The 21st Century Learning Conference is an annual event in Hong Kong where teachers, staff, and school leaders come together to learn, share and discuss current & emerging topics in education with thought leaders, technology, and learning experts, and their peers. With over 650 attendees from 33 countries, it is the event of choice for a diverse international audience. The event blends together inspirational keynotes, practitioner-led workshop sessions, and fun networking opportunities.
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Thursday, March 7 • 9:00am - 4:00pm
Library Preconference with Stefanie Gaspari (TICKETED EVENT)

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Join Stefanie for a highly interactive day of learning focused on the role of the library as the launchpad for innovation in K-12 schools. This workshop is designed to offer library leaders and educators a chance to reimagine their work in the context of an ever-changing information landscape.

Through multiple presentations, small group discussions, and a panel question-and-answer session, participants will explore questions, such as: What is the mission of school libraries? How can libraries add value to the student experience? What opportunities exist for librarians to lead and influence learning in the next decade?

The day will be divided into three sessions: 

  • Disrupting the student experience

We know that change is the only constant, not only in the world of education and libraries, but for many industries and professions. As educators, it is our role to ensure our students are prepared for the world (and the workforce) of the future. 

This session focuses on the changing needs of library users, with a spotlight on how libraries can add value to the student experience.

  • Building a culture of reading

A timeless purpose of the school library is to support and promote a positive and growth-oriented reading culture.

The benefits of reading for pleasure have been overwhelmingly proven in educational research — of interest is the role of teachers in modelling a love of reading as one of the key factors in motivating students to read and in having the potential to fundamentally change educational outcomes.

Based on an innovative curriculum project currently underway at Trinity Grammar School, participants will be led through a provocation for change centered on the notion of  ‘readers who teach’ and explore research mapped strategies to support a positive reading culture.    

  • The future of librarianship

As we move away from traditional models, flexible learning spaces and innovative information services have occupied the spotlight in the formula for a future focused school library. Yet, the key element to any successful change is having the right people.

Inspired by R. David Lankes work on new librarianship and the theory that knowledge is created through conversation, Stefanie will lead a panel conversation and interactive dialogue with participants examining the mindset and personal strengths of whose who work in school libraries, and the role of the librarian as a leader and influencer of 21st century learning.

The end of the day will provide participants with dedicated networking time to collaborate on learnings and insights from the workshop and plan takeaways for how they can exercise effective library leadership in their schools.

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Stefanie Gaspari

Director of Library Services, Trinity Grammar School
Stefanie is an eternal optimist, a passionate educator and self-confessed bookworm.An advocate for ‘all things library’, she is curious about big ideas, learning spaces and the future of information in the digital age.Stefanie currently leads a cross-campus library team in designing... Read More →

Thursday March 7, 2019 9:00am - 4:00pm +07