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Kiera O’Shea Vargas is an educator, lawyer, and librarian whose education consulting firm, EPIFHANY, LLC, focuses on mentoring students and educators by assisting them with growth on topics that are typically taboo in society. Her experiences in classrooms, in libraries, and within the many organizations she consults has afforded her an abundance of experience that has helped her over the years. Kiera obtained a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication (concentration in Public Relations) and a master’s in science in English Education (concentration in African American Studies) from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She received her teaching credentials from Greensboro College and has had teaching licenses in several states over the years. She also obtained a master’s in Library and Information Sciences and a Juris Doctor. Kiera will begin her Ph.D. studies in the School of Information Science at the University of South Carolina beginning Fall 2021. In her spare time, she blogs for the American Library Association.

Educator Collaborations for Success: Embedded Librarianship

Encouraging Librarians to Collaborate to Foster Relationships within Institutions


Becoming the K–12 Embedded Librarian: Encouraging Librarians to Collaborate to Foster Relationships within Their Schools

Whether you are an elementary, middle, or high school librarian or teacher, this interactive webinar will give you the knowledge and skills to understand the significance of using the embedded librarian approach to successfully support K–12 students. Education consulting expert Kiera Vargas, founder of EPIFHANY, LLC, shares practical strategies that librarians and educators can use together to develop relationships, assist each other with providing diverse and equitable material for students, and improve student self-efficacy, both during and post-COVID and whether online or face to face.


The Embedded Librarian: Building Relationships Across the College Campus

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College students are still learning the importance of research, but the library and its many resources can often be a bit daunting and overwhelming. In this interactive webinar, education consulting expert Kiera Vargas, founder of EPIFHANY, LLC, will focus on the importance of embedded librarianship, offering practical examples and strategies for how college librarians and professors can work together to help students feel more confident and less intimidated by research skills and the numerous research platforms.


Integrating PBL into Your Classes Using Free Creativity Tools and the Coaching Integration Matrix


With new technology being used in the classroom both in person and remotely, many educators are looking for ways for students to apply their learning by creating meaningful projects instead of checking off another box on an assignment list. In this webinar, expert Ryan Read shows you how to adapt a lesson plan using his Coaching Integration Matrix and free creativity tools such as Canva, which can be used across any mobile or desktop device. This approach will focus on both the 4 Cs and 7 Cs of Education and utilize the Problem-Based Learning model to show student understanding and application.

Watch the webinar and receive:

  • A Matrix Template
  • Several activities to use with Canva or other creativity tools to create outstanding lessons for students

Ryan Read has an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology with seven years’ experience in the field. He has been a part of several conferences presenting on the use of iPad, Chromebook, digital classroom and technology integration, and the use of his creation, App Dice. A Google Level 1 and 2 Educator, Ryan continues to explore the changes in Educational Technology and classroom integration with the latest technology. He is presently a Business and Technology Teacher at Stillman Valley High School in MCUSD #223 School District. Ryan is also the host of his own podcast, The Pixel Classroom Podcast, and co-hosts the MCUSD #223 Teacher Podcast.


Learn valuable classroom strategies from Ryan Read, instructional technology expert!

First-Year Educators Survival Guide


First-Year Experience: Interactive Infographic

The First-Year Experience may be different for students transitioning this year. With so many U.S. students learning virtually since midway through their high school senior year, it is obvious that the first-year transition for those who proceed to higher education will be unlike any before. Serving the new and returning student, whether in-person or remote, Infobase is here to help provide insight into the first year and offer resources to support librarians and instructors during these ever-evolving times.


Credo’s Interactive FYE Guide, Second Edition: White Paper

Does your job involve working with first-year students? These patrons arrive with varying levels of library experience and of information literacy, so assisting them can be a challenge. In Credo’s First Year Experience (FYE) Guide, Second Edition, Raymond Pun, formerly First Year Student Success Librarian at Fresno State, and now Instruction/Research Librarian at the Alder Graduate School of Education, offers guidance and case studies related to the crucial first year.

Taking FYE Online: Advice and Materials from Films On Demand and Credo: Webinar

Credo’s First-Year Experience Guide, Second Ed. has all the information you need to create a solid FYE program, including how to bring it online. In this webinar, we offer tips for your FYE curriculum, as well as ideas for getting students engaged in the online classroom and how to teach IL skills remotely. We also cover material from Films On Demand that will help students make the most of their first year, including videos on study skills, motivation, and financial literacy as it relates to college.


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Hawaiian Middle School Leverages Streaming Media for Personalized Instruction and Highly Productive, Self-Directed Learning: Case Study

Resources for self-guided learning and personalized instruction for the “YouTube generation” are in high demand.Made in partnership with School Library Journal, our case study profiles how the School Librarian at Central Middle School in Honolulu, Hawaii, successfully utilizes the Learn360 streaming media platform to empower teachers with highly engaging, cross-curricular video and multimedia content for all learning levels.



Taking Teaching Online: Tips and Resources from Makematic: Webinar

There have been a lot of changes to the education and learning landscape and educators now more than ever are hungry for pedagogy-focused professional development to help them motivate and engage students in online teaching environments. Acclaimed educational producer Makematic has designed a video course to help educators quickly adapt to online teaching and learning. With a focus on pedagogy over technology, its new Teaching Online Master Class series has been made by teachers for teachers.

5 Instructional Strategies to Keep Students Engaged in Virtual Classrooms: Infographic

With the right strategies, you can create an effective and productive learning environment, even remotely. Our infographic highlights five essential tips to engage, empower, and connect with your students—and make them feel a part of your virtual classroom community.


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