Best, Practical Strategies to Ensure that Your SCHOOL LIBRARY PROGRAM Helps Students Meet and Exceed Your State Standards
Presented by Jonathan Hunt
Specifically Designed for School Librarians/Media Specialists, Library Aides, and Administrators Serving Grades K-5
- A wealth of outstanding, current resources for library collection development focused on your state standards
- Powerful lesson ideas specifically designed to align your library teaching with your state standards
- Excellent websites and highly effective apps to broaden your students’ background knowledge and create confident, competent readers and writers
- Dozens of the best, new books in all genres for grades K-5 – with direct connections to the skills students need to master your state standards
- A comprehensive resource handbook filled with a wealth of strategies, lessons, activities, and ideas to focus your K-5 library program on helping students meet and exceed your state standards
Practical Ideas and Strategies
In this highly engaging seminar created specifically for school librarians to help students meet and exceed your state standards, outstanding school librarian and national presenter, Jonathan Hunt, will share a wealth of research-based, practical strategies that will help transform your school library into a valuable resource for students and staff. The focus of this fast-paced day will be on providing K-5 librarians with practical tips, ideas and strategies for further incorporating your state standards into your library program.
Throughout the day, Jonathan will share his knowledge of the best books and proven strategies to help your K-5 students become more proficient in reading and writing. You will learn a wealth of ways to focus on your state standards as well as the best library materials and educational technology available to help students meet the standards. Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook designed specifically for this seminar and dozens of tips, tools and creative ideas you can take back to your library and use immediately.
You will find Jonathan’s ideas innovative, stimulating, and highly useful in aligning your library resources and teaching students the skills they need to meet your rigorous state standards. Join him for a dynamic seminar – designed specifically for school librarians.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Emphasize Your State Standards in Your School Library Program
Take another look at the purpose and content of your state standards, reviewing what they are — and what they are not … Discover a wealth of ideas and materials to enhance your ability to help students meet these rigorous standards
- Discover the Best New Books to Support Your State Standards
Learn which of the thousands of new books published every year best support your state standards … Hear about the best books for specific grade levels, from picture books and easy readers to chapter books and novels — as well as the best books in popular genres
- Find the Best New Apps
Your state standards embrace technology and nothing has taken the educational world by storm quite like tablets, smartphones and apps that are proliferating at a dizzying rate … Learn which ones will work best to motivate and challenge your students
- Use ebooks and Audiobooks
There will always be a place for the printed book, but see how alternative formats can engage students in new and exciting ways … ebooks and audiobooks not only appeal to multiple intelligences, but can be extremely valuable for at-risk populations, especially English learners and students with special needs
- Celebrate Nonfiction Texts
Your state standards call for a much greater emphasis on informational literature and fortunately, nonfiction publishing is flowering and the genre is enjoying a renaissance … Jonathan will show you how to turn young readers on to the pleasures and challenges of nonfiction
- Leverage the Internet to Support Students in Mastering the Standards
State standards will prepare students for the modern world, not only in information literacy, but social media and digital fluency … Learn about new websites to support the curriculum and take a second look at outstanding blogs, wikis, twitter, Skype, and YouTube
- Re-emphasize Research Skills
Previous standards often didn’t leave much room in the curriculum for research projects, but now there is a new emphasis on many smaller projects rather than one big one … Learn the best new strategies for designing research projects that your students will love
- Motivate All Students
Rigorous classroom reading instruction still needs to be complemented with practice at home (i.e. pleasure reading) … Here’s how to motivate a wide range of readers in our charge, from gifted and talented students to reluctant readers, with books and strategies for everyone
- Collaborate With Staff
Teachers are sometimes overwhelmed with teaching rigorous state standards, but it represents the perfect opportunity for us to demonstrate our value as instructional leaders and collaborative partners … Learn the best practices for enhancing working relationships with your staff
- Build an Outstanding State Standards Library
Here’s how to develop your collection with an emphasis on your state standards going forward, as well as highlight the excellent materials you already have … Learn which resources can help you stay abreast of the latest trends and developments, both in the publishing and education worlds
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
- Tips, tools and strategies for emphasizing your state standards and applying them directly to our school libraries
- Outstanding, top resources to use for your state standards collection development
- The best apps to support the curriculum and engage students
- Which of the thousands of new books published every year best support your state standards
- The best websites to use for a variety of purposes, including research and reference
- Proven ways to identify the best nonfiction books for your standards and how to use them to develop proficient readers in the genre
- Strategies to retool information literacy so that it aligns with the goals of your state standards
- Engaging ways to use audiobooks to improve listening skills, reading comprehension and oral reading fluency – key components of today’s rigorous standards
- Outstanding websites and highly effective apps to help create confident, competent readers and writers
- How graphic novels can help students develop visual literacy and improve reading skills
- The best practices for collaborating with teachers, parents and the community
- Tips and strategies for improving the neglected English/language arts skills of listening and speaking
- The best picture books for reading aloud, skill lessons and writing models
- How to engage reluctant and struggling readers with ebooks and other alternative formats
- Key features of an effective, easy reader text and which ones are the best for your collection
- Quick, easy writing lessons that can be accomplished in a single visit to the school library
- Which chapter books are best suited to help your newly emergent readers transition into middle grade novels
- How to get the most use out of educational technology
- Fantasy and science fiction titles and series to challenge your voracious and gifted readers
- Quick, easy research projects and how to collaborate on them with teachers
- The latest research on best practices for teaching reading and helping students become proficient readers
- Proven tips and strategies for motivating all student populations including English learners, students with special needs and gifted and talented students
- Tips for using poetry to improve reading, writing, listening, and speaking
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
School librarians need expertise in no less than four areas – reading and literature, information literacy, educational technology, and collaboration – and if we can master them, we become the most indispensable staff members on campus. A university professor once told me that a school librarian should be like a shaman: an important leader in the community, someone who has valuable skills and someone who possesses great magic. I’m inclined to agree with him.
I love books, I love children and I love matching children to books. With so many books published every year, it can be overwhelming to know which ones are right for which readers. The adoption of state standards further complicates this process of selection and collection development. I read dozens and dozens of books every year, and it is my pleasure to share which ones I believe should be in our collections to support your state standards.
The adoption of state standards also coincides with a recession which adds another challenge for us — but also an opportunity. We have a mandate for a more rigorous curriculum, but we rarely have the financial resources to fully support it. This means that we must be more creative. We need to be very careful how we use our shrinking budgets, we need to continue to be instructional leaders and collaborative partners, and we need to rethink the programs and services that we can offer in the library.
I invite you to come spend the day with me as we consider these issues. Throughout the day, I will be sharing practical ideas to address the challenges we face, powerful lesson ideas to align your library teaching with your state standards, and outstanding websites and highly effective apps to broaden your students’ background knowledge and create confident, competent readers and writers. Of course our day wouldn’t be complete without my sharing the best new books in all genres for grade levels K-5, to help our students master your state standards. I promise a fast-paced, interactive day filled with books, strategies and the latest technology tools, all specifically designed to match your standards. Please join me for this special day.
P.S. You will receive the resource handbook I have developed specifically for this seminar, filled with practical strategies, ideas, and materials ready for you to use to enhance your K-5 school library program.
Who Should Attend
K-5 School Librarians/Media Specialists, Library Aides, and Administrators.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook with a wealth of materials specifically designed for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:
- Practical ideas and strategies for transforming your school library into a valuable standards-based resource for students and staff
- Dozens of books and activities aligned with your state standards
- Effective ways to prepare your students for the rigorous standards and collaborate with staff
- Outstanding websites and apps to broaden your students’ background knowledge and create confident, competent readers and writers
- Meaningful reading strategies designed specifically for grades K-5
- And much, much more!
Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other school librarians/media specialists interested in aligning their library programs and resources with your state standards.
Jonathan Hunt will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own library media center.
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