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Breakout Session 2 [clear filter]
Friday, October 26

10:25am CDT

DIY Publishing
Are you looking for easy, free book writing software to create, edit, and publish professional print-ready and ebook editions of student work or school handbooks? Come and learn about Pressbooks and the Minnesota Libraries Publishing Project, free for all in Minnesota. Presenters will demonstrate the software and share examples of how it’s being used in libraries and schools across Minnesota.

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Matt Lee

Associate Director, Minitex
Matt is an Associate Director at Minitex, where he works with colleagues on statewide e-resource programs like ELM and AskMN, cooperative purchasing of e-resources and library products, and high density library storage.
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Linda Mork

Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Minitex
Linda is a librarian with Minitex where she provides outreach and instruction related to eLibrary Minnesota. A former school library media specialist and secondary English teacher, she is passionate about information literacy education.

Friday October 26, 2018 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Lake Miltona A

10:25am CDT

Elementary Authors Panel 2
A panel of our guest authors who write for elementary grades

Eileen Beha
Polly Carlson-Voiles
Michael Hall
Kevin Lovegreen
Sheila O'Connor
Nikki Rajala
Kurtis Scaletta
Tammy Wilson
Joan Wolf

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Eileen Beha

Eileen Beha is the author of two novels for young readers ages 8 to 12: Tango The Tale of an Island Dog and The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea, a nominee for the 2017 - 2018 Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award. Eileen lives with her husband Ralph and a wonderful dog named Daisy in Minneapolis... Read More →
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Joan Wolf

Joan M. Wolf is both a teacher and a writer.  She has been a public school teacher in MN for over 25 years and has been publishing almost as long.  Besides publishing teacher resource books, Joan has published two award winning middle grade novels: Runs With Courage and Someone... Read More →
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Kevin Lovegreen

Minnesota author, speaker and outdoor enthusiast Kevin Lovegreen, finds great joy inspiring kids to read, write and enjoy the outdoors. Young readers follow Lucky Luke on amazing hunting and fishing adventures, in the one of a kind book series, Lucky Luke’s Hunting Adventures. As... Read More →
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Kurtis Scaletta

Kurtis Scaletta is the author of several novels for young readers including Mudville(2009), Mamba Point (2010), The Tanglewood Terror (2011), The Winter of the Robots (2013), and Rooting for Rafael Rosales (2017). He also wrote the Topps League series (illustrated by Eric Wight and... Read More →
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Michael Hall

Michael Hall is the New York Times bestselling author of My Heart Is Like a Zoo as well as the critically acclaimed Red: A Crayon's Story, Perfect Square, Frankencrayon, and Little i. Before becoming an author, Michael was a graphic designer whose work has been widely recognized for... Read More →
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Nikki Rajala

"No wonder Nikki Rajala writes about voyageurs—her French-Canadian ancestors paddled birch bark canoes on many fur trade brigades. One family story that inspired this book is of a great-great who wintered for 16 years in fur posts west of Lake Superior before returning to his home... Read More →
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Polly Carlson-Voiles

Polly Carlson-Voiles lives with her husband, Steve, and her dogs, atop an ancient rock in northern Minnesota, a short canoe paddle to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Here they can hear wolves howl and can see for miles in every direction. Polly is a retired Minneapolis... Read More →
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Sheila O'Connor

Sheila O’Connor writes books for readers of all ages.  Her novels for young people include Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, Keeping Safe the Stars, and Sparrow Road. Awards for her work include the Michigan Prize for Literary Fiction, Minnesota Book Award, International Reading Award... Read More →
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Tammy Wilson

Tammy Wilson is an elementary principal in Saint Cloud, MN.  Working in a school with a high Somali population, she saw a need for her students to see themselves represented in literature.  This compelled her to write a book to not only inspire children, but also educate adults... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Exhibit/Convention Center (Tennis Center)

10:25am CDT

ELM Resources in MackinVIA
Looking to create a one-stop shop for your students to access digital content including e-books, websites, databases and more? Find out how Rogers Middle School is using MackinVIA with the ELM (Electronic Library for Minnesota) databases to make the research process easier for both students and teachers. Presented together by Annie Allen, Library Media Specialist, and Brian Cretzmeyer, Mackin Sales Consultant, this session will provide real-world examples of how easy it is to leverage MackinVIA with resources all Minnesotans can freely access. We will also discuss the latest innovations that Mackin has released for its free, award-winning, digital portal.

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Annie Allen

Media Specialist, Rogers Middle School
I have been the Media Specialist at Rogers Middle School in Rogers, MN since the start of the 2013-2014 school year. Before that I was a 5-12 Social Studies teacher. I have a passion for middle school literature and love to explore new technology tools that will make learning more... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Lake Le Homme Dieu

10:25am CDT

Finding Common Ground: Creating Community & Connections Around Information Literacy
How can school media specialists, technology specialists, and academic librarians collaborate to build students’ college readiness and support lifelong information literacy learning? The development of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards Framework for Learners provides new opportunities for school and academic librarians to find common ground. In this session, three current and former chairs of the Minnesota Library Association Instruction Roundtable will explore connections between these two guiding documents and the ways in which they approach information literacy. Building on these connections, presenters will offer practical strategies for engaging in ongoing professional development and building communities of practice around the ACRL and AASL Frameworks.

This session will be facilitated by the creators of 23 Framework Things, an award-winning free online professional development opportunity that helps librarians engage with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education at their own pace through readings, activities, reflection, and discussion.

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Trent Brager

Education and Social Sciences Librarian, University of St. Thomas
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Amy Mars

Research & Instruction Librarian, St. Catherine University
Research, Instruction, & Outreach Librarian, St. Catherine University

Kim Pittman

University of Minnesota, Duluth

Friday October 26, 2018 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Lake Nokomis

10:25am CDT

Live Data in the Library
Work with ELA and Reading teachers to create a live data dashboard of student engagement with books at your school. Learn how to use Google tools and Data Analytics to keep your finger on your school's reading pulse.

Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1pNXlcVaHaqL4IwdT4pF8ljPGAfo-uijJyc8VjAbQ3HY/edit?usp=sharing
My Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZ7aOpCvON_v0BFtRvaFze8KmL2AbpOItVk4JjmUbFLRuO6g/viewform
Data Studio: https://datastudio.google.com/ 

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Stephanie Krajicek

Librarian, St Paul Public Schools

Friday October 26, 2018 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Lake Vermilion

10:25am CDT

Make Tech Matter
Your school has invested in maker materials and tech devices. You want your students to experience authentic, creative problem-solving. Now all you need is a way to infuse your technology and maker program with real-world purpose and impact. In this session, participants will learn strategies to bring design thinking and the entrepreneurship process to their school’s technology and maker programs. Through hands-on examples, activities and discussions, participants will engage in: the design thinking mindset, identifying real-world problems, finding and testing solutions, prototyping, pitching, feedback loops, and next steps for implementation. Participants will leave this session with knowledge, strategies and resources that they can use immediately to leverage their school’s technology and maker spaces for maximum social impact.

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Martha Rush

founder, NeverBore LLC
Martha Rush is a nationally recognized economics and entrepreneurship teacher and curriculum developer. She is the author of Beat Boredom: Engaging Tuned-Out Teenagers (Stenhouse 2018) and the Teen Startup Trainers curriculum. Martha's students have been recognized in five state and... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Lake Osakis

10:25am CDT

Storytelling as a Leadership Tool to Empower Immigrant Students
Green Card Voices (GCV) is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that shares first-person immigrant stories in order to foster tolerance and understanding between immigrant and nonimmigrant communities. As we move into a new reality with challenges facing immigrants specifically, a new approach towards developing young leadership is necessary. Thus, we created the book series “Green Card Youth Voices,” written by immigrant students from 35 countries, with accompanying first-person digital video narratives. This model is specifically designed to meet the needs of recently arrived immigrant students. In this presentation, you will learn about this book model and how the process directly empowers immigrant student authors through storytelling, writing, and public speaking. During the presentation, you will watch the first-person video narratives from several of these students.

Friday October 26, 2018 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Lake Carlos

10:25am CDT

What's New from Google for Education!
Interested in the latest updates about Google for Education?

Anne Nash and Mike Patterson, Program Managers at Google for Education will lead ​this session provid​ing​ key updates and insights on G Suite for Education, Chromebooks, Google Expeditions and more.

​They​ will walk you through some of the newest features and answer any questions you might have.

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Google Education

Regional Manager, Google for Education
I have been at Google since 2012, but on the Google for Education team since 2016. I'm a native Michigander, but live in Chicago now, and I am passionate about working with K12 educators, admins, and students to help bring them tools and programs that empower all learners to reach... Read More →
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Mike Patterson

North America G Suite for Education Strategist, Google

Friday October 26, 2018 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Lake Miltona C

10:25am CDT

YALSA Teen Services Competencies in a Nutshell
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association, has released a new resource to help libraries better serve teens called Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff.

The Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff describe the knowledge, skills and dispositions all public and school library staff need to successfully serve the nation’s 42+ million teens. They were developed in alignment with YALSA’s report, The Future of Library Services for and With Teens: a Call to Action.

The Competencies were created to assist library staff with providing relevant, age-appropriate services, collections, and programs to better the lives of all teens in their community. Come learn about the competencies and how they can enhance your work with teens and discuss their application in a fun and interactive session.

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Leah Larson

LSTA Grant Coordinator, State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education
After being a school media specialist for 10 years, I recently transitioned to a position at the department of education. I am passionate about young adult literature, professional development around racial equity and intersecting literacies. In my free time, I enjoy travel, spending... Read More →

Jen Nelson

State Librarian, Minnesota Department of Education
State Librarian

Friday October 26, 2018 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Lake Minnewaska