School Library Journal Leadership Basecamp: Boston

Jump-start your 2019/2020 school year!

Join us for two impactful and inspirational days of professional development. Discount available when you attend both.

Leadership Basecamp, Monday, August 12 followed by our Diversity Workshop, Tuesday, August 13

 

Monday, August 12, 2019 | Registration opens at 8:30 AM | Program Ends 5:00 PM

Early Bird Rate - $163.30 (ends July 26) | Standard Rate - $204.12

Early Bird Two-Day Access Pass - $228.61 (ends July 26) | Standard Rate Two-Day Access Pass - $285.71

 

School Library Journal is excited to return to Simmons University in Boston this summer for our fifth Leadership Basecamp. Whether this is your first time attending or you have joined us before, our full day of professional development offers children’s and teen librarians an opportunity to build on their successes, develop skills to meet their goals, and accelerate their path to leadership.

Through keynote speeches, small-group sessions, and practical, hands-on workshops with industry professionals and subject matter experts, you’ll learn how to effectively engage with your community and beyond. Each Leadership Basecamp addresses topics fundamental to our profession, and features a new faculty of innovative educators.

Come and hear from library leaders and discover how to:

  • build an impactful library program
  • take the lead on technology
  • diversify your collection
  • create dynamic spaces
  • align with standards and school goals
  • develop strategic partnerships
  • promote news literacy and information equity
  • foster social and emotional development
  • design programming for special needs children
  • evaluate graphic novels for authentic representations

If you are ready to take the next step professionally, this program is for you.

A certificate of completion will be available totaling eight educational hours.


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8:30 AM – 9:00 AM | Registration and Continental Breakfast
 

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM | Welcome and Introduction  
Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal
Em Claire Knowles, Assistant Dean for Academic Support, College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences, Simmons University
 

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM | Keynote Presentation
Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School (CT); Adjunct Instructor, Southern Connecticut State University; Professional Developer, edWeb.net
 

10:00 AM – 11:20 AM | Breakout Sessions — Round One 

Breakout 1:
Real Talk: A Framework for Teen-Led Conversation Forums 
Presenter: Luke Kirkland
, Teen Specialist, Waltham Public Library (MA)

Founded by youth to discuss the issues that are important to them, Real Talk is a youth-led conversation forum that has become the centerpiece of programming at the Waltham Public Library Teen Room. Twice a month, four teen leaders guide their peers in activities that promote youth voice, encourage socioemotional learning, and develop an awareness of social justice issues in the community. Learn about the framework we created to sustain the work of our founders and to guide librarians in developing similar programs in their environments.
 

Breakout 2:
Family Book Clubs as Spaces of Intergenerational Dialogue

Presenters: Monique Harris, Special Educator/Reading Specialist, Boston Public Schools (MA); Senior Partner, Still Harbor, Inc.; Nicholl Montgomery, PhD Candidate and Teaching Fellow, Boston College (MA)

Join us to learn about a family book club model offered in the Boston area featuring discussions of classic and contemporary middle grade titles by African American writers. We will discuss how to plan for, facilitate, and promote family and community book clubs, along with their benefits across generations, and some of the challenges. Participants will also have an opportunity to participate in a mock book club experience and consider how to use the activation activities, discussion questions, and related, wraparound book lists. Whether or not you have already launched or designed a family book club, you’ll walk away with lots of tips, ideas, and inspiration to plan your next event.
 

Breakout 3:
Welcoming Kids on the Spectrum
Presenters: Maria Cotto
, Bilingual Children's Librarian, Pawtucket Public      Library (RI); Ashley Waring, Children’s Librarian, Reading Public Library (MA)

Welcoming and including children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental delays in our libraries is important work, and vital to our efforts to reach underserved populations. This session will provide tips and techniques to best support these children in a variety of programs and settings, including designing and delivering a sensory storytime for your community of library users. You’ll leave with ideas and resources (and some step-by-step instructions) that you can use to get started, or expand your existing programming. 
 

11:30 AM -12:00 PM | Author Stage: Jerry Craft, author of New Kid (HarperCollins)
 

12:00 PM -1:00 PM | Lunch  
 

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM |  Author Stage: Oge Mora, author of the 2019 Caldecott Honor book, Thank You, Omu!, and the forthcoming Saturday (Little, Brown), and Kevin Noble Maillard, author of the forthcoming Fry Bread (Roaring Brook/Macmillian) in conversation with Daryl Grabarek. 
 

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM | Breakout Sessions — Round Two 

Breakout 4:
Teaching Skepticism Where Gullibility Thrives

Presenter: Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School (CT); Adjunct Instructor, Southern Connecticut State University; Professional Developer, edWeb.net

“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.” ~ Voltaire.
“Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” ~ Albert Einstein

Students’ understanding of what constitutes news and how to consume it has radically changed in recent years. Research shows that this trend could threaten some of our most fundamental democratic principles. Brands and formats that once helped guide readers are effaced by social media, mobile delivery, and screen viewing. Generation Z has yet to develop the practice of reading news content with enough skepticism to evaluate its credibility effectively. In this session, Michelle Luhtala (a 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker) will share replicable lessons designed to help learners develop the skills they need to sift through news for truth.
 

Breakout 5:  
Outreach and Collaboration

Presenter: Deborah Dutcher, Youth and Adult Services Consultant, NH State Library

Developing and promoting programs that build bridges are powerful advocacy tools and a sign of a future ready library. During this session we will discuss planning and managing partner programs and outreach, and review examples of some impactful collaborations across early learning environments, schools, communities, and government agencies. Come prepared to assess and explore where some of those partnerships may exist in your neighborhoods, towns, and cities. 
 

Breakout 6:  
Reading the Visual and Verbal Critically: Intersectionality In Graphic Novels

Presenter: Dr. Laura M. Jimenez, Lecturer, Literacy Education, Boston University (MA); Wheelock College of Education & Human Development (MA)

The challenge of building and maintaining a rich, and culturally sustaining book collection, can be daunting. Graphic novels are especially more popular and “diverse” graphic novels seem to be everywhere. Publishers have realized that diverse literature sells. But, how do you evaluate graphic novels for authentic representations of mis-and under- represented identities? This workshop will walk you through the process of evaluating visual and verbal elements of graphic novels for diverse representations, and provide multiple resources for future use.
 

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM | Break and Refreshments 
 

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM | Breakout Sessions — Round Three

Breakout 7:
Essential Partnerships

Presenter: Amy Short, Library Director, Cambridge Public Schools (MA)

When parties come together to advance their mutual interests, anything is possible. Come and explore what can happen when you establish and nurture strategic partnerships in your school and district. This working session will help you determine strengths and opportunities within your library program and begin to formulate an advocacy plan that identifies and connects with shared goals and needs of administrators and key stakeholders.
 

Breakout 8:
Beyond Digital Citizenship: How to Prepare Young People for Life Online

Presenter: Michelle Ciccione, Technology Integration Specialist, Foxborough High School (MA); NAMLE Leadership Council; Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

The conversations we have with young people about our lives online too often remain superficial, irrelevant, or worse, are meant to frighten. This presentation will explore a more expansive, positive, and concrete approach to digital citizenship and digital literacy education that more accurately presents the Internet as a resource, not a threat. Let’s move beyond a “be kind” approach to digital citizenship and prepare young people for a powerful, productive, and informed online life. Activity and program ideas will be shared.
 

Breakout 9:
Reading the Visual and Verbal Critically: Intersectionality In Graphic Novels

Presenter: Dr. Laura M. Jimenez, Lecturer, Literacy Education, Boston University (MA); Wheelock College of Education & Human Development (MA)

Please see Breakout Session 6 for description.

 

4:40 PM – 5:00 PM | #OwnVoices Guerilla Booktalks

Bring a one-minute book recommendation to share with conference colleagues during this lively, end-of-the-day thematic shoutout. 

 

Nefertiti Austin

Michelle Ciccone
Technology Integration Specialist, Foxborough High School (MA); NAMLE Leadership Council; Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Kathryn Belden

Maria Cotto
Bilingual Children's Librarian, Pawtucket Public Library (RI)

Kathryn Belden

Jerry Craft
Author, New Kid (HaperCollins)

Kathryn Belden

Deb Dutcher
Youth and Adult Services Consultant, NH State Library

Kathryn Belden

Monique Harris
Special Educator/Reading Specialist, Boston Public Schools (MA); Senior Partner, Still Harbor, Inc.

Kathryn Belden

Laura Jimenez
Lecturer, Literacy Education, Boston University (MA); Wheelock College of Education & Human Development (MA)

Kathryn Belden

Luke Kirkland
Teen Specialist. Waltham Public Library (MA)

Akilah Hughes

Michelle Luthala
Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School (CT); Adjunct Instructor, Southern Connecticut State University; Professional Developer, edWeb.net

Brigid Kemmerer

Kevin Maillard
Author of the forthcoming Fry Bread (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)

Oge Mora

Oge Mora
Author of Thank You, Omu! and the forthcoming Saturday (Little, Brown)

Akilah Hughes

Amy Short
Library Director, Cambridge Public Schools (MA)

Kathryn Belden

Ashley Waring
Children’s Librarian, Reading Public Libary (MA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Special group pricing is available. Attend with a team from your school or school district for a unique team building experience. Contact us today to learn more.

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