2021 Leatherstocking Conference Schedule

  • Leatherstocking Conference 2021
    Moving Forward Together
    Friday, October 29, 2021
    8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Free w/Lunch Provided

    Join us for a day focused on current topics in professional school librarian practice.

Morning Sessions

  • 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. - Registration and Breakfast

    8:20 - 9:30 a.m. - Keynote Address - When Words Heal
    Location: Hambletonian Room

    Presenter: I.W. Gregorio
    Despite the huge increase in mental health awareness across the world, suicide rates are the highest they've been in twenty years. What role can teachers and librarians play in helping kids navigate tough times? What does good mental health representation look like? I.W. Gregorio will talk about the choices she made while writing her Schneider Award-winning "THIS IS MY BRAIN IN LOVE" and highlights other important books with neurodiverse characters.

    9:35 - 10:35 a.m.
    Session A - "SEE" What You Can Do with Technology 
    Location: Hambletonian Room

    Presenters: Jackie Buzzard, McAllister Elementary School Librarian & Liz Wise, MORIC Model Schools Technology Integration Specialist
    Description: During this session, participants will experience different activities they can integrate into their libraries and classrooms to beat the boredom blues. We will take a look at different strategies that are student-focused and include engaging content that will enhance learning for students. Get ready for a fast-paced and interactive session to test out some of these strategies.
    Audience: K-8 school librarians

    Session B - The QFT Question Formulation Technique (QFT)  
    Location: Sire Stakes Room

    Presenters: John Cornue, Staff & Curriculum Development Specialist for M-O BOCES, and author, Changing the Grade (ASCD, 2018)
    Description: How do I create self-directed learners who know how to develop their own useful questions? Learn the powerful and simple method to implement Question Formulation Technique (QFT). This 5-step process is used with students to improve their questioning, thinking, and analytical skills. QFT can be aligned with all learning standards across any discipline and is applicable in, and adaptable for, almost all classrooms and settings.

    10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
    Session A - We Need Diverse Books: An Insider's Story 
    Location: Hambletonian Room

    Presenter: I.W. Gregorio
    Description: As a founding member of WNDB, I.W. Gregorio will talk about the genesis of the We Need Diverse Books movement, detailing the multi-tiered approach to dealing with the systemic, cultural issue of the lack of diversity within the publishing industry. Gregorio talks about resources that can be used to build collections that represent our world and the work that still needs to be done to make sure that all children see themselves reflected in books.

    Session B - Sustainable Libraries Initiative: Cultivating a School Library Program That Lasts (Videoconference presentation)
    Location: Sire Stakes
    Annie Gersztoff, School Library System Program Manager at Capital Region BOCES; Advisory Committee Member (for School Libraries), NYLA’s Sustainable Libraries Initiative
    Description: Wondering how to cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive program that has staying power? Are you interested in social justice, building relationships, advocacy, and environmental responsibility? If this sounds like you, consider joining this introductory session about the Sustainable Libraries Initiative. Attendees will learn what the Sustainable Libraries Initiative is and the kind of work that will be completed in order to receive certification. Join our cohort of school librarian leaders in paving the way toward a more environmentally sound, socially equitable, and economically feasible future!
    Audience: K-12 school librarians

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Lunch

Afternoon Sessions

  • 12:30 - 1:15 p.m.
    Session A - Tell Your Library’s Story in a New Way: Using Infographics as a Marketing Tool
    Location: Hambletonian Room
    Presenters: Roma Matott, Oneida-Herkimer-Madison BOCES Librarian
    Description: Are you bored with the current look of your library reports? Do you want an eye-catching format to present your data? Look no further! Reimagine your statistics as you apply the elements of design and recreate your reports as infographics. In this session, you will learn all the tips and tricks you need to easily create a dynamic report and advocate for your library program.

    Click HERE for Infographic Resources!

    Session B - You Just Might Already Be Doing It! Simple ways to Integrate the New NYS Computer Science Standards into the School Library Curriculum. (Videoconference presentation)
    Location: Sire Stakes Room
    Presenters: Laurie Guyon, WSWHE BOCES Model Schools Coordinator, is ISTE certified and holds a plethora of technology certifications, from Google to Sphero to BreakoutEDU. Laurie served on the Authoring Workgroup for the new NYS Computer Science Standards, is a frequent conference presenter, and is an adjunct professor for SUNY Plattsburgh where she teaches Digital Age Learning.
    Description: What are the new NYS Computer Science Standards? Who is responsible for teaching them? How can I easily integrate them into my curriculum (or am I doing so already)? Presenter Laurie Gruyon, who was involved with the development of the new NYS Computer Science Standards, will provide an overview of them, as well as great ideas for integrating them into the school library curriculum.

    1:15 - 1:45 p.m. - Chat & Chocolate WALK

    1:50 - 2:35 p.m.
    Session A - Using Local Primary Sources in the Curriculum
    Location: Hambletonian Room
    Presenter: Rebecca McLain, Executive Director of the Oneida County History Center & Matthew Urtz, Madison County Historian
    Description: Join Rebecca and Matthew as they talk about available resources at their organizations, how educators and students can access these collections, and how to incorporate local history into the classroom. They will also discuss past collaborations with teachers and students, and the projects that resulted from these partnerships.
    Audience: K-12 school librarians

    Session B - Welcoming, Affirming: Strategies for LGBTQI+ Inclusion & Support in the School & Library
    Location: Sire Stakes Room
    Presenter: Gina Calabro, Madison-Oneida BOCES Special Education Coordinator, and Colleagues
    Description: How can I be more supportive of LGBTQI+ students in my school & library? How might I speak and address issues in an affirming and respectful way? What is the developmentally affirming way to address LGBTQI+ inclusivity in the different age groups, including elementary? If you have questions about LGBTQI+ inclusivity in the K-12 context, this session is for you. Gina Calabro and a team of educators from MO BOCES are participating in a year-long certificate program through Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. Their program focus is how to best advocate for LGBTQ youth and model inclusive school climate strategies.

    2:35 - 3:00 p.m. - Wrap-Up