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Collaboration and Connections

Location: W186b

Listen and learn

Listen and learn : Panel

Tuesday, June 26, 1:45–2:45 pm
Location: W186b

Todd Burleson   Kristina Holzweiss   Elissa Malespina   Michael Medvinsky  
Jazz up your collaboration and connections alongside well-known, future-ready, award-winning teacher librarians. No background knowledge is required. We'll move at a quick pace on topics such as student voice, breaking down walls, grant writing, community partnerships, computer science, customer service and worldwide collaboration.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees may benefit from a device in this session. At this time, no downloads are needed or requested. We will provide all necessary links in our presentation.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Library/media
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Use collaborative tools to expand students' authentic, real-world learning experiences by engaging virtually with experts, teams and students, locally and globally.
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency when communicating with students, parents and colleagues and interact with them as co-collaborators in student learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to:
- purposefully and creatively give students a platform to share their voice through tech integration and digital creation
- breakdown walls within their schools to amplify student voice
- find potential grants to increase funding/improve offerings
- brainstorm partnerships in their buildings, counties, state, country and globally
- bring strong customer service to their customers
- apply newly shared knowledge from the panel


We will keep our session upbeat with music at the start, a parking lot for questions and a chance for participants to share experiences and ask questions.

The main chunk of time will be used for the panel to answer prompts from the moderator on topics shared in this proposal as well as anything that comes from the parking lot.

Supporting research

Library Journal, Public Partners | Collaboration:

Integrating Tech with Student-Centered Learning: Nellie Mae Education Foundation research:

Leading for School Libraries - Hilda Weisburg

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Todd Burleson, Hubbard Woods School

Todd Burleson is a teacher-maker-librarian in Winnetka, IL at the Hubbard Woods School. He is a passionate advocate for creativity, literacy and project-based learning.

Kristina Holzweiss, Syosset High School

Kristina A. Holzweiss is a middle school library media specialist on Long Island, New York. Kristina was named the School Library Journal Librarian of the Year in 2015, a Library Journal Mover & Shaker, and a NSBA "20 to Watch" emerging education technology leader. Kristina is the president of the nonprofit organization Long Island LEADS (, a community effort to learn, educate, advocate, develop, and support the maker movement and STEAM education. She also founded SLIME - Students of Long Island Maker Expo ( Kristina is the co-author of 8 Scholastic makerspace books and "Hacking School Libraries."

Elissa Malespina, Verona High School

Elissa Malespina is the ISTE Librarians Network President and an ISTE Making IT Happen Award Winner. She is also the middle school librarian at Somerville Middle School in Somerville New Jersey.

Michael Medvinsky, University Liggett School

Michael Medvinsky is the Dean of Pedagogy and Innovation at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. Michael is a facilitator and designer of learning experiences in an 1:1 problem-based approach to understanding in which thinking is visible, valued and actively promoted. He regularly shares ideas about technology integration, student engagement and creating cultures of thinking at state and national conferences. You can connect further at @mwmedvinsky

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