Kansas Summer Institute is an annual event co-sponsored by the Kansas Department of Education; Emporia State University, School of Library and Information Management; State Library of Kansas; Northeast Kansas Library System; and the Kansas Association of School Librarians. The Institute is an opportunity for pre- and in-service school librarians and educators to focus day one on best educational practices, and day two on reading and writing. Many local, regional, and national school librarian leaders contribute to sharing current inquiry-based learning exemplars. For example, in 2012, reading, text complexity and the growth of comprehension was presented. Participants learned to use a qualitative and quantitative text complexity method to evaluate text, target the reader’s abilities, background knowledge, experiences, interests and needs and to make recommendations for reading materials.

Past guest school library leaders include Steve Del Vecchio, Milton Chen, Judy Moreillon, Buffy Hamilton, Toni Buzzo, Sharon Coatney, and Jody Howard.

Recent guest authors include David Greenberg, Clare Vanderpool, Beverley Olson Buller, Pete Hautman, Anna Dewdney, and Nancy Werlin.

Mirah Dow, Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Management, said, “As the Institute demonstrates, school librarians are likely to provide an immediate and necessary solution for those who believe the U. S. education system needs an overhaul, not a top down fix. Research and experience shows that state-licensed school librarians and school library media programs are effective in addressing education and workforce issues and promoting student learning and achievement. This is no time to be cutting school librarians.”

American Association of School Librarians

AASL Affiliate Assembly Commendation Recipient 2012

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June 10-11, 2015, doors open daily at 8:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (lunch and break drinks/food included both days)
Visser Hall, Room 118, Emporia State University, Emporia, Kansas
Campus Map http://www.emporia.edu/campus-map/parkingmap.html

2015 Kansas Summer Institute for School Librarians Registration Form
You may register only OR register and enroll for 1 graduate credit hour.

In honor of the 20th annual Institute, SLIM will award 20 free registrations ($130/each) to eligible students (in good standing) enrolled in LI755, 1 credit hour. First come, first served.
To enroll for graduate credit, LI755XI, Summer Institute for School Library Media Specialists, see registration form)

Conference Theme: Transforming School Library Services to Children and Youth

We all recognize that our role as a school librarian is critical to student success. For the past 20 years, school librarians, as well as other educators and public librarians, have looked to the Kansas Summer Institute for School Librarians (KSISL) to provide innovative materials and instructional strategies that effectively and efficiently catapult them into a new school year.

This summer, 2015, will be no exception. We will learn, socialize, and celebrate 20 years of collaboration and sharing responsibilities for transforming school library services to children and youth to meet new standards and high educational expectations. Don’t miss this opportunity to gear up and join in the fun and 20th celebration. More general information will be added to this website as it is available. Also, for more information, please contact Dr. Mirah Dow mdow@emporia.edu or Dr. Jackie Lakin jlakin@ksde.org.

Special Guests

Beth Patin will bring excitement and energy to the 20th celebration as she shares her passion for children and youth services. Beth’s personal experience as a school librarian when her school was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina inspired her to transform her own thinking and teaching about equity of information, building cultural competencies from multicultural literature for youth, and the roles libraries and librarians can play in disasters. It is a special pleasure to hear Beth speak about the transformation process and to interact with her as we will have many opportunities to do. Her enthusiasm for children and youth is contagious!

Beth is a 1999 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans with a B.S. in Education. She taught in New Orleans Public Schools prior to earning the master’s degree in Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University. She was named by the American Library Association a 2007 Emerging Leader. Beth is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Washington’s Information School, and a member of the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries advisory board. Read more about Beth at https://ischool.uw.edu/people/faculty/bethp.

Candace Fleming knows what it means to celebrate and honor achievement - - she, too, will lead us in celebration of KSISL’s 20th year! Afterall, Candace awarded herself the Newbery Medal in fifth grade after scraping the gold sticker off the class copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and pasting it onto her first novel—a ten-page, ten-chapter mystery called Who Done It? She’s been collecting awards (her own, not Elizabeth George Speare’s) ever since.

Today, Candace is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than twenty books for children, including the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award-winning biography, The Lincolns; the bestselling picture book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; and the beloved Boxes for Katje. A full-day with Candace at the 2015 KSISL including book signing is something you won’t want to miss! Read more about Candace at http://www.candacefleming.com/.

KSISL is co-sponsored by the Kansas State Department of Education; the School of Library and Information Management, Emporia State University; the State Library of Kansas; the Kansas Association of School Librarians; and Northeast Kansas Library System.

This is an official KSDE event.