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Best New Children’s Books for Grades K-5 with Kathleen Odean

In this engaging workshop, Kathleen Odean will introduce outstanding books published during the last year for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. She will present excellent new picture books, easy readers, fiction, nonfiction, biography, and poetry. They will include read-alouds, independent reading titles, and books for reading clubs and discussion groups. The workshop will offer practical ideas for promoting the books and integrating them into classrooms. Participants will learn about resources, websites, display ideas, and extension activities to use with these and other books. Each participant will receive an extensive handout of resource lists and curriculum-related booklists. The day will also incorporate time to share ideas with each other.

Registration is limited to school and public librarians and teachers in the Monroe #1 BOCES Region.

Event Date: May 16, 2018 from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Monroe One BOCES, 15 Linden Park, Rochester, NY 14625
Cost: FREE

Registration is limited to school and public librarians and teachers in the Monroe #1 and Monroe 2 BOCES service areas.
Registration: Monroe #1 My Learning Plan
Food: Lunch is on your own

12th Annual Digies

The Annual Digital Media Festival (Digies) submission deadline is coming up on April 1st. Celebrate the great work of your students by submitting to the Digies! There are four categories to the festival: Audio, Graphic Arts, Interactive Media and Video. Submit your student work into one of four grade levels: K-2, 3-6, 7-9 or 10-12.

Student work is judged by Professors at colleges and universities from around the United States and by people in media professions. The first, second and third place winners receive a certificate and medal. Winners will be notified that they have placed, and are encouraged to attend the festival, where they will find out which place they won. The festival will be held in the theater at the Strong National Museum of Play on Wednesday, May 16th.

Entries into the festival are due on April 1st and are all submitted digitally. Submissions must be done by a teacher or librarian, and must be K-12 appropriate.

Many of your students are already creating this type of project either with you, in the classroom, or at home. Entries must have been created anytime between April 2, 2017 and April 1, 2018 and must be submitted by a teacher, librarian or other educator. For more information on the festival, for past examples, and submission guidelines, please visit: www.digies.org

Best New Young Adult Books with Kathleen Odean

In this popular workshop, Kathleen Odean highlights the very best recently published books for young adults, including a variety of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She shares practical activities and proven tips for promoting the books and integrating them into the curriculum. This lively informative day gives participants a wealth of top new titles to share with students both in the curriculum and for independent reading. Participants in Kathleen’s workshop will receive a comprehensive handout of related guides, resources, activities, and ideas aligned with the Common Core Standards and employing a variety of technology tools.

This is Kathleen’s fifteenth year of presenting all-day workshops that receive excellent evaluations from participants. She was a public and school librarian for 17 years and served as chairperson of the Newbery Award Committee. She has presented at conferences throughout the U.S.

Event Date: May 14, 2018 from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Monroe One BOCES, 15 Linden Park, Rochester, NY 14625
Cost: FREE

Registration is limited to school and public librarians and teachers in the Monroe #1 and Monroe 2 BOCES service areas.
Registration: Monroe #1 My Learning Plan
Food: Lunch is on your own

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!