I am super excited that Jamie Casap will be our opening keynote speaker at the National Conference in Phoenix. I first heard about him from my head of school who came back from a National Association of Independent Schools conference raving about the great speaker he heard. He came to tell me about Jamie and how his message was not only inspiring but also very pro library. Jamie evangelizes about Google tools, technology, and the web and the power these tools have to transform learning.
Jamie speaks our language about inquiry-based learning, project-based learning, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. He sees the need for schools to transform what learning looks like and then using technology to move the learning toward that transformation. In much of his writing, Jamie communicates that we need to quit asking students what they want to be when they grow up and ask them instead “What problem do you want to solve?” This question truly changes the conversation to what tools and resources are needed to solve this problem.
It seemed the perfect match for our national conference, and when I found out that Jamie lives in Phoenix it was clear to me that this was meant to be.
Don’t miss Jamie at the Opening Keynote Session on Thursday, November 9, at 3:30 p.m.
For more information on Jamie and the other general session speakers, visit the AASL National Conference website.
Author: Cathy Evans
I am the director of libraries at St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis Tennessee. I have served on the AASL board and am currently the co-chair of the 2017 National Conference