Conference 2005

Keys from the Past

Doors to the Future


Thursday, October 20, 2005  
7:00 - 9:00 P.M. Wine and Cheese
Manitoba Room, Clarion Hotel
Presentation: Manitobia: Life & Times
Publishers Displays  

Friday, October 21, 2005
9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Keynote Speaker: Carol Matas

Photo Credit: Winnipeg Free PressWinnipeg writer, Carol Matas has written over 30 books and plays. Some of her best known titles include fiction that are set either in the past or the future such as Lisa, Rebecca, Daniel's Story, Cloning  Miranda, Of Two Minds, After the War, Rosie, Dear Canada: Footsteps in the Snow, and The Diary of Isobel Scott. She is currently working on a new book entitled Turn Away for the Dear Canada series which will be set in Winnipeg in 1942. Among her numerous awards is the American Library Association Best Book of the Year Award, for After the War, 1996. She has been a two-time nominee for the Governor General's Award for Daniel's Story and The Burning Time.

In an interview with Noreen Kruzich Violetta (2003), Carol says, " ...the most important thing about writing a book is what happens before you pick up your pen, ...thinking about the story, the characters, the themes, all of this must happen for me before I begin to write. If it is an historical this happens simultaneously with my research."

10:00 - 10:30 A. M. Coffee break and publisher displays

10:30 - 12:00 Sessions:

Session #L01
Manitobia: Life &Times
Betty J. Dearth, BA, MILS, Librarian, Industrial Technology Centre
Description:  Manitobia is a  digitalization of historical Manitoba newspapers and primary materials (diary, letter, photographs, etc.) surrounding 6 major themes including Red River Rebellion, Age of Settlement, Manitoba Schools Question, Suffrage, World War I, and the Winnipeg General Strike. A walk-through of the online resource and materials for practical applications for the classroom.
Level: All

Session #L02
Diversity Education: Deconstructing Online Hate and Exploring Media and Race
Presenter: Jane Tallim, Director of Education, Media Awareness Network
Description: Discover MNet's latest PD resources. Exploring Media and Race examines the methods and influences of media misrepresentation and/or under-representation of minority groups. Deconstructing Online Hate illustrates the online tactics of hate mongers, and how educators can help students use critical thinking skills to analyze bias and hate propaganda on the Internet.
Level: All

Session #L03
The Graphic Novel and the Comic Book Format  

Presenter:  Gail de Vos, adjunct professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta
Description: This session will explore the language and grammar of comic books and graphic novels by using examples of the best of the best. Gail will provide an overview of storytelling techniques used in the comic book medium and will highlight the strengths of this medium in all aspects of literacy.
Level: All

Session #L04
Teachers' Institute on Canadian Parliamentary Democracy
Luella Stephens, secondary teacher-librarian, River East Transcona S.D. & the Honourable Senator Maria Chaput, first female Franco-Manitoban Senator
The Library of Parliament annually hosts an intensive six-day professional development opportunity for 70 teachers from all across Canada.  The purpose is to give teachers: direct access to parliamentarians, provide an insider's view on how parliament works, and to network and discuss with other teachers how to involve youth in the democratic process.  This programme is open to Grade 4 to Senior 4 teachers of Social Studies, Law, Canadian History, Native Studies, and teacher-librarians. Luella will share her experience as a participant, including the lesson plans they created for the website. T
he Honourable Senator Maria Chaput will speak about her experience as a senator.
Level: All

Session #L05
Canadian School Libraries and Teacher-Librarians:  Results from the 2003/04 Information and Communication
Technologies in Schools Survey
Presenter: Marlene Asselin, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, Dept. of Language and Literacy, University of British Columbia & Past President of CASL (Canadian Association of School Libraries)
This session will present a pan-Canadian portrait of school libraries.  Selected  major  findings  from  a  study  conducted  by Statistics Canada will be reported; specifically pertaining to:
a) presence of a school library; 
b) presence of a teacher-librarian and other staff; 
c) library funding; 
d) linking other measures to presence of teacher-librarians and library funding;
e) presence of teacher-librarians and library funding and
links to incorporation of ICT into teaching practices;
f) location of computers in the school; 
g) school websites.  
Discussion will focus on implications of these findings for national and provincial advocacy initiatives.
Level: All

Session #L06
More than just making movies: Video production in the classroom can teach critical analysis skills
Presenter:  Nicole Matiation, Artistic/Executive Director, Freeze Frame
Description: Through a series of screening exercises as well as carrying out mini-video projects, students can develop their analytical skills with regard to films, videos, and television programs. In understanding the production process, the student is better armed not only to express themselves through video projects, but also to understand and appreciate more fully various types of production.
Middle, Senior

Session #L07
Making Meaning with Non-fiction Texts: Strategies for Reading and Writing
Presenter:  Susan Leppington,
Libraries & Learning Consultant, co-author of Canada & Its Trading Partners
Description: Reading is a reciprocal process in which the reader makes the meaning and the writer makes the message. The meaning-making skills inherent in reading and writing non-fiction must be explicitly taught and are most effective when integrated with specific curriculum outcomes and appropriate learning resources.  In this practical workshop, Susan describes the reader'
s interactive role with text by identifying and then deconstructing the reading skills which students must strategically use to make meaning from non-fiction. In addition, student writers must understand that a clear purpose and identifiable audience determines the specific form or genre of writing so that they can construct meaning for their readers.
Level: All  

12:00 - 1:15 P.M. Lunch on Site 

1:15 - 2:45 Afternoon Sessions: 

Session #L08
Storytelling for Young Adults
Presenter: Gail de Vos, adjunct professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta
Description: A common association with the term storytelling is as entertainment for young children. In this session, Gail will discuss why young teens can be the most satisfying audience for the storyteller/educator and how storytelling can be utilized in all aspects of the curriculum to enhance the learning experience for this age group.
Level: Middle, Senior

Session #L09
Exploring our Heritage
  Vicki Pennell, IMPACT Editor and Editor of Resource Links
Description: The proliferation of Canadian historical fiction for young people provides a wonderful window into our heritage and acts as a great supplement to Social Studies programs. Historical fiction presents concepts which are sometimes difficult for children to grasp, within a meaningful context with which they can identify. An overview of recent Canadian historical fiction - from picture books to young adult.
Level: All

Session #L10
Information Literacy Skills Continuum K-S4
Presenters: Sherry Faller, Yolanda Hogeveen, and Paulette Leclerc, teacher-librarians in River East Transcona School Division
Come learn about the new Information Literacy Skills Continuum created by a team of teacher-librarians who won the 2005 Angela Thacker Award, a national CASL award.  It is an interactive, on-line document that clearly outlines the Information Literacy skills needed to be taught to our students. Included are black-line masters, checklists, teaching tools, definitions, assessment, and links to other resources. It has been found to be an invaluable resource in the process of teaching students at all grade levels to become information literate and lifelong learners.
Level: All

Session #L11
Planning a national school library day or other book events
  Rick Mulholland, CASL Coordinator/Teacher-Librarian, B.C.
Description: Feel like celebrating? Join us for a chance to learn and share ideas on planning different types of book events. With National School Library Day as our focus, we will cover planning events from the beginning stages to the actual book celebration. Come prepared to share your ideas and leave with some new tricks.
Level: All

Session #L12
Focus on Inquiry
Presenter:  Lois Barranoik, Ph.D. Education, teacher-librarian and instructor, University of Alberta
Focus on Inquiry: A Teacher's Guide to Implementing Inquiry-based Learning (Alberta Learning, 2004) is an update to Focus on Research: A Guide to Developing Students' Research Skills (Alberta Education, 1990).  The document provides "an instructional model that can be used by all teachers" - Kindergarten to Grade 12.  This presentation will provide an overview of the document, an introduction to the Inquiry Model, and possible applications for the classroom and the library.
Level: All

Session # L13
Searching the Internet
Harriet Zaidman, teacher-librarian, Louis Riel S.D.
Students often waste time doing inaccurate searches on the Internet. Learn to do efficient and productive searches using a variety of search engines. Teach your students how to choose meaningful terms and use the different features available on each engine. Make researching easier and more enjoyable.

Session #L14
Visunet Canada Partners Program
Presenter:  Faline Bobier, Coordinator, Visunet Canada Partners Program, CNIB Library for the Blind
Libraries serve diverse communities, including those that have difficulties accessing information due to blindness, visual impairment, learning  disabilities or a physical disability. An overview of the Visunet Canada Partners Program, an initiative of the CNIB Library for the Blind. Learn more about the CNIB Digital Library, the Children's Discovery Portal, and the DAISY format (an international standard for digital talking books for people who cannot read print).          
Level: All

Saturday, October 22, 2005  
10:00 - 11:00 A. M. Morning Sessions:

Session #L15
The Graphic Novel and the Comic Book Format

Presenter:  Gail de Vos, adjunct professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta
Description: This session will explore the language and grammar of comic books and graphic novels by using examples of the best of the best. Gail will provide an overview of storytelling techniques used in the comic book medium and will highlight the strengths of this medium in all aspects of literacy.
Level: All

Session #L16
Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning Program, University of Alberta
Presenter: Lois Barranoik, Ph.D Education, teacher-librarian and instructor, University of Alberta
Description: Teacher-Librarianship by Distance Learning became available at the University of Alberta in 1997.  To learn more about the current program access the following website:  http://www.quasar.ualberta.ca/tl-dl/   Bring some of your thoughts and questions about the program to this session.

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Last Updated October 8/05