Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Summer PD: Part Two

School Library Journal hosted a Leadership Basecamp: Upskilling for the Next Generation of Library Leaders on Monday, August 6 at Simmons College. I attended my first (Innovators) Basecamp in May of 2017 and found the day to be interesting, so I opted to attend again. 

Basecamp opened with a keynote by noted science author, Sy Montgomery. I just love her books! Her new book, The Hyena Scientist recently released and she got a roomful of librarians to appreciate the wonders of the hyena!

Next we headed to our breakout sessions. Mine was called Unlearning Librarianship: developing a 21st-century research mind-set with students and faculty, presented by a very dynamic, Jenna Wolf. While she does work in a very unique school, I found I already approach my new (this year) classes with similar ideas but also found some new ones to add.

Next up was an illustrator panel moderated by Elissa Gershowitz, from Horn Book Magazine. The theme was Inspiration and Illumination and the illustrators were Rashin Kheiriyeh (Saffron Ice Cream), Daniel Minter (So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom) and Oge Mora (Thank You, Omu!). They each spoke about their newest projects and their process. Fascinating and not enough time!

After a nice brown bag lunch, I headed to Tech Playground. There wasn't much instruction. It was a playground. Time to jump in and explore. This is not my learning style but it was fun.

Liz Phipps Soerio and Maisha Sport presented their collaboration in Evaluating a Collection for Bias and Stereotypes with Primary Students. What wonderful deep thinking Ms. Sport's second graders engaged in!

My final session was called Getting a Handle on Social Media.

The day ended with a snack of saffron ice cream to celebrate Rashin Kheiriyeh's book.

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