Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Join Us For The Second Future Ready Librarians Webinar...Leading Beyond The Library

It is time for our second Future Ready Librarian webinar and I couldn't be more excited to share it with you.

On April 11, 2017 at 4:00pm EST please join Mark Ray and myself as we welcome two special guests from Parkway School District in Missouri....Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator for Instructional Technology, Information and Library Media, and Kim Lindskog, District Lead Librarian.
How can school librarians support Future Ready Schools®(FRS)? Future Ready Librarians (FRL) responds to this challenge by identifying specific ways that librarians can lead, teach, and support personalized student learning. The FRL framework is based on research-based components used by FRS. This webinar will examine how librarians can support collaborative leadership by leading beyond the library. Hear from district and library leaders how school librarians are extending their leadership beyond their libraries to benefit their schools and district.

In Missouri’s Parkway School District, the FRL framework and Project Connect are guiding the work of the district as they reimagine existing library programs and make decisions about future directions. Focusing on each of these individual topics has given them great insight into leading beyond the library and what it means to be a librarian in the digital age.
In this webinar, leaders from Parkway School District will...
  • tell their story and connection to one another as leaders within the district;
  • explain the district’s vision and strategic plan for digital learning to highlight the work they do together; and
  • share how they foster a culture of collaboration and innovation that empowers their teachers, learners, and school community as a whole.                                                                     
Whether you are a librarian or district leader, please join us to learn more about the FRL program and how Parkway School District is empowering librarians as leaders and innovators. This webinar is brought to you by FRS and Project Connect.
Register and submit questions for the webinar here.
Support for the FRL program is generously provided by Follett.
Future Ready Schools is a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, DC–based non-profit, bi-partisan national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.
Follow Future Ready Schools on Twitter (twitter.com/FutureReady); Facebook (facebook.com/futurereadyschools); and on Future Ready Schools’s leadership hub (futureready.org/hub).
Follow Future Ready Libraries Facebook group and #FutureReadyLibs on Twitter. 

#StudentVoice and AppSmashing In The Next Flipgrid Unplugged!

You won't want to miss the upcoming Flipgrid Unplugged on April 18 at 6:00pm.

It is all about #StudentVoice and AppSmashing....Two of my favorite topics.

Find out more and sign up here.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Facing The Future Of Our Schools & Libraries With Future Ready Librarians At The MASL Conference

This week I had the honor of presenting at the Missouri Association of School Librarians MASL Conference in St. Louis, Missouri.

Britten Follett and I lead the pre-conference session Facing The Future Of Our Schools...Future Ready Schools and Leading Beyond The Library With Future Ready Librarians, sponsored by Follett and Project Connect.
For the first part of our session, we were joined by three amazing administrators.

They included Dr. Scott Spurgeon, who was joined by librarian Shelia Green Samuels from Riverview Gardens School District; Dr. Ian Buchanan, who was joined by librarian Kelly Werthmuller from University City School District; and Dr. Keith Marty, who was joined by Bill Bass, who is the Innovation Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Information and Library Media, from Parkway School District.
I loved the conversation and was inspired by all three of these leaders who are making a huge impact on reading, learning, libraries and especially the children they serve.
Here are a few of the tweets I shared while they were speaking.  You can check them out on my Twitter at @shannonmmiller.
One of my favorite things that was shared was when my friend Bill Bass said...
And this one that Britten shared, was too!  

Isn't that true....We all must learn how to speak superintendent in order to make them see the things we need as teacher librarians and to make a difference for our schools and students.  
Next, I shared my keynote Be The Change You Want To See In The Library, Education and the World and we ended our time together with...
an amazing conversation about what we can do as Future Ready Librarians...
and the difference we will make.
I really enjoyed getting to know everyone during this time and hearing the stories, celebrations and inspiration happening within their libraries and schools.

To share this time with you, I created a Storify that you will find below.

Also, please follow #maslsc to follow the MASL Conference and as always, follow #FutureReadyLibs to be part of this ongoing conversation with Future Ready Librarians, administrators and others too.
Together, we can be the change and we will make a difference as Future Ready Librarians too.