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May 15 and 16Sponsored by VITA-Learn, VSLA and the AOE

Joyce Valenza Keynotes at Dynamic Landscapes Conference

School Librarian Rockstar and Rutgers University professor, Dr. Joyce Valenza, will be keynoting and organizing an Unconference at Dynamic Landscapes.  Set a reminder on your calendar for March 14 when registration opens--you won't want to miss these special events!

"Transliteracy: An Unintentional Film Festival"

What are the strategies classroom teachers and teacher librarians must teach to ensure learners at all levels grow as literate/transliterate citizens? From a better understanding of intellectual property to best tools for telling stories and communicating new knowledge, Joyce counts them down and reveals granular strategies for delivering instruction, using illustrations from classic film.

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  • Vitalibavegamin Book Club
    Envision that classic 'Vitameatavegamin' episode in I Love Lucy where she has sampled a bit too much of her product--    

    Hello friends. 
    I'm your Vitameatavegamin girl. 
    Are you tired, run-down, listless? 
    Do you poop out at parties? 
    Are you unpopular? 
    The answer to all your problems is in this little bottle. 

    Yes, with Vitameatavegamin, you can spoon your way to health. 
    All you do is take a great big tablespoonful after every meal. 
    So why don't you join all the thousands of happy peppy people and get a great big bottle of Vitameatavegamin tomorrow!" 

    Join the peppy educators of Vita-Learn and the Vermont School Library Association in the first read of our new new virtual book club "Vitalibavegamin"  where the answers to all your problems can READ your way to health...and join thousands of happy peppy people and READ.

    Here's the link to request an invitation on Good Reads:
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    Posted Apr 8, 2014, 7:38 AM by Linda McSweeney
  • New Rowland Fellow, Jeanie Phillips

    Jeanie Phillips, Green Mountain High School librarian, has been awarded a Rowland Fellowship for the 2014-2015 school year.  The fellowship will allow Jeanie to visit schools and libraries, attend conferences, read, research, collaborate and reflect to deepen her understanding of creativity and innovation in schools.  She hopes to create new leverage points for engaging students in personalized learning in her district, school and library.  You can learn more about the Rowland Foundation by visiting  Congratulations Jeanie!  We look forward to benefiting from your research! 
    Posted Mar 5, 2014, 10:06 AM by Linda McSweeney
  • C'est Magnifique! VSLA Member, Meg Allison


    Watch Moretown Librarian, Meg Allison and  teacher, Pam Dow share Paris with their students in this wonderful all school immersive experience.  The two were awarded Global Teacher Fellowships and traveled to France and Italy last summer to study fairy tales.

         Link to WCAX video

    Posted Mar 5, 2014, 10:08 AM by Linda McSweeney
  • VSLA Member, Kim Burroughs Rising to the Challenge!

    Kim BurroughsJericho Elementary School Librarian, shares her notes from AASL Hartford....

    My first AASL National Conference: Rising to the Challenge was an amazing, enlightening, and enjoyable experience. Usually uncomfortable with crowds, I was completely at ease with over 2,300 librarians from around the world.

    My vision for learning at the conference was --how to align my library program with 21st C Skills/CCSS and to hop on the collaboration wagon.  Keynote speaker, Tony Wagner (author of Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World) changed my whole outlook. He talked about the need for students to learn to think critically, be adaptable, and to work collaboratively in order to be successful in the future. As I listened to him, my philosophical view of the library program went from “What can I teach students?” to “How can I help students to learn/think independently?” It was a mind-shift for me and totally changed how I view the Common Core Standards.

    I attended as many Common Core sessions as I could squeeze in!  It is impossible to relay all that I learned, but here are two of my big take-aways:

    (1) Short, focused, group research can be done during a library “class” if collaboration isn’t an option. It piques student interest, gets them to work collaboratively, and provides the foundation for research skills.

    2) Picture books are the gateway to nonfiction! Get them thinking critically by pairing a picture book with nonfiction.

    I am not exactly sure when it happened, but my brain did reach the saturation point! Thankfully, attendee’s have access to conference presentations through AASL’s eCOLLAB. I can’t wait until vacation when I have time to browse around and refresh my memory. For those who were not able to attend, you can access eCOLLAB by signing up ($99) on the AASL website. Or, you could ask a colleague who attended --handouts and booklists were plentiful!

    Posted Mar 3, 2014, 5:54 PM by Linda McSweeney
  • VSLA Members attend AASL in Hartford, CT

    Over 60 Vermont School Librarians attend the American Association of School Librarians conference in Hartford, CT.  VSLA members pictured below with ALA President, Barb Stripling and AASL President, Gail Dickinson.

    Visit the VSLA AASL wiki created by Judy Kaplan to see many of the resources from AASL.

    Posted Mar 5, 2014, 10:10 AM by Linda McSweeney
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