Leatherstocking Conference 2013
The 28th Annual
Technology ShowcaseThe 28th Annual Leatherstocking Conference and Technology Showcase featured Marc Aronson, as the keynote speaker, and Cathy Leogrande, as the Featured Speaker. The Conference was held at the Hotel Utica, in Utica NY, on December 11, 2013.This conference was for: School Librarians, Technology Coordinators, Classroom Teachers, Special Area Teachers, Administrators and Curriculum Coordinators.Dr. Marc Aronson, author, and Rutgers University lecturer, energized a group of over 100 area educators at the December 11, 2013 Leatherstocking Conference. Aronson was the keynote speaker at the 28th annual conference, which is sponsored jointly by Oneida/Herkimer BOCES School Library System, Madison-Oneida BOCES School Library System, Jefferson-Lewis BOCES School Library System and the MORIC Model Schools program. One area of Dr. Aronson’s expertise is nonfiction literature in education and teaching.
Cathy Leogrande, Associate Professor at LeMoyne College, was a featured speaker at the conference. Cathy led three of the breakout sessions, and focused on media literacy and digital citizenship. Cathy’s research focus is adolescent development, new literacies and technology, popular culture, and curriculum development.
Due to the increased emphasis on nonfiction under the Common Core standards, it is more critical than ever to connect students to nonfiction reading. Librarians can be the vital link in that process, and Aronson provided tips and strategies on how to become a nonfiction expert, and a resource for both students and teachers.Aronson presented with Sue Bartle, SLS Director from Erie 2 BOCES, concerning tools to use in evaluating non-fiction works. Sue also conducted a section on the importance of weeding library collections to be sure collections are relevant.Library media specialists from regional schools served as presenters, and shared information on a wide range of topics, all relating to the theme of Common Core: Uncommon Challenge.
Special thanks to Emily Gibson, Karen Zaleski, Vicky Greenman, and Katie St. Laurent, from the Oneida/Herkimer SLS, and Jennine Bloomquist, Chris Shaffer, and Tina Laramie from Madison-Oneida SLS, for giving generously of their time and talent as presenters.