Allyssa Loya, Jones Elementary Library Media Specialist, has been selected as a littleBits Lead Educator. Out of hundreds of applications across the United States, Ms. Loya was one of only 16 who were chosen to participate in this program.
The littleBits Lead Educator Program is a collaboration between littleBits and top educators across the country. The goal is to co-design student-centered activities, tools, and resources using littleBits. These are the education leaders who want to promote student-centered, interest-driven, and curiosity-focused learning spaces, and who are excited by using the design process as a framework for achieving those ends.
“In education, we all just do what we think is best for the kids,” said Loya. “It feels amazing to know that this honor is something that is going to help me grow as a professional, which will in turn help my students grow as 21st century learners.”
As a participant in the program, Ms. Loya will be one of the very first educators in the world to get the new littleBits Code Kit, and will help test and/or create its resources, activities and more for use in the classroom.
Ms. Loya will also be a presenter at the 2017 Texas Library Association Conference, a statewide conference that caters to librarians in every sector: public schools, private schools, and public town libraries.
The conference offers numerous professional development opportunities and sessions that cover what is new and upcoming in the world of libraries. It is also a place that librarians come together to collaborate, innovate and get ideas on how to better help patrons of the library.
She will present twice during the conference. The first will be at Tech Camp on Wednesday to librarians who want to get ahead in the technology side of library science and the second will be a presentation on coding in the library.
“I am so excited and proud to be able to represent Rockwall ISD and Jones Elementary,” said Loya. “We have some amazing librarians in this district and there are innovative things going on in all of our libraries.”