forward to the Ontario Library Association’s SuperConference early next month.
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