11:00 AM–2:00 PM: Optional Guided Tour of Nashville School Libraries
Space is limited and sign up is required.

The tour will start at the Hilton Nashville Downtown, 121 Fourth Avenue South, Nashville. Lunch will be included.

11:45 AM: Gather in the lobby

11:00 AM: Depart Nashville Hilton

11:20 AM: Arrive at Overton High School

John Overton High School (JOHS) is the most linguistically and ethnically diverse high school in the state of Tennessee, serving approximately 2,100 students in grades 9–12. The student body represents students from 60+ countries, speaking more than 40 different languages. There are four nationally accredited career academies: Information Technology, Engineering, Health Science, and Event Marketing and Musical Performance. JOHS is also a Cambridge. JOHS is currently in the middle of a $40,000,000 renovation to its building and campus. The new library space opened in April of 2017, and it is a vibrant, heavily-used space that facilitates learning in many contexts. The space features flexible learning spaces, a Makerspace, Bobcat Café, and the ever famous “Garage” for instruction.

12:00 PM: Depart Overton High School

Arrive at Eakin Elementary School

Eakin Elementary International Baccalaureate (IB) World School serves approximately 600 students in Kindergarten through Fourth Grades. The Eagles thrive on their diversity and are proud to be one of the most diverse schools in Tennessee. Our diversity is seen in our students’ cultural heritage, social economic backgrounds, and our deaf and hard of hearing population. The library seeks to be a welcoming space for all and operates on a fully open and flexible schedule. The library staff believes cultivating lifelong readers begins with sharing the love of books! Through collaborative co-teaching, dynamic units of instruction enrich the programming at Eakin. Three years ago a small seed of a Makerspace was planted in the library, it continues to grow and bloom allowing students STEAM experiences.

12:50 PM: Lunch at Eakin Elementary School

Schools separated by parking lot

1:15 PM: Walk to Harris Hillman School

Harris-Hillman School provides services to students with disabilities ages 3–21 that are identified through their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Students have access to a Snoezelen room, wiggle room and a trampoline room, in order to serve their physical, emotion and instructional needs. Prior to the 2016 school year, Harris-Hillman did not have a dedicated library space. Together with Mayor Megan Barry’s office, Metro Nashville Public School Planning & Construction office and Nashville Public Library, Harris-Hillman opened up their brand new library in January of 2017. The library was designed to fit the unique needs of Harris-Hillman students, including a technology rich Makerspace, sensory wall and an adaptive library which allows students to touch and feel grade-level texts, as they are being read aloud.

1:45 PM: Depart Harris Hillman School

2:00 PM: Arrive at Nashville Hilton

Sign up for the tour here.

3:00–5:00 pm: Sponsor-Led Focus Groups

An opportunity for an in-depth conversation with your peers and SLJ Summit sponsors concerning new offerings. Focus group participants provide important feedback from the school and library community to the companies that create relevant products. You can sign up on the registration form to participate.

6:00–7:00 pm: Capstone Welcoming Reception


Saturday, October 7

 8:30–10:00 AM: Registration, Breakfast, and Networking

Introducing the Playground, which includes the Learning Lounge, a workspace for collaboration on Unconference topics and an area for mentorship activities, with Kristina Holzweiss, Bayshore High School (NY), 2015 SLJ School Librarian of the Year.

The Playground is a place for hands-on learning, meet-ups, poster sessions, high- and lo-tech making, unconference planning, and product demos.
Activities in the Learning Lounge

8:30–10:00 AM: Bling Your Badge (Making)
Ongoing: Stick Together
Ongoing: Interactive Post-It Note Walls
Ongoing: Flipgrid Photo Booth

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning (Poster Sessions)
9:00–9:30 AM: Poster #1, Poster #2, Poster #3
9:30–10:00 AM: Poster #1, Poster #2, Poster #3


10:00 AM: Welcome

Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, School Library Journal and Library Journal
Matt Keller, Chief Marketing Officer, Capstone

10:15–10:45 AM: Opening Keynote

10:45–11:30 AM: World Tour of Administrators: The Literacy Challenge and Beyond

Greg Hood, Principal, Madison High School, Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)
Dr. Monique Felder, Chief Academic Officer, Metro Nashville Public Schools
Kelli Van Velkinburgh, District Instructional Technology Coach, Colton Joint Unified School District (CA)
More to be announced
Moderated by:
Priscille Dando, Coordinator, Library Information Services, Instructional Services Department, Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)

11:30 AM–12:15 PM: Literacy Breakouts

Topics to include news, media, reading, data, cultural, and music literacies.

11:30 AM–12:30 PM: Learning Lounge (Concurrent with Breakouts)

11:30 AM–12:30 PM: Bandanas for Therapy Dogs (Making)
Ongoing: Stick Together
Ongoing: Interactive Post-It Note Walls
Ongoing: Flipgrid Photo Booth

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning (Poster Sessions)
11:30 AM–12:00 PM: Poster #1, Poster #2, Poster #3
12:00–12:30 PM: Poster #1, Poster #2, Poster #3


12:15–1:30 pm: Lunch

1:30–2:30 pm: Using Graphic Novels to Discuss Race and Identity with Today’s Teens

Gene Luen Yang, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
Gregory Lum, Library Director, Jesuit High School, Portland (OR)
Megan Mathes, English Teacher, Jesuit High School, Portland (OR)
Paul Danowski, Student, Jesuit High School, Portland (OR)
Amanda France, Student, Jesuit High School, Portland (OR)
Sahana Jayaraman, Student, Jesuit High School, Portland (OR)
James Pecore, Student, Jesuit High School, Portland (OR)

For several years, Jesuit High School sophomores have been reading Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese as a springboard to explore race and identity. The panelists will examine these issues as they relate to the story and to their own experiences. A website of teaching material and graphic novel recommendations will be provided.

2:30 PM: Musical Treat

Emily Arrow sings KitLit-inspired songs.

2:40–3:00 PM: Break

Don’t forget to vote for Unconference topics

3:00–4:00 PM: Visual Literacy: Extending Meaning through Art

The design and illustration of children’s books are experiencing a renaissance. Our distinguished panel of award-winning artists will discuss their visions and challenges.

Cece Bell, author and illustrator of El Deafo and illustrator of the “Inspector Flytrap” series and other titles
Gareth Hinds, adapter and illustrator of The Odyssey, and most recently, Poe: Stories and Poems
Javaka Steptoe, author and illustrator of the 2017 Caldecott Medal Winner, Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Moderated by:
Daryl Grabarek, Senior Editor, School Library Journal

4:00–5:00 PM: Autographing

4:00–5:00 PM: Learning Lounge (Concurrent with Autographing)

4:00–5:00 PM: Paper Roller Coasters (Making)
Ongoing: Stick Together
Ongoing: Interactive Post-It Note Walls
Ongoing: Flipgrid Photo Booth

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning (Poster Sessions)
4:00–4:30 PM: Poster #1, Poster #2, Poster #3
4:30–5:00 PM: Poster #1, Poster #2, Poster #3


6:00–7:00 PM: Cocktail Reception Featuring Local Authors


Sunday, October 8

7:45–8:15 AM: Breakfast Buffet

7:45–8:15 AM: Learning Lounge (Concurrent with Breakfast)

Ongoing: Stick Together
Ongoing: Interactive Post-It Note Walls
Ongoing: Flipgrid Photo Booth


8:15–8:45 AM: Morning Keynote

8:45–9:30 AM: Superintendents Panel: Toward Student Success

Dr. Thomas S. Tucker, Superintendent, Princeton Schools, Cincinnati (2016 AASA National Superintendent of the Year)
Dr. Bill Chapman, Superintendent, Jarrell Independent School District (TX)
More to be announced

9:30–10:15 AM: Literacy Breakouts

Topics to include news, media, reading, data, cultural, and music literacies.

10:15–10:30 AM: Break

10:30–11:15 AM: Crowd-Sourced & Fast Learning Presentations

Taking a Leadership Role in Building a Culture of Literacy in Your School Community: One Book, One School
Rae Anne Locke, Westport, CT
Gen2Gen – Hidden in Plain Sight: How Intergenerational Relationships Can Transform Our Future
Kate Jerome, Charleston, SC
Limitless Libraries – Bringing Schools and Libraries Together
Allison Barney, Nashville, TN

11:15–11:45 AM: Town Hall

11:45 AM–12:15 PM: Closing Keynote

12:15 PM: Closing