Get to know: Laurie Sears

What is your job title?

Director of Educational Technology and Libraries/Middle School Educational Technology Specialist

What school do you work at?

Landon School in Bethesda, MD.

Is your school day or boarding? What grades do you serve?

Day School; 3-12

How many other people are on the library staff at your school? What are their titles?

3 librarians – staffing in each division – Lower 1 Library Media Specialist (both ed tech and librarian) + a part-time aid; middle – 1 full time librarian = Middle School Librarian, and where I am (Director of Educational Technology and Libraries) and Upper School with an Upper School Librarian and a part-time aid

What does a typical day look like for you?

Teaching a Foundations class to 6th grade on research, digital, information, and media literacy, lots of individual student help at recess, study hall and in between classes, readers round table at lunch (students sharing recently read books), meetings with administrators, students, colleagues about plans for projects, changes in curriculum, changes in computer plans, and then I coach tennis.

What is the biggest challenge you face as a school librarian?

Our biggest challenge is getting into the classroom to work with teachers as they create project, begin units to weave our lessons into the content areas for authentic use of skills and habits we seek to instill.

What is the last book you read? Would you recommend it?

Cadillac Desert by Marc Reisner

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