W-FL BOCES School Library System

November 2018

"There's always something to be thankful for"

The days may be darker and cooler, but things are warming up at SLS! We've launched the Follett bookroom consortium pilot, have teamed up with community colleagues to help promote digital equity and inclusion in the Finger Lakes region, and have developed enhanced service and professional development offerings to help meet SLS member needs!

Follett Destiny feedback form (click here!)

Follett consortium districts: Please complete this survey by November 9th; SLS will use this data to develop future training opportunities and to guide discussion around the great chopportunities that exist in our Follett consortium service!

Upcoming PD opportunities:

Teaching Research with NoodleTools: Nov 15

NoodleTools is an online research management platform that promotes critical thinking, authentic research, and collaboration. Students work at their skill level to gather, organize, cite, and analyze information using digital notecards. Instructors can set up classes, collaborate with co-teachers, and provide individualized feedback on each step of the research process. Workshop participants will be able to experience the product as both a student and a teacher.


To register: https://bit.ly/2NhHpMk

Unpacking the AASL standards: Dec 6

Are you ready to explore the new AASL National School Library Standards? Using these standards to guide your instruction will enhance the quality and deepen the impact your library program has on the students, staff, and families you serve. Join us for a full-day, hands-on workshop for school librarians. NYLA SSL Past-President Michelle Miller will share her expertise as we dive into the standards and discover ways they can be used to connect your learners with meaningful experiences. Bring your own device. Lunch will be served.


To register: https://bit.ly/2OrcaPz

Shake up your classroom with Breakout Edu: Dec 11

Have you heard of BreakoutEDU? If not, this is the workshop for you! Come and explore the possibilities of creating an engaging, interactive learning experience for your classroom. Students will be excited to learn through discovery and an inquiry-based experience. Come and learn how to shift learning into the 21st century! Digital and traditional BreakoutEDU formats will be explored during this workshop.


To register: https://bit.ly/2zzwxF7

SAVE THE DATE: MEDIA LITERACY MEETS INQUIRY ON JANUARY 15TH!

Teaching Students to Think in a Media Saturated World: Jan 15

W-FL BOCES SLS and Staff Development are collaborating to bring the region a unique PD experience that will empower the culture of learning!


The course begins with an in-person training on Tuesday January 15 that covers foundational pedagogy, models and materials for curriculum driven media literacy integration. Each participant will then work on an integration plan for their classroom or context, with virtual support. We will deepen the work between January and March through three 90-minute online classes (dates TBD) and individual coaching as participants develop, practice, reflect on, and evaluate implementation strategies. The course concludes with another full day workshop on Wednesday March 13 where we will share and synthesize our learning and discuss the integration of this approach into the Personalized Learning strategies.


To learn more about Project Look Sharp: https://www.projectlooksharp.org/?action=about_pls

Upcoming Conferences:

SLS Contact Information

  • SLS Main Line: 315.332.2100
  • Katherine Hammill, SLS Director, 315.332.7236
  • Ryan Ayers, SLS Coordinator, 315.332.7231
  • Teresa Keyes, SLS Coordinator, 315.332.7241
  • Sharon Zadarlik, SLS Secretary, 315.332.7234
  • Sue Marcano, Library Automation, 315.332.7452