Be the Connection: Libraries, Youth, and Connected Learning workshop registration form

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Be the Connection: Libraries, Youth, and Connected Learning

This workshop has been postponed; we're evaluating options for offering it later this year.

date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
time: 9am - 3:30pm
location: Green Bay Botanical Garden, Green Bay (map)

Connected Learning happens when a peer or adult can connect a young person’s interests and skills to real world opportunities. Whether it’s coding, cooking, or comic-con, libraries can easily nurture these interests through programming, and are well-positioned to connect kids and teens to future career possibilities through community relationships. In fact, most libraries are already doing this — they just don't realize it!

Join us as we discuss what connected learning is, review some best practices for working with youth in your community, and explore how you can utilize connected learning with intention at your library.

For more about Connected Learning, visit

Workshop Outcomes.
Participants will:

  • Dive into youth voice & choice
  • Understand the philosophy of Connected Learning as it relates to educational and career opportunities
  • Explore the principles of Connected Learning
  • Think about how to operationalize Connected Learning theory into practice through the lens of Computational Thinking

Join facilitators Laurie Freund, Angela Meyers, Caitlin Schaffer, and Tessa Schmidt as we explore the needs of the youth we serve and how to apply Connected Learning theory into your existing programs.

Attendees will receive mileage reimbursement, and lunch will be provided at no cost to you. In addition, attendees may apply for mini-grants.

Continuing education contact hours for the full day: 6.5

Transforming Teen Services with Connected Learning was developed by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and is aimed at improving competencies for library staff serving teens and are part of the YALSA/COSLA IMLS funded Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach (T3) project.

Sponsored by the North Eastern Wisconsin (NEWI) library systems: Manitowoc‐Calumet Library System, Nicolet Federated Library System, Outagamie Waupaca Library System, and Winnefox Library System. Sponsored also by Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA), Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and partly funded with a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which administers the Library Services and Technology (LSTA) administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.