Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 7:00 AM EDT
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Somerset Inn 
2601 W Big Beaver Road
Troy, MI 48084

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Karen Becknell, MAME Database Manager 
Michigan Association for Media in Education 



October 24-26
Somerset Inn, Troy, Michigan

Wednesday October 24
PreConference Offerings

AM Sessions
8:00-11:30:  (choose one)

  Mediate, Maneuver and Utilize the Essential Practices in Literacy in your Media Center
(Susan Townsend, Tamara Bashore-Berg & Erin Brown)

 With a new state law around 3rd grade retention and pressure on districts, there is heavy demand on teachers to improve literacy skills.   Because of this pressure, a group of educators, as part of the General Education Leadership Network, formed the Early Literacy Task Force. This group has used education research to identify the practices that matter most to literacy development.  Every educator, including media specialists, has an important role to play in this effort. It is only working together that we can truly improve outcomes for ALL our Michigan youth.

 This session will focus on the Literacy Essentials, a set of key guiding documents developed by the Early Literacy Task Force that frame our education-focused approach to the literacy challenge.  Participants will learn about the specific instructional practices that, based on their effectiveness through research, should be happening in every classroom, every day for every child. We'll also spend time on the school-level essentials, a framework for the kinds of organizational activities that take place in schools that are successful in changing literacy outcomes.  We'll discuss the important and varied roles that media specialists can play in these efforts and solicit feedback on additional activities that would be beneficial to coordinate at a state level.

Breaking Out of Traditional Learning & Research:
Virtual Escape Rooms for Databases
(Christine Schneider & Andrea Drouillard)

Are you looking for new, inexpensive, and innovative ways to teach students how to use a database while they learn curriculum content? Or would you like to learn how to incorporate real-life data from Demographics Now into a social studies or ELA classroom? Then this session is a must! Here you will experience virtual escape rooms that utilize Gale databases, Opposing Viewpoints in Context and Demographics Now. Then, learn step-by-step how to create your very own virtual escape room using Google Forms.  Finally, we will discuss how these align to standards that include Michigan curriculum, ISTE, AASL, and even the 5D+ teacher evaluations.  Please bring a device, and have a grade level and unit in mind; you will create your own virtual escape room using Opposing Viewpoints.

PM Sessions
1:00-4:30:  (choose one)

    Next Gen Science Standards and School Librarians 
(Mary Starr)

In this pre-conference session we will explore the Michigan Science Standards (NGSS) and what they mean for media specialists in Michigan. In particular, we will dive deeply into the literacy essentials and how science can support these standards by appropriately integrating non-fiction, grade-appropriate texts into science learning. This will include learning about and then using the science and engineering practices and the crosscutting concepts to better connect multiple forms of text to science classrooms and science learning. This session will be interactive and will allow you to leave with some great tools for supporting science learning.

    Developing Your Chromebook Classroom/Library
(John Sowash)

Are you taking full advantage of your Chromebooks for learning? While Chromebooks are simple to use, their classroom potential is limitless. This session explores model strategies for using Chromebooks to middle and high school students in deep, challenging learning activities.

 A highly experienced Google Certified Trainer will guide participants through various activities and classroom examples and will provide web-resources for future learning.

 Learning outcomes for this workshop include:

        Key shortcuts every teacher should know.
        Tips on managing the login process in your classroom.
        4 Chromebook instructional strategies
        Understanding project based learning with Chromebooks
        Designing multimedia projects with Chromebooks

Pricing:  $60.00 for one session/ $100.00 for two sessions

Conference News

New Fee Structure
This year's conference fees include: breakfast, lunch, daily snacks and unlimited beverages.

Therefore the costs are slightly higher.

 Continental Breakfast: danish, muffins, bagels, cream cheese, hardboiled eggs, and yogurt
Lunch: fajita bar  (with vegetarian options)
Afternoon Snack:  fresh whole fruit and jumbo soft pretzels 
Unlimited Beverages throughout the day: including bottled water, assorted sodas, regular and decaf coffee and assorted hot teas

Awards Ceremony - 6:30-10:00 - dessert bar and veggie display 
Cash Bar

Hot Breakfast Bar: fluffy scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, buttermilk pancakes, home fried potatoes, danish and muffins, seasonal fresh fruit, chilled juices

Lunch - Premier Deli Buffet: Soup du Jour or Green Salad (one or the other), Chef's Choice of Deli Wraps, Homestyle Potato Salad, Seasonal Fresh Fruit,  Relish Tray, Assorted Dry Snacks, Chocolate Fudge Brownies

Afternoon Snack: celery and carrot sticks with ranch dressing and
freshly popped popcorn
Unlimited Beverages throughout the day

Friday Sunrise Breakfast and 

Author Presentation
This event is no charge, compliments of Scholastic Books. 
However you MUST REGISTER and you will be issued a ticket.

Meet Jewell Parker Rhodes

Jewell has published five children’s books: the Louisiana Girls Trilogy of Ninth Ward, Sugar, and Bayou Magic; Towers Falling; and most recently the #1 Kids’ Indie Next Pick Ghost Boys. Jewell has received numerous honors including: the American Book Award, the National Endowment of the Arts Award in Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Award for Literary Excellence, the PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Award for Outstanding Writing, and two Arizona Book Awards. Ninth Ward, her first novel for young readers, was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a Notable Book for a Global Society, and a Today Show Al’s Book Club for Kids Selection.

Hotel Reservations

 Somerset Inn, Troy, MI 

Individual guest room reservations can be made by contacting the hotel directly at 800-228-8769 or 248-643-7800. 

Please identify yourself as attending the Michigan Association for Media in Education conference, when making the reservation.  MAME Group Code for these rates is 4767

Tower Single:  $139.00
Tower Double:  $139.00
Executive Wing Single:  $159.00
Executive wing Double:  $159.00

How to make an online reservation
Online booking has been setup for the group.  

Click on Reservations
Select Dates
Enter Group Code: 4767
Click on Check Availability
Click on View Available Rooms
Select Room Type and continue booking the reservation.

 All rates are subject to the applicable tax at the time (currently 13.3%)

 Check in time is 3:00 pm;  Check out time is 12:00 noon.

Parking:  There is no fee for Parking at Somerset Inn!