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Saturday, April 27
 

8:00am

Curating Experiences through Multiple Intelligence Learning
  • BECAUSE THE MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED WHEN YOU ARRIVE, YOU WILL NEED TO ARRIVE THROUGH THE LIBRARY ENTRANCE.
  • IF COMING FROM I-540 AFTER YOU PARK, 
    Take exit 88 and turn west onto Central Avenue. 
    In one mile, turn right onto NE John DeShields Boulevard. 
    When you reach J Street, go straight through the stop sign to the Museum entrance. 
    Follow the curved road, staying to the right, to reach the upper parking deck. 
    Additional parking is available on the lower level. 
    The Museum is located on the lower level 
    Veer left and enter the long corridor on your right. Follow this to the administration entrance. 
    The entrance is the 3rd door on the left. Press the red button to speak with security and gain entry. 

  • Cost $45 (this price includes lunch)
  • Session blocks are facilitated by Heifer International, the Arkansas STEM Coalition & Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • During this 6 hour PD participants will cycle through all three sessions offered
  • Teachers will come away having experienced learning through various intelligences in an innovative and transformative way. Teachers and librarians will have tools to redesign  current lessons to better reach students who learn through lesser-used intelligences.   
  • To register after April 22, email acanada@parisschools.org to save your spot and bring a check for the $45 registration fee on the day of the event



Speakers
SB

Sally Ball

School Programs and Gallery Teaching Manager, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
SB

Shawn Bell

Director UA STEM Center for Mathematics and Science Education (CMASE), Arkansas STEM Coalition
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Ellen Brown

Operations Manager, Heifer International
Ellen is the Operations Manager for Heifer USA, in this role she oversees the operations of Heifer Ranch and Heifer’s work with farmers in the United States. She has worked for Heifer for nearly 6 years and has previously served in roles where she oversaw operations for the Little... Read More →


Saturday April 27, 2019 8:00am - 3:00pm
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art 600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR 72712
 
Sunday, April 28
 

12:00pm

Reese Rowland Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Reese Rowland

Reese Rowland

Lead Architect, Polk Stanley Wilcox
Reese’s dedication to crafting meaningful spaces through innovative, sustainable architecture has been rewarded with over 60 National, Regional and State Design Awards.  He is one of just roughly 3000 architects nationally elected to the American Institute of Architects College... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Grand Ballroom

1:40pm

Curate Community Through Library/EAST Collaboration

EAST is one of the most exciting instructional programs in Arkansas. EAST provides all learners the opportunity to have relevant, MISSION individualized, life-changing educational experiences. Library/EAST collaborations present unique opportunities not only to enhance EAST projects but helps to make libraries 21st-century spaces that provide learning and growth options for all students. Come learn about ways we have used library collaborations with EAST to enhance students learning. Examples of collaborative projects will be shared and ideas will be provided to help you collaborate with your EAST program.

Speakers
avatar for Jamie Stallings

Jamie Stallings

EAST Facilitator, Springdale Schools


Sunday April 28, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Salon B

1:40pm

GooseChase
Come experience GooseChase, an app for creating and assigning scavenger hunts in the classroom!  Download the GooseChase app on your phone and join a team to compete.  

Speakers
JD

Jana Dixon

Jana G. Dixon is the Library Media Specialist at Bryant High School in Bryant, Arkansas. She has served AAIM in various positions, including elected board member, conference chair and president.  She and her husband Jon have been married for over 30 years, have three daughters, and... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Ambassador B

1:40pm

Got Databases? YES!
First time users, come and find out about the gift we have in the AR State Library Traveler databases. This daily user/teacher of database research will share what we have and how to use the amazing resources.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Dickey

Sara Dickey

Sara Dickey is a 40 year educator who loves the library and educational technology. A renewed NBCT, she is currently AAIM Secretary and Audit Chair and has served from committee member to president. She has been married for 46 years, has two married children, two awesome granddaughters... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Ambassador C

1:40pm

Have a Heart: Using Children's Literature to Create More Dynamic and Inclusive Classroom Discussions
This interactive session will highlight the benefits of using children’s literature (from fairy tales to picture books) to foster more dynamic discussions-regardless of age. The presenter will share what elements to look for and discuss at the heart of children’s literature to elicit a variety of responses that will increase students’ attentiveness, engagement, and ability to recognize and appreciate diverse experiences of their peers stemming from recognizing common experiences and the emotional connections at the core of the readings.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Franklin

Ashley Franklin

Ashley Franklin is an African-American writer, mother, and adjunct college professor. Her debut picture book, NOT QUITE SNOW WHITE, will be published July 9, 2019 by Harper Collins. Ashley is a freelance writer and adjunct college instructor. She received her M.A. from the University... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Salon D

1:40pm

Making History R.I.S.E. in the Library Media Center with Museums How using museums can integrate literacy standards, AASL standards, as well as history standards to develop long term collaboration and friendship.
This presentation will allow a view into the experience of the history department head and library media specialist at Bentonville, Arkansas, in their journey that began with a library museum and developed into many projects, including school wide programs and National History Day research, preparation and competition.

Speakers
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Ricky Manes

Ricky Manes grew up in NE Arkansas, and moved to NW Arkansas where he graduated from Bentonville High School. He is an alumni of Northwest Arkansas Community College and the University of Arkansas where he majored in History and Secondary Education. He also picked up his building... Read More →
MC

Michele “Chele” Sterrett

Michele Sterrett grew up in central Missouri and has been involved in educational experiences in towns with populations of 110 to cities of over 100,000 in both public and private schools.  She counts all these experiences as the richest preparation for becoming the teacher library... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Salon A

1:40pm

Reese Rowland concurrent session
Speakers
avatar for Reese Rowland

Reese Rowland

Lead Architect, Polk Stanley Wilcox
Reese’s dedication to crafting meaningful spaces through innovative, sustainable architecture has been rewarded with over 60 National, Regional and State Design Awards.  He is one of just roughly 3000 architects nationally elected to the American Institute of Architects College... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Grand Ballroom

1:40pm

Uncovering Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington's Mount Vernon
Award-winning nonfiction author will give an overview of her new book Buried Lives: The Enslaved People of George Washington’s Mount Vernon and share how she did the primary source research as well as image research. See photos and hear backstories of this book that The Wall Street Journal calls “a riveting work of illustrated nonfiction.”


Sunday April 28, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Salon G

1:40pm

The Magic of Middle Grade: Inspiring Young Readers and Writers
Fantasy novels and other forms of genre fiction can be a great source of inspiration for young readers and writers. An author of middle grade fantasy novels will discuss how to spark students’ imaginations, strategies to make fantasy more accessible for first-time readers, and ways to encourage young students to find inspiration and develop their own writing.

Speakers
avatar for Alexandra Ott

Alexandra Ott

Alexandra Ott is the author of two fantasy novels for young readers: Rules for Thieves and its sequel The Shadow Thieves, both published by Aladdin/Simon and Schuster. Her next book, Seekers of the Wild Realm, is forthcoming in 2020. She is also a freelance editor and holds a B.A... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Salon F

1:40pm

STEM Education: Let's D.O. it!
This session outlines the K-12 Outreach programs of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at A-State. Included are strategies for searching for nonfiction books in science and medicine, encouraging reading of nonfiction texts, STEM resources, and search techniques.
This session would address RISE Goal 2, "Create Community Collaboration".

Speakers
avatar for Sloane Kelley

Sloane Kelley

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Sunday April 28, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm
Salon E

2:40pm

Digital Portfolios with Google Sites
Digital Portfolios provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate learning, share their interests and passions, reflect on their learning and set goals for future growth as a student. During this session, participants will discover best practices in facilitating digital portfolio creation with Google Sites and how to build community involvement. Please bring your laptop!

You can access my presentation here: bit.ly/2I8n39H


Speakers
avatar for Katie Robinson

Katie Robinson

Academic Technologist/G-Suite Director, Episcopal Collegiate School
I am currently completing my 7th year as Academic Technologist at Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock, AR. Prior to this position, I was a high school and middle school language arts teacher in Memphis, TN for 7 years. I earned a master's degree from the University of Mississippi... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Salon B

2:40pm

Integrating Literature in Character Education
Meg will discuss using books and story time to integrate with the character education guidelines of your curriculum and statewide goals. A former trainer for the CHARACTERCOUNTS! community programs, Meg also taught for 10 years in a school that integrated character education into every subject and will pull from the lessons used during those years. Specific books focusing on different character qualities (pillars) and lesson ideas will be shared, including methods to involve families at home. Meets R.I.S.E. Goal 1: Sharpen the focus and strengthen instruction and Goal 2: Create community collaboration.

Speakers
avatar for Meg Dendler

Meg Dendler

Author/Owner, Serenity Mountain Publishing
Meg Welch Dendler is an author and retired educator. While Meg does not write “kidlit” exclusively, that has been her focus for the last few years. Her newest book, "Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess," won the OWFI Best Juvenile Book award for 2018, and books in her... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Ambassador C

2:40pm

Just What is the Arkansas Declaration of Learning?
Using historical artifacts and art in a lesson can grab your students and create an opportunity for critical thinking. The Arkansas Declaration of Learning (ADOL) is an intensive summer training opportunity that focuses on object-based learning leading to civic engagement. This session will provide a glimpse into the program and offer some of the strategies & resources introduced in the ADOL training.

Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Barnett

Cassandra Barnett

Arkansas Department of Education
Cassandra Barnett is Program Advisor for School Libraries for the Arkansas Department of Education. She provides professional development, promotes best practices in school library programs, advocates for school libraries within the state, and looks for collaborative opportunities... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Salon D

2:40pm

Opportunities for Global, Sustainable & Experiential Education
Learn why educators from across the country regularly participate in the unique experiential activities at Heifer Ranch. These overnight programs engage students in experiences through sustainable agriculture, team-building, and our Global Village - a collection of international homes where participants are faced with everyday challenges of living in poverty. Through facilitated activities and focused reflection, participants gain a deeper understanding of the root causes of injustice in our world and are empowered to be part of the solution. This presentation will outline the programs available, share experiential methods and facilitation techniques, and offer a short experiential activity.

Speakers
avatar for Ian Peters

Ian Peters

Heifer International
Ian Peters is the Residential Staff Coordinator at the Heifer Ranch, a Learning Center of Heifer International’s, located in Perryville, Arkansas. Ian recruits, places, and supports a team of full-time volunteers who work to provide high quality, experiential education programs... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Salon E

2:40pm

You've Curated a Collection- Now What? Find Out How Caring for Your Collection Saves Time and Money
It's all about the "Benjamin's" baby... School districts are always finding ways to save money- library funding sometimes is one of the first to go. Print sources and technology are expensive- have you thought about ways to maintain and repair what you have already curated in your library (or classroom)? Best practices in book repair and technology preservation will be shared in this hands-on workshop. Bring some materials to mend and we will share our ideas and supplies to get you started in maintaining what you already own!

Speakers
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Dr. Stephanie Huffman

Dr. Huffman is a professor in the Department of Leadership Studies. This is currently her 18th year at the University of Central Arkansas. She served for 17 as program coordinator for two graduate programs: 1) the MS Library Media and Information Technologies program and 2) the MS... Read More →
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Erin Shaw

Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas
Dr. Erin Shaw has served as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. She has just accepted an Assistant Professor position as program coordinator for two UCA graduate programs: 1) the MS Library Media and Information Technologies... Read More →



Sunday April 28, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Salon F

2:40pm

Curriculum Connections K-5 for Triple S Farm Adventures Books
Rachel will discuss curriculum connections to her Triple S Farm Adventure series of children’s books for K-5th grades plus entertain you with some interesting facts about how she got started writing the series, the content and how to schedule her author presentation for your school library.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Shankles

Rachel Shankles

LIBM Practicum Coordinator & Adjunct faculty, UCA
Rachel has written three books in her semi-retirement after 42 years in secondary education. She is a Life Member of AAIM and has served as President twice. In past years she served as the ARASL chair twice. Currently, she is Practicum Coordinator and adjunct faculty at UCA and ARASL... Read More →



Sunday April 28, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Salon G

2:40pm

Curation? Already done for you!
We like to say find your resources in 3 clicks instead of spending 3 hours searching the internet. ZUNI Learning Tree, an Arkansas based EdTech Company has been curating resources for years. But we do more than just curate. We collaborate with our teachers and provide tools for educators to collaborate, inform, and inspire each other, students, and families. You will find resources for R.I.S.E, math, NGSS, STEM, Social Studies, Coding, Professional Learning Communities, PBIS, Holidays and more. This year we launched the new student interface. In one click students can access free games, videos, and interactive tools for all areas. ZUNI for Kids is a HUGE hit! Join us and leave with your free trial login and learn about cool tools without spending hours trying to find them.

Speakers
avatar for Tina McCord

Tina McCord

Tina McCord is the founder and CEO of ZUNI.  She had 15 years of experience in business prior to entering the field of education.  She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education.  Tina holds certifications in K-8 general education and K-12 special education. Her... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 2:40pm - 3:30pm
Ambassador B

4:00pm

Student Media Awards Ceremony
Student Media Awards Celebration with student winners and families


Sunday April 28, 2019 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Grand Ballroom

5:00pm

UCA Online Student Meet & Great
Current and former UCA Library Media students are invited to join current UCA faculty for a face to face meet and greet just to connect and see our students! Whether you graduated from the UCA LIBM program in 1970 something or 2019 (or are currently in the program), we'd love to have you drop in!  There will be a sign up for a drawing of two Point 2 View USB web cams to be given away!

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Whittingham

Jeff Whittingham

Professor, University of Central Arkansas
Jeff Whittingham is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to UCA, he taught middle grades for thirteen years. His scholarly interest include writing instruction, children's literature, and educational technology.
avatar for Erin Shaw

Erin Shaw

Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas
Dr. Erin Shaw has served as a visiting lecturer in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. She has just accepted an Assistant Professor position as program coordinator for two UCA graduate programs: 1) the MS Library Media and Information Technologies... Read More →


Sunday April 28, 2019 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Salon A

5:30pm

 
Monday, April 29
 

8:45am

Elizabeth Eckford Keynote
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Eurydice Stanley

Dr. Eurydice Stanley

CoAuthor, The Worst First Day, Lamp Press LLC
Eurydice Stanley is an international motivational speaker, author and decorated Army Veteran. She provided presentations and developed research for the Department of Defense in the areas of leadership, diversity, inclusion, personality and a wide range of human relations topics. She... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Eckford

Elizabeth Eckford

Elizabeth Eckford was the first member of the Little Rock Nine to face an enraged mob of segregationists September 4, 1957 while attempting to desegregate Central High. While only a teen, she bravely withstood being blocked from school by Army soldiers. An image taken of her attack... Read More →
avatar for Grace Stanley

Grace Stanley

Grace Stanley is a gifted 16-year-old sophomore who attends West Florida High School majoring in Biomedical Sciences. A budding historian, Grace has advanced to the Florida State Finals of National History Day three years in a row. In 2017, she advanced to the State of Florida semi-finals... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am
Grand Ballroom

9:55am

Adventures in Weeding and Collection Development
Take a step into your library and view it through the eyes of your students. What do you see? Do you want to pick up every books you see? Is it hard to narrow down your choices for checkout or do the shelves leave you feeling a little unmotivated to checkout? Where do you even start weeding? Get an overview of collection analysis, weeding reports and collection development and hear how one librarian tackled weeding head on.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Dolan

Katie Dolan

Librarian, Leverett Elementary School
Katie Dolan, is a librarian at Leverett Elementary School in Fayetteville, Arkansas and weeded over 4,000 books from her elementary library in the first three months of school. She is passionate about creating a library that builds curious, creative and compassionate learners and... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 9:55am - 10:45am
Salon A

9:55am

Ed Tech Curation Tools
Would practical, easy solutions to basic technology integrations make life a little easier for you? This session will provide users with practical, easy to use solutions to your ed tech curation struggles. The highlighted tools will help you reach a variety of students and curate increased school community involvement. Accessibility tool features will be highlighted. Join us for a fun session of learning and takeaways to impress your school as a resourceful library media specialist.

Speakers
avatar for Ruth Hegwood

Ruth Hegwood

Director of Student Information, Marion School District


Monday April 29, 2019 9:55am - 10:45am
Salon B

9:55am

iTeach 2019: There’s a Standard for That
Do you want your students to think outside of the box and become global learners? There’s a standard for that. What about being creators of information and not just consumers? There’s a standard for that. Do you want your students to think, create, share, and grow all while utilizing the school library and its resources? There’s a standard for that.
This session will break down the AASL National School Library Standards in a way that provides concrete examples. We will take time to look at your current lesson plans and crosswalk the frameworks used with the AASL NSLS.
Goal 1: Sharpen the focus and strengthen instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Cooksey

Ashley Cooksey

School Librarian, West Magnet Public School
Ashley J. Cooksey is an Instructional Technology Coach and teacher-librarian in Batesville, Arkansas. She is the current past-president of the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media (AAIM) and a member of ISTE, ArLA, and ALA/AASL. Ashley is a third year blogger for AASL’s Knowledge... Read More →



Monday April 29, 2019 9:55am - 10:45am
Ambassador C

9:55am

Making Thinking Visible with Google Slides
We all know how to create presentations with Google Slides, but what if I told you that Slides can be used for so much more? This session will introduce participants to some of the unique features of Slides that engage students and unlock their thinking. Google Slides is first and foremost thought of as a presentation tool, but by thinking creatively teachers can engage students and unlock their thinking. Create interactive activities that students can manipulate, analyze images, build apps, compose interactive stories and poetry, empower students through digital storytelling all while engaging students in a collaborative environment. This session will begin with participants contributing to Google Slides activities that will be introduced during the session. These activities will be followed by a discussion of the alternative uses of Slides with supplemental resources provided by the presenter. Participants will brainstorm uses and create an activity to use in their classroom. Please bring your laptop!

You can access my presentation here:  bit.ly/mtvaaim



Speakers
avatar for Katie Robinson

Katie Robinson

Academic Technologist/G-Suite Director, Episcopal Collegiate School
I am currently completing my 7th year as Academic Technologist at Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock, AR. Prior to this position, I was a high school and middle school language arts teacher in Memphis, TN for 7 years. I earned a master's degree from the University of Mississippi... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 9:55am - 10:45am
Salon D

9:55am

Answer the question for parents, "How do I help at home?"
Like teachers, parents are busy. They want to help at home but can feel overwhelmed with emails, remind101, Class Dojo, suggested links, e-school and more. ZUNI Learning Tree's kids and family platform makes it easy for families to keep up with all of the notices from teachers and schools. Even more importantly it is packed with free and open educational resources that can be used at home to inspire fun and engaging learning moments at home. Parent's say ZUNI is the tool that lets them learn alongside of their kids. It empowers them to feel like they can be part of the process. Join us to learn more and hear from kids and parents using ZUNI.

Speakers
avatar for Tina McCord

Tina McCord

Tina McCord is the founder and CEO of ZUNI.  She had 15 years of experience in business prior to entering the field of education.  She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education.  Tina holds certifications in K-8 general education and K-12 special education. Her... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 9:55am - 10:45am
Salon E

9:55am

Painting, Programming, and Robots: Engaging learners in STEAM with Sphero robotics
Attendees will learn how one library engages 3-8 grade students in STEAM as they are introduced to several activities with Sphero robots and introductory block coding.

Speakers
CM

Clif Mims

Clif Mims is an associate professor of instructional design and technology at The University of Memphis
avatar for Craig E. Shepherd

Craig E. Shepherd

Associate Professor of Instructional Design and Technology, The University of Memphis
Craig E. Shepherd is an associate professor of instructional design and technology at The University of Memphis. His research interests include technology use to facilitate collaboration and community formation in formal and informal learning environments. My website URL directs... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 9:55am - 10:45am
Salon F

9:55am

Can we talk about this? Creating Social Change through Literature and Writing
Books are more than just dog-eared best friends; they are often a route of escape for young teens and adolescents. But some of the best books not only provide entertainment, they also can be a source of solace and companionship. They also can educate those who otherwise would never understand the experiences of their peers.

Can we talk about drugs? Sex? Eating disorders? Trafficking? Depression? Finding the right literacy that highlights social issues without praising them can help the isolated child feel like they've found something to be their voice while creating a lifelong trust in literature and building a culture of reading, and finding a creative outlet in writing may help them find their own voice.

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Hart Heiner

Tamara Hart Heiner

Primarily a children's author with some ventures into romance, Tamara Hart Heiner's goal is to write light into the darkness by highlighting tough social issues in an encouraging, hopeful way. She has over ten novels published and still finds time to be swim-team and soccer mom. When... Read More →



Monday April 29, 2019 9:55am - 10:45am
Salon G

9:55am

Smart Phones and Smart Instruction
Connect learning to the REAL-world with Smart phones! The invention of the cell phone brought changes to interaction with the world and spending choices—and instruction! This exploration of the smartphone evolution using research and informational text will segue into other “smart” topics that bring inquiry for improving education and literacy. Attendees will receive FREE informational text articles and access to FREE online resources.

Speakers
avatar for Jeannette Bennett

Jeannette Bennett

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Jeannette Bennett is a Senior Economic Education Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She is national award winner for the teaching of economics and was designated as a Master Economics Teacher. She has served as a school administrator, curriculum consultant and has... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 9:55am - 10:45am
Ambassador B

10:55am

3D Printing in School: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices
We’ll cover all aspects of educational 3D printing: the rewards and challenges of 3D printing in school media centers, 3D printer maintenance and troubleshooting, CAD design, and free educational resources. We'll also highlight several exceptional student-led 3D printing projects! Participants will be encouraged to share experiences and advice from 3D printing in their schools and libraries.

Speakers
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Drew Wallis

Director of Education, NWA3D
Drew Wallis grew up in Farmington, Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a Double Major in Communication and International Relations. After graduation, he became a licensed teacher and has over eight years of experience teaching educational technology... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am
Salon A

10:55am

Advertising: Dollars and Decisions
Bring inquiry and innovative ideas into instruction with advertising! This session will share ideas and FREE resources to analyze the REAL world of dollars and decisions. Using research-based informational text and online resources, this exploration of advertising includes the integration of technology as a teaching tool and “markets” advertising as an avenue to enhance instruction, improve literacy and promote thinking skills. Attendees will receive FREE informational text articles and access to FREE online resources.

Speakers
avatar for Jeannette Bennett

Jeannette Bennett

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis
Jeannette Bennett is a Senior Economic Education Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. She is national award winner for the teaching of economics and was designated as a Master Economics Teacher. She has served as a school administrator, curriculum consultant and has... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am
Salon B

10:55am

Design Thinking with Hyperdocs
Navigating project teams through the Design Thinking Process can have an array of organizational challenges. By utilizing Hyperdocs, teachers can create an environment for students that assist them in understanding and learning the process of design thinking. Hyperdocs provide the perfect organizational structure for navigating students through the stages of the design thinking process and project-based learning while also creating a collaborative environment for project teams. Teachers can structure the Hyperdocs to facilitate the development of group norms, team member roles, daily task assignments and task plans for future work sessions, research, brainstorming, project development, and iteration. Additionally, students can document their process via images, video and other multimedia. The Hyperdocs format is also flexible enough to be utilized in most G-Suite apps, including Slides, Sites, and Forms. Please bring your laptop!

You can find my presentation here:  bit.ly/DThyperdocs

Speakers
avatar for Katie Robinson

Katie Robinson

Academic Technologist/G-Suite Director, Episcopal Collegiate School
I am currently completing my 7th year as Academic Technologist at Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock, AR. Prior to this position, I was a high school and middle school language arts teacher in Memphis, TN for 7 years. I earned a master's degree from the University of Mississippi... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am
Ambassador C

10:55am

Let's Hear It for Research: How true facts inform fiction
There's a saying, "Generalized writing is where good fiction goes to die."  Join Arkansas children’s author and armchair research expert Kristin L. Gray as she shares, through her own work and forthcoming releases, four easy rules to writing fun-filled, fact-based fiction.

Speakers
avatar for Kristin L. Gray

Kristin L. Gray

Kristin L. Gray is the author of Vilonia Beebe Takes Charge, a 2018 Triple Crown Award nominee and Bank Street Best Children’s Book, and the newly released picture book, Koala Is Not A Bear. She lives in Northwest Arkansas with her family, two dogs, and pet lizard. Ask Kristin about... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am
Salon D

10:55am

Technological Tools and Resources that Enhance the Creative Process
Author Timothy Scott shares his creative process and the tools used to enhance both the creative process and in engaging readers. Explore how to leverage tools in enabling effective research, brainstorming, collaboration, editing, and sharing/distribution.

This session would address R.I.S.E. Goal 2: Create community collaboration, and Goal 3: Build a culture of reading.

Speakers
CM

Clif Mims

Clif Mims is an associate professor of instructional design and technology at The University of Memphis
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Timothy Scott

Timothy has climbed the corporate ladder, working in the recruiting and talent development functions of Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc., Trane Commercial Systems, Yum! Brands/Pizza Hut, and Southwest Airlines. He built a dynamic NextGen Ministry at growing church, and served two terms as... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am
Ambassador B

10:55am

Fostering Independence: Teaching Problem-Solving Skills through Literature
Adults are often eager to fix all the problems in children's lives, but children are drawn to the stories where they are their own hero. They want to solve their own problems but often feel they lack the ability to do so. Real-life stories that they can relate to, fiction and nonfiction, can help them foster confidence and enable them to be independent thinkers. They're already reading the books; help them apply the principles of problem-solving to their lives. This also addresses the first R.I.S.E. goal, to sharpen the focus and strengthen instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Hart Heiner

Tamara Hart Heiner

Primarily a children's author with some ventures into romance, Tamara Hart Heiner's goal is to write light into the darkness by highlighting tough social issues in an encouraging, hopeful way. She has over ten novels published and still finds time to be swim-team and soccer mom. When... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am
Salon E

10:55am

How to teach coding for 2-6th grade in 10 minutes.
Would you like all of your students to learn about coding but aren't quite sure how. I will show you how easy it is to have your students involved in coding in less than 10 minutes with ZUNI Learning Tree. One student said, "I missed participating in the hour of code at my school but with ZUNI I can still learn to code."

Speakers
avatar for Tina McCord

Tina McCord

Tina McCord is the founder and CEO of ZUNI.  She had 15 years of experience in business prior to entering the field of education.  She has over 20 years of experience in the field of education.  Tina holds certifications in K-8 general education and K-12 special education. Her... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am
Salon F

10:55am

Neurodiverse books in the classroon
Discussing books about neurodiversity in schools builds empathy and raises critical questions about identity and difference. Neurodiverse kids need to see themselves on the page, and all kids need to think about the neurodiversity movement as it relates to other diversity movements. Are there analogies with sexuality and race? If so, how far do these analogies go? And can there be empathy across a neurolgical divide? Is it possible to imagine perceiving the world from another point of view? These are fundamental questions about the nature and limits of empathy that resonate deeply for all high school students regardless of their neurological make-up. Reading and discussing neurodiverse books brings these questions into sharper focus.

All high-school students, indeed all humans, have experienced moments when their way of seeing or understanding a situation has been very different from that of the people around them. We have all been isolated in our own perceptions. Can books that explore this feeling give neurotypical students empathy with those who have autism, or other syndromes, like Downs' or Tourette's? And can neurodivergent kids find the understanding and comfort level they need to connect if they choose to?

It is important when selecting books with neurodiverse characters to think about complex representations and to avoid stereotypes. Autism, for example, should be one aspect of a character, not necessarily the defining one. And it should not be portrayed as a disability in need of a cure, but rather as a way to be in the world, even if aspects of it can be painful. Perhaps the analogies with sexuality or race are imperfect because neurodiverse people are on such broad spectrums. Neurodiverse book resonate with al teen readers, both neurodiverse and neurotypical, but only when they are fully imagined and not reductive.

Speakers
avatar for Hilary Reyl

Hilary Reyl

Hilary Reyl has spent several years working and studying in France. She has a PhD in French literature from NYU, She now lives in New York City with her husband and three daughters. Her adult novel LESSONS IN FRENCH, was an editor’s pick on Oprah.com. KIDS LIKE US, a neurodiverse... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 10:55am - 11:45am
Salon G

12:00pm

AAIM Awards Luncheon
Speakers
avatar for Celeste Ashcraft

Celeste Ashcraft

Library Media Specialist, MENA HIGH SCHOOL
Celeste has been a Library Media Specialist for 11 years, 8 of those at the elementary level, and the last 3 at the secondary level.  Celeste has been involved with AAIM for over 12 years and has served in many capacities including session facilitator, head of the facilitators committee... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 12:00pm - 1:45pm
Grand Ballroom

2:00pm

Appy Hour: Assisting Struggling Readers!
Digital technology will be shared to enrich reading experiences and assist struggling readers. This session will actively address R.I.S.E. goals 1 and 3, as we share examples of technology that sharpens the focus and strengthens literacy instruction and offers suggestions to build a culture of reading for EVERY student!

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Benson

Tammy Benson

Professor, University of Central Arkansas
All presenters teach reading at UCA and work with children and university students in tutoring experiences for struggling readers. These experiences provide many insights and strategies that can be replicated to improve reading in our state.



Monday April 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salon A

2:00pm

How to have a happy laminator!
I just want to give some quick advise on loading and maintaining laminators and take questions.

Speakers
AI

Alps, Inc. -Laminate.com

I'm representing a company that has over 35 years in business, I myself have 10 years experience and I repair laminators so I've just about seen it all.


Monday April 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salon B

2:00pm

How to Lead Writing Workshops
Meg will guide those present through a writing workshop that could be adapted for students of all ages (K-12). Attendees will have the chance to respond to writing prompts themselves and learn to use popular books to challenge their own writing style, as students would also be challenged. Results of these writing workshops could be used in the classroom or library to create books and short stories through the full editing process. Meets R.I.S.E. Goal 1: Sharpen the focus and strengthen instruction.

Speakers
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Meg Dendler

Author/Owner, Serenity Mountain Publishing
Meg Welch Dendler is an author and retired educator. While Meg does not write “kidlit” exclusively, that has been her focus for the last few years. Her newest book, "Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess," won the OWFI Best Juvenile Book award for 2018, and books in her... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Ambassador C

2:00pm

MakerCare – Creating for a Need, Through Design Thinking
MakerCare – Creating for a Need, Through Design Thinking
The maker movement has global impact and is quickly spreading through our
communities and education system. Join Maker Maven to learn more about design
thinking and the ‘empathy impact’ for 21st century student makers. This session will
give you the history of making and design thinking, and inspire you to foster
empathetic makers in your makerspace and classroom. Great take-away ideas and
immediate implementations available.

Speakers
DB

David Burrow

David Burrow has been working with Librarians and Educators for over 28 years assisting with Library Collection Development and providing supplemental curriculum products that correlate to both State and National Curriculum Standards.   I.         Alabama Library Expo President... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salon D

2:00pm

More Than Haiku: Collaborative Writing with Linked Verse
The session will include booktalks of books containing haiku. The session will describe the history of haiku and linked verse and how writing linked haiku can be a collaborative activity in Google Docs. Participants will participate in a hands-on linked haiku writing activity in Google Docs. This session meets R.I.S.E Goal Two: Create Community Collaboration. Bring your own device.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Whittingham

Jeff Whittingham

Professor, University of Central Arkansas
Jeff Whittingham is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to UCA, he taught middle grades for thirteen years. His scholarly interest include writing instruction, children's literature, and educational technology.


Monday April 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salon E

2:00pm

Real Life Writing Prompts
Not sure where to find inspiration for the books you dream of writing? Tamara Hart Heiner shares the ideas and life experience she took advantage of to launch her career as a children's author, as well as what she does with the overflow of ideas dancing through her mind.

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Hart Heiner

Tamara Hart Heiner

Primarily a children's author with some ventures into romance, Tamara Hart Heiner's goal is to write light into the darkness by highlighting tough social issues in an encouraging, hopeful way. She has over ten novels published and still finds time to be swim-team and soccer mom. When... Read More →



Monday April 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salon F

2:00pm

Build a Culture of Reading through Author Partnerships
Learn how your classroom or library can partner with authors from across the country to get kids excited about reading and writing. Connecting directly with authors has many benefits. Students see the face behind the story. Asking questions and hearing responses from authors demystifies the writing process and opens up a world of possibilities for students. Once students visit with an author, whether virtually or in-person, they will feel a deeper connection to that author’s work and will be more likely to expand that interest in reading to other titles. The benefits are endless, and connecting with authors is easier than many educators think. The truth is that authors are just as excited as educators to connect with students. In this presentation, Scholastic author Kim Ventrella will share ideas on how to get started. (Addresses R.I.S.E. Goal 3: Build a culture of reading.)

Speakers
avatar for Kim Ventrella

Kim Ventrella

KIM VENTRELLA is the author of the middle grade novels Skeleton Tree (2017) and Bone Hollow (2019, Scholastic Press), and she is a contributor to the upcoming New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark anthology (2020, HarperCollins). Her works explore difficult topics with big doses of... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Salon G

2:00pm

Curated Collections of Presidential Primary Sources – Exploring the Clinton Digital Library
Exploring the Clinton Digital Library can be like drinking from a fire hose – it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Let Education Specialist Kathleen Pate walk you through the search process and show you the Digital Library Exhibits – curated collections of presidential materials presented with a coherent narrative. Topics include “Commemorating Courage: 40th Anniversary of Desegregation of Central High” and “‘Days Like This’: President Clinton’s Public Diplomacy in Northern Ireland.” In addition, she’ll provide information about other on-line resources available through the Presidential Libraries and the National Archives; onsite student programs and teacher workshops offered at the Clinton Presidential Library; and new opportunities for classroom outreach.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Pate

Kathleen Pate

Education Specialist, Clinton Presidential Library
The Clinton Presidential Library is one of fourteen presidential libraries under the National Archives and Records Administration. Let's chat about the importance of civic literacy, the digitized primary source materials available through NARA and the Clinton Digital Library, and... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 2:00pm - 2:50pm
Ambassador B

3:00pm

Enhance Your Cultural Competence, Your Students’ Cultural Connections, and Your School’s Curated Collection
Join this dynamic session to explore ways to enhance your cultural competence as you successfully guide and support your teachers and students. You will discover ways for you and teachers to showcase your students’ cultures, share their stories, and strengthen their connections. A selection of informative resources will be shared with you to integrate into your curated collection as you provide every student and teacher with opportunities to enrich their perspectives and understanding. This session contributes to Goal 3: Build a culture of reading for students as they share their stories and discover other people's stories.

Speakers
NG

Nancy Gallavan

Nancy P. Gallavan, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA).  She specializes in curriculum development, instructional strategies, and classroom assessments that strengthen practices and professionalism.  With approximately... Read More →



Monday April 29, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Salon A

3:00pm

The Reader Writer Connection
Join a local author as we discuss easy ways to include writers in the Reading Initiative for Student Excellence to create a collaborative learning community to foster a culture of reading as well as encourage the next generation of authors. Where do you find authors and what can they offer your students? This class will address those questions K-12, and how becoming a better reader can help budding authors improve their writing skills.

Speakers
avatar for Charity Bradford

Charity Bradford

Science Fiction Author
Charity Bradford has been a voracious reader ever since her 5th-grade teacher introduced her to the world of books with WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS. She soon became kindred spirits with Anne Shirley and got lost in the worlds of Card, McCaffrey, Bradbury, and Nagata. By college, she... Read More →



Monday April 29, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Salon B

3:00pm

3:00pm

Unlimited Ebook Sharing, PDF Manipulation with “Kami and Google Chrome”
Does your school use a learning management system(LMS) with single sign on for students(Google Classroom, Canvas, Moodle, Office 365, Schoology)? You can now deliver an ebook to all students at the same time! Students can bookmark, annotate, collaborate, embed voice and video on pages of a PDF ebook. Learn how to provide PDF ebook content to your teachers that can easily be shared with students.

Speakers
DB

David Burrow

David Burrow has been working with Librarians and Educators for over 28 years assisting with Library Collection Development and providing supplemental curriculum products that correlate to both State and National Curriculum Standards.   I.         Alabama Library Expo President... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Salon D

3:00pm

Fostering Independence: Teaching Problem-Solving Skills through Literature
Adults are often eager to fix all the problems in children's lives, but children are drawn to the stories where they are their own hero. They want to solve their own problems but often feel they lack the ability to do so. Real-life stories that they can relate to, fiction and nonfiction, can help them foster confidence and enable them to be independent thinkers. They're already reading the books; help them apply the principles of problem-solving to their lives. This also addresses the first R.I.S.E. goal, to sharpen the focus and strengthen instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Hart Heiner

Tamara Hart Heiner

Primarily a children's author with some ventures into romance, Tamara Hart Heiner's goal is to write light into the darkness by highlighting tough social issues in an encouraging, hopeful way. She has over ten novels published and still finds time to be swim-team and soccer mom. When... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Salon E

3:00pm

Paper airplanes, origami, and lights: Exploring circuits on a budget anyone can afford
Come make LED-based paper airplanes, cubes, and pictures and learn about an initiative to put inexpensive STEM kits into the hands of parents and students to help them explore basic circuits.

Speakers
CM

Clif Mims

Clif Mims is an associate professor of instructional design and technology at The University of Memphis
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Craig E. Shepherd

Associate Professor of Instructional Design and Technology, The University of Memphis
Craig E. Shepherd is an associate professor of instructional design and technology at The University of Memphis. His research interests include technology use to facilitate collaboration and community formation in formal and informal learning environments. My website URL directs... Read More →


Monday April 29, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Salon F

3:00pm

Booktalks For Everyone
Participants will be presented booktalks on recently published books. Participants will receive a bibliography of the books presented. This session meets R.I.S.E. Goal 3: Building a culture of reading by promoting recently published books.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Whittingham

Jeff Whittingham

Professor, University of Central Arkansas
Jeff Whittingham is a professor in the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas. Prior to UCA, he taught middle grades for thirteen years. His scholarly interest include writing instruction, children's literature, and educational technology.


Monday April 29, 2019 3:00pm - 3:50pm
Salon G

4:00pm

Reception w/ Vendors/Closing Reception

Monday April 29, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Vendors' Hall

5:30pm

Leadership Bootcamp
Speakers
avatar for Ouida Cunningham

Ouida Cunningham

Media Specialist, West Memphis School District
avatar for Tia Brickey

Tia Brickey

Librarian, Stuttgart Public School District


Monday April 29, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Grand 2

8:00pm

#ArkTLChat and #AAIMchat Live Twitter Chat
Speakers
avatar for Ashley Cooksey

Ashley Cooksey

School Librarian, West Magnet Public School
Ashley J. Cooksey is an Instructional Technology Coach and teacher-librarian in Batesville, Arkansas. She is the current past-president of the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media (AAIM) and a member of ISTE, ArLA, and ALA/AASL. Ashley is a third year blogger for AASL’s Knowledge... Read More →
avatar for Jen Lyon

Jen Lyon

Library Media Specialist, Tilles Elementary School
Jen Lyon is a library media specialist at Tilles Elementary in Fort Smith, Arkansas where she has enjoyed every minute of her position for the last nine years. She is currently the AAIM Journal Editor and also advocates for Computer Science education while working with Code.org, the... Read More →



Monday April 29, 2019 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Grand 2
 
Tuesday, April 30
 

8:30am

Beyond Thanksgiving: Contemporary Native American Literature for Kids and Teens
November isn't the only month that Native American authors (and students) should be represented in schools. Learn more about contemporary Native authors portraying both historical and modern Native characters and communities, from picture books to young adult literature. An overview of resources and a short list of dos and don'ts will also be included.

Goals include: Ensuring representation of Native students in curriculum, expanding non-Native students' understanding beyond stereotypes and myths, and helping teachers determine which Native-related materials are culturally accurate and appropriate (R.I.S.E. Goals 1 and 3).

Speakers
avatar for Kate Hart

Kate Hart

author
Kate Hart is the author of young adult novel AFTER THE FALL (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), a 2017 Arkansas Gem selection. She's also a contributor to the 2018 anthologies HOPE NATION (Philomel) and TOIL AND TROUBLE (Harlequin Teen) as well as 2020's ALL OUT NOW (Inkyard) and BODY TALK... Read More →


Tuesday April 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
Salon A

8:30am

Introduction to the New Arkansas Learning Standards for School Libraries
This session will introduce the participants to the new Arkansas Learning Standards for School Libraries. Resources and strategies for unpacking the standards will be provided.

Speakers
avatar for Cassandra Barnett

Cassandra Barnett

Arkansas Department of Education
Cassandra Barnett is Program Advisor for School Libraries for the Arkansas Department of Education. She provides professional development, promotes best practices in school library programs, advocates for school libraries within the state, and looks for collaborative opportunities... Read More →


Tuesday April 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
Salon B

8:30am

Livebinders - Another Way to Curate!
Who likes to organize? Livebinders.com is a free website to create digital binders with tabs and subtabs. These digital binders can store websites, documents, videos, text, and much more! Livebinders and Livebinder bookshelves can be shared in several ways, including being embedded into a website. The possibilities are endless! You can find my presentation at https://bit.ly/LiveBindersAAIM2019.

Speakers
avatar for Karen Haney

Karen Haney

Teacher Librarian, White Hall School District
I have been a K-5  Library Media Specialist for the last 7 years and previously taught elementary students for 18 years. I enjoy learning about new technology and sharing my love of reading.



Tuesday April 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
Ambassador C

8:30am

The Cultural Kaleidoscope ... We bring the world to you.
Today's students will be citizens of the world more than any generation before them. They live in an age of instant, world-wide communication. After graduation, many will be employed by internationally based companies and will work and live side-by-side with people from all over the world. So, learning about other people and their cultures is a vital part of their education. The Cultural Kaleidoscope can help prepare students to be effective citizens in the global community. Our programs introduce students to the cultures through authentic music, dance, history, geography, language, art and cultural traditions. Teaching Resource Guides are provided to the schools. In this hands-on session you will be fully engaged and active participants. Join us for this unique arts-in-education learning experience.

Speakers
SS

Sergei Shapoval

Sergei Shapoval was born in Ukraine and has his master's degree in Music Education from the Gnessin Pedagogical Institute in Moscow.  He is a touring teaching-artist for the Missouri Arts Council, The North Dakota Council on the Arts, the Arkansas Arts Council and the South Dakota... Read More →


Tuesday April 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
Salon D

8:30am

The Indie Publication Process and Why so many Authors Are Doing It
What does it mean to be an indie author? What's the book quality? How does an indie author find a cover designer, editor, illustrator, and most important, how are their books distributed? Can libraries still get them? A quick explanation of independent publishing with a Q&A session if there's time!

Speakers
avatar for Tamara Hart Heiner

Tamara Hart Heiner

Primarily a children's author with some ventures into romance, Tamara Hart Heiner's goal is to write light into the darkness by highlighting tough social issues in an encouraging, hopeful way. She has over ten novels published and still finds time to be swim-team and soccer mom. When... Read More →


Tuesday April 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
Salon E

8:30am

YOGA - Curate Community through Movement and Meditation
Bring your mat and get your stretch on!  As life long learners, we are used to stretching our thinking. Gather with your peers to stretch your body here!  Every body welcome.  This is the perfect day starter for anyone who has never practiced yoga or for the veteran yogi.  Come find your people, your community, here. 

Speakers
avatar for Anne Canada

Anne Canada

AAIM President, Paris Middle School
Anne Canada is the library media specialist for Paris Middle School, a position she has held since 2006. Prior to that time she worked as an elementary teacher and a middle level language arts teacher. Anne has been a member of AAIM since 2006 as well as a frequent AAIM conference... Read More →


Tuesday April 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
Ambassador D & E

8:30am

Raise Readers and Funds with a Read-a-Thon!
Is there a way to establish a culture of reading -- and raise BIG library funds -- in a way that leaves you feeling energized rather than all worn out? YES! Come get the details about planning and promoting a read-a-thon at your school.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Olson

Julie Olson

Library Media Specialist, Conway Public Schools
Julie Olson is a teacher-librarian at Woodrow Cummins Elementary in Conway and the owner of a Teachers Pay Teachers store called "That Library Girl." She loves books, library centers, and all kinds of fun, crafty things.


Tuesday April 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
Salon F

8:30am

Curate a Community of Readers with the Arkansas Diamond and Charlie May Simon Book Awards
The 2019/2020 Arkansas Diamond and Charlie May Simon Book Award titles have been chosen, and we are excited to share them with you! Let us introduce these outstanding books to you through book talks and curated lists of resources that are sure to help you build a culture of reading in your building.

Speakers
MN

Margie Nanak

Margie Nanak – Margie Nanak has been a Library Media Specialist in the Pine Bluff School District for 19 years, and is currently at Southwood K-1 Learning Center. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, and represents the Arkansas Reading Association on the Charlie May Simon... Read More →
avatar for Shelly Porter

Shelly Porter

Teacher Librarian, West Fork Elementary School
Shelly Porter grew up in Western Kansas and became a Northwest Arkansas transplant in 2001. She received her BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of Arkansas Fort Smith in 2006 and her MLIS from San Jose State University in 2016. Shelly has participated in summer institutes... Read More →


Tuesday April 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
Salon G

8:30am

Booktalks - New & Upcoming YA books
The world of Young Adult Lit is always evolving. The trends are not easy to keep up with! This session will help you keep current with discussions of recent & upcoming fiction you don’t want to miss. Join this session for book talks and learn which titles you might want to include in your next book order.

Speakers
JD

Jana Dixon

Jana G. Dixon is the Library Media Specialist at Bryant High School in Bryant, Arkansas. She has served AAIM in various positions, including elected board member, conference chair and president.  She and her husband Jon have been married for over 30 years, have three daughters, and... Read More →



Tuesday April 30, 2019 8:30am - 9:20am
Ambassador B

9:30am

How To's & Hands On
Come and play! This is an interactive, hands-on experience. Lots of gadgetry and things and people of interest in an expansive space. The atmosphere is casual and questions are encouraged!

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Cooksey

Ashley Cooksey

School Librarian, West Magnet Public School
Ashley J. Cooksey is an Instructional Technology Coach and teacher-librarian in Batesville, Arkansas. She is the current past-president of the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media (AAIM) and a member of ISTE, ArLA, and ALA/AASL. Ashley is a third year blogger for AASL’s Knowledge... Read More →
avatar for Jen Lyon

Jen Lyon

Library Media Specialist, Tilles Elementary School
Jen Lyon is a library media specialist at Tilles Elementary in Fort Smith, Arkansas where she has enjoyed every minute of her position for the last nine years. She is currently the AAIM Journal Editor and also advocates for Computer Science education while working with Code.org, the... Read More →


Tuesday April 30, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Grand 2

11:00am