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Virginia Association of School Librarians

November 06, 2020 - November 06, 2020

2020 Annual Conference
VAASL is Branching Out and Going Virtual!
One Day Live + 30 On Demand Sessions    

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Virtual Conference Information


Relevant topics, timely professional development, over 40 sessions for one extremely low price.

Live on November 6th - 

Keynote Speaker Cicely Lewis
Named the 2020 National Librarian of the Year by School Library Journal and Scholastic, a 2019 Library Journal Mover and Shaker and the 2019 National Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and Penguin Random House (PRH) , Cicely Lewis is a school librarian with a passion for creating lovers of reading. In 2017, she started the Read Woke challenge in response to the shootings of young unarmed black boys, the repeal of DACA, and the lack of diversity in young adult literature. Her students were required to read books that challenge the social norm and give voice to the voiceless. Using this platform, she had inspired the nation to Read Woke with educators across the world joining in and sharing the movement with their students. Her writing was recently featured in the 20th Anniversary Edition of Walter Dean Myers 145th Street Short Stories. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @cicelythegreat or check out her blog CicelytheGreat.

Cicely will also discuss Social Emotional Learning and promoting ways to support students digitally (especially appropriate during the pandemic).

Author Speaker Adam Gidwitz, the bestselling author of A TALE DARK AND GRIMM, IN A GLASS GRIMMLY, and THE GRIMM CONCLUSION, as well as THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK: SO YOU WANT TO BE A JEDI?, Newberry Honored novel, THE INQUISITOR’S TALE, and brand new series, THE UNICORN RESCUE SOCIETY (including the Unicorn Rescue Society card game). He is also the creator of the podcast, GRIMM, GRIMMER, GRIMMEST.

"Go to" 3 break-out sessions during the day!

 - A Librarian and a Parent Talk about Dyslexia 
 - Staying Legal in a Pandemic: Crucial Copyright Issues for Instruction
 - Engineering is Elementary!
 - Students win when public libraries and schools partner
 - Growing Professionally
 - Let's Get Together: Bringing Authors into School Libraries
 - Student Led Libraries - The Time is Now!
 - Creating a Readers' Advisory in Your School
 - "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes": Reading Dystopian Literature During the Pandemic
 - Anti-Racist Librarians - Meeting the Challenge
 - Lunch and Learn Library Events
 - DIY Breakout Boxes

Don't Miss the Virtual Vendor Hall, Booksellers, Fun Activities, Spotlight on Award Winners, Announcement of VAASL State Librarian of the Year, Exhibitor Door Prizes, Regional Happy Hours!

Conference Fees

VAASL is acutely aware of the lack of time and budgets during this trying time.  Therefore, the live conference event is only one short day and you have access to an additional 30 sessions on demand - all for only $25.00 for VAASL members.  Non-member registration includes a one year VAASL membership. 

VAASL Member $25.00
Non-member $75.00
Presenter (enter presentation title below) $15.00

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Are registration fees refundable?
A: Due to access to on-demand sessions, registration fees are nonrefundable.

Q: What platform will be used for the virtual conference?
A: We will be using as the virtual platform in conjunction with Zoom.

Q: How will we receive the link to the virtual conference?
A: All registrants will receive a link to sign-in on prior to the conference date. 

Q: When will on-demand sessions be available?
A: On-demand sessions will be unlocked shortly after VAASL Live.

Q: How long will sessions be available after the conference?
A: All sessions will be available until February 15, 2021.