The annual conference of the Massachusetts School Library Association
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Sunday, May 7 • 11:00am - 11:55am
Collaborating for Student Success: Working with ELL in the Library

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Our session will detail how school librarians and classroom teachers can collaborate to make libraries a place of meaningful learning for students. Specifically, we will focus on how to create engaging research lessons for ELL students. We will also look at some resources to support ELL’s and discuss how we have expanded our work to not only support students but also their families and the greater community. Fenway High School had its first SEI (Sheltered English Immersion) cohort arrive in 2015, which brought new challenges to information literacy instruction in the library. We will begin our presentation by talking about the creation of Fenway’s SEI program and what led ESL and SEI Humanities teacher Saskia Fabricant to begin collaborating with School Librarian Bonnie McBride. We will discuss the research projects that our SEI students do and Bonnie McBride will explain ways she modified existing lessons to support our SEI students, including specific resources such as statewide databases and places to purchase foreign language books. We will then take a broader lens to look at how our collaboration has enabled the library to become a place where students go for support. Some of our students have become voracious readers and Bonnie learned that they were also checking out books for their family members to read. Together, Bonnie and Saskia hosted an SEI Family Literacy Night where we invited SEI students and their families to engage in variety of activities relating to literacy. We will talk about the activities we had available for families as well as how we worked with the Boston Public Library to encourage families to use library services. By the time of the conference, we will have hosted our second annual SEI Family Literacy Night.


Saskia Fabricant

ESL and Humanities Teacher, Fenway High School
Saskia Fabricant is an ESL and SEI Humanities teacher at Fenway High School in Boston. Prior to working in Boston, she taught ESL at Lawrence High School and has taught teenagers and adults both in the United States and abroad. She earned her master’s degree in Teaching English... Read More →
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Bonnie McBride

Librarian, Fenway High School
Bonnie McBride has worked at Fenway High School since 2013 and became the Librarian in 2015. She earned her MSLIS from Simmons University in 2015 and was an MSLA President's Award winner in 2018. She is passionate about school libraries bringing equitable access to information for... Read More →

Sunday May 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:55am EDT
Cape Cod 2nd Floor