Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Let's All Share What We Do As Future Ready Librarians In Each One Of The FRL Wedges!

This week was Future Ready Illinois in Naperville at North Central College. 
I had such a wonderful time with our team as we worked with administrators, technology directors, principals, coaches and of course, lots of very special Future Ready Librarians. 
On the second day, as we examined, dissected and shared ways Future Ready Librarians lead, teach and serve within our libraries, schools and communities,  one of my new friends, Becky Ackermann, came up to me with an idea from the collaborating they were doing at their table. 
Even though we took the FRL Framework apart on the first day together by breaking into 10 groups and...
 ...providing more meaning and examples to each wedge,
Becky and her table thought it would be super helpful to now come up with very specific examples, ideas, resources and more to help us be successful and creative within each. 
We started to do this with the sticky notes we were adding on Day 1, but it would be nice to have an online place where these ideas are captured and stored for everyone to use and share. 
As Becky and I talked through it, I created a new Padlet to collect the ideas from all of us at the Future Ready Institute, and other Future Ready Librarians around the country, and around the world.

Now, where the fun part begins!  

Please share what you do specifically to lead, teach and serve in each one of the wedges by adding to the Padlet.  
Thank you Becky and your team members for sharing your idea!  You made a difference today, friend. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Join Us For The #IAmMore Webinar On September 19!

Our 6th graders participated in a very special event called #IAmMore last week. 
The #IAmMore program, from our friends at Voyager Sopris, 
 is an opportunity for our students and ourselves to have a voice and share untapped potential.  
They want us to help celebrate by getting involved and sharing a photo or video. There are even really great prizes involved.  

You will find this information online, but guess what?  I am doing a webinar with Voyager Sopris about the #IAmMore event and other ways to embrace and celebrate literacy.  
All you have to do is click here to register for the webinar, What Does I AM MORE Mean To You?  It is on September 19 at 4:30pm CST.  

We hope to see you there to learn more and get involved today! 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

A Collection by Destiny Set Of Special Yearly Events For Our Community!

Even with just three weeks of school behind us, Jessica and I have researched, collected and curated resources for several special events coming up.  This is a big request from teachers and one that we love to provide for them through the resources we have in our library, through the state and local AEA (Area Education Agency) and things we find online.  
We have shared International Dot Day, 
9/11 Remembrance Day, 
and lots of wonderful resources for Constitution Day coming up on September 17. 
With all of these Collections we are creating, we decided to bring them together in a new Collection Set this week.  This is a new feature in Collections and one of my favorite things! 

With a Collection Set, we can bring together as many Collections as we want in one place.  You can read more about this and how to make your own in this post I wrote
We shared this right away in our Library Google Classroom and also....
 ...created a new page on our Van Meter School Library Website under the Teachers tab. 

The Collection Se of Special Yearly Events will be such an important place for all of us as we celebrate these special days, plan and collaborate with one another, and share these with our students, families and community. 

Let's see what we can plan to celebrate and learn about next!