AASL Fall Forum

David Warlick

Keynote Speaker and Primary Facilitator

Recently named one of the ten most influential people in educational technology by Technology & Learning Magazine, AASL Fall Forum keynote speaker David Warlick has authored several books, published many articles, and spoken to audiences throughout the world about instructional technology and contemporary literacy.

His unique voice and message combine a wide range of experiences, as a young entrepreneur, classroom teacher, district administrator, state-level education consultant, and technology programmer.

What makes David Warlick a highly effective and sought-after speaker is that, at heart, he is a teacher with a contagious passion and enthusiasm for helping people discover a brand new world of teaching and learning.

“The committee was drawn to David Warlick because he continues to remind educators that today's students employ a growing number of devices to complete their learning tasks,” said Fall Forum Committee Chair Steven Yates. “David recognizes school librarians are uniquely placed to lead students and colleagues as schools continue to become places of anytime, anywhere learning. His thoughts will set the stage for a weekend of deep conversation, inspiring informed action after the forum to foster a culture where blended learning is a welcome, expected, and exciting norm.”

Ann M. Martin & Kathleen R. Roberts

School Librarian as Leader

“When the committee adopted the three areas of focus for the Forum – School Librarian as Leader, School Librarian as Partner, and School Librarian as Innovator – Ann Martin's name was the first to be mentioned as a natural choice for the leader area of the program,” explains Steven Yates. “Being a former AASL president who has a proven record of empowering school librarians to be leaders and advocates for the role of the school library in education, Ann is specially qualified to help participants identify and cultivate the skills needed to become and/or remain successful leaders and change agents in anytime, anywhere learning environments.”

In addition to having served as the 2008-2009 AASL president, Martin is the author of the recent AASL publication “Empowering Leadership: Developing Behaviors for Success” and also “Seven Steps to An Award –Winning School Library Program.” It was during her tenure as Educational Specialist in Library Services that Henrico County (Va.) Public Schools was named a recipient of AASL’s National School Library Program of the Year award.

Roberts, also from the award winning Henrico district, is currently the school librarian at Rivers Edge Elementary School in Glen Allen. There she has served as a member of the school leadership team and was named Teacher of the Year in 2011. In 2013, Roberts was selected as an AASL sponsored ALA Emerging Leader and worked with other team members to create materials to help administrators understand the implementation of AASL’s learning standards and program guidelines. Just recently, Roberts was named the James Regional Librarian of the Year by the Virginia Association of School Librarians.

“The committee's commitment to including building level representation in all three Forum focus areas shines through with Kathleen Roberts,” continues Yates. “An Emerging Leader alum, Kathleen has the respect of her school, district and state with her commitment to the advancing the role of the library and school librarians as leaders in the changing face of school curricula nationwide. We are excited for the AASL community to see what Ann and Kathleen have in store to invigorate us during the Forum.”

David Loertscher

School Librarian as Innovator

"By adding David Loertscher to our list of skilled presenters, every Fall Forum site will be able to experience anytime, anywhere learning," said committee chair Steven Yates. "Participants will take home tangible, useful ideas to put into action as they continue to be innovators in schools and districts across the country. David's wealth of experience in school libraries and library education combined with his commitment to sharing knowledge and ideas in new and inventive ways will enhance the Fall Forum experience in ways the committee is excited to share with participants."

David Loertscher has degrees from the University of Utah, the University of Washington and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. He has been a school library media specialist in Nevada and Idaho at both the elementary and secondary school levels. He has taught at Purdue University, The University of Arkansas, The University of Oklahoma, and is presently a professor at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. He served as head of the editorial department at Libraries Unlimited for ten years and is President of Learning Commons Press. He is a past president of AASL.