The Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL) provides connections for creating and advancing effective school library programs through professional development, advocacy, and community-building.
We look forward to seeing you at MASL's Virtual Spring Symposium!
All sessions included in the registration price of $25 for members (non-members $35). Sessions will be recorded and made available to registrants. Sessions will be held on the following dates and times (Zoom links will be sent to registrants in March):
April 6 at 4 pm: Keynote session featuring Ellen Oh
April 7 at 12 pm: Authors Brown Bag Lunch session featuring Maria Padian, Josephine Cameron, and Samara Cole Doyon. For more information and to preorder books at a 20% discount, visit www.printbookstore.com/masl/symposium2021
April 7 at 4 pm: Mallory Cook & Becca Cole with Amy Denecker: Leaders for Just Schools Curriculum
April 8 at 7 pm: Nancy Watson & Michele Benoit: Think, Create, Share, Grow: How collaborating with a willing teacher makes all the difference
April 12 at 4 pm: Lawrence Alexander with Amy Roberson
April 13 at 4 pm: Iris Eichenlaub & Patti Forster: Centering Diverse Experiences: Decolonizing the curriculum with books written by diverse authors
April 13 at 7 pm: Corrie Calderwood with Karen Silverman: Pronouns & Gender Issues in Schools
April 14 at 4 pm: Leanne Oren & Cidney Mayes: Utilizing Social Media in a Blended Library Model to Engage Patrons
April 15 will be a full day of events:
11 am: Pender Makin, Maine Commissioner of Education
1 pm: President's Town Hall with Jennifer Stanbro, MASL President
2 - 4 pm: Exhibitors' Forum
4 pm: Building Cultural Competency & Allyship in Maine Students
"How do I teach diversity when my community has little diversity?" is a question asked across the state. This question reflects an understanding of the imperative to prepare Maine children for living in a diverse America and a global community. Deqa Dhalac, the Family Engagement and Cultural Responsiveness Specialist at the Maine DOE, Dr. Krista Aronson of Diverse BookFinder, and Kirsten Cappy of I'm Your Neighbor Books explore what BIPOC children need in settings where they are the minority, what all students gain from building their cultural competency, how cross-group friendships and allyship are modeled, and how books can play in role in each of these educational experiences.
5:30 pm: Joe Schmidt, Social Studies Content Specialist, Maine DOE and friends: Native American/Wabanaki Roundtable
7 pm: Annual Awards Presentation & Symposium Closing with prizes
Thanks to EBSCO and Perma-Bound for their generosity in helping to sponsor Ellen Oh's appearance!
Please note that we can not offer refunds for our events. Recorded sessions will be made available to registrants.
NEW MASL Mailing Address:
Maine Association of School Libraries (MASL)
c/o Maine State Library
64 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0064