Reading and the Elementary School Librarian

Reading and the Elementary School Librarian is a licensed institute available for nationwide use throughout the profession.

The Institute
The Presenters
Empowering Learners and Reading and the Elementary School Librarian
Topic Outline
Participant Outcomes
Potential for Credit
Hosting an AASL Regional Institute

The Institute    

This workshop addresses critical topics in reading for school librarians who teach PreK-6th grade students. An instructor will guide your group through this one-day workshop that provides you with an opportunity to increase your understanding of  current research on reading instruction, discuss how it informs school library programs, explore reading strategies, and explain what the school librarians can do to strengthen their role as a literacy leader in their school. During this full-day session, presenters will be given a brief overview of using print and electronic resources, the facilitator will work with attendees to cultivate the confidence to adopt and understand the tools which strengthen student reading strategies. You will have time and opportunities to connect with other professionals and establish networks to work together to effect change.

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The Presenters

Elizabeth Deskins has spent 20 years in school librarianship. It has been a fun-filled time, fueled by many literacy initiatives and changes in education. She has learned a great deal from whole language, literature based teaching, project based learning, inquiry learning, and the Literacy Collaborative reading model, but mostly that skills are needed to read as well as exposure to quality literature. Her passion for children’s literature, and sharing it with students of all ages, has led her to a Master’s degree with a focus on literature for children and given her opportunities to teach at the college level.

Christina Dorr has 20 years experience in libraries and education, with the past 18 in school library centers. Her personal love and passion is books, reading, and teaching children to love both. Christina has a Ph.D. in education, focusing on literature and literacy, from the Ohio State University, and has taught adjunct for OSU and three other Ohio universities. She has been trained in the Literacy Collaborative reading model and have attended, and given, numerous workshops, presentations, and pre-conferences on literature and literacy.

 

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Empowering Learners and Reading and the Elementary School Librarian   

The AASL Regional Institute: Reading and the Elementary School Librarian ties into two of the ideas of learning and teaching -- that underlie the vision of library programs presented in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. Each is integral to every aspect of the school library program and every component of the school librarian's role.

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Topic Outline   

  1. Legislation, trends, and studies
  2. Classroom reading instruction
  3. Reading strategies
  4. Professional literature
  5. Advocacy
  6. Technology and reading

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Participant Outcomes   

  • Examine how reading instruction strategies are vital to SL
  • Address trends, legislation (NCLB) and studies
  • Describe current programs and levels of reading strategy knowledge
  • Provide an overview of classroom reading instruction
  • Incorporate SL as reading instructional partner
  • Integrate reading instruction in the school library 
  • Describe how reading instruction and advocacy are vital to school library
  • Locate reading resources; print and digital
  • Design promotional activities to motivate readers

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Potential for Credit   

Although AASL does not offer credit to regional institute participants, host organizations are encouraged to use the following information and ideas to arrange credit through appropriate credit-granting institutions.

8 hours of content

Additional possibilities to meet time requirements for credit:

  • Writing an extended evaluation
  • Writing response to three articles
  • Submitting a completed personal action plan

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Hosting the AASL Regional Institute: Reading and the Elementary School Librarian   

AASL licenses this liscensed institute to organizations. The licensee pays AASL a licensing fee for a one-time presentation of the institute. AASL supplies the presenter(s) and content; the licensee sets its own registration fee and is responsible for all local planning, logistics and publicity.* View the licensing terms.

Interested in hosting this regional institute? For complete details on available dates, program outline and license agreement contact:

Allison Cline
American Association of School Librarians
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-280-4385
Fax: 312-280-5276
E-mail: acline@ala.org

*Note: Presenter(s) and specific content may vary by date and site. AASL provides a handout master as a PDF file on disk, which the licensee is required to reproduce in hardcopy for its audience. AASL reserves the right to choose the presenter of all Licensed Institutes. Frequently Asked Questions