AASL Upcoming Webinars



Get Thinking! Making the Most of Your Library Time

See How to Challenge and Engage Learners, Expect More, and Support Academic Achievement

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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This generation will grow up and run the world, so let's get them thinking! The educational paradigm is shifting requiring us to move from rote and recall to rigor and research.  In this webinar, we'll share 10 examples of assignments, read-alouds, research essential questions and library activities that require students to think!  This will be a fun hour to contemplate whether you are tapping into our greatest asset--the Brain!

Presenters:

AASL member Paige Jaeger facilitates 84 libraries in the “upstate” New York region. She has been a librarian at both the elementary and secondary levels. Paige writes frequently for SLJ and other professional journals on topics such as the Common Core and Inquiry Based Learning. Her first book, co-authored with Mary Ratzer, was recently published by Libraries Unlimited: Rx for the Common Core: Toolbox for Inquiry Based Learning. Their next book, Think Tank Library, is due out in 2015. She herself is a Cybrarian and a lemon loaf aficionado.

 

 

AASL member Mary Boyd Ratzer is a professional development consultant who fosters inquiry-based learning and real-world strategies for the Common Core. Formerly she served as a teacher and school librarian at the Shenendehowa Central Schools in New York, and taught curriculum as an adjunct faculty at UAlbany’s Graduate School of Information Studies. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited’s Rx for the Common Core, forthcoming Think Tank Library, and the AASL Knowledge Quest article on the C3 Frameworks for Social Studies State Standards. Ratzer holds a master’s degree in library science and a master’s degree in the arts.

 

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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Rich Student, Poor Student, & the School Library

What the PISA Exam Tells Us about Our Value

Thursday, February 5, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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In the ideal picture, school and their resources, including school libraries, are intended to help level the playing field and make sure all American children are academically successful. In practice, we know this is not always the case, that schools in poor neighborhoods have fewer resources and more academic challenges. 

The Programme for International Student Assessment in 2009 looked at 15-year-old students’ library use and educational performance. This provides a snapshot into the material resources and backgrounds that students come from, and gives insight into challenges a school librarian might face in providing equitable services for all children. It also provides evidence that school library “adequacy” plays a role in student performance. 

The PISA exam also provides an opportunity to look at reading and technology use among teenagers, including what technologies they prefer to use for information, what they prefer to read, and how they use the library. PISA results give us some insight into both what our students know and what they do, and these may help school librarians shape their practice. 

Learning goals:

  • Participants will explore national education data sets and learn how they can use data sets for their own research.
  • Participants will learn about major predictors of student performance, and what factors they can control that might influence student performance. 
  • Participants will learn how technology use relates to student academic performance. 
  • Participants will learn about students’ reading preferences and how those relate to library use and academic performance.

Denice Adkins is Associate Professor, School of Information Science & Learning Technologies, University of Missouri. She is a past president of REFORMA, the National Association for Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking. Her research interests are Latino library services, public libraries, and services to children.

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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Representation Matters: The School Librarian and LGBTQ Curriculum Inclusion

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
7:00 p.m. Eastern / 6:00 p.m. Central / 5:00 p.m. Mountain / 4:00 p.m. Pacific

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Although the safety and inclusion of LGBTQ students has become a widely discussed topic across the U.S., little has been written about the role of school librarians in supporting LGBTQ students beyond gay and lesbian book lists. As educators, curriculum leaders, and information specialists, school librarians are in a unique position to advocate for LGBTQ students through supporting LGBTQ curriculum inclusion. 

Recent studies by the California Safe Schools Coalition have shown that a LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum not only improves safety and school climate for all students (LGBTQ and straight), but can positively impact academic performance as well. Since many educators still face barriers covering LGBTQ topics in school, this webinar aims to go beyond LGBTQ book lists. 

The webinar will introduce the rationale for LGBTQ inclusive education and legal rights and protections. Participants will also learn strategies for curriculum inclusion, including defining and overcoming barriers, providing access to information, uncovering LGBTQ topics in the subject areas, and classroom best practices.

Learning Goals:

  • Participants will be able to explain the rationale and role of LGBTQ inclusive curriculum.
  • Participants will be able to define best practices for LGBTQ inclusion.
  • Participants will be able to identify next steps for inclusion in their own practices.

AASL member Elizabeth Gartley began her career as a school librarian in 2008 as a Peace Corps volunteer. She earned her B.A. in Media Studies from Emerson College and M.L.I.S from Simmons College. Elizabeth has worked with children and teens of all ages in Maine, Massachusetts, Samoa, and the Dominican Republic.

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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