It is no exaggeration to say that the last 18 months have been challenging generally for all of society, and specifically for schools. The events of the pandemic have left no illusions about inequalities and imbalances that exist in our world. Given this context, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are more relevant and urgent than ever. The students in our schools today will need to play a role in ensuring we are on a path to tackling these important goals. A key part of this is having them know they are part of the solution and are of service.  As librarians how do we do our part to bring the STGs into the heart of the school and provide opportunities for students to serve and orient their lives to service?

Featured Presenters

Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul

Award Winning Author

Miranda Paul is an award-winning author of more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction books for children. She has received starred reviews and Junior Library Guild distinction for several titles, including One Plastic Bag, Water is Water, I Am Farmer, Nine Months, and Little Libraries, Big Heroes.

Steve Sostak

Steve Sostak

Co-Founder Inspire Citizens

Following 15 years teaching elementary and middle school on three continents, Steve Sostak founded Inspire Citizens, an independent educational organization working with diverse partners to reimagine schools as thriving community centers of transformative learning.

Aaron Moniz

Aaron Moniz

Co-Founder Inspire Citizens

Following 10 years of supporting teachers and students in inclusive education and success strategies for remedial readers and English Language Learners, Aaron brings this frame into his work with administrators, teachers, students, and community members within the three Inspire Citizens’ Impact Frameworks.

Kavita Tanna

Kavita Tanna

Deputy Director Inspire Citizens

After years of teaching in England and China, Kavita is the Deputy Director of Inspire Citizens. As a full-time facilitator for all mission-driven work across full school communities, she is guided by the famous philosophy accredited to Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Kavita’s mission is to connect with like-minded individuals who wish to empower children through inspiring, interconnected, and globally-minded holistic education.

Jackie French

Jackie French

Author, Ecologist, Historian, Dyslexic, Honorary Wombat

Writer, ecologist, historian and honorary wombat from the Araluen Valley NSW. Her books range from the ecological history of Australia, Let the Land Speak, to The Tomorrow Book, Flood, Fire, Drought, Pandemic for younger readers, and works of fiction for adults and young people.

Yoshimi Horiuchi

Yoshimi Horiuchi

ARC Founder / Director

Yoshimi believes in the power of reading. By reading, children can develop imagination skills and strengthen their comprehension skills as well. Since she has realized that children in Thailand do not read much, She is trying to promote the joy of reading and learning in the countryside through the project called Always Reading Caravan (ARC).

Get Involved!

There are three presentation slots during the mini-conference. If you are interested in lending your voice scroll down for the submission form

Learning Online and in Face to Face Hubs

The 21CLHK Library Mini Conference is a professional learning experience designed online but we are also building in optional face to face connections at “Hubs” where getting together is safe and practicable. 

Participants will have a choice to meet up with fellow librarians in cities where there are volunteers to host in person get-togethers called “Hubs”. In the hubs you will listen to the guest speakers via video conference either on your individual laptops or together on a shared screen as well as listening to hub presenters. 

No matter if you are participating at a Hub or fully online everyone will be plugged in and have the opportunity to connect with everyone else via the synchronous chats and other online tools.

 

Including Full 21CLHK Online Conference

All registrants for the Library Mini-Conference will also get a full pass to the 21CLHK Online Conference. So in addition to a day and half of the curated content for librarians, you’ll also get access to all two weeks of content. 150 sessions with a specific library strand. 

Format

F2F Opportunity

If you are interested in hosting a hub please get in touch!

Library - Hub Interest

Benefits to Attending

  • Connect

    with Guest Speakers and Authors from around the world

  • Make connections

    with librarians around the world

  • PD Hours

    Receive a certificate of attendance with PD hours.

  • Curate

    exceptional lists of books around the topic of social justice, social emotional learning and more.

  • Ask hard questions

    about diversity, social justice with schools in similar situations

Key Learning Objectives

  • Diversity & Social Justice 
  • Social and Emotional Learning 
  • Explore Bibliotherapy

Essential Questions

  • How can libraries support teaching social justice?
  • How do the themes of social justice and diversity play out in the variety of different school contexts? How should the library respond?
  • How can libraries support a teaching and learning environment that is supportive and caring for all learners?

Schedule

This year we are running the event over three three hour blocks. This will result in the same number of professional learning hours, but allow for greater participation from more areas of the world. 

You will hear from a number of guest speakers during the course of the mini-conference as well as have the opportunity to hear from your colleagues in breakout sessions. 

Note: Final schedule subject to change depending on speaker availability.

Saturday 20th November

Times in Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)

14:30
Registration (if onsite at a hub)
15:00Kick off Presentation
16:30Break
14:45Presentation
18:00End

Sunday 21st November

Times in Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)

14:30
Registration (if onsite at a hub)
15:00Kick off Presentation
16:30Break
14:45Presentation
18:00End

Saturday 27th November

Times in Hong Kong Time (UTC+8)

14:30
Registration (if onsite at a hub)
15:00Kick off Presentation
16:30Break
14:45Presentation
18:00End

Get Involved – Submit A Presentation

Presentations are 25 minutes long and should follow the theme of the mini-conference. Presentations will be delivered via Zoom

If you would like to submit a presentation to the main conference you can do that here


Library Submission Form
Topic

Register

The price for the whole mini-conference is $225USD + 4% registration fee; not including any F&B if you are joining one of the hubs

Registration is through the 21CLHK Conference registration system. 

Conference Coordinators

Danny Glasner

Danny Glasner

Teacher Librarian
Kerry Gittins

Kerry Gittins

Teacher Librarian

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