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2008 Conference
Contact the Conference Coordinator PDF Print E-mail

All speakers & authors for the 2008 Conference have been selected. If interested for 2009, please email our conference coordinator, Melissa Lynch, and we will keep your information for future review. 

Exhibitor packets will be mailed in late-June or early July. Email our conference coordinator if you are a new exhibitor and would like to receive a packet.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 11 May 2008 )
PDPs and MSLA PDF Print E-mail

 MSLA grants Certificates of Attendance for participants in conferences and workshops, based on Recertification Guidelines on the DESE webpage excerpted below:

Professional Development Points (PDPs)

May I earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) for attending a professional conference?

Professional Development Points are no longer awarded for attendance at a professional conference. However, educators who attend a professional conference may earn PDPs from their district if they extend their learning by developing a school-based activity or curriculum or by publishing written material. In this case, educators should obtain official verification from their school district. In addition, registered PD providers may award PDPs for conference attendance when educators participate in a workshop that includes an observable demonstration of learning that could include a written product. Registered providers should issue Certificates of Attendance when educators participate in a conference.

Please note that eligible workshops must total 10 hours or more on a related topic. Combining (bundling) workshops on a related topic to equal 10 or more hours is acceptable. For more information, please visit the Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators.

What is the 10-hour in a topic minimum requirement

A minimum of 1o hours in a topic must be completed in order to count your activities toward the renewal of your license. Workshops/seminars with similar topics that are fewer than 10 hours may be bundled (combined) to equal at least 10 PDPs.

If you are unable to bundle your PDPs and they equal less than 10 you will not be able to submit these PDPs for renewal purposes.

May a variety of professional development activities in one topic be used to satisfy the 10-hour in a topic minimum requirement?

Combining (bundling) professional development activities in one topic may be used to satisfy the 10-hour in a topic minimum requirement. Note that districts will need to maintain reasonable documentation and award PDPs after an observable demonstration of learning. For example, a middle school mathematics teacher could participate in a six-hour, district-based professional development program focused on algebraic structures, then attend a four-hour session on teaching algebraic structures at a statewide workshop, and subsequently develop a new curriculum unit on algebraic structures for use as a district guide. The new curriculum unit would also serve as a demonstration of learning. In this example, the district may award the educator twenty-five PDPs in content (six PDPs for the district-based professional development program, four PDPs for the statewide workshop, and fifteen for the new curriculum unit.) For more information, please visit the Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators.

What is a Professional Development Point (PDP)?

A Professional Development Point (PDP) is a unit of measurement of professional development activities. For example, one clock hour is equivalent to one PDP; one undergraduate semester hour (or college credit) is equivalent to 15 PDPs; one graduate semester hour (or college credit) is equivalent to 22.5 PDPs; and one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is equivalent to 10 PDPs. For more information, please visit the Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators.

What documentation am I responsible to maintain in order to verify the completion of my professional development activities?

Educators must maintain a record of all applicable professional development activities in order to verify compliance with the renewal regulations. Typically, educators will only be asked to submit these documents if they are audited. The most common forms of verification include:

College/University course:

  • Official Transcript
  • Grade Report

School District, Collaborative, or Registered Provider Initiative:

  • Official certificate or letter verifying participation (activity/hours of participation/PDPs earned, proper signature)
  • End-of-course assessment (written product or other documentable product)

Self-directed Activities (resulting in a professional product):

  • Published articles, books, curriculum units, etc. For curriculum units, points will be given by the district if the educator is employed in a public school. Also, the verification document must be on school letterhead and signed by an administrator.

Summer Professional Development Institutes sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:

  • Official certificate or letter verifying participation (activity/hours of participation/PDPs earned, proper signature)

Is the ratio of one PDP per clock hour still in effect?

Yes, educators are able to earn one PDP per clock hour for professional development activities and programs outlined in the Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators. Educators who complete professional development activities that include an end-of-course assessment and are sponsored by the Department will earn 1.5 PDPs per clock hour.

May I earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) for presenting at a professional conference?

Educators may earn 30 PDPs the first time they make a presentation at a professional conference in a five-year renewal cycle.

May I earn Professional Development Points (PDPs) as a trainer/presenter of a professional development workshop or seminar?

Educators who develop and present a professional development workshop or seminar are eligible to receive twice the number of PDPs given to participants, with the presenter receiving a minimum of 10 PDPs and a maximum of 24 PDPs. These points may be counted the first time the training is provided in a five-year cycle.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 May 2015 )
MSLA Conference / Professional Development PDF Print E-mail


Better Together on August 20, 2015, 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
with MassCUE at Concord-Carlisle High School    CALL for PROPOSALS
STEM/STEAM Topics - Call for Proposals!
ELL Class for School Librarians - Summer 2015, (date TBA)
January 2016: Pre ALA Conference (info TBA)
2017 (date TBA): Our Annual Conference is a celebration of...
  • School Libraries
  • The profession of Library Teaching
  • MSLA as a professional organization  
...that brings together
  • MSLA members and friends
  • Leaders in the world of school libraries

MSLA/MassCUE Better Together 2015: STEM/STEAM Projects with Your Librarian and ITS
Date and Time:  8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  August 20, 2015
Location:  Concord-Carlisle High School, Concord, MA
Length of time for each presentation: 50 minutes
Deadline for proposals:  April 30, 2015
Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA) and Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) are requesting proposals for presentations for a one-day MassCUE-MSLA workshop focusing on STEM/STEAM projects to support the Common Core State Standards.  We want to share practical projects librarians and ITS can implement with classroom or subject-area teachers that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and those that add the Arts (STEAM).  We also aim to highlight the deep learning that takes place when instructional technology specialists, school librarians and teachers collaborate to create project-based learning experiences for their students. 

Ideal Proposals will:
  • Showcase a project that focuses on science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) with or without an art component (STEAM). 
    • Projects should also include, if applicable, one or more standards from the Common Core State Standards as described in the 2011 Massachusetts English Language Arts & Literacy or the 2011 Massachusetts Curriculum Framework for Mathematics
  • Demonstrate collaboration between a school librarian and/or instructional technology teacher working with a classroom or subject-area teacher.  An ITS and/or librarian AND a classroom teacher should present jointly.
  • Demonstrate how the use of technology is employed to provide resources, organize learning, and/or create a product to show new learning
  • Be 50 minutes in length
Please submit all proposals online at:

Last Updated ( Monday, 06 April 2015 )
Conference Policies PDF Print E-mail

Program Changes
The Conference Committee apologizes for any inconvenience caused by program changes. In all cases, cancellation or changes are beyond our control and are usually the result of illness or last minute scheduling problems. The Committee asks for your understanding should the situation arise.

Name Badges
Please wear your name badge at all times to gain entry to all sessions, exhibit hall, and meals.

There will be NO REFUNDS for cancellations within 5 days of the Conference.

Smoking is not permitted at any time during sessions. Conference attendees are asked to use the hotel’s designated smoking areas only.

MSLA Exhibit Hall
In the exhibit hall, exhibitors are presenting the newest products and services tailored for school libraries. Please show your appreciation for the exhibitors who support MSLA.

Certificate of Attendance
Due to the DESE changes in policy relative to PDPs, a certificate of attendance is in enclosed in this packet for your reference.

Personal Items
MSLA is not responsible for any lost or stolen items at the Conference.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 04 January 2015 )
2015 Conference Handouts PDF Print E-mail

Download handouts (and links) provided by Speakers: [updated 3/25/2015]

SUNDAY March 1

UnConference Kick-Off and Schedule-Building:
Dan Callahan and Laura D’Elia

Sessions & Notes

Monday March 2

Elementary Library Centers:
Jessica Lodge

Creating Uncommon Spaces: A DIY Learning Commons Makeover Seminar: Chani Craig
~Print Mandala~
Flipping for Blendspace!
Jen Thomas

Great Books for Teens:
Terri Grief
The Nuts & Bolts of Building a Library Collection for Tomorrow's Global Citizen: Jordana Shaw and Samantha Kane
The Power of Voice in Nonfiction Writing: 
Melissa Stewart and Sarah Albee
Fill Your Students’ Toolboxes Using Creative Technology Applications and 20% Time:  Christine Steinhauser Google Doc
How to Start a Nerdfighters Club:
Jordan Funke
Digital Literacy Using the Massachusetts Statewide Databases:
Marlene Heroux, Leslie Lomasson, Robyn Ferrazzani
Down & Dirty Tricks for Staying Sane in an Insanely Busy Library: Laura Gardner
Swimming Lessons in the Deep End: Social Media in the Elementary School Library: Kate Powers
Making Connections with LibGuides: 
Leslie Lomasson, Lani Blechman
A Poetry Toolkit:
Sharon Shaloo, Laurin Macios
 PDF with Links
Education by Design: Connecting to the Mobile Generation with BiblioBoard: Carolyn Morris, Emily Tordo, Tricia London
Coding with Kids: How to Teach & Integrate Coding into the Classroom:  Maya Bery
Media Literacy through Screencasting:
WGBH/Carolyn Jacobs and Cathy Collins
 Google Doc PPT
Summer Reading: Everybody Reads! 
Cindy Erle and Sherri Chalke
The New Statewide eBook Program:
Stephen Spohn and Tricia London
Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 )
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