Teacher Librarian Leadership Day 2016: Digital Discernment

On Friday, March 11th, teacher librarians, classroom teachers, administrators, credential candidates, and university faculty gathered to hear Dr. Mike Ribble, author of Digital Citizenship in Schools, speak about how to design a comprehensive digital citizenship plan, integrate digital citizenship and character education concepts into the curriculum, and provide professional development (see http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Resources.html for copies of his presentation).  During the event, Kings Canyon USD Teacher Librarians Dawn Linhoff (Reedley H.S.) and Tamie Lutz (Orange Cove H.S.) shared how the Special Class Authorization course at FPU helped them develop Information Literacy units for a 9th grade course and Carol López Doerksen, District Library Coordinator, shared the district’s K-12 Digital Citizenship lessons that are taught to students four times each year. Jeromy Winter, Teacher Librarian in Selma USD, also demonstrated how to use Graphite to discover the best educational technology tools.  Thank you to these fantastic speakers!

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As a result of participating in the event, participants…


  • the importance of having a plan and the will to carry it out
  • that people of all ages need to be more circumspect about their digital behavior
  • about tools to implement digital citizenship and the importance of it


  • the specificity of strategies and resources
  • Mike Ribble’s presentation and meeting and talking with him
  • hearing about what other TLs are doing regarding digital citizenship

and plan to implement:

  • greater teacher education
  • professional development in digital citizenship
  • information about mobile apps in parent education

As a fundraiser for the Norma Dick Scholarship that benefits students enrolled in the Teacher Librarian Program, a beautiful quilt designed and donated by Anne Wick and entitled “Color: The New Dewey” was auctioned off. The highest bid of $500 was made by Donna Hammer.  Many thanks to both Anne and Donna!  As a result of this event, we were able to add $650 to the endowed scholarship fund (FYI: To be able to raise the annual scholarship award amount to $1,000, we would need to add an additional $10,000 to the endowment – donations can still be made to http://www.fresno.edu/give/ways-give –  just list “For Norma Dick Scholarship” on your donation)!

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Thank you also to the following individuals and organizations for their help in making this event a success!

  • Fresno County Office of Education
  • Dr. Mark Archon
  • Brigeen Houghton
  • Irma Montemayor
  • Dr. Gary Gramenz
  • Trish Burns
  • Maria Petropulos
  • Janet Wile
  • Susan Pennell
  • Clare McGarvin
  • Kathy Pinasco
  • Martee Barnett
  • Annie Lokrantz
  • Mary Jo Meader
  • Renee Ousley-Swank
  • Jennifer Millan
  • FPU Bookstore

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