Fostering Future Ready Schools

Welcome to the 2017 School Library Systems Annual Conference webpage. Use the links above or scroll down to find out more about this year's exciting events and presenters.

Mark RAy

Mark Ray

Director of Innovation & Library Services for Vancouver Public Schools & Future Ready Librarians Lead for the Alliance for Excellent Education

Mark Ray was instrumental in transforming libraries into a proactive force for technological innovation in Vancouver Schools. Mark was named a National School Boards Association “20 to Watch” honoree in 2015 largely because of his exceptional work on 1:1 device programs, professional development, digital learning and redefining teacher librarian practices. For 20 years, Mark was a teacher librarian and instructional technology facilitator. In 2012, he received the Washington State Teacher of the Year Award.
Because of his experiences with technology, libraries and teaching, Mark has been able to “connect the dots” to make sure librarians can help students, teachers and systems navigate the digital shift. Early success stories have been featured by Digital Promise, the U.S. Department of Education, Education Week and School Administrator. As a national advocate for libraries, he has been active with Project Connect and more recently worked with the U.S. Department of Education and Alliance for Excellent Education.

Marina Budhos
Featured Speaker

Marina Budhos

Award-winning fiction & nonfiction author

Marina is a prolific, award-winning author with worldwide reach. Her young adult novels include Tell Us We’re Home and Ask Me No Questions, which are taught in school districts throughout the country. Her adult novels include The Professor of Light and House of Waiting. A non-fiction book co-authored with her husband, Mark, is called Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers, which was a 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Award Finalist. Her books have been published in several countries. Her short stories, articles, essays, and book reviews have appeared in a plethora of publications such as The Daily Beast, The Awl, The Huffington Post, LitHub, The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares and more.
Marina has been a Fulbright Scholar to India. Other honors include an Exceptional Merit Media Award (EMMA) and a Rona Jaffe Award for Women Writers. She has twice received a Fellowship from the New Jersey Council on the Arts and frequently gives talks throughout the country and abroad. A graduate of Cornell and Brown universities, Marina is a professor of English at William Paterson University in New Jersey. Her most recent book is called Watched, a sequel to Ask Me No Questions.

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At a Glance

Presented by

  • Oswego County SLS
  • Cayuga-Onondaga SLS
  • CNY Oswego County Teacher Center


Wednesday, October 25
8:15 am - 3:30 pm


The Oncenter
800 South State Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

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  • Standard - $105
  • Student - $25
  • Retiree - $25

Event Schedule

7:30—8:10 Registration
8:15-8:30 Welcome
8:30-9:30 Ballroom
Keynote - Future Ready Is More Than Digital
Mark Ray - More
9:40-10:20 Room 1
Imagining the Future Ready Graduate
Mark Ray - More
  Room 2
Engaging English Language Learners (ELLs) in the Library
Mandi Sanchez - More
  Room 3
Google Expeditions - Tested ways to use
Tammy Cummings - More
  Room 4
Breakout EDU for Secondary
Justin DiMatteo - More
10:20-10:40 Exclusive Vendor Time
10:45-11:25 Room 1
Google Add-ons: It’s a party!
Katie Regan - More
  Room 2
Windows and Mirrors: Getting Representation Right
Karen Fenner - More
  Room 3
Using a Digital Book Box to Foster Reading Growth
Lindsey Peet - More
  Room 4
BREAKOUT EDU in a K-6 library
Victoria Calarco - More
11:30-12:30 Ballroom
Marina Budhos
12:35-1:15 Room 1
Elementary Book Selections
rivers end - More
  Room 2
When Stress Walks in the Door: How can School Librarians be Helpful?
Jeanne Elmer - More
  Room 3
What Is & What If: Writing Fiction and Nonfiction for a Multicultural World
Marina Budhos - More
  Room 4
From White Privilege to Social Justice: Creating School Libraries that Center Racial Justice
Lani Blechman - More
1:15-1:40 Exclusive Vendor Time
1:45-2:25 Ballroom
Maker Play Ground
  Room 1
Do I have to do an annual report?
Penny Feeney & Heather Turner - More
  Room 2
Holocaust Resistance in a Contemporary Context Using the Inquiry Model
Leslie Cartier & Ericka Garcia - More
  Room 3
On Your Way to Leadership
Wendy Scalfaro - More
  Room 4
Equity Workshop: Transforming our School Library Policies and Practices
Lani Blechman - More
2:30-3:10 Ballroom
Maker Play Ground
  Room 1
Secondary Book Selections
rivers end - More
  Room 2
Using Wordless Picture Books to Teach ELLs to Write
Mickian Royer - More
  Room 3
Grass Roots Reading Program
Fulton Librarians - More
  Room 4
WeVideo and Screencastify
Katie Regan - More
3:15 Exhibit Area
Grand Door Prize Giveaway

Must be present to win! Exhibit Area


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