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Breakout Session 4 [clear filter]
Friday, October 26

2:30pm CDT

American Indian Literature Resources for Educators
Come and learn about a new project from Indian Education designed to help educators use appropriate resources to teach the MN Academic Standards relating to MN American Indian Tribes. Learn how the project developed, get the annotated bibliography developed and learn how to access the recommended resources. You will get resources recommendations across content areas and grade levels. This session will also discuss how to evaluate children’s books about American Indians for appropriate representation.


Dr. Jane Harstad

Director; Office of Indian Education, Minnesota Department of Education
Life-long Learner :)
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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 →

Friday October 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Lake Minnewaska

2:30pm CDT

Be a resource hero for your high school students!
Provide your students access to top-notch PSAT, ACT, SAT and AP test prep materials! Learning Express Library is part of the ELM suite of offerings. In this session, learn about the robust materials here and how to use them with students.

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Carla Pfahl

Reference Outreach & Instruction, Minitex
Carla is the coordinator of AskMN: The Librarian Is In!, Minnesota's statewide 24/7 virtual reference service and a Reference Outreach & Instruction librarian. She loves to visit schools and libraries to talk about the eLibrary of Minnesota tools and resources, information literacy... Read More →
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Sara Swenson

Media Specialist, Edina Public Schools
Media Specialist, Edina High School

Friday October 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Lake Le Homme Dieu

2:30pm CDT

Building a Student Social Media Team at Your School
Creating a social media team at your school might be a new concept, but kids have been creating content for their schools in the yearbook, journalism class, or for the school newspaper. Followers find social media posts created by students to be much more interesting and engaging.

Active engagement on school social media accounts is a great benefit for schools. It keeps the community involved and up to date on activities. It allows the school to share pictures and comment on what is going on at school and school events. It builds interest for potential students and parents. Schools are starting to use student social media teams to create the content and posts that can safely go on the school's social media.

Student social media teams help schools:

• Teach digital citizenship by empowering students to create social media content.
• Provide students who have a passion for social media a meaningful way to create content while learning in a team environment.
• Encourage student engagement across events and activities.
• Empower student leaders to demonstrate by example and help with peer-reporting.
• Enable students to build a portfolio or resume when applying for future internship positions.

This session will provide the benefits, approach, how to, and examples for building a student social media team for your school.

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Taylor Siebert

Co-Founder, Class Intercom

Friday October 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Lake Carlos

2:30pm CDT

Discover Minnesota Gold!
Minnesota has a rich heritage of participation in the Olympics as evidenced with the medals won by 12 athletes in the 2018 Winter Games. These remarkable citizen-athletes contribute to their sport, community, state, and even globally. Over the past six years, Patrick Mader has interviewed more than 100 Minnesota Olympians and preserved their stories, lives, perseverance, challenges, and achievements in his book, Minnesota Gold, the only book on Minnesota Olympians on the market. He has presented with a few of the Olympians in their hometowns and witnessed how approachable these "next door neighbor" modest athletes are with students and staff. Come learn about your fellow citizens by watching this entertaining and engaging multimedia program and discover another form of Minnesota Gold--its citizens!

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Patrick Mader

Patrick “Packy” Mader has a background in education, business, and agriculture, with a professional career as an elementary teacher and is the author of five books.  He grew up on a dairy farm near St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, and has been a lifelong fan of sports at all levels... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Lake Miltona A

2:30pm CDT

Empowering Teens Who are Passionate About Writing to Get A Book Published Before They Turn 18
There are a lot of good teen writers out there, but very few with published books. Twice published teen author Justin M. Anderson is hoping to change that. In late 2016, he started up Sigma's Bookshelf, www.sigmasbookshelf.com, what is believed to be the first and only free book publishing company exclusively for teen authors. The company now has 12 books on the market authored by teens between the ages of 13 and 19. In this session, Justin's mother and company co-founder Rachel M. Anderson, will explain how the company came about, give a good overview of the steps involved in bringing a book to market, and share how you can help empower the young writers you work with to get their stories published. Educational tip sheets on novel writing will be made available to participants.

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Rachel Anderson

Co-founder, Sigma's Bookshelf
I am a book publicist with a teenage son who, like his mother, enjoys both reading books and writing. When Justin was 14, I helped him self-publish his first book. "Saving Stripes: A Kitty's Story" is the true story of a cat family rescue told from the point of view of the kitten... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Lake Miltona B

2:30pm CDT

How May We Help You?
How can students own and manage an in-library tech help desk, freeing up the librarian and tech integrationists for teaching and curating.

Session presentation


Friday October 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Lake Vermilion

2:30pm CDT

Little Coders: Infectious (the good kind) Activities for Preschoolers
Learn how to introduce coding concepts to preschoolers. The session will include hands-on activities with tools used and developed as part of ALA's Ready to Code Co-hort. Learn why coding is important, why libraries are perfectly positioned to teach coding skills, and how to deepen the experience for families.

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Brianna Bleeker

Children's Curriculum Coordinator, Waseca Le Sueur Regional Library System
bbleeker@tds.lib.mn.usI like crafting, and graphic novels. I work with children and creating children's programming. I read anything with magic or fantasy elements and nothing without that. I play video games and board games, including dabbling in tabletop rpgs, so I'm a gamer in... Read More →
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Stacy Lienemann

Director, Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System
Stacy Lienemann serves as the Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System Director for five years and the chair of the Waseca Vision 2030 Vibrant and Dynamic Action Team. She hopes someone will want to talk to her about moss gardening.

Friday October 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Lake Nokomis

2:30pm CDT

Walk a Mile in My Moccasins: Developing Empathy Purposefully
This session discusses concrete ways of helping students look at situations through the eyes of those who are different from us, a critical skill for global relations and success in today's world. The session addresses:
What is empathy and is it important?
7 myths about empathy
What activities purposely build empathy?

Support materials including link to slides

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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 →

Friday October 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Lake Miltona C

2:30pm CDT

You, Your Library, and your Legislator
Who knows the trials and tribulations of our libraries better than you? When it comes to legislative issues your voice does matter! Join State Representative and Library Media Specialist, Mary Kunesh-Podein, and like minded folks to discuss and collaborate on how you can be an effective advocate when it comes to legislative issues that impact our libraries. Learn how to engage and build a relationship with policy makers and leave knowing that good, old-fashioned schmoozing are all valuable tactics to elevate and advocate our library message.

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Rep. Mary Kunesh-Podein

Representative, State of Minnesota
Elected to the MN House of Representatives in 2016, Mary Kunesh-Podein represents district 41B, which includes Columbia Heights and Hilltop, southern New Brighton and St. Anthony Village. As an educator for more than 20 years, Mary also continues her role as the Library Media Specialist... Read More →

LEG&You pptx

Friday October 26, 2018 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Lake Osakis