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Breakout Session 3 [clear filter]
Friday, October 26

12:00pm CDT

Access for All: Partnering with the Public Library
When schools and public libraries partner to give access to more resources, students win! This session tells the story of how the "student public library card" program in ISD196 and ISD191 came to be. Wondering how you might implement something similar? This session will explain the how-tos behind planning, implementation, and communication as well as share successes, popular public library resources your students need, and reflect on lessons learned.

Link to session presentation  

Link to resources on the Student Card Program Page via the Dakota County Library 
(Select "Access Resources" to view)

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Doug Johnson

Director of Technology, ISD191
Doug Johnson is the Director of Technology for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage (MN) Public Schools. His teaching experience has included work in grades K-12. He is the author of nine books, columns in Educational Leadership and Library Media Connection, the Blue Skunk Blog, and articles... Read More →
avatar for Andrew McCluskey

Andrew McCluskey

Library Media Specialist / English Teacher, ISD 196

Friday October 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Lake Vermilion

12:00pm CDT

Becoming Internet Awesome Citizens with Google for Education
Anne Nash & Mike Patterson from Google's Education Team will be sharing "Be Internet Awesome" which is a new digital citizenship program from Google designed to help teach kids how to be safe, confident explorers of the online world. The program includes resources for parents (like our Internet Awesome Family Pledge), a robust curriculum for educators, and Interland, an adventure-packed online game for students. Be Internet Awesome is free for all; no Google Account or sign-in required. The program has also been granted the Seal of Alignment by ISTE. Learn more at https://g.co/BeInternetAwesome

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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 →
avatar for Mike Patterson

Mike Patterson

North America G Suite for Education Strategist, Google

Friday October 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Lake Miltona C

12:00pm CDT

CANCELLED: How Emotionally Free Can A Black Girl Be With God?
In Claudia May's When I Fly With Papa a black girl journeys with the God she calls Papa and expresses her emotions through a relationship steeped in love and freedom. Without apology, the central character Winnie co-creates a relationship with her Creator that is fun, liberating, sometimes turbulent, and transparent. Through Winnie’s adventures children discover what it means to be free to feel and explore what their relationship with God means to them. This presentation will teach adult instructors how children can apply their creative potential and emotional experiences to matters of the heart. It will also provide suggestions on how adult teachers can help children to cultivate a spiritual awareness that is empowering.

Friday October 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Lake Miltona A

12:00pm CDT

CANCELLED: Oh, Oh, Robots
STEM, MakerSpace, robotics - the words conjure pictures of fun, activity, and excitement. And all of that can be found but sometimes the challenge is to link the activity to learning and critical thinking.

Children love to play with robots such as Dash and Dot, Ozobots, and Spheros but moving the activity from play to learning is where the magic happens. There are resources and curriculum to support learning and we will explore ways to integrate the skills needed for the robots to reinforce the concepts students are developing in the classroom. A list of resources will be included and attendees will be encouraged to share their own ideas and resources.

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Dawn Nelson

Library Media Specialist, Oak View Elementary School, Osseo Area Schools
Dawn Nelson loves sharing books and technology with students at Oak View Elementary School in Maple Grove. Besides her day job, she enjoys music, cooking, sailing, and spending time with friends and family.

Friday October 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Lake Carlos

12:00pm CDT

Diversity & Equity in School Library Collections
Our students are diverse in backgrounds and interests. Minnesota has a long history of welcoming immigrants, and Minnesota’s achievement gap is one of the highest in the country. Having books that reflect the ethnic, religious, and other diversity elements that reflect the student body is mission-critical. Students become better citizens when they have access to windows into other lives and ways of being, as well as mirrors of their own lives and experiences. These windows and mirrors in literature are also correlated with improved student achievement when students who are from different ethnic or social groups have access to books that reflect who they are. A quick survey of the makeup of the student body and the composition of the circulating collections of school libraries from across the state and the student bodies they serve will be shared. This session will lead attendants through the process of looking for data to understand their student body, such as that found in the Minnesota Report Card, and ways that librarians can study their collections using Follett Destiny or Mackin. The session will include robust shared resources to help you learn more about your students and find the best book reviews for the age level, diverse qualities, and interests of the student body in your school.


#OwnVoices Titles


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Liesl Werner Thomas

Teacher Librarian, South Washington County Schools

Friday October 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Lake Osakis

12:00pm CDT

Ebooks Minnesota for Schools
Ebooks Minnesota for Schools is a collection of ebooks, primarily from Minnesota independent publishers, created for classrooms, students, and teachers in Minnesota. With about 2,700+ titles, and thousands more coming soon, Ebooks Minnesota for Schools covers all subject areas and offers multi-user access with no check out periods and no holds, meaning that students have unlimited access to the content. Find out more about this collection and the larger Ebooks Minnesota collection, how to access MARC records, promotional materials, and more in this session!

Friday October 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Lake Le Homme Dieu

12:00pm CDT

Empower and Amplify #StudentVoice with Flipgrid
Flipgrid is a free video discussion platform used by millions of educators, students, families, experts, and communities around the world! Come ready to collaborate as the team leads a discussion on promoting social learning, fostering an engaged community, and hearing from every single one of your learners.  

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Joey Taralson

Director, Flipgrid Community Engagement
Joey is currently the Director of Flipgrid Community at Microsoft.  Previously, Joey was the VP for Engagement at Flipgrid for almost 5 years.  Prior to his involvement with Flipgrid, he was the founder of Buzzcut, a mobile app permitting individuals to easily plan an evening at... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Lake Nokomis

12:00pm CDT

Five Future Ready Fixes For Your Media Program
Five Future Ready Fixes For Your Media Program:
Learn about five important things you can change in your media program to make it Future Ready! Using student agency and the 4C’s you can recreate the look, feel, and purpose of your media center.We don’t need a lot of money to make the best of what we already have in our programs. Learn how to create buzz and publicity with creative events like Escape Rooms and MakerDays to garner administrative support (which helps with financial support). Change the way you operate your media center and it could change how the school and district value the media program as a whole.

avatar for Amy Carney

Amy Carney

Media Specialist, White Bear Lake Area HS - North Campus
Amy is a Media Specialist at White Bear Lake HS - North Campus, which is a grades 9-10 school. Her career includes 13 years teaching 6th grade Language Arts at North Branch Middle school, 4 years as the Media Specialist/Tech Integrationist at North Branch HS, and now on her 3rd year... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Lake Miltona B

12:00pm CDT

Secondary Authors Panel
A panel of our guest authors who write for secondary grades

Shannon Gibney
Anne Greenwood Brown
Carrie Mesrobian
Margi Preus
Marcie Rendon
Jacqueline West

avatar for Anne Greenwood Brown

Anne Greenwood Brown

Anne Greenwood Brown grew up in Minnesota and spent her summers on Lake Superior, which is the muse for many of her novels, most especially her trilogy about killer mermaids in the Great Lakes (Lies Beneath, Deep Betrayal, and Promise Bound). Her contemporary novels (Girl Last Seen... Read More →
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Carrie Mesrobian

Carrie Mesrobian is the author of four novels. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing & Hispanic Studies and an MFA in Fiction from the Rainier Writers Workshop of Pacific Lutheran University. She has written essays and poetry for Brain,Child magazine, Calyx, the Minneapolis Star Tribune... Read More →
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Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT-bestselling middle grade series THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE and the YA novel DREAMERS OFTEN LIE. Her new middle grade fantasy, THE COLLECTORS, will be released by Greenwillow/HarperCollins in October 2018. Her debut, THE SHADOWS (THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE... Read More →
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Marcie Rendon

Marcie Rendon, enrolled citizen of the White Earth Nation. Rendon’s debut novel, Murder on the Red River (2017 Cinco Puntos Press) is a Spur Finalist in the Western Writers of America 2018 Spur awards-Best Western contemporary Novel category. Two nonfiction children’s books are... Read More →
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Margi Preus

Margi Preus is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai and other books for young readers, including the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award book The Clue in the Trees, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples' Literature. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she teaches... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Exhibit/Convention Center (Tennis Center)

12:00pm CDT

Student Voice & Choice in Middle School Libraries
Students in eight Saint Paul Public Middle Schools helped select books for their school libraries through an LSTA sponsored reading incentive program. Students read and reviewed books, published their reviews on Destiny and had the opportunity to select a book for their school library. Come to our session to hear if program increased engagement with the library and to gain access to the list of books that the students selected.

Link to Presentation

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Dawn French

Library Services Lead, St Paul Public School
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Stephanie Krajicek

Librarian, St Paul Public Schools

Friday October 26, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Lake Minnewaska