Friday Keynote

Bernie Trilling is Global Director for the Oracle Education Foundation, and board member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Trilling directs the development of education strategies, partnerships, client relations and services for the Foundation's ThinkQuest programs. Prior to joining Oracle, Trilling was a director for the Technology in Education group at WestEd. He co-wrote with Charles Fadel the book 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times to be published by Wiley in October.

Saturday Keynote

 Lisa Layera Brunkan, a Spokane, WA, mother of three, co-founded Fund our Future Washington in 2007 as a way to mobilize against the cuts to school library programs. This grassroots advocacy movement, nearly 20,000 strong, succeeded in securing $4M in emergency bridge funding for school libraries from WA state in less than 5 months. The following year, the movement successfully lobbied for teacher-librarians and library materials to be included in reforms to the WA basic education act. The work is rooted in the belief that all children deserve access to a well-funded and professionally staffed school library.

Panel: Twenty-first Century Skills, A Modern Day Elephant?

Twenty-first century skills mean different things to different people. Julie Walker, Executive Director of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will lead a summit-wide discussion with leaders in the fields of education, libraries, and publishing in an attempt to answer this question.

 Moderator: Prior to her work with AASL, Julie A. Walker was the Director of Library & Media Services for the Round Rock (TX) ISD. For the past 12 years, she has been responsible for directing a number of national programs, including the development of AASL's learning standards and guidelines for school library media programs. Walker currently serves on the advisory committee for the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. She is the chair-elect for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

Todd Brekhus is the President of Digital Solutions for  Capstone Publishers. Brekhus leads the digital product vision and strategy. Prior to joining Capstone Publishers, Brekhus served as the VP and Chief Marketing Officer at PLATO Learning, President and COO of Learning Elements, and Education Program Director for MCI WorldCom, where he helped to build and implement the Marco Polo program. Brekhus also spent eight years in education as a teacher, department chair, and technology director.

As Deputy Director for Museums, Marsha L. Semmel manages the Institute of Museum and Library Services' portfolio of grantmaking programs that support capacity building and leadership projects for all types of museums. As Director for Strategic Partnerships, she maintains oversight of federal-state partnership activities, initiates and implements collaborations with other federal agencies and organizations, and manages special projects and initiatives.

Bernie Trilling is the Gobal Director for the Oracle Education Foundation, and the Oracle board member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (see above for complete bio).

John I. Wilson, a long-time special education teacher and association leader, became Executive Director of the National Education Association on November 1, 2000. Wilson previously served as executive director of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), where he gained an outstanding reputation for successfully championing statewide education reforms. Prior to his appointment as NCAE executive director, Wilson was the chief lobbyist for NCAE and was repeatedly rated by the North Carolina Center for Public Policy as one of the most influential lobbyists in Raleigh.

Breakout Sessions

The Learning Commons As A Physical Space
While more and more of the work in a learning commons happens digitally, how do we transform a physical facility, formerly the school library, into an open commons and an experimental learning center? Invent with this panel.

MODERATOR: David Loertscher is a Professor at San Jose (CA) State University. He has degrees from the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Indiana University. He has been a teacher librarian in elementary and secondary school and has taught at a number of universities. He is coeditor of Teacher Librarian and a past president of AASL.

A resident of Dunedin, New Zealand. since 1990, Greg Carroll has been teaching since 1989 and has been a principal since 1994. As a teacher, he has taught at all levels and usually in multi-level classes. As a principal he has worked at Taieri Beach School, Pine Hill School and Outram School.

Robin Cicchetti (@concordrobin), LMS, is Head Librarian at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School, in Concord, MA, where she is currently transitioning the program to a Learning Commons model. Cicchetti has presented regionally and nationally on information and media literacy. She blogs at

Valerie Diggs (@valeriediggs) is the Director of Libraries for the Chelmsford Public Schools. Diggs’s Learning Commons program was featured in the April 2009 issue of Teacher Librarian. She is an adjunct for Simmons’ GSLIS, the Learning 4 Life implementation chair in MA, and serves on the Massachusetts School Library Media Association’s Executive Board.

Peter Miller is an engineer with Meru Networks. The company develops and markets wireless LAN infrastructure solutions that use virtualization to deliver pervasive, high-fidelity wireless service for business-critical voice, video and data applications.

What Box? More Opportunities than Obstacles
Professionals in the field share their experiences in approaching 21st-century learning.

MODERATOR: Rick Hasenyager is the Director for Library Services for the North East Independent School District in San Antonio,TX. He earned his MLS from Sam Houston State University and is finishing up his Ph.D. in Information Science at the University of North Texas.

Diane Chen (@dianerchen) is the Library Information Specialist at Kennedy Middle School in Nashville, TN. She writes the Practically Paradise blog for SLJ and is currently serving on the American Library Association Executive Board. Chen has 19 years experience at the elementary level and is passionate about connecting students with 21st-century literacy skills.

Ernie Cox (@erniec), librarian at St.Timothy’s School in Raleigh, NC, is serving on the 2009 AASL National Conference Committee. His forthcoming book, Professional Learning Communities and the School Library Media Specialist coauthored with Sandra Hughes-Hassell and Debbie Dupree, will be published by Libraries Unlimited in 2010. Visit him at Mediacentered.

Gail Formanack was a librarian in South Dakota prior to receiving her MLS at the University of Iowa. She worked in both elementary and middle school libraries in Omaha Public Schools before supervising the library media program for 10 years. She recently assumed the position of Director of Secondary Education.

Christopher Harris is the Coordinator of the School Library System for Genesee Valley BOCES in Western NY. He writes the SLJ column "The Next Big Thing," is coauthor of Libraries Got Game (ALA Editions, 2009) and blogs at Infomancy. Harris lives with his wife, a K-12 librarian, and four cats in Le Roy, NY.

Teaching in the 21st Century
Teachers, administrators, and policy makers will discuss how teaching is changing and the skills and resources needed to meet the challenge.

MODERATOR: Dr. Ross Todd is an associate professor in the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is Director of the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) there. CISSL fosters the transformative role of school libraries in 21st century schools, their integral role in the learning fabric of schools, and their role in ongoing school improvement and reform. His primary teaching and research interests focus on adolescent information seeking and use. He has published more than 120 papers and book chapters and has been an invited speaker at many international conferences, most recently in Ireland, Sweden, Taiwan, Croatia and Australia.

Dr. Ann Flynn is the Director of Education Technology for the National School Boards Association. She provides leadership on issues surrounding education technology that empower education, industry, and policy leaders to improve education processes that support improved student achievement. She has been in the Education Technology Programs department since 1992 and works with NSBA’s T+L Conference and Technology Leadership Network for local districts.

Sara B. Kajder (@skajder), Ph.D. is an assistant professor of English education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Virginia Tech. Recipient of the 2009 xCaliber Award and the 2002 National Technology Leadership Fellowship in English/Language Arts, she currently serves on the Executive Committee of the NCTE Conference on English Education.

Zipporah Miller is currently the Associate Executive Director for Professional Programs and Conferences at the National Science Teachers Association, leading NSTA efforts in providing professional development and e-learning opportunities to teachers of science nationwide. She oversees NSTA’s regional and national conferences; the NSTA Learning Center, an online portal where thousands of teachers pursue quality professional development resources and specific science content; and the NSTA New Science Teacher Academy for middle and high school level teachers.

Database 2.0 - How Smart will It Be and will We Be able to Afford It?
This session will address the future of databases. Several critical questions will be posed, including: What will content providers do for us tomorrow? What can we expect of database 2.0? How will databases support 21st-century learning? How will databases reflect the 2.0 notion of community and sharing? How will databases and librarians work to make proprietary content as available and handy as Google/Facebook/YouTube content? Will states and library systems and school districts be able to continue to support our databases? And, if not, what next?

MODERATOR: Joyce Kasman Valenza (@joycevalenza), Librarian, SpringfieldTownship High School Library, PA; SLJ blogger

Todd Brekhus, President, Capstone Digital Solutions
Michael Campbell, Director of Marketing, Follett Software
Jay Flynn, Vice-President and Publisher, K-12, Gale
Roger Rosen, President and CEO, Rosen Publishing Group
Andrew Schlessinger, CEO and founder of Library Video Company, Schlessinger Media, and SAFARI Montage
Alison F. Zepp, Vice President, Marketing, Follett Library Resources
Evan St. Lifer, VP, Scholastic Classroom & Library Group

Leading 21st Century Skills With Your Collection:
Infusing New Science Resources Into Teaching, Learning, And Thinking

MODERATOR:  Marcia Mardis is an Assistant Professor at the College of Communication and Information and Associate Director of the Partnerships Advancing Library Media (PALM) Center at Florida State University. A former school library media specialist, teacher, and school administrator, Mardis focuses her research and writing on school libraries, science education, and high-speed networking. She is the author of numerous publications relating to school librarianship and has received grants from federal, state, and local agencies to conduct her research.

Daniella Quiñones is the Marketing Coordinator for Teachers’ Domain, a digital library of resources and professional development for K-12 educators developed by Boston public television station WGBH. Daniella works with educators across the country offering blended workshops and interactive webinars that promote technology integration using rich media resources from public television.

 Dr. Kimberly Lightle supports science and mathematics teachers in their professional growth through her teaching at Ohio State university, building education digital libraries, and researching how to effectively use Web 2.0 tools to create and deliver content to both preservice and in-service teachers.

Workers of the Future: Can US Schools Really Prepare Students to Help US Businesses Compete in a Global Economy?
This session will focus on the skills and skill development that businesses need their employees to posses in order to remain viable and compete in this global economy. It will provide insight into 21st-century skills from a business perspective by asking three panelists a series of challenging questions. Educators will be provided with an unfiltered, provocative look at the skills businesses need employees to posses to prepare students for a career.

MODERATOR: David Schroeter is Vice-President of the K-12 Division of Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, a world leader in digital reference content and educational publishing for schools, libraries and businesses. As an active board member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills he has worked with educators at both the state and local level to help define and implement a 21st century education. Schroeter holds a bachelor’s degree from the university of Toledo and Masters of Education from Eastern Michigan university.

George Cigale has served as’s Chairman and CEO since founding the company in 1998. He has raised over $30 million in venture capital and secured strategic partnerships with top education and media companies. Under his leadership, has created the leading on demand homework help and online tutoring services, making professional tutors available to all students the minute they need academic help. Cigale brings over 20 years of experience in education, software, and Internet industries.

Domenic Giandomenico is Director of Education and Workforce Programs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for a Competitive Workforce (ICW), a nonprofit affiliate dedicated to strengthening the nation’s educational standards and the quality of its workforce. In 2009, Giandomenico implemented the Business LEADs Network, a national network of business leaders who work collaboratively with experts, elected officials and other stakeholders dedicated to improving education and workforce development in America.

Tom Watkins is the President and CEO of TDW and Associates, a business and education consulting firm in the U.S. and China. He has a rich career in education, business, and human services. He served as Michigan’s State Superintendent of schools, helped create the first charter school in Michigan and Florida and held academic and administrative roles in higher education. He is a prolific author and serves as an international educational consultant at Mianyang University in China.