Summer Literacy Institute: Literacies for 21st Century Learners
Thursday Keynote-AASL President & VEMA Past-President Ann Martin
Ann Martin will open the Institute with her keynote session, "Navigating Literacy for a New Generation," addressing various forms of literacy and how educators can equip today's students with the tools they need to be successful 21st Century Learners. Ann, author of Seven Steps to an Award Winning School Library Program (2005), has received many awards including the Longwood University Professionals Who Made a Difference Award (2008), AASL National School Library Media Program of the Year (2002), and Virginia Tech Excellence in Education Award (2000). In addition to her duties as AASL President, Ann currently serves as an Educational Specialist, Library Information Services, in Henrico Public Schools.
Thursday Workshop & Banquet Speaker - Newbery Author Richard Peck
Award-winning author Richard Peck will provide entertainment and enlightenment during his Thursday afternoon workshop, "The Story as the Teacher's Best Tool: Bringing the Story and Young Readers Together." At the Thursday evening banquet he will speak on "Books That Bring Families Together: Real Books in the Age of Facebook." Richard is the author of over 30 novels for children and young adults. He has won various awards, including the Newbery Medal (2001) for A Year Down Yonder. Its prequel, A Long Way from Chicago, was a Newbery Honor book (1999). Other awards include the National Humanities Medal, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the ALAN Award for Outstanding Contributions to Young-Adult Literature, and the Edgar Award. His latest books include The Teacher's Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts (2004), Here Lies the Librarian (2006), and On the Wings of Heroes (2007).
Back by Popular Demand-Friday Motivational Speaker Kim Johnson
Author Kim Johnson will share words of inspiration and wisdom as we close the Institute on Friday afternoon! Kim, the author of eight children's books, has been the guest speaker for local and national organizations including Project Read To Me, Smart Start, National Reading Association, and Head Start. She was also a guest reader at the 2002 Easter Egg Roll at the White House. Kim visits schools throughout the U.S. speaking to children and adults about literacy and writing. She conducts staff development workshops on how to motivate children in the classroom and also teaches creative writing to elementary and middle school students. Kim received the 2005 Paul Harris Fellow Award presented by Rotary International for her work in literacy.
Concurrent sessions will provide participants opportunities to select from a variety of 60-minute presentations addressing various forms of literacies for 21st century learners such as digital, visual, emergent, cultural, media, adolescent, information, critical, economic, real-world, and family. All sessions are designed to be beneficial for PreK-12 classroom teachers, school library media specialists, reading specialists, special educators, curriculum coordinators, staff developers, and administrators.
On-site vendors will provide a variety of items for preview and purchase, including books authored by the Institute speakers. Authors will sign books at times and locations specified in the registration packet.