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STEM and the School Library: A Marriage That Makes Sense!

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Listen and learn : Panel

Tuesday, June 25, 3:15–4:15 pm
Location: 107AB

Dr. Cathy Collins   Karey Killian   Darshell Silva  
School library programs are uniquely positioned to play a key role in STEM education and to serve as powerful hybrid spaces for STEM learning. Learn how we incorporate STEM, how we encourage teachers with innovative STEM ideas and how we assist administrators with STEM initiatives.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Mac
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Library/media
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Science
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: Participants will leave this session with ideas and practical resources for implementing STEM learning no only in their libraries, but with the entire school community.

Share best practices in STEM/ STEAM in school libraries
Engage / support / initiate conversation around STEM/ STEAM in school libraries

Share STEM/ STEAM resources for school librarians

Promote collaboration/ leadership by school librarians in STEM / STEAM initiatives

Correlate stem in school libraries with Future Ready Libraians framework , AASL and ISTE standards

Participant Outcomes:
Participants will understand action steps toward planning and execution of successful STEM related learning activities and programming which includes a global collaboration component.

Participants will leave the session with a knowledge of how to expand STEM resources in their library settings through grant writing and collaboration with teachers, Admin, local, state and national organizations.

Participants will leave with a practical toolkit of STEM related digital resources, learning activities and programming ideas which meet NGSS and ISTE Standards. Ideas from the "Future Ready Librarians" Framework will be included.


Outline ideas:
I. Show slide with Slido URL for participants to enter their questions for panelist. What are questions that attendees have about implementing STEM?
2. Introduce experts on the panel (this can be on a slide where 1/2 screen is the Slido URL and other is our photo with key words)
3. Each panelist shares one way they are STEM leaders in their school community.
4. Audience will provide questions that panelists will address.
5. Closing with each panelist offering 3 tips on how to obtain ideas, resources, and support for STEM learning.

Slido will allow for an interactive, lively session in which participants will have the opportunity to fully engage with the panelists.We will monitor the time so that each section of our presentation objectives are covered.

Supporting research

"STEM and the School Library: A Marriage that Makes Sense,"Knowledge Quest, 04/29/16 by Cathy Collins

"The Science, Technology & Literacy Connection," Knowledge Quest, 07/17/15 by Cathy Collins

"Reimagining the Role of School Libraries in STEM Education: Creating Hybrid Spaces for Exploration." The Library Quarterly 82(2):161-182 · April 2012

"School STEM Programs Designed by the Experts,"
04/25/17 by Leila Myer

“STEM”-ulating Young Minds: Creating Science-Based Programming@ Your Library
TL Roberson - Journal of Library Administration, 2015

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Dr. Cathy Collins, Sharon Public Schools
Karey Killian, Milton Area School District
Darshell Silva, Nathanael Greene Middle School