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Tuesday, December 10 • 3:15pm - 4:15pm
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Doug Baldwin and Mike McEwan (STEM - Middle and High School) Build it Better : Engaging students in STEM and Entrepreneurship - The Build it Better Design Challenge, a partnership between Piscataway Library, Macewan Consulting and NJIT, is a no cost one-day competition designed as a bridge experience in areas of both STEM and entrepreneurship. The goal of the competition is to present teams of students/participants with the challenge to design, build, test and market a product for the consumer market. This short learning opportunity will cover the Build it Better model, how it can be used to enhance STEM learning, as how to implement it locally at your school.

Elizabeth Burns and Jennifer Apgar (Literature/Book Talk and Instruction - Middle and High School) A Short Introduction to Large Print Books - Large print books are for all ages! Learn what types of learners need large print books, why they are hard to find, where you can get them for your students, and how to promote them to those who need them.

Mary Desmond (Instruction - Middle and High School) Rethinking the Research Process With Big 6 - There is no doubt that students today struggle with conducting research on their own. In this workshop explore six important steps created by Mike Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz needed to make any research project a success. Numerous tools and activity ideas will be provided.

Gianna DiPisa (Instruction/Community Engagement - Middle) 8th Grade Research: Connecting School and Public Libraries - 8th Grade Research is a newly designed library cycle course that has allowed for the 8th grade class to obtain free public library cards. Curriculum and a focus on making meaningful community connections between school and public libraries in a middle school setting will be reviewed.

Andrea Gomez (Technology/Instruction - Elementary) Sphero Robots as Collaborative Learning Tools for Reinforcing Mathematical Concepts The use of Sphero Robots in the classroom affords students the opportunity to work together on common learning goals. I will demonstrate activities students can collaborate on to reinforce mathematical concepts, such as shapes, measurement, and angles.

Michelle Kowalsky (Professional Growth/Technology - All) Online Tutorials for Primary Sources Learning from Library of Congress - Digital objects from the Library of Congress' collections will be shared and discussed. These online primary sources provide an endless supply of activities for short-duration information literacy instruction, homework assignments, research projects, or flipped classroom activities. Teacher training (with stipends!) via Teaching with Primary Sources Grant will be detailed and demonstrated.

Sarah Neiderman (Instruction/Professional Growth - All) Hosting Comic-con at your Library: Leveraging Fandom for Engagement - Learn practical advice to plan and execute a comic-con event at your library,
tips for engaging teachers and community members, ideas for activities with how-to’s, and ways to involve students in every step of the process.

Beth Raff (Instruction/Professional Growth - All Levels) - Developing Inclusive Learners and Citizens: I will share an activity guide, infographic and framework developed by my ALA Emerging Leaders group based on the AASL Library Standards. We demonstrate how to use the shared foundation of Include as a lens to support professional development and instruction around seeking balanced perspectives, global learning, empathy, tolerance and equity.

Rosemary Rich & Catherine Spinella (Community Engagement - Middle & High) Librarians United: How Public & School Librarians Tackled Teen Programming Together: Putting together school library events can often be time consuming and difficult to implement given limited budgets and teaching priorities. Public libraries provide wonderful teen programming only to have limited attendance. Solution? Bring the public library programs to where the teens are, in the schools. Join us for an informative session on the success of our joint teen programs between West Essex Regional Middle and High Schools and the Fairfield Public Library.

Peter Richter (Instruction/Technology - Middle and High) Using “Do Nows” to Engage Students in Media Center Lessons - Participants will see examples of media center lessons that use brief Do Now activities to motivate students to actively participate in class discussions. These are ideal for use in collaboration with teachers as the activities are easily adapted to the subject area content.

Melinda Roberts (Instruction/STEAM - Elementary) Leap into Science: A School Library and Public Library Approach - presenting with Jaimie Donnelly, Director of Maple Shade Library - Looking for ways to incorporate more STEAM into your library curriculum? Want to explore ways to collaborate with your local public library? Two librarians, a school librarian and public librarian, talk about their experiences with the Leap into Science program and how you too can incorporate it into your library curriculum.

Diana Rodriguez and Linda Andrews (Makerspace - Elementary) Make It Happen: Makerspace and the K-5 Curriculum - Collaboration between stakeholders brought a makerspace and design thinking to our K-5 public school. We will share our process and illustrate how we met goals for student learning and empowerment, and we will explain how we tied "making" to curriculum using high- and low-tech examples.

Stephanie Singer (Media Literacy/Digital Citizenship - Middle) The ABCD's of Website Evaluation - With misleading data easily found online, your students need to know how to evaluate websites for reliability. By teaching them the ABCD’s of website evaluation, your students will become more discerning about their information sources and the content they encounter in their Google searches.

Lisa Straubinger (Instruction/Community Engagement - Elementary/Middle) Read to Make a Difference - Build a community of readers and leaders by having your students read for a cause. Discover ways your school community can come together to support others simply by reading.

Audrey Vernick (Instruction - Elementary and Middle) - The Dos and Don’ts (and Secrets) of Collaboration A coauthor of acclaimed novels Two Naomis and Naomis Too, Audrey Vernick discuss the joys and not-joys of collaboration. Group projects are a cornerstone of education, and the collaboration tools authors use—improvisation, brainstorming, outlining, capitalizing on strengths, identifying the best technology--make everyone Better Together.

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Doug Baldwin

Head of Technology, Piscataway Public Library
I am the Head of Technology for the Piscataway Public Library for the past 2 years, previously serving as Emerging Technologies Librarian for 5 years before that. I administer the technology and networking systems for the library system, as well as coordinating our makerspace services... Read More →
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Elizabeth Burns

Head of Reader Services, NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center
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Jennifer Apgar

Youth Services Librarian, NJ State Library Talking Book & Braille Center

Mary Desmond

School library/media specialist, Sayreville War Memorial High School
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Gianna M. DiPisa

Library Media Specialist
I am a fourth year teacher-librarian who is very eager to network and attend my second NJASL Conference this year!

Michelle Kowalsky

Michelle Kowalsky is a librarian at Rowan University. As a former LIS instructor and school library media program coordinator, she trained new and experienced librarians in New Jersey for more than 20 years. She is a recent winner of the NJLA Research Award -- with John Woodruff... Read More →
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Sarah Neiderman

Melvin H. Kreps Middle School
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Beth Raff

School Librarian, Mt. Tabor Elementary School
I am an ALA Emerging Leader 2019. Talk to me about my Include project!
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Peter Richter

Media Specialist, Westwood School District
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Melinda Roberts

Library Media Specialist, Maple Shade School District
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Stephanie Singer

Library Media Specialist, Readington Middle School
I am the Readington Middle School library media specialist, President of the Hunterdon County Librarians Association, mother of two readers, and overall helper person.
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Lisa Straubinger

Teacher Librarian, T. Baldwin Demarest School
I am a PreK-4 Teacher Librarian in Old Tappan, New Jersey. I am the current president of NJASL and a member of my county group, BPASL. I love connecting with other teacher librarians so feel free to contact me.

Tuesday December 10, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm EST
Ballroom A-B-C Ballroom Level