Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sparking TMC5: Questions to Explore

Who am I? Who are we? These age old questions have generated study and philosophical conversations for centuries and remain important today as a basis for building for the future.

This fall at TMC5 in Winnipeg, Manitoba school library leaders and practitioners will gather to study the role library learning commons can play in helping learners find their place and make sense of their worlds by exploring papers, interacting with guest speakers and collaborative work based on the theme of Culturally Relevant and Responsive School Library Learning Commons.

Working together we will uncover opportunities, challenges and possibilities to enable fostering a culturally relevant and responsive school library learning commons.

These subthemes will help frame the work of TMC5 Symposium:

  • Learning Environment
  • Instructional Approaches
  • Learning Partnerships
  • Leveraging Technology

We want you to participate in TMC5 and help us to explore these ideas. To get your thinking started, consider these possible questions for TMC5 research and study:

  • How can we enable every student to see themselves and their community?
  • How can we help every student grow to be informed and active Canadians and global citizens?
  • Who can we collaborate with to ensure students gain many perspectives?
  • What stories do our learners need to hear?
  • How can we help our learners build deep knowledge of communities and caring of others?
  • How can we incorporate the power of the arts to broaden student cultural knowledge?
  • How can technologies help to connect students to real worlds and experiences?
  • Why is it important to take a lead on issues of diversity, equity and inclusiveness?

Explore a few resources to get you thinking about culturally relevant and responsive school library learning commons. What are the opportunities, challenges and possibilities you are pondering? What questions would be useful for you to explore?

Check the TMC website and plan to participate. We need your stories, research, strategies and observations to collectively build voice for the future work of school libraries. Papers are required by October 1, 2017.

Attendance at the symposium is not a requirement; for those who cannot attend the actual event, we invite conversations  via our blog http://tmcanada.blogspot.ca/ and Twitter, using the hashtag #tmcanada2017.

For planning purposes, please let us know if you hope to submit a paper. If you have any questions or wish to discuss this initiative further contact Carol Koechlin by email or by phone (416-751-0889), or contact any member of the planning committee. Watch for more details coming soon regarding the TMC5 program and registration information on the TMC website.

Planning Committee for Treasure Mountain Canada TMC5

Anita Brooks Kirkland, CSL Chair – anitabk[at]bythebrooks.ca
Carol Koechlin, CSL Vice-Chair – koechlin[at]sympatico.ca
Liz Kerr, CSL Treasurer – richlizkerr[at]gmail.com
Jo-Anne Gibson, CSL Communications, SAGE Conference Co-chair – jagibson[at]pembinatrails.ca
Vivianne Fogarty, SAGE Conference Co-chair – vfogarty[at]pembinatrails.ca

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Announcing TMC5, October 2017

Planning is well underway for the fifth Treasure Mountain Canada research symposium and think tank, taking place October 20 and 21, 2017 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Canadian School Libraries is very pleased to be partnering with the Manitoba School Library Association to hold TMC5 in conjunction with its annual SAGE Conference.

Please visit the new TMC website for information about how you can participate in TMC5, and resources related to the symposium's theme, Culturally Relevant and Responsive School Library Learning Commons.


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

TMC4 Highlights

Yet again the Treasure Mountain Canada symposium experience exceeded our goals and wishes for success. TMC 2016 brought together creative and energetic minds from sea to sea to sea virtually to study the diverse papers on the TMC collaborative Book to Cloud publication. Face to face participation in Toronto was enriched by the voices of enthusiastic practitioners and school library leaders from six provinces. Many participants we welcomed back for the third and fourth time and we were delighted to have so many joining us for the first time.

Friday evening we enjoyed greeting old and new friends at our delicious ‘kick off’ dinner at Joe Badali’s restaurant. It was confirming to learn more about the work of our keynote speaker David Cameron, researcher People for Education. He encouraged us to move beyond measuring things that are easy to count in our work in school libraries and develop ways to address student success that consider what really counts in preparing learners for the future. Leading Learning is the place to start!Saturday was a very interactive busy day of working through the papers at Table Talks and playing with innovative ideas. As Diana Maliszewski tweeted, “ideas were flying –literally “

Table Talk Presenters
Lisa Ainsworth - Teacher/Teacher Librarian Assessment Collaborative Inquiry
Melanie Mulcaster - Making it Work: A Learning Commons Approach to Engaging Middle School
Caroline Feibauer - Spheres of influence: Can a teacher librarian make a difference? Part 2
Peggy Lunn and Elizabeth Iori - Blueprint for a Teacher Librarian Alternative Placement Practicum: A practical guide to hosting a Teacher Candidate in your School Library Learning Commons
Diana Maliszewski Purposeful Play: Games Based Learning in School Library Learning Commons
Monica Berra and Leona Prince - Culturally Response Aboriginal Resources
Michelle Campbell - If You Build It, They Will Come - Sharing Makerspace Bins @ Upper Grand District School Board
Alanna King - #BIT15Reads: Building a Participatory Learning Community of Professional Readers
June Rysinski - Coming together For Learning: Reflecting on our past and Mapping our Progress
Diana Maliszewski - Climbing Mountains - Methods for Mentoring Teacher-Librarians
Cindy Van Wonderen - Leading Together for Inquiry learning
Greg Harris - Evolution of inquiry based learning at Ardagh Bluffs Public School

Focus Speakers
 Monica Berra creatively shared her journey in Prince George school district to lead schools into the maker movement and Dr David Loertscher followed up with a virtual maker space his San Jose students created in Symbaloo. Time to play in a virtual sandbox of learning environments spawned rich ideas and discussions for building participatory learning environments.
Dr Dianne Oberg in sharing her paper reminded us that, “Adoption is easier than Implementation.” Another key learning that resonated with everyone is the concept of flipping the questions we usually have when working with principals. Instead of requesting support for the library, ask the principal, “How can I assist you?” This approach aligns so well with the collaborative approach of a Library Learning Commons.

The day was sealed with personal and collaborative commitments to further the implementation of Leading Learning and the growth of School Library Learning Commons in Canada.

The extended session led by Liz Kerr and Anita Brooks Kirkland was well attended and resulted in the development of a survey to ‘test the waters’ for support to proceed with work to establish a new national association for school library learning commons in Canada.
Browse through my Storify to catch a taste of the rich professional learning in Twitter time https://storify.com/carolkoechlin/tmc4-2016-in-toronto#publicize
In past posts we have thanked our OLA partners for their support. Enough cannot be said to recognize their assistance in making TMC4 a memorable and successful event. We thank OSLA Council for the award recognizing the accomplishments of Treasure Mountain Canada. This award is testimony to the national work this ‘gathering of the minds’ has been able to achieve and a thank you to every paper shared, the organizing committees and participants who have made TMC a force for change to enable the best school library learning commons for every student in Canada. Here is the link to TMC4 papers https://sites.google.com/site/treasuremountaincanada4/

We need a partner for TMC5! Bring TMC to your district in 2018 and showcase your association nationally. Contact anyone on the TMC planning committee with your ideas for a combined event.

Start thinking about your goals now for the future and turn those into research for TMC5 papers!

Thank you everyone!