Thursday, March 23, 2017

Future Ready Schools’ 2017 Events – Sign Up Today!

Future Ready Schools® (FRS) has announced a series of eight free regional events to support educators who are planning to implement personalizing learning strategies for their students. Building upon the success of the popular FRS Summits and Workshops  the FRS Institutes broadens the audience and are  designed to help to build a regional network with like-minded colleagues where district and school leaders can work together in real time, get feedback, and find support they need to take the next steps in the Future Ready journey.
Registration options have been expanded to include district leadership teams, and individual principals, teachers, IT directors and librarians. FRS is working with an advisory board of leading educational experts to create a research-based, two-day agenda that is action packed with personalized professional learning that models high-quality professional development practices lead by expert facilitators.
Same as in past years, the 2017 FRS institutes are FREE with limited space available, Dates and locations are as follows:
  • July 13-14: Denver, CO
  • July 20-21: Albany, NY
  • August 3-4: Palm Springs, CA
  • September 25-26: Indianapolis, IN
  • October 11-12: Philadelphia, PA
  • October 26-27: New Orleans, LA
  • November 14-15: Sacramento, CA
  • November 29-30: Detroit, MI
For more info and to register for a free FRS Institute in your region, visit:
The FRS Institutes are generously supported by our partners Follett Software, McGraw Hill Education, Pearson Education, and Summit Learning.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Did You Know You Can Search And Find #OER In Destiny Discover?

Earlier this week I shared a post about all of the amazing open educational resources we have access to as part of the #GoOpen initiative. 

You can read Future Ready Librarians Hold The Key To #GoOpen and OER...Here's One Idea For Curating and Sharing These Too here.  
In this post, I want to share how Follett supports our efforts in using and integrating OER into our libraries and school communities too.  

To start, I just have to ask...

Did you know you can search and find the open educational resources in Destiny?  

I recently learned about this and couldn't wait to share this awesome news with all of you!  

In 2016, Follett announced their commitment in joining the U.S. Department of Education's #GoOpen campaign by making it possible to search and access the Learning Registry, a shared repository of learning resource metadata, within Destiny Discover.  

"This new functionality will make it easier for teachers to search for and find free, open educational resources from the Learning Registry alongside print and digital resources owned by their school, creating lesson plans and playlists that drive appropriate content to students" (Follett, 2016)
Nader Qaimari shared, "As a company with deep roots in K-12 libraries, we are particularly excited about how this will help teacher-librarians further curate and guide teachers where to find the best content and use it effectively.”

I couldn't agree more and let me show you how easy it is to do. 

I did a search for Poetry with Poetry Month right around the corner.  

It brought up all resources about Poetry including Books, eBooks, Databases and Open Educational Resources.  
You will find it at the top of each search page.

It is also very easy to filter the OER content in different ways including by Format, which I find super helpful with the vast amount of open educational resources.  You will be able to search such things as Assessments, Lesson Plans, Activities,  Articles, Videos and more.
To make it easy to connect with the OER in Destiny Discover, I have included a link in the OER Resources and Tools Symbaloo too. 

You will find it here

It is wonderful how Follett has embraced #GoOpen and OER by supporting us within our libraries and schools, leading to even more leadership, collaboration, and connections for our teacher librarians, teachers and students. 

Now make sure that you share this with your teachers and even your students as a Future Ready Librarian too.  

Monday, March 20, 2017

AASL Social Media Superstar Finalists Announced!

AASL has launched a brand new recognition program called the Social Media Superstars.

Librarians were nominated by their peers over the last several weeks and today the Social Media Recognition Task Force announced the finalists in seven categories including....
And I am honored and excited to be part of the three that were nominated for the Tech Troubadour, along with my colleagues and friends Heather Moorefield-Lang and Krista Welz.

You can read more about the Tech Troubadour category here.

This award recognizes a librarian who uses one or more social media platforms to share technology expertise of benefit to school libraries and school librarians and their work.  

To look at this list of these amazing individuals and think about how they have influenced me as a teacher librarian and professional is humbling and inspiring.  We are lucky to belong to a profession that not only teaches, surprises and connects with us everyday, but also embraces and lifts us up in such celebrations.

According to the AASL Social Media Superstar page....

Now through April 14, members of the school library community and the public are invited to post endorsements of their personal superstar by leaving a comment of each category's post.  After April 14, the Social Media Recognition Task Force will consider the endorsements and the original nomination and select an overall Superstar for each category.  Superstars will be announced during a live webcast on Thursday, April 27 at 6:00pm CST.  

Be sure to visit each of the seven hyperlinked category postings to read information about all of the finalists and get links to their social media platforms.  You will no doubt want to follow those you aren't already.  

We want to hear from you!  Comment and share how these Superstar finalists have helped you improve and enhance your practice. 

You can get to the AASL Superstar Finalists page here.

Congratulations again to all of the others who have been nominated.  And friends, please know that you are all superstars to me!  Each and every one of you have inspired my practice and enhanced my life. 

Thank you for that!