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Thursday, October 5
 

4:00pm

Registration Open
Thursday October 5, 2017 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Registration Desk

4:00pm

WI-FI: Network: Marriott_Conf, Code: ITEM2017

How to Login: Look for the network “Marriott_Conf” and then type in the code “ITEM2017” into the Marriott web page that comes up when you open a new website. Codes will also be posted in session rooms.


Thursday October 5, 2017 4:00pm - Saturday October 7, 2017 2:00pm
TBA

5:30pm

ITEM Kickoff Social & Dinner
Formerly known as the Past Presidents Dinner, this event is a chance to kick off the conference with a dinner honoring those leaders who have served the organization.

Pre-registration was required.

Thursday October 5, 2017 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Fireside Room

7:00pm

Makerfaire (open to everyone)
At each table, there will be a collection of MakerSpace items to experience.  Explore LittleBits, puzzles, Spheros, robots, and much more! If you are looking for ways to start a MakerSpace or want to expand your collection, this is the time for you.

Thursday October 5, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Fireside Room
 
Friday, October 6
 

6:00am

Vendor Move-In/Check-in
Friday October 6, 2017 6:00am - 8:00am
Northland Foyer

7:00am

Registration Open
Friday October 6, 2017 7:00am - 4:00pm
Registration Desk

7:30am

Breakfast
Friday October 6, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Northland Ballroom

8:00am

Keynote: Duchess Harris
Join us for Duchess Harris and her keynote, "Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA." 

Duchess Harris is the author of four books, including Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA and Black Lives Matter, both of which she co-authored with Sue Bradford Edwards. She is also the Chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College.

Learn more about Duchess Harris at http://www.duchessharris.com/


Speakers

Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Northland Ballroom

8:00am

Venue Map
Scroll down for a pdf of the venue map.

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Friday October 6, 2017 8:00am - 8:00pm
TBA

9:00am

Author Signing
Join us to shop the bookstore and get your books signed by the authors! Authors will be in the Northland Ballroom and the bookstore is at the end of the hall past the vendors.

Authors
avatar for Stephanie Bodeen

Stephanie Bodeen

Stephanie Bodeen is author of  many books for children, including the Minnesota Book Award winner Elizabeti's Doll, which was inspired by her experience in the Peace Corps in Tanzania. Her novels include the four volume middle grade adventure series Shipwreck Island and... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Bullard

Lisa Bullard

Lisa Bullard is the author of more than 90 books for children, including picture books, nonfiction titles, and the middle grade mystery Turn Left at the Cow, which is a Maud Hart Lovelace Award nominee for 2017-2018 (Divisions I & II). Her books have also won several other... Read More →
avatar for Roseanne Cheng

Roseanne Cheng

Marketing Director, Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Roseanne Cheng is a former high school English teacher, mother of two, and author of two award-winning books for kids. She's passionate about telling stories that gets kids and families talking about their place in the world. 
avatar for Terri Degezelle

Terri Degezelle

Author and Photographer, Terri DeGezelle has published more than 60 children’s non-fiction titles, and over 100 magazine articles and several photos in national publications. Her newest title, Simon of Cyrene, the Legend of the Easter Egg debuted March of 2017, published by Pauline... Read More →
avatar for Brian Farrey-Latz

Brian Farrey-Latz

Brian Farrey’s debut novel, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU, was named a Stonewall honor book by the American Library Association and the 2012 Minnesota Book Award winner for Young People’s literature. The first book in his critically acclaimed middle grade fantasy series (THE VENGEKEEP... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples' Literature. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she teaches... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hall

Michael Hall

Michael Hall is the New York Times bestselling author of My Heart Is Like a Zoo as well as the critically acclaimed Red: A Crayon's Story, Perfect Square, Frankencrayon, and Little i. Before becoming an author, Michael was a graphic designer whose work has been widely recognized for... Read More →
avatar for David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle has been creating books for young people for over twenty-five years. His many picture book titles include The Best Pet of All, How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, Moo!, and This is NOT a Cat! | | He is the recipient of the Sid Fleischman Humor... Read More →
avatar for Mary Losure

Mary Losure

From the titles, you might think Mary Losure’s books are fiction. But she assures you that every word of ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST: SECRETS OF ISAAC NEWTON, REVEAL’D is not only true, but documented with primary sources. So is WILD BOY: THE REAL LIFE OF THE SAVAGE OF AVEYRON and even... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Nelson Maurer

Tracy Nelson Maurer

Tracy has researched and written more than 100 books for children and young adults. Her picture-book biography, John Deere, That's Who! (Henry Holt, 2017), was named a Junior Library Guild Selection, and another picture-book biography, Noah Webster’s Fighting Words (Millbrook... Read More →
avatar for Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul

Regional Advisor, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Miranda Paul is an award-winning picture book author whose titles include One Plastic Bag and Water is Water, both named Junior Library Guild selections. Her books have received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly in addition to being named... Read More →
avatar for Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas

Children's author & poet
Former teacher Laura Purdie Salas has written more than 125 books for kids, including the Can Be… series (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers’ Choice), BookSpeak!  (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable), and If You Were the Moon. Laura loves doing school visits and also... Read More →
avatar for Lorenz Schrenk

Lorenz Schrenk

Owner, Monad Publications
The author is a retired research and development manager and railroad historian. He has degrees from The George Washington University and The Ohio State University. He was a co-founder of one of the first Montessori schools in Minnesota. His published works include five major books... Read More →
avatar for Phuoc Thi Minh Tran

Phuoc Thi Minh Tran

Phuoc Thi Minh Tran , the first Vietnamese librarian in Minnesota, a respected storyteller, a 2016 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon author, and a published and award winning author,  has shared her experiences and knowledge of Vietnamese culture at various cultural events... Read More →
avatar for Tammy Wilson

Tammy Wilson

Tammy Wilson is an elementary principal in Saint Cloud, MN.  Working in a school with a high Somali population, she saw a need for her students to see themselves represented in literature.  This compelled her to write a book to not only inspire children, but also educate adults... Read More →
avatar for Mike Wohnoutka

Mike Wohnoutka

Mike Wohnoutka is the author and illustrator of “Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster” and “Dad’s First Day”,  both Minnesota Book Award finalists. | | He has also illustrated more than twenty other children's books, including “Moo!” written by David LaRochelle... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Northland Ballroom

9:00am

Vendor Time
Friday October 6, 2017 9:00am - 9:30am
Northland Foyer

9:00am

Coffee Available in the Vendor Area
Friday October 6, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm
Northland Foyer

9:00am

Exhibit Hall Opens
The Exhibit Hall will be open throughout the day, but there are also dedicated times to come visit with our vendors. ITEM vendors are a great support to the organization so please take time to stop by to chat and thank them for joining us.

Friday October 6, 2017 9:00am - 4:00pm
Northland Foyer

9:00am

ITEM Bookstore
Visit the ITEM Bookstore (partnering with Red Balloon) to pick up some terrific titles - then go get them signed by the authors!!

Bookstore open 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (closed from 1:00-2:30)
Authors will be signinng from 9:00-9:30 am, 11:20 am-12:00 pm, and 3:15 pm-4:00 pm in the Northland Ballroom

 

Friday October 6, 2017 9:00am - 5:00pm
ITEM Bookstore

9:30am

3D Printing in an Elementary Library (Poster Session)
Have you ever wondered how to incorporate 3D design and printing into your library program? Come learn about how one media specialist (with the help of some pretty brilliant 5th graders) conquered her fears of the 3D printer. Students learned about 3D design and completed two projects. The first project was an object that was printed on our Makerbot Replicator Mini. The second project was their "dream room" where they unleashed their creativity and came up with some truly spectacular designs.


Friday October 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
Lake Ontario

9:30am

Digital Skills on a Shoestring
Explore how one north metro district created a new K-8 digital skills curriculum based on 2016's ISTE standards without breaking the bank and without 1:1 devices.

Speakers
SF

Sara Florin

Technology Integration Coach, Centennial School District
avatar for Amy Matteson

Amy Matteson

Technology Integration Coach, ISD 12
Tech Coach,Media Specialist, and mom of five.



Friday October 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
MN Salon 2

9:30am

Lettering in Innovation
Do you have students that are creative and innovative? Do they have interests that they could share with others? If so, please consider attending my session to find out how we have students leading events and lettering in innovation at Mounds View High School.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Stouten

Becky Stouten

Library Media Specialist, Mounds View High School
Becky has been a library media specialist for over two decades at every level; elementary, middle, and high school. She is the mother of three kids, all around college age. If she is not reading or walking her dog Joey, you can find her watercolor painting or leathercrafting. She... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
Lake Huron

9:30am

LOC Digital Resources and Primary Sources
The Library of Congress website has thousands of primary source document curated especially for K12 education.   I will share what I learned at the LOC summer teacher institute on the use of primary sources and methods of incorporating these sources to enhance student engagement and inquiry for all grade levels. 

Spending a week at the LOC was an amazing experience and if you would like more information about the summer institute visit
http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/teacherinstitute/

Presentation and contact information.

Speakers
avatar for Rocky Boelter

Rocky Boelter

Media Specialist, Lakeville North High School
I'm looking forward to sharing what I learned at the Library of Congress this summer!



Friday October 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
Lake Michigan

9:30am

Personalized Learning - Communication
Communication involves more than just the teacher talking. Let's talk about some ideas and strategies that bring student voice and choice (true agency) into your classroom. What are you doing already? What are some things that you can implement immediately with little planning? What are some of the hurdles that you will face with your students if this is a radical shift in classroom culture for your building?

Here are some of the resources we talked about during the session.

Also, if you are still interested in competing the survey. See below. I will figure out a way to provide access for everyone to see the results.

If you see this before coming to the session please install the Survey123 app (from ESRI -- iOS - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/survey123-for-arcgis/id993015031?mt=8 or Google Play - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.esri.survey123&hl=en) on a mobile device or bring your laptop (https://survey123.arcgis.com/) so that we can take a survey to get started. You will need to create an ArcGIS Online account (on your laptop).

We will be taking a survey to get the session started. If you want to get a head start, here is the survey link - https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/3fa62fabdcdd48c2b7747d87b4cfdb55

Speakers
avatar for Neil Andruschak

Neil Andruschak

Digital Learning Specialist, Little Falls Community Schools
I am the Digital Learning Specialist for Little Falls Community Schools. My primary role is to support teachers in their classrooms. | | Let's talk about you, your classroom and your students. If somewhere in that conversation technology can find a place to help, then we can... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
Arbor Lakes

9:30am

The Duchess Harris Collection: Teaching Social Justice to 3rd through 12th Graders

Duchess Harris is the author of four books, including Hidden Human Computers: The Black Women of NASA and Black Lives Matter, both of which she co-authored with Sue Bradford Edwards. She is also the Chair of the American Studies Department at Macalester College.

Learn more about Duchess Harris at http://www.duchessharris.com/


Speakers

Friday October 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
MN Salon 1

9:30am

“Storytelling as a Leadership Tool to Empower Immigrant Students”
Green Card Voices (GCV) is a Minneapolis-based nonprofit that shares first-person immigrant stories in order to foster tolerance and understanding between immigrant and nonimmigrant communities. As we move into a new reality with challenges facing immigrants specifically, a new approach towards developing young leadership is necessary. Thus, we created the book series “Green Card Youth Voices”. In 2016, GCV partnered with Wellstone High School to record and publish 30 stories written by immigrant students. This model has been replicated in Fargo, ND and St. Paul, MN. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of recently arrived immigrant students. In this presentation, you will learn about this book model and how the process directly empowers immigrant student authors through storytelling, writing, and public speaking. You will see the broad impact of the project as it directly fosters immigrant leadership while also working to navigate this particularly divisive time in our history. During the presentation, you will watch the first-person video narratives from several of these students.

Speakers
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Tea Rozman Clark

Executive Director, Green Card Voices


Friday October 6, 2017 9:30am - 10:15am
Elm Creek Amphitheatre

10:25am

Creating Future Ready Media Centers
It is hard to look around and see all that we have created, built, and collected in our media centers and think, "This needs to be updated" but let's face it; they all do. Curation of all things media includes both letting go and updating. Let's talk about weeding, updating layout and furniture, providing access to technology and literature, enhancing programming, and channeling student creativity in our spaces. The driving force behind all that we do needs to be supporting collaboration, reflecting the 21st Century Model, and the goals of being a Future Ready Librarian. I can share my experiences updating two media centers in the last three years, with very different budgets and resources. I can also share how I learned about 21st century collaboration spaces, my weeding process, and getting support from your teachers and administration. I can share data about how the space is used now compared to before the 21st century renovation efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Carney

Amy Carney

Media Specialist, White Bear Lake Area HS - North Campus
Amy is a Media Specialist at White Bear Lake HS - North Campus, which is a grades 9-10 school. Her career includes 13 years teaching 6th grade Language Arts at North Branch Middle school, 4 years as the Media Specialist/Tech Integrationist at North Branch HS, and now on her 3rd year... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 10:25am - 11:10am
MN Salon 2

10:25am

Gamify Literacy—Boost Comprehension, Collaboration and Learning

Educators in all roles and content areas are called upon to teach literacy. Just like we are all exploring methods for students to engage passionately in their learning. Gamify Literacy, an ISTE publication, is a collection of chapters by educators on their own journeys towards gamification of literacy. This presentation will share the concepts and suggestions of the book. Then we will discuss the role of library/media in this process as well as the potential to gamify that content.

Presentation slides are available at https://goo.gl/4aHjY8

Speakers
avatar for Cara Hagen

Cara Hagen

Education Technology Consultant at TIES


Friday October 6, 2017 10:25am - 11:10am
MN Salon 1

10:25am

Legislative Information--What does the lobbyist do?
The ITEM/MLA Lobbyist will discuss last legislative session, what to expect in the next one, & give an overview of what the lobbyist does to represent the associations & what members' responsibilities are. Questions taken.

Speakers
avatar for Ann Walker Smalley

Ann Walker Smalley

Director, Metronet
Library advocacy!


Friday October 6, 2017 10:25am - 11:10am
Lake Michigan

10:25am

Libraries are for Everyone: Teaching and Learning for ELL Students
You’ve read all the articles on students’ need for diverse books, and now you have books with diverse characters in every nook and cranny of your library. What’s next? Diverse books are just the beginning. Our diverse students also need the information literacy skills to successfully navigate our ever-changing world, and you are the expert to teach them. In this session, learn how to design lessons for English language learners (ELL) and other struggling learners as well as how to build collaboration with your ELL teachers. We will practice our new teaching and learning strategies, so please bring a lesson plan you’d like to update.

This session will focus on ELL students, but these strategies can be used for all students. Because no one is born knowing academic language, all students are ELL students to some extent.

Follow along with my presentation at http://bit.ly/2z3JWUH.

Access my additional resource list at http://bit.ly/2g5Ir0v.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Vogel

Amy Vogel

School Librarian, St. Paul Public Schools



Friday October 6, 2017 10:25am - 11:10am
Arbor Lakes

10:25am

Preparing Students for Their Next Great Leap (Vendor Session)
Are you looking for test preparation resources for your students? Will your students be taking the ACT or SAT, PSAT, AP, TOEFL iBT? Are they interested in exploring careers or finding colleges that best meet their needs? Do they need help writing college admissions essays or locating scholarships? In this session you will learn where to locate and access testing materials and guidance on career and college exploration.

Speakers
avatar for Minitex

Minitex

Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Minitex
Beth is an Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian with Minitex, a program of the U of MN Libraries. She received her BA from the U of MN and her MA from UW-Madison.
CS

Carla Steinberg Pfahl

Reference Outreach & Instruction, Minitex
Carla is the coordinator of AskMN: The Librarian Is In!, Minnesota's statewide 24/7 virtual reference service and a Reference Outreach & Instruction librarian. She loves to visit schools and libraries to talk about the eLibrary of Minnesota tools and resources, information literacy... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 10:25am - 11:10am
Lake Huron

10:25am

Student Surveys and Data Privacy: What You Need to Know
In this session, you will learn lessons on how to support students who may wish to conduct surveys as part of the Guided Inquiry Process. Learn the three things you need to do when gathering data from human subjects

Speakers
avatar for Michael Walker

Michael Walker

Secondary Digital Learning Specialist, Edina Public Schools
I am an educator and life-long learner, currently serving as Secondary Technology Integration Specialist for Edina Public Schools in Edina, Minnesota. In previous positions I have taught Math, Computer Applications, Community Building using Technology and coached tennis. In addition... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 10:25am - 11:10am
Lake Ontario

10:25am

The Agile Classroom: Flexible Learning Spaces & Technologies
Access to technology and flexible furnishings encourage interdisciplinary learning, which can improve a student's understanding of a concept by approaching it from many perspectives. Flexible instruction involves the use of available hardware and web-based materials to collaborate on projects and present ideas from any place in the classroom. Attendees will learn how to arrange the physical learning environment to engage students in active learning as well as how to select from a variety of technologies that encourage student collaboration and communication.

Presentation materials:

The Agile Classroom



Speakers
avatar for Karen Qualey

Karen Qualey

Digital Learning Coordinator, Bloomington Public Schools


Friday October 6, 2017 10:25am - 11:10am
Elm Creek Amphitheatre

11:20am

Author Signing
Join us to shop the bookstore and get your books signed by the authors! Authors will be in the Northland Ballroom and the bookstore is at the end of the hall past the vendors.

Authors
avatar for Mary Bleckwehl

Mary Bleckwehl

Mary Bleckwehl drew on her teacher and parent experience to create her first two picture books, Henry! you're late AGAIN!  a tale of an imaginative boy who comes up against the "big bad wolf" school secretary every morning he's late, and Henry! you’re Hungry AGAIN? which... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Bodeen

Stephanie Bodeen

Stephanie Bodeen is author of  many books for children, including the Minnesota Book Award winner Elizabeti's Doll, which was inspired by her experience in the Peace Corps in Tanzania. Her novels include the four volume middle grade adventure series Shipwreck Island and... Read More →
avatar for Steven Brezenoff

Steven Brezenoff

Steven Brezenoff is the author of young adult novels Guy in Real Life; The Absolute Value of -1; and Brooklyn, Burning, as well the middle-grade novel Boy Seeking Band and over a hundred chapter books for younger readers, including the Museum Mysteries series, the Field Trip... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Bullard

Lisa Bullard

Lisa Bullard is the author of more than 90 books for children, including picture books, nonfiction titles, and the middle grade mystery Turn Left at the Cow, which is a Maud Hart Lovelace Award nominee for 2017-2018 (Divisions I & II). Her books have also won several other... Read More →
avatar for Roseanne Cheng

Roseanne Cheng

Marketing Director, Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Roseanne Cheng is a former high school English teacher, mother of two, and author of two award-winning books for kids. She's passionate about telling stories that gets kids and families talking about their place in the world. 
avatar for Abby Cooper

Abby Cooper

Abby Cooper was born and raised in Plymouth. After studying education at Indiana University and living in Chicago and Wisconsin, she is now happily back home in Minnesota. A former teacher and school librarian, Abby is passionate about connecting books with readers. Her first... Read More →
avatar for John Coy

John Coy

John Coy is the author of  young adult novels, the 4 for 4 middle-grade series, and numerous picture books. His most recent books are Their Great Gift about immigration and Gap Life, a YA novel. | | John has received many awards for his work including a Marion Vannett... Read More →
avatar for Terri Degezelle

Terri Degezelle

Author and Photographer, Terri DeGezelle has published more than 60 children’s non-fiction titles, and over 100 magazine articles and several photos in national publications. Her newest title, Simon of Cyrene, the Legend of the Easter Egg debuted March of 2017, published by Pauline... Read More →
avatar for Brian Farrey-Latz

Brian Farrey-Latz

Brian Farrey’s debut novel, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU, was named a Stonewall honor book by the American Library Association and the 2012 Minnesota Book Award winner for Young People’s literature. The first book in his critically acclaimed middle grade fantasy series (THE VENGEKEEP... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples' Literature. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she teaches... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hall

Michael Hall

Michael Hall is the New York Times bestselling author of My Heart Is Like a Zoo as well as the critically acclaimed Red: A Crayon's Story, Perfect Square, Frankencrayon, and Little i. Before becoming an author, Michael was a graphic designer whose work has been widely recognized for... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones is the author of many novels for teens. A former librarian for teenagers, Jones received lifetime achievement awards from the American Library Association and the Catholic Library Association in 2006. While he lives in Minneapolis, he still considers Flint, Michigan... Read More →
avatar for David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle has been creating books for young people for over twenty-five years. His many picture book titles include The Best Pet of All, How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, Moo!, and This is NOT a Cat! | | He is the recipient of the Sid Fleischman Humor... Read More →
avatar for Mary Losure

Mary Losure

From the titles, you might think Mary Losure’s books are fiction. But she assures you that every word of ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST: SECRETS OF ISAAC NEWTON, REVEAL’D is not only true, but documented with primary sources. So is WILD BOY: THE REAL LIFE OF THE SAVAGE OF AVEYRON and even... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Nelson Maurer

Tracy Nelson Maurer

Tracy has researched and written more than 100 books for children and young adults. Her picture-book biography, John Deere, That's Who! (Henry Holt, 2017), was named a Junior Library Guild Selection, and another picture-book biography, Noah Webster’s Fighting Words (Millbrook... Read More →
avatar for Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul

Regional Advisor, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Miranda Paul is an award-winning picture book author whose titles include One Plastic Bag and Water is Water, both named Junior Library Guild selections. Her books have received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly in addition to being named... Read More →
avatar for Margi Preus

Margi Preus

Margi Preus is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai, the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, Shadow on the Mountain, a Notable Book for a Global Society and The Bamboo Sword, which Bookpage called “historical fiction at its best.” Her newest, The... Read More →
avatar for Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas

Children's author & poet
Former teacher Laura Purdie Salas has written more than 125 books for kids, including the Can Be… series (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers’ Choice), BookSpeak!  (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable), and If You Were the Moon. Laura loves doing school visits and also... Read More →
avatar for Lorenz Schrenk

Lorenz Schrenk

Owner, Monad Publications
The author is a retired research and development manager and railroad historian. He has degrees from The George Washington University and The Ohio State University. He was a co-founder of one of the first Montessori schools in Minnesota. His published works include five major books... Read More →
avatar for Phuoc Thi Minh Tran

Phuoc Thi Minh Tran

Phuoc Thi Minh Tran , the first Vietnamese librarian in Minnesota, a respected storyteller, a 2016 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon author, and a published and award winning author,  has shared her experiences and knowledge of Vietnamese culture at various cultural events... Read More →
avatar for Tammy Wilson

Tammy Wilson

Tammy Wilson is an elementary principal in Saint Cloud, MN.  Working in a school with a high Somali population, she saw a need for her students to see themselves represented in literature.  This compelled her to write a book to not only inspire children, but also educate adults... Read More →
avatar for Mike Wohnoutka

Mike Wohnoutka

Mike Wohnoutka is the author and illustrator of “Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster” and “Dad’s First Day”,  both Minnesota Book Award finalists. | | He has also illustrated more than twenty other children's books, including “Moo!” written by David LaRochelle... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 11:20am - 12:00pm
Northland Ballroom

11:20am

Vendor Time
Friday October 6, 2017 11:20am - 12:00pm
Northland Foyer

12:00pm

Choosing & Managing Your K-12 Digital Resources (Vendor Session)
This session will examine options for purchasing digital resources in an ever-changing environment. We will look at the newest innovations within digital media and discuss a comprehensive management solution that can be applied within your school, district, or region. We will also talk about the newest ideas for sharing digital resources with other schools and districts while facilitating teacher collaboration in this engaging, timely presentation!

Speakers
avatar for Mackin

Mackin

Mackin provides books and educational materials for schools and libraries world-wide. Our catalog includes over 18,000 publishers with print books, eBooks, online educational databases, audiobooks, video resources and more. MackinVIA is our FREE, award-winning, digital content management... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lake Huron

12:00pm

Empowering Teenage Writers to Become Published Authors
There are a lot of teenage writers out there who dream of one day becoming a published author, but there are a lot of barriers in their way. First and foremost, competition from adult writers, and then of course there's prejudice. Few publishers are willing to even consider reviewing a manuscript written by a teenager.

Now thanks to a student from Wayzata High School, there is a non-profit publishing company exclusively for teenager authors. Sigma's Bookshelf (www.SigmasBookshelf.com), founded in 2016 by Justin M. Anderson, exclusively publishes the work of writers between the ages of 12 and 19. The company's services are free of charge to the students, who are even paid royalties for books sold online and in stores.

In this session, learn about how the company can supplement the writing lessons taught in schools, and also be used to encourage students with a passion for writing to pursue a goal that is no longer out of their reach.

* Sigma’s Bookshelf is a sponsored project of Springboard for the Arts, a nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions on behalf of Sigma’s Bookshelf may be made payable to Springboard for the Arts and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Contributions can also be made online at www.sigmasbookshelf.com/donate.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel M. Anderson

Rachel M. Anderson

Co-founder, Sigma's Bookshelf
I am a book publicist with a teenage son who, like his mother, enjoys both reading books and writing. When Justin was 14, I helped him self-publish his first book. "Saving Stripes: A Kitty's Story" is the true story of a cat family rescue told from the point of view of the kitten... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lake Erie

12:00pm

Experience Breakout EDU
Breakout EDU is the immersive learning games platform. The Breakout EDU kit allows for the facilitation of games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. Come experience a Breakout EDU game and learn how you can use this great tool!

Speakers
avatar for Jessica McMahon

Jessica McMahon

Digital Learning Specialist, Prior Lake-Savage Area Schools
Former Latin Teacher, now a Digital Learning Specialist. I am a Twitter-addict and love talking iPads, Google , Schoology and more! I am also the person crocheting while waiting for sessions to begin.


Friday October 6, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MN Salon 1

12:00pm

Free K12 Ebooks: Fiction, Non-Fiction, and the Classics on Your Device (Vendor Session)
ABDO, Lerner, Cherry Lake, and the Creative Company, are just some of the publishers available in Ebooks Minnesota. These publishers are dedicated to providing relevant library and classroom resources that help to better prepare students for the future. They are leading educational publishers of books for today’s school and public libraries and they are all located in Minnesota. In this session you will learn how to access, search, and use the Ebooks Minnesota collection including fiction, non-fiction, and the classics.

Speakers
avatar for Minitex

Minitex

Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Minitex
Beth is an Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian with Minitex, a program of the U of MN Libraries. She received her BA from the U of MN and her MA from UW-Madison.


Friday October 6, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lake Michigan

12:00pm

Helping Students Find Their Creative Voice
More than ever, it is important that we encourage students to find and speak their voice. This session will focus on brainstorming creative ways to get students telling their stories and speak their truths, with a focus on using local authors' support materials.

Speakers
avatar for Roseanne Cheng

Roseanne Cheng

Marketing Director, Wise Ink Creative Publishing
Roseanne Cheng is a former high school English teacher, mother of two, and author of two award-winning books for kids. She's passionate about telling stories that gets kids and families talking about their place in the world. 



Friday October 6, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Arbor Lakes

12:00pm

LGBTQ 101
What happens when our library collections and resources reflect and honor the lives of all young people? What are we doing as a community to create safe, welcoming environments where all young people can see themselves in the pages of a book? Educators for all ages should join us for LGBTQ 101, an interactive session with presenters from the Outfront MN Youth and Schools Program, providing education on sexuality and gender terminology and more. Participants will also receive a toolbox of resources to use for collection development, equity, and advocacy.

ALA's Stonewall Book Award

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Gearman

Lisa Gearman

Information Innovation Learning Specialist, Chaska High School
Interested in library spaces, Twitter for PLNs, Google Apps & Chromebooks, 12-13 bridge, and BOOKS! @learnerlisa1 or @CHSMedia


Friday October 6, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Elm Creek Amphitheatre

12:00pm

Seesaw Interactive Teacher Training
Come and learn more about Seesaw, a student driven digital portfolio tool. Seesaw lets students record their learning, keeps work organized in one place, and sends parents automatic updates on what their kids are doing at school. *Please bring a mobile device to this hands on session.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Tinguely

Kate Tinguely

Media Specialist, Prior Lake - Savage Area Schools - Jeffers Pond Elementary
I have been in the business of educating kids for over 20 years. I am also a "connected" K-5 Library Media Specialist who blogs, pushes books and loves integrating tech with students and my 3 boys at home! Recently I became a Google Certified Educator, Seesaw and Common Sense Ambassador... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MN Salon 2

12:45pm

Lunch, Awards, Author Panel
Fuel up for the afternoon, congratulate award winners, and enjoy the author panel! Thank you to Mackin for their sponsorship!


Friday October 6, 2017 12:45pm - 2:30pm
Northland Ballroom

2:30pm

BreakoutEDU... Its a Party!
Bring the Escape Room craze into your classroom! BreakoutEDU games teach critical thinking, teamwork, complex problem solving, and can be used in all content areas and age levels plus students LOVE them. Come experience a BreakoutEDU for yourself!

https://goo.gl/KcJiPp



Speakers
avatar for Brad Scherer

Brad Scherer

Instructional Tech Ninja, Sartell- St. Stephen Schools
Brad Scherer is a recovering high school social studies/business teacher and currently a ninja of instructional technology with Sartell Schools. In this role, he facilitates the integration of technology into current and new curriculum with over 100 staff members, assists in the management... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Lake Huron

2:30pm

Communicate to Connect - Autocrat It!
Connecting with families taking up all your time? Are you wondering how to make it all happen in one day? Ever make a Google form and then copy and paste all the emails - wait for more responses and then have to resend it out!? Make your life easier with YetAnotherMailMerge and Autocrat! Come learn and create personalized messages to families, staff, and students. Using these tools with a little set up can make those days of wondering if things get out in time a past! You are going to LOVE IT! #gamechanger #whydidn'tiknowaboutthissooner

Session Resource - check it out even if you can't come! 
http://goo.gl/AZsA2M


Speakers
avatar for Meghan Eberhart

Meghan Eberhart

Elementary Digial Learning Specialist, Edina Public Schools
Come find me to talk about Google Expeditions! We have one kit that we use across six elementary buildings in our district and it works!


Friday October 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Lake Ontario

2:30pm

Digital grants from the Vikings and MN Wild to teach citizenship skills (Vendor Session)
Through partnerships with the MN Vikings and MN Wild, EVERFI provides educators with online learning resources that prepare students for future success. Our programs teach critical skills in areas such as STEM, financial education, digital citizenship, and social-emotional learning. Each course is standards-aligned and free of charge to schools. Over 300 schools in Minnesota have gone through an EVERFI course. Everyone who attends our presentation will be given login credentials, standards-alignment documents, lesson plans and ongoing technical and curriculum support at no cost. Please bring your laptop so that you will have an opportunity to preview the courses.

Speakers
avatar for EVERFI

EVERFI

Senior Schools Manager, EVERFI
EVERFI provides educators with engaging, online learning resources on prescription drug abuse prevention, alcohol abuse prevention, and mental wellness.  Each course is standards-aligned and free of charge to schools. Everyone who visits our booth will be given login credentials... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Lake Michigan

2:30pm

HyperDocs - Make it Interactive!
In this session participants will learn how Google HyperDocs can be used to create an interactive digital lesson that contains instructions, links, tasks, and other ways to engage students, provide student choice, and think critically.

Speakers
avatar for Andi Bodeau

Andi Bodeau

Digital Learning & Instructional Media Coordinator, Osseo Area Schools


Friday October 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Arbor Lakes

2:30pm

ISTE Refreshed Student and Teacher Standards

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) provides student and teacher standards that guide educators in preparing for this increasingly digital and connected world. This webinar will review the newly updated standards, explore examples of their meanings, identify essential conditions for effective implementation, locate available implementation resources, and discuss the relationship between them.

ISTE Student Standards Presentation https://goo.gl/i0nuCk

ISTE Educator Standards Presentation https://goo.gl/awpLgJ

Speakers
avatar for Cara Hagen

Cara Hagen

Education Technology Consultant at TIES


Friday October 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
MN Salon 1

2:30pm

Take the Leap: Moving Away from Interactive Whiteboards to Flexible Models of Presentation
With increased access to student devices, how will classrooms look different in the future? In a move away from interactive whiteboards, learn how a combination of existing and new tools can increase student engagement, accessibility, and collaboration. This session will feature creative ways to use Google Slides to enhance instruction from beyond the front of the classroom.

Presentation materials:

Take the Leap: Moving away from interactive whiteboards

Speakers
avatar for Karen Qualey

Karen Qualey

Digital Learning Coordinator, Bloomington Public Schools
avatar for Holly Skadsem

Holly Skadsem

Digital Learning Coordinator, Bloomington Public Schools
I taught fifth grade math in Bloomington for seven years. Through the curation and creation of digital content, I transformed my math classroom into a "Mastery-based" learning model. Students had control of where they learned, how they learned, and the pace in which they moved through... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
Elm Creek Amphitheatre

2:30pm

When All Means All: Partnerships and Programming for Students with Special Needs
As students with physical, cognitive, and sensory needs come through the doors of our libraries and classrooms, there are many things we can do to create a welcoming place for them in our programs. Some options include providing print and digital resources in a variety of formats, techniques to make spaces more friendly, developing sensory-friendly story times, strategies for successful communication, or hands on activities such as games, Legos, or puzzles. In one example, through a partnership of a strong parent advocate, a school librarian, and the Center for Engaging Autism (www.cea4autism.org), students in a self-contained ASD program have become regular, engaged library users. In this presentation we will explore  ideas for programming and activities and provide information about resources that are available to help serve all students.

Presentation: https://goo.gl/jirFcs 

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Nelson

Dawn Nelson

Library Media Specialist, Oak View Elementary School, Osseo Area Schools
Dawn Nelson, Instructional Media and Technology Coordinator with Osseo Area Schools, works with 25 school librarians and 2 technology integration specialists supporting a BYOD program and preparing for a 1:1 rollout of iPads to 1800 teachers and 5000 students. Her passion for technology... Read More →


Friday October 6, 2017 2:30pm - 3:15pm
MN Salon 2

3:15pm

Author Signing
Join us to shop the bookstore and get your books signed by the authors! Authors will be in the Northland Ballroom and the bookstore is at the end of the hall past the vendors.

Authors
avatar for Stephanie Bodeen

Stephanie Bodeen

Stephanie Bodeen is author of  many books for children, including the Minnesota Book Award winner Elizabeti's Doll, which was inspired by her experience in the Peace Corps in Tanzania. Her novels include the four volume middle grade adventure series Shipwreck Island and... Read More →
avatar for Steven Brezenoff

Steven Brezenoff

Steven Brezenoff is the author of young adult novels Guy in Real Life; The Absolute Value of -1; and Brooklyn, Burning, as well the middle-grade novel Boy Seeking Band and over a hundred chapter books for younger readers, including the Museum Mysteries series, the Field Trip... Read More →
avatar for Terri Degezelle

Terri Degezelle

Author and Photographer, Terri DeGezelle has published more than 60 children’s non-fiction titles, and over 100 magazine articles and several photos in national publications. Her newest title, Simon of Cyrene, the Legend of the Easter Egg debuted March of 2017, published by Pauline... Read More →
avatar for Brian Farrey-Latz

Brian Farrey-Latz

Brian Farrey’s debut novel, WITH OR WITHOUT YOU, was named a Stonewall honor book by the American Library Association and the 2012 Minnesota Book Award winner for Young People’s literature. The first book in his critically acclaimed middle grade fantasy series (THE VENGEKEEP... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, activist, and the author of See No Color (Carolrhoda Lab, 2015), a young adult novel that won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Young Peoples' Literature. Gibney is faculty in English at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, where she teaches... Read More →
avatar for David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle has been creating books for young people for over twenty-five years. His many picture book titles include The Best Pet of All, How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, Moo!, and This is NOT a Cat! | | He is the recipient of the Sid Fleischman Humor... Read More →
avatar for Mary Losure

Mary Losure

From the titles, you might think Mary Losure’s books are fiction. But she assures you that every word of ISAAC THE ALCHEMIST: SECRETS OF ISAAC NEWTON, REVEAL’D is not only true, but documented with primary sources. So is WILD BOY: THE REAL LIFE OF THE SAVAGE OF AVEYRON and even... Read More →
avatar for Tracy Nelson Maurer

Tracy Nelson Maurer

Tracy has researched and written more than 100 books for children and young adults. Her picture-book biography, John Deere, That's Who! (Henry Holt, 2017), was named a Junior Library Guild Selection, and another picture-book biography, Noah Webster’s Fighting Words (Millbrook... Read More →
avatar for Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul

Regional Advisor, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
Miranda Paul is an award-winning picture book author whose titles include One Plastic Bag and Water is Water, both named Junior Library Guild selections. Her books have received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly in addition to being named... Read More →
avatar for Margi Preus

Margi Preus

Margi Preus is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai, the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, Shadow on the Mountain, a Notable Book for a Global Society and The Bamboo Sword, which Bookpage called “historical fiction at its best.” Her newest, The... Read More →
avatar for Lorenz Schrenk

Lorenz Schrenk

Owner, Monad Publications
The author is a retired research and development manager and railroad historian. He has degrees from The George Washington University and The Ohio State University. He was a co-founder of one of the first Montessori schools in Minnesota. His published works include five major books... Read More →
avatar for Phuoc Thi Minh Tran

Phuoc Thi Minh Tran

Phuoc Thi Minh Tran , the first Vietnamese librarian in Minnesota, a respected storyteller, a 2016 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon author, and a published and award winning author,  has shared her experiences and knowledge of Vietnamese culture at various cultural events... Read More →
avatar for Tammy Wilson

Tammy Wilson

Tammy Wilson is an elementary principal in Saint Cloud, MN.  Working in a school with a high Somali population, she saw a need for her students to see themselves represented in literature.  This compelled her to write a book to not only inspire children, but also educate adults... Read More →
avatar for Mike Wohnoutka

Mike Wohnoutka

Mike Wohnoutka is the author and illustrator of “Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster” and “Dad’s First Day”,  both Minnesota Book Award finalists. | | He has also illustrated more than twenty other children's books, including “Moo!” written by David LaRochelle... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Northland Ballroom

3:15pm

Vendor Time
Friday October 6, 2017 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Northland Foyer

4:00pm

AASL Best of...
Don't miss this opportunity to learn how the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) can ignite your passion and your career! AASL immediate past president Audrey Church will help you navigate the multiple features and benefits of AASL membership while highlighting exciting and practical resources to help you in your career as a school library professional. Learn more about how your membership in AASL supports the profession and how you can get involved with the work of your national association. New and prospective AASL members are invited, and long-time AASL members are welcome to attend this great networking opportunity.

Speakers
avatar for Audrey Church

Audrey Church

Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University
I was a building level librarian for 20 years prior to becoming an educator of school librarians, and it was a tremendous privilege to serve as president of the American Association of School Librarians in 2016-2017. I look forward to the VAASL conference each year to reconnect with... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Arbor Lakes

4:00pm

Creating a Culture of Reading
Learn how SRRHS is working on creating a culture of reading for staff and students through book displays, reading challenges, and podcasts!  Here's a link to my presentation--NOTE that images are links in the presentation for the topics I'm talking about.

Link to my presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1FMat-NmAbNQi2nBxaELKcjXpD_XbvVZw6Pl0bCuaexo/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Maria Burnham

Maria Burnham

English Teacher, Sauk Rapids-Rice School District
Mother of two, wife of one, library media specialist extraordinaire.


Friday October 6, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Lake Huron

4:00pm

Culturally Relevant Books
PRESENTATION / BOOK LIST

Do we have any books in our media center with characters that look like you and your family? This presentation of culturally relevant books to read, savor and recommend is a celebration of marvelous books for children of all ages who live in communities and go to schools that reflect our multiracial, multicultural country. We will use a two-person “tag team” book talk method to present titles, topics and applications for culturally relevant books.

South Washington County Schools have embraced culturally responsive teaching (CRT) with a district-wide initiative based on the work of Dr. Sharroky Hollie and his Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Approach. One outcome of our CRT initiative was $2,250.00 for each school library to purchase and use culturally relevant books.

In creating and sharing CRT book lists, our school librarians were excited about the increasing number of culturally relevant books being published and the potential of helping children connect to the events and extend their reading by comparing characters, settings and events to their own families and experiences.

PRESENTATION / BOOK LIST

Speakers
avatar for Dr. James Glazer

Dr. James Glazer

Media Specialist, Crestview Elementary
avatar for Carla Larsen

Carla Larsen

Media Specialist, South Washington County Schools



Friday October 6, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Elm Creek Amphitheatre

4:00pm

Igniting Student choice through Passion Projects
Empower your students through choice by implementing Passion Projects in your classroom. Increase engagement and excitement by giving your students 1 hour a week to study something they are excited and passionate about. During this session we will walk through setting up Passion Projects in your Classroom.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/13M3w9e_eO4ZpxIp0JGyPkBbpoX6XbYaAyMt9A_dDTcA/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
PM

Paul Moe

Technology Specialist, Sartell - St. Stephen Schools



Friday October 6, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Lake Michigan

4:00pm

LIbrary Go- Saint Paul's School/Library Partnership
Library Go is the partnership between the Saint Paul Public Schools and the Saint Paul Public Library that provides electronic library cards to ALL students. Come to this session to hear about the planning, launch, implementation and successes of this unique partnership.

Here is a link to our presentation slides.


Speakers
avatar for Dawn French

Dawn French

Library Services Lead, St Paul Public School


Friday October 6, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
Lake Ontario

4:00pm

The 5 Cs + 1: Computational Thinking
Our students need the 5Cs to be future ready: communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and citizenship. We think there's one more really important C to add to the list - computational thinking! By teaching computational thinking, you can help foster and teach the 5Cs in one stop! Our session will cover the basics of what computational thinking is, how it encompasses the 5Cs, and offer resources & lesson ideas to use with students.


Search Pics - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OCP0qhIn9_HLHVlWRxOO47Vk_S8qcE8wvTpd1QFuFyE/edit?usp=sharing



Speakers
avatar for Katie Salmela

Katie Salmela

Elementary Library Coordinator & Digital Learning Specialist, ISD191: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage
Lover of all things library and tech and strong believer that both empower student learning. 2018-2019 AASL 25 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee Member. Talk to me about school librarians as leaders, innovative vision for the future of school libraries and ed tech... Read More →



Friday October 6, 2017 4:00pm - 4:45pm
MN Salon 2

5:15pm

ITEM Membership Meeting

Meeting notes: https://goo.gl/5ReKVu

Please join us for our annual ITEM Membership Meeting!
Friday - 5:15-6:15
Elm Creek Amphitheatre
Come to the membership meeting to hear what’s happening with the organization, the legislative update, and have a chance to collect door prizes donated by our fabulous vendors.

This is your chance to meet the ITEM Board members who work on your behalf and share priorities and concerns for the coming year.

Friday October 6, 2017 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Elm Creek Amphitheatre

6:00pm

Social, dinner and entertainment
Join us for social time, dinner, and big fun with the Trivia Ninjas! Sponsored by the Minnesota Multitype Library Systems.



Friday October 6, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Northland Ballroom

7:00pm

Book Swap

This year ITEM will offer a Book swap! Clean out your closet! Bring five (5) books you wish to donate and pick up five (5) you want to take home. Five categories: K-5, 6-8, 9-12, Professional Development, and Adult Leisure Reading.

Bring your books to the room across from the registration desk, sign in on the laptop, and put your books on the correct book cart. Friday evening we will open the Book Swap and participants can "shop" for their five books.

Great way to share the wealth and give your books to a new reader!


Friday October 6, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Northland Ballroom
 
Saturday, October 7
 

7:00am

Registration Open
Saturday October 7, 2017 7:00am - 10:00am
Registration Desk

7:30am

Breakfast
Saturday October 7, 2017 7:30am - 9:00am
Northland Ballroom

8:00am

Keynote: Kelly Barnhill
Speakers

Saturday October 7, 2017 8:00am - 9:00am
Northland Ballroom

9:15am

Be 1% Better Every Day!
A little something different for YOU to put yourself first. This session will "booktalk" podcasts and books that will make you feel better about YOU! Your mind, your outlook, your dreams, your overloaded tasklists, obligations, and schedules. In the last year, I have turned to "Personal Development" AKA "Self Help" to literally change how I manage the joy, stress, and sorrow in our worlds. Take 10 minutes everyday to critically think about YOU and see big changes happen instantly. Join me for some great resources and conversation on how you can be 1% better every day!

You can see all of the books I talk about at my blog - strongerwithjoy.com and access the presentation here (will be a-changing until minutes before the live session! https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Fp1RLhCu1cycSpPfILkC5kJMLNIVyTvxtwnxc_8c1u4/edit?usp=sharing


Speakers
avatar for Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson

Library Media Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
I'm a school library media specialist who loves teaching with technology and reads children's and YA books more than any other kind (except Self Help - | I'm hooked!) Crest View Elementary (Osseo ISD 279).


Saturday October 7, 2017 9:15am - 10:00am
MN Salon 1

9:15am

Building Critical Thinking Skills Using Video
Whether using as a hook, setting up for a class debate, or reinforcing a lesson, videos provide an engaging and relevant way to present information to students. This session will give an overview of a variety of video resources that are available to teachers and will offer ways on how to utilize these videos in the classroom!

Link to materials 

Speakers
avatar for Cyndy Harrison

Cyndy Harrison

Educational Technology Consultant, TIES
Cyndy is an Education Technology Consultant with TIES Education in St. Paul. She is from Houston, TX and graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing. After working in marketing and advertising for six years, she received a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and... Read More →


Saturday October 7, 2017 9:15am - 10:00am
MN Salon 2

9:15am

Computer Science for All
In this session, you will learn why computer science is important for all kids to have access to. You will learn how schools are brining computer science into their classrooms through online coding applications, unplugged lessons, and robots with a large focus on grades K-8. Access to session materials can be found at bit.ly/mnitemak17

Speakers

Saturday October 7, 2017 9:15am - 10:00am
Elm Creek Amphitheatre

9:15am

Student Centered Storytelling
This session explores the methods used by the Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute (MOI), a Twin Cities tutoring and writing nonprofit in disguise, to guide students in creating and broadcasting their original stories. MOI volunteers and staff partner with teachers, students, and literary and media professionals to share student stories through professional publications, in-house chapbooks, and podcasts. We focus on placemaking to prime students' creative pumps, incorporating technology to drive engagement, and broadcasting the fruits of students' labor through a variety of media reaching beyond the classroom. This session is recommended for professionals feeling constrained by minimal resources who are open to creative approaches to driving youth engagement and academic success via youth centered curricula focusing on storytelling and creative writing. MOI's creative writing programs serve over 1400 Twin Cities K-12 youth annually, join us and see what our programs can do for you!

Speakers
avatar for K. Cross

K. Cross

Program Director, Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute
My first two years of teaching were in a middle school science classroom on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Given the school's rural locale, I learned to create engaging activities for students with minimal resources and maximal improvisation. | | With Mid-Continent... Read More →


Saturday October 7, 2017 9:15am - 10:00am
Arbor Lakes

9:15am

Using Fairy Tales for World Building
Kelly Barnhill continues her inspiration in this breakout session.

Speakers

Saturday October 7, 2017 9:15am - 10:00am
Northland Ballroom

10:15am

Raising Makers: Engaging Students with MakerSpaces
In our ever changing educational environment, the role the classroom is more than just desks inside walls. Come discover and discuss ideas of how to reimagine learning spaces of the library media center and classrooms. See how creative opportunities such as MakerSpaces can support innovation in your school. Come ready to see ways to tinker, play, explore, and create.

Resources are available at http://bit.ly/MakerITEM17 

Speakers

Saturday October 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am
MN Salon 1

10:15am

Classroom Innovation: It's Not About Technology
Innovation and technology are often spoken about like peanut butter and jelly, two things that always go together. Innovation is really more about mindset than devices. Take your technology integration to the innovation level and join us as we explore the meaning of innovation, the amazing things that can happen when you take a risk, and the implications of failure. Get engaged in small and large group discussion, explore assessment with an innovative lens, and leave with a lesson you’ve transformed from something ordinary to something innovative.

Classroom Innovation: It's Not About Technology  



Speakers
avatar for Tammi Wilkins

Tammi Wilkins

Media Specialist Lincoln Park Middle School, ISD 709 Duluth Public Schools


Saturday October 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am
Elm Creek Amphitheatre

10:15am

Get EPIC - Free E books (Poster Session)
Do you want your students to access thousands of FREE ebook titles with EPIC Books? Other free ebook resources will be shared.

Here is the link to the EPIC for Educators presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1heIRVf_N_liEw0qDFGvm0R4AY8HbtYpT4cNyGYGr2AI/edit#slide=id.p33

Speakers
avatar for Mary Brimacomb

Mary Brimacomb

Library Media Specialist, Osseo Area Schools
Our students LOVE using Epic Digital books and yours will too!!!! | I am passionate about learning, travel, and motivating students to develop a love of reading. I am a Library Media Specialist at Weaver Elementary, a Science, Math, and Technology School in District 279. Credentials... Read More →


Saturday October 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am
Northland Ballroom

10:15am

Stop Motion Math
Stop motion can be a powerful tool for student learning. Come see how this idea became a powerful collaboration between media specialist and classroom teachers. This session will include student work from kindergarten, 4th, and 5th grade but students from any grade can benefit from this technology-integrated project that draws directly from Minnesota grade level math standards. There will be a demonstration of the specific tools used  as well as an examination of alternate tools.

Link to presentation materials: goo.gl/RvVmr3

If you want to download an app before the session:
iTunes: Stop Motion Studio
Chromebook: Clap Motion

Speakers
avatar for Lacey Rotier

Lacey Rotier

Media Specialist, Northport Elementary, Robbinsdale Area Schools
I am the library media specialist at Northport Elementary in Brooklyn Center, MN. I am passionate about meaningful collaboration with classroom teachers that enhances learning experiences for students. Sometimes this means integrating technology in a way that provides a | quality... Read More →


Saturday October 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am
MN Salon 2

10:15am

Student Led 3D Printing Committee (Poster Session)
Our 3D printer became so much more than a shiny new piece of technology. It became a student voice and choice venue, integrating skills from all subjects and student passions beyond technology and growing our 4C's. Hear from middle school learners, both students and staff, how we spread 3D printing throughout our school and grew ourselves as it happened.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Dierks

Linda Dierks

Information Innovation Learning Specialist, Eastern Carver County Schools
Middle School LMS, a.k.a. bookish tech geek who is passionate about personalized teaching and learning


Saturday October 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am
Northland Ballroom

10:15am

Want a Little Diversity?
Join me for book talking and discussion on adding books to your repertoire/library on cultural diversity. I have “some books old, some books new, some books borrowed, and some books blue”. You will also receive an annotated bibliography of almost 200 titles in a variety of genres: picture books (fiction and nonfiction), early reader chapter books, poetry, middle grade fiction, middle grade graphic novels, and longer nonfiction books. Most books focus on cultural diversity, but there are some additional diverse topics as well. 

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Huninghake

Lisa Huninghake

Library Media Specialist, Wilshire Park Elementary School
Teacher for 35 years: First, third, fourth, and fifth grades. School librarian for the past four years. Bachelor's degree in Education. Masters degrees in Educational Leadership and Library Media Specialist licensure. Intensive experience, expertise, and love of language arts and... Read More →



Saturday October 7, 2017 10:15am - 11:00am
Arbor Lakes

11:15am

Lunch
Saturday October 7, 2017 11:15am - 12:00pm
Northland Ballroom

12:00pm

Unconference/Tech Camp
An “unconference” is where people can facilitate their own discussions about relevant pedagogy, promising technology, and share with each other effective learning practices. It is a participant-driven meeting. The sessions are decided upon during the planning of sessions. People are able to choose the sessions most relevant to them. No one should prepare  presentations or handouts ahead of time.
Teachers who attend the unconference can propose:
  • sessions they would like to teach
  • discussions they would like to lead
  • topics they would like to learn about
Start thinking about:
  • things you are currently doing that you would like to share with others
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Saturday October 7, 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm
MN Salon 1 & 2

2:00pm

Evaluation & CEUs
Please take a moment to complete the conference evaluation at http://bit.ly/ITEM2017Eval - your feedback helps us plan for next year. After submitting you will be redirected to the CEU certificate which you can print and/or save for your records. (You may also submit without completing the evaluation and receive the CEU form if you prefer.) Thank you!! 

Saturday October 7, 2017 2:00pm - 3:00pm
TBA