AASL Upcoming Webinars



AASL Planning Guide: A Framework for Professional Growth

Thursday, September 25, 2014
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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Library Supervisors lead professional development for librarians in their districts, yet experience tells us that adults learn best when they work on problems of practice where they work. How does a district library supervisor facilitate job-embedded learning? What are the proven elements of professional development that deliver results? 

In this webinar, Mary Keeling will preview an upcoming AASL eAcademy course. Participants will learn about the modules of the AASL Planning Guide, evidence that demonstrates the strengths and needs of their programs, and ways that librarians can use the Guide to drive their own professional development. Keeling will highlight strategies, such as data collection, peer coaching, and reflective questions, that district leaders can use to support their librarians as they use the Planning Guide. Information in this webinar will help district leaders discover the potential for the Planning Guide so they can plan to budget for the Planning Guide in their districts. 

Learning goals: The participant will:

  • Preview the modules of the Planning Guide, its features and costs
  • Relate 3 features of the Planning Guide to district-wide change initiatives or school improvement goals
  • Consider how to position individual librarians' use of the Assessment Rubric and Planning Guide within the structure and culture of schools
  • Understand why a teacher- development program should support personalized professional development

Mary Keeling is Supervisor of Library Media Services in Newport News, Virginia. She is Co-Chair of the AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy and Chair of the Supervisor's Section of AASL. She has presented webinars for her state association and for AASL. She is author of “The AASL Planning Guide: a District Approach to Powerful Professional Development.” Library Media Connection 31(5), 30-36.

Attendance is open to all. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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Coaching the Leader Within

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
8:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Central / 6:00 p.m. Mountain / 5:00 p.m. Pacific

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More librarians than realize it have leadership traits within. This webinar is designed to coach and develop those skills to better meet and accomplish the demands of today’s school librarian. Developing individuals into leaders requires coaching. Coaches know the big picture, develop trust and respect, make reasonable demands, hold others accountable, delegate work and develop individuals. In this webinar you will identify coaching techniques to sharpen leadership skills in yourself and to assist you in guiding a team. You will compare coaching dispositions to leadership qualities. Learn how to clarify roles that will hold colleagues and students responsible for the work they perform. Discover reflective practices that will coach you toward improved attitudes that support the skills needed to perform the many tasks you do.

Learning goals:

  • Identify coaching techniques that sharpen leadership skills.
  • Compare coaching dispositions to leadership qualities.
  • Help team members accept increasing levels of responsibility. 
  • Discover methods needed to practice reflection.

Presenter:

Ann M. Martin is the retired Educational Specialist for Library Information Services for Henrico County Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia. She is a Past President of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), and a recipient of the 2011 AASL National School Library Program of the Year Award for the district and the 2002 AASL National School Library Program of the Year Award for an individual school. Ann is author of Seven Steps to an Award-Winning School Library Program (LU, 2012).

Attendance is open to all. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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Senior/Capstone Project: The Role of the School Librarian

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
8:00 p.m. Eastern / 7:00 p.m. Central / 6:00 p.m. Mountain / 5:00 p.m. Pacific

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With increased emphasis on college-and career-readiness in today's schools, the Senior/Capstone Project can serve as that singular piece of evidence that students are prepared for the demands of college and career.  Join school librarians and teachers from around the U.S. who have been integrally involved in the Senior/Capstone Project process.  Presenters will address potential roadblocks or challenges, opportunities to raise the rigor of an existing project, practical tips for creating a Senior/Capstone Project, and how to become more involved in the process at your school. 

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will have:

  • Strategies for creating and implementing a Senior/Capstone Project.
  • Knowledge of how to find and cultivate resources to implement and/or administer a Senior/Capstone Project.
  • Knowledge of how to recharge or reinvent an existing Senior/Capstone Project to increase rigor.
Webinar Hosts:
Gail March chair of the AASL Senior/Capstone Project Task Force, is a Library Media Specialist at Londonderry (NH) High School and Library Media Coordinator for the Londonderry School District.  She has presented with her colleagues at AASL and ALA conferences, and is co-author of several journal articles.
Susan Yutzey decided, following a career and PhD in higher education, to pursue her MLS degree in school library media licensure. She has since worked as a school librarian at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Ohio, and the Upper Arlington High School Learning Center as school librarian, director, and district co-coordinator. Since 2012, Susan has been on the Executive Board of the Ohio Educational Library Media Association, in 2013 and 2014 serving as the association’s president. She is a member of the AASL Senior/Capstone Project Task Force.
Webinar Presenters:
Michelle Fossum has worked as a Research Teacher at City Charter High School since 2004, where she has earned the title of Educational Leader.  Before earning her MLS from the University of Pittsburgh and finding her dream job as a high school librarian, she worked in the fields of architecture, editing, and graphic design.
Lindsay Downs received her Master's in Library Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2010.  She has been a research teacher at City Charter High School (Pittsburgh, PA) since 2010.  She supported the capstone graduation project for the 2012-2013 school year and facilitated the capstone graduation project for the 2013-2014 school year.
Kay Wejrowski is the library media specialist at Swan Valley High School in Saginaw, Michigan, a 2013 National School Library Program of the Year.  Wejrowski was the 2014 Saginaw County Teacher of the Year and runner up for the 2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year.
Jeff Hooper has taught Spanish, history, and economics at the Thacher School in Ojai, California for thirteen years. He also coaches football and has also served as Chair of the Language Department and Director of the Senior Exhibitions Program. In addition to teaching and coaching, he currently serves as the Dean of Faculty. In 2012, Jeff led an effort to secure an EE Ford Foundation Educational Leadership Grant. With this grant, Thacher has become the host institution for the Capstone Consortium, an organization of educators dedicated to improving the quality and expanding the reach of capstone programs.
Brenda Boyer is the high school librarian and Chair of the Information & Technology Resources Dept. for the Kutztown (PA) School District. She teaches information literacy, research and library science topics in brick and mortar and online settings. Brenda has presented at conferences such as AASL, ISTE and iNACOL on topics such as embedded librarianship and social media curation. Brenda was the 2014 recipient of AASL's Collaborative School Library Award. Her project focused on raising the rigor and recharging the Senior/Capstone Project in her school. She is currently a part-time instructor at Rutgers University and is completing her doctorate in Instructional Design for Online Learning at Capella University.

Attendance is open to all. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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Screencast Innovations for the 21st Century Learner and Educator

Thursday, November 6, 2014
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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Screen-Cast-O-Matic (SOM) is a free and easy to use screencast application that has many uses for the classroom teacher and librarian. Screencasts are perfect for recording lectures for online courses, or for students to view prior to seated classes, or as a review. Virtual tutorials are easy to create with SOM. Also, students can record book reviews to share via e-mail or social media. These student screencasts can be given QR codes for sharing virtually or printed throughout the school and scanned for viewing. Screencasts can also be uploaded to school or teacher websites. Presenter Brenda Stephens will take particpants step by step through the process of downloading and recording screencasts for use in your school.

Learning goals:

  • Participants will be able to download the Screen-Cast-O-Matic application and record a lecture or tutorial.
  • Participants will learn new strategies to use technology tools such as screencasts to enhance teaching and student learning.
  • Participants will be able to create QR codes and discover creative teaching strategies with this technology.

Brenda Stephens has been an educator since 1986. She earned a BA and MA degree in English and will complete her SLIS degree in May 2015. She has a very unique and broad understanding of the full spectrum of education with experience in public and private schools, grades 6-12. Currently, Brenda is an Adjunct English Instructor at Anderson University and is employed part time by Greenville County Schools. For the past four years, she has taught online courses for Anderson University, integrating more technology tools each year. During her career, Brenda has seen how technology can greatly enhance both the student and teacher in an educational system. This has fueled her desire to become a school librarian, developing new and innovative ways to blend technology with education for a stronger education experience.

Attendance at the live webinar is open to all. Only AASL members and AASL eCOLLAB subscribers will have access to the webinar archive. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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Counting on What We Have: Evaluating School Library Collections

Thursday, November 13, 2014
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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Have we lost our ability to count? As school library collections become increasingly digital and less visible, school librarians will need to find new ways to evaluate their collections and demonstrate their value to stakeholders. Shelves bulging with books were never a clear measure of student access to those books and the ideas and information they contained. Today’s resources require new technologies and kinds of infrastructure that need to be counted along with the numbers of titles. The Standards for the 21st-Century Learner offer a vision of learners as creators not just consumers of information and ideas and suggest the need for new kinds of collections and new measures of quality. Join us as we discuss collection mapping and output measures for school libraries related to today’s learning contexts and school libraries.

Learning goals:

  • Participants will explore issues related to access as a measure of a collection including student differences, technology, and infrastructure.
  • Participants will encounter various measures for measuring collections including collection mapping and output measures.
  • Participants will apply output measures to multiples kinds of material and digital collections.

Sue C. Kimmel is an assistant professor at Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. Her previous experience includes working as a book reviewer, a bibliographer, and almost 20 years as a building-level school librarian. She earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and MSLS from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. An AASL member since 1987, Sue is currently Chair of the Research and Statistics Committee and a member of the Knowledge Quest Editorial Board. She is National Board Certified in School Library Media.

Attendance is open to all. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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Tips and Tricks to Creating a Google Site

Thursday, December 4, 2014
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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As presenter Brenda Stephens created a Google website this summer, she could have saved many hours of valuable time if someone could have guided her through the process. In this webinar, Brenda will take you step by step through the Google Sites maze. At the conclusion of this webinar - if you have a separate computer to work on while viewing the webinar or open a different tab while viewing - you will have a Google Site ready to load with material. There are techniques and tricks Brenda discovered that are not found in the Google “Sites Help” section or video tutorials that she will share with attendees. In addition, she will demonstrate ways to make your site interactive and engaging to students, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders in the learning community. 

Learning goals:

  • Participants will be able to quickly create a high quality, interactive, and engaging Google Site.
  • Participants will learn time saving short cuts to create a Google Site.
  • Participants will learn new strategies to use Google Sites for teaching and student learning. 

Brenda Stephens has been an educator since 1986. She earned a BA and MA degree in English and will complete her SLIS degree in May 2015. She has a very unique and broad understanding of the full spectrum of education with experience in public and private schools, grades 6-12. Currently, Brenda is an Adjunct English Instructor at Anderson University and is employed part time by Greenville County Schools. For the past four years, she has taught online courses for Anderson University, integrating more technology tools each year. During her career, Brenda has seen how technology can greatly enhance both the student and teacher in an educational system. This has fueled her desire to become a school librarian, developing new and innovative ways to blend technology with education for a stronger education experience.

Attendance at the live webinar is open to all. Only AASL members and AASL eCOLLAB subscribers will have access to the webinar archive. A seat in the live webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow up correspondence from AASL.

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