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BadgerLink at WEMTA Conference 2023

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the BadgerLink session at WEMTA Conference 2023 has been cancelled. We apologize for the inconvenience, but hope to provide you with this session's content in a future webinar. Please keep an eye out for more details in the coming weeks, and be sure to attend the BadgerLink content provider sessions and exhibitor booth (details below). 

Check out the BadgerLink session at WEMTA Conference 2023 in Rothschild, WI!

BadgerLink For Your Library Staff
Monday, February 6 at 4:00 - 5:00 PM, Room A6
Speakers: Jen Champoux, BadgerLink Trainer, & Elizabeth Neuman, Digital Services Coordinator, both DPI
Ignite a spark with FREE BadgerLink resources in your library! Join us to learn how to better share BadgerLink as library staff, and gear up with what you need to spread the word about Wisconsin’s extensive electronic resource collection, without spending another penny! Perfect for newbies and veterans alike, this session’s topics include:

  • Assistance in selecting resources tailored to your students with Resource Guides.
  • Methods for taking advantage of your library website to ensure access by using direct links, reconsideration of linking to the BadgerLink homepage, and options for utilizing your district’s single sign-on (SSO) tool, if available.
  • Available print marketing materials & future options such as digital images, easier access to resource logos, etc.
  • Importance of training materials, not only to boost the comfort level of staff, but in turn that of your students.

BadgerLink's content providers, Britannica Education and TeachingBooks will also be presenting at the conference. Be sure to check out their sessions for helpful ways to utilize BadgerLink resources at your school's library and classrooms. 

Embracing Culturally Responsive Practices through the Study of State and Local Issues
Monday, February 6 at 8:45 - 9:45 AM, Room A4
Speaker: Christopher Heintz, Education Consultant, Britannica Education
It is important to instill in students a curiosity about the world around them, along with a strong sense of their place in the world. In this session, we will explore strategies that will allow educators to embrace culturally responsive practices that meet the social and academic needs of diverse student populations, and encourage student discussion on current events and how they relate to events in state and local history. We will drive inquiry through the use of guiding questions, print and digital resources, and encouraging students to develop social awareness, self-awareness and responsible decision making skills as they reflect on how their personal experiences relate to global issues. Finally, we’ll discuss fostering an environment that encourages students to take informed action as it relates to state and local history, people, events and topics.

Creating, Analyzing, and Using Lists on TeachingBooks
Tuesday, February 7 at 8:15 - 9:15 AM, Room A3
Speaker: Mary Ellen Graf, Implementation and Training Specialist, TeachingBooks
Create and import custom reading lists filled with resources to share with your learning community. Analyze lists to gain insight into genre, cultural experience, recency, and more. Bring your own device and start creating booklists. TeachingBooks, provided through BadgerLink, offers connections to books so that all Wisconsin students, educators, and families have equitable access.

Differentiating Instruction with Teaching Books
Tuesday, February 7 at 10:45am - 11:45am, Room A6
Speaker: Mary Ellen Graf, Implementation and Training Specialist, TeachingBooks
Match books to readers using the Text Complexity Toolkit. Explore titles on TeachingBooks that have lessons designed to scaffold instruction, guide reflection, and build connections to text in your classroom. Discover resources to support differentiated learning styles. Access is provided through BadgerLink so that all Wisconsin students, educators, and families have equitable access.

The following BadgerLink content providers have booths at the WEMTA Conference Exhibits Hall, so be sure to stop by and say hello!

  • Britannica Education
  • TeachingBooks

The Exhibits Hall opens at 10 AM on Monday, February 6th in Salon B.