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Sunday, March 31
 

8:30am

President's Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Caroline Tucker

Caroline Tucker

MSLA President, East Bridgewater Jr/Sr HS


Sunday March 31, 2019 8:30am - 8:45am
Grand Ballroom

8:45am

Opening Keynote: The diversity road: Tales of a devoted traveler
New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney shares in insider’s look at the bookmaking process, and imparts her wisdom on how to reach even the most reluctant readers through words and pictures.

Speakers
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Andrea Davis Pinkney

Author
Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction and nonfiction.Her books have been awarded multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Jane Addams... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Grand Ballroom

9:45am

Diversity among the stacks: Introducing social justice, equity, and inclusion through our collections and the readers we reach
This interactive session delivers hands-on strategies for engaging diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in your home, school, and community. With practical tools for educators and families, Andrea Davis Pinkney motivates participants to become engaged diversity practitioners in many facets of their lives —classrooms, living rooms, and libraries. The session provides tactics for confidently bringing diversity to others through books, over the long-term, and offers next-day strategies for implementing diversity and inclusion ideals right away.

Andrea will sign books in the foyer outside of the Worcester room after her session. Her books will be available there for purchase.

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Davis Pinkney

Andrea Davis Pinkney

Author
Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction and nonfiction.Her books have been awarded multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Jane Addams... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2019 9:45am - 10:35am
Worcester

9:45am

Five kinds of nonfiction: Rethinking your book collection
Most children’s literature enthusiasts are naturally drawn to stories and storytelling, including fiction and narrative nonfiction. But up to 42 percent of elementary students prefer expository nonfiction. This session breaks down the five categories of nonfiction children’s books (four of which have an expository writing style), offers tips for updating book collections, and provides strategies for integrating a variety of nonfiction texts into reading and writing lessons.

Melissa's  books will be available for purchase at the conference bookstore in Commons 2 and she will be there to sign her books at 3:45 on Sunday.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Stewart

Melissa Stewart

Author, Acton, MA
Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 180 nonfiction books for children, including Seashells: More than a Home, Pipsqueaks, Slowpokes and Stinkers: Celebrating Animal Underdogs, and Can an Aardvark Bark. She is the co-author, with Nancy Chesley, of Perfect Pairs... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2019 9:45am - 10:35am
Middlesex

9:45am

Reaching & teaching ALL students: Supporting teen developing readers in your library
In order to create welcoming and effective learning spaces for all students, school librarians must show all students that the library IS a place for them. Learn how to use language, design, and early literacy best practices in your library to support the needs of teen developing readers. Develop collections, spaces, and services that are developmentally appropriate, culturally responsive, and respectful to the unique needs of teen developing readers.

Speakers
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Amanda White

Librarian, New Bedford High School
Amanda White has been the librarian at New Bedford High School in New Bedford, MA since 2016 and was previously the youth services librarian in the One City, One Library program, a collaboration between the Worcester Public Library and Worcester Public Schools in Worcester, MA. Currently... Read More →



Sunday March 31, 2019 9:45am - 10:35am
Carlisle

9:45am

Getting to Know the (New) AASL National School Library Standards
Our session will combine presentation and interaction among workshop attendees. Participants will actively engage in a “crosswalk” of the AASL standard strands and indicators, and define and detail how the AASL Standards align to their current library instruction. Participants will leave with a template to continue aligning instruction to the standards, a ready to use prepared “persuasive message” to share their administrators, and a AASL standards resource list to continued exploration and personal professional development.

Conferences are always filled with so many wonderful presentations - and so little time to do everything you want to do. Feel free to join at any point that our session is in progress or to "get a taste" and move on to another session. We are flexible and welcome everyone. No matter if you stay for the whole session or a part of it, you will know move about the AASL Standards that are setting the standard for excellence in school libraries across the country. 

Speakers
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Chris Swerling

Interim K-12 Coordinator of Library and Media Services, Newton Public Schools
Chris Swerling is the Coordinator of School Libraries K-12 for the Newton, Massachusetts Public Schools and a former National Board Certified Library Media Teacher. She has given numerous presentations on school librarianship at state and national conferences and taught library science... Read More →
avatar for Mary Frances Zilonis

Mary Frances Zilonis

Retired
Mary Frances Zilonis is the former Director of Library Services for Wellesley Public Schools and former Director of the School Library Teacher Program at Simmons College and former Coordinator of the Graduate Library Media and Instructional Technology Program at Bridgewater State... Read More →


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Sunday March 31, 2019 9:45am - 11:35am
Wayland

9:45am

Making in the library
Making in the Library is designed to provide librarians with an exploratory overview of makerspace design and tool implementation. Through Novel Engineering, librarians can use literature as an enriching basis for students to engage in making.

Speakers
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Laura Fradin

Education Specialist, Tufts Center for Engineering Education and OUtreach
Laura graduated from Tufts University with a B.S. in Biology in 2016. She then completed her Master's Degree in Education from the Technology, Innovation, and Education program at The Harvard Graduate School of Education. Laura has been part of the CEEO for over four years, working... Read More →
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Elissa Milto

Director of Outreach, Tufts CEEO
Elissa Milto is the CEEO’s Director of Outreach and runs the Novel Engineering program as well as other CEEO outreach efforts. Before coming to the Center, Elissa was a classroom teacher, working with high school students with special needs. She began working with the CEEO in 1999... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2019 9:45am - 11:35am
Ashland

10:45am

Connect with your teens: School library Teen Council
The Millis MS/HS library began a Teen Library Council to attract and get teens involved with the library and its programs. The purpose of the council is to make decisions as a group to better serve their peers in the library. This presentation will provide information on beginning  a council, share events that have happened in the library, and focus on the possibilities for improving library services.


Speakers
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Patsy Divver

School Librarian, Millis Middle and High School, Millis MA
I have worked as a school librarian for over twenty years. I organized book groups for both the Middle and High School, developed writing groups, and advised the newspaper. In promoting the library, I also have been on the MSLA board, the MTA board, collaborated with the public library... Read More →
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Madison Schofield

Student, Millis Middle/High School
Madison is a senior at Millis High School. She is editor of the school newspaper, as well as one of the founding students of the School Library Teen Council.  



Sunday March 31, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
Middlesex

10:45am

Flipping library Instruction in high school
Flipped lessons are a great way to engage learners and personalize learning to meet the diverse needs of each and every learner.  This presentation will explore what flipped library instruction is, why it’s important, and how it’s being adapted in high school, academic and public libraries.

Speakers
avatar for Julie O'Brien

Julie O'Brien

Library Media Specialist, Apponequet Regional High School



Sunday March 31, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
Worcester

10:45am

Greenlodge News
Greenlodge News offers fifth graders the opportunity to create and share a weekly news report with the school community. They prepare the script, record each other with a green screen, and use the app DoInk to put selected images and video clips together. Come to hear how we do it within the school day, and use our resources and ideas to create something similar at your own schools! Click here for presentation information. 

Speakers
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Sarah Bickel

Library Media Specialist, Dedham Public Schools
Sarah Bickel is in her third year as the school library media specialist at Greenlodge Elementary School in Dedham. Before that, she worked in a school library in Boston Public Schools. She embarked on her career as a school librarian because of her love of books and passion for education... Read More →



Sunday March 31, 2019 10:45am - 11:35am
Carlisle

11:45am

Lunch
Area and affinity groups are invited to sit together and meet during lunch.

Sunday March 31, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
Grand Ballroom

12:45pm

Adopting a MakerEd mindset: The role of libraries
Connections between doing, thinking, and feeling are vital in education. When teachers leverage tech-rich MakerEd using instructional strategies throughout the curriculum, students develop 4C skills and their learning engagement is evident. Based on an Eduporium pilot program in RI, we’ll discuss how to design classroom learning using MakerEd tools and embracing an innovative mindset.

Speakers
avatar for Edith Cricien

Edith Cricien

Eduporium
Eduporium is a fast-moving Educational Technology start-up on a mission to enhance the meaningful use of STEM technology in education. We work directly with schools, districts, and educational organizations to provide customized educational technology solutions that enhance experiential... Read More →
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Irina Tuule

Founder, CO Strategy, Eduporium, Inc.
Irina Tuule is a Co-Founder and CO Strategy at Eduporium. One of the pioneers of the ecological movement in Russia, she holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education as well as vast experience in pedagogical research and teaching at Russian and American Universities. She is passionate... Read More →



Sunday March 31, 2019 12:45pm - 1:35pm
Carlisle

12:45pm

No more CRAAP Test: The HS Digital Literacy Seminar
If you’re wondering how to teach source evaluation in the age of fake news this is the session for you. The CRAAP test checklist is no longer enough: students need to go deeper and critically analyze media. Alida will present Weston High School's required freshman Digital Literacy Seminar, based on the MA Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards, and give a brief overview of current scholarly thought about digital literacy.

Presentation slides

Speakers
avatar for Alida Hanson

Alida Hanson

Librarian, Weston High School
Alida Hanson is the librarian at Weston High School. She received a certificate in Digital Literacy from the University of Rhode Island in 2018, and her MS from the Simmons School of Library Science in 2012. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1986 with a degree in Studio... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2019 12:45pm - 1:35pm
Middlesex

12:45pm

The Massachusetts School Library Study: Igniting advocacy
This session is for participants interested in learning advocacy strategies for school libraries to use in their schools, districts, and communities. Materials will be shared, and there will be time for participants to use the metrics available in the MA School Library Study to self-evaluate their own programs and develop advocacy action plans.

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Robin Cicchetti

Head Librarian and Capstone Teacher, Concord-Carlisle Regional High School
Robin Cicchetti is the head librarian at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School. In 2008 she transitioned her library to a learning commons and has been a passionate advocate for the model ever since. Her doctoral work focused on school libraries and specifically on the dynamic of... Read More →
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James Lonergan

Director, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners
James Lonergan joined the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) as Director in June 2017. Previously he was a Deputy State Librarian at the New Jersey State Library and held positions as a Senior Program Officer at the Institute of Museum and Library Services; as Associate... Read More →
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Gregory Pronevitz

Communications Specialist, MSLA
Greg Pronevitz is an independent library consultant working with the Massachusetts School Library Association. Until last July he was the founding executive director, appointed in 2010 the head up the newly formed Massachusetts Library System (MLS). In that capacity, he served on... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2019 12:45pm - 1:35pm
Worcester

12:45pm

Us vs. STEM: Creating a positive and meaningful STEM program for all students
STEM is all the rage in libraries, where the task of creating, cultivating, and managing a thriving STEM program can usually fall on the librarian. However, with obstacles like limited budgets, wide student bases, and constantly changing technologies, STEM can seem more like an irritating buzzword than anything else. This presentation will share how one elementary librarian and IT specialist operate a 16-week iSTEM club that serves ALL grades (K-5) for ALL students.

Presentation can be accessed at www.tinyurl.com/powersmsla2019 

Speakers
avatar for Kate Powers

Kate Powers

Library Media Specialist, James M. Quinn Elementary School
Kate is the Library Media Specialist at the James M. Quinn Elementary School in Dartmouth, where her students have been named Best in State four times in the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Kate loves reading, writing, endurance running, craft beer, really good coffee, and traveling... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Ashland

12:45pm

Spot the fake: Using fake news to strengthen students’ information literacy skills
Fake news isn’t new: deliberate misinformation--disinformation in the form of propaganda, hoaxes and pranks--has been around for centuries. Today, disinformation is trickier than ever to identify, viral in scope, and often irresistible in its lure. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn the telltale signs of "fake" news and the strategies to critique and question internet sources in a global context, try out online evaluation tools and review print materials that can be used with their students in grades 5-12, and access a curated array of resources that can be used for their own media literacy lessons and/or be co-taught with classroom teachers in English Language Arts, Social Studies, or Journalism. Link to our Google Slideshow.

Speakers
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Deeth Ellis

Head Librarian, Boston Latin School
Ms. Ellis has been the head librarian at the Harry V. Keefe Library at Boston Latin School since 2013. She received her B.A. in History at Bennington College in Vermont (1987), a M.L.S. at Simmons College (2006), and an administrative license from Boston University through The Education... Read More →
avatar for Carolyn Jacobs

Carolyn Jacobs

Senior Manager, Training and Educator Engagement, WGBH Education
Carolyn Jacobs is Senior Manager, Training and Educator Engagement at WGBH Education.  Prior to joining WGBH 12 years ago, Carolyn taught ELL to adults in corporate settings and prior to that she owned and managed Chicago Parent NewsMagazine. Carolyn earned a M.Ed. in Reading from... Read More →
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Lisa Rogers

Elementary Library Teacher, Wellesley Public Schools
Lisa Rogers is an elementary librarian and a former daily news reporter and editor.  She has a BA in English literature from The College of William and Mary, an MA from Boston College in English Literature and an MLS from Southern Connecticut State University. She is the author of... Read More →



Sunday March 31, 2019 12:45pm - 2:35pm
Wayland

1:45pm

Confessions of a Punk Rock Book Jockey
It took Rebecca McCorkindale over 30 years to figure out what she wanted her career to be, and now that she’s in the library world, she has a lot to say. Even if you’re a reader of her blog Hafuboti, you may be surprised at some of her highs and lows – and some things that she hasn’t said until now.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca McCorkindale (Hafuboti)

Rebecca McCorkindale (Hafuboti)

Assistant Library Director/Creative Director/Punk Rock Book Jockey, Gretna, NE Public Library
Rebecca McCorkindale is Gretna Public Library's Assistant Library Director/Creative Director/Punk Rock Book Jockey in Gretna, NE. Her blog Hafuboti has been one of the greatest joys in her life. It began as a tool to drive people to her Etsy shop, but then transformed into a fun... Read More →



Sunday March 31, 2019 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Worcester

1:45pm

Bringing the world to you
Curious about how to bring the world into your classroom? In this session, we will explore activities like Dot Day, the Global Read Aloud, Skype a Scientist, virtual field trips, and other opportunities to connect your classroom to the world. We will also see how tools like Padlet, Flipgrid, Seesaw, and Skype/Google Hangouts can support these connections, share where to find connections, and discuss ways in which to successfully structure collaborative activities.

Presentation URL: https://bit.ly/2Trih91

Speakers
avatar for Maya Bery

Maya Bery

Library Media Specialist, Carlisle Public School
Maya Bery is in her sixth year as the library media specialist at the Carlisle Public Schools. She is a past recipient of the MSLA President's Award, a PBS LearningMedia Local Digital Innovator, a PBS LearningMedia Educational Ambassador, and a Seesaw Ambassador. She has previously... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2019 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Ashland

1:45pm

Fandom as a Trojan horse
Fandom in any field is more than just an opportunity to reach teens, expand their horizons, and get them excited about libraries and learning—at a moment when so many of our teens want to confront challenging issues in their lives, fandom can also be a powerful tool to educate outside of school curriculums, explore social justice issues, encourage community engagement, and promote critical media consumption. Over three years as Teen Specialist at the Waltham Public Library, Luke Kirkland has used library programs and collaborations with Waltham High School to turn interest in subjects like modern art and rap music into dialogue about racism, housing inequality, consumerism, and more. Join us to explore how you might use your expertise as a transformative vehicle for your teens and your community.

Speakers
avatar for Luke Kirkland

Luke Kirkland

Teen Specialist, Waltham Public Library
Luke Kirkland was a lifelong collector of books and music, but never thought a career in librarianship was in the cards. Instead, he attended bizarro great books school St. John's College, pursued a music career, and eventually found himself doing graphic design and marketing for... Read More →



Sunday March 31, 2019 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Carlisle

1:45pm

Fiction and narrative in science class
Research is beginning to show that reading science-related books for pleasure both predicts and boosts student persistence in science. What role can librarians play in encouraging students to try reading about science, and what are some fun, inspiring books that match the Massachusetts standards for grades 4-8? Come prepared to share ideas.

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Pendred Noyce

Publisher and author, Tumblehome Learning
Penny Noyce, MD was a founding trustee of the Noyce Foundation, which supported efforts in STEM and early literacy for twenty-five years until its spend-down in 2015. Penny trained as an internist and has worked to promote science education for 27 years. She served five years on the... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2019 1:45pm - 2:35pm
Middlesex

2:45pm

Let’s talk tough topics: Using books to start the conversation
Today’s literature for youth often presents and grapples with difficult issues. How do we capitalize on these books to engage students in deep thinking, meaningful conversations, and a greater experience of connection? Middle-grade and YA authors Padma Venkatraman, Elly Swartz, Linda Mullaly Hunt, Ann Braden, and monitor, Jennifer Richard Jacobson will share convictions, classroom experiences, and perhaps most importantly, how they handle sensitive or sticky moments when they arise.

Authors' books will be available for purchase at the conference bookstore in Commons 2. The authors will be there to sign their books beginning at 3:45 on Sunday.

Authors
avatar for Ann Braden

Ann Braden

Ann Braden writes books about kids struggling to find their voice amidst the realities of life. Ann’s debut middle grade novel The Benefits of Being an Octopus received a starred review from School Library Journal and was described by Newbery award-winner Karen Hesse as “a compassionate... Read More →
avatar for Elly Swartz

Elly Swartz

Elly Swartz loves writing for kids, Twizzlers, and anything with her family. Her debut novel, FINDING PERFECT (FSG 2016) is about twelve-year-old Molly, friendship, family, OCD, and a slam poetry competition that will determine everything. In her second book, SMART COOKIE (Scholastic... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Jacobson

Jennifer Jacobson

Author
Jennifer is the author of many award-winning children’s books including Small as an Elephant (Parents' Choice Gold Award), Paper Things (ILA Social Justice Award) and her newest launch, The Dollar Kids illustrated by Ryan Andrews (Indie Next List and Amazon Book of the Month).  This... Read More →
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Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Author, Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin
Lynda Mullaly Hunt is the author of New York Times bestseller Fish in a Tree and Bank Street Best Book One for the Murphys. She’s a former teacher and has held writing retreats for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Connecticut with her husband... Read More →
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Padma Venkatraman

Padma Venkatraman worked as an oceanographer, directed a school, and lived in 5 countries before becoming an American author. Her middle grade debut, THE BRIDGE HOME (February 2019, Nancy Paulsen Books, Penguin), is a contender for the Global Read Aloud initiative. Her previous novels... Read More →


Sunday March 31, 2019 2:45pm - 3:35pm
Grand Ballroom

3:45pm

Exhibits & Bookstore
Exhibits are in the Ballroom South, the Promenade and Commons 1.  The conference bookstore, run by Odyssey Bookshop, is in Commons 2.

Sunday March 31, 2019 3:45pm - 5:45pm
Exhibit Area

3:45pm

IdeaLab featuring MSLA Award Winners
SUPER LIBRARIANS:
  • Barbara Gogan, Peter Noyes School, Sudbury
  • Aaron Noll, Winship Elementary, Boston
  • Sheila Packard, Ward Elementary, Newton
  • Claudia Palframan, Dupont Middle School, Chicopee
  • Jen Mason Stott, King Open School, Cambridge
  • Sarah Woo, Holten Richmond Middle School, Danvers

PRESIDENT'S AWARD:
  • Sarah Bickel, Greenlodge School, Dedham
  • Ariel Dagan, Tri-County Vocational Technical, Franklin
  • Lynda Moylan, Peabody High School

ELLEN BERNE AWARD:
  • Margaret Schoen, Jennifer Dimmick and Katherine Steiger,  Newton South High School


Sunday March 31, 2019 3:45pm - 5:45pm
Worcester

6:00pm

Dinner, MSLA Awards and Dinner Keynote: Welcome, friends! Create and maintain a place where everyone feels especially welcomed
Welcome, Friends! brings together many important lessons Rebecca learned through both her decade of working in bookstores, and her seven years in a public library. From starting her career as a wannabe Children's Librarian to becoming the manager of the Gretna Children's Library, her insights will help school librarians feel more confident in their vital roles in their libraries and communities.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca McCorkindale (Hafuboti)

Rebecca McCorkindale (Hafuboti)

Assistant Library Director/Creative Director/Punk Rock Book Jockey, Gretna, NE Public Library
Rebecca McCorkindale is Gretna Public Library's Assistant Library Director/Creative Director/Punk Rock Book Jockey in Gretna, NE. Her blog Hafuboti has been one of the greatest joys in her life. It began as a tool to drive people to her Etsy shop, but then transformed into a fun... Read More →



Sunday March 31, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand Ballroom
 
Monday, April 1
 

7:30am

Exhibits & Bookstore
Exhibits are in the Ballroom South, the Promenade and Commons 1.  The conference bookstore, run by Odyssey Bookshop, is in Commons 2.

Monday April 1, 2019 7:30am - 1:30pm
Exhibit Area

8:30am

President's Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Caroline Tucker

Caroline Tucker

MSLA President, East Bridgewater Jr/Sr HS


Monday April 1, 2019 8:30am - 8:45am
Grand Ballroom

8:45am

Opening Keynote: I’m a good person! Isn’t that enough?
Using historical and media images, Debby examines how she used her white-skewed belief system to interpret the world around her. Socialized on a narrow worldview, Debby explores how she spent decades silently reaffirming harmful, archaic racial patterns instead of questioning the racial disparities and tensions she could see and feel. This presentation and dialog is designed to support white people in making the paradigm shift from ‘fixing’ and ‘helping’ those believed to be inferior, to focusing on internalized white superiority and its role in perpetuating racism at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels.

Speakers
avatar for Debby Irving

Debby Irving

Racial Justice Educator and Writer
Debby is a white woman, raised in Winchester, Massachusetts during the socially turbulent 1960s and ‘70s. After a blissfully sheltered, upper-middle-class suburban childhood, she found herself simultaneously intrigued and horrified by the racial divide observed in Boston. From 1984... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 8:45am - 9:30am
Grand Ballroom

9:30am

Exhibit Hall Break
Have a cup of coffee in the exhibit hall while you visit our vendors.

Monday April 1, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
Exhibit Area

10:00am

Creating literacy environments: Every child a literacy learner
This session is about relevant literacy environments using low cost strategies that include evidence based literacy instruction and high quality literature to create literacy rich environments. The presentation will include examples from schools and highlight specific titles that will have students wanting to read. It will include both suggestions to alter the physical environment as well as how to create virtual spaces where students highlight and share what they are reading as well as spaces that motivate reading. The goal for the presentation is to explore strategies to create community literacy love that might increase the likelihood that a child or more will read and write more. Examples of strategies include Interest Development Centers (IDCs), Book Graffiti, FoundPoetry, and Pop Up Literacy Love spaces.

Speakers
avatar for Susannah Richards

Susannah Richards

Professor, Eastern Connecticut State University
Susannah Richards is an associate professor of education with a specialty in literacy and literature for youth. She was a member of the 2013 Newbery Medal and 2017 Geisel Committees as well as other award and literacy event committees at the state and national level. She regularly... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Middlesex

10:00am

Intergenerational learning: Lynnfield High School students teach Lynnfield Senior Center members real world technology skills
How can a high school makerspace be used for community outreach? Come see how Lynnfield High School helpdesk students taught members of the Lynnfield Senior Center real world technology skills. From cell phone and tablet use to password protection, online shopping and banking, high school students taught senior citizens crucial technology survival skills.

Speakers
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Janice Alpert

Library Media Specialist, Lynnfield High School
Janice Alpert is in her 20th year as the Library Media Specialist at Lynnfield High School. She has a Masters Degree in Library Science from Simmons College and a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in English from Tufts University. Her certifications include Library... Read More →



Monday April 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Carlisle

10:00am

What's going on in this graph?: How to puzzle out the story in graphs
Build "graph" literacy in grades 7 - 12 in math, science, and humanities with the free, online tool, "What's Going On In this Graph?" The New York Times, in partnership with the American Statistical Association, offers a timely graph in which students can see themselves. They respond to "What do you notice?," "What do you wonder?" and "What's up?" adding a catchy headline.  Students reply online and teachers live moderate. "Stat Nuggets" explain statistics.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Hessney

Sharon Hessney

Curator, moderator and writer for, New York Times Learning Network/American Statistical Association
I've taught most of K - 12 math ending with teaching at Boston's John D. O'Bryant. My favorite math courses are geometry, statistics, and discrete math. My approach is inquiry-based math with critical thinking. I write and moderate the New York Times/American Statistical Association... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Concord

10:00am

Virtual Learning Commons (VLC): The digital heart of a school community and district
“Throw away your web pages,” says Dr. David Loertscher. This panel presentation showcases cultivating a VLC model as a school library web presence for  reinforcing the role of the library as the “heart of the school community." Examples of K-12, VLC elements include information, literature, virtual “making”and knowledge building literacies will be highlighted. These serve as an integral  to digital teaching and learning practices within a school and across a school district including access to high-quality digital learning resources.

Speakers
avatar for Deborah Froggatt

Deborah Froggatt

Director of Library Services, Boston Public Schools
Debbie is in her 4th year as Boston Public Schools Director of Library Services. Over the last 25 years, she served as a library teacher in all three levels, was a public library director and worked in academic and health science libraries.
avatar for Carolyn Jacobs

Carolyn Jacobs

Senior Manager, Training and Educator Engagement, WGBH Education
Carolyn Jacobs is Senior Manager, Training and Educator Engagement at WGBH Education.  Prior to joining WGBH 12 years ago, Carolyn taught ELL to adults in corporate settings and prior to that she owned and managed Chicago Parent NewsMagazine. Carolyn earned a M.Ed. in Reading from... Read More →
avatar for Aaron Noll

Aaron Noll

School Librarian, Winship Elementary School
Aaron Noll is the Library Teacher at the Winship Elementary School in Brighton. He developed the BPS Virtual Learning Commons, maintains it and trains library team colleagues to implement their schools' VLCs. Aaron is particularly interested in how technology can be used to augment... Read More →
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Morgan VanClief

Library Media Specialist, P.A. Shaw Elementary School
Morgan is the library teacher at the Shaw Elementary School, a K-3 school in Dorchester. Last year she won the MSLA President's Award. She prides herself on integrating STEM learning with literacy.



Monday April 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Ashland

10:00am

Equity Action Steps
We all want to provide equity in our libraries and schools, yet this is often an overwhelming challenge. Our responsibility as librarians is to provide a safe space for everyone, include diverse narratives in the collection and displays, incorporate diverse examples and topics when conducting research, and sensitivity of different needs when navigating the space or participating in events.

In this interactive roundtable session, we will explore small steps we can take that will have a large impact. Participants of this session will examine what equity looks like in a library space, collection, and program, and why one should perform an equity audit. The session will provide opportunities to brainstorm, collaborate, and leave with concrete ideas to take home and implement. Together, we will work to ensure that libraries truly are for everyone.  


Speakers
avatar for Paige Rowse

Paige Rowse

Teacher-Librarian, Needham High School
As a social studies teacher for seven years in New York, Paige learned the importance of research and the value of a strong library program. In becoming a teacher librarian, she strives to provide such a program to her students: refining research skills, building tech savviness, and... Read More →
avatar for Wendy Garland

Wendy Garland

Librarian, Avery Elementary School
Wendy Garland is an Elementary School Librarian at the Avery School in Dedham, MA. She is currently participating in the AASL Induction Program. She was awarded the Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education Award in 2016 and the 2017 MSLA Super Librarian Award. She tweets at @dancelibrarian... Read More →



Monday April 1, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Wayland

10:00am

Leveling the playing field: Interrupting patterns of privilege
Using a series of pointed questions, Debby works with participants to build a graphic map of the groups people belong to because of social locations and historical roles in U.S. society. Participants will think together about how various groups have and have not had access to rights, resources, representation, and respect, ultimately revealing the social positioning and impacts of white privilege and dispelling illusions of a level playing field. Once the graphic has been created, Debby leads participants in an exploration of social beliefs, attitudes, and dynamics that perpetuate power and privilege patterns, even when best intentions are in play. Participants will leave with two powerful tools to analyze power dynamics and cultivate transformative cultures in their circles of influence.  

Speakers
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Debby Irving

Racial Justice Educator and Writer
Debby is a white woman, raised in Winchester, Massachusetts during the socially turbulent 1960s and ‘70s. After a blissfully sheltered, upper-middle-class suburban childhood, she found herself simultaneously intrigued and horrified by the racial divide observed in Boston. From 1984... Read More →



Monday April 1, 2019 10:00am - 11:50am
Worcester

11:00am

Creating a student-centered library
We all want the school library to be at the heart of the school, welcoming every student and staff member. In order to meet this goal, we need to make sure that our school library reaches out to every student. One way to do this is to make the library student-centered.  Using culturally relevant and linguistically sustaining practices, librarian Bonnie McBride has worked over the past four years to make the library welcoming to all students. Sharing her practices from the Fenway High library, which serves a diverse, urban student body, you will come away with ideas to try at your own library. You will also hear directly from students about how they use the library and what their school library does for them. At Fenway, the student-centered library is constantly evolving to best support the students. Topics to be discussed include a diversity audit of the collection, ideas to support collection development so all students see themselves in the collection, genrefication, supporting English Learners in the library, access for our special education students, revamping your space on a budget and ideas for how to make the library relevant to our students who would not choose to enter a library on their own. Come with your own success stories too, so we can all learn from each other.

Speakers
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Bonnie McBride

Librarian, Fenway High School
Bonnie McBride has worked at Fenway High School since 2013 and became the Librarian in 2015. She earned her MSLIS from Simmons University in 2015 and was an MSLA President's Award winner in 2018. She is passionate about school libraries bringing equitable access to information for... Read More →



Monday April 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Middlesex

11:00am

Making Readers: How makerspaces can impact literacy
Want to bring the three little pigs to life? Have students build a house and test to see if the big bad wolf is strong enough to knock it down. Looking at real project examples and resources, attendees will learn how having a makerspace can add an entirely new dimension of literacy to the library. From storytelling to game design, students will be able to make meaningful connections to stories.

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Speakers
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Deborah Froggatt

Director of Library Services, Boston Public Schools
Debbie is in her 4th year as Boston Public Schools Director of Library Services. Over the last 25 years, she served as a library teacher in all three levels, was a public library director and worked in academic and health science libraries.
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Paula Pickett

Library Media Teacher, Holmes Innovation School
Library teacher at Holmes Innovations School. Received at Heart of America Makerspace makeover in June2018.
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Morgan VanClief

Library Media Specialist, P.A. Shaw Elementary School
Morgan is the library teacher at the Shaw Elementary School, a K-3 school in Dorchester. Last year she won the MSLA President's Award. She prides herself on integrating STEM learning with literacy.


Monday April 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Carlisle

11:00am

School libraries work for English language learners
For many English language learners, choosing a book to read for pleasure can be more difficult than actually reading the book! Research skills, including plagiarism, paraphrasing, citations, in-text citations, and works cited pages, can be another minefield for English language learners. Come to this session to learn how an ESL teacher and a library teacher collaborate to guide English language learners toward becoming enthusiastic readers and ethical researchers.  

Speakers
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Mary Ellen Beaton

ESL Teacher, Oak Middle School
Mary Ellen Healy Beaton has taught English as a Second Language at Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury since 2007. Her work has included direct instruction for 7th and 8th grade English learners as well as co-teaching in the content areas. Before working at the middle school level, she... Read More →
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Nancy Bedard

Library Media Specialist, Oak Middle School
Nancy Bedard has been a library teacher at Oak Middle School in Shrewsbury for 10 years. She worked with administration to develop and implement a school-wide research curriculum that has been integrated into core subject classes. She co-teaches research skills with core subject teachers... Read More →



Monday April 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Concord

11:00am

Creating school libraries for everyone through community connections: A work in progress
Framingham Public School Librarians, the Assistant Superintendent for Equity, Diversity, and Community Engagement along with community partners from the Framingham Public Library and the Framingham State Whittemore Library will discuss the progress that they have made in connecting community resources to meet the diverse needs of Framingham students and families.

Access the presentation here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1fQBfCV9f-Y52mLadyvHUB9KM2QWUR1IY6frXMU8461U/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
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Elizabeth Thompson

Library Media Specialist, Cameron Middle School
Elizabeth Thompson is a reformed high school English teacher turned school librarian with an unhealthy obsession with The Great Gatsby. She has an MEd. from Boston College and is currently enrolled in the School Library Media GSLIS program at the University of Rhode Island.


Monday April 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Ashland

11:00am

Electronic resources are for everyone: What's new with statewide electronic resources
IDEAL, OverDrive, databases, oh my! Interested in finding out what these are all about and learning about what's new? Come find out what's new with the statewide electronic resources. Bring questions!

Speakers
avatar for Tressa Santillo

Tressa Santillo

Electronic Resources Coordinator, Massachusetts Library System
Tressa joined the Massachusetts Library System team in 2016 where she supports the statewide databases and statewide eBook program. Previously Tressa was the Access Services Coordinator at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and has also worked at the Worcester Art Museum.
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Steve Spohn

Resource Sharing Director, Massachusetts Library System
Stephen Spohn has served as MLS Resource Sharing Director since 2013 where he is responsible for efforts related to print and digital resource sharing. Prior to joining MLS, Steve worked in academic libraries served as an independent consultant.



Monday April 1, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Wayland

12:00pm

Lunch
Area and affinity groups are invited to sit together and meet during lunch.

Monday April 1, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Grand Ballroom

1:00pm

Exhibit Hall Break & Jack Gantos Book Signing
Enjoy dessert and coffee in the exhibit hall while you visit our vendors. Jack Gantos will be available to sign his books, available for purchase from the conference bookseller, Odyssey Bookshop.

Speakers
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Jack Gantos

Author
Jack Gantos is the author of over fifty books for children from the “Rotten Ralph” picture books, collections of “Jack Henry” short stories, upper elementary and middle school “Joey Pigza” novels, the “Norvelt” novels, and young adult novels: Love Curse of the Rumbaughs... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Commons II

1:30pm

Action research for the school librarian
In response to the recent Massachusetts School Library Study, the Action Research workshop empowers school librarians to conduct research within their own location.  The workshop will present building the capacity, proper methodology, making peer connections, and time considerations, for conducting action research within the school library.

Speakers
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Georgina Trebbe

Information Specialist, Minnechaug Regional High School
Georgina Trebbe, Ed.D. is the school librarian at Minnechaug Regional High School in Massachusetts. She is also an adjunct instructor for Simmons University’s School Library Teacher program. Georgina’s area of study was the development of Intertwining as the value of concept woven... Read More →



Monday April 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Carlisle
  • Audience Elementary, Middle, High School, Administrator
  • Area of Focus Professional Learning
  • about Georgina Trebbe, Ed.D. is the school librarian at Minnechaug Regional High School in Massachusetts. She is also an adjunct instructor for Simmons University’s School Library Teacher program. Georgina’s area of study was the development of Intertwining as the value of concept woven into information literacy.  Her interests also include school library collaboration and school librarians as researchers.

1:30pm

Best practices for school and public library partnerships from the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)
Amazing things can happen when schools and public libraries collaborate, from community read and homework help programs to cooperative collection development and staffing. But with limited time and support, how can school librarians create these partnerships and keep them going? MA Library System Consultants, Christi Farrar and April Mazza, will share partnership best practices from the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP), the national consortium of states that supports summer learning in libraries, gleaned from hundreds of member librarians and backed by research.

Speakers
avatar for Christi Farrar

Christi Farrar

Consultant, Mass. Library System
Christi Showman Farrar started her library career as a youth services librarian and spent a decade serving children, teens, and their families in public libraries. Christi now works as a Consultant for the Massachusetts Library System (MLS), where she gets to be a “librarian’s... Read More →
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April Mazza

Consultant, Massachusetts Library System
April Mazza is a Consultant at the Massachusetts Library System, a state supported nonprofit organization. As a Consultant she works to support libraries of all types across the state, with a focus on school and youth services. In her role she teaches workshops, plans professional... Read More →



Monday April 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Concord

1:30pm

Making the library accessible with technology
Make your library accessible with free technology to help empower special needs students. Learn how to make reading accessible with audiobooks and text to speech technology and how to use Google Suite to help students with executive function challenges.

Speakers
avatar for John F. O'Sullivan

John F. O'Sullivan

Library Media Specialist, Chelmsford High School Learning Commons
John F. O’Sullivan is a Librarian, an Assistive Technology Specialist and an author of several books on educational technology. His books include The Educational Technology Guide 2018, The UDL Educational Technology Guide 2018, UDL Technology, The Teacher’s Awesome App Guide... Read More →



Monday April 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Ashland

1:30pm

PBS LearningMedia™: Hands-on and personalized
PBS LearningMedia, produced by WGBH and PBS is a free site offering thousands of digital resources for K-12 across the curriculum. Come for a guided tour and hands-on time, and leave with resources you can share with your colleagues. One lucky attendee will take home a bag of public media classroom goodies.

Speakers
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Carolyn Jacobs

Senior Manager, Training and Educator Engagement, WGBH Education
Carolyn Jacobs is Senior Manager, Training and Educator Engagement at WGBH Education.  Prior to joining WGBH 12 years ago, Carolyn taught ELL to adults in corporate settings and prior to that she owned and managed Chicago Parent NewsMagazine. Carolyn earned a M.Ed. in Reading from... Read More →
DJ

Deborah Jordan

School Librarian, Walpole High School
Deborah is passionate about bringing new resources to teachers and students, from online databases to amazing guest speakers. She has been the high school librarian at Walpole High School for 16 years. Previously, she served as the librarian at Mansfield High School, James Campbell... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Worcester

1:30pm

The librarian as accomplice: Advocating for and supporting Trans/Gender Nonconforming and Nonbinary students
We often speak of being a good ally to our students but what does that mean? In this session we will explore our role in supporting and advocating for our Trans, Gender Nonconforming and Nonbinary students and how to move towards action and change. Session will include a brief overview of vocabulary and definition but please check out this vocab guide in advance.

Please note: the vocab guide was updated 3/27/2019

Speakers
avatar for Talya Sokoll

Talya Sokoll

Co-Director, Noble and Greenough School
Talya Sokoll is a middle and high school librarian at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham. She holds a B.S. and an M.A. from N.Y.U. in English Education and an M.L.S. from Simmons College in Library Science. Her research is in representations of Queer and Trans teens in Young... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Middlesex

1:30pm

Promoting OER resources & services at your school
Join this information-sharing roundtable as we discuss Open Education Resources and how to promote and sustain the 'Open Access Movement" in your schools.

Speakers
avatar for Tiffeni Fontno

Tiffeni Fontno

Head Librarian, Educational Resource Center, Boston College
Tiffeni Fontno is the Head Librarian of the Educational Resource Center at Boston College. A former classroom teacher and school librarian, Tiffeni's areas of education interest are in Curriculum & Instruction, Children & Young Adult Literature, and Educational Technology.


MSLA OER pptx

Monday April 1, 2019 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Wayland

2:30pm

Closing Keynote: From reading to writing
The library was a second home for me as a boy, and as an adult I’ve written most of my books while sitting in a library. All good days begin when the front doors open at the BPL or Athenaeum,  and when I say “good morning” to the librarians and staff, and then I sit down and open a book, and then I open my journal and pencase and work some words onto paper, and at the end of the day the library closes … yet my mind, even at rest, is always drifting around like the library cat.
The first portion of my keynote will march through my primary publications thus far—and cast an eye toward future projects.
 
My career has had it ups and downs. My first twelve books were rejected—mostly for the standard reasons: uninteresting characters, loopy plots, themes with no point, and problems with no solutions. The usual suspects for “rejections.” Most recently, I’ve had a different kind of rejection—an adult picture book—"A Suicide Bomber Sits in a Library”--that was in a prepublication state when it was perceived to be unsuitable for publication due to cultural insensitivity content, and thus the illustrated book was cancelled, yet the story continues to exist in the Amnesty International Anthology on ‘themes of freedom’ where it was originally solicited and published.
             
The cancelled illustrated version of SBSL will be the second portion of the presentation.
 
The third portion will be a question and answer session led by Sandy Kelly, MSLA Past President

Speakers
avatar for Jack Gantos

Jack Gantos

Author
Jack Gantos is the author of over fifty books for children from the “Rotten Ralph” picture books, collections of “Jack Henry” short stories, upper elementary and middle school “Joey Pigza” novels, the “Norvelt” novels, and young adult novels: Love Curse of the Rumbaughs... Read More →


Monday April 1, 2019 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Grand Ballroom