Introduction to Picturing Writing

Workshop Details: Back by popular demand, this 3-day immersion into the Picturing Writing process will introduce teachers to the rhythm and flow of Artists/Writers Workshop and the power of pictures to improve student writing. Participants will experience the foundational Time of Day Descriptive Writing and Weather Poetry Units before moving on to a Research-Based Animal Poetry Unit. During this final inquiry-based unit of study, teachers will learn how to conduct visual and written research and conversely, how to embed facts within their images and written text. Armed with knowledge of Picturing Writing’s two-decade-long history of research findings documenting significant gains in student’s writing, their experiential understanding of the process, and examples of how Picturing Writing can be adapted to content area curriculum, teachers will leave excited and ready to facilitate the process with their students. No prior art experience necessary. Teachers completing this workshop receive FREE instructional materials, including: manuals, copy of The Power of Pictures: Creating Pathways to Literacy Through Art, DVDs, posters, and other resources. An estimated value of $375!

About the Presenter: Beth Olshansky is the director of the Center for the Advancement of Art-Based Literacy in Durham, New Hampshire and the creator of two evidence-based literacy models: Picturing Writing and Image-Making Within The Writing Process. Author of The Power of Pictures: Creating Pathways to Literacy Through Art book/companion DVD. Beth has also produced a wide range of instructional materials, both in print and on video.

North Dakota State Library Renewal and Development Conference

Renewal and Development Conference

Monday and Tuesday, April 1-2, 2019 from 9:00AM – 4:00PM with registration beginning at 8:00AM each day.


Mary Soucie, North Dakota State Librarian State Librarian
Collection development is an essential part of the continuation of libraries. Learn about the different aspects at this session.

Emily Ong, Senior Community Partner Manager for Girls Who Code
During this presentation, we will be featuring our Girls Who Code Clubs, which are completely free after-school programs for 3rd-5th or 6th-12th grade girls to join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models and use computer science to change the world. Through fun and interactive curricula, Club girls not
only learn about how to positively impact their community through code, but they also are taught to be brave and resilient — which has an enormous impact on how they approach challenges and whether they stick with coding in the years to come.

SECOND DAY: Breakout sessions the second day will include: Open Education Resources, North Dakota Cyber Security Standards, Grant Writing Boot Camp, North Dakota Afterschool program, and so much more.

GRADUATE CREDIT: School library media specialists can get one professional development credit from Valley City State University. Carmen Redding, the School & Youth Services Specialist and Mary Soucie, the ND State Librarian, will teach an additional session Monday evening (5:00PM-8:00PM) for those who want the credit. VCSU charges $50 for the credit and you will need to register for it separately.

REGISTRATION: Cost to attend is $55 for both days, $35 for a single day, and $10 for the Monday afternoon session. Lunch is included in the registration fee.

School Library Journal Diversity Workshop

LMIS 2000 – School Library Journal Diversity Workshop

Class# 17920

Instructor: Misti Werle

The editors of School Library Journal present a one-day workshop on Cultural Literacy and Diversity for Librarians.  This immersive, interactive day of learning will focus on evaluation of books and media, collection development practices, readers’ advisory, and book marketing and promotion.  Attendees will come away with an understanding of key concepts, such as white privilege, implicit bias, and intersectionality and how to use this information to create a stronger collection.