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School Library Leadership Academy 2018: Picking up STEAM July 23-27, Juneau

Please Read before Applying:

The School Library Leadership Academy is a week-long intensive workshop for school librarians who are established education leaders in their school or district.  It is open to currently employed (SY17-18) Alaska Certified School Librarians, with at least .25 FTE in a school librarian/media role.

The 2018 theme is “Picking up STEAM” and will focus on STEAM collaboration and integration within the context of American Association of School Librarians’ new National School Library Standards. 

This is an early interest application. Some of the details of the academy are funding and participation-dependent. Please note there may be additional followup information required of you.  More precise information on participant costs will be available by April 30th.

You may withdraw or change your application information anytime before April 30th. Applying does not guarantee acceptance, but it is anticipated that the acceptance rate will be high among interested and qualified Alaska School Librarians. Initial Applicants will receive word no later than May 1st, 2018.

Other Considerations:

  • Transportation costs from locations outside Juneau will be reimbursed through travel grants.  This will be in the form of a reimbursement check issued to your school district.  Individuals will make their own travel arrangements within the best-cost travel guidelines.
  • Breakfast and lunch will be provided, dinner is on your own.
  • Shared suite housing is available at John Pugh hall on the UAS campus at no cost to participants. These are individual bedrooms with a shared kitchen and living space. Staying at UAS may require using the city express bus to downtown and back daily, although other transportation options are being investigated.
  • Group rates at hotels near the Andrew P Kashevaroff building are also available at the Driftwood Inn  and Sheraton Four Points.  Details on booking will be sent to accepted applicants.
  • Participants may have the option of choosing one or two 500-level academic credits.
  • Earning one credit will require only attendance and participation during the week of July 23-27.
  • Two credits will require additional preparation work, facilitating a 20-30 minute mini-session during the academy, and online followup coursework. This option begins July 16th and ends no later than August 10th.
  • Tuition will be kept as affordable as possible (with the goal of the base rate of $74 for one credit, $94 for two) but is subject to change.
  • When selecting a credit option, please note that a two-credit online course through UAF which will focus on the AASL National School Library Standards will be offered later in the fall of 2018.


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Information will be updated as available to this page.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jared Shucha


Tentative Schedule, 8 am - 4:30 pm

Each day will also include 2-3 student led modules on STEAM collaborative lessons and/or literature connections.

Monday, July 23rd                     

  • Welcome and library logistics

  • "Backstage" Tour of APK.  State library staff, service roles & responsibilities.

  • Reshaping the Library Mission Statement, part 1

  • Formulating Guiding Questions

  • Models of Inquiry and the AASL Standards

  • AASL National School Library Standards Module 1

  • Takeaways - Library strengths

Tuesday, July 24th     

  • Policies vs. Procedures and STEAM

  • Library Data: Inform and Transform

  • AASL National School Library Standards Module 2

  • Makerspaces, Breakerspaces, and Learning Commons

  • AASL National School Library Standards Module 3

  • Scientific Literacy as Part of Information Literacy

  • Takeaways - Library weaknesses

Wednesday July 25th             

  • Makerspace Challenge

  • AASL National School Library Standards Module 4

  • SLED Databases and STEAM

  • Reshaping the Library Mission Statement, part 2

  • Sharing our Library Stories

  • AASL National School Library Standards Module 5

  • Takeways - Library opportunities

Thursday, July 26th                  

  • Shannon McClintock Miller: FutureReady Libraries

  • Takeaways - Three library actions

Friday, July 27th

  • Alaska Books for Alaska Kids

  • Coding in the library

  • AASL National School Library Standards Module 6

  • Reshaping the Library Mission Statement, part 3

  • Course Evaluations and Continuing Plan for 2-credit Option

  • Individual consultation appointments

Shannon McClintock MillerShannon McClintock Miller is an international speaker, consultant and author who has a passion for education, librarianship, advocacy, technology, social media and making a difference in the world and lives of others, especially children. She served as the K-12 district teacher librarian and technology integrationist at Van Meter Community School District in Iowa for 10 years. Shannon now brings a special expertise and vision to conversations around school libraries, education, technology, creativity and student voice.  Shannon currently serves as the Future Ready Librarians and Project Connect Spokesperson working with librarians, educators and students around the world every day.
She is Buncee’s Librarian Advisor, Cantata Learning’s Teacher Librarian Advocate and Author and a Participate Author. Shannon is the author of the award winning The Library Voice blog and enjoys writing for various blogs, journals and other forums including ISTE, School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. She recently published her first 4 children’s books about library skills with Cantata Learning and is working on the next series which is due out in the fall of 2018.
Shannon will be presenting a full-day workshop on Thursday.


Deborah Rinio

Deborah Rinio received her MA from the University of Arizona in 2003 and PhD from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2018. She's held various positions over the years, but most recently worked seven years for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District as a librarian in elementary, middle, and high school. She is active in the Alaska Association of School Librarians (AkASL) and with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). From 2014-2017, she served on the AASL Editorial Board and helped write the 2017 National Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.
Deborah will be facilitating activities throughout the week on the new AASL National School Library Standards.


Megan Egberet

Megan Egbert is the District Programs Manager for Meridian Library District in Meridian, ID and author of the book Creating Makers: How to Starta Learning Revolution at Your Library. Megan is a reluctant STEM convert, a maker enthusiast, a storyteller at heart, and a firm believer in the role that informal learning can have on our communities. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Boise State University in Multi-Ethnic Studies, a Masters in Library Science from University of North Texas, and now finds herself taking Public Policy and Administration classes just for “fun.” Egbert has written articles for Huffington Post, Idaho Magazine, Young Adult Library Services, and more.  She is a book reviewer for School Library Journal, is serving on the 2019 Caldecott Committee, and is active in local, regional, and national professional organizations.
Megan will be facilitating makerspace learning via video conference.




Additional presenters to be announced soon!

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