Institute for Educational Development


Location: MILWAUKEE
Date: May 17, 2018


$249.00 per person
Group Price: $229.00
*For 3 or more people regestering at the same time

Highly Effective, Cutting-Edge STEM Strategies to Revitalize Your Library Program

NEW Seminar Presented By
Julie Marie Frye

Award-Winning School Librarian and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for School Librarians, Public Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, and Administrators in Grades K-12

A day filled with the best strategies, lessons and resources for successfully incorporating STEM into your library program

  • Revitalize your library with STEM! Greatly increase the impact of your school library program by integrating STEM projects, makerspaces, lessons, and activities
  • Create and promote a student-centered, hands-on library program that inspires STEM thinking and doing
  • Powerful ways to bring STEM into your library that will motivate teachers to integrate STEM in their own teaching
  • Receive an extensive STEM resource handbook filled with innovative project ideas, lessons and resources for integrating STEM into your library program to meet the needs of your school or community

Practical Strategies

This NEW, exciting seminar has been designed to help school librarians, public librarians, media specialists, library aides, and administrators who want to create or enhance STEM-centered learning for their school and community.

If you are looking for new, innovative ways to bring STEM concepts, projects and makerspaces into your library, this is the seminar for you! Julie Marie Frye, dynamic presenter, librarian and lover of STEM, will share dozens of practical strategies, engaging units, and best resources for individuals who are building or enhancing a STEM program in their library/media center. Dozens of resources will be given along with project ideas, multi-dimensional units of study, activities that can be directly linked to classroom curricula, and assessment strategies that don’t require a red pen or time away from school. You will also learn how to be an advocate for STEM and collaborate with teachers to begin or expand STEM activities in their own classrooms.

Whether you are a beginner or experienced librarian you will leave this inspiring seminar with new insights, innovative strategies and an extensive resource handbook filled with practical ideas for enhancing STEM learning. Expand your world of STEM instruction and watch your students’ involvement in your library program soar!

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Practical and Doable Ways to Integrate STEM Practices that Will Transform Your Library
    Dozens of strategies, project ideas and resources to help you integrate STEM into your library … Ideas you can use immediately to revitalize your library program!
  2. Strengthen Your Library with Engaging STEM Project Based Learning
    Ideas for project based units of inquiry to develop students’ critical thinking skills and incorporate the science of invention … Build students’ engineering expertise by providing scaffolds that teach design options and solutions
  3. Make the Best Use of Technology and Other Tools to Enhance STEM Instruction
    Learn practical, student-tested ways to make the best use of technology to more deeply involve your students and foster greater understanding of STEM … Support teachers’ and students’ use of tools in ways that increase their success and engagement in STEM learning
  4. Boost Your Students’ and Teachers’ Interest and Engagement in STEM
    STEM has the potential to begin real-world conversations and help find solutions for school, community and global issues … Learn how you can advocate and be a STEM leader in your school
  5. Help Your Teachers Get Excited About Incorporating STEM in Their Classrooms
    Ideas for leading your teachers to begin or enhance STEM in their own classrooms … Collaborate with teachers to inspire STEM throughout the school
  6. Utilize Strategies to “STEMify” Your Existing Lessons
    You don’t have to start from scratch … Discover innovative ideas, mini-activities, models, and manipulatives to integrate STEM concepts into your existing activities, lessons and units
  7. Boost STEM Skills with Makerspaces
    Learn how makerspaces support and reinforce STEM Skills … Ideas for creating easy, no-fuss to more extensive makerspaces that foster STEM understanding
  8. Increase Library Usage by Students and Staff
    Discover innovative ways to get student and school staff flocking to your space to discover and participate in STEM-based learning
  9. Low-Cost, Timesaving Ideas to Incorporate STEM in Your Library Program
    Ideas for utilizing your space and resources for the best results … Ways to better use space, material, resources, and gain more school or community support
  10. Receive an Extensive STEM Resource Handbook
    Receive an extensive resource handbook filled with ideas designed specifically for creating and extending STEM in your library

Specific Topics


Here's what you'll learn:
  • Significantly increase the impact of your school or public library program using STEM practices
  • Practical ideas to make STEM a vital part of your school or community
  • Tips for planning successful STEM projects
  • Walk on the wild side with Google’s virtual reality
  • Launch exceptional team challenges using the NASA approach
  • Use mathematics to help students take ownership of the library book collection
  • Use STEM to reach your non-library users
  • How design thinking helps your students succeed academically
  • Challenge students to higher-level thinking skills and boost creativity with a variety of makerspace activities that incorporate STEM
  • Build students’ engineering expertise by designing solutions for real-world school, community or global issues
  • Rich sources of ideas to develop STEM projects of your own
  • Motivate your stakeholders to increase support of STEM
  • Create a library environment that supports innovation and risk-taking in learning
  • Enhance students’ critical thinking skills and working together to develop solutions
  • How to increase STEM understanding through engaging demonstrations
  • A wealth of engaging STEM project ideas, resources and mini-activities to integrate STEM into your school library

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

When I began working in school libraries, I did not have a strong STEM background. But I soon came to realize the STEM disciplines had a rightful place in our library program with vital implications for interdisciplinary learning, collaborative group work, real-life problem solving and critical thinking that students need to be successful in both school and their careers. With these STEM practices in place in school libraries, students are more fully equipped to articulate problems, investigate options and begin to design solutions. I’m excited to share my experiences and passion for STEM with you!

I have designed this strategy-packed day to help you build or enhance a STEM model in your own library and to be an advocate for STEM in your entire school and community. I will share dozens of STEM practices and how they can work in your library. We will look at STEM projects, activities, lessons, tech ideas, numerous resources, makerspaces, and how to tap into the community for issues, resources and experts. We will also discuss planning and managing the richness and depth STEM brings to your school library to make it meaningful and accessible to all. From utilizing thinking routines to engaging with authentic, local and global issues, you will be equipped with strategies to help your students think like scientists and engineers and engage in meaningful problem-solving activities.

We will explore STEM together and take a look at why and how and who is doing what, and what works and what doesn’t work. We will discuss the importance of the library transforming in accordance to the educational needs of students and how that transformation makes librarians increasingly indispensable. Most importantly, we will engage, collaborate and learn from each other.

Throughout the day, I will share a wealth of strategies, mini-activities, models, and manipulatives to integrate STEM concepts into your library program. I look forward to working and learning with you!

Sincerely,
Julie Marie Frye

P.S. You will also receive the extensive resource handbook I wrote to help you implement STEM in your library.

Who Should Attend

School Librarians, Public Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Aides, and Administrators in Grades K-12.

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive STEM integration resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Strategies to engage students in learning about STEM
    • Approaches to STEM-related community service in local and global communities
    • Activities to improve students’ understanding and communication about STEM concepts
    • Tips on creating an environment that fosters innovation
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in building or enhancing STEM models in their library.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Julie Marie Frye will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own library.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.