Tuesday, March 20, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. Central - How are AASL’s Affiliate state organizations supporting school librarians as they implement the National School Library Standards? This rich document requires school librarians to reflect on local conditions, practice, and student learning. While it requires a great deal of self-reflection and a growth mindset, no one has to do this alone. What are state affiliates already doing or planning to do to help their state’s school librarians make a difference for learners using the new AASL Standards?
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. Central - Join Elizabeth Burns, member of the AASL Standards editorial board, as she leads a guided tour into the AASL Standards Framework for Learners. This highly informative session will investigate the application of the framework in library lessons. She’ll discuss designing and enhancing learner experiences using the Shared Foundations and learner Competencies in the National School Library Standards. Participants will also be introduced to student assessment opportunities provided through the AASL Standards.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. Central - Why are connections with educators so essential to school librarians? Participants will delve into the National School Library Standards and available resources to make authentic and purposeful connections with educators. Participants will create an action plan to help them plan, record, and amplify the results of their connections.
Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. Central - Three authors of novels for middle-grade/middle school students discuss the value of including fiction in teaching various curriculum areas – and not just designating novels as “extra-credit.” The authors will reveal the depth of their research for historical fiction (Rebecca Behrens, "The Last Grand Adventure"); for science/nature study (Jo Hackl, "Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe"); and about political and social change (Sara Holbrook, "Enemy"). Eileen Makoff, a school librarian with NYC Public Schools, will lead the discussion.
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. Central - Ready to make global connections at your library? Not sure how to get started? In our future-ready libraries, it has never been easier to allow students to escape our traditional four walls and experience a new level of learning. Join Michelle Cooper as she shares how to implement a library program that incorporates global collaboration with educators and students around the world.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. Central - School librarians guide learners as they develop the habits of lifelong learning. Join Kate Lechtenberg and Jeanie Phillips, members of the AASL Standards implementation task force, as they consider opportunities for deep learning through the AASL Standards Framework for Learners. We’ll explore the possibilities for engaging learners of all ages in authentic, meaningful work that sparks curiosity and builds real world skills.