Digital Age Mentors — Building Partnerships in Our Schools

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Bill Bass  
Shannon Miller  

Digital tools and content continue to evolve and provide teachers and students new ways to create and use information. Explore the unique position of teachers and librarians in providing guidance and support as digital mentors as we navigate the new digital landscapes in our schools.

Audience: Coaches, Library media specialists, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Library/media
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
  • Mentor students in safe, legal and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

We are in a time of constant change in our profession and one essential role educators play is that of a leader working collaboratively to build relationships, mold culture and climate, and advocate for the needs of students and the community. In this lively session, a librarian and a district leader team up to reflect on innovative strategies and practices to build these connections within the local community and throughout the world.

Learning Objective 1 - Participants will be familiar with a framework for digital mentoring and how that might look in schools and in the home.

Learning Objective 2 - Participants will be able to identify the importance of partnerships with colleagues, parents, administrators and students and have a plan for using strategies to create these partnerships


Session Agenda:
10 mins: Introduction and opening questions from the audience.
10 mins: Presentation and participant conversation about what we value in our schools when it comes to digital tools
12 mins: Presentation of framework for digital mentorship
8 mins: Participant discussion about difference between mentorship and citizenship
10 mins: Presentation and participant conversation and discussion about strategies for digital equity and what it means to be literate in the digital age
10 mins: Final questions and challenge

Supporting research

Bill and Shannon are the authors of the ISTE book Leading from the Library and are regularly called upon to discuss how librarians can become digital age leaders and mentors for teachers and students.

Zmuda, A. and Harada, V. (2008). Librarians as Learning Specialists: Meeting the Learning Imperative for the 21st Century. Libraries Unlimited: Westport, CT.

Ray, M. (2016) Changing the Conversation About Librarians: Mark Ray, TEDx El Cajon Salon. {YouTube Video} Retrieved from

Redina, D. (2017). Reimagining Library Spaces: Transform Your Space on Any Budget. International Society for Technology in Education: Eugene, OR.

Sheninger, E and Murray, T. (2017). Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today. ASCD: Alexandria, VA.

U.S. Department of Education. (2017). Reimagining the Role of Technology in Education: 2017 National Educational Technology Plan Update. Office of Educational Technology: Washington, D.C.

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Bill Bass, Parkway School District
ISTE Certified Educator
Shannon Miller, Van Meter Community School District

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