First, this Friday in Hartford for AASL (American Association of School Librarians) to hang out with my Westborough Reads librarian superheroes, Maureen and Anita on a panel about collaborative reading projects. I also get to hang out with old friend and fantastic author Laurel Snyder and some other awesome people for the "Authors Who Skype" panel. (Bonus event at Western New England University with an old friend on Wednesday night, and then dinner with old school friend who is also an awesome librarian on Thursday.) (Yes, I know I listed those completely out of order. I make you work on this blog.) Lots of old friends! Very excited to see them all!
Here's my AASL schedule for Friday, November 15th:
8:00 – 9:15 AM Speaking on Authors Who Skype [Marriott C]
With rising travel costs and shrinking budgets, schools are experimenting with ways to connect authors through Skype and other video conferencing.
Participants include: Mary Ann Scheuer, moderator; Laurel Snyder; Jarrett Krosoczka; A.S. King; Melissa Stewart; Vicki Cobb, Author.
9:30 – 10:30 AM Signing Reality Boy and other titles in LBYR Booth
2:00 – 3:00 PM Signing in Mackin Booth #401
3:15 – 4:30 PM Speaking on Reading + Collaboration = Shared Community Experience [Convention Center Room 24]
Attendees will learn how to create a shared reading experience through a town-wide collaboration that will strongly impact the fabric of the entire community. Practical advice will be provided on gaining support and integrating the experience with the curriculum. Outcomes of a successful program will be discussed from the perspective of the school librarian, a public librarian, and the author.
Participants include: Anita Cellucci, School Librarian; Maureen Ambrosino, Library Director; A.S. King, Author
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Then home for the kid's birthday. I love being home for the kid's birthday.
Then straight Boston for NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) to talk sense about the Common Core with the likes of several bona fide Han Solos, with a bonus stay for ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE), where I'll be on a panel of the Walden Award finalists on Monday afternoon.
Here is my NCTE Schedule for Saturday, November 23rd, 2013
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Signing Reality Boy and other titles in LBYR Booth #803 & 805
1:15 – 2:30 PM Speaking on No One Cares What You Think or Feel: Talking Back to the Common Core Standards [Sheraton – Independence Ballroom East, Second Floor]
The unchallenged assertion that “no one cares what you think or feel” in real-world literacy underscores both the standards' key message and method of their development/dissemination. This Conversation invites participants to “talk back” to the CCSS. All will have opportunity to write, draw, or film their personal responses.
SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Kim McCollum-Clark, Millersville University, chair; Paul Hankins, Floyds Knobs, IN; Teri Lesesne Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX; Mark Letcher, Purdue University-Calumet, Hammond, IN; Cindy Minnich, Upper Dauphin Area High School, Elizabethville, PA; A.S. King, Author
3:00 – 4:00 PM Signing Losing It in Lerner Booth #822
6:00 - 8:00 PM Cary Library Event with Malindo Lo and Karen Healey
Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA
Again, I listed these out of order. Pure trickery.
I can't help it.
I will be back with news I can't share when I can share it.
Until then, I have to pack and tap dance.