Senior/Capstone Project: The Role of the School Librarian

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With increased emphasis on college-and career-readiness in today's schools, the Senior/Capstone Project can serve as that singular piece of evidence that students are prepared for the demands of college and career. Join school librarians and teachers from around the U.S. who have been integrally involved in the Senior/Capstone Project process. Presenters address potential roadblocks or challenges, opportunities to raise the rigor of an existing project, practical tips for creating a Senior/Capstone Project, and how to become more involved in the process at your school. 

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School library professionals and those interested in the topic.



Webinar Hosts:
Gail March Gail March chair of the AASL Senior/Capstone Project Task Force, is a Library Media Specialist at Londonderry (NH) High School and Library Media Coordinator for the Londonderry School District.  She has presented with her colleagues at AASL and ALA conferences, and is co-author of several journal articles.
Susan Yutzey Susan Yutzey decided, following a career and PhD in higher education, to pursue her MLS degree in school library media licensure. She has since worked as a school librarian at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio, and the Upper Arlington High School Learning Center as school librarian, director, and district co-coordinator. Since 2012, Susan has been on the Executive Board of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, in 2013 and 2014 serving as the association’s president. She is a member of the AASL Senior/Capstone Project Task Force.
Webinar Presenters:
Michelle Fossum Michelle Fossum has worked as a Research Teacher at City Charter High School since 2004, where she has earned the title of Educational Leader.  Before earning her MLS from the University of Pittsburgh and finding her dream job as a high school librarian, she worked in the fields of architecture, editing, and graphic design.
Lindsay Downs Lindsay Downs received her Master's in Library Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010.  She has been a research teacher at City Charter High School (Pittsburgh, PA) since 2010.  She supported the capstone graduation project for the 2012-2013 school year and facilitated the capstone graduation project for the 2013-2014 school year.
Kay Wejrowski Kay Wejrowski is the library media specialist at Swan Valley High School in Saginaw, Michigan, a 2013 National School Library Program of the Year.  Wejrowski was the 2014 Saginaw County Teacher of the Year and runner up for the 2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year.
Jeff Hooper Jeff Hooper has taught Spanish, history, and economics at the Thacher School in Ojai, California for thirteen years. He also coaches football and has also served as Chair of the Language Department and Director of the Senior Exhibitions Program. In addition to teaching and coaching, he currently serves as the Dean of Faculty. In 2012, Jeff led an effort to secure an EE Ford Foundation Educational Leadership Grant. With this grant, Thacher has become the host institution for the Capstone Consortium, an organization of educators dedicated to improving the quality and expanding the reach of capstone programs.
Brenda Boyer Brenda Boyer is the high school librarian and Chair of the Information & Technology Resources Dept. for the Kutztown (PA) School District. She teaches information literacy, research and library science topics in brick and mortar and online settings. Brenda has presented at conferences such as AASL, ISTE and iNACOL on topics such as embedded librarianship and social media curation. Brenda was the 2014 recipient of AASL's Collaborative School Library Award. Her project focused on raising the rigor and recharging the Senior/Capstone Project in her school. She is currently a part-time instructor at Rutgers University and is completing her doctorate in Instructional Design for Online Learning at Capella University.




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Jennifer Habley email icon
AASL Manager, Web Communications