MSLA SAGE Conference 2020

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MSLA SAGE Conference includes MSLA Membership (Early Bird - $50/After Sept. 30 - $65)



Keynote: Falling with Style, Embracing the “Crisitunity”: How Emergency Response Remote Learning Sho

9:00 - 9:45

What does it mean to teach and learn in a COVID 19 reality? Even the most flexible of educators were thrown for a loop when provinces mandated the physical closure of schools to “flatten the curve” of the global pandemic. Join Diana Maliszewski to consider the challenges, celebrations, and chances for change that this new situation has thrust upon us. Peppered with pop-culture media literacy references and honest reflections, Diana will offer some potential next steps for what educators can do to Keep Calm and Carry On.

Diana Maliszewski (OCT, BA, Bed, MEd) is the teacher-librarian at Agnes Macphail Public School in the Toronto District School Board and has worked as a school library professional for over twenty years. From 2006 - 2018, she was the editor-in-chief of The Teaching Librarian, the official publication of the Ontario School Library Association. Currently, she is one of the directors of the Association for Media Literacy and planners for MakerEdTO. Diana has been honoured with several awards, such as the Follett International Teacher-Librarian of the Year and the OLA President's Award for Exceptional Achievement. Diana Maliszewski maintains an active social media presence, tweeting on, posting weekly on her blog, appearing as a guest on various podcasts that are part of and sharing videos on her YouTube channel. She has spoken at conferences throughout North America on topics such as gaming in education, graphic novels, popular culture, professional learning communities, makerspaces, and mentoring. Her research on the impact of readers' choice award programs was published in the peer-reviewed academic journal School Libraries Worldwide in 2018. Find a detailed list of her publications and presentations here:


Session 1 - Agency and Equity: Students Shaping School Library Collections Pre- and Post-COVID

10:00 - 10:45

This is a story of cross-board inspiration, collaboration, and considering student voice even in the most challenging times. Hear from Diana Maliszewski and Jonelle St-Aubyn, two teacher-librarians - one elementary, one secondary - on how their interaction at the school library think tank symposium known as Treasure Mountain Canada led to practical strategies for involving their learners in developing their School Library Learning Commons resources. This talk has implications for classroom teachers as well as school library professionals.

Jonelle St-Aubyn, Bachelor of Kinesiology and Bachelor of Education, has had a rather unconventional path to becoming the full time teacher librarian at Louise Arbour Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario. She began her teaching career with the Peel District School Board (PDSB) as a Health and Physical Education and Family Studies teacher. Knee surgeries led her to transition from Physical Education to the School Library Learning Commons in 2015. Jonelle was one of the team members that revised the Teacher-Librarianship Additional Qualification course guidelines for the Ontario College of Teachers. She is also the recent recipient of the OSSTF District 19 Inspiring Moments Campaign and the Teachers Life Exceptional Educator Award. Jonelle is a fan of YA novels, Netflix, tattoos, music, working out and teaching!

Grade Level: K-12


Session 2 - Supporting Anywhere Anytime Learning in a Climate of Uncertainty

11:00 - 11:45

This session will explore the pedagogy, planning and practice that will best support learners in a digital world regardless of context (face to face, blended or remote).

Shauna Cornwell currently works as a Program Lead in Winnipeg School Division. Prior to that she served as an Enrichment & Innovation Consultant, supporting innovative teaching and learning practices, programming and initiatives involving STEAM based learning, technology, inquiry and enrichment. She is also a Google Certified Educator and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert. She is also the Affiliate Director in Manitoba for the international organization, Destination Imagination, an initiative for students of all ages promoting creativity, problem solving and teamwork. Shauna believes strongly in the transformative nature of being a connected learner.

Grade Level: K-12


Session 3B - Nutrients for Life

13:00 - 13:45

The Nutrients for Life Foundation is a registered Canadian charitable organization committed to bringing educational materials to the classroom, focusing on soil science, plant biology and agricultural sustainability. We offer funding opportunities and resources for Learning Gardens, a downloadable resource package, professional development seminars, and classroom visitations. Our website offers online resources such as e-Learning lessons, games, videos, print materials and readers. This presentation will provide an overview of the resources on our website and how the garden program could work for your school.

Ray Cochrane is a retired senior science teacher of Virden Collegiate Institute and has been with Nutrients for Life Canada for 8 years. Raised on a mixed farm, he continues to have an interest in providing students and teachers with science based information in the areas of sustainable agricultural and environmental practices.

Grade Level: K-12


Session 4B - StoryWalk® - What is it and How to Create your Own

14:00 - 14:45

Looking for an innovative way to get your families moving and enjoy a great story? Try hosting a StoryWalk®. In a StoryWalk®, individual pages from a picture book are mounted on signs and placed throughout the neighbourhood. Participants follow the path of the signs to read each of the pages of the book.

It’s a great way for families to get some fresh air, read a Canadian book and build fun memories, while still observing physical distancing.

Holly, Karen and the school’s Phys. Ed. specialist set up a StoryWalk for Nordale school in May. This session will highlight their experience and detail the steps they took to create this well-attended StoryWalk program.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. See more at:

Holly Pike is a Library Assistant in Louis Riel School Division Before coming to Manitoba she worked in a public library. Holly has enjoyed working with students and staff at Nordale since last fall. This is her first pandemic and second Storywalk.

Karen Burkett is a K-to-8 teacher-librarian in Louis Riel School Division. She enthusiastically promotes the use of picture books with students of all ages to engage and inspire students and staff.

Grade Level: K-12


Session 5 - Moderated Discussion, Reflection, Questions and Closing Remarks

15:00 - 15:30

During the course of the day, participants will be given 15 minute reflection breaks between each of the other three sessions to generate comments, connections and questions for sharing during this moderated discussion and question session. This is an opportunity to connect with other educators and share thoughts around the information and experiences shared during the course of the day and to plan ways forward. Closing remarks and conclusion of the conference.

Moderator’s Name: Brandi Bartok

Grade Level: K-12

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