Fostering Lifelong Learners 2014 | Schedule

September 18: Pre-Conference: Early Learning Spaces

Tracy Strobel, Cuyahoga County Public Library Deputy Director, and early literacy consultant Celia Huffman, PhD, will lead a local tour of Cuyahoga County Public Library’s new and exciting early learning spaces. Inspired by children’s museums with highly interactive activity stations, the spaces are focused on building six key early literacy skills: developing vocabulary, print recognition, print awareness, narrative adeptness, letter knowledge, and phonological awareness. Please click here to register. Space is limited to 38 registrants.

September 19: Conference

8:30-9:00 am: Registration, networking and coffee service

9:00-9:15: Welcome and introductions
Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal and School Library Journal
Sari Feldman, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library

9:15-10:00 am: Keynote address by Robert Needlman, M.D., F.A.A.P., Founder, Reach out and Read, Professor of Pediatrics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Pediatrician, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH and Co-Author, Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care

10:00-11:00 am: Panel: Addressing Early Learning through Partnerships
High quality early learning programs provide an important foundation for young children at a critical time of rapid brain development. What kind of infrastructure supports effective program design and delivery? How can partners best achieve their shared early learning outcomes? This panel will explore successful partnership models for early learning.

Remarks, Rebekah Dorman, Ph.D., Director, Invest in Children
Moderated by Sari Feldman, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library

Kathleen Reif, Director, St. Mary’s County Maryland Library
Billie Osborne Fears, Director, Starting Point
Melissa Manos, Director, Help Me Grow of Cuyahoga County

11:00-11:15: Break

11:15-12:15 pm: Panel: Technology in the Early Years: Reality Check
A panel of experts will explore both the research and realities surrounding tech use with young children, also digging into best practices and practical ways that educators, librarians, and parents are (and should be) using technology effectively with young children.

Moderated by Rebecca T. Miller, Editorial Director, Library Journal and School Library Journal

Warren Buckleitner, Ph.D., Editor, Children’s Technology Review
Celia Huffman, PhD,  Youth Services Manager (Retired), Cuyahoga County Public Library; Consultant/Owner, Youth Creative Concepts for Libraries
Chip Donohue, PhD, Dean of Distance Learning and Continuing Education, TEC Center Director, Senior Fellow, Fred Rogers Center, Erikson Institute

12:15-1:00: Lunch

1:00-1:30: Remarks and introductions, Roger Sutton, Editor in Chief, The Horn Book
Guest speaker, Kevin Henkes

1:30-1:45: Industry Insights: PNC

1:45-2:00: Industry Insights: AWE

2:00-2:30: Best Practices in Discovery Learning & Engagement
Led by Pam Jankowski, Literacy & Learning Division Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library

2:30-3:30: Visit Discovery Learning Stations:
Young children build knowledge through their desire to question, explore and investigate. Tap your own natural curiosity to experience Cuyahoga County Public Library’s programs based on discovery learning theory. Staff will be available throughout the conference to demonstrate how programs such as Exploration Station, Mathlete, Ipad Lab, and our circulating Toy Collection help children to build important early literacy skills. Stations set up in one a conference room with staff who will speak to:

  • Exploration Stations (interactive workshops for parents and children)
  • Toy Library
  • Financial Literacy Exhibit (a traveling exhibit)
  • Touch Lab

3:30-4:30: Reviewing/Selecting Books for Children and Readers Advisory for Parents and Children
Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano, editors, Horn Book Magazine and co-authors, A Family of Readers: The Booklover’s Guide to Children’s and Young Adult Literature

4:30-5:00: Closing speaker, Robert L. Fischer, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center on Urban Poverty & Community Development & Director, Master of Nonprofit Organizations (MNO) Program




September 19, 2014

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Parma-Snow Branch
2121 Snow Road
Parma, OH 44314

Renaissance Cleveland

24 Public Square
Cleveland, OH 44012
Rate: $159 per night
Group name: Library Journal
Book online
Cutoff date for group rate:
August 28

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