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Media Literacy Week is Next Week!

Next week is U.S. Media Literacy Week, hosted by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)! The mission of the week is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education all across the country.

We will help you celebrate this important set of skills by providing you with resources and lesson plans to help you educate your students on how to handle the flood of information that hits them every day. We will include information on advertisements, stereotypes, and truth and bias. Check the blog daily!

Children’s Book Festival Author Jerry Craft

Check out Jerry Craft at the upcoming Children’s Book Festival held annually at MCC in Henrietta.

Author and Illustrator, Jerry Craft, writes the books he wishes he had when he was growing up. New Kid is a middle-grade graphic novel that has earned five starred reviews, including one from Booklist magazine. The book centers around seventh grader, Jordan Banks, whose parents have decided to send him to a prestigious private school where Jordan struggles to fit in.

Jerry is also the creator of the comic strip, Mama’s Boyz, and the middle grade novel, The Offenders: Saving the World While Serving Detention! (which he wrote with his two sons Jayen & Aren).

His website includes a 3 minute interview with him where he discusses his inspiration and how he got started. (Scroll to the very bottom of the home screen to find it.)

Jerry is available to schedule school visits November 4th and 5th. For details contact Wendy Petry.

October 7, 2019 Your Monday SLS Briefing

SLS Mini-Grants

The SLS Mini-Grant deadline was Friday, October 4th. The review process begins today, and the awards will be announced on October 15th. We are looking forward to reading them! If you did not apply for a Mini-Grant, and would like to volunteer to help with the review process, please contact Katie Bertrand.

October Workshops

Multimedia Content for your Classroom (WEBINAR)
Wednesday, October 16th | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Monroe One BOCES Multimedia Service offers a wide variety of content and tools to enhance your teaching. We’ll explain how to access them and highlight our newest content in this hour long webinar update. This workshop is designed for teachers and librarians who participate in the Monroe One BOCES Multimedia Service. Click to register.

Create and Code Interactive Stories with Twine Series
(WEBINAR) Tuesday, October 29th | 3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
(IN PERSON) Wednesday, October 30th | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
(IN PERSON) Wednesday, November 13th | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Learn how to create, code and share your own interactive stories using Twine! Marrying story development with coding, Twine provides an avenue to build rich narratives, while learning accessible, natural-language based coding.

This workshop series will start with a 45-minute webinar overview of Twine. A hands-on, hour and a half, in-person workshop will follow, with participants practicing key coding concepts and learning the foundations of creating interactive story games. The third session will be an hour and a half of facilitated work time, where attendees can practice their coding and plan a lesson with students. Click to register.

Video Production Tips for the Classroom
Wednesday, October 30th | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

This workshop was designed from my experience as an educational Videographer/Editor. This workshop will cover the basics of video production such as proper interview setup, green screen technology and basic production tips that teachers and students will benefit from. Please note that I will be demonstrating these techniques with an iPad. However, these tips and tricks can be utilized when recording on any video camera. Click to register.

 

Monroe One BOCES SLS Need-to-Know News

The SLS MiniGrant deadline is this Friday, October 4th!

Each applicant may request up to $1,200 in grant funds. The awards will be announced on October 15th and must be completed by March 23rd, 2020.

Allowable mini-grant projects include:

  • Collection Development
  • Innovative Projects
  • Professional Development Programs

For more information about the grant application and process, please visit our website: www.monroe.edu/sls

 

The Re-imagined ESIFC

There is still room to register for the Re-Imagining Information Fluency and Standards Alignment for our Students.

As school librarians, we know we must teach our students the skills they need to succeed in the ever-changing and complex information environment. The Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC) has been re-imagined to provide a guide for that teaching; it is a comprehensive PD-12 continuum of the skills, responsibilities, and dispositions that will enable our students to flourish, both personally and academically. The skills of the ESIFC will align with the expectations of various national and New York State standards documents, including NextGen science standards, New York’s Social Studies and ELA standards, and AASL and ISTE standards.

In this workshop, we will explore the new ESIFC and translate it into action. You will discover essential skills of inquiry, multiple literacies, design thinking, social responsibility, and even student agency. Most importantly, you will be able to collaborate with colleagues to develop personalized approaches, lessons, formative assessments, and strategies to transform teaching and learning in your school.

The event will be held on October 10th, 2019.

 

***Reminder: Our SLS Council meeting will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm.

 

Children’s Book Festival Authors

The Rochester Children’s Book Festival is coming up on November 2nd, 2019. Some of the out-of-town authors are interested in doing local school visits.

These are:

  • Julie Berry (Available October 31 and November 1)
  • Laurie Calkhoven (Available October 31 and November 1)
  • Alyssa Satin Capucilli (Available November 1)
  • Peter Catalanotto (Available October 31 and November 1)
  • Matt Chandler (Available October 31, November 1, November 4 and  November 5)
  • Jerry Craft (Available November 4 and November 5)
  • Nikki Grimes (Available October 31)
  • London Ladd (Available October 31 and November 1)
  • Mark Shulman (Available October 31, November 1, November 4 and November 5)

Contact Wendy Petry for more information. A full list of authors with new releases is at the festival website: rcbfestival.com. (We will feature some of these authors in future posts).

The festival will be held at Monroe Community College R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center, 1000 East Henrietta Road (Park in Lot M) from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Upcoming Workshops

Here is the list of fall workshops starting in October. Please review and register!

Getting Started with LibGuides – October 1st, 3:30-4:30 pm (Liesl Toates)

LibGuides is an online platform that allows librarians to curate knowledge and information, and share it with your students, teachers and parents. Get started with your free LibGuide account (provided by Monroe One BOCES SLS), and learn how you can use this amazing tool in your school library.

 

Minecraft Education – October 11th, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm (NYSCATE – Antonio Scordo)

Minecraft: Education Edition is an open world game that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem solving in an immersive environment where the only limit is your imagination. During this 1-day, in-person Teacher Academy, you will receive an overview of Minecraft: Education Edition, learn to play the game, and create curriculum and classroom resources you can take back to your classroom and continue your journey.

 

Digital Tools & Content for Your Classroom *WEBINAR* – October 16, 3:00 – 4:00 pm (Liesl Toates & Mark D’Annunzio)

Monroe One BOCES Multimedia Service offers a wide variety of content and tools to enhance your teaching. We’ll explain how to access them and highlight our newest content in this hour long webinar update. This workshop is designed for teachers and librarians who participate in the Monroe One BOCES Multimedia Service.

 

Develop Creative Thinking and Collaboration with BreakoutEDU – October 17th, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm (Doreen Pietrantoni & Parker Ormerod)

Have you heard of BreakoutEDU? If not, this is the workshop for you! Come and explore the possibilities of creating an engaging, interactive learning experience for your classroom. Students will be excited to learn through discovery and an inquiry-based experiences. Come and learn how to shift learning into the 21st century!

 

Video Production Tips for the Classroom – October 30, 3:30 – 5:00 pm (Mark D’Annunzio)

This workshop was designed from my experience as an educational Videographer/Editor. This workshop will cover the basics of video production such as proper interview setup, green screen technology and basic production tips that teachers and students will benefit from. Please note that I will be demonstrating these techniques with an iPad. However, these tips and tricks can be utilized when recording on any video camera.

 

Intermediate LibGuides – November 5th, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (Liesl Toates)

For those librarians who have a basic understanding of how to use LibGuides, we are offering this intermediate level workshop. Attendees will learn some of the tips and tricks for refining and beautifying their LibGuides.

 

Library Makers – Curricular Connections with Sphero – December 10th, 3:30 – 5:00 pm (Liesl Toates)

Sphero is a little round robot that’s not only fun, but can be used effectively in education. In this 1.5 hour hands-on workshop, attendees will learn to control Sphero, code with Sphero, and practice and discuss ways to use it to strengthen curricular concepts.

 

Create Forms & Surveys in LibWizard – December 19th, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (Liesl Toates)

Learn to create forms and surveys using LibWizard. These forms and surveys can be used directly through your LibGuide account or embedded elsewhere. This feature makes it easy to collect data or create sign-ups.

 

Digital Age Students – Creating a Culture of Digital Citizens (Webinar and Online Course) – January 13th, 4:00 – 5:00 pm (Doreen Pietrantoni & Parker Ormerod)

Create a classroom/building/district culture of digital citizens who can make critical decisions in the digital world. Attendees will kick off their professional learning experience during a 1 hour Webinar and complete coursework (discussions, readings, and final artifact) in an Online Course. Course runs from January 13, 2020 – February 14, 2020.

 

SLS NewsBlast 2019.09.09

Welcome Back!  Happy 2019-20 School Year!

We hope that you’ve successfully navigated the first days of the new school year and that everything in your school library is off to a wonderful start.  We extend a special welcome to three school librarians who are new to the Monroe One BOCES region:

Melissa Bohrer, Ivan Green Primary School, East Irondequoit

Jenn Costello, Laurelton-Pardee Intermediate School, East Irondequoit

Becky Hibbert, East Irondequoit Middle School, East Irondequoit

SLS Mini-Grants
  • The Monroe One BOCES School Library System is pleased to announce that $20,000 in funding is available mini-grants this year.  Certified school librarians in our SLS member schools of up to $1,200 for mini-grants for collection development, innovative projects, or professional development.
  • Please click on the SLS Mini-Grant page to learn more.  The individual documents are linked here as follows AnnouncementApplicationFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ), and Evaluation Rubric and also at the right-hand side of the SLS Mini-Grant page. Contact Katie Bertrand at katie_bertand@boces.monroe.edu if you need more information.
Re-imagined Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC)

The School Library Systems Association (SLSA) and the New York Library Association Section of School Librarians (NYLA/SSL) have recently completed a year-long, joint effort, working with Dr. Barbara Stripling, to Re-Imagine the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (ESIFC).  The entire Re-Imagined ESIFC can now be found at this libguide.  Each of your school libraries should have an ESIFC Binder with the original version which was released/provided in 2013.   Please hold on to those binders.  In mid-October, your SLS will provide the new print version, which you can insert into your existing binders.  If you do not currently have an original ESIFC binder, please email us at library_services@boces.monroe.edu and we will try to find a replacement for you.  See the next item for a professional development opportunity related to the Re-Imagined ESIFC,

Upcoming Professional Development
  • Using Graphic Novels, Graphic Nonfiction, and Graphic Biographies in the Classroom with G. (Greg) Neri, will take place on Monday, October 7, 2019, at the School of the Arts, 45 Prince St. Rochester, from 6:30-8:00 pm.  This workshop, intended for librarians and teachers is presented jointly by the Monroe One, Monroe 2 Orleans, and City of Rochester School Library Systems in cooperation with the Monroe County Library Systems and Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library. Click on the workshop title for complete information and to register.  (Read on for more about G. Neri, and opportunities for students)
  • Re-Imagining Information Fluency and Standards Alignment for our Students with Dr. Barbara Stripling will take place on October 10, 2019, at Monroe One BOCES, 15 Linden Park, Room 2AB, 9:30am-3:00pm.  Please click on the workshop title for a complete description and registration information.  Those attending will receive their new print copy of the Reimagined ESIFC at this time.  Please bring your emptied binders.
Speaking of G. Neri

The 10th Annual Greater Rochester Teen Read takes place October 7-11, 2019 and G. Neri is the featured author.  For more information about the Teen Read and opportunities for your students, please see the attached brochure and poster.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions or need assistance. Click HERE for our Monroe One SLS Staff Contacts.  If you’re ever uncertain who to, email library_services@boces.monroe.edu and your question will be directed to the appropriate staff member.   

Wishing you a wonderful, rewarding 2019-20 School Year!

Your Monroe One BOCES Library Services Team