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Friday, March 31
 

9:15am

#sharetheawesome: Get Curious about Creating a Culture of Sharing
School Library Media Specialists are the experts on sharing. Come to learn (and share) how to embed professional development into the culture of your school or district using twitter, Ted Talks, online book clubs, faculty meetings, and bathroom stalls. Curious about how to reach more of the professionals in your building? Come and learn how we #sharetheawesome.

Competencies:
Design professional development that reaches reluctant participants.
Connect to other professionals to continue to share and learn in community.
Implement at least one strategy to effectively share library resources with the school community.

Speakers
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Brittany Tignor

Worcester County School District (MD) - Snow Hill Middle School
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Ellen Zschunke

SLMS, LMTSD - Pine Road School


Friday March 31, 2017 9:15am - 10:45am
Empire C Hershey Lodge

9:15am

Future Ready Librarians
How can librarians and libraries support Future Ready Schools? How can librarians and libraries become more future ready?
These questions are central to the Future Ready Librarians initiative at the Alliance for Excellent Education. This interactive conversation with Shannon McClintock Miller and Joyce Valenza will explore the critical role that librarians can play in the strategic work of schools and educational systems connected with educational technology leadership, empowering students as creators and learners, content curation, innovative instructional practices, and more. Everyone will have a voice in the conversation as we become Future Ready Librarians together!

Speakers
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Shannon Miller

Teacher Librarian and Educational Consultant & Speaker, @shannonmmiller
Shannon is the author of the award winning The Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for various blogs, journals and other forums. She is currently writing two children's book series with Cantata. In 2014, she was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. In 2016, she was awarded... Read More →
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Joyce Valenza

Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Joyce Valenza has been studying and writing about young people, technology and information fluency for more than twenty years. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Rutgers University’s Master of Information program. For ten years, Joyce wrote the techlife@school column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Joyce has authored books on information skills for ALA Editions and Information Today and developed several video series for Schlessinger Media. Joyce currently writes the award- winning NeverendingSearch Blog for School Library Journal and also writes... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 9:15am - 10:45am
Crystal Hershey Lodge

9:15am

25 Library Tech Tools to Make Your Life Easier
25 tech tools will be shared with attendees. These are tech tools that can make life easier for school librarians. Tools that will be explored include research and teaching tools, library administrative tools, an library programming tools. Attendees will be shown each tech tool and given information by the presenter on how it has been used in her library.

Competencies:
Learn the URL to properly navigate to the tech tool
Learn basic navigation of the site Learn how it can be used in the library



Friday March 31, 2017 9:15am - 10:45am
Empire B Hershey Lodge

11:30am

Building curiosity in the High School through Children's Literature and other Reading Initiatives
We are going to share how we use children's literature to spark interest in reading in high school students. We use the text for term papers, bridges to other selections and summer reading initiatives. We also want to share our other endeavors to create a community of readers including One Book, One School, Community reading signs, book displays, school TV commercials/contests and genrefying the library.

Competencies:
Use children's literature in the High School to spark interest
Create community reading signs
Institute "One Book, One School" program in their school

Speakers
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Susan Powidzki

Upper Moreland School District
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LIndsey Stock

Assistant Principal/Curriculum and Instruction, Upper Moreland School District
Lindsey Stock, M.Ed., is Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Upper Moreland High School. Mrs. Stock earned her undergraduate degree from Moravian College where she majored in English with a concentration in Secondary Education. Mrs. Stock earned a Master’s Deg... Read More →


Friday March 31, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empire C Hershey Lodge

11:30am

Out of the Box: Notes from the Archives
Digital humanities (DH) is growing at the college level and provides a valuable tool for K-12 learning design . DH converges with current education trends and aligns with school library learning practices: driven by student inquiry, addresses real-world problems, fosters innovation, unites diverse subjects. We will consider Baldwin Digital Archives as a case study for creating a culture of curiosity through DH and will look up-close at working with primary sources in an authentic and engaging way.

Competencies:
Attendees will be able to define learner agency and their role as educators
Attendees will be able to create a personalized learning system for student curation.
Attendees will be able to utilize information on the inquiry method for classroom practice.

Speakers
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Lisa Lopez-Carickhoff

Director of Libraries and Information Services, The Baldwin School
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Maryam Phillips

HSLC Director



Friday March 31, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empire B Hershey Lodge

11:30am

I'm a Librarian! Now What?!
Transitioning to a new position is challenging whether one is an experienced librarian or new to the profession. It is easy to become overwhelmed and make mistakes that will cause large problems later. Come to this workshop to learn ways to be pro-active and make starting a new position as smooth as possible, avoid common pitfalls, and set yourself up for future success.

Competencies:
How to change library policies or procedures without alienating colleagues
What to preserve from predecessor
Putting your own stamp on the library

Speakers
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Nora Congialdi

West Chester Area School District
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Bethany Gendron

West Chester Area School District
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Josnne Ruse

West Chester Area School District
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Tammy Taylor

West Chester Area School District


Friday March 31, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Empire A Hershey Lodge

11:30am

Libraries: Your Key to Content Curation in A Personalized Learning Environment
In a truly personalized learning environment, learners pursue inquiries associated with content standards that require the self-curation of content. Learn how librarians and classroom teachers can support learner agency and learner inquiry through the curation of content resources.Learn how librarians and classroom teachers can support learner agency and learner inquiry through the curation of content resources.We will share our personal story of content curation on the path to truly personalized learning.

Speakers
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Robin Burns

Library Media Teacher, Salisbury High School
PSLA Board of Directors | High school library media teacher, voracious reader, and lifelong learner.
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Randy Ziegenfuss

Superintendent, Salisbury Township School District
Randy currently serves as Superintendent in the Salisbury Township School District. Prior to his current position, Randy was a classroom teacher, Department Chair, Technology Integration Specialist, Director of Technology and Assistant Superintendent. Randy is also Clinical Adjun... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 11:30am - 12:30pm
Crystal Hershey Lodge

2:00pm

Open Minds: Competition in the Library Makerspace
How does a makerspace become more than a space? A competition combining research, design-process thinking and entrepreneurship is creating new excitement about Plymouth Whitemarsh (PW) High School’s library makerspace. Attendees will experience elements of the competition first-hand and participate in discussion on how the event may support a STEAM culture in the school library.

Competencies:
Construct a vision for their personal role in STEAM initiatives.
Identify elements of a transdisciplinary library makerspace event or program.

Speakers
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Sara Frey

Plymouth Whitemarsh High School


Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Empire B Hershey Lodge

2:00pm

Leadership 101
Have you ever considered a leadership position within PSLA or want to add some leadership experiences to your repertoire, but don’t know where to find them? Would you like to get to know your current PSLA leaders better? Join us for a panel discussion that will share our experiences becoming leaders in PSLA and in other professional areas, what our roles actually involve and how they fit in with our “real lives,” and suggestions for growing your own leadership potential. Come with questions and suggestions of your own to share!

Speakers
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Jennifer Bates

Librarian, Central Columbia High School
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Robin Burns

Library Media Teacher, Salisbury High School
PSLA Board of Directors | High school library media teacher, voracious reader, and lifelong learner.
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Allison Burrell

President/ K-12 Librarian, PSLA/ Southern Columbia Area SD
I am the K-12 librarian and Child Study Team Coordinator for my school district. For 2016-17, I am also the President of PSLA. I am happy to answer any questions about the organization or the joys and challenges of being a solo district librarian!
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Eileen Kern

AASL Chair of Vision for Implementing ESSA Task Force | AASL Chair of National School Library of Year Award Program | Past President of PSLA
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Caitlin Linsenmann

Conference Executive
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Allison Mackley

NBCT Librarian and Instructional Technology Coach, Hershey High School
PSLA Vice President | 2017 Conference Chair
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Mary Schwander

Librarian, New Hope-Solebury High School
Google Certified Innovator | PSLA Outstanding Individual School Library Program - 2016 | PSLA Board Director



Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Empire C Hershey Lodge

2:00pm

Leading Professional Learning Communities a New Collaborative Culture – Librarians and Administrators
We will share ways for teacher librarians to collaborate with your building adminstration to facilitate movement toward 21st century learning in a student-centered environment.

Competencies:
Collaborating with your administrators
Ideas for collaboration
Advocacy in your building/district

Speakers
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Ann Schmidt

Library Media Specialist, Conrad Weiser High School
Teacher Leader, advocate, passionate learner, techy, love the library
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Alissa Sweigart

Assistant Principal, Conrad Weiser High School


Friday March 31, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Crystal Hershey Lodge

4:15pm

Brand Your Library: More than Logo!
Perhaps you know your library’s vision and mission, but how are you communicating that? Odds are, they aren’t reading your Word document. Take those core values and visualize them by creating and sharing your library brand. Your library brand tells a story and you want to make it memorable! This session will explore the why and the how of library branding and show specific tools and examples used to communicate your story.

Competencies:
Participants will view and critique examples of “branded” libraries
Participants will develop a method to establish their library brand
Participants will learn tools to help design and market the library brand.

Speakers
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Heather Lister

Educational Consultant, Mackin Educational Resources
Heather Lister is a former school librarian now serving as an Educational Consultant with Mackin Educational Resources. She holds certificates in Library Science, Instructional Technology, Mathematics, and School Administration. Heather is passionate about maker education and giv... Read More →
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Shannon Miller

Teacher Librarian and Educational Consultant & Speaker, @shannonmmiller
Shannon is the author of the award winning The Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for various blogs, journals and other forums. She is currently writing two children's book series with Cantata. In 2014, she was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. In 2016, she was awarded... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Red Room Hershey Lodge

4:15pm

Nurture a Library of Wonder
Engage your students and work together to build a library of wonder. Explore remarkable technology tools that enhance instruction and student curiosity. Participate in practical and research based station learning. Share successes in nurturing a library of wonder for students.

Competencies:
Participants will view different tools to enhance instruction
Participants will observe best practices to enhance instruction
Participants will have the skills to try new web tools and ideas of station learning in their libraries.

Speakers
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Beth McGuire

Librarian, Wendover Middle School, Hempfield Area School District
Hello. I would enjoy talking with you about all areas of librarianship. In PSLA, I am pleased to be a member of the both the Teaching and Learning Committee and the Awards Committee. This year I have been honored to be a member of the Sustaining Leaders Academy. Topics of teachin... Read More →



Friday March 31, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Empire C Hershey Lodge

4:15pm

One District, One Book in the Elementary School Setting
Since 2011, school librarians have played a key role in the promotion of South Western School District’s One District, One Book program. All four elementary schools participate in this home/school partnership where every family receives a personal copy of a common title to read at home. Connections are made in school through contests and activities. At this interactive presentation, librarians, and administrator and a district parent will share this annual journey with those wishing to embark for the first time with district wide programming; network to share ideas from those with experience; and celebrate how one book can create a culture of curiosity among children.

Competencies:
Attendees will collect ideas for short and long term library programming and promotions at the elementary level.
Attendees will learn a variety of strategies to promote leisure reading and model personal enjoyment of reading in order to promote habits of creative expression and lifelong reading.
Attendees will network with other elementary librarians from throughout the state to share and showcase successful library programming.

Speakers
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Stacey Fisher

South Western School District
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Mary Kay Kelly

South Western School District
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Melissa McElwee

South Western School District
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Kimberly Reese

South Western School District
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Shannon Resh

South Western School District


Friday March 31, 2017 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Empire A Hershey Lodge
 
Saturday, April 1
 

10:30am

Grant Writing: Expanding Learning Opportunities with MIC Tools  
As school library programs seek to generate awareness and support for their programs, future ready librarians have the ability to transcend the school’s walls by utilizing digital organizational tools to help secure grant funding and create learning opportunities. e-Portfolios are an excellent advocacy tool that has the potential to reach both internal and external publics. e-Portfolios also support collaboration as many students are turning to digital storytelling.

Competencies:
Participants will be able to create e-portfolios for advocacy and organizational needs.
Participants will be able to connect grants sources in order to create transdisciplinary learning opportunities.
Participants will be able to promote an appreciation for literature.

Speakers
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Tracey Wong

ALA Award Winner, Highview School


Saturday April 1, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Empire C Hershey Lodge

10:30am

The School Librarian's Guide to Success in the PDE Educator Effectiveness System
It’s time to prepare for your Educator Effectiveness System (EES) annual evaluation, and you need a game plan.  After a year, we know—based on survey results and training--how PA school librarians are faring in EES.  You’ll learn to navigate the EES process & timeline, write a measurable Student Learning Objective (SLO), choose a Differentiated Supervision mode that works for you (Portfolio, Action Research, or Peer Coaching), and collect authentic evidence to create an ePortfolio that demonstrates your effectiveness in the four Danielson Domains.

Speakers


Saturday April 1, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Empire D Hershey Lodge

10:30am

The Sustaining Leaders Gallery Crawl of Great Library Program Ideas to Spark Your Curiosity:
23 Sustaining Leaders, collaborating with their mentors, each developed and carried out a Personalized Learning Experience—a new program idea that creates positive awareness of the value of the school library. Join these leaders in a gallery walk to view their informative posters and discuss informally how they implemented their fresh, new ideas.

Competencies:
Participants will be able to adapt ideas presented into programs that promote positive awareness for their own library


Saturday April 1, 2017 10:30am - 12:30pm
Wild Rose AB Hershey Lodge