Enthusiastic participation at the Summer Institute for School Librarians.
Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management offered a Summer Institute for School Librarians. Over seventy librarians and teachers from Kansas and Missouri attended this event. Information concerning the conference is available on the SLIM website.
Dive in! The 2014 Kansas Summer Institute for School Librarians took a summer “plunge” into teaching P-12 students exploring a topic using a variety of sources. Participants developed resources sets, a collection of sources from different genre, media, and levels of reading difficulty selected for readers with a range of experiences, interests, and abilities. The priority was on learning concepts, accessing available materials, and seeing examples by experienced school librarians and reading teachers how to move from instruction that focuses on a single, isolated text. Resources are available.
The event featured authors Steven Sheinkin and Deborah Hopkinson. Steve Sheinkin was an energetic, interesting writer who emphasized history, the study the atomic bomb, and Lincoln's grave robbers. His blend of humor and insight into his research and writing process enlightened and entertained participants.
Steve Sheinkin signs his books.
Deborah Hopkinson has written more than 45 books for young readers including picture books, short fiction, and nonfiction. Her historical fiction books often illuminate the lives of ordinary people or forgotten figures in history. Her books help bring history alive and encourage young readers to practice critical thinking and historical thinking skills.
Deborah Hopkinson poses with her book, Sky Boys, and Marla Wigton.
The role of the school librarian infographic based on Mirah Dow's research is available.
Experts from the Kansas State Department of Education Text Complexity and Learning Resource Sets Team who presented include: Julie Aikins, English Language Arts Teacher; Barbara Bahm, Teacher and School Librarian; Beverley Buller, Author and retired Teacher and School Librarian; Jackie Lakin, KSDE Library, Media, and Technology Program Consultant; Deborah Matthews, KSDE Special Education Program Consultant; Bev Nye, Reading Teacher; Kris Shaw, KSDE Language Arts and Literacy Consultant; Suzanne Oertel, KSDE Education Program Consultant. The event was organized by Dr. Mirah Dow, Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management Associate Professor.
Story by Mira Dow; Adapted and Submitted by Carmaine Ternes; Photos provided by Marla Wigton