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Ann PerhamDeveloping this issue of the MSLA Forum has been very satisfying and I’m excited to share it with MSLA readers.

Our conference takes top billing, with the entire lineup of regional authors for our “Meet and Greet.” We have some very well-known authors (Christopher Bing, Andrew Clements and Mitali Perkins) but who knows if any of the 16 others will be hugely famous? New this year is the judging of the 2012 Bookmark Contest entries at the conference. Our authors will do the judging and conference attendees will have the fun of watching the drama unfold. Who knew that bookmark judging could be a spectator sport? I’m predicting that this new stage for the Bookmark Contest will take it to a new level.

This Forum offers a wide range of opportunities for replicating the success (and fun) of others. Combining the great outdoors with reading is the epitome of splendor and Nancy Kelleher’s “Story Walk” article will inspire members to replicate this creative event in other settings. Try the QR codes that Newton North High School (Jennifer Dimmick and Kevin McGrath) used for a tour….use the ideas from Galvin Middle (Nancy Stockwell-Alpert) and the iPad grant…how about “going green” like the Fenway High/Boston Arts Academy grant (Deborah Lang Froggart)….try the "Exit Tickets" that Deborah Owen uses at Hudson High...or you could even test out the pedal pusher from the Belmonte Middle School (Sharon Hamer).

Get inspired! The Open Learning Exchange by Elizabeth Gartley is an example of global need. Take a workshops through MLS, or enroll in one of the AASL eAcademy courses. Without saying, the most obvious inspiration is available right here in Massachusetts, at our own Annual Conference – register now at

Many thanks to the column editors who devote their talents to the Forum, issue after issue: “MLS Connection” by Susan Babb; “The PULSE” by Kathleen Porter; “Member News” by Nancy Stenberg; “Off the Shelf” by Audrey Borus; “Working Smarter” by Leslie Schoenherr.

If you have ideas for an article or a column, please contact me. I’m always recruiting!

Be well in 2012!


Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 January 2012 )

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