Keynote Speakers – 2018 Conference

Leslie ManiotesKeynote Speaker

Leslie Maniotes, 
NBCT, Med, PhD

Friday, February 2, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM


Leslie K Maniotes, co-creator of Guided Inquiry Design, is the curriculum specialist on that collaborative team. Leslie is a lifetime educator with National Board Certification, 11 years of classroom experience, five years as a Teacher Effectiveness Coach, a K–12 literacy specialist, all in urban and rural Title I schools. As senior consultant with BLV Consulting, Leslie leads professional development that builds capacity in collaborative teams of librarians and teachers for inquiry learning using Guided Inquiry Design. She loves learning and is an engaged, connected educator within her open PLN.

KEYNOTE – Guided Inquiry – Why Now?

Global interconnectedness enabled by information technology calls for new skills, new knowledge, and new ways of learning to prepare students with abilities and competencies that rise to meet the challenges of an uncertain, changing environment. Some people thought an internet connection in the classroom was all that was needed to transform a 20th-century school into a 21st-century learning space. If it were only that simple. In her keynote, Leslie will inspire you to think about what we need to prepare our students today for living and working in a complex learning environment. One critical thing we need, are librarians!

Mac BarnettCalifornia Young Reader Medal Banquet Speaker

Mac Barnett

Saturday, February 3, 2018
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM


Mac Barnett is the author of 2017 CYRM Primary Category winning book, Sam & Dave Dig A Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, and published by Candlewick Press, 2014.