With a Hybrid model of learning for the 2020-21 school year, one librarian has found a way to prove how necessary her expertise is in the district. Originally asked to teach enrichment classes during the hybrid model, Library Media Specialist Dani Newman counter-offered her administrator by saying she would be happy to do that, but wanted to also find a way to circulate books for all her students. During this workshop, she will discuss how she developed a plan, discussed it with administration and teachers whose classes would be involved, and set it in motion. Newman will talk about how she is being used a push-in technology expert for both teachers and students and how she is using the Enrichment classes to develop "tech leaders" in the school. During a time when many librarians or their libraries are being "repurposed," Newman will the describe the way she has been utilized in a different way, while maintaining the distinction of being the School Library Media Specialist.
Registrants will be emailed the Zoom link one day prior to the event.
Dani Newman, MSEd, is in her third year as a Library Media Specialist at Fillmore Central School District in Fillmore, NY. While the school is a PK-12 school, she primarily teaches PK-6.Newman serves as the Middle School Drama Co-Director and the Odyssey of the Mind advisor. She also coaches archery and softball. Newman is the Chair of the Cattaraugus-Allegany School Library System's Communication Coordinators Committee (C3). Previous to her position at Fillmore, she worked as a high school English teacher in Olean, NY, and Smethport, PA. She also worked as an adjunct professor of English Composition at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Newman, a mother of five grown children (and grandmother of one), lives in Smethport, Pennsylvania.