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Empowering School Librarians with Discovery Education!

Virtual Event | Tuesday, September 26

This page will be your one-stop shop to access all of our event sessions as they go live on Tuesday, September 26 and where on-demand versions of each session will be posted after the conclusion of the event.

Note: This page is private for registered attendees only. Please do not forward or share. Thank you!

All times below are in Eastern Standard Time. 

Agenda At a Glance

How to Join
6:00 PM - 6:25 PM ET
Opening Remarks
6:30 PM - 7:00 PM ET
Breakout Session #1
7:05 PM - 7:35 PM ET
Breakout Session #2
7:40 PM - 8:00 PM ET
Closing Session

Breakout Sessions

Fostering Librarians as Leaders

AASL identifies several goals where librarians bring leadership to empower learners, they identify the potential of today’s school librarian to be a leader in furthering school instructional goals, building a collaborative culture, and impacting student achievement.   

We’ll start with opening remarks from renowned school library advocate , Lesley Farmer, to start a discussion where we will investigate together the different ways that you (can) serve as a leader in your schools. 

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Nancy Rose

Sr. Manager, Statewide and Strategic Partnerships
Discovery Education

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Karen Abraham

Librarian, Laconia High School
Laconia, New Hampshire

Supporting the Science of Reading

The Science of Reading is certainly a hot topic across the country.  And while some have categorized it as the literacy pendulum swinging again, the exciting part is that we are all focusing on ensuring that all children learn to read.  Join this session to learn about ways that Discovery Education Experience can support library media specialists with the implementation of the Science of Reading. 

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Dr. Karen Beerer

Sr. Vice President, Statewide and Strategic Partnerships
Discovery Education

The Effective Use of Experience in the Library

As a library media specialist, you are instrumental in helping educators and students select and use great digital resources for teaching and learning.  This session will focus on helping you develop great strategies and activities to use Experience effectively in the library and also to make sure that it is effective in the classroom as well. 

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Pam Inabinett

Manager, Partner Success
Discovery Education

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Laura Dawes

Library Media Specialist, St. Elmo Elementary School
Mobile, Alabama

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Leslie Pope

Instructional Technology Facilitator, Craven County
New Burn, North Carolina

Make Libraries the Natural Hubs for Generative AI in Education

AI is a great leadership opportunity. Librarians not only provide information and resources–they are the key to systems that access them. Find the necessary skills and strategies and to make the library the hub for ChatGPT and other generative AI tools. Become familiar with the emerging legal frameworks. Master prompt engineering by learning to “use AI to use AI.”

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Hall Davidson

Sr. Director, Global Learning Initiatives
Discovery Education

Opening Classroom Doors with Curiosity and Innovation

As librarians and media specialists our roles vastly differ across states, districts, and even campus levels. One thing that unites us is our passion for literacy, our love for learning, and our desire to inspire teachers and students! Join Library Media Director, Kristi Starr, as she shares creative solutions from her 13 years in library services on how you too can open doors with curiosity and innovation. Alongside Paula Taylor, Senior Partner Success Manager, you will be inspired to explore how Discovery Education supports the curiosity and innovation Kristi delivers year over year so you can do the same! 

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Paula Taylor

Sr. Manager, Partner Success
Discovery Education

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Kristi Starr

Library Media Director, Mustang High School
Mustang, Oklahoma

Putting Great Career and Technical Education Resources in the Hands of Library Media Specialists

Many states and school districts have begun a renewed focus on Career and Technical Education (CTE).  This is exciting news for our students because it opens so many doors for them.  However, the world of CTE changes daily.  This session will explore the different CTE resources that are part of the Discovery Education Experience and the variety of ways that they can be used.    

Additional Resources:

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Andrea Gardner

Manager, Statewide and Strategic Partnerships
Discovery Education

The Essential Skills of Critical Media Literacy

New digital tools and resources are being created every day.  It’s more important than ever that we teach our students critical media literacy skills, beginning in kindergarten.  This session will highlight how Studio Boards became the vehicle for creating critical media literacy lessons in Los Angeles Unified School District.  This session will provide you with several examples that you can use to build media literacy lessons for your students. 

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Sarah Johangiry

Director, Statewide and Strategic Partnerships
Discovery Education