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January 24, 2019

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Best Strategies and Resources for Strengthening Your Students' INFORMATION LITERACY SKILLS

Presented by Caitlin Bennett
Outstanding School Librarian and Presenter

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Specifically Designed for School Librarians/Media Specialists, Library Aides and Technology Specialists serving Grades K-12

  • Cutting-edge research strategies your students will be able to use immediately
  • New, innovative strategies and tools for teaching information literacy
  • Proven teaching approaches consistent with the New National School Library Standards for meeting today’s academic standards and strengthening students’ information literacy skills
  • Timesaving collection development and resource purchasing tips to better meet your school’s curriculum needs

Practical Ideas and Strategies

The ability for students to locate, evaluate and utilize information has always been important, and today, these skills have never been more important. With its explosion of online library and Internet resources with widely varying levels of reliability and accuracy, today’s Information Age is even more challenging. In this NEW seminar, outstanding school librarian,Caitlin Bennett, will share proven strategies for helping students develop the essential information literacy skills they need not only for supporting their academic research needs but also for personal and future professional needs.

Caitlin will share the most accurate and reliable online databases and resources along with proven strategies for helping students more critically evaluate both online and print resources. Caitlin will also share the best cutting-edge tools for creating self-paced and personalized learning experiences, the best tools for helping students clearly identify the information they need, as well as timesaving and organizational tips for using and sharing the information they have collected.

Whether you are just beginning to work in school libraries or you are a seasoned school librarian, you will leave this seminar with new ideas, engaging lessons and proven ways to empower your students with the skills for locating and using accurate, credible information. All the strategies shared will be consistent with the New National School Library Standards.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Strengthen Your Students’ Information Literacy Skills: Implications from the New National School Library Standards
    Discover innovative, new strategies and cutting-edge lessons for developing your students’ information literacy skills
  2. Enhance Your Students’ Research Process and Beyond
    Learn proven ways to structure innovative research opportunities outside classroom curriculum goals … Discover innovative ways Genius Hour, makerspaces, coding, enrichment projects, and more can be best be utilized in your school library program
  3. Make Your Library Program “Future Ready”
    Prepare students for tomorrow with cutting-edge methods in showcasing their knowledge – iPad apps, Chrome extensions, 3D printing, coding opportunities, and more
  4. Address “Fake News” – Help Your Students Recognize Digital Deception
    Improve student Internet searching with a variety of instructional methods so that students can develop their own search and fact-checking habits
  5. Promote Digital Citizenship and Ethical Information Use
    Prepare your students for a society full of ever-increasing technology … Learn proven methods for promoting responsible information use
  6. Enhance Your Support for Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom
    Honor reading interests, reading levels, curriculum needs, and preference of your users through curriculum development, library organization and technology tools … Here’s how
  7. Personalize Digital Literacy In Your School Library Program
    Discover the best resources for creating self-paced, personalized learning experiences and spaces as well as the best tools for students to locate information and gather notes
  8. Utilize the Best Tech Tools for Strengthening Students’ Information and Media Literacy
    Learn about curation tools, citation managers, Chrome extensions, iPad apps, and social media resources to help your students power their research projects
  9. Discover the Best Informational Databases for Your School Library
    Balance Internet searching with reputable, robust databases to support researchers of all ages
  10. Receive a Comprehensive Information Literacy Resource Handbook
    You will leave with a comprehensive resource handbook filled with practical ideas and proven resources for strengthening your students’ information literacy skills

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Real-world research, problem-solving and maker opportunities incorporating student research skills
  • Formative assessments to determine students’ information literacy skills
  • Specific implications for information literacy from the New National School Library Standards
  • The best tech tools to make information literacy relevant for your students … Graphic organizers, Hyperdocs, Google Tools, Keep, and more
  • Guiding rubrics for designing student research learning opportunities
  • Proven ways to boost the information search process with efficient, relevant, authentic and age-appropriate lessons, activities and resources
  • Proven methods to embed database and Internet searching into your instruction
  • Timesaving tips and techniques to improve your web design efficiency to better support information literacy
  • Timely and budget-friendly techniques for curating new resources
  • Ways you can support self-paced and personalized learning
  • Innovative strategies to enrich the learning experience with instructional methods that go beyond the daily curriculum needs
  • Practical strategies to help students make sense of information from diverse sources and identify misconceptions, conflicting information and point of view or bias

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As librarians, we are charged with ensuring all of our students develop authentic research skills. It seems that teaching information literacy changes daily, but at its core, students must critically think about the sources they are using and the information they learn.

At this seminar, I will identify the key issues facing our students and schools and how we, as school librarians, can provide the best support. Research mastery will be defined and then the fun will begin. I will show you a variety of proven lesson designs, library spaces, cutting-edge technology tools, and more to power your information literacy instruction. We will also discuss how you are curating resources and designing your webpages (no webpage design experience is required). Please bring a mobile device if possible, as we will be jumping into many online resources.

Ultimately, our role is to ensure that all students leave capable of finding and using credible resources in their everyday lives. To do this, we must provide reliable resources and a variety of experiences tailored to their needs and preferences.

Whether you work in an elementary, middle, or high school library, you will leave this seminar with the motivation, strategies and resources to begin or enhance your information literacy instruction.

Caitlin Bennett

P.S. This seminar will empower you to use today’s tools to meet the needs of tomorrow’s researchers.

Who Should Attend

Specifically Designed for School Librarians/Media Specialists, Library Aides and Technology Specialists serving Grades K-12

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Information Literacy Skills Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive information literacy skills resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Reference list of current research
  • Graphic organizers
  • Lesson plans for differentiating and self-paced learning experiences
  • Resource list for best educational resources
  • Example website design strategies

Meet and Share with Other School Librarians
This seminar provides participants a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with other school librarians interested in enhancing their information literacy skills program.

Consultation Available
Caitlin Bennett will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own school library/media program.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four Graduate level professional development credit are available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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