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Friday, September 20
 

7:30am

Private School Librarians Network Meeting
Presenters
avatar for Maggie Hernandez

Maggie Hernandez

Librarian, Antonian College Preparatory High School
Mrs. Hernandez is a Texas Certified School Librarian, a Lifetime Professional ACSI Certified Library and Media Specialist, a Google Certified Educator Level 1, a Flipgrid Certified Educator, an Edpuzzle Certified Educator of Google Tools, Gamification and Edpuzzle Coach; holding multiple... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 7:30am - 8:15am
Maverick Room - 1st Flr

7:30am

7:30am

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Lab
We’ve all heard the term, SEL or Social Emotional Learning, but what is it really?  How can the library support SEL?  You may be surprised to know that you already are!

Join us in the SEL Lab to learn more about how librarians can be at the forefront of helping students and teachers deal with emotions, achieve goals, show empathy, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The lab will offer hands-on make and take activities, provide resources, and include special visits from some reading therapy animals!

Friday September 20, 2019 7:30am - 8:40am
1st Floor Open Area by Kinney Room

8:40am

Welcome to the 26th Annual Library Resource Roundup / Adib Khorram
Welcome and follow along with Adib as he tracks his own journey on understanding the importance of equity and inclusion, the mistakes he has made along the way, what he has learned, and how we can move toward making actual change instead of paying lip service to it.

Presenters
avatar for Adib Khorram

Adib Khorram

Author/Darius the Great is not Okay
ADIB KHORRAM is the award-winning author of DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY. If he's not writing (or at his day job as a graphic designer), you can probably find him trying to get his 100-yard freestyle under a minute, learning to do a Lutz Jump, or steeping a cup of Oolong. He lives... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 8:40am - 9:45am
Bexar Room - 1st Flr

9:45am

9:45am

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Lab
We’ve all heard the term, SEL or Social Emotional Learning, but what is it really?  How can the library support SEL?  You may be surprised to know that you already are!

Join us in the SEL Lab to learn more about how librarians can be at the forefront of helping students and teachers deal with emotions, achieve goals, show empathy, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The lab will offer hands-on make and take activities, provide resources, and include special visits from some reading therapy animals!

Friday September 20, 2019 9:45am - 10:15am
1st Floor Open Area by Kinney Room

10:00am

All Things Are Connected: Student Buy-in Through Storytelling
Bridge your students' library research or book choices by offering short but powerful stories that wet their curious appetites. Whether it be Veteran's Day, food cycles, past to future innovations, extreme weather conditions, historical landmarks, countries around the world, or super heroes that all students should by inspired by, use storytelling as your buy-in tool. Through bare-bones personal tales, folk tales, and nonfictional tales, you'll walk away with the power of storytelling and motivated students who will want to share their discovered connections. Participants will be given time to create a call and response tale along with uncovering their own personal story to connect subject matter. Springboard activities will be shared at the close of this session.

Exhibitors
avatar for Sue Kuentz

Sue Kuentz

Storyteller/Workshop Presenter, Storyteller
Sue is a Touring Artist with the Texas Commission on the Arts which is pretty cool because TCA will help pay up to half of her fees through their online grant application. Ask her about that! Sue excites and connects to family audiences by taking them on journeys through her multicultural... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Pine Room - 2nd Flr

10:00am

Code Monkey Coding Adventure
CodeMonkey is a fun and educational game-based environment where students learn to code without prior experience. After completing CodeMonkey’s award-winning coding courses, students will be able to navigate through the programming world with a sense of confidence and accomplishment. CodeMonkey offers educational resources suited for students of different ages and experience levels. From Coding Adventure to Banana Tales, students not only learn the basics of code, but also how to code in programming languages like CoffeeScript and Python. Through coding, students will develop computational and algorithmic thinking, necessary skills for the 21st century. FULL COURSES, READY TO GO: With CodeMonkey’s teacher kit and support team, anyone can teach the basics of computer science. REAL CODING LANGUAGES: CodeMonkey’s courses teach text-based coding so students learn to program like a real developer. GAME-BASED LEARNING: Students learn coding in an engaging and rewarding environment that utilizes gaming elements. Bring your own laptop, Ipad or Chromebook. (charged)
Please go to website & sign up for FREE account (prior if possible): https://app.codemonkey.com/users/sign_up/teacher

Presenters
avatar for Daisy DeLaCruz

Daisy DeLaCruz

Librarian, SWISD


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Cypress Room - 2nd Flr

10:00am

Doing What's Right Can Never Be Wrong!
A day at school can differ greatly for some. Hee had a very great day while Haw's day was not so good. A gentle redirection from their Maw is always a good thing. Hence, Doing What's Right Can Never Be Wrong! Lots of singing and interaction are incorporated in this story.  Storybook Theatre will also share our new PARENTING PROGRAM - Find Out Who's Living Under Your Roof, offered by award-winning author Linda Goldfarb.

Exhibitors
avatar for Storybook Theatre

Storybook Theatre

Live Theatre, Storybook Theatre


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Maple Room - 2nd Flr

10:00am

Mad Science Educator's Workshop
During this workshop you will discover the wonders of science through a hands-on and interactive presentation. Mad Science will illustrate to all participants that science can be fun, exciting, and, most of all, educational. The experiments presented will be simple to understand and even easier to reproduce. YOU DO NOT NEED A BACKGROUND IN SCIENCE to be able to enjoy this fun-filled workshop. Mad Science will be providing all participants with The Educator’s Workshop manual.

Exhibitors
avatar for Andrea Cook

Andrea Cook

Programming Manager, Mad Science of Austin & San Antonio
I have been a Mad Scientist for over 18 years. My life is full of dry ice, rockets, robots and chemical reactions! The best part of my job is helping children discover a love for learning.


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Zavala Room - 1st Flr

10:00am

From Enemy to Empathy: Sometimes History Gets It Right
In 1941, the Japanese attack on Hawaii brought America into WWII. In 1942, the Japanese pilot Nobuo Fujita brought WWII into America. But most surprising is what happened 20 years after the war. Don't miss the moving story behind Thirty Minutes Over Oregon, an Orbis Pictus Honor Book. "This is a remarkable story...a story to be remembered, forever. You will be moved" — Librarian's Quest

Presenters
avatar for Marc Tyler Nobleman

Marc Tyler Nobleman

Author/Bill the Boy Wonder & Thirty Minutes Over Oregon
Author of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (which made the front page of USA Today) and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman (which led to a TED Talk and changed pop culture history, inspiring Batman & Bill, the first documentary based on children's nonfiction... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Pecan Room - 2nd Flr

10:00am

Up Your Google Readiness with Applied Digital Skills
Give your students insight into the current workforce with Applied Digital Skills. The lessons your students will learn will prepare them for problem-solving in a digital world. Teachers and students will up their Google skills with each learning module. No matter your students' goals or interests, Google's free video-based lessons can help them build foundational skills for success in any area. Please bring earbuds or headphones.

Presenters
avatar for Brooke Lowery

Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Redbud Room - 2nd Flr

10:00am

How to Build a Bookfest
It’s not easy to create a new book festival, but it can be done. We did it. All it takes is...wait, just come to our session and find out. You’ll also get a preview of who is coming to Teen Bookfest by the Bay 2020 in Corpus Christi.

Presenters
avatar for Debbie VanZandt

Debbie VanZandt

Librarian, Tuloso Midway High School
I am a happily married mother of two grown daughters (a hairstylist and a choir teacher), 3 dogs and 3 cats. By day, I am the librarian at Tuloso-Midway High School. By night and weekends, I am a volunteer extraordinaire. I am a Sunday School teacher and choir member at my church... Read More →
avatar for Jean Meadors

Jean Meadors

Retired Librarian, Corpus Christi Public Libraries
After 30 years as a youth librarian I have retired but still am active with children. I am now a C.A.S.A volunteer, work on the Teen Book Fest by the Bay and hopefully will soon be a volunteer with our local children's hospital.
avatar for Sylvia Gonzalez

Sylvia Gonzalez

Librarian, Martin Middle School, Corpus Christi ISD
I have been a middle school librarian for 19 years. Reading, libraries and bookstores became a passion for me in junior high school. I am so excited about Teen Bookfest by the Bay and hope that you can come and join us.


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Real Room - 1st Flr

10:00am

Bringing Genius Hour to Your Campus - Beginning a School-wide Passion Project Program on Your Campus
Learn why self-selected research topics are more important than ever for K-12 students and how the Genius Hour concept meets the needs of all learners and celebrates diversity. Attendees will also learn how to gain the support of faculty and administration and introduce the project to the students!

Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth Rush

Elizabeth Rush

Librarian, Northside ISD
This is year three of Genius Hour on my campus! Ask me about it.


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
La Salle Room - 1st Flr

10:00am

GooseChase Edu STEAMified!
Take a gander at the variety of ways GooseChase Edu can be integrated into your TEKS-based curriculum while also utilizing Science Tech Engineering Arts and Mathematics principles! This FREE web-based app will have your class moving and creating with as few as three iOS and/or Android devices needed. We will teach you how to modify existing games from the GooseChase Edu library, as well as show you how to easily create a game from scratch. You are sure to walk out with a GooseChase Edu game that will give your K-12th grade students GOOOSEBUMPS as they utilize the four Cs of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity! To get a head start, you can download the GooseChase app on your device.

Presenters
avatar for Angelique Lackey

Angelique Lackey

Librarian, North East ISD
Angelique Lackey strives to inspire students to use technology for creation and interaction, rather than consumption. In her library lessons, platforms such as Nearpod, Goosechase, 30 Hands, Peardeck, Discovery Education Boards, Apple Clips, and Do Ink are incorporated. Lackey... Read More →
avatar for Kathy Moore

Kathy Moore

Teacher, North East ISD
Kathy Moore is a classroom teacher with 21 years of experience. She enjoys learning about technology and incorporating those ideas into her classroom. She is also enjoys web page design and has been her schools web page coordinator for 18 years.


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Mesquite Room - 2nd Flr

10:00am

Idea Exchange Forum: Clubs and Student Aids
Looking for ideas and successful practices of sponsoring clubs or developing student aids/helpers/library assistants? Join us! Participants will come away with the satisfaction of helping others while gaining bountiful new insights and inspirations, through Padlet, Flipgrid and my presentation. Let's learn from each other and form a Peer Learning Network! Bring your smartphone or electronic device or simply yourself.

Presenters
avatar for Maggie Hernandez

Maggie Hernandez

Librarian, Antonian College Preparatory High School
Mrs. Hernandez is a Texas Certified School Librarian, a Lifetime Professional ACSI Certified Library and Media Specialist, a Google Certified Educator Level 1, a Flipgrid Certified Educator, an Edpuzzle Certified Educator of Google Tools, Gamification and Edpuzzle Coach; holding multiple... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Maverick Room - 1st Flr

10:00am

Lessons from Skippito: Recognizing Stereotypes in Children's Literature
This session will present different ways to recognize problematic images and language used in children's picture books. Questions and review ideas will be provided to aid in the critical analysis of picture books, as well as a set of resources available to more critically evaluate books chosen for children of color.

Presenters
avatar for Amanda Hernandez

Amanda Hernandez

Amanda Hernández spent her formative years in D’Hanis, Texas. She attended D’Hanis High School. She matriculated at the University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned her BA in Spanish at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has over... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Kinney Room - 1st Flr

10:00am

Letters to Rose, A Holocaust Memoir to Instruct and Inspire Young Readers
Co-author Becky Hoag will share the origins, structure, and purpose of the memoir, Letters to Rose.  Robin Philbrick will discuss the project’s concept of incorporating student letters of impact and inspiration, as well as the book’s implications for the classroom and library programming.  Holocaust Survivor Rose Williams will mesmerize listeners with an abbreviated account of her horrific experiences during the Holocaust.  This collaborative effort goes beyond the traditional Holocaust memoir, showing the power of the story to affect lives and the empowerment given students to share their voices and to commit to becoming Rose's and other survivors' voices in the future.

Presenters
avatar for Letters to Rose

Letters to Rose

Co-author Rebecca Ebner Hoag, a veteran high school English teacher of 36 years, has been involved with teaching the Holocaust both in and out of the classroom and, upon retirement from Northside ISD, has been a docent for the Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio. Co-author Robin... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Wilson Room - 1st Flr

10:00am

Simplify Weeding & Inventory with Destiny Library Manager
Simplify your library's weeding process by combining inventory with weeding. Learn how to use Destiny's reports to identify potential items to weed and set them to be identified to pull during your inventory scanning process. No longer rely on printing a long list on paper and hunting through your stacks for individual items. This method can also be modified for Sirsi.

Presenters
avatar for Daniel Short

Daniel Short

Library Processing Coordinator, North East ISD
I've been in education since 2002. Talk to me about Cataloging & Weeding.


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Medina Room - 1st Flr

10:00am

So Many Books and No Time to Read!
Do you ever feel there are so many books you would like to read for the library, but have no time? Then come to this session! Your presenter will share tips and websites to help find great books for students, even if you haven't read them yet. Discover newly published book treasures that you sometimes do not have to read to promote. This session will also include library activities to obtain input from students. Come and plan to have fun! Audience participation and sharing will be encouraged. Handouts will be found in Google Drive with updates after the presentation including audience participation.

Presenters
avatar for Virginia Wiedenfeld

Virginia Wiedenfeld

Media/Librarian & Integrated Reading and Writing Instructor, Notre Dame Catholic School & Alamo Community College
Virginia Wiedenfeld was raised in Hallettsville. Texas. She ran her educational career, by running own Day Care, where she taught PreK- Kinder. She has spent 15 years of her career as a classroom teacher and administrator for PreK students to Adults in South Texas and Center Point... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Uvalde Room - 1st Flr

10:00am

Vertical Alignment: Connecting Elementary and High Schools Through Literacy Night
On February 21st,  Brennan High School's 2nd Annual Literacy Night attracted community members of all ages to come together in a carnival-like setting to celebrate literacy! The event was totally student-run as six student organizations participated. The event is the brainchild of Brennans' librarian, Harry Ostlund, whose original intent was to showcase Brennan's 21st century library as a mecca for literacy. Brennan had over 600 attendees and distributed over 5,000 books to students, in one fabulous night. This literacy night led to the Brennan Library being the recipient of the 2019 Shirley Igo Award for best event sponsored by a library and PTSA in the state of Texas. In April, Harlan High School replicated the event by having over 500 students attend their literacy night with over 2,000 books being distributed. We invite you to learn how you can create your own literacy night that connects high schools, elementary schools, and the community around a love of reading.

Presenters
avatar for Harry Ostlund

Harry Ostlund

Librarian, Northside ISD
Shirley Igo Award Winner 2019 3X Presenter at Region 20 Library Resource Roundup1X Presenter American Association of School Libraries Webinar
avatar for Virginia Bigler

Virginia Bigler

Librarian, Northside ISD
Harlan is Northside's newest high school, with a future-ready state-of-the-art library. Come hear how I involved the student body, community, and future Harlan Hawks in a Literacy Night in which 500 youngsters left with a bundle of free books!


Friday September 20, 2019 10:00am - 10:45am
Oak Room - 2nd Flr

10:45am

10:45am

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Lab
We’ve all heard the term, SEL or Social Emotional Learning, but what is it really?  How can the library support SEL?  You may be surprised to know that you already are!

Join us in the SEL Lab to learn more about how librarians can be at the forefront of helping students and teachers deal with emotions, achieve goals, show empathy, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The lab will offer hands-on make and take activities, provide resources, and include special visits from some reading therapy animals!

Friday September 20, 2019 10:45am - 11:15am
1st Floor Open Area by Kinney Room

11:00am

App-ify the Library Part I
Join us as we showcase some of our favorite apps for students. We will go over how we implemented these tech tools in the library to directly support TEKS and curriculum topics. We will also explain our processes for librarian / teacher collaboration. Attendees will walk away with ideas on how to use these apps to enhance student learning in the library. Apps for this session include Draw & Tell, Garage Band, DoInk, Stikbot, Picollage and Sockpuppets. Most apps are compatible with Google Play and Apple and all are free except DoInk. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own device for exploration time. Please upload apps prior to attending the session in order to maximize our time together.

Presenters
avatar for Tammy Reyna

Tammy Reyna

School Library Media Specialist, Northside ISD
This is my 9th year as a school librarian. I absolutely enjoy sharing my love of reading with EVERYONE! I am a lifelong learner who is always on the lookout for new books and technology tools I can use in the library. When I'm not reading, teaching, or matching people with great reads... Read More →
avatar for Elma Gloria

Elma Gloria

Teacher Librarian, Northside ISD
avatar for Elida Madrigal

Elida Madrigal

Librarian, NISD
This is my 19th year in education and my 9th year in the library. My favorite part of the library is sharing amazing books with kids. I enjoy being a librarian because I can connect students, teachers, and the community to books or online resources.


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Pine Room - 2nd Flr

11:00am

Citywide Battle of the Bluebonnets
Join us to promote reading! The 2nd annual Citywide Battle of the Bluebonnets is in the planning stages, and we want your district to join us. Our libraries promote the current 20 books selected by the TLA Bluebonnet committee. The goal is to encourage our students to read a diverse selection of books and to build positive relationships between our districts and our communities. Come and learn how to get involved. Attendees will also participate in a mock Battle of the Books demonstration.

Presenters
avatar for Desiree Benavides

Desiree Benavides

Librarian, Harlandale ISD
I enjoy collaborating with classroom teachers on engaging lessons and offering exciting library programming for our students.
avatar for Kimberly Jett Gonzalez

Kimberly Jett Gonzalez

Digital Learning & Innovation Coordinator, Edgewood ISD
avatar for Anna Silva

Anna Silva

Librarian, East Central ISD
I love promoting reading school wide to our students and staff and offering library programming that is engaging and meaningful.


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Maple Room - 2nd Flr

11:00am

Storytelling: Successful Communication
Certainly storytelling is the age-old means of communication, the original sustainable art-form, a vital key to success. It provides content, reinforcing positive character traits, historical reviews, and literary concepts. And it illustrates method and process, modeling and encouraging both speaking and listening skills. Hear more from Decee Cornish, Donna Ingham, and Bernadette Nason, a trio of award-winning storytellers.

Presenters
avatar for Donna Ingham, Tale Teller & Author

Donna Ingham, Tale Teller & Author

Donna Ingham, Tale Teller & Author
Touring Artist with the Texas Commission on the Arts. Mostly retired college English professor turned tale teller and author with a repertoire of stories for all ages and stages in classrooms/libraries, workshops, in-service training and more. Recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award... Read More →
avatar for Storyteller Decee Cornish

Storyteller Decee Cornish

CEO, Writer, Program Provider, Storyteller Decee Cornish
Decee Cornish who is known as the Urban Griot is a multicultural storyteller, oral historian, and educator. With programs as "Gator Bill" and the award winning one man play, "To Love the Earth George Washington Carver". Over 18 years telling stories and traveling nationally. For my... Read More →
avatar for Bernadette Nason, Storyteller and Author

Bernadette Nason, Storyteller and Author

Storyteller/Author/Workshop Presenter, Bernadette Nason
Bernadette Nason is a multi-award-winning storyteller/actress/writer. She hails from England, lives in Austin, and performs worldwide. She is acclaimed for her spirited retelling of multicultural folktales and her personal stories about the many places she's lived. Nason has been... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Wilson Room - 1st Flr

11:00am

Clone Yourself: Maximizing Library Instruction
There are never enough hours in the day for a dedicated campus librarian, so why not clone yourself? Learn how free, readily available technology tools like Screencastify, Google Classroom, and Google Hangouts can help you duplicate yourself so that you can provide every student and teacher the 21st-century skills they need to be successful.

Presenters
avatar for Brooke Lowery

Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Redbud Room - 2nd Flr

11:00am

Dismantling Toxic Masculinity Through YA Literature
Adib Khorram will lead an examination of books that address the subject of toxic masculinity across genres, how they tackle it, and what we can take away from it to help readers.

Authors and Performers
avatar for Adib Khorram

Adib Khorram

Author/Darius the Great is not Okay
ADIB KHORRAM is the award-winning author of DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY. If he's not writing (or at his day job as a graphic designer), you can probably find him trying to get his 100-yard freestyle under a minute, learning to do a Lutz Jump, or steeping a cup of Oolong. He lives... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Mesquite Room - 2nd Flr

11:00am

Yes You Can: VR and Spheros in Your Library
Come see how we used VR and Spheros to enrich our library lessons. You can, too! We used Spheros for art, math, science, and ELAR. Get great lessons idea that you can walk away with!! Step into our virtual world with VR lessons in Spanish, social studies, world cultures, ELAR, science and more! We will have our Oculus headsets and Spheros for you to play with.

Presenters
avatar for Lori Rogers

Lori Rogers

Library Media Specialist, Boerne Middle School North Library
I am the LMS at Boerne Middle School North and the Library Coordinator for Boerne ISD. I love using technology and STEAM to create lessons which inspire and engage my students! I am a fightin' Texas Aggie (whoop!) and an avid Spurs fan! I have been a Texas educator for 33 years... Read More →
avatar for Debbie Fitzpatrick

Debbie Fitzpatrick

Library Media Specialist, Boerne Middle School South
I am the LMS at Boerne Middle School South in Boerne, TX. I have been a teacher and librarian for 20 years. I enjoy finding new and creative ways to keep the kids coming back to the library for more! Whether it's math, science, history or language arts related, I try to help students... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Cypress Room - 2nd Flr

11:00am

6 Fun Ways to Integrate Standard-based Gems to Enrich Readers in Your School with TeachingBooks
Join us in revealing fun, practical ways to implement the AASL standards while enriching your community’s literacy work. Each of the AASL School Librarian Shared Foundations will be covered, and you will go back to your school with powerful new ways to Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage. TeachingBooks, one of the TexQuest providers, offers an ever-growing, vetted collection of lessons, book discussion materials, author interviews, and other resources for children's and young adult books.

Presenters
avatar for Mary Ellen Graf

Mary Ellen Graf

Implementation & Training Specialist, TeachingBooks.net
Mary Ellen Graf is an Implementation and Training Specialist for TeachingBooks.net and a licensed educator with a masters in teaching. She taught in a variety of settings for more than 30 years, most recently as a middle school classroom teacher. Her experience with a wide spectrum... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Maverick Room - 1st Flr

11:00am

Acequia, A Sample of (English/Spanish) Works from Hispanic Award-winning Authors
Just like an acequia, a source of water shared by and giving life to a community, the words and the works of Hispanic authors help sustain culture and traditions from one generation to the next. Join us for brief readings from our authors and a dialogue about writing from multiple cultural perspectives. Participants: Bertha Jacobson, Alfredo Avalos, Rebecca Bowman and Dr. Santiago Daydi-Tolson.

Presenters
avatar for San Antonio Hispanic Indie Authors

San Antonio Hispanic Indie Authors

Come and meet me, Bertha Jacobson, and eight other San Antonio Hispanic independent authors. We write English, Spanish, and bilingual books for all ages, and we would love to tell you how our written works help sustain our culture and traditions. Just like an acequia, which is a source... Read More →

Authors and Performers
avatar for Rebecca Bowman

Rebecca Bowman

Writer
Rebecca Bowman was born in Los Angeles but lived for many years in Mexico. She has won grants from CONACULTA and the State Council for the Arts and Culture of Tamaulipas and was awarded the Juan B. Tijerina State Prize for Short Story, the State Prize for Short Story ISSSTE and the... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Kinney Room - 1st Flr

11:00am

Activities and Connections with the Tomás Rivera Book Award Winners
The Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award annually recognizes outstanding children's and YA literature that reflects the Mexican American experience. This presentation will celebrate the legacy of the award with new strategies and approaches for using these books with children and teens in your libraries. Attendees will leave with ready-to-use ideas.

Presenters
avatar for Priscilla Delgado

Priscilla Delgado

Doctoral Student, St. John's University
Hi! My name is Priscilla Delgado and I'm currently a student at St. John's University pursuing a PhD in Literacy. I served as a school librarian for 7 years, and worked as a bilingual teacher for 3 years before that. I am employed with TeachingBooks.net as a Resource Classification... Read More →
avatar for Sandra Murillo-Sutterby

Sandra Murillo-Sutterby

Director, Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award, Texas State University
Dr. Sandra Murillo-Sutterby is a faculty member of Texas State University and serves as Director for the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award. She was born in Mexico, but immigrated to the United States at a young age. She became a book enthusiast and has dedicated... Read More →
avatar for Cynthia Molinar

Cynthia Molinar

Librarian, Southwest ISD


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Real Room - 1st Flr

11:00am

Catch #FlipgridFever: Level 1 Certification
Flipgrid is a video response platform empowering educators to design video discussions promoting meaningful communication and reflection opportunities for students and faculty. During this hands-on session, learn how to manipulate the app, catch #FlipgridFever and become a Flipgrid Level 1 Certified Educator.

Presenters
avatar for Christina Guadalupe

Christina Guadalupe

Librarian, Central Catholic High School
Christina Guadalupe is currently the librarian at Central Catholic High School, an all-boy’s Catholic high school in San Antonio, Texas. She is a proud graduate of the University of North Texas. She brings a wealth of knowledge with over 13 years of experience working in academic... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Oak Room - 2nd Flr

11:00am

Get TexQuest Out of Your Library - and Into the Classroom!
Many changes were made to TexQuest this summer! What a great opportunity to re-assess how your school uses these valuable, state-supported digital resources. In this session, we will concentrate on creating awareness at your campus/district, providing easy access to resources for students and teachers, and fully integrating digital resources into the curriculum. As we look at platform changes, we will brainstorm ideas to maximize the use of TexQuest resources at your school/district.

Presenters
avatar for Ann Vyoral

Ann Vyoral

Consultant, Digital Resources & Library Services, Education Service Center, Region 20
After almost 30 years in the ELA classroom and library, I began working for ESC-20. As the state library's education partner for TexQuest, I enjoy sharing digital resources with librarians and educators all over the state, but I still proudly carry a card that certifies me as a life-time... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Zavala Room - 1st Flr

11:00am

Increase Font Size to Increase Student Literacy
Once considered a support for only visually impaired and older readers, large print has proven itself as a solution for struggling and striving readers to improve fluency, comprehension and overall reading confidence. In this session, we will discuss the results of the recently concluded Project Tomorrow study on the impact of large print while exploring ways librarians can use large print to meet individual student needs, increase instructional collaboration and improve advocacy efforts.

Exhibitors
avatar for Thorndike Press

Thorndike Press

Education Sales Consultant, Jennifer Shafer
Education Sales Consultant


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Uvalde Room - 1st Flr

11:00am

Makerspace Startup and Showcase
Following the new implementation of a makerspace, a librarian describes how she reached out to students to be her “guinea pigs’ for the newly defined space. Together, they familiarized themselves with the equipment and came up with ideas for school-wide makerspace implementation. In the process, something else happened; students began tinkering and exploring their own interests and passions, and within a few weeks, a laundry list of noteworthy creations, projects, and ideas were present in the library. A community event was organized to give  students the platform they deserved to showcase their exhibits. Some of the entries included: Hologram projector, geodesic dome, “Cha Cha Slide” dance by Sphero robot, water purification demonstration, “My Bucket List” student-designed virtual reality tour, hand-drawn piano with Makey-Makey. Ultimately, the event became a testament to the idea that students can do absolutely amazing things when they are supported to explore what they love.

Presenters
avatar for Desiree Cooper

Desiree Cooper

Library Media Specialist, Stockdale ISD
Desiree Cooper is a Library Media Specialist for grades K-12 at Stockdale ISD. She graduated with a degree in Education from Texas State University in 2011 and taught 8th grade for six years. She was named Stockdale ISD's Teacher of the Year in 2018. Desiree earned her Masters Degree... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
La Salle Room - 1st Flr

11:00am

Navigating the "Shark" Tank: Building Administrative Buy-In by Refining Our Approach
Marine biologists know that sharks depend on the symbiotic relationships they form with remora and pilot fish. Librarians also want to create these kinds of mutually beneficial relationships with their administrators. Librarian and administrator partnerships can bring huge wins for campuses, but sometimes it feels like we're speaking different languages. In this session, participants will learn to reframe their approach using different language and situational lenses. Participants will have the opportunity to present ideas, proposals, and/or concerns to a panel of "Sharks"-- campus-level and district-level administrators-- to get feedback on their approaches. Come swim with the Sharks and leave with concrete strategies to strengthen librarian-administrator symbiosis in your own tank.

Presenters
avatar for Mariya Ortiz

Mariya Ortiz

Librarian / Possibilitarian, Judson High School
This year marks my 18th year as a librarian, and my 27th year in education. I have been a librarian at every level PreK - college, and even served as the first branch manager of public services of the Molly Pruitt Library @ Roosevelt HS (a joint-use library partnership between NEISD... Read More →
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Heather Burns

District Literacy Instructional Specialist, East Central ISD
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Christina Moreno

Consultant, Texas Lesson Study Facilitator, Education Service Center, Region 20
This will be my 19th year in education. I currently serve as a consultant and Texas Lesson Study Facilitator at Region 20. But what do I REALLY do? What am I? I am a teacher. At the core of my professional identity, I will always be a teacher. In my current role, I work with K-8th... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Pecan Room - 2nd Flr

11:00am

Smiles for Miles: Integrating Social Emotional Learning into your Library Program
The school library has always been viewed as a safe haven for students. The library program is a natural fit to support the social and emotional learning needs of the school community. Just as librarians integrate the core content areas into their programs, learn how they can provide engaging literacy activities into library instruction so students have smiles for miles!

Presenters
avatar for Richard Hasenyager

Richard Hasenyager

Vice President, Rosen Publishing
Dr. Richard Hasenyager is the Vice President of Curriculum Solutions at Rosen Publishing. His experience includes serving as the Director of Library Services for the New York City Department of Education and North East ISD in Texas. Richard was named to Library Journal's 2011 Movers... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 11:45am
Medina Room - 1st Flr

11:45am

Join Us for Lunch!
Two lines to pick up brisket meals will be available outside the Kendall and Atascosa rooms.
The line to pick up veggie meals will be near the windows outside the Bandera room.

Friday September 20, 2019 11:45am - 12:45pm
1st Floor Rooms

11:45am

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Lab
We’ve all heard the term, SEL or Social Emotional Learning, but what is it really?  How can the library support SEL?  You may be surprised to know that you already are!

Join us in the SEL Lab to learn more about how librarians can be at the forefront of helping students and teachers deal with emotions, achieve goals, show empathy, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The lab will offer hands-on make and take activities, provide resources, and include special visits from some reading therapy animals!

Friday September 20, 2019 11:45am - 1:30pm
1st Floor Open Area by Kinney Room

12:15pm

Featured Session: The Picture Book That Changed History
An edge-of-your-seat detective story about one author's 9-year campaign to correct a 76-year-old cultural injustice involving one of the most iconic fictional characters of all time, Batman. The story is riveting even for those who couldn't care less about superheroes. It inspired the book Bill the Boy Wonder, a TED Talk, and the unprecedented feature documentary Batman & Bill. This presentation vividly shows how children's literature can bring about significant real-world change BEYOND a love of reading. It has elicited raves (and sometimes tears) among students and teachers from Tanzania to Thailand. Do NOT read about it in advance...you will want to hear each startling twist live!

Presenters
avatar for Marc Tyler Nobleman

Marc Tyler Nobleman

Author/Bill the Boy Wonder & Thirty Minutes Over Oregon
Author of Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (which made the front page of USA Today) and Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman (which led to a TED Talk and changed pop culture history, inspiring Batman & Bill, the first documentary based on children's nonfiction... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Bexar Room - 1st Flr

1:00pm

1:15pm

African Safari Program
Join Elizabeth Kahura, a native of Kenya, Africa, as she shares the African beat with audiences of all ages through the African Safari program. Elizabeth will demonstrate how she educates while at the same time entertaining audiences through storytelling, puppetry, music, language arts, and hands-on art projects to highlight the similarities between cultures and traditions of Africa and the United States. Concepts like the power to dream, character development, and self-empowerment will come to life during her performance.

Exhibitors
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African Safari Program

African Safari Program


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Medina Room - 1st Flr

1:15pm

Digital Badging in the Library
Get students involved with digital badging. For our genre challenge, school librarians collaborate with classroom teachers to motivate students to read a variety of literary genres and earn digital badges.

Presenters
avatar for Laura David

Laura David

Elementary Librarian, SWISD - Spicewood Park Elementary
This is my 19th year as an educator and 6th year as a librarian.
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Sara Velazquez

Teacher-Librarian
avatar for Naida Ybarra

Naida Ybarra

Librarian, SWISD


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Cypress Room - 2nd Flr

1:15pm

Scholastic Seasonal Showcase
The Scholastic Seasonal Showcase highlights all the latest, hottest, and exclusive titles out in book fairs this fall. In addition to learning about these amazing books, you will also receive tips on how to get students excited about reading, and engaging your entire school community in celebrating #bookjoy!

Exhibitors
avatar for Roscoe Compton-Kelly

Roscoe Compton-Kelly

Regional Field Manager, Scholastic


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Bexar Room - 1st Flr

1:15pm

Up Your Google Readiness with Applied Digital Skills
Give your students insight into the current workforce with Applied Digital Skills. The lessons your students will learn will prepare them for problem-solving in a digital world. Teachers and students will up their Google skills with each learning module. No matter your students' goals or interests, Google's free video-based lessons can help them build foundational skills for success in any area. Please bring earbuds or headphones.

Presenters
avatar for Brooke Lowery

Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Redbud Room - 2nd Flr

1:15pm

Diverse Young Adult Literature & Social Emotional Learning
Come hear how Roosevelt High School's English teachers and school librarian collaborate to use diverse YA books in extended period classes to provide literacy enrichment and provide springboards for Social Emotional Learning activities. The session will include Google slide links and resources for locating diverse YA titles and Social Emotional Learning resources.

Presenters
avatar for Lynnette Perez

Lynnette Perez

High School Librarian, North East ISD
I am the High School Librarian in a dual-use school and public library. I am a former ESL teacher and my current passion is promoting diverse YA literature. I earned my B.A. in English from St. Edward's University, M.Ed. in C&I from HBU (2003) and MLS from UNT (2016),
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Cynthia A. Bass

English Teacher, NEISD
I have enjoyed our diversity book study. This program was successfully implemented by our school librarian, Ms. Lynette Perez. These books have given our students permission to openly engage in dialogue about similar experiences and/or shared concerns about relevant social issues... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
La Salle Room - 1st Flr

1:15pm

Graphic Novels in the Classroom: Making Content More Approachable and Valuable for All
For many students, it is difficult to understand texts and concepts due to a lack of reading ability and/or a lack of interest. In this session, attendees will learn about an approach to help students improve content comprehension and interest using graphic novels, and will walk away with a list of graphic novels to use in the classroom that appeal to everyone, especially non-readers, along with tips on how to implement graphic novels into the curriculum.

Presenters
avatar for Elsa Trevino-Dominguez

Elsa Trevino-Dominguez

Librarian, Northside ISD
Elsa has been in education for 14 years, nine of those years as a librarian (5 years at the middle school level and 4 years at the high school level). She has a Master's degree in Teaching English and in Library Science. She enjoys working with students and educators equally. Elsa... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Pecan Room - 2nd Flr

1:15pm

Self Selected Texts & Research in High School
With the upcoming new secondary TEKS and the emphasis on self selected reading, come learn how you can combine self-selected texts, research, and project based learning to engage the most reluctant readers.  

Presenters
avatar for Pamela Arevalo Thompson

Pamela Arevalo Thompson

Lead Librarian, Judson ISD
I am beginning my 22nd year of education, my 13th year as a librarian, and finishing my 1st year as JISD's Lead Librarian. I have served as a librarian in elementary and high schools, as well as a couple of summers at middle school. Before becoming a librarian, I was an English teacher... Read More →
avatar for Geselle Vela

Geselle Vela

English Teacher, Judson ISD


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Kinney Room - 1st Flr

1:15pm

"Making" TEKS Connections to STEAM in the Library Easy and Fun!
Learn how to connect the TEKS to makerspace/STEAM activities in the library with quick tips and easy hacks.  Join your presenters to learn possible ways to collaborate with teachers across the curriculum. This session will cover library program objectives, goals, instructional alignments, curriculum-based lessons, and implementation measurements - all using live demonstrations!

Presenters
avatar for Janelle Schnacker

Janelle Schnacker

High School Librarian, North East ISD
When you say library, I hear opportunity! I'm a high school librarian that strives to run a library with the users' needs as priority. I've worked in secondary education for 11 years, with 5 of them being in the library. I've truly enjoyed my time working in the largest classroom... Read More →

Exhibitors
avatar for Mari Quick

Mari Quick

Sales Representative, Maker Maven
Maker Maven® provides custom STEAM & MAKERSPACE activities and kits for schools, libraries, and district programs. We equip customers with the latest information and resources available to provide quality materials to students and educators.


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Real Room - 1st Flr

1:15pm

App-ify the Library Part II
Join us for Part II of App-ify the Library where we will share additional Apps to help students expand their learning beyond the walls of the classroom. Apps for this session include: Seesaw, Quizlet, GooseChase, Padlet, Chatterpix, Videorama , IMovie and DoInk. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own device for exploration time and upload the apps prior to attending the session in order to maximize our time together! Most apps are compatible with Apple and Google Play and most are free.

Presenters
avatar for Monica Sanchez

Monica Sanchez

Librarian, Martin ES
Monica Sanchez is a certified EC-12 School Librarian at Martin Elementary. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology of Organizational Development from University of Incarnate Word and her Masters Degree in Education from Our Lady of the Lake University. Her certifications... Read More →
avatar for Karen Piedra

Karen Piedra

School Librarian, Northside ISD
This is is my 19th year as an educator. I spent 12 years in the classroom teaching 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade. This is my 7th year as a school librarian. In my free time I like to spend time with my family, work out, and of course read! I am excited to bring more technology, apps and... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Torres

Kelly Torres

Librarian, Northside ISD
I am the Librarian at Knowlton Elementary School in Northside Independent School District. Knowlton is a Title 1 Dual Language Campus. I am into good books, makerspaces, and coffee!


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Pine Room - 2nd Flr

1:15pm

Like Scavengers Hunts? Try GooseChase for Your Library Orientation!
Students like to get up and move around the classroom or even the school. Scavenger hunts are a great way to check for understanding or introduce new material. Blending scavenger hunts with technology brings it to a whole new level of engagement as well introducing healthy competition that you can watch in real time. We will learn about the Goosechase app and how it can be used in the classroom, library, or for PD with your staff. We will leave the session with a "mission" created for your audience.

Presenters
avatar for Beth Polk

Beth Polk

Librarian, Comal ISD- Canyon High School
This is my 6th year in the library after being a secondary social studies teacher for many years. I'm interested in programming and activities to collaborate with teachers as well as ideas to connect students with books that appeal to them.


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Mesquite Room - 2nd Flr

1:15pm

Magik Theatre presents Jack and the Beanstalk
Would you trade your best friend for three magic beans? When Jack does, he gets high-altitude adventure and more gold than he could ever spend. Even so, Jack is unhappy. Find out what happens when Jack learns that a true friend is the greatest treasure in the world. Don’t miss the chance to bring this classic fairy tale to life for your students – follow us as we climb up to the wondrous world of the beanstalk. Suitable for all ages.

Learn how our touring troupe has brought fun, lively, and educational performances to festivals, summer camps, libraries, schools, and private parties all over Texas.

Exhibitors
avatar for The Magik Theatre

The Magik Theatre

Magik on the Road Tour Show, The Magik Theatre
Looking for unforgettable adventures without leaving your school! Want to take your students on a journey but can’t afford the rising cost of buses? Magik Theatre on the Road brings the show to you, the shows are geared to children ages 3-12. Our Magik Theatre on the Road touring... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Maple Room - 2nd Flr

1:15pm

Slides Aren't Static
Our students have mastered the powerpoint based presentation assignment. Offering a menu of engaging activities that showcase student work ensures they are learning until the final product is published. Google Slides offers a flexible base for students to build products that demonstrate creativity and the content learned. Students can create a book, structure a website template, record their poetry, design a floor plan, create a video, and more using slides. Adding G-Suite tools helps students design a product that reveals the content learned while giving a nod to their individual learning styles and interests. This presentation offers high interest slide product examples that keep content focused and visible, as well as helping librarians as they collaborate with teachers on projects and lessons.

Presenters
avatar for Staci Perkins

Staci Perkins

Fuentes Fine Arts Facilitator, Hays CISD
girl friday * google certified trainer* reader of new and old books (paper or electronic)* crafter of fun but mostly useless things*
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Carrie Bartsch

Librarian, Hays CISD
Lead Secondary LibrarianLehman High School Librarian


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Wilson Room - 1st Flr

1:15pm

Taking Charge of the New ELAR TEKS
Over the next two years, Kindergarten – 12th grade will implement the new ELAR TEKS. What changes are coming? How can we take charge of the change? What is the role of the librarian in these changes? Come check out Taking Charge of the New ELAR TEKS!

Presenters
avatar for Shannon Abercrombie

Shannon Abercrombie

Consultant, ELAR, Education Service Center, Region 20
Region 20 ESC


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Oak Room - 2nd Flr

1:15pm

The Future Is Here! Accelerating STEM Education Using Augmented Reality
During this presentation, we will discuss the benefits of using Augmented Reality (AR) in education and present several STEM focused augmented reality enhanced educational products and platforms. We will discuss how this content helps schools accomplish STEM-related TEKS curriculum objectives, and how it can be expanded upon to include numerous PBL activities, including 2D and 3D design, as well as 3D printing activities. Participants will experience several free AR experiences during the session. Join us to learn more about some of the various players and platforms in the Augmented Reality Landscape and get hands-on experience using Augmented Reality for problem based learning.

Exhibitors
avatar for Stone Oak Media

Stone Oak Media

Co-Founder, StoneOak Media


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Zavala Room - 1st Flr

1:15pm

Using 3D Printing To Build Teacher/Librarian Collaboration
This session will demonstrate to participants how use of 3D printing can help teachers augment their lessons, develop higher order thinking and research, and give students exposure to 21st century technology. School librarian Harry Ostlund will share how his campus/district worked to create “archival boxes” - boxes of premade lessons incorporating various elements of the library’s digital and print resources available for checkout by teachers for use in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Harry Ostlund

Harry Ostlund

Librarian, Northside ISD
Shirley Igo Award Winner 2019 3X Presenter at Region 20 Library Resource Roundup1X Presenter American Association of School Libraries Webinar


Friday September 20, 2019 1:15pm - 2:00pm
Uvalde Room - 1st Flr

2:00pm

2:00pm

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Lab
We’ve all heard the term, SEL or Social Emotional Learning, but what is it really?  How can the library support SEL?  You may be surprised to know that you already are!

Join us in the SEL Lab to learn more about how librarians can be at the forefront of helping students and teachers deal with emotions, achieve goals, show empathy, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. The lab will offer hands-on make and take activities, provide resources, and include special visits from some reading therapy animals!

Friday September 20, 2019 2:00pm - 2:30pm
1st Floor Open Area by Kinney Room

2:15pm

Bubbling with Bluebonnet Book Activities
Join us for a review of the materials supporting the Bluebonnet Reading List provided through TLA. Participate in various activities designed to enhance and support reading of some of the books on the list. You'll experience fun ways to get kids fired up about reading!

Presenters
avatar for Lori Laguna

Lori Laguna

Librarian, Harlandale ISD
I am in my 10th year as a school librarian, and serve on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Selection Committee for 2017-20.
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Regina Aguilar

Vestal Elementary Librarian, Harlandale ISD
avatar for Desiree Benavides

Desiree Benavides

Librarian, Harlandale ISD
I enjoy collaborating with classroom teachers on engaging lessons and offering exciting library programming for our students.


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Zavala Room - 1st Flr

2:15pm

Exploring Spanish and Bilingual Books with the Tejas Star Reading List
The Tejas Star Reading List, sponsored by the Texas Library Association, provides an annual list of Spanish and bilingual titles for children ages 5 to 12. Learn about this year's titles, free resources you can download, and activities to implement in your library. Attendees will leave with ready-to-use ideas for this year's reading list.

Presenters
avatar for Priscilla Delgado

Priscilla Delgado

Doctoral Student, St. John's University
Hi! My name is Priscilla Delgado and I'm currently a student at St. John's University pursuing a PhD in Literacy. I served as a school librarian for 7 years, and worked as a bilingual teacher for 3 years before that. I am employed with TeachingBooks.net as a Resource Classification... Read More →
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Ana Menchaca

Librarian II, Children's Librarian, San Antonio Public Library
I am the Children's Librarian at the Forest Hills Branch of the City of San Antonio Public Library System. I like to discuss diversity in children's literature and I especially enjoy reading children's books in Spanish.
avatar for Cynthia Molinar

Cynthia Molinar

Librarian, Southwest ISD


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Oak Room - 2nd Flr

2:15pm

Miss Anastasia's Fab Five of Read Alouds
Looking for the keys to a SUCCESSFUL read aloud session? Search no more and let Miss Anastasia, storyteller for The Twig Book Shop, share her Fab Five in a highly entertaining and interactive session. You will leave her session BRAVER and with a smile on your face. Reading aloud is the most critical component of developing LIFE LONG READERS. Miss A's Fab 5 will give you a few new tools in your story time toolbox and perhaps a bit of boldness in your next read aloud, book talk or trailer! See your circulation grow as your skills increase, promoting a variety of diverse titles sure to WOW your students.

Exhibitors
avatar for Miss Anastasia

Miss Anastasia

Children's StoryTeller and Events, The Twig Book Shop
Miss Anastasia, The Twig Book Shop's resident & traveling storyteller, shares her love of wild and wacky storytime, books, & children. 2020 will be her 20th year storytelling here in San Antonio!


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Uvalde Room - 1st Flr

2:15pm

Maker Spaces on a Shoestring / Girls Who Code
Don't let money keep you from creating engaging Maker Spaces in your library. Learn easy and cheap ways to get your Maker Space started by using what you already have. Start the hottest club in your school: Girls Who Code. Hear from one librarian who built a successful coding club and how she did it.

Presenters
avatar for Laura Zarsky

Laura Zarsky

Library Media Specialist, Southside ISD
I've been a librarian for 11 years and an educator / teacher for 14 previous years. I love technology, skyping around the globe, planning Maker Spaces, and Library Lounge days for students. THE LIBRARY IS FOR EVERYONE!
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Carla Rodriguez

Library Media Specialist, Southside ISD
This is my sixth year as a Library Media Specialist with Southside ISD. I love working with my students and exposing them to new books, technology and Makerspace activities in my library. I am also a huge AFOL.


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Wilson Room - 1st Flr

2:15pm

The Library as an Interactive, Literature-Based “Escape Room” Experience
For years I've been helping facilitate a fun, interactive event for schools that culminates in a reward program that is stimulating, exciting, and has the entire school talking - and the whole thing can be done on a ridiculously small budget (seriously, as small as $20 total). “Escape Rooms” are a common attraction at cities all over the world. Now you can turn your library into a literature-based escape room as a fun reward for top readers, or as a school-wide event involving solving puzzles, playing games, discovering mysteries, and making the fantasy realms found in books actually come to life for your students. In this session, you'll learn various ways of running the event as well as lots of mind-challenging puzzles you can make yourself.

Exhibitors
avatar for Julian Franklin

Julian Franklin

Author/Speaker, Julian Franklin Productions
Author/Speaker


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Maverick Room - 1st Flr

2:15pm

Don't Just Turn It In, Publish It With the New Google Sites
Learn how to navigate the newest version of Google Sites as a powerful platform for communication and publication. The new Sites is as easy to use as it is powerful. Want to get your library schedule published and update it in seconds? Google Sites is the answer! Need to make sure your readers know about the latest and greatest reads in your library? Turn to Google Sites! Want to showcase all of the great things going on in your unique space? Let's get those photos and captions into a Google Site! Don't miss this session where you will learn how to take advantage of the easiest website building tool that has ever existed, the NEW Google Sites.

Presenters
avatar for Brooke Lowery

Brooke Lowery

friEDTechnology


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Redbud Room - 2nd Flr

2:15pm

Heroes at Your School: Organizing a Comic-Expo Through Networking
The number of books students in under-served communities are exposed to is far less than that of their more affluent peers. The likelihood of disadvantaged students participating and being exposed to libraries, books shops, books festivals, and other celebrations of reading is slim. Producing a school-wide Comic-Expo can support reluctant readers and encourage a culture of reading without being a cost intensive enterprise.  Far from it, when you consider what the true purpose of what you and your staff are trying to accomplish and teach your students. Join us to learn how to organize a Comic-Expo at your school.

Presenters
avatar for Jose Vela

Jose Vela

Librarian, SWISD
From Laredo, TX. Always was a librarian but I taught high school English and coached basketball and soccer for 11 years before I realized it. Lots of free time after work, pretty much anything goes. Writing, working out, reading, watching movies and TV, listening to music, playing... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
La Salle Room - 1st Flr

2:15pm

New York Times Learning Network
Selected by the American Association of School Librarians as one of the 2018 best websites for teaching and learning, this site offers free access to articles, news quizzes, country of the week, contests, writing prompts, lesson plans and webinars. What's Going on in this Picture, Word of the Day, Country of the Week and What's Going on in this Graph are but a few of the features offered.

Presenters
avatar for Terry Zablocki

Terry Zablocki

Librarian, Warren HS
Newspapers in Education provides opportunities for teachers to gain free access to a multitude of resources, articles, lesson plans and webinars. The New York Times Learning network stands as my favorite resource to share with teachers, for it provides free access to current articles... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Kinney Room - 1st Flr

2:15pm

Bring Back the Blog- Why Blogging is an Effective Tool for Educators
Blogging can provide the perfect platform for educators to connect with others in a professional learning community, to share successes and needs with parents, or to offer students a place to showcase their writing with real audiences and purpose. I've created blogs on multiple platforms for a variety of purposes and share tips to get started, to keep the blog moving, and to polish up the delivery of blog content. Offering students the opportunity to blog is an excellent way to ensure the writing process is authentic and engaging. Wordpress, Blogger, and Edublogs are three formats that will be covered for those deciding which platform will best suit their needs.

Presenters
avatar for Staci Perkins

Staci Perkins

Fuentes Fine Arts Facilitator, Hays CISD
girl friday * google certified trainer* reader of new and old books (paper or electronic)* crafter of fun but mostly useless things*


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Real Room - 1st Flr

2:15pm

Digital Gaming for the Classroom
Using games as a learning tool engages students, enhances memory, teaches problem solving, builds cooperation, and rewards the brain. Learn about a variety of online gaming options for your library and classrooms in a fast-paced session where we will play multiple games that you can integrate into your lessons as class reviews or formative assessments. Games will include Kahoot, Jumble, Gimkit, Baamboozle, Quizlet, Socrative, Factile, Genially and more! All games have a free version that will be used, and no downloads are needed. Bring your own device or smart phone to fully participate.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer DeWaelsche

Jennifer DeWaelsche

Library Media Specialist, San Antonio ISD
Graduated from West Texas A&M University in 1995 with a BS in Speech Education, Master's degree in Library Science from UNT - 2011. Former speech, debate, Yearbook, and English teacher. Have been a librarian since 2011. Currently librarian at Burbank High School. I'm a competitive... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Mesquite Room - 2nd Flr

2:15pm

Digital Sharing Project: San Antonio Public Library & Harlandale ISD
Schools have the users, Public Libraries have the content! Representatives from San Antonio Public Library and Harlandale ISD will talk about a new partnership that allows all Harlandale ISD students to access SAPL’s complete digital collection of Juvenile and Young Adult content (including Spanish)  - with no need for a library card - for free! Come discover how you can make this happen in your Bexar County school district.

Presenters
avatar for David L Cooksey

David L Cooksey

Performance & Innovation Manager, San Antonio Public Library
David Cooksey is the Performance & Innovation Manager for the San Antonio Public Library System, a thirty location system serving 2 million people. David has worked in local government administration for many years ranging from tourism management to public funds investment and has... Read More →
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Jennifer Velasquez

Coordinator of Teen Library Services, San Antonio Public Library
Jennifer Velásquez is the author of "Real-World Teen Services" (ALA Editions, 2015) as well as numerous articles on serving teens in the library setting. A trainer and consultant, Jennifer is an internationally regarded thought-leader in library service philosophy and practice. In... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Kulka

Lisa Kulka

Coordinator of Libraries and Instructional Materials, Harlandale ISD
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Cresencia Huff

Interim Children's Services Coordinator / Library Services Lead - Early Childhood, San Antonio Public Library


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Cypress Room - 2nd Flr

2:15pm

How to Digitize Your Library Services
As the first all-digital public library in the nation, BiblioTech Public Library has pioneered the way for digital library services. Come learn how BiblioTech can help your school library and students through our innovative EDU portal. Join three BiblioTech librarians as they discuss their experiences creating a vast digital collection, planning and implementing programming with a digital twist, and training staff across three branch locations.

Presenters
avatar for Romeo Rosales

Romeo Rosales

Collections & Acquisitions Librarian, BiblioTech Public Library
I am the Collections & Acquisitions Librarian for BiblioTech Public Library, where I have served in this capacity for a year now. Before coming to BiblioTech, I worked for the San Antonio Public Library as an Assistant Branch Manager and Branch Manager and I also worked at the Pharr... Read More →
avatar for Alena Engstrom

Alena Engstrom

Youth Services Librarian, Bexar BiblioTech
I have been working with BiblioTech as the Youth Services Librarian since April 2018. I love developing creative and inspiring programs for our youth and teens as well as discovering new ways to assist school librarians and teachers.
avatar for Elizabeth McArthur

Elizabeth McArthur

Librarian, BiblioTech
I'm the Digital Equity and Strategic Technologies librarian for BiblioTech. I love talking about anything new and innovative in the library world.


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Medina Room - 1st Flr

2:15pm

Mindful Use of Technology and Media
Do you ever find yourself scrolling through Facebook or other social media apps and wonder where all the time went? We - the average American adult - are spending more than 10 hours a day viewing or using media. Many neuroscientists say this inclination with our devices and media is harmful to both or minds and our relationships. Come learn a little brain science, as well as practical methods to help you balance technology use and other aspects of your life. Join us for fun, hands-on activities and learn life skills to help you, and those you interact with, be better learners, stress less, and experience more joy.

Presenters
avatar for Joe Tedesco

Joe Tedesco

Library Technology Support Specialist, Northside ISD Library Services
I help facilitate the training for the implementation the 7 survival skills including empathy/compassion and thinking routines into our curriculum and daily activities of our educators and students. I have recently graduated from Mindful Schools' Mindfulness Educator school. In... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Maple Room - 2nd Flr

2:15pm

Organize Your Library Collection in an Innovative Way
Organize your library books in a new way so your library patrons can find books and make connections that makes sense to them! Although not everyone presenting this session is “genrefying” the library, three librarians will share how they transformed their library collections. One library has incorporated the reference and bibliography books into the non-fiction collection. Another librarian inherited a genrefied library. She will discuss how it functioned and learn about the student survey results of the genrefied library. The other librarian will share how she considered the traditional fiction collection and will share the steps taken during the process of genrefying. Come get useful advice to make your transition easier, and be ready with your questions!

Presenters
avatar for Veronica Barajas

Veronica Barajas

Librarian, Northside ISD
I am excited about helping students fall in love with reading and learning!
avatar for Connie Lippenholz

Connie Lippenholz

Librarian, Brandeis HS, NISD
YA lit, robotics, makerspaces, 3D printing
avatar for Genevieve Orozco

Genevieve Orozco

Librarian
This will be my 12th year working in Northside ISD, my 2nd year as the Garcia Middle School librarian. Before this I was an elementary librarian for 3 years, an elementary special education teacher for 4 years and a middle school math teacher for 3 years.


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Pine Room - 2nd Flr

2:15pm

Tell Your Story! Using Your Appraisal and Yearly Report as Advocacy Tools
Ditch the dry data and learn to tell your story in a way that stakeholders will value! Learn how Northside ISD revamped their librarian appraisal and yearly report, and how those tools are now used to advocate for library programs.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Eckert

Jennifer Eckert

Library Support Specialist, Northside ISD
avatar for Jennifer Langford

Jennifer Langford

Director, Library Services & Instructional Materials, Northside ISD


Friday September 20, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Pecan Room - 2nd Flr

3:05pm

Featured All Conference Session with MERGE: 21st Century Learning Requires 21st Century Teaching
In the Educators Guide to the Four Cs, the National Education Association states that “we need new tools to support classroom teachers, even as they implement new strategies in their classrooms.” In this session, MERGE will share examples of how librarians can lead from the front as an instructional partner, information specialist, and teacher by integrating AR/VR into learning, student research, and programming. Attendees will receive a playbook containing additional ideas and educator videos to inspire lesson planning and activities.

Presenters
avatar for Brandon Faucett

Brandon Faucett

Community Manager, MERGE


Friday September 20, 2019 3:05pm - 3:45pm
Bexar Room - 1st Flr