ALSC Education Programs @ 2022 Annual Conference

Below are the Education Programs that will be presented at 2022 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition as part of ALSC programming; you can find these programs on the ALA Annual Conference Preliminary Scheduler. Programs are listed below in chronological order. 

Inspiring the Next Generation to Champion Social Justice through Speech and Debate
Saturday, June 25, 2022 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Do you want to instill in young students a deeper understanding of the responsibilities of being a global citizen in the 21st century? You will learn how to guide students to explore social justice issues utilizing the philosophy and structure of speech and debate, teaching them the basics of persuasive speaking, challenging them to reflect on race, equity and inclusion, sharpening their critical thinking skills and building confidence in their ability to speak and defend an argument. We will give an overview of how we created and designed a program geared toward 3rd-5th graders, outlining the steps we utilized, the program’s evolution over the course of five successful series and tips on how to establish and sustain a Speech and Debate program. We will discuss the impact of enlisting speakers to share their lived experiences with injustice as well as local experts – such as the panel of three individuals that shared their experiences of being Black in the United States for our Black Lives Matter series, and the docent from the Japanese American Museum of San Jose who spoke about the internment camps during WWII. We will discuss the method we used to develop a recruitment plan for teen volunteers based on a set of criteria and skills necessary to work as instructors for the program. You will be able to take the information provided to appraise your community’s demographics and identify topics in social justice relevant to your target audience. Participants will learn how to assess  their program, matching student learning objectives to assessment criteria through direct observation, anecdotal evidence, a demographic-focused registration form and a pre- and post- program survey.

Supporting New Parents in Diverse Communities with Creativity and Compassion
Saturday, June 25, 2022 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Life in the 21st century presents challenges for all new parents (birth/adoptive/foster). Librarians, as free community-based professionals, are extremely well poised to offer targeted supports to families with young children but may not know what parents in their communities actual want or need. In this session, attendees will see early years library services from parents' perspectives, learn how to assess diverse parents' information needs, and be introduced to great ideas for serving new parents with creativity and compassion. Together, the two presenters have over 50 years of experience developing and delivering responsive, culturally respectful, and fun programs and services to new parents in their communities. By drawing on research, program evaluation data, as well as their own reflections on their practice, the presenters will help you develop strategies for expanding your offerings to new parents and you will leave with lots of new ideas for reaching out to and serving the young families in your communities.

Don’t Talk at Them – Learn with Them! Facilitation Strategies and Resources to Help Your Library Engage Young Patrons in STEAM Learning Experiences
Saturday, June 25, 2022 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Library staff don’t need to be a "STEAM Expert" to facilitate virtual or in-person STEAM programs. Join STAR Net as we discuss the “Guide on the Side” approach to library facilitation and STEAM learning and hear how it can complement library staff’s inquisitive nature and the library’s informal learning atmosphere. Session participants will try out virtual and in-person interactive activities that foster science and engineering skills, explorations, and concepts and align with 21st century skills and go beyond mere facts to teamwork, creativity, and problem-solving. Participants will also discuss ways to tweak their STEAM programs to be more inclusive and equitable for young patrons and their families. They will also take interactive activities, programmatic ideas, and facilitation tips back to their colleagues to help improve staff confidence in STEAM programming.

Beyond Booklists: Family Engagement through Race & Culture Education at the Library
Sunday, June 26, 2022 | 11:00am – 12:00pm

Many parents and caregivers intend for their children to grow positive racial identities, and to recognize and fight racial bias and racism. Yes, books and literature offer essential exposure to representation, history, and critical thinking skills. But, where to start with these nuanced, intense, and complex topics? Libraries can offer more than booklists and materials. Presenters will describe their original, tested, “starter” curriculum for families. Join the program designers for a hands-on micro-taste of the experience, while brainstorming sensitive, thoughtful ways to offer race education to your own community.  

Bonds for Learning - Creating Successful Library/School Partnerships
Monday, June 27, 2022 | 2:30pm – 3:30pm

In 2019 the Chesapeake Public Library and the Chesapeake Public School System engaged in a partnership to provide services to all 40,000 public school students via a student library card. The following year, the partnership expanded to include a robust series of virtual visits to students across the system as they engaged in distance learning, including access to online and in-person tutoring in partnership with Old Dominion University's School of Library Science and School of Education. A School/Library Cooperative Committee was established to provide a mechanism for problem-solving the unique challenges faced by the students in the Chesapeake community, and further enhance resource referral across both organizations, as well as a highly successful teacher in-service to kick-off the 2021 school year, including a "tech petting zoo" and community resource fair. Join the CPL and the CPS as we discuss our plans for 2022 and how to develop a successful partnership of your own.