Important PeopleI was going to call this section "new connections" but I realized that some of these were "renewed connections".
Lissa Bonnell Davies (@lissabdavies on Twitter)
I've known Lissa before, from online classes at the University of Alberta and at various Treasure Mountain Canada events. At AASL, I had the opportunity to spend more time with her and I'm so glad that we did. She's a teacher-librarian and vice principal in Edmonton, Alberta. Lissa hung out with us at the Conference Celebration at the Corona Ranch and we spent time together at various sessions and did lunch as a group on Saturday.
Almost every time Lissa opens her mouth, I learn something! I've told her that she is incredibly quotable. I missed writing down half the things she said, but she's so down-to-earth and so smart! She recommended books (like Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon) and gave great advice to my daughter on being herself as she makes the transition to university life.
At a conference with 5000 people, how likely are you to run into the same person all the time? With me and Irina, the answer is "often". Irina Tuule works at Eduporium (www.eduporium.com) and although I didn't spend a lot of time in the Exhibit Hall, I spent a lot of time bumping into this friendly face!
I can't find the card Connie gave me, which is a big shame because she is someone I want to stay in touch with. How will I do that when I only have a first name? All I remember is that she is a former school librarian in California who is now in a public library space. Connie was super supportive during our Treasure Mountain talk and had so much to offer in terms of her experience. I hope someone can provide her contact information so we can communicate again.
Anne was one of the many people we dealt with behind the scenes before the conference began. She helped me arrange for my daughter's badge, removed one of my sessions, and recalibrated my other sessions so the time wouldn't conflict. At the conference, she helped us figure out how to deal with our luggage, showed us where to meet the shuttle buses for the conference party, and just made sure we were safe and happy. Thanks Anne!
Thank you Anne Weglewski and all the hard working volunteers and staff who ensured that #aasl17 ran well - it's not possible without your efforts to get "beyond the horizon"! pic.twitter.com/nDtqhCRZca— Diana Maliszewski (@MzMollyTL) November 12, 2017
Now, I'm sure I'm forgetting many other people - those like fellow Canadian Marc Crompton who took up photography duty at Treasure Mountain, those who were kind enough to attend one of my workshops, those who stayed behind to help me clean up after my workshops (see, I've forgotten your name already - dang!), those who boogied with me on the dance floor at the ranch or explained things to me at the Phoenix Art Museum. For all those who didn't get a specific mention but should have, thank you for everything. (Like thanks to Victoria Jamieson for signing my copy of her book!)
|With Victoria Jamieson and her graphic novel, Roller Girl!|
Disembodied ParticipantsI can't even call them virtual participants! These are friends and colleagues of mine who never intended to go to this conference, but whose presence I felt as I grappled with ideas and listened at workshops.
Michelle Solomon (@msolomonteacher on Twitter)
I knew Michelle first online as part of the Association for Media Literacy and as a participant in the #K12media Twitter chats. I've been fortunate to get to spend more time with her as she helps run the Media Additional Qualification (AQ) course I've been taking. I tweeted at her several times during the conference and afterwards about some of the media related things I saw and the equity concepts.
Jennifer Brown (@JennMacBrown on Twitter)I thought of you often during #aasl17 - attended session on teaching media to students, other teachers & admin w/ World Cafe strategy (& kept looking through and about media while at Art Museum (looking at mannequins) pic.twitter.com/T21uo8VQKa— Diana Maliszewski (@MzMollyTL) November 11, 2017
I've already gushed at length about Jenn. I was blessed to get to spend time with her at length at Treasure Mountain Canada and it was like she was still with me at AASL. She had her own presentation to worry about that weekend - the MakeChange conference in Toronto - but still engaged with us about what she was hearing from our corner of the world and what she was hearing at her conference.
Lisa Noble (@nobleknits2 on Twitter)Being an ally is not an identity - it's an ongoing process. Shared by speaker at #aasl17 (speaker name @banana29 ?) reminds me of @JennMacBrown— Diana Maliszewski (@MzMollyTL) November 11, 2017
Lisa didn't get a specific Twitter shout-out from me during AASL, but she was at BIT17 and kept us in the loop at that conference. Lisa is so good at pulling me into conversations and deep thinking about ideas and books and more. She's often in my thoughts.
Fun in the SunAll work and no play makes someone a dull person. My trip to Phoenix was educational and professional, but I also had the opportunity to relax, enjoy the wonderful Arizona weather, and play tourist for a bit. It would not have been half as fun without my delightful travelling companions: my darling daughter Mary, the marvellous Melanie Mulcaster and amazing Alanna King. It was a very jam-packed four days, but in between the conference, we were able to see the Phoenix Art Museum, the Corona Ranch (part of the AASL experience), and my daughter had the chance to go to the Phoenix Science Center and the Phoenix Comic Con Fan Festival. How sad would it have been if all we saw of this super state was the inside of the convention center as we ran from room to room presenting or attending? I can't adequately describe how the warm weather was a balm to our spirits - eating outside was such a treat, especially knowing that it was snowing in Ontario. Thank you Phoenix, Arizona, and AASL! I don't know if I can afford Kentucky in 2019, but it sure is tempting!
|On the plane ready to take off for Houston enroute to Phoenix|
|Exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum|
|Stained sugar cubes make faces with coffee|
|Planning our route home and dinner location after the gallery|
|Entertainment from the Corona Ranch|
Palm tree just outside our AZ residence