SLS Weekly Update

March 12, 2021

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CAP Education- Notes from the Field

There is a one-time $35 fee, and you get to select a stem item each year to keep (sphero, beebot, drone, beebot, flight simulator and many more!). You also get to take a free flight in an airplane - Victoria and Anne did the flight together several years ago - it was an AMAZING experience (we actually got to fly the plane!)

Titlewise Audit training can also be found at

SLS in MLP- Upcoming

Learn 360- March 17 MLP link

Council/CC meeting March 23 8-11 MLP link

Gale NovelNY training March 23 12-1 MLP link

Factcite March 23 1-2 MLP link

Infobase March 23 1-2 MLP link

SLS PLC 2-3 MLP link

ILL's outside of Cayuga Onondaga BOCES

The SLS directors decided to hold off for the rest of this year in loaning across the different BOCES. Within our own BOCES, please be selctive, because many of our libraries are not fully manned this year.

Brainpop, MyOn, Flocabulary/Nearpod

As we begin conversation about budgets, please be advised that these resources are moving over to the 550 budget, and out of our library resources budget. Tony is letting the IT heads now, but you may want to make sure that your business officials put enough money there to cover it.

Newsbank Usage Stats

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NYCSLA & EveryLibrary | OPEN

Writable PDF versions of the IFC Assessments.

Charlotte Award Ballot

My name is Sharon Kelly. I am the New York State Reading Association’s Charlotte Award chairperson which is an award that is given out to a book in each of these categories: primary, intermediate, middle school and high school. The award was named for the main character in E. B. White's Charlotte's Web, the purpose of the Charlotte Award is to encourage students to read outstanding literature and ultimately become lifelong readers. Students in New York State are encouraged to read the books on the ballot voting for their favorites in each category. Ballots must be received by April 15, 2021. Votes will be tallied, and winners will receive their awards at the NYSRA Conference in November 2021.

The ballots can be found at and at the bottom of this page is the box to click to vote. So, if they can read as many books from each ballot as they can. They do not need to read all the books on the ballot. Vote on one ballot or all of the ballots, but they may only vote once on each ballot. Some upper grade titles contain adult issues. Please consider what is personally appropriate before reading. Voting ends April 15, 2021.

Librarian recruitment Event

We were able to record the recruitment event last night. If you would like to share the recording and the agenda with those who were unable to attend, please share this Google Folder: Thank you to those who attended and participated.

Please share with anyone you know thinking about becoming a librarian!

Sullican County BOCES Book Discussions

These are all well-reviewed for 2021 publications. This is a participatory event. Each participant reads the book beforehand so they can join in the discussion. There is no cost just getting a start on all the great books for youth. Feel free to use the below flyers to publicize the events with your schools.

Sora and EL Education Webinar March 17, 3 pm

How to Use Digital Books With Your Curriculum


How will your literacy teams change the way they teach in a post-pandemic landscape?
Join us for an instructional webinar to learn how to use digital books with your curriculum.

This panel discussion will show you how to select, source, and price digital trade books for required curriculum texts. Panelists from EL Education, OverDrive’s Sora team, and an educator with NYC Dept. of Education will share their experiences and advice on how to ensure equity and engagement for the essential reads that power your balanced literacy or HQIM program.

We’ll examine a case study featuring an OverDrive and EL Education School Partner and discuss:
• How do trade books anchor a successful curriculum?
• Where do digital books come from, and how are they priced?
• What was the solution?
• What are the outcomes?

In less than an hour, you’ll have a solid understanding of how to use a digital library of quality ebooks, audiobooks and read-alongs for each grade’s required trade texts. Emerge with the confidence you need to join more than 44,000 schools that use digital books for literacy.


Mar 17, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Misinformation Webinar

Misinformation has been around since the times of Ancient Egypt. It’s not new, but evolving technology has increased its spread exponentially. Similar to infectious diseases, we are all potential vectors in the spread of misinformation.

Inoculate yourself to misinformation by participating in this introduction to identifying and fighting misinformation! During this webinar, participants will review the modern misinformation landscape, learn about and utilize fact checking tools, and pave a path to becoming a better digital citizen.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the landscape of misinformation today.
  • Identify and utilize tools to assist in the identification of misinformation and disinformation.

Presenter: Miranda Stefano is a librarian, technologist, and bibliophile. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland iSchool and RIT School of Print Media. She enjoys sharing knowledge with others and is always looking for new opportunities to do so. Her passions are information literacy, primary sources, technology, and sign language.

Free to RRLC & ESLN Members. This webinar will be held on Zoom Webinar; registration is required.

All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for one hour and 30 minutes of CE credit.

Live transcription will be provided.

Please note that this webinar will not be recorded.

We are committed to offering inclusive, diverse, and equitable services to all of our members. To request specific accommodations, including sign language interpretation, please contact at least five business days ahead of the program you’d like accommodations for.

RRLC Registration & Program Attendance Policies

If you have any questions, please contact Tina Broomfield.

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Screencastify Webinar April 13 at 3

Amplifying and Celebrating Student Expression

Screencastify Webinar

April 13 at 3 pm ET

Join NYSCATE Corporate Council member Screencastify at 3 pm ET on April 13 for this engaging hour-long webinar to learn how to amplify and celebrate student expression.

Ever wondered what your students are thinking? Well, we can’t provide a crystal ball but, we will go over strategies for increasing student engagement and voice. This one-hour PD is great for educators who are ready to turn their students into content creators with Screencastify Submit.

Attendees of the webinar will learn how to:

  • Utilize the Submit Dashboard to assign work, differentiate instruction, and provide feedback
  • Develop the use of the Screencastify Submit to drive student engagement and expression
  • Analyze the importance of student expression in the formative and summative assessment process

Join Nefertiti Dukes, Professional Development Manager, Screencastify, and Laurie Guyon, Coordinator for Model Schools at WSWHE BOCES, to learn more about how Screencastify is an essential tool for blended and remote learning.

Audience: K-12 teachers, curriculum and instruction directors, principals

Nefertiti Dukes, Professional Development Manager, Screencastify

Nefertiti Dukes (Nef) is a former educator who now serves on the Professional Development team at Screencastify. She's taught English and Social Studies to students in middle and high school. Now, she helps educators learn how to utilize video to engage members of their school community (teachers, students, parents, and everyone else!)

Laurie Guyon, Coordinator for Model Schools at WSWHE BOCES

Laurie Guyon is the Coordinator for Model Schools at WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, New York. Laurie is also a trainer for NYSCATE. Laurie was named one of the NextGen: Emerging EdTech Leaders for 2020 with CoSN. She is ISTE certified and is a Common Sense Ambassador, Google Cloud Certified, a Google Certified Educator and Trainer, Buncee Ambassador and Educator, Seesaw Ambassador and Pioneer, Nearpod PioNear, Flipgrid Ambassador, Sphero Hero, Wonder Squad Ambassador, Kami Hero, Tynker Blue Ribbon Educator, Amazon Inspire Innovator, Apple Teacher, BreakoutEDU Authorized Trainer, Alpha Squirrel, Wakelet Ambassador, 3D Bear Ambassador and trainer, IORAD Ambassador, Osmo Ambassador, and Screencastify Master Screencaster. Laurie is a member of the NYSCATE Social Media Team and Volunteer Hall of Fame. Laurie is on the leadership teams for ISTETEN, ISTESTEM, and ISTEDSN. She has presented at many conferences, taught workshops at Skidmore College and with the Greater Capital District Teacher Center on integrating technology in literacy. Laurie recently completed her SBL and SDL certification and is an adjunct professor for SUNY Plattsburgh where she teaches Digital Age Learning.

Upon registration, you will then receive a Zoom meeting invite to connect to the webinar prior to the event. The session will be recorded and available for review for all registered attendees.

NASA and the Navajo Nation Webinar

Please share with all who may be interested. The program is free and offered in conjunction with NASA's Solar System Ambassador Program.

NASA and the Navajo Nation: A 16 Year Collaboration Based on Relationship, Sovereignty, and Self-Determination

June 22, 11AM - 12PM

The NASA and the Navajo Nation Partnership is an ongoing collaboration that has facilitated the co-creation of numerous educational materials, workshops, and camps for Navajo youth. Their work flows from the understanding that Indigenous knowledge systems and Western science reflect, resonate with, and reinforce one another, and affirm each other as valid, valuable, and vital. NASA's Culturally-Based, Dual-Learning methodology prioritizes Indigenous knowledge – which is taught first in the programs, always and only by Indigenous educators and Elders, using Indigenous languages and pedagogies, in Indigenous places. Afterward, corresponding Western STEM concepts are conveyed by experts in those fields. This method reinforces for Native youth that their cultural knowledge systems, practices, and technologies, are important, sophisticated, alive and well, and hold information that is just being explored by the Western STEM fields today. This provides a critical lens and asset-based perspective from which to be grounded as they approach the learning of Western STEM.

Presenter Daniella Scalice is the Education and Communications Lead for NASA’s Astrobiology Program. Her background is in molecular biology and filmmaking. Her work is devoted to ensuring youth of all colors, cultures, genders, abilities, walks of life, and ways of loving and praying have equal access to opportunities in STEM, and are supported to excel in everything they do, especially toward healthy social, cultural, and economic lifeways. Daniella lives and works on the lands of the Piscataway People in the occupied territories known today as Annapolis, Maryland.

This program is being presented in cooperation with NASA's Solar System Ambassador program. For more information on the program, visit

Professional Development Hours: 1 (.1 CEUs)--

Sally Stieglitz


Communications and Marketing Coordinator

Liaison to Academic, Hospital, and Special Libraries

Long Island Library Resources Council

Learning Opportunities

Great news! Our JMT is offering two more free and virtual professional learning opportunities for educators in our region. Through our partnership with the eteachnyconsortium, we are excited to offer a session on Families as Partners: Supporting Relationship, Routines, and Resources. We will also be offering a session on Culturally Responsive Education: Creating Welcoming and Affirming Environments.

These sessions will each be offered at multiple times and are approved for CTLE credit. You can find additional details and registration information in the attached fliers. Educators should feel free to register for the time that suits their schedules best.

Please share these virtual professional learning opportunities throughout your networks.