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The Massachusetts School Library Association Student Interest Group is holding its annual spring conference on Saturday, March 31st, from 8:30 A.M.-3:00 P.M. We would like to invite you to participate in this conference, which will include two sessions from the AASL 2011 conference:
Collaboration by the Numbers
Collaboration is the key to today’s successful library programs. This program will explore how two successfully funded grant proposals nurtured and increased collaboration at multiple levels: between library teachers and the classroom teachers, between library teachers and other curriculum specialists and amongst library teachers and instructional technology specialists. This session will also include an exploration of BrainPOP and TeachingBooks, the Internet databases which powered the collaboration and are now supported by district wide subscriptions.
Erin Broderick, Library Teacher, Newton Public Schools
Jennifer Reed, Library Teacher, Newton Public Schools
Reading As a Window To The World: Why Multicultural Literature is Important and How to Move It Off the Shelf and Into the Hands of the Reader.
Students need to see themselves in what they learn and what they read! All too often, however, multicultural literature remains “on display” instead of being checked out and read by children. Workshop participants will learn strategies for actively promoting titles that provide “windows and mirrors” for children and develop empathy. During the workshop participants will collaborate to develop criteria for effectively evaluating multicultural children’s literature titles.
Chris Swerling, Library Coordinator, Newton Public Schools
Patricia Karam, Library Teacher, Newton Public Schools
Rachael Lundquist, Library Teacher, Newton Public Schools
As well as two panel discussions on Surviving Your First Year and Working in a Middle School Library.
The conference and a continental breakfast and lunch will be free of charge.
Please RSVP byMonday, March 19, 2012.