March/April 2012 Issue

Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presents 30 Second Thought Leadership: Insights from Leaders in the School Library Community, a video podcast series delivering brief and practical advice from respected school library leaders on important questions about school libraries today and in the future. Questions are based on the themes of Knowledge Quest issues. 

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Q: What is the key to successful coteaching?

Susan D. Ballard is the President-elect of AASL, where she currently serves as a member of the EBSCO K-12 Advisory Board and the Editorial Advisory Board for Knowledge Quest. She is a lecturer at the University of Vermont and an adjunct professor at Simmons College/GSLIS. Susan is also a past-president of the New Hampshire Educational Media Association (NHEMA) and of the New England School Library Association (NESLA). She is cited in ALA’s Whole School Library Handbook as one of the country’s “103 Outstanding School Librarians” and in 2008 was a charter inductee to the NESLA Hall of Fame. She has written numerous articles for professional publications. Visit her website for more information.


Judith L. Kaplan is the coordinator of School Library Media Studies Sequence at the University of Vermont. She has more than 35 years of experience teaching as a library media specialist in K-12 schools in Massachusetts and Vermont. A member of AASL and the Vermont School Library Association, she has presented at national and state conferences on topics that focused on collaboration with classroom teachers in developing and teaching standards based curriculum. In 2007, Judy was appointed Coordinator of the School Library Media Studies Sequence, a concentration strand within the UVM MEd Curriculum & Instruction Program.


Judi Moreillon is an assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University, author of Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Secondary School Libraries: Maximizing Your Impact (ALA Editions 2012) and Collaborative Strategies for Teaching Reading Comprehension: Maximizing Your Impact (ALA Editions 2007). She served as the chair of the AASL School Librarian’s Role in Reading Task Force. Her website is Judi has also authored and illustrated an Animoto video to spotlight the benefits of coteaching.


Suzanna L. Panter is the School Librarian at Dumbarton Elementary School in Henrico County VA, winner of AASL’s 2011 National School Library Program of the Year. She is the recent recipient of VaASL's 2012 Virginia School Library Program of the Year award.  She has presented nationally on serving EL students in the school library and was an AASL sponsored ALA Emerging Leader in 2009. She is an advocate for flexible access, free voluntary reading, and the teaching of 21st Century Skills at the elementary level.Follow her on Twitter @slpanter  and visit her website


Christina Russo is a STEM librarian at New Canaan (CT) High School. Her school’s library won the American Association of School Librarians' 2010 National School Library Program of the Year Award and the Connecticut Association of School Librarians' 2010 Bernice "Bunny" Yesner School Library Program of the Year Award in 2010.

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