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Arts in Ed News

It’s that time again, to start letting Wendy Petry know of any authors you would like to pursue for school visits through Celebrities in the Schools for next year.  The deadline for 2018-19 purchase orders to Monroe One BOCES is mid-April.  Please have all Arts in Education purchase orders to her by then at the latest for new requests.  Please let your teachers know of this deadline.

Also, a reminder to teachers and librarians to fill out evaluations on-line after an event at the AIE website, Arts in Education Evaluation (link).


New Safari Content

For those districts participating in the Multimedia Service, Safari has been adding new content. The packages listed below are already available to you in our SAFARI Montage system.

  • Simple History Video Links – 58 Web streaming links to animated history videos. Topics include: the Industrial Revolution, California Gold Rush, Berlin Wall, Space Race, Thanksgiving and more. Grades 7-12.
  • Osmosis Video Links – 39 web streaming links to videos exploring a variety of medical concepts including: asthma, concussion, HIV & AIDS, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, bulimia nervosa and more. Grades 9-Adult.
  • Basho and Friends Video Links – 62 web streaming links to Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinese instructional music videos. Grades PreK-4.
  • NUMBEROCK Video Links – 70 web streaming links to musical animated math videos. Topics include: angles, order of operations, addition, subtraction, fractions and more. Grades PreK-6.

We will keep you updated as they add content!

The Power of Reading

Good morning! There’s one week left to go before February break. Let’s start our week by re-invigorating our love of librarianship with this beautifully written article by Maria Popova published on her blog, about the power of reading.

“We read to remember. We read to forget. We read to make ourselves and remake ourselves and save ourselves. … Most of all, we read to become selves.” Popova’s brief article contains some of the most beautiful language I have read about what it means to read and how it affects our human experience.


2019 ALA Annual Conference Info

Registration is now open for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference. This year’s conference will be held in Washington, D.C. from June 20-25. A preliminary schedule of conference programs will be available in April 2019.

ALA Annual Conference registration includes:

  • 500+ educational programs, discussions, and workshops on key topics
  • World-renowned speakers and experts
  • Pre-conferences for in-depth professional development
  • Entrance to the exhibits where 800+ exhibitors at 1,500 stands highlight new and favorite products, titles, and services—one-stop shopping for everything your library needs
  • The opportunity for you to present a paper or poster
  • Meetings and events such as Opening and Closing General Sessions and ALA President’s Program
  • Dozens of social and fun events
  • Access to the International Visitor’s Center and Internet Café and WIFI—online access so you can stay in touch
  • A free ticket to the popular International Librarians Reception (for full conference registrants)
  • and more.

You can register online at:


Author Webcasts at

The Library of Congress Center for the Book hosts a series of author webcasts and posts them on their website. Here you can see and hear favorite authors discuss their work.

The list of authors includes webcasts by R.L. Stine, Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, Stephenie Meyer, Toni Morrison, Neil Gaiman, Jan Brett and more.

Scroll through the list at

On-Demand Programming: American Graduate: Getting to Work

In 2018, together with 19 stations (including our own WXXI), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting launched the American Graduate initiative’s, “American Graduate: Getting To Work,” to partner with schools and businesses, and help prepare students with the skill sets and training needed to be part of the new workforce, especially for high-demand fields.  As part of this, WXXI is offering on-demand programming highlighting local career opportunities that may not require an expensive 4-year college degree.

American Graduate is one of the largest public media collaborations across the country with over 125 local public media organizations, and national television and radio producers and distributors, working with more than 1,700 community partners.

Click here to find their local career pathway videos

Call for Proposals: High School to College: Supporting Student Success

We’re currently looking for poster sessions and breakout sessions for this one day conference, being held May 22nd from 8:30 am – 3:30 pm at the SUNY College at Brockport.

Poster Sessions:
We’re looking for poster sessions featuring research projects from both high school and first year college level that represent a wide range of student experiences.

Breakout Sessions:
We’re also looking for breakout sessions on all topics related to student success, such as:

  • First generation college students
  • Scaffolding instructional sessions for classes with a range of research skill levels
  • Teaching strategies
  • How college culture and research/classroom learning come together
  • Student resilience & self-advocacy
  • Preparing for college level writing in all its modalities
  • Crosswalking information literacy standards and frameworks (AASL & ACRL)
  • Helping English language learners achieve success
  • Thinking inclusively & universal design
  • Information literacy and its connection to critical thinking
  • Digital citizenship
  • Supporting the whole student (social emotional learning)
  • How public libraries support high school & college students


Use this form to submit your idea for a poster session or breakout session (or both!). Please submit one form for each session that you want to present if proposing multiple sessions.

Deadline to submit is Friday, March 15th. Accepted session will be notified no later than Friday, March 29th.

A full conference program will be available the week of April 11th.


Registration is also open for this full-day conference where you’ll have the opportunity to learn from your colleagues as we talk about ways to help our students successfully transition from high school to college. This conference will feature breakouts, panels, and poster sessions, with plenty of time for one-on-one conversations and making connections with educators from around the region.

*Registration is hosted by Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES MyLearningPlan. If registering from an institution not listed under District/Institution please select “Other, Not on List” and then type in the institution under Building/Division. – If you have any questions, contact Jim Belair (

Kathleen Odean Dates Scheduled

Save the dates!
Kathleen Odean will be in town May 2nd and 3rd with her well-loved best books program. May 2nd will be the Best Books for Children program, and May 3rd will be the Best Books for Young Adults program. Exact times and locations are TBD.  Further info will be forthcoming as Katie makes the arrangements with Kathleen.