YS Streamings

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology will present a webinar, Using WISEdash to Understand Young Patrons as Students, on Thursday, March 13, from 12 to 1 p.m. Youth services librarians and public library directors are encouraged to attend this informative and instructive webinar about the WISEdash Public Portal. WISEdash is a data portal that uses “dashboards,” or visual collections of graphs and tables, to provide multi-year education data about Wisconsin schools. As a public reporting tool, WISEdash is used by districts, schools, parents, researchers, media, and other community members to view data published by Department of Public Instruction.

Webinar participants will participate in a guided exploration to gain an overview of WISEdash as well as examine search techniques. Librarians will see how to customize programs and services for children, teens, and families by discovering what’s happening in the district, grade levels, and schools in a specific area, and how to explore data related to academic performance in reading and math as well as enrollment groups such as economic, disability, ELL, and migrant status. WISEdash will also enable library staff to capture data for use on applications and reports that require identification of library demographics.

Presenters will be DPI Division for Libraries and Technology staff Melissa Straw, Manager, Data Warehouse and Decision Support Team; Melanie McCalmont, Business Analyst, Data Warehouse and Decision Support Team, and Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Special Services Consultant, Public Library Development Team.

No registration is required; simply join the Blackboard Collaborate session. Note–Internet Explorer is the preferred browser for this platform (Java required).

Blackboard Collaborate session: http://tinyurl.com/pqn7svo

  • Attendees who need telephone audio (versus VoIP) should use the conference number:
    1-877-820-7831 and enter participant passcode: 697156.
  • Test your system beforehand
  • Blackboard Collaborate overview video
  • Blackboard Collaborate online support or phone (877) 382-2293

For more information about WISEdash, visit http://wisedash.dpi.wi.gov/.

The webinar will be recorded and posted online under “Professional Development” on the DPI Youth Services page: http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_ys-sn#prof-dev.

Source: Channel Weekly, Vol. 16, No. 21 — March 6, 2014


Mark your calendars for the 2014 Growing Wisconsin Readers Early Literacy Symposium on Friday, March 21, at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point. Youth services librarians, public library directors, and early childhood advocates are invited to attend this day-long professional development opportunity. State and national experts will explore the topic of engagement by discussing how books, screens, and physical spaces encourage literacy development in relationships with young children and their caregivers. Panel presentations and a display gallery will highlight early literacy innovations from public libraries around the state.

Registration will open mid-January. There is no cost to attend the symposium and space is limited. This is a must-attend event for early literacy practitioners, so circle 3/21/14 on your calendar and begin organizing a carpool to Stevens Point.

The Growing Wisconsin Readers initiative is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For more information or with questions, contact Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Special Services Consultant with the Department of Public Instruction’s Division for Libraries and Technology at tessa.schmidt@dpi.wi.gov.

Source: Channel Weekly, vol. 16, No. 12, December 5, 2013


The Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) and the Public Library Development Team (PLDT) at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction are pleased to announce the joint hosting of an early literacy preconference at the 2013 Wisconsin Library Association annual conference.  The preconference will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013, at Hyatt on Main and KI Convention Center in Green Bay.


The conference theme of “Play, Create, Innovate,” will be emphasized in a variety of ways by the preconference presenters.  Jim Gill, celebrated musician and author, will serve as the pre-conference keynote speaker as well as offer additional breakout sessions on the topic of music and play for young children.  Other breakout sessions include: Bringing “Every Child Ready to Read 2” to Diverse Audiences—Tanya Misselt and Yee Vue, Appleton Public Library; Early Literacy Library Spaces—Ashley Bieber and Shelly Collins-Fuerbringer, L. E. Phillips Memorial Library, Eau Claire; Developing an Early Literacy Collection: Books That Work for Kids, Parents, and Librarians—Merri Lindgren and Megan Schliesman, Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC); Engaging Early Literacy Storytimes: Flannel boards, Puppets, Props, and More!—Anna Haase Krueger, Ramsey County Library, MN.


The pre-conference will run from 12:30 to 5:00 p.m.  Look for WLA conference registration information later this summer.  In the meantime, save the date for this incredible early literacy pre-conference!

Source: Channel Weekly, Vol. 15, No. 33  June 20,2013

Think about that kid who always wants the truck books or the family that has gone through everything you have related to planes, trains, and automobiles.  This is a reading challenge made for them!


The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Summer Reading Challenge, which encourages children 10 years and under to read, will run from Wednesday, June 12, through August 30, 2013. Participants must read 10 books about transportation, complete a Reading Challenge Ticket documenting the books read, and submit it to the WisDOT Office of Public Affairs.


Participants who complete the challenge will receive a gift and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a special visit with a State Patrol trooper. Winners will be notified by September 4. For more information about the program and to access a Reading Challenge Ticket, visit WisDOT’s Transportation Reading Challenge web site.

Source: Channel Weekly, Vol. 15, No. 33  June 20, 2013

The Public Library Development Team at the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will award 40 mini-grants in the amount of $250 to Wisconsin public libraries to support early literacy efforts.  This project is part of the larger Growing Wisconsin Readers early literacy initiative.  Libraries may apply for grants to establish or enhance either an early literacy activity area or a “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program.  Priority will be given to libraries that serve a total municipal population of less than 10,000 and who serve children birth through age six with potentially limited exposure to early literacy experiences.  Ideally, the grants will be awarded to libraries throughout the state’s 17 regional library systems.


The application process opened on June 17, 2013 and will close on Friday, July 12, 2013, at 4:00 p.m.  For more information about the mini-grants, view http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/files/pld/pdf/2013_GWR_Mini-grant_info.pdf.  The information sheet and other documents related to Growing Wisconsin Readers are available at http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_ys-sn under “Initiatives.”


If you need additional information or have questions, please contact Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, DPI’s Youth and Special Services Consultant, at tessa.schmidt@dpi.wi.gov.


Source: Channel Weekly, Vol. 15, No. 33  June 20 ,2013

The Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute will provide professional development and networking for librarians who serve babies, children, and teens in smaller public libraries. The Institute will target librarians who have no graduate degree in librarianship and/or work in rural library communities.  There is no fee for Institute participants; the costs are covered through an LSTA grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

A complete description of the Institute including a letter of support from Kurt Kiefer, Assistant State Superintendent, can be found at http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/files/pld/pdf/YS_Institute.pdf

Applications are due by Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Twenty-five applicants will be selected, preferably representing all 17 public library systems. Applications must be completed online at https://forms.dpi.wi.gov/se.ashx?s=56301B2D2B5640E4

Questions should be directed to:

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt

Public Library Youth and Special Services Consultant Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

125 South Webster Street / PO Box 7841

Madison, WI 53707-7841

P: (608) 267-5077 F: (608) 267-9207


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