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Thursday, October 10
 

1:00pm CDT

WI-FI: Network: ITEM2019
Thursday October 10, 2019 1:00pm - Saturday October 12, 2019 2:00pm CDT
Conference-wide

2:00pm CDT

Evaluation & CEUs
https://forms.gle/tGrfyhrzQGsq1g2t9

Thursday October 10, 2019 2:00pm - Tuesday December 31, 2019 11:59pm CST
Conference-wide

4:00pm CDT

Registration Open
Come pick up your name tag and badge ribbons and say hello!

Thursday October 10, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm CDT
Northland Entry

5:30pm CDT

ITEM Fellowship Social & Dinner
The meals provided by the hotel will be clearly marked with meal indicator cards and if items contain gluten and dairy. There are options available on the buffet for those with dietary preferences. If attendees have questions about what is in a dish, ask a banquet server and they can check with the kitchen. Special meal cards have been provided where alternatives were necessary.

Thursday October 10, 2019 5:30pm - 7:00pm CDT
Fireside Room

5:30pm CDT

Omni Brewery Social Event
Join us at the Omni Brewery between 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. on Thursday evening.
Omni Brewing Co. Barrel Room
9462 Deerwood Ln N, Maple Grove
Thursday, October 10, 2019

Free Shuttle from/to the Marriot Northwest (runs approximately every half hour)

1 complimentary beer ticket for event registrants:
Register at tinyurl.com/item19social for a free craft beer!!

Additional tickets for sale at $6 each, cash or credit.

Sponsored by General Office Products and Steelcase


Thursday October 10, 2019 5:30pm - 9:30pm CDT
Omni Brewery

6:00pm CDT

Vendor Move-In/Check-in
Thursday October 10, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm CDT
Northland Foyer
 
Friday, October 11
 

6:00am CDT

Library-Wear Day!
Show your Library pride and wear your library-themed clothing and jewelry today!

Friday October 11, 2019 6:00am - 9:00pm CDT
Conference-wide

7:00am CDT

Registration Open
Come pick up your name tag and badge ribbons and say hello!

Friday October 11, 2019 7:00am - 4:00pm CDT
Northland Entry

7:30am CDT

Breakfast & Logo unveiling, 2020 Vision Rollout, Awards, Standards Announcement, Invitation to membership meeting
The meals provided by the hotel will be clearly marked with meal indicator cards and if items contain gluten and dairy. There are options available on the buffet for those with dietary preferences. If attendees have questions about what is in a dish, ask a banquet server and they can check with the kitchen. Special meal cards have been provided where alternatives were necessary.

Breakfast topics:
  • Logo unveiling
  • 2020 Vision
  • Awards
  • Standards Announcement
  • Invitation to Membership Meeting

Friday October 11, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am CDT
Northland

9:00am CDT

Author Signing
TBA

Friday October 11, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
Northland

9:00am CDT

Vendor Time
Friday October 11, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am CDT
Northland Foyer

9:00am CDT

Exhibit Hall Open
Friday October 11, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm CDT
Northland Foyer

9:00am CDT

ITEM Bookstore
Friday October 11, 2019 9:00am - 5:00pm CDT
Northland Foyer

9:30am CDT

Collaboration At Its Best! The Media Specialist and the Special Ed Teacher
Come see the amazing work experience Special Education students gain by doing projects in the Media Center and school wide that support the Media program, teachers & more.

Speakers
MK

Mary Klauk

Library Media Specialist, Osseo Area Schools


Friday October 11, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Lake Ontario

9:30am CDT

Indigenous Representations: Evaluating Resources and Creating Partnerships
The Indigenous Representations project aims to develop a curated collection of outstanding children's books by and about Native people with emphasis on regional tribes. Session attendees will gain practical insight in how to evaluate representation of American Indians in children's literature and learn about opportunities to get involved in this project.

Speakers
DS

Dr. Sarah Dahlen

St. Catherine University
avatar for Leah Larson

Leah Larson

LSTA Grant Coordinator, State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education
After being a school media specialist for 10 years, I recently transitioned to a position at the department of education. I am passionate about young adult literature, professional development around racial equity and intersecting literacies. In my free time, I enjoy travel, spending... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Minnesota Salon 2

9:30am CDT

Kindergarten Research and Science Games
Learn about a fun and engaging kindergarten research unit that incorporates ELA and Science standards using read alouds, research skills, movement games, and science vocabulary. This unit is one of my kindergarten students' favorites to participate in and one of my favorites to teach them.

Link to session resources

Speakers
avatar for Lacey Rotier

Lacey Rotier

Media Specialist, Northport Elementary, Robbinsdale Area Schools
I am the library media specialist at Northport Elementary in Brooklyn Center, MN. I am passionate about meaningful collaboration with classroom teachers that enhances learning experiences for students. Sometimes this means integrating technology in a way that provides a quality learning... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Arbor Lakes

9:30am CDT

Read Woke - High School Version
Inspired by SLJ's article about Cicely Lewis' reading initiative to "challenge social norms and give voice to the voiceless," we launched our own Read Woke programs in our urban high schools. Since the article was published, Read Woke has become a call to action in libraries across the country. Find out what we did, how we did it, what we learned along the way, and how you and your students can Read Woke.


Friday October 11, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Elm Creek

9:30am CDT

Resources for Teaching Climate Change
Are we teaching our students enough about climate change? Teachers need resources to approach the topic and sound arguments for why it needs to be addressed. In this session we will explore different resources for helping students learn about climate change and how it impacts the world they are inheriting from us.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Mehsikomer

Mary Mehsikomer

Outreach Facilitator, Sourcewell Technology
Twitter: @MaryTMM


Friday October 11, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Minnesota Salon 1

9:30am CDT

The "Invisible" Backpack: How GALE Resources Can Support Students with Mental Health Needs
This presentation will introduce Cameron's Collection (MS/HS) and Camp Cameron (ES), two eBook series for the Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL) platform that have been specifically curated to provide authoritative content on sensitive subjects that can be viewed anonymously by students who may be struggling with health and wellness issues but not yet ready to open up to a trusted adult.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon

Education Consultant, Gale - Cengage Company
As a leading edtech and digital nonfiction content provider, Gale is committed to delivering authoritative, curriculum-aligned resources to improve student engagement, encourage collaboration, and foster critical thinking.


Friday October 11, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Lake Erie

9:30am CDT

Using Social Media for Professional Learning and Promoting Your Library or Classroom Program
Leverage social media tools to highlight the great things happening in your school library or classroom and place professional learning at your fingertips. Connect yourself to fellow educators, industry experts, and the global learning community through social media accounts of Instagram, Twitter, and/or Pinterest. Take away tips to facilitate your own professional learning through social media and ideas for library or classroom promotion you can implement right away. Get an overview of countless examples of successful social media use by ITEM members and other educators. Join us to discover which type of social media might work best for your individual needs.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Swenson

Sara Swenson

Media Specialist, Edina Public Schools
Media Specialist, Edina High School


Friday October 11, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Lake Michigan

9:30am CDT

What's Up With ISTE?
As ITEM members your organization holds an affiliate membership in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the leading organization for educators interested in harnessing technology in their schools and libraries. In addition to presenting the premier education conference ISTE has published standards for students, teachers, coaches, and leaders. Join this session to hear what’s new at ISTE and how you can take advantage of its wonderful resources!

Speakers
avatar for Laurie Conzemius

Laurie Conzemius

Ed Tech Consultant, Laurie Conzemius LLC
I love discussing the tools, resources, and technologies that can improve teaching and learning. I feel fortunate to represent Minnesota educators as an ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) board member. Ask me about our resources - and join me at the premier international... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 9:30am - 10:15am CDT
Lake Huron

10:25am CDT

7 Ways to Celebrate Reading in the 21st Century
Chances are you became a school librarian because you love to read and want to share that joy with your students. But how can reading books compete with screen time and video games? During this session we will collaborate and share ideas to promote books and reading in our school libraries and school learning communities. Together we will explore ways that we can promote books through low tech and high tech means. It's time to get back to our roots as literacy educators!


Speakers
avatar for Kristine Holzweiss

Kristine Holzweiss

Educational Technology Enrichment Specialist, Syosset High School
Kristina A. Holzweiss was selected as the School Librarian of the Year in 2015 by School Library Journal and Scholastic.  She  has authored and co-authored two series of makerspace books for Scholastic.  She is the President of Long Island LEADS (http://www.longislandleads.org... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Elm Creek

10:25am CDT

Elementary Author Panel
This panel will feature authors who write for elementary-aged students in a variety of genres. They will discuss their work, books and school visits as well as answer audience questions.

Authors
avatar for CA Nobens

CA Nobens

CA (Cheryl Ann) Nobens was born in northern Minnesota. After graduating from Hibbing High School, she went on to earn a BA in Illustration and Graphic Design from The Minneapolis College of Art and Design.She published her first children’s book in 1979, and has been working professionally... Read More →
avatar for David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle

David LaRochelle has been creating books for young people for over twenty-five years. His many picture book titles include The Best Pet of All, How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, Moo!, and This is NOT a Cat! He is the recipient of the Sid Fleischman Humor Award... Read More →
avatar for Jeannine Kellogg

Jeannine Kellogg

Author, Jagged Compass LLC
Author of The Tukor's Journey, an action adventure tale for middle school kids.
avatar for Laura Purdie Salas

Laura Purdie Salas

Children's author & poet
Former teacher Laura Purdie Salas has written more than 125 books for kids, including the Can Be… series (Bank Street Best Books, IRA Teachers’ Choice), BookSpeak!  (Minnesota Book Award, NCTE Notable), and If You Were the Moon. Laura loves doing school visits and also... Read More →
avatar for Michael Hall

Michael Hall

Michael Hall is the New York Times bestselling author of My Heart Is Like a Zoo as well as the critically acclaimed Red: A Crayon's Story, Perfect Square, Frankencrayon, and Little i. Before becoming an author, Michael was a graphic designer whose work has been widely recognized for... Read More →
avatar for Mike Wohnoutka

Mike Wohnoutka

Mike Wohnoutka is the author and illustrator of “Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster” and “Dad’s First Day”,  both Minnesota Book Award finalists. He has also illustrated more than twenty other children's books, including “Moo!” written by David LaRochelle... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Northland Ballroom

10:25am CDT

Immersive Learning in Secondary Classrooms: iPods, VR and Media Production Apps
This will be a hands-on session with participants able to try Google Cardboard VR headsets using iPod touch, collapsable video production equipment, as well as Greenscreen and Stop Motion apps. Instructional materials include “getting started” kits, workflow suggestions and curricular unit ideas. Funding for this project comes from a 2018-19 LSTA Grant entitled “Getting Past Play: Purposeful Use of Media & Technology Resources”, sponsored by IMLS.

Resource Notes at: http://bit.ly/WMSipods 

Speakers
MB

Mandy Bellm

Media and Digital Learning Coordinator, Waconia Middle School
Former Math & Spanish teacher, current librarian and technology integration coordinator serving in a dual-role middle school position. This is my 12th year in the Waconia district; also an EdTech blogger, Minecraft EDU enthusiast, author and triathlete.



Friday October 11, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Arbor Lakes

10:25am CDT

Makerspace from the Students' Perspective
Hear our Makerspace journey, successes, and struggles, from several middle school students and their Media Specialist. We'll have several of our Makerspace materials along, so be ready to play!

Follow along with our presentation slides and get the links here: http://bit.ly/2nFekUA

Speakers
avatar for Linda Dierks

Linda Dierks

Information Innovation Learning Specialist, Eastern Carver County Schools
Middle School LMS, a.k.a. bookish tech geek who is passionate about personalized teaching and learning


Friday October 11, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Minnesota Salon 1

10:25am CDT

Maud Hart Lovelace & Star of the North - MYRA Q&A
Do you participate in the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards? Would you like to know more about how the Maud Hart Lovelace and Star of the North Awards are coordinated? Join us in this information and feedback session where we will share MHL/SOTN related resources, seek feedback on title choices for the past few years, and share opportunities for getting more involved in our state student-choice book awards.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson

Information & Technology Literacy Specialist, North Trail Elementary (ISD192)
@NTEMedia


Friday October 11, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Lake Erie

10:25am CDT

Metronet Information Literacy Initiative
Metronet Information Literacy Initiative (MILI) is a professional development program aimed at media specialists and teachers in K-12 designed to implement new strategies for instruction in research and information literacy concepts. This session will explain the MILI program in detail and answer questions you may have about how you can receive this training. The session will also highlight previous MILI graduates who will talk about what practical knowledge they took from the course. They will also share some unique ideas and tips that can be used immediately as you teach information literacy at your school. MILI is a unique opportunity, come and learn more today!

Slides found at: bit.ly/MILIpresentationITEM

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Moris

Olivia Moris

MILI Program Manager, Metronet
Information literacy is my specialty. I teach infolit to K-12 teachers and media specialists in metro area school districts. Our focus is on learning how to promote and teach information literacy using a variety of technology tools, specifically for the iPad. Reach out to me if you'd... Read More →
avatar for Bethany Kauffman

Bethany Kauffman

Media Specialist, ISD 728 Elk River Area Schools
I've been a Media Specialist for over 20 years K-12 and taught elementary school for over a decade before that. I'm currently the media specialist at Rogers High School just northwest of the Twin Cities. I love that media specialists combines direct instruction, technology integration... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Lake Ontario

10:25am CDT

Novel Writing Month Challenge
November is Novel Writing Month, and this year you can add some excitement by not only highlighting excellent books, but by challenging your students to write a novel of their own and actually get it published. At this session, Sigma's Bookshelf (www.sigmasbookshelf.com), the first and only book publishing company exclusively for teen authors, will share resources your school can use to help get kids excited about writing: tip sheets, teen author profiles, information about how the publishing process works and more.

The session will be led by Rachel M. Anderson, co-founder of Sigma's Bookshelf. Her teenage son, Justin, came up with the idea for the company after the success of his first published book, "Saving Stripes: A Kitty's Story," which has now sold nearly 400 copies. Since its founding in 2016, the company has published 12 teen authored books at no cost to the teen authors, and paid royalties on all books that have sold online, in stores and at events. All Sigma’s Bookshelf books are available for order and pick up at Barnes and Noble and other fine bookstores. Several of the published teen authors have done signing events at stores.

Sigma's Bookshelf is a project of Springboard for the Arts, a nonprofit arts services organization. Support comes from grants and donations.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Anderson

Rachel Anderson

Co-founder, Sigma's Bookshelf
I am a book publicist with a teenage son who, like his mother, enjoys both reading books and writing. When Justin was 14, I helped him self-publish his first book. "Saving Stripes: A Kitty's Story" is the true story of a cat family rescue told from the point of view of the kitten... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Lake Huron

10:25am CDT

The Art of Coaching: Positive Change for Instructional Leaders
Learn techniques that will build will, skill, knowledge, and capacity in your own leadership and in your colleagues. Coaching fosters deep reflection, which enables instructional leaders -- teacher librarian, digital learning specialist, and educators -- to lead and listen in powerful conversations where growth creates resilient and forward-thinking communities of practice. Where teachers and school leaders can think differently to innovate their own practice.

Speakers
avatar for David Boxer

David Boxer

Director of Information Support Services, The Blake School
David Boxer has more than seventeen years of experience in the educational technology field, including service as a classroom teacher, curriculum developer and staff developer. He now serves as the Director of Information Support Services at The Blake School in Minneapolis, MN... Read More →
avatar for Lizz Buchanan

Lizz Buchanan

PK-12 Library and Media Chair, The Blake School



Friday October 11, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Lake Michigan

10:25am CDT

Using Google Sheets to Track Library Data
I use Google Sheets to easily track classes, individual students, technology equipment and more. With a $10 keypad and some simple formulas in Google Sheets, we've transformed the student check-in process into an easy data-tracking solution. Once students learn the routine, it also becomes a great way for you to manage student traffic in your media center. The data you collect can also be easily compiled to present statistics to administrators or other school officials so you may demonstrate the need for resources.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Blechert

Aaron Blechert

Media Specialist, Irondale High School



Friday October 11, 2019 10:25am - 11:10am CDT
Minnesota Salon 2

11:15am CDT

Vendor Time
Friday October 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm CDT
Northland Foyer

11:15am CDT

Author Signing
TBA

Friday October 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm CDT
Northland

12:00pm CDT

Books That Represent
With recent movements like #readwoke and We Need Diverse Books, there are so many more options for books that feature traditionally under represented populations. In this session I will share some high quality titles that feature these populations and are great for students.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Meyer

Nancy Meyer

Media Specialist, ISD 191



Friday October 11, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Minnesota Salon 1

12:00pm CDT

Changing the Reading Culture: One School's Experience (Middle School)
Discover how changes in reading practice made a dramatic difference in reading growth scores decreasing the achievement gap in one middle school. Learn how classroom teachers, the media specialist, administration, parents and the public library system worked together to make it happen.
Link to presentation and related files

Speakers
BB

Beth Beckwith

Kenwood Trail Middle School


Friday October 11, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Minnesota Salon 2

12:00pm CDT

Coding Infused Literacy Lessons
Literacy and Coding came together beautifully for our LSTA Grant project in our Saint Paul Public elementary library programs during the 2018-19 school year. We created coding lessons that correlated with existing literacy lessons. Fourth graders created video games about countries using Bloxels and first graders retold stories with BlueBots. Come to our session to learn about each grade level's coding/literacy project.

Speakers
avatar for Patty Thiets

Patty Thiets

Library Media Specialist, St. Paul Public School
JS

Judith St. Cyr

Media Specialist, St Paul Schools



Friday October 11, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Lake Ontario

12:00pm CDT

Narrative Non-Fiction: Books to Support Inquiry (K-6)
Examine how storytelling and fascinating information come together in this lively genre. We will explore picture books across the curriculum that you can use in your library program to ignite curiosity and fuel inquiry. You'll get ideas for using these books to develop students' critical thinking and media literacy skills.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Jones

Emily Jones

Library Media Specialist, Breck School



Friday October 11, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Lake Michigan

12:00pm CDT

Oh Oh Robots!
STEM, MakerSpace, robotics - the words conjure pictures of fun, activity, and excitement. And all of that can be found but sometimes the challenge is to link the activity to learning and critical thinking. Students love to play with robots such as Dash and Dot, Ozobots, and Spheros but moving the activity from play to learning is where the magic happens. There are resources and curriculum to support learning and we will explores ways to integrate the skills needed for the robots to reinforce the concepts students are developing in the classroom. A list of resources is included and attendees are encouraged to share their own ideas and resources.

Speakers
avatar for Dawn Nelson

Dawn Nelson

School Library Media Specialist, Oak View Elementary School
Learning is primary. Technology is the means to engage and equip students to find information and be excited about their world!


Friday October 11, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Elm Creek

12:00pm CDT

Secondary Author Panel
This panel will feature authors who write for secondary-aged students in a variety of genres. They will discuss their work, books and school visits as well as answer audience questions.

Authors
avatar for Kevin Dean Miller

Kevin Dean Miller

Author/Founder/Director, Know Power, Know Responsibility LLC
I founded Know Power, Know Responsibility to help everyone unleash their potential. I am on a mission to help all communities design a school model that will unleash every child’s potential. My journey has included being a student, teacher, principal, charter school developer, education... Read More →
avatar for Margi Preus

Margi Preus

Margi Preus is the author of the Newbery Honor book Heart of a Samurai and other books for young readers, including the Minnesota Book Award winning West of the Moon, and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award book The Clue in the Trees, part of the Enchantment Lake mystery series... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Ahiers

Sarah Ahiers

Sarah Ahiers has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. Her thesis was a study of monsters and monstrous characters in middle grade and young adult fantasy fiction. She writes young adult and middle grade novels and occasionally dabbles in picture... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Northland Ballroom

12:00pm CDT

The UN Book Club
Teen book clubs in grades 6 - 12 can be a challenge to create, maintain and grow. Let us share our stories of taking a book club of a handful of students and turning it into a thriving book-loving group of 40 or more teens who made relationships, discovered shared interests, improved their social skills and found a place to belong in our large suburban middle and high schools. We do the work of planning, gathering ideas and making materials. The students learn about each other, read new genres of their choosing, improve their social skills and learn how to reach out to the rest of the student body through books and literacy. You'll leave with a list of practical ideas for activities you can implement to start your own UN-Book Club for teens.

Building a Teen Book Club Without All Reading the Same Book

Speakers
avatar for Bethany Kauffman

Bethany Kauffman

Media Specialist, ISD 728 Elk River Area Schools
I've been a Media Specialist for over 20 years K-12 and taught elementary school for over a decade before that. I'm currently the media specialist at Rogers High School just northwest of the Twin Cities. I love that media specialists combines direct instruction, technology integration... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Lake Huron

12:00pm CDT

Theory Into Practice: What Do New Library/Technology Leaders Need to Know?
Join us for an open dialog and listening session about the future directions for library and educational technology education. What aspects of your academic work prepared you for the real-world of Minnesota schools? How can universities meet your need for further education? Learn about current options for library media and instructional technology education.

Speakers
avatar for Jane Prestebak

Jane Prestebak

Assistant Professor, Ms.
Minnesota certification for library media specialists and keyboarding license
avatar for Jennifer Hill

Jennifer Hill

Assistant Professor, SCSU
School Library Media LicensureSCSUYA LiteratureVirtual Reality


Friday October 11, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Lake Erie

12:00pm CDT

Using Social Media to Educate Students to Become Solid Digital Citizens
Building solid digital citizens is something that every marketing, journalism and tech educator strives to accomplish for each of their students. With the software platform provided by Class Intercom, educators can take digital citizenship beyond theory and allow students to prove it in practice.

Active engagement on school social media accounts is a great benefit for teachers, administrators and students. It keeps the community involved and up to date on activities. It allows the school to share pictures and comment on what is going on at school and school events. It builds interest for potential students and parents. Schools are starting to develop student social media teams to create the content and posts that can safely go on the school's social media.

Student social media teams help schools:

• Teach digital citizenship by empowering students to create social media content.
• Provide students who have a passion for social media a meaningful way to create content while learning in a team environment.
• Encourage student engagement across events and activities.
• Empower student leaders to demonstrate by example and help with peer-reporting.
• Enable students to build a portfolio or resume when applying for future internship positions.

This session will provide the benefits, approach, how to, and examples for building a student social media team for your school.

Speakers
avatar for Taylor Siebert

Taylor Siebert

Co-Founder, Class Intercom
Co-Founder


Friday October 11, 2019 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Arbor Lakes

12:45pm CDT

Lunch, Author Video, Keynote: Kristina Holzweiss
The meals provided by the hotel will be clearly marked with meal indicator cards and if items contain gluten and dairy. There are options available on the buffet for those with dietary preferences. If attendees have questions about what is in a dish, ask a banquet server and they can check with the kitchen. Special meal cards have been provided where alternatives were necessary.

Friday October 11, 2019 12:45pm - 2:30pm CDT
Northland

1:00pm CDT

Keynote: Kristina Holzweiss
Our keynote for Friday's lunch is Kristina Holzweiss, 2015 SLJ School Librarian of the Year and author. Her keynote will be "Empowering Students in a Digital World: From Consumers to Makers." Libraries have transformed learning for students of all ages, languages, socioeconomic backgrounds, cultures, gender identities, religions, and academic abilities. Libraries are places of possibilities! In a society of "No, but" libraries are worlds of "Yes, and!" Learn how to transform your library program into a 21st century learning environment that your students will engage and empower your students. Your library will never be the same again.

Speakers
avatar for Kristine Holzweiss

Kristine Holzweiss

Educational Technology Enrichment Specialist, Syosset High School
Kristina A. Holzweiss was selected as the School Librarian of the Year in 2015 by School Library Journal and Scholastic.  She  has authored and co-authored two series of makerspace books for Scholastic.  She is the President of Long Island LEADS (http://www.longislandleads.org... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Northland

2:30pm CDT

Accessibility Tools for Reading: Meeting the Diverse Needs of All Students
In this session two assistive technology specialists from PACER’s Simon Technology Center will give an overview of tools to support literacy for students with diverse needs. Demonstrations will include low-tech to high-tech tools, mobile apps, Chrome extensions, and other online reading supports. Tools demonstrated will include some free and low-cost solutions. These reading accessibility tools can support the needs of individuals with a range of disabilities, including dyslexia, other learning disabilities, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and vision impairment. Join us to learn about technology that supports literacy by helping to perceive content through magnification, visual settings, and auditory reading support. The presentation will include formats such as print material, e-books, audiobooks, and other digital content. The target audience for this presentation includes teachers and librarians for 1st grade through post-secondary, as tools can be helpful for a wide range of skill levels. This will be a fast-paced session to expose you to as many tools as possible in a short amount of time.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Giffen-Hunter

Sarah Giffen-Hunter

Assistive Technology Specialist, PACER's Simon Technology Center
I work as an Assistive Technology Specialist at PACER and am the Co-Coordinator of the Simon Technology Center Lending Library. Before coming to PACER, I worked at an independent high school providing library services, academic support, and college counseling. I have my MLIS degree... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Arbor Lakes

2:30pm CDT

Code with State Library Services
If you want to launch or level up your coding programs, State Library Services is here to support you! Our partnership with Girls Who Code can offer support, curriculum and even money to start a club or afterschool program for male and female students. Are you looking for a foundation in Computational Thinking? Come learn about how the national YALSA Transforming Teen Services program can help -- what the program is, how it can help you serve your students, and how you can get involved!

Speakers
avatar for Leah Larson

Leah Larson

LSTA Grant Coordinator, State Library Services, Minnesota Department of Education
After being a school media specialist for 10 years, I recently transitioned to a position at the department of education. I am passionate about young adult literature, professional development around racial equity and intersecting literacies. In my free time, I enjoy travel, spending... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Minnesota Salon 2

2:30pm CDT

Elementary Author Panel
This panel will feature authors who write for elementary-aged students in a variety of genres. They will discuss their work, books and school visits as well as answer audience questions.

Authors
avatar for Abby Cooper

Abby Cooper

Abby Cooper was born and raised in Plymouth. After studying education at Indiana University and living in Chicago and Wisconsin, she is now happily back home in Minnesota. A former teacher and school librarian, Abby is passionate about connecting books with readers. Her first... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Lovegreen

Kevin Lovegreen

Minnesota author, speaker and outdoor enthusiast Kevin Lovegreen, finds great joy inspiring kids to read, write and enjoy the outdoors. Young readers follow Lucky Luke on amazing hunting and fishing adventures, in the one of a kind book series, Lucky Luke’s Hunting Adventures. As... Read More →
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Mary Bleckwehl

Mary Bleckwehl drew on her teacher and parent experience to create her first two picture books, Henry! you're late AGAIN!  a tale of an imaginative boy who comes up against the "big bad wolf" school secretary every morning he's late, and Henry! you’re Hungry AGAIN? which... Read More →
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Nikki Rajala

"No wonder Nikki Rajala writes about voyageurs—her French-Canadian ancestors paddled birch bark canoes on many fur trade brigades. One family story that inspired this book is of a great-great who wintered for 16 years in fur posts west of Lake Superior before returning to his home... Read More →
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Patrick Mader

Patrick “Packy” Mader has a background in education, business, and agriculture, with a professional career as an elementary teacher. He grew up on a dairy farm near St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, with six brothers and sisters. He and his wife, Karen, live in Northfield, Minnesota... Read More →
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Phuoc Thi Minh Tran

Phuoc Thi Minh Tran , the first Vietnamese librarian in Minnesota, a respected storyteller, a 2016 and 2019 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon author, and a published and award winning author,  has shared her experiences and knowledge of Vietnamese culture at various cultural events... Read More →
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Tracy Maurer

Tracy has researched and written more than 100 books for children and young adults. Her picture-book biography, John Deere, That's Who! (Henry Holt, 2017), was named a Junior Library Guild Selection, received recognition as an outstanding STEM book from the National Science Teachers... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Northland Ballroom

2:30pm CDT

ELM Input Session: Crafting a New Statewide Database Collection
eLibrary MN (ELM), formerly known as Electronic Library for Minnesota, is the statewide database collection. Every five years we ask for your input to gauge if these databases are meeting your patrons’ needs. We invite you to be part of this process by attending this session to learn more about the decision-making process, provide feedback on current databases, and share ideas for new resources. This will be an active, discussion-driven session. Bring your ideas to help craft the new ELM!

Speakers
avatar for Matt Lee

Matt Lee

Associate Director, Minitex
Matt is an Associate Director at Minitex, where he works with colleagues on statewide e-resource programs like ELM and AskMN, cooperative purchasing of e-resources and library products, and high density library storage.
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Carla Pfahl

Reference Outreach & Instruction, Minitex
Carla is the coordinator of AskMN: The Librarian Is In!, Minnesota's statewide 24/7 virtual reference service and a Reference Outreach & Instruction librarian. She loves to visit schools and libraries to talk about the eLibrary of Minnesota tools and resources, information literacy... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Lake Michigan

2:30pm CDT

Getting Started with The ITEM Standards
In this session participants will become familiar with the new standards, make connections to lessons and activities that you currently doing that align with the new standards, and develop a plan to start implementing the standards.

Presentation

Speakers
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Andi Bodeau

Digital Learning & Instructional Media Coordinator, Osseo Area Schools


Friday October 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Lake Ontario

2:30pm CDT

Let's Build a Digital Breakout
This session will guide you step-by-step to create your own Digital Breakout! Come with a topic you would like to use for your own breakout. We will be using Google Sites, Google Forms, and Google Slides, so some knowledge of these topics will be helpful, but not required.

Speakers
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Cyndy Harrison

Educational Technology Consultant, Sourcewell Technology
Cyndy is an Education Technology Consultant with Sourcewell Technology in St. Paul. She is from Houston, TX and graduated from Texas A&M University with a BBA in Marketing. After working in marketing and advertising for six years, she received a Master’s of Education in Curriculum... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Minnesota Salon 1

2:30pm CDT

Read Woke for Elementary Libraries
The #readwoke trend swept high school libraries nationwide and has helped drive the need for diverse literature and collections, but what about younger readers? They need to see themselves on our shelves and in the pages they turn too! If you are looking for resources and tools for diversifying your collection, want to learn about and preview new diverse titles for elementary level students, or just love talking about the power of books, this session is for you! Extra bonus: many of the featured titles are also great for social emotional learning.

Speakers
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Katie Salmela

Elementary Library Coordinator & Digital Learning Specialist, ISD191: Burnsville-Eagan-Savage
Lover of all things library and tech and strong believer that both empower student learning. Talk to me about school librarians as leaders, innovative vision for the future of school libraries and ed tech, and books with diverse characters offering authentic perspectives.



Friday October 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Elm Creek

2:30pm CDT

School Design for Individualized Learning
Participants learn about the opportunity to take a leadership role in a school design experience developed to help your school reimagine the purpose and focus of school to meet the needs of all students in today’s world. An individualized approach to learning makes education more culturally relevant for all students, instructionally relevant (how they learn) and career relevant (what they want to do). In this session, we will work with staff from 2Revolutions to describe the design process from ideation to implementation. You will learn about individualized learning, the process of building a design team and what you need to do to apply for grant funding from the Bush Foundation to help bring your designs to life. The Bush Foundation School Design for Individualized Learning Grant process is designed to help educators develop and implement individualized learning plans in their schools. Bush Foundation education initiative.

Speakers
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Dhaivyd Hilgendorf

Library Media Specialist, Park Center Senior High School
Past President of Information & Technology Educators of Minnesota, Media Specialist at Park Center Senior High in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. Chair of the 22-person Personalized Learning Committee at Park Center. Chair of Park Center Design Team for Bush Foundation Individualized Learning... Read More →
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Ben Rayer

Partner, 2Revolutions, LLC & EdVisions
Ben is a partner at 2Revolutions and responsible for supporting 2Rev in designing and implementing new school models that are reimagining what education could be for today’s children. Doing this work allows Ben to leverage his knowledge of the design process and his rich experience... Read More →



Friday October 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Lake Erie

2:30pm CDT

You too can be a National Board Certified Teacher
Learn about the process of becoming a National Board certified media specialist. This intensive program is some of the best reflective and personalized staff development you’ll ever encounter. You’ll be a better media specialist as a result of this work.

Presentation link

Speakers
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Sara Swenson

Media Specialist, Edina Public Schools
Media Specialist, Edina High School


Friday October 11, 2019 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Lake Huron

3:15pm CDT

Author Signing
TBA

Friday October 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm CDT
Northland

3:15pm CDT

Vendor Time
Friday October 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm CDT
Northland Foyer

4:00pm CDT

Bibliotherapy: Using Books to Tackle Difficult Topics and Start Conversations
When tackling difficult issues in the classroom, teachers (and parents) often reach out to librarians for help in finding the right book for the right situation. A picture book or chapter book can explain, initiate discussion and understanding, and offer advice on how to perhaps resolve a particular issue. Join Claire Hazzard, K-5 librarian at St. Paul Academy & Summit School, as she identifies and discusses key texts to use when challenging issues arise, such as grief, bullying, relational aggression, friendship issues, homelessness, food scarcity, anxiety (and other mental health issues), aging grandparents and tragic events in the community. Participants will receive a list of titles discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Claire Hazzard

Claire Hazzard

Librarian, K-5, St. Paul Academy & Summit School



Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm CDT
Lake Erie

4:00pm CDT

Destiny Tips and Tricks
Looking a report that Destiny can’t seem to create? Want to batch update some catalog records, but you’re not sure how? Need to clean up your patron records without losing data? I’ll share some tips, tricks, and workarounds for getting what you need from Destiny in the catalog, circulation, reports, and back office menus.

Speakers

Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm CDT
Minnesota Salon 1

4:00pm CDT

Easy (and Cheap!) Ways to Revamp Your Program and Space
Need to spruce up your Media Center? Looking for ways to promote your Media program to students and staff? Come learn some easy (and cheap!) ways to do just this with Annie Allen, a middle school Media Specialist. Many ideas can be implemented within days, while others will take a little more planning, but most ideas only require a computer, some paper, and a printer! Everything from signage and displays to MakerSpace activities and reading promotion will be covered. Although the ideas presented come from a middle school, many could be used or adapted for elementary and high school settings.

Link to Google Presentation

Speakers
avatar for Annie Allen

Annie Allen

Media Specialist, Rogers Middle School
I have been the Media Specialist at Rogers Middle School in Rogers, MN since the start of the 2013-2014 school year. Before that I was a 5-12 Social Studies teacher. I have a passion for middle school literature and love to explore new technology tools that will make learning more... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm CDT
Lake Huron

4:00pm CDT

Extending Knowledge: Digging Deeper Into Google Extensions
This session will look at Google extensions for Chromebooks and Chrome web browser. Attendees will learn what is an extension, where to find them, how to use them and we will explore some popular and some lesser known but very useful extensions. Focus will be on computer security, education, and library extensions. Attendees are welcome, but not required, to bring their own device and make this session hands on!

Extensions list can be found at: bit.ly/ITEMextensions
Slides can be found at: bit.ly/ITEMextensionspresentation

Speakers
avatar for Olivia Moris

Olivia Moris

MILI Program Manager, Metronet
Information literacy is my specialty. I teach infolit to K-12 teachers and media specialists in metro area school districts. Our focus is on learning how to promote and teach information literacy using a variety of technology tools, specifically for the iPad. Reach out to me if you'd... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm CDT
Elm Creek

4:00pm CDT

Stop Motion Video Creation for Math, Science and Literacy
Learn how to use stop motion to enhance student learning in math, science, and literacy. This session will include: student work/examples from real student projects at different grade levels k-5, demonstrations of the specific tools/process used, list of applicable MN state Art/Math/ELA standards, and other helpful resources. While examples are from elementary, the method can also be effectively used with higher grade levels.

Link to session resources.

Speakers
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Lacey Rotier

Media Specialist, Northport Elementary, Robbinsdale Area Schools
I am the library media specialist at Northport Elementary in Brooklyn Center, MN. I am passionate about meaningful collaboration with classroom teachers that enhances learning experiences for students. Sometimes this means integrating technology in a way that provides a quality learning... Read More →


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm CDT
Minnesota Salon 2

4:00pm CDT

What Does ITEM Do for ME?
As a follow up to the 20/20 Vision meeting in July, ITEM Co-Presidents Kim & Sara invite you to learn more about (y)our organization: who we are, what we do, and why membership is important.

Speakers
KH

Kim Haugo

Library Media Specialist, ISD 279
ITEM Co-President


Friday October 11, 2019 4:00pm - 4:45pm CDT
Lake Ontario

5:00pm CDT

ITEM Membership Meeting
Friday October 11, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Elm Creek

6:30pm CDT

Social, dinner and games
Cash bar and socializing, followed by dinner, and fun! Bring your Boggle, Blokus, and Bananagrams for some formidable fun! Plus trivia, treats and tantalizing prizes!

The meals provided by the hotel will be clearly marked with meal indicator cards and if items contain gluten and dairy. There are options available on the buffet for those with dietary preferences. If attendees have questions about what is in a dish, ask a banquet server and they can check with the kitchen. Special meal cards have been provided where alternatives were necessary.

Friday October 11, 2019 6:30pm - 9:00pm CDT
Northland
 
Saturday, October 12
 

7:00am CDT

Registration Open
Come pick up your name tag and badge ribbons and say hello!

Saturday October 12, 2019 7:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Northland Entry

7:30am CDT

Breakfast
The meals provided by the hotel will be clearly marked with meal indicator cards and if items contain gluten and dairy. There are options available on the buffet for those with dietary preferences. If attendees have questions about what is in a dish, ask a banquet server and they can check with the kitchen. Special meal cards have been provided where alternatives were necessary.

Saturday October 12, 2019 7:30am - 9:00am CDT
Northland

8:00am CDT

Keynote: Kelly Holstine
On Saturday morning, Kelly D. Holstine, the Director of Educational Equity at OutFront Minnesota (the largest LGBTQ+ civil rightsgroup in the state) and the 2018 MN State Teacher of the Year will give the keynote Every Heart Matters: Why I Stand Up and Teach. This presentation highlights the importance of owning flaws and prioritizing one’s own mental health in order to make more authentic connections with others. Holstine will reveal the roles that vulnerability and courageous connections have in creating equity for every heart. She will also reveal how working through her own personal struggles has helped her to become a better teacher and a healthier human being. Holstine will additionally share how her personal journey of being a gender non-conforming, lesbian teacher and her decision to boycott the annual Teacher of the Year White House visit (she could not implicitly show support for an administration that actively discriminates against her students and her community) has re-ignited her fire to stand up for humans who have been historically marginalized and oppressed.

Speakers
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Kelly Holstine

On Saturday morning, Kelly D. Holstine, the Director of Educational Equity at OutFront Minnesota (the largest LGBTQ+ civil rights group in the state) and the 2018 MN State Teacher of the Year will give the keynote Every Heart Matters: Why I Stand Up and Teach. This presentation highlights... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
Northland

9:15am CDT

Becoming a Good Digital Citizen
“In a classroom where learning is already infused with technology, it's a simple matter to incorporate digital citizenship into any lesson.” (https://www.edutopia.org/topic/digital-citizenship)
There are many great sites that can be used for Digital Citizenship teaching. I will share new and different sites that have worked well for my 5th-8th grade classes, you will get a chance to use them and practice how to use these sites with the students in the classroom and outside of the classroom. There are formative and summative assessments included with many sites.

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Tambornino

Victoria Tambornino

Media Technology Specialist, New Ulm Middle Schools
I have been teaching for 30 years in the New Ulm School District. I have been a first and third-grade teacher and I am now in my sixth year as the media specialist/technology teacher. I love it!  Our middle school is comprised of grades 5-8. In my 5th and 6th-grade enrichment technology... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am CDT
Elm Creek

9:15am CDT

Breakout from the Routine: Engaging Ideas form a Sixth Grade Student
Have you heard about Breakouts? Come to this session to learn about BreakoutEDU kits. Experience a Breakout for yourself while having fun. Explore different ideas of how to use this innovative idea with your students. This session is led by sixth grader, and Breakout Expert, Emma. She'll tell you everything you need to know about Breakouts, lead your Breakout, and get you rolling on finding new ideas. She's written her own Breakouts, helped her teacher in the classroom, and has facilitated Breakouts at the ITEM Spring Conference in the past.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Legatt

Jen Legatt

Library Media Specialist


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am CDT
Minnesota Salon 2

9:15am CDT

Happy Healthy Librarian
Just be more Mindful? They say this will help our teaching. They say it will help our students. But HOW does teaching and practicing mindfulness make us a more joyful teacher, help our students to be more creative, and work with classroom management? Watch how this misunderstood practice can be magical when used intentionally alongside the teaching practices we already know and love. Participants will leave calm, energized, and with a list of resources to inspire a mindful library.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Thompson

Holly Thompson

Library Media Specialist, L.H. Tanglen Elementary
I'm a school library media specialist and I LOVE helping teachers build practical healthy habits so they can live, love, and serve with renewed energy and joy. I also extend this passion and self love to my students through children's literature, yoga, and mindfulness. (L.H. Tanglen... Read More →



Saturday October 12, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am CDT
Arbor Lakes

9:15am CDT

Welcome to My World: The Power of 360 Photography and Google Tour Creator
Have you ever wanted to “surround” your students with learning? You can do this with Google Tour Creator and 360° Photography. During this session, we will explore the ways that 360° photography can be introduced and used in conjunction with Google Tour Creator. Information will also be shared about using your own materials in Google Expeditions and sharing it to a larger audience via Google Poly.
You can access a webpage with all the resources from this session at https://www.tricialouis.com/item-oct-19.html 

Speakers
avatar for Tricia Louis

Tricia Louis

District Technology Integration Professional, Richland School District
Tricia Louis is an #edtech advocate. In her position as the Technology Integration Professional at the Richland School District, she brings individual & group training to the 200+ staff employed there. Tricia is proud to be a part of the Google For Education Certified Trainer Program... Read More →


Saturday October 12, 2019 9:15am - 10:00am CDT
Minnesota Salon 1

10:15am CDT

Creating, Preserving and Inspiring with MN Writes MN Reads
Are you looking for a way to help your students create a positive digital footprint by publishing and sharing their writing? This session will introduce you to MN Writes MN Reads, a platform of three tools, Pressbooks, SELF-e, and Biblioboard Library, free for all in Minnesota. We will demonstrate how to use these tools as well as share examples created by local students.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Mork

Linda Mork

Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian, Minitex - University of Minnesota
Linda is a librarian with Minitex where she provides outreach and instruction related to eLibrary Minnesota. A former school library media specialist and secondary English teacher, she is passionate about information literacy education.



Saturday October 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am CDT
Arbor Lakes

10:15am CDT

Engage Your Second Language Community with QR Codes
This presentation will highlight a process for engaging your second language community at your school with strategically placed QR codes to help connect second language speakers in your community with important information at your school.

Speakers
DW

Dana Woods

Technology Teacher


Saturday October 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am CDT
Minnesota Salon 2

10:15am CDT

Raising Kids in a Digital Age
Digital devices are transforming our daily lives. They can connect our students to the world, give them the tools to create the most amazing projects, and revolutionize learning. Devices can also be digital distractions, with less positive effects. Come to this session for strategies to help maneuvering the journey of raising kids in a digital age.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Legatt

Jen Legatt

Library Media Specialist



Saturday October 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am CDT
Minnesota Salon 1

10:15am CDT

What Does ITEM Do for ME?
Speakers
KH

Kim Haugo

Library Media Specialist, ISD 279
ITEM Co-President


Saturday October 12, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am CDT
Elm Creek

11:00am CDT

Break/Hotel Checkout
Saturday October 12, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am CDT
Conference-wide

11:30am CDT

Keynote: Sarah Park Dahlen
Saturday afternoon's keynote will be "Diversity Activism: Mirrors, Windows, and Asian American Youth Literature" by Sarah Park Dahlen, an associate professor in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University. She researches and publishes on Asian American children's literature and transracial adoption and co-founded and co-edits Research on Diversity in Youth Literature, an open access journal. In this talk, Dr. Dahlen will give a brief history of diversity activism in youth literature and librarianship and then more specifically address Asian American children's literature.

Speakers
DS

Dr. Sarah Dahlen

St. Catherine University


Saturday October 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Northland

11:30am CDT

Lunch
The meals provided by the hotel will be clearly marked with meal indicator cards and if items contain gluten and dairy. There are options available on the buffet for those with dietary preferences. If attendees have questions about what is in a dish, ask a banquet server and they can check with the kitchen. Special meal cards have been provided where alternatives were necessary.

Saturday October 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT
Northland