Fifteen teacher librarians presented at the annual conference of the NC School Library Media Association in Winston-Salem on October 9-11. These educators shared their expertise in literacy, media and instructional technology with other media coordinators and teachers in attendance from across the state.
Kristen Ziller, Durant Road Middle, and Kendra Allen, Holly Grove Middle, presented their work with family history research projects and gave participants instructional strategies, personal examples, and online resources to use. 8th grade language arts teacher Laura Richardson, Durant Road Middle, also shared her work with the project.
Nancy Torborg, Root Elementary, presented a session on improving your book collection using data collection.
Jan Healy, Green Hope High, engaged participants about effective models for professional development with teachers.
Brenda Shore, Conn Elementary, shared her K-1 research journey and inquiry process with attendees, guiding them on ways to help our youngest students answer their questions and share their findings.
Allison Briggs and John E. Smith, Heritage High, had participants take a deeper look at current library trends related to social media, higher education, and virtual libraries.
Paula Barnes Cardinale and Marta King, Powell Elementary, engaged participants with their One Book One School program, sharing the implementation process and evolution of their program.
Christine Tuttell and Karen Pahl, Bugg Elementary, discussed the transformation of their media center into “The Hub” of the school through collaboration, maker’s spaces, technology tools, transformative displays, social media and public relations.
Deanna Harris and ELA teacher Sigridur Mitchell, East Cary Middle, presented their co-teaching and revamping of teaching the classroom novel with students. Harris also presented a session on teacher leadership, having participants explore effective leadership skills and guiding them to set goals to affect change.
Karen Waller, Timber DriveElementary, shared her work with learning centers and collaboration with 4th and 5th grade teachers.
Stephanie Fiedler, Mills Park Middle, presented attendees with augmented reality to bring books and periodicals alive.
Angie Morris, Rolesville Middle, led participants in a session on building school-wide ownership of strong library media programs.
Debbie Dupree, Wake Young Women’sLeadership Academy, and Tess McMains, Carnage Middle and East Garner Middle, showed how to use the AASL’s best websites for teaching and learning to enhance collaboration and instruction with teachers in various content areas.
Linda Dextre, Wendell Middle, shared her work with the after-school digital literacy club, or DigiLit, sharing activities that students explore.