Welcome to the SLJ Virtual Summit blog! We are thrilled to have this online portal to serve as a platform to continue the very compelling discussions and debates that took place at the transformative SLJ Summit in March. It was a dynamic and draining two days, but absolutely worthwhile.
Many of you read Evan’s opening email on "taking an inventory" of all the exceptional and promising ideas that were the by-products of the wide-ranging discussions that took place there. Please share with us those ideas that you think are of the highest priority and from which we can build on the proposed courses of action/strategies developed at the Summit.
I also wanted this first blog post to be an awesome reminder of what made the Summit so compelling (certainly a professional experience I will never forget). Anyway, I went back to my notes to reflect on all of the jewels of information strewn throughout the various conference rooms of the Westin Hotel in midtown New York. Here are just a few nuggets from my notes. Feel free to send more.
"Education = building bridges and taking people across them."
"Give wings to people’s dreams."
Tell your children: "do you know who you are? Look at you. You have the potential for everything."
"Are you carving stones or building cathedrals?"
"Books are being praised for not being what they want it to be. Our opportunity is to see how broken it is. The perception of breakage."
"If students can’t make meaning they cannot be consumers. We have to look at the issue of comprehension and how we support it. Librarians can play an important role. Go beyond the role and become the information technologists in the school."
"We have cradled young people in a technology rich environment. We have to train kids in this new environment. Once a kid gets access to this new environment the old method must be reassessed.
"Our students are the millenniums. We are immigrants. Kids are native to that kind of world."
"How do we create classrooms and school libraries that students want to go to?"
"It’s an exciting time to be a librarian!"
"What do we do as knowledge navigators? We need policies in place to link to each other to create the deep learner."
My hope is that these quotes will "re-spark" the Summit flames that were ignited the weekend of March 18th and 19th, 2005. And please know that your input, feedback and comments are welcomed as we continue this journey of building the "bridges of connectedness" for the 21st century learner.