Monday, April 16, 2018

2019 WEMTA Conference Save the Date

Are you working on the TEACH grant application and/or budgeting for next year? Don't forget that the WEMTA conference is an eligible professional development opportunity for TEACH grants. We would love to see you and your staff at WEMTA! Please share with other educators in your district.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Team Trivia at WEMTA18!

Join us for our trivia night social at WEMTA18 on Monday evening, March 26, 6-8:30! Pay $10.00 at the door; tickets may be limited so plan to arrive early if you haven't reserved your spot with Registration. Come with a team of 4-6 people or join a team at the event. 

There will be pizza, prizes, beer, hard cider, soda, and a cash bar! The event is professionally hosted  and features a few WEMTA-specific questions--watch for hints from the WEMTA18 social media feeds.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Pre-order the AASL National School Libraries Standards book

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is pleased to offer WEMTA conference attendees the opportunity to pre-order the National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries at the AASL member price of $99. If you are interested, please complete this order form by February 1, 2018. Your order request will not be placed until payment has been received by the WEMTA office.
The AASL state affiliate (Christine O'Regan is coordinating orders. You can pick up your order at the WEMTA conference registration desk March 25-27, 2018.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

#WEMTA17 Evaluation

For those of you who attended, please take a moment and fill out the conference evaluation to help us plan next year's event.

We hope you can join us March 25-27, 2018.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Keep up with #WEMTA17

Our conference begins in just a few days. Sched is a great tool that you can use to create your conference schedule. It will also provide you with information on speakers and exhibitors. You can also locate the conference center map through Sched. If you are using Sched on a mobile device, you also get the option to save it to your home screen.

Two great ways to keep up with the conference are by following the discussion on Twitter using #wemta17 or by following our Facebook page.

Volunteers are still needed to help with our conference. Check out these opportunities.

We hope to see you there!

Thursday, March 16, 2017


Come learn about the ISTE Standards at two different opportunities at #WEMTA17. The first is Sunday at 4 PM at the poster sessions found in Ballroom 4.

Join Carolyn Sykora, senior director of the ISTE standards for Getting Started with the ISTE standards on Tuesday morning at 10 AM in Ballroom 5. Janice Mertes from the Wisconsin DPI and library technology specialist Tina Heizman will join Carolyn for this presentation.

The 2016 ISTE Standards for Students are out. What next? Join us to explore this question from the vantage point of a classroom to a state meeting room. Learn more about how to get started integrating the standards into instruction across the curriculum. Hear from state leaders how Wisconsin plans to use the standards. Share your ideas and questions for how you can get started.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

ESSA Workshops at #WEMTA17

WEMTA is partnering with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with the American Library Association's Washington Office and Office for Library Advocacy to offer a complimentary workshop on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). These workshops will be offered on Sunday afternoon and Tuesday morning.

AASL leaders will facilitate the session which will include:

• The most current information on developments at the Federal level and work through the sections of ESSA that can be directly linked to the school librarian/library program.
• Connecting ESSA language to the school librarian's role.
• Discussing current state work with recommendations for opportunities at state and local levels to ensure the effective school library program's language in ESSA.

This hands-on session will aid in identifying stakeholders, building 
coalitions, message crafting and elevator speech development. While the content will be directly related to ESSA, the tools and exercise portion is advocacy for positioning school librarians in general as leaders for teaching and learning. Each participant will receive an ESSA handbooks.