Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Amy Linden

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Fake news. Fake news. We hear it, read it, but can we teach our students to spot it? I say, ask a teacher librarian like Amy Linden! Her session at Fall CUE will give you the resources to guide your students to be the right kind of skeptics. 

Amy Linden is the teacher librarian for El Dorado High School in Placerville, CA. Amy has been an educator for 25 years, 20 of those as a teacher librarian, in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevada. She is a frequent presenter and past recipient of two CSLA Good Ideas! awards and the Highsmith Innovation Award. Amy currently serves on the CSLA Northern Region Board. In her free time, Amy is a consultant for K-8 school libraries and also performs and directs for a community theater company.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Fake News Alert! Guiding students to Become Curious Skeptics

What inspired you to put this session together?

The May 2018 Media & Information Literacy Summit in Sacramento inspired me to present on this topic. I served as a member of the discussion panel on the topic of “Equipping Curious Skeptics” and was energized by the speakers and activities of the day. All teachers, across the curriculum, have the power to provide a base of knowledge and experience that will empower their students to be curious, but skeptical, users and creators of information.

Why should someone attend?

Attendees will discover resources and learn more strategies and tools they can use to guide students to gain the skills needed to become more skeptical and responsible users and producers of information at any age, across curriculum. With so much misinformation — and the unbelievable QUANTITY of information — influencing our students 24/7, all teachers need to have the tools to provide the guidance their students need.

What’s your CUE Story?

I have attended Fall CUE a few times, and have also attended a summer CUE Rock Star training, so I know what a strength CUE has for allowing teachers to personalize their training experience to their specific needs. I am always surprised at how few teachers in California know what my job as a teacher librarian entails, and how we can impact student achievement at the roughly 12% of California schools fortunate enough to have a TL on their faculty. We have so much to offer — providing technology, research and information literacy skills instruction, plus critical thinking activities, and, of course, literacy. It’s the BEST job on campus. The CUE conference is an opportunity to share a little bit of a TL’s expertise with teachers and administrators who may not have the benefit of a teacher librarian at their site or district.

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

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Kristina Allison

Kristina Allison is currently teaching language arts and computer science at the middle school level. She holds a masters in educational technology, teaches as a Lead Learner for CUE and serves as a director on the CapCue board, the Sacramento area affiliate. Kristina is also a proud teacher consultant for the Area 3 Writing Project. Find her at http://figurativelyteaching.com

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