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Late night in Columbus! (Two big unconferency AASL events)

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If, like me, you are counting the days till AASL, the biennial convergence of our people, you’ll likely be pulling your calendar together around now.  Yes, there’s a lot going on!  I am truly looking forward to the speakers, the authors, the sessions, the friends, and yes, the dancing. When the sessions and the dinners […]

Celebrating edcamp, libcamp, unconference


For me, it’s been an unconferency kinda week–a celebration of the informal, participant-driven learning experiences that have made huge impact on professional learning culture. 1. On Monday, I was honored to be invited to attend a little 5th birthday party featuring an extraordinary present.  The EdCamp Foundation announced the gift of a $2 million dollar, no strings […]

Our 3rd Annual Open Mic Smackdown!


The end of the year draws year.  And it’s that time again! That’s right. Put the Thanksgivakkuh dishes away and get ready to smackdown. Librarians and teachers and other friends are invited to join me, Gwyneth and Tiff this coming Monday night for another exciting virtual, karaoke-style, smackdown! This is an opportunity for you to […]

AASL: The unconference report


Friday night a team of teacher librarians, and a few friends, hosted AASL’s first unconference. It all started with a conversation with Susan Ballard at a CiSSL Retreat at Rutgers this summer. I wondered if AASL would consider the idea of a participant-driven unconference event. Sue said, why not? and that she’d check on it […]

The AASL Unconference: Join us!


If you’re planning to attend AASL in Hartford, please add our first-ever Unconference on your agenda. Our kinda edgy, late-night event will take place in the Capitol Ballroom at the Marriott beginning at 9 PM on Friday night. The focus is on informal, peer-to-peer learning, PLN building, and sharing–ensuring that voices get heard and that […]

Our first PSLA/MU Unconference


I am a big fan of the unconference/edcamp movements and of open space planning.     And though I’ve personally been lucky to attend a number of local, regional, and national edcamps and unconfs, I’ve wanted to share my excitement about these participant-driven events with my TL colleagues in Pennsylvania.  Our traditional PSLA state conference is pretty darn […]