AASL Licensed Institute Presenters

Advocacy Institute Presenters    

Deborah Levitov

deborah levitovDeborah Levitov was a school librarian for fourteen (14) years at the building level and served as the Coordinator for library programs at the district level for twelve (12) years.  She has a B.A. in Social Work with Elementary Education Certification, and a Master’s in Educational Administration with a library media endorsement K-12. She is ABD, working on finishing her dissertation in Library Science and Information Technologies at the University of Missouri at Columbia. She has recently taken a new direction and a new learning challenge as the managing editor for School Library Media Activities Monthly and Crinkles magazines with Libraries Unlimited, starting in 2005.

She has been active professionally at the local, state and national level with involvement inclusive of membership on Nebraska Information Power Committee for the Nebraska Educational Media Association (NEMA) since 1988 and as IP Committee Co-Chair since 1998, serving as the NEMA-AASL liaison for Affiliate Assembly for several years , leading a 3M-AASL 2003 training workshop for the school @ your library campaign, serving as Chair for the first AASL Institute Planning Committee in 2001-03, Chair of the AASL Supervisor’s Section, Chair of the AASL @ your library Special Committee and the AASL Advocacy Committee.  She was the editor of the NEMA Guide for Developing and Evaluating School Library Media Programs, Libraries Unlimited, 2000 and is currently working with a NEMA committee to revise the guide. She was also the editor of the LPS Guide to Integrated Information Literacy Skills, ’95, 2003. Her professional passions focus on teaching and learning related to information literacy, collaboration and advocacy for school libraries and librarians.

Nance Nassar

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Nance Nassar was an elementary classroom teacher, school librarian for fourteen (14) years at the building level, and served as the Director of Library Media Services & Instructional Technology at the district level for thirteen (13) years. She has a B.A. in Upper Elementary Education with an undergraduate Library Certification, graduate Supervision Certification, and a Master’s in Library Science (MLS). She has been the School Library Senior Consultant at the Colorado Department of Education, State Library since 2001.

She has been active professionally at the local, state and national level in all endeavors of school library work. Her professional organizations include the Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL), Colorado Association of School Librarians (CASL), Texas Library Association (TLA), Texas Association of School Librarians (TASL), American Library Association (ALA), and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Nance was a member of the AASL Advocacy Committee (2005-2008) and unveiled the Advocacy Institute at the AASL Conference in Reno 2007, with Deb Levitov. She has been actively presenting the new Standards for the 21st-Century Learner to the Colorado school librarians, teachers, and administrators for the past school year.

 

Collaborative Leadership    

Steve Baule

Steven M. Baule, Ph.d., Ed.d. is presently the Superintendent of North Boone School District in Poplar Grove, IL. Previously he served as superintendent for five years in suburban Chicago. Prior to becoming a superintendent, Dr. Baule was a district administrator, a high school administrator, a middle school library media specialist and a classroom teacher.  Dr. Baule has presented on technology-related topics to a wide range of educators and librarians in the United States, England and Australia. Dr. Baule has also served as an adjunct faculty member in educational administration, instructional technology and library and information science programs.

Dr. Baule holds doctorates in educational leadership and supervision from Loyola University of Chicago and in instructional technology from Northern Illinois University. He also holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of Iowa and a bachelor’s in history from Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa.  He has written several texts on educational technology and school library topics.

He has led a number of programs which have received national recognition including, the New Trier library program which was recognized as the School Library Media Program of the Year in 2000 and the Glenbrook South Technology Program which was recognized by Multimedia Schools as one of the top two instructional technology programs in the county in 1997. He was recognized as one of ten Tech Savvy Superintendents by eSchool News in 2009.  Dr. Baule has also served as an officer for the Illinois School Library Media Association and on numerous committees for AASA, AASL, ALA, ICE and ILA. 

 

Reading and the Elementary School Librarian    

Elizabeth Deskins

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Liz 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.
   
Liz currently serves on ALSC’s School-Age Programs and Service Committee and AASL's Best Websites for Teaching and Learning committees, and is active with her state school library organization (OELMA). She has presented on topics such as: social studies trade books that support standards, new science trade  books, and collaboration and integration. She has written articles, chapters, and book reviews for several journals. She also started an informal book club called “Librarians Who Read”, as well as a family book club for her school community. Her current school district, Hilliard City Schools, Hilliard, Ohio, won AASL's National School Library Media Program of the Year in 2006 in the district category.

Christina Dorr

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Christina 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.

Christina served on ALSC's Notable Children's Book Award Committee for 2006 & 2007, and has spent several years reviewing books for School Library Journal and the Linworth Company. Her current school district, Hilliard City Schools, Hilliard, Ohio, won AASL's National School Library Media Program of the Year in 2006 in the district category.

 

Reading and the Secondary School Librarian    

Pam Berger

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Pam Berger, a library consultant with 20 years of school library experience, is publisher and editor of Information Searcher and an adjunct instructor at Syracuse University iSchool. Pam and has spoken to audiences in the U.S, Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa and is author of three books and many journal articles on literacy and technology. Berger’s blog, Infosearcher, offers updates on new resources, strategies and tips on developing 21st century literacy.

 

Empowering 21st Century Learners:    
P21 Framework and AASL Learning Standards

Pam Berger

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Pam Berger, a library consultant with 20 years of school library experience, is publisher and editor of Information Searcher and an adjunct instructor at Syracuse University iSchool. Pam and has spoken to audiences in the U.S, Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa and is author of three books and many journal articles on literacy and technology. Berger’s blog, Infosearcher, offers updates on new resources, strategies and tips on developing 21st century literacy.

Jackie Chetzron

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Beginning her 10th year as a school librarian, Jackie Chetzron works in a high school library for Richardson ISD, a suburban district in the Dallas area. While she has been employed at all levels, secondary students are her favorite. She has also served as chair of the Texas Association of School Librarians and on various committees within the Texas Library Association, including two terms on the Conference Program Committee. Jackie lives in North Dallas, where she has lived for almost 40 years. She holds a BA and MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin and an MLS from Texas Woman's University.