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*New Summer Workshop*

As the role of the school librarian is ever changing, it is sometimes hard to keep up. Some librarians are the tech leaders for their buildings. Some are teaching coding skills. Some are creating makerspaces and delving into the world of robotics. Some want to do these things, but feel like they lack the skills to do it all. In the modern era, where making, computing, and invention are skills that students are expected to learn, the language of circuitry is a foundation.

In this day-long workshop, we will thoroughly move through the basics of circuitry and binary computing. We will build circuits using various materials such as copper tape, LED bulbs, and circuit stickers. We will practice building circuits using invention kits and we will cap the day off by sewing circuits with conductive thread.

Once you have a thorough understanding of how circuitry is the foundation of the modern world, you’ll be better able to explain these concepts to your students. You’ll be a better problem-solver and be able to teach your students to be better problem-solvers too. On top of this you’ll have more confidence coming up with fun and interesting projects.

This workshop will be held on July 30th from 9 am to 3 pm with an hour lunch break (lunch not provided). It is designed for librarians. Classroom teachers are welcome to join us if they attend in collaboration with their building librarian.

Click here to register through the Monroe One My Learning Plan.

New Workshops Added to MLP

We’ve added three new workshops to the My Learning Plan spring catalog!

Since the Library Maker-Monday: Makey Makey Inventions workshop was canceled due to the weather, we’re rescheduling it for May 20th. This will be the final Library Maker-Monday for this school year. Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3102518

If you enjoyed the series and would like to see it continue, please let us know. We will likely continue the series next year, but probably will diversify the days and as such rename the series.

We will be holding a Safari MONTAGE Overview for educators who want to teach using video. This will be a webinar held on May 23rd from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3116368

Learn to Create Forms and Surveys Using LibWizard on June 4th from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. 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. Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3116374

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

2019 Carol A. Kearney Ed. Leadership Institute

Transform Learning with the Reimagined ESIFC

Registration is now open for the NYLA-SSL 2019 Carol A. Kearney Educational Leadership Institute: Transform Learning with the Reimagined ESIFC led by Dr. Barbara Stripling.

This revised ESIFC aligns with the AASL, ISTE, ELA, Social Studies, and NextGen Science Standards. It will provide a comprehensive continuum of information fluency skills PK-12 and clear guidance for school librarians to integrate the teaching of essential information fluency and inquiry skills across all grade levels and throughout the curriculum.

The Institute will take place August 7th and 8th at the Syracuse University Sheraton in Syracuse, NY.

Register now!

PBS STEAM Education Webinar Series

PBS is offering a series of three webinars designed to inspire young scientists through STEAM education. PBS will provide a certificate of attendance for each one-hour virtual learning event.

Part One | Helping Students Interpret Data

March 19 @ 7PM ET

Data, data, data. Data is everywhere! How do we teach students to interpret data? To care about data? About all the cool things that can be done because of data? Look no further. Join us in this LIVE conversation with NASA experts to explore how they brought visualizations of the Earth to the palm of your hands all using, you guessed it, DATA!

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Part Two | Teaching Computational Thinking

March 26 @ 7PM ET

Join in on a live conversation with Josh Caldwell from Code.Org! Josh, a former classroom teacher, is the author of “Creative Coding” and the curriculum lead at Code.Org. This one-hour live learning event will dive into the ways in which you can help students think about computational thinking in artful, creative, digestible and fun ways!

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Part Three | Exploring Models Inspired by Nature

April 2 @ 7PM ET

There are so many innovations and models we use in our day-to-day life that are inspired by nature. How do you incorporate these concepts into your classroom? And how do you get students excited to learn more about it? In this last of our three-part “Inspiring Young Scientists” series, world renowned anatomist, Dr. Joy Reidenberg, and Megan Schuknecht, from the Biomimicry Institute, will join us to present ideas about the science within nature!

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ALA Leadership Institute Application Deadline Extended

The deadline to apply for the 2019 ALA Leadership Institute, “Leading to the Future,” has been extended until March 15.

The institute will take place August 5-8 at the Hilton Oak Brook/Chicago Conference Center and Resort in Oak Brook, IL and costs $1,650 per participant. This cost includes training, materials, lodging, breakfast and lunch on all four days, dinner on Wednesday, and a free one-year membership to the Library Leadership And Management Association (LLAMA).

Click here for information and a link to the application.

LOC Summer Teacher Institutes Deadline is Sunday

Immerse yourself in the practice of teaching with primary sources from the unparalleled collections of Library of Congress this summer at the Library of Congress Summer Teacher Institute. Apply to attend a week-long professional development program for K-12 educators in the nation’s capital.

In 2019, the Library will offer three Institute weeks:

Open Sessions (any subject area): July 8-12; July 29-Aug 2
Science, Technology, and Engineering Focus: July 15-19

Yes, we know it’s short notice —  the application Deadline is Sunday, March 10, 2019!

Click here for information and application info.

Educator Screening of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

There will be an educator screening and discussion of the documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? on Tuesday, March 19th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the WXXI offices. All attendees will receive NYS CTLE credit and a certificate of participation.

This event is free, but registration is required. Register here.

Click here to view the flyer.

Library Automation/Follett Update

We will be upgrading the Follett Destiny to 16.5 over February Break. Documentation can be found on the Follett Community – https://www.follettcommunity.com.

Sally also has a class scheduled for Monday, March 4th from 3:30 to 4:30 pm to highlight what is new in 16.5. Register for it here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3049033

Paper Moon Maker Workshop

There are three spots left for the Paper Moon workshop, which is scheduled to be held on Monday, February 4th from 3:45 to 4:45 pm.  In this session we will learn a little about origami, some paper circuitry, and talk about the moon.

This workshop is part of the Library Maker Mondays series, which is a series of fun, creative workshops where librarians make things and learn some new things (or practice some skills they already have) in the process.

Register Here

PD Opportunities

We’ve developed the schedule for the Library Maker-Mondays series for this semester.

January 14th: Intermediate Block Coding
February 4th: Paper Moon
February 25th: Makey Makey Inventions
March 25th: Pop-up Haiku
April 22nd: GamiBot

We have also started adding Tuesdays to the mix, re-running some of the Monday workshops for those who cannot make it. Anna Bayerl has graciously offered to host the first one on January 22nd at Dake School Library in West Irondequoit. The workshop will be Block Coding for Librarians (Beginner).

All of these are visible in the Monroe One BOCES My Learning Plan. (Under the Search Term(s) box, click the “Select one or more options…” drop down menu, and choose “Library Services – CTLE Approved Sponsor”).

If you have any ideas for future workshops, or have requests for something specific, please let us know!