Keynote Speakers – 2017 Conference

Tiffany WhiteheadTiffany Whitehead

School Librarian
Episcopal School of Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Twitter: @librarian_tiff

Visible and Vibrant Libraries

Friday, February 5, 2017

School librarians know how important an active, vibrant library program is to the culture of a school. Creative programs and innovative tactics are essential to thriving school libraries. In addition to implementing great projects and programs, librarians must also advocate for their library by sharing the successes of their students. Tiffany Whitehead will explore what it takes to make your library an integral part of your school’s learning community.

About the Speaker

Tiffany Whitehead, aka the Mighty Little Librarian, is an obsessive reader, social media user, and technology geek. She is the upper and middle school librarian at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, formerly the middle school librarian at Central Middle in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Tiff earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and School Library Certification from Southeastern Louisiana University and her graduate degree in Educational Technology Leadership from Northwestern State University. She has served as the President for ISTE’s Librarians Network and was recognized as one of ISTE’s 2014 Emerging Leaders. Tiffany is National Board Certified in Library Media and was named one of the 2014 Library Journal Movers & Shakers.

Richard Byrne

Richard Byrne

Founder and CEO 21st Century Learning Advisors
Twitter: @rmbyrne

Leading Students in a Google World

Sunday, February 5, 2017
12:30pm – 2:00pm

From phones to tablets to televisions today’s students are more connected to the world than ever before. With a few keystrokes and a click, students can discover new information and challenge more old information. What does this mean for our roles as teachers? And how do we lead students to become conscientious consumers and producers of information? In this keynote, Richard Byrne will offer some answers to those questions and challenge you to find new ways of leading students in a world in which they’re always connected to the web.

About the Speaker

Richard Byrne is a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing the award-winning blog Free Technology for Teachers. He has been invited to speak at events on six continents and would gladly speak in Antarctica too. Richard’s work is focused on sharing free resources that educators can use to enhance their students’ learning experiences.

Richard is a five-time winner of the Edublogs Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog. Richard became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009. 2012 saw Richard receive a Merlot Classics award from chancellor’s office of California State University. In 2010, he was a finalist for ACTEM’s (Association of Computer Teachers and Educators in Maine) educator of the year award. Tech & Learning Magazine named Richard one of their “people to watch” in their 30th Anniversary celebration (

On a daily basis, Richard’s blog, Free Technology for Teachers. reaches more than 100,000 educators. In addition to writing Free Technology for Teachers., Richard also maintains and Richard’s print work includes a monthly column for School Library Journal, contributing author to What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, and contributions to Teacher Librarian. Richard lives in Woodstock, Maine with his loyal dogs Max and Mason.

CYRM Banquet Speaker:  Kristin Cashore

Kristin Cashore wrote the New York Times bestsellers Graceling, Fire, and most recently, Bitterblue, all of which have been named ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Graceling is the winner of the 2009 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature as well as the 2012 CYRM in the Young Adult category and Fire is the winner of the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. The books are world travelers, currently scheduled to be published in thirty-three languages.