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Sunday, April 28

1:40pm CDT

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".

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Sloane Kelley

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Sunday April 28, 2019 1:40pm - 2:30pm CDT
Salon E
Monday, April 29

9:55am CDT

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.

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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 CDT
Salon G

10:55am CDT

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.

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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 CDT
Salon G

2:00pm CDT

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.

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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 CDT
Ambassador B

3:00pm CDT

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.

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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 CDT
Salon G
Tuesday, April 30

8:30am CDT

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.


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 CDT
Ambassador B

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