Educators Professional Development Program: "Protest and Citizenship: Using Primary Sources to Comprehend and Create Evidence-Based Arguments" (3 Sessions)
Monday, April 29, 2019 to Monday, May 13, 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019 to Monday, May 13, 2019
7:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Western New York Library Resources Council, Training Center

The goal of this professional development program is to:
  • Assist educators in gaining skills necessary for creating interdisciplinary lessons for students that merge social studies content with English language arts tenets for achieving mastery of oral and written argument that will serve students in their lives; academically, personally, and in their careers.
  • Provide educators with opportunities to build a knowledge base of primary open sources available in digital format, that can be utilized in the classroom in ways that will engage and inform students in their understanding of how the past and present are related, and to support evidence-based arguments
  • Create a new and refreshing 21st century classroom where teachers can offer students an environment of blended learning in which students are active participants

Each attendee will be required to attend three sessions: the general introductory session (full day), one grade-specific session (half day) and, the concluding session (full day).
  • One full-day general session (all grades) devoted to writing as a social and rhetorical activity and writing in the disciplines; offered on April 29, 2019.
  • One half-day session each for elementary (grade 4) and middle/secondary (grades 7 – 8 and 11 – 12) educators on location, analysis and use of open primary and secondary sources in written and oral communication; offered on May 6, 2019 (7-12 is am and 4 is pm).
  • Concluding one-day session (all grades) will be held for instruction on the pop-up debate format and supporting student essay and reflection writing; offered on May 13, 2019.

Registration is through this link only:

**CTLE credits available!

We are very excited to launch this new program for interdisciplinary civic engagement learning and are looking forward to your participation in this unique endeavor.

*Please note: This program allows your school to be reimbursed for the cost of up to two substitutes to cover for up to two people attending the three sessions.
This program is sponsored in part by the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Eastern Region Program, coordinated by Waynesburg University
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Dr. Ann Rivera and Heidi Ziemer
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Dr. Ann Rivera directs the writing program and is an assistant professor of English at Villa Maria College. Her areas of expertise include writing across the curriculum, composition pedagogy, early American literature and history and multi-leveled instruction for students with learning differences. Her current research includes an investigation of supplemental instruction in composition to eliminate remedial instruction, the implementation of writing across the curriculum programs at small institutions, and transnationalism in Phillis Wheatley's poetry. 

Heidi Ziemer is Outreach & Digital Services Coordinator at WNYLRC which includes providing assistance to member organizations with digital collections in New York Heritage and New York State Historic Newspapers. She also manages the WNYLRC Archival Services Program and is liaison to the WNYLRC High School to College Committee and, is a past recipient of a TPS grant.

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Intersect 2019: The Global Library - Early Bird Registration

On behalf of the Western New York Library Resources Council, we here at Intersect would like to thank everybody who made Intersect 2018: Where Ideas and People Meet! a success! Now we are ready for round two!

This year, our theme is The Global Library. We have a number of great sessions planned, with topics including international copyright, library jargon, universal design, and extended reality!

The purpose of INTERSECT is to facilitate a culture of co-learning among librarians and other interested professionals in the region by bringing people together to network and share ideas in an interactive, engaging, informal setting where participants determine the content.

Activities, including workshops and tours, will be held after lunch time. 

Early Bird Registration price is $35, so register now! After the early bird period ends, registration will go up to $45. 

A light breakfast, buffet lunch, tour, and snack are included.

Please fill out our form to select your preferred tour/activity and inform us of any dietary restrictions once you've registered:

Spaces for each session and lunch activities are limited -- so sign up soon!

If you need disability accommodations, please email Caitlin at

There is $5/day valet parking only for guests of our Unconference at the Hilton Garden Inn. The valet parking is not included in the price and it is optional.