November 18, 2017

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The unConference @ AASL (National Standards edition) Help us get ready now!

If you are planning to join our tribe in Phoenix, please consider attending the unConference on Thursday night, November 9th. We’ll be learning together from 9:00 PM till midnight at the Phoenix Convention Center in a kind of meet and greet with our new National Standards. Here’s the official session description: Engage with the new […]

Late night in Columbus! (Two big unconferency AASL events)

If, like me, you are counting the days till AASL, the biennial convergence of our people, you’ll likely be pulling your calendar together around now.  Yes, there’s a lot going on!  I am truly looking forward to the speakers, the authors, the sessions, the friends, and yes, the dancing. When the sessions and the dinners […]

Celebrating edcamp, libcamp, unconference

For me, it’s been an unconferency kinda week–a celebration of the informal, participant-driven learning experiences that have made huge impact on professional learning culture. 1. On Monday, I was honored to be invited to attend a little 5th birthday party featuring an extraordinary present.  The EdCamp Foundation announced the gift of a $2 million dollar, no strings […]

Postcards from Nerdcamp: PD gets fun in a grassroots unconference on literacy

Nerdcamp is “the grassrootsiest of grassroots and ground zero for the “free-range” reading movement, writes Travis Jonker. “And it has the potential to revolutionize professional development in your school district.”

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Our 3rd Annual Open Mic Smackdown!

The end of the year draws year.  And it’s that time again! That’s right. Put the Thanksgivakkuh dishes away and get ready to smackdown. Librarians and teachers and other friends are invited to join me, Gwyneth and Tiff this coming Monday night for another exciting virtual, karaoke-style, smackdown! This is an opportunity for you to […]

AASL: The unconference report

Friday night a team of teacher librarians, and a few friends, hosted AASL’s first unconference. It all started with a conversation with Susan Ballard at a CiSSL Retreat at Rutgers this summer. I wondered if AASL would consider the idea of a participant-driven unconference event. Sue said, why not? and that she’d check on it […]

The AASL Unconference: Join us!

If you’re planning to attend AASL in Hartford, please add our first-ever Unconference on your agenda. Our kinda edgy, late-night event will take place in the Capitol Ballroom at the Marriott beginning at 9 PM on Friday night. The focus is on informal, peer-to-peer learning, PLN building, and sharing–ensuring that voices get heard and that […]

Pictures of the Week: KidLib Unconference at Darien (CT) Library

Youth services librarians from the NYC metropolitan area gathered for the fifth annual KidLib Unconference at Darien Public Library on August 7.