Design for Understanding Meets the 21st Century School Librarian

The course is designed to introduce participants to the Understanding by Design Curriculum framework. Known as the Backward Design model, this framework is unique in that it begins with the end in mind. Rather than planning from an activity-centered focus, the school librarian first identifies the Big Ideas behind content standards. From these Big Ideas, the school librarian develops Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions to guide student inquiry. The school librarian then designs assessments that provide evidence of student learning. Finally, the school librarian designs the learning experiences.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, participants will work with the three stages in the Backward Design model to build a basic understanding of the process and apply the concepts to planning units of library instruction. Designing instruction with this framework enables the school librarian to engage students in learning activities that lead to deeper understanding of content and process.

Who Should Attend



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.




  • $99 for AASL members
  • $149 for ALA members
  • $225 for non-members
  • $99 for retired AASL members
  • $75 for student AASL members

How to Register

This course is not currently being offered.

AASL Refund/Cancellation Policy

Space in AASL’s eAcademy courses is limited. Registration cancellations can be made through email (, in writing and postmarked or faxed seven days prior to the course to allow time for another to fill the seat. Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $25 processing fee. No phone cancellations will be accepted. Please mail registration cancellations to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS, Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611 or fax to (312) 280-1538.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.


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