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Libraries Supporting Teacher Collaboration, Student Voice and School Design

This two-day statewide library conference is sponsored by the Hawaii State Department of Education (HIDOE), Office of Curriculum and Instructional Design, School Library Services, in partnership with the Pacific Literacy Consortium.

The purpose of the conference is to equip HIDOE school library staff with tools, strategies and resources that focus on the three high impact strategies of teacher collaboration, student voice and school design to transform school library programs.

Professional development, training and program planning opportunities that grow school library staff knowledge and skills that best support information literacy, pre-k literacy skills, early literacy skills, brain-based learning, and computer science will be provided. Library professional development is aligned to the American Association for School Librarians (AASL) 2017 National School Library Standards and Future Ready Librarians Framework.

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Bess Press Inc. / da Shop: Books & Curiosities

Bess Press is best known as Hawaiʻi's local publisher. Since 1979, the company has produced over 300 books related to Hawaiʻi and the greater Pacific. As a leading educational publisher, the Press continues to develop curriculum and resource materials for use in schools, as well as for the greater community in popular interest themes such as children's books, memoirs, pidgin, history, gift books and more.

In support of community and literacy, the founders recently opened a boutique bookshop and community events space in Kaimuki - da Shop: books & curiosities. The bookstore features well-known Hawai'i and Oceania titles from local publishers, a rotating selection of best selling national and international titles, special interest books, and an award-winning offering of children's, middle school readers and young adult books. Located at 3565 Harding Ave., with parking available at the municipal lot across the street, da Shop also provides space for events with an ongoing calendar of experiences: keiki storytime, author talks, arts & cultural events, film screenings, workshops, educator presentations and lectures, and school field trips.