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Reading Strategies and Inquiry Circles: How Teacher Librarians Can Lead Students to Deeper Understanding – Cascade 12

AM Session, 9:00-12:00 (Elementary focus)

PM Session, 1:00-4:00 (Secondary focus)

Harvey “Smokey” Daniels has been a city and suburban classroom teacher and a college professor, and now works as a national consultant and author on literacy education. In language arts, Smokey is known for his pioneering work on student book clubs, as recounted in Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups, and Minilessons for Literature Circles.
Smokey has recently coauthored two bestselling books on content-area literacy: Subjects Matter: Every Teacher’s Guide to Content-Area Reading, and the companion volume, Content-Area Writing: Every Teacher’s Guide. He is also coauthor of Best Practice: Today’s Standards for Teaching and Learning in America’s Schools.

Daniels works with elementary and secondary teachers throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe, offering demonstration lessons, workshops, and consulting, with a special focus on creating, sustaining, and renewing student-centered inquiries and discussions of all kinds. Smokey shows colleagues how to simultaneously build students’ reading strategies, balance their reading diets, and strengthen the social skills they need to become genuine lifelong readers.


Microsoft Institute Teacher Leader Workshops – Cascade 1 & 2

NCCE has partnered with Microsoft to bring instructional technology professional development to 2010 WLMA|WALE Conference.  These workshops will include hands-on training on project-based student centered activities for 21sh Century K-12 classrooms and school libraries.

Creating Collaborative Teams for Teaching  and Learning

AM Session, 9:00-12:00

Collaboration is one of the essential skills identified in the 21st Century Learning initiative. Learning to collaborate and use the best tools to complete tasks and jobs are information literacy skills that all students must possess if they are going to be successful in K-12 education, higher education, and as working citizens.

Organizational Tools for Information and Technology Literacy

PM Session, 1:00-4:00

Organization is the key to efficiency! In today’s hectic world of information overload, it is often difficult to stay organized and keep up with all of the latest trends in teaching, learning, information and technology. Learn how to use Microsoft tools like OneNote and Writer to better facilitate organization and efficiency in school research projects.


Making it LIT: Leading 21st Century Learning Through Powerful Library Programs – Cascade 11

According to Mike Eisenberg, WLMA, the Spokane Moms and others, we are Teacher-Librarians and ours are Library Information and Technology Programs. Our mission is to ensure that students are effective users and producers of information and ideas. Now what?

Thinking globally and acting locally, we will look beyond your library to help align your job, program and space with emerging thinking about 21st century learning, the millennial learner and the role of theschool information professional as a curriculum and technology leader.

AM Session, 9:00-12:00 (Elementary Level): Wayne Osborn and Dan Gemeinhart

PM Session, 1:00-4:00 (Secondary Level): Mark Ray and Roz Thompson

After spending seventeen years in the retail grocery business, Wayne Osborn decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a teacher.  After graduating from Pacific Lutheran University, he taught special education at Oakbrook Elementary in Lakewood for five years.  Nine years ago he started his “dream job”, and has been the teacher-librarian and building “Site Tech” at Hillside Elementary school on Joint Base Lewis-McChord ever since. A committed life-long learner, he has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Washington and a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Wayne became a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of Library Media in 2008. Wayne lives in Puyallup with his lovely wife Robin, an annoying but lovable dog and an ornery cat, and has three grown children of whom he is very proud. They are neither annoying nor ornery.

Dan Gemeinhart graduated from Gonzaga University in 2001.  After teaching abroad for a year, he obtained his Library Media teaching endorsement and became the K-5 teacher-librarian at Mission View Elementary in Wenatchee, WA.  He feels ridiculously lucky to have a job sharing great literature with great kids.  In 2009 he received his National Board Certification in Library Media.  He lives with his wife and two beautiful daughters in Cashmere, Washington.  Learn more about Dan at his website.

Mark Ray, self-styled Slayer of Information Ignorance (with a Black Belt in Think Kwon Do) earns his keep as a high school teacher librarian and instructional technology facilitator in Vancouver Public Schools. In his rare time, he coaches tennis and sporadically writes for his nascent wiki-bloggy thing called Librarian Provocateur. He’s held the right hand of Mike Eisenberg (at a group activity at NCCE) and sang karaoke with award-winning teacher librarians (names withheld to protect the innocent.) If all that sounds terribly flip, he’s dead serious about rocking the school library world. In his nearly 20 years as a variously-titled teacher librarian, he has worked with library patrons from pre-school to graduate school both in Vancouver and Brussels, Belgium. He’s led the design of four school libraries and has consulted on the design of programs for several more. Currently, he’s fallen in among those projectLIT rabble-rousers who are hoping to transform teacher librarianship in the Pacific Northwest. He wears non-sensible shoes.

For the past six years, Roz Thompson has been a Teacher-Librarian in the Tumwater School District.  Currently at Tumwater High School, Roz also spent a year-and-a-half at East Olympia Elementary.  Prior to becoming a librarian, Roz taught high school English, Math and Social Studies for ten years.  Roz  loves organizing things, collaborating with others, teaching kids, finding answers to questions, reading and simply learning.  Several years ago Roz realized that she was destined to become a librarian when her mom brought her some of her childhood books and on the inside cover she saw that she had created her own check out cards when she was young.  Roz has a wonderfully supportive husband, Jon, two amazing boys, Owen (12) and Drew (9), and two very friendly Boston Terriers, Otis and Crissy.


Indispensable YOU – Cascade 5

AM Session, 9:00-12:00 (ElementaryLevel):  Heather Rader

PM Session, 1:00-4:00 (Secondary Level): Jennifer Brotherton, Megan Conklin

Collaborating with teachers around the work of information literacy can be a delicate, sometimes difficult, but absolutely essential part of the job. Modeling best practice and teaming with teachers around challenging high yield strategies like notetaking, summarization and basic research skills has great benefits. Learn, try on and leave with practical strategies for your libraries that will help you be indispensable.

Heather Rader, former teacher-librarian, currently is an Elementary Instructional Specialist at North Thurston Public Schools working directly with teachers on instruction to improve student learning. Her writing about education has been published in Teaching K-8, Library Sparks, Teacher Librarian Magazine, and she’s a current contributor to Choice Literacy an online resource for teachers, teacher librarians and literacy leaders.

Megan Conklin is a secondary literacy coach with North Thurston Public Schools.  She is also a National Board Certified Teacher in adolescence and young adulthood English language arts.

Jen Brotherton is Literacy Instructional Coach for the Middle Schools in the Olympia School District.  Jen taught English at high school level for 13 years and the college level for 3 years before becoming an instructional coach. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher in adolescence and young adulthood English language arts.

You can contact Jen at jbrotherton@osd.wednet.edu


You’re Invited: A Feast of New Literature for Teens – Northwest 1

AM Session, 9:00-12:00

Whet your appetite with this feast of new books for teens and the readers who love them. Divided thematically, this menu presents new fiction and nonfiction for middle school, junior high, and high school readers – including fantasies, biographies, fun nonfiction, historical and realistic fiction books. Each participant will take away an annotated bibliography of approximately 100 titles, an understanding of recent trends in publishing and plenty of great stories to share.

Your presenters are Jerene Battisti and Angelina Benedetti, who say their love of good books is only matched by their love of good food and good friends. Jerene and Angelina have presented for the WLMA Conference for eleven years.

Jerene Battisti is the Education and Teen Services Coordinator for the King County Library System (WA). She was a member of the 2009 Best Books for Young Adults committee for YALSA, a division of the American Library Association.

Angelina Benedetti also works for the King County Library System in Collection Management Services. She served on Best Books for Young Adults from 2002-2005 and again in 2008. She writes the “35 Going On 13” online column forLibrary Journal, featuring teen titles of interest to adult readers.

Level: Middle school/High School


Fresh Picks : Favorite Children’s Books of 2010 – Cascade 13

PM Session, 1:00-4:00

Keep your collection and reader’s advisory skills fresh as you hear about fiction and nonfiction titles for grades K-6. Come away with a booklist that includes book descriptions, reading levels, and curriculum tie-ins.

Karen DeBlauw grew up in the wilds of Alaska before moving to Seattle in 2004. She has an Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and has been a children’s librarian at the King County Library System’s Boulevard Park branch since June 2007.

Angela Nolet is a Children’s Librarian/Online Services Advocate for the King County Library System. She has been a Children’s Librarian since 2002 and has served as Chair of the Children’s and Young Adult Services board of the Washington Library Association. She is currently serving on the American Library Association’s ALSC Program Planning Committee and is a 2010 ALA Emerging Leader. She also is currently Chairing “You Choose the Next Newbery at KCLS” which you can read more about at www.kcls.org/newbery.


Basic Book Mending and Repair – Cascade 7 & 8

Full Day Session, 9:00-12:00/1:00-4:00 | $30 lab fee is required with registration

WALE is pleased to present this engaging, hands-on workshop, participants will learn the parts of a book, their functions, and in what way they work together. After demonstrating each technique, the instructor will assist participants as they practice their new skills, such as paper cleaning, mending tears, repairing loose hinges, tipping in, recovering corners, and sewing a signature. Learn to use mending equipment, tools and materials. All participants will be provided with a basic repair kit they are allowed to to keep. This is a FUN class and the time flies by! Mastering these basic book repairs will save money and extend the circulation of your materials.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Bernadette Jeffers is currently working at Bellevue College Library as a Library Technician/Book Mender and is a part-time instructor at Highline Community College where she has taught Library 136: Book Repair since 1997.


Let’s Get Together: Free Tech Tools for Collaboration and Sharing – Cascade 3 & 4

AM Session, 9:00-12:00

There’s a wide world of free, easy-to-use and quick-to-learn downloadable applications and cloud computing tools that can help you with your next presentation, group project, or in your library or classroom. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to most effectively use these new, cool, social applications for creative collaboration and presentations by you or by your patrons or students. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops. For those who are unable to do so, the Washington State Library will provide laptop computers for use during the workshop.

Presented by WALE and the WLA’s Washington Library Trainers and Reference Interest Group:

Anne Bingham has a MLIS from University of Washington and a MEd from Grand Canyon University and is in her sixth year as a school librarian at University Prep in Seattle. She worked at the University of Washington Libraries for 10 years. In her spare time, she likes to search in Wikipedia and dance polka, but not simultaneously.

Jody Segal graduated from the UW iSchool in 2009. She is passionate about public and academic libraries alike and divides her time between reference and instruction services at community colleges and substituting in independent schools libraries, elementary through high school.

Joanna Freeman is in her 9th year as the teacher-librarian at Ridgecrest Elementary in the Shoreline School District, where she teaches K-6 students about information  literacy and reading. She is passionate about the use of technology in research and personal enjoyment, including teaching students how to find and use information appropriately and effectively..


Making It Real Simple: Free Tech Tools to Increase Efficiency and Organization – Cascade 3 & 4

PM Session, 1:00-4:00

Trying to stay on top of what you need to know, but having trouble getting a handle on all that information flowing into your life? Is scheduling a nightmare? Then this is the workshop for you! This hands-on session will help participants develop a new toolbox of free, downloadable software and cloud computing tools to use for scheduling, data collection, research, news filtering, and organization. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops. For those who are unable to do so, the Washington State Library will provide laptop computers for use during the workshop.

Presented by WALE and the WLA’s Washington Library Trainers and Reference Interest Group:

Anne Bingham has a MLIS from University of Washington and a MEd from Grand Canyon University and is in her sixth year as a school librarian at University Prep in Seattle. She worked at the University of Washington Libraries for 10 years. In her spare time, she likes to search in Wikipedia and dance polka, but not simultaneously.

Jody Segal graduated from the UW iSchool in 2009. She is passionate about public and academic libraries alike and divides her time between reference and instruction services at community colleges and substituting in independent schools libraries, elementary through high school.

Doris Munson is the Systems/Reference Librarian at Eastern Washington University.  Her primary job duty is to maintain the library’s Millennium ILS and supervise the library’s systems unit.  She maintains WebBridge and helps with other online systems such as ILLiad, CONTENTdm, and EZProxy.  In addition to systems duties, Doris also does instruction and reference.

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