Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Emergency Home Learning Summit : Amazing Series + Final Early-Bird Pricing #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

Our two-month, free, online summit focused on home-based and home-centered learning is growing like crazy. We have several sessions each day, with 152 presentations, 156 curated recordings, and (lots) more coming (that could include you!). 

A listing of some of the special Summit "series" is below. Check them out! You will want access to this library long-term, I promise!

Sessions are free to watch for five days, then become part of the Home Learning Summit library. Tomorrow, Thursday, October 15th, is the final day for "early-bird" pricing to purchase the Summit library. Lock in now for the best deal if you want "forever" access to all of the content.


Whether by circumstance or choice, learning at home is now the reality for more students than ever. We have asked our speakers to answer this question in their presentations: "What do you know about learning that could dramatically help or change the lives of students, parents, teachers, librarians, or others at this moment?"

This free event is for everyone interested in helping students to learn. We're having what may be one of the most important conversations about learning in the history of the world, and understanding when, where, and how learning takes place has never been more important.

Please spread the word and tell people about the Summit
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Hashtag: #homelearningsummit

Twitter: @homelearnsummit
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  • Chris Lehman
  • Alice Keeler
  • Blake Boles
  • Esther Wojcicki
  • Gary Stager
  • Barbara Bray
  • Gina Riley
  • Roger Schank
  • Lisa Nielsen
  • Jenny Buccos
  • Jerry Mintz
  • Jeremy Stuart
  • Julie Wilson
  • Kari Byron
  • Ken Danford
  • Stephen Ritz
  • Sugata Mitra
  • Yong Zhao
  • Sue Wolfe Patterson: Unschooling for Regular People
  • Nicole Coulter and "Create a School" Teens
  • Dr. Kevin Currie Knight: Schooling Myths
  • Jim Flannery: Self Directed Learning
  • Dr. Sundita Soon Jahta: Community Based Unschooling
  • Carlo Ricci Interview: Community Based Self Directed Learning
  • Gina Riley: Unschooling - Exploring Learning Beyond the Classroom
  • Peter Gray: Schools During and After COVID-19 | Peter Gray, PhD
  • Aukeem Ballard: The Future of Public Education in a Post-COVID-19 Society
  • Naimish Gohil: Challenging the Status Quo of Education During the Pandemic
  • Kerry Mcdonald: The Pandemic as a Positive Disruption to Education
  • Corey Deangelis: More Education Choices Post Pandemic
  • Tommy Schultz: Why 40% of families are more likely to homeschool after COVID-19?
  • Dr. Rebecca English: Parenting and Home Education
  • Jodi Chaffee: Creating Intentional Family Culture in Homeschooling
  • Leah Boden: Charlotte Mason Philosophy on Homeschooling
  • Judy Sarden: Why Black Children Should Be Homeschooled?
  • Jamie Heston: How to Get Started Homeschooling and Real Life Schooling
  • Claus Raasted: Sparking Children’s Desire for Self-Directed Learning
  • Cameron Sorsby: Personalizing Every Child’s Self-Directed Learning Experience at Praxis
  • Robyn Robertson: Igniting Kids’ Curiosity through Self-Directed Learning
  • Anna Brown (with Pam Laricchia): Choice as an Empowering Element in Unschooling
  • Pam Laricchia: The Value of Strong Parent-Child Connection
  • Dr. Naomi Fisher: The Psychology Behind Self-directed Learning
  • Sue Elvis: Unschooling Explained!
  • Judy Arnall: Intro to Unschooling and Self-Directed Learning
  • Dr. Gina Riley: Intrinsic Motivation and Self Determination in Learning
  • Blake Boles: Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?
  • Pat Farenga: Trusting Every Child's Unique Learning Path
  • Yong Zhao Keynote at the 2016 AERO Conference
  • Peter Gray: Self Directed Education. What Is It, How Does It Work?
  • More to come...
  • You Matter
  • Whispering to the Wind:  Your Genius Matters-Business Innovation Summit (with kids)
  • Liberating Genius :  EduTech Keynote
  • The Soldier and The School Teacher:  Liberating Genius Across The World -General John Michel and Angela Maiers Tedx Military Talk
  • What Kids Want in Their Own Words:  140 Character Conference
  • The Power Of One--140 Character Conference Keynote
  • The Sandbox Manifesto --Opening Keynote
  • Celebrating Teachers -Tech and Learning Keynote
  • How to be a Badass Teen Homeschooler
  • Stop Wasting Your Time in High School
  • To Fix Education, Make it Consensual
  • Can Unschoolers Get Into College?
  • Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School?
  • EPISODE 1: How Do I Navigate My Family’s Fall Homeschool Options?
  • EPISODE 2: Should I Customize My Homeschool to My Student’s Learning Style?
  • EPISODE 3: How Can I Homeschool Legally in My State?
  • EPISODE 4: Who’s Going to Teach My Online Homeschool?
  • EPISODE 5: How Can I Find the Best Homeschool Curriculum?
  • EPISODE 6: Is Hybrid Homeschooling Right for My Family?
  • EPISODE 7: What Are My Homeschool Socialization Options?
  • EPISODE 8: Will Homeschooling Affect My Child’s College Admission Chances?
  • EPISODE 9: How Do I Navigate My Family’s Fall Homeschool Options?
THE ECEL (Exceptional Circumstances for Exceptional Learners) SERIES
  • ECEL Episode 3: Inclusive Arts Education
  • ECEL Episode 6: Advocacy
  • ECEL Episode 7: Data Tracking in the Home and School
  • ECEL Episode 8: Unmasking the Realities of this Year
  • ECEL Episode 9: The Effectiveness of Home Telehealth Therapies
  • ECEL Episode 10: Transitional Planning
  • Denise Pope Interview - Overloaded and Underprepared
  • Erica Renee Goldson - The Valedictorian Who Spoke Out Against Schooling
  • Laurette Lynn on "Unplugged Education"
  • Dennis Littky on "Big Picture Schools"
  • Panel Discussion of Seth Godin's Stop Stealing Dreams
  • Jenifer Fox on "Strengths-Based School"
  • Tony Wagner on "Creating Innovators"
  • Michael Strong on "Socratic Teaching, Entrepreneurism, and Education"
  • Ron Wolk on "Wasting Minds"
  • Pat Farenga on "John Holt and Homeschooling"
  • Blake Boles on "Better Than College"
  • Kirsten Olson on "Wounded by School"
  • Jamie McMillin on "Lessons from Legendary Learners"
  • Denise Pope on "Challenging the Current School Success Model"
  • Yale Wishnick on "A Strength-Based Revolution in Education"
  • Cal Newport: Being a High School Superstar
  • Monica Cochran: SelfDesign - Unfolding Our Infinite Wisdom Within
  • Cindy Gaddis: Learning Disabled or Learns Differently?
  • Jamie McMillin: The Unschooling Parent's 2nd Worst Fear
  • Jamie McMillin: Self-Directed Learning and The Roots of Success
  • Peter Gray: Free to Learn
  • Pat Farenga: Why We Need Alternatives to School
  • Clark Aldrich: The Success of Homeschoolers and Unschoolers
  • Jerry Mintz: The global movement for learner-centered alternatives
  • Oliver DeMille: A Thomas Jefferson Eduation
  • Luba Vangelova: An Introduction to Self-Directed Learning
  • Elliot Washor: How to Increase Student Engagement Focusing on Student Expectations
  • Blake Boles: Hogwarts for Unschoolers
  • Bernard Bull: 10 Trends That are Transforming Homeschooling in the Digital Age
  • Matt Hern: Left Cross
  • David Albert: The Average Giraffe sleeps 4.6 hours a day.
  • Monica Cochran: SelfDesign Learning
  • Pat Farenga: The Legacy of John Holt
  • Jerry Mintz: The Importance of Alternative Education
  • Self-Directed Education: How children learn without school and homeschooling
  • Education Options for Those Who Do Not Want To Teach or Send Their Kids To School
  • How Do Unschoolers Learn Reading and Writing? (UCA)
  • Unschooling to University and Brain Development (AERO)
  • Discipline Without Distress: Have a Better Behaved Child in Just One Hour
  • Understanding Multiple Intelligences
  • How Unschoolers Access Post-secondary Colleges and Universities (UCA)
  • Parenting through Difficult Times
  • We Turned Out OK Episode 36, talking to a nursery school owner on the best learning environment for engaging kids (hint: it's a self-directed learning environment : )
  • We Turned Out OK Episode 48, being with Daniel Wolff, the author of one of my favorite books, How Lincoln Learned to Read. 
  • We Turned Out OK Episode 152, talking with two professors of Early Childhood Education on how the dearth of open-ended play has negatively impacted so many, including college students with whom they work.
  • We Turned Out OK Episode 264, my conversation with Blake Boles on self-directed learning and its many benefits.
  • We Turned Out OK Episode 300, a roundtable conversation on social-emotional learning and the value of open-ended play, with a special needs teacher, a licensed mental health counselor, and me, a child development expert.
  • We Turned Out OK Episode 344, which I called "The Secret Fears of a Child Development Expert," all about the concerns I have about the damage that schools due to children because of the lack of self-direction – and my hope that the pandemic, while devastating in so many ways, can be a helpful agent of change in how we educate children.
  • Learning from Home: A New Series
  • Finding Your Element
  • Learning from Home: Episode 1
  • Do Schools kill Creativity?
  • Learning from Home: Episode 2
  • Bring on the Learning Revolution
  • Learning from Home: Episode 3
  • Creating a New Normal
  • Passion
  • How to Escape Education's Death Valley
  • Building a Culture of Innovation
  • Laurie Santos: Happiness Homeroom: Well-Being Strategies for High School Students (Dr. Laurie Santos)
  • Hack Your Education | Rene Wang | TEDxYouth@Granville
  • Can Schools Make You Happier?
  • How to Give Your Child a World-Class Education with Michael Strong
  • Every kid needs a champion | Rita Pierson
  • Going natural in education | Lora Smothers | TEDxUGA
  • This Will Revolutionize Education
  • Your Mind is an Excellent Servant, but a Terrible Master - David Foster Wallace
  • EPISODE 5 - Curiosity & Individual Learning
  • EPISODE 21 - Evaluation, Testing; Assessment
  • Episode 23: "Positive Education" Part 2 with Dr. Laurie Santos
  • EPISODE 18 - Broadband Inequality
  • EPISODE 16 - Opening & Closing Schools
  • EPISODE 15 - Student Empowerment
  • EPISODE 14 - Pod Schools and Micro-Schools
  • EPISODE 10 - Play
  • EPISODE 8 - Home as a Place for Learning
  • EPISODE 6  - College Behind Bars
  • The Rethinking Learning Series with Barbara Bray and Kecia McDonald: Expectations, Priorities, and Advocating
  • The Rethinking Learning Series with Barbara Bray and Tommaso Lana: Connecting Play and Joy to Learning
  • More to come...
  • Webinar #1: Why Should I Homeschool?
  • Webinar #2: The Elementary-School Years
  • Webinar #3: What Will We Do Now That We’re Learning at Home?
  • Webinar #4: Challenges and Concerns: What Are YOUR Challenges and Concerns for Parents and Children While Homeschooling?
  • Webinar #5: The Teenage Years
  • Webinar #6: Year-Round Learning Opportunities
  • Can Kids Teach Themselves?
  • New Experiments in Self Teaching (TED talk) \ The Child-driven Education
  • Build a School in the Cloud
  • The Future of Learning (CUE)
  • The Hole in the Wall and Beyond

Monday, October 12, 2020

Final Call - Wednesday's "Sustainability in Libraries" Mini-Conference and Schedule #library20 #sustainabilityinlibraries

We're excited to be holding our third Library 2.020 mini-conference: "Sustainability in Libraries," online (and for free) this Wednesday, October 14th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone).

This mini-conference will center on the concept of "Sustainable Thinking" which aligns the core values of libraries with the "Triple Bottom Line" definition of sustainability--i.e. the intersection of environmental stewardship, social equity, and economic feasibility--to inspire investment and build support for your library in the future.

Library leaders must mobilize to ensure libraries take an active, visible role in building sustainable and resilient communities, particularly in light of the events of 2020. Our future depends on citizens who are able to work together with empathy, respect, and understanding to adapt to the many challenges and opportunities facing society today. As we struggle with the concurrent challenges of COVID-19, the resulting financial crisis, the political landscape and the increasing effects of climate change, we also find opportunities in these moments such as the rise of the Black Lives Matter/Solidarity Movement in the face of the “I Can’t Breathe” protests and an increasing call for locally driven solutions to problems impacting us on a global scale.

Through this mini-conference we will explore the importance of infusing the new core value of sustainability into everything we do and demonstrate how libraries - of all types - that lead into the future using “sustainable thinking” to fulfill our mission as libraries in new and innovative ways.

Conference sessions will include topics related to:

  • Libraries as Inspiration & Catalyst - topics and examples related to how libraries may provide leadership and serve as a model for sustainable practices through facility stewardship, innovative service design, and outreach and partnership practices.
  • Libraries as Conveners & Connectors - topics and examples related to how libraries work collaboratively through visionary partnerships to facilitate collective impact work to address existing challenges and opportunities with a focus on community well-being and self-reliance
  • Libraries as Contributors to Community Resilience - topics and examples of how libraries contribute to future community resilience from disaster preparedness, & response and recovery efforts to work that contributes to creating a culture of respect, understanding, and empathy in the library’s service area.

This event is being organized in partnership with Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System and co-chair of the American Library Association's (ALA) Special Task Force on Sustainability, Learn more about Rebekkah at Participants are encouraged to use #library2020 and #sustainabilityinlibraries on their social media posts leading up to and during the event.

This is a free event, being held live online and also recorded.
to attend live and/or to receive the recording links afterward.
Please also join this Library 2.0 network to be kept updated on this and future events. 

Everyone is invited to participate in our Library 2.0 conference events, which are designed to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing among information professionals worldwide. Each three-hour event consists of a keynote panel, 10-15 crowd-sourced thirty-minute presentations, and a closing 30-minute keynote. A mini-conference FAQ (frequently asked questions) page is here

The call for proposals is now closed. A list of the confirmed sessions for the mini-conference is below the keynote panelist descriptions. You can also view the all proposals that were submitted here to connect with individual submitters.


Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (@rebekkah)
Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System
Opening Keynote (Moderator)

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich (MLS, LEED AP) is the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System. Rebekkah currently serves as the co-chair of the American Library Association's (ALA) Special Task Force on Sustainability, as an advisory board member for the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries. Rebekkah is the co-founder of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative and a founding member of the ALA Sustainability Round Table. Rebekkah was named a Library Journal (LJ) Mover & Shaker in 2010 and writes the LJ Sustainability column. A frequent international speaker on the topic of libraries and sustainability, Rebekkah is the author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library's Future in an Uncertain World and Resilience, part of the Library Futures Series from ALA Editions.


Matthew Bollerman (@bollermn)
Chief Executive Officer, Hauppauge Public Library

Matthew Bollerman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Hauppauge Public Library. Matt previously was Director at the Westhampton and Brookhaven Free Library. At Westhampton he helped construct a new $7.8 million, 14,250 square foot LEED Gold building that was recognized by Library Journal in their New Landmark Libraries issue. Matt was recognized by the New York Library Association with their 2014 Outstanding Service to Libraries Award and served as president of the New York Library Association in 2012. He is passionate about public libraries ability to help regenerate their communities.


Adrian Ho
Director of Digital Scholarship at the University of Kentucky Libraries

Adrian Ho is Director of Digital Scholarship at the University of Kentucky Libraries. He specializes in facilitating the production, dissemination, and curation of research deliverables and scholarly works in an open and digital environment. He has collaborated with faculty and students to broaden access to their research and scholarship so that people around the world can benefit from the University of Kentucky community's scholarly outputs.


Traci Engel Lesneski (@LesneskiTraci)
CEO/Principal, MSR Design

CEO and principal with Minneapolis-based MSR Design, Traci has led a wide variety of project types and holds particular expertise in design for libraries and learning. She promotes an integrated design approach—equally valuing human well-being, building performance, aesthetics, and delight. Recent building projects Traci has led include the award-winning VCAM building—a 24/7 visual culture, arts, and media creative hub for Haverford College in Pennsylvania and Missoula’s new library and culture house (opening in autumn 2020).Traci regularly contributes articles to library publications and lectures nationally and internationally about the built environment’s role in fostering well-being, promoting learning, and creating inclusive, resilient, and cohesive communities. Traci is co-chair of ALA’s Architecture for Public Libraries Committee and serves on the Standing Committee of IFLA’s Library Buildings and Equipment Section and ALA’s Special Task Force on Sustainability.


Rebecca T. Miller
Group Publisher, Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book

Rebecca T. Miller is Group Publisher of Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book. Born a twin and raised in a large family in the rural West, her background in libraries dates to 1998 when she joined the book review staff of Library Journal. In 2020, Miller was named Group Publisher, after a seven-year tenure as Editorial Director of LJ and SLJ. She is deeply involved in exploring the trends affecting patrons, libraries, and the library ecosystem. Currently, she is a New York Library Association Sustainability Initiative cocreator and a trustee and treasurer of the Great Neck Library, NY. Prior to LJ, she worked at Utne Reader. She has a BA from DePauw University, IN, and an MSLIS from New York’s Pratt Institute.


René Tanner
Associate Librarian, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona

René Tanner is an Associate Librarian at Arizona State University. She specializing in sustainability and life sciences. She is a co-editor of the upcoming book, Sustainability in Libraries, slated for publication in 2021 by ALA Editions. She is the co-chair of ALA's Implementation Task Force on Sustainability in Libraries. She is a frequent presenter on the topics of conflict management, empathy, and sustainability.


FINAL SCHEDULE (and links to comment or connect with presenters). The link to the page with individual session Zoom rooms is emailed to those who have registered (free) for the event.

12:00 p.m. (noon) US-Pacific Daylight Time:

  • OPENING KEYNOTE: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Matthew Bollerman, Adrian Ho, Rebecca T. Miller, & René Tanner
  • CLOSING KEYNOTE (30 minutes): Rebekkah Smith Aldrich

The School of Information at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor. Please register as a member of the Library 2.0 network to be kept informed of future events. Recordings from previous years are available under the Archives tab at Library 2.0 and at the Library 2.0 YouTube channel.

California Libraries Learn (CALL) is a collaborative project of the California Library Association and the California State Library, and is supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

Here are professional associations that have made space for communities of practice on sustainability in their infrastructure:

Sustainable Libraries Initiative (SLI) (a project of the New York Library Association [NYLA])

Sustainability Round Table (SRT) of the American Library Association

Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group of the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)