TASL’s 2018 Summer Road Trip Review

East Road Trip Review written by: Brenda Goins; West Road Trip Review written by: Katie Capshaw

The TASL East Road Trip was a resounding success!  Pellissippi State Community College Blount County was an amazing site that was very accommodating with easy access and parking.  Both presenters and attendees had a great day networking and sharing ideas and strategies; maybe even survival tips! Sessions ranged from a Mini-BoB with the best books of the year thus far with Dr. Cindy Welch from UT, Science and Social Studies Standards, reading workshops in the library, what you didn’t learn in library school to a standards session to jump start us for the school year.  Stephanie Ham was the keynote speaker talking about how important partnerships and collaborating is for librarians.

Thank you all for your support and attending and I hope you were able to take away something to make your upcoming year easier!

Please remember to fill out the survey so that next years Road Trip can be even better!  

Keynote speaker Stephanie Ham, Director of Library Services from Metro Nashville Public Schools, presents on the role of the librarian:1RoadTripEast4
At the TASL East day, one of our presenters, Michelle Castleberry, presented about reader workshops in the library.


The librarians of West Tennessee also had a great day at TASL’s Summer Road Trip Professional Development Day on Thursday, June 28 at the University School of Jackson. Thanks to our fabulous Tennessee Librarians we were able to learn from each other some amazing ideas and helpful tips. It was a day chock-full of information specifically for librarians that will help us make the 2018-2019 school year great. Each grade band was introduced to the new AASL standards in preparation for the new school year, and a variety of other sessions were offered including: tips from TEL, teaching research ideas, integrating new technology, integrating curriculum standards, new books and programming ideas, and even a session on how to retire gracefully. Our keynote speaker, Stephanie Ham, Director of Library Services for Metro Nashville Public Schools inspired us to become leaders in our schools during her sessions.

Whether you are a new librarian or one that is close to retirement, summer PD is the place for you to learn and share with others. Links to some of the presentations and information presented will be uploaded to the TASL website soon. Thank you to everyone who presented and attended this year’s road trip. We are looking forward to seeing you at conference in September and again next summer.

At the TASL West day, Karen Haggard offered an interactive experience with the AASL standards.


At the TASL West day, Andrea Zielke updated librarians on TEL.
At the TASL West day, Mary Ann  Cole addressed how we can retire gracefully.


At the TASL West day, Christa Cordrey presented about coding camp.


#librariansarelifelonglearners  #weloveTASLSummerRoadTrip  #BeepBeep

Brenda Goins is the Librarian at Porter Elementary School in Blount County.  Brenda has taught 4th-8th grades, adult remedial and GED classes, but after teaching 7th grade ELA for ten years she became a Librarian, her true calling, and has been at Porter for ten years.  She is the Co-Chair of TASL's Summer Professional Development Committee, a quilter, and an advocate for putting books into the hands of children.
Katie Capshaw is the Library Media Specialist at Christiana Middle School in Rutherford County. She is Co-Chair of TASL's Summer Professional Development Committee, a mom to three kids, pastor's wife, book worm, and tech nerd. 



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