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Future Ready Librarians with Mark Ray

Is your school library Future Ready? Join us for a full day professional development session, where Mark Ray will lead participants as they explore the Future Ready Librarians Framework. This will include the school librarians role in curation and dissemination of content, working as a curriculum/tech/pedagogy consultant alongside classroom teachers, empowering students within a personalized learning environment, and new directions for learning commons/lab type spaces. The session is open to Librarians, Administrators, and Instructional Leaders.

Mark Ray is currently Director of Innovation and Library Services for Vancouver Public Schools (WA) and Future Ready Librarians Lead. A 20-year teacher librarian and instructional technology facilitator, Mark was the 2012 Washington State Teacher of the Year and named a National School Boards Association “20 to Watch” in 2015. His work has focused on digital learning, professional development and re-imagining school librarians and libraries.

Event Date: April 23, 2018 from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: The Italian American Community Center, 50 Frank DiMino Way, Rochester, NY 14624
Cost: FREE
Registration: Monroe2 My Learning Plan
Food: Breakfast & Lunch are provided. Please register for lunch here: http://monroe2boces.libsurveys.com/loader.php?id=0a7d4b5255f154fd4e48a7d4c63018d0

Media Literacy Project Grant

The New York State Educational Media Technology Association (EMTA) offers an annual grant for educators who want to incorporate media literacy into their teaching. The goal of the grant is to provide funds (an award of $1,250) for research projects or demonstration projects that promote media literacy and can be replicated in other areas across the state and nation.

Applications are due on or before May 11, 2018. A committee will select the recipients by June 14th, and projects are to be completed between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. For more information and grant application, see the EMTA website at: www.edmediatech.org

3 Apples Book Award Nominees are out!

The 3 Apples Book Award nominees have been announced and it’s up to your students to READ READ READ! This is the only award where kids nominate and vote for books for kids! The voting will take place in April. Each child has one vote cast at either their school or public library.

Winners will be announced online at www.nyla.org/3apples

The list of nominees, further information, and marketing materials can be found online at: The NYLA 3 Apples Website

Get Epic!

Get free ebooks for PreK through 6th grade with this online reading platform! Epic is free for educators to sign up and use with students. Have students use your unique Classroom Sign In Code or create an account for them. No need for students to have email addresses. Here you can create reading lists, assign books to individual students, or you can create quizzes to assess their comprehension. You can monitor students’ reading activity and create assignments to enhance their learning. Epic! also includes audio books for those students who are auditory learners.

To sign up, go to www.getepic.com or download the app. If you have questions or would like me to do a short training webinar for you, send me a quick email!