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End of the Year Report: 2015-2016 School Year: Professional Development Attended

Office of Library Services Fall 2015 Conference

Workshops attended:

Keynote Speech--Dr. Alfred Tatum-Reading for Their Lives

Workshop on Inquiry by Olga Nesi

Junior Library Guild's Best Books for the 2015-2016 School Year

Closing Speech by Jacqueline Woodson


Office of Library Spring 2016 Institute

Workshops Attended:

Key Note with Steve Sheinkin, author

Summer Reading 2016

Book Clubs (presenter)

Book Discussion: Reading for Their Lives by Alfred Tatum

The Morgan Library


On our June 9th PD Day, I attending a wonderful workshop at the Morgan Library.  We learned about Illuminated Manuscripts, took a tour of J.P. Morgan's library and learned about the bookmaking workshops that are offered to schools for free or very low cost.  We even created our own paint pigments and created our own letter from an Illuminated Manuscript.  It was the most fun and engaging PD I've participated in in a long time!


School Showcase: Creating a Culture of Reading


I attended this School Showcase at East Side Community HS with teachers from UAM.  It was amazing to see how, over a number of years, the faculty at this school have fostered a culture of reading that permeates the entire school day.  Everywhere you look, there are signs for the Principal's Book Club, each classroom has a sign where the teachers write what they are reading, and chart paper prompts students with discussion starters and behaviors.  It was incredible to witness and felt like something that could actually be created.  I also loved that the library was an important part of making this work. 

Campus Librarian's Network

In addition to PD, CLN allows me to create a Personal Learning Network of librarians who share their best practices, gave the library access to EasyBib School Edition and provides the library with hundreds of new books for free each year. 

MLK Staff MyLIbraryNYC PD

Our MyLibraryNYC Outreach librarian, Ariel Birdoff, and our teen librarian from the Riverside Branch of NYPL, Michelle Lee, were kind enough to come to our school on February 1st and give PDs to the staff members of Law, HSAII and A&T.  Teachers learned the different ways they can use their NYPL Educator Card, the special benefits it affords them, and the menu of services that the librarians can provide.  We had many teachers get their library card numbers, order teacher sets and book classes with the NYPL librarians thanks to this opportunity and I am so grateful that they were able to spend the day with us!