I’m incredibly excited to be attending my first National Writing Project Annual Meeting in Atlanta on November 17! I’m also honored to be participating on the panel, “The Makerspace in the Library: What it Means for Your Classroom,” from 1:30 until 3:00 PM. What are we exploring in our session?
Makerspaces are rapidly being implemented in libraries both in and out of schools, and within this change, the role of the librarian is changing. What are the impacts of this change on the our school communities? Is this phenomenon here to stay? What are the implications for writing teachers, and the larger connected learning ecosystem? Join us in a conversation on making in libraries today, and talk with us about how makerspaces and school libraries can work together to support your students’ learning.
My fellow panel members include these innovative educators and librarians:
- Zach Duensing, Nashville Public Library
- Colleen Graves Author, Teacher Librarian; Denton , Tx
- Valerie Jopeck, Elementary Library Education Specialist, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
- K-Fai Steele, Program Associate, National Writing Project
We’ll be doing both large group discussions as well as small group breakouts as part of our inquiry that afternoon. As a librarian and English teacher, I can’t wait to hear the ideas that will be shared and generated through our session. If you are attending the NWP Annual Meeting, I hope you’ll join us Thursday afternoon! I’ll do a post-session blog post and share with you our collaborative dialogue and thinking.