General Sessions


Opening Keynote

Thursday, November 9 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Jaime CasapJaime Casap evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven project-based learning models. Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of boards for organizations focused on education, innovation, and equity. He is on the Board of Inquiry Schools, Seed Spot NEXT, and Mi Familia Vota. He is part of the Phoenix Union School District Team, who created the Phoenix Coding Academy, an inquiry-based high school designed with computer science as the core language for all students. Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership. Sponsored by Follett.

Friday General Session

Friday, November 10 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

NSLS CoverAASL Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries: Be at the forefront of the journey as AASL sets new standards for students and the profession. Members of the AASL Standards & Guidelines Editorial Board and Implementation Task Force will present AASL’s remodeled standards and guidelines in context with the library landscape and national educational movements. The committees will discuss how the new comprehensive standards for learners, school librarians, and school libraries were developed; walk through the main components of the document; provide an overview of the implementation plan; and highlight opportunities related to the AASL standards launch while you are in Phoenix.

Saturday General Session

Saturday, November 11 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Jason ReynoldsJason Reynolds is crazy. About stories. Whenever he's not writing stories, he's sitting at his window waiting for the ice cream truck to roll by. But not so that he can run out to get a popsicle or a cone of soft-serve. But so that he can dance to the music. And he has a lot of reasons to dance. He's won a bunch of awards like, the Coretta Scott King Honor, the Walter Dean Myers Award, the Kirkus Award, and has been nominated for a National Book Award. See? Dance-worthy, right? But more importantly he dances because he knows you're reading. 

So if you ever see him, sing the ice cream truck song and watch him bust out The Robot. Trust us, it's just as good as his books.

A signing will follow the session. Appearance made possible by Simon & Schuster.

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