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Teacher Day @ TLA

Promoting teacher and librarian collaboration.

Up to 100 classroom teachers will have the opportunity to learn more about the value of teacher/librarian collaboration through specially designed activities, including conference sessions, guest speakers, and other engaging  activities at this one-day special event during the TLA conference.

The goal of Teacher Day @ TLA is for classroom teachers, who experience this event and a TLA conference, to return to their districts as library advocates and collaborators – and perhaps become librarians themselves.

Librarians ‘sponsor’ up to two teachers (preferably) from their schools, encouraging the teachers to apply, attending the Teacher Day @ TLA sessions, and helping them navigate a day at the TLA Annual Conference. TLA is an event open to current in-service classroom teachers who would like to learn innovative ways for collaborating with their school librarian and who are not currently pursuing higher education in library science (Library school students who are are already pursuing a path for school librarianship are able to register for the conference at discounted student rates).

Teacher Day @ TLA is Wednesday, April, 17, 2019. Registration is $175 for teachers and includes:

  • An invitation-only breakfast
  • Activities designed to strengthen teacher/librarian collaboration and partnership
  • Access to conference sessions that are perfect for teachers and librarians to attend together
  • Full conference registration so teachers may attend one or more days of the conference
  • A one-year TLA individual membership

When teachers and librarians collaborate, students benefit from the rich learning experience. Get your principals and administrators on-board and ask them to encourage teachers to participate, and provide the funds necessary when needed. This is a truly unique professional development opportunity! We’ve compiled information for principals and administrators for you to use as needed.

Joining us for the invitation-only breakfast will be Becky Calzada – Past TASL Chair – and John Schu – Ambassador for School Libraries from Scholastic – who will moderate a discussion with this year’s notable visiting authors:

Kate DiCamillo is one of America’s most beloved storytellers. She is a former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal, for The Tale of Despereaux and Flora & Ulysses. Born in Philadelphia, she grew up in Florida and now lives in Minneapolis, where she faithfully writes two pages a day, five days a week.

Chris Van Dusen is the creator of many outstanding books for children, including The Circus Ship and Randy Riley’s Really Big Hit. He is also the illustrator of President Taft Is Stuck in the Bath by Mac Barnett and the best-selling Mercy Watson series by Kate DiCamillo. He lives in Maine.

“This experience really opened my mind to the vastness of library resources and the true potential of these resources for teachers and our students”
-2018 Teacher Day @ TLA teacher participant

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