New AASL webinar builds STEAM skills hands-on

For Immediate Release
Mon, 09/11/2017


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)


CHICAGO – Building a learner’s science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) skills will be the focus of an upcoming webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Taking place on Tues., Sept. 12, at 6:00 p.m. Central, “Beyond Book Readings: Building Science Literacy with Hands-On Activities” will highlight best practices for engaging diverse learners in science education through narrative nonfiction books and outdoor/hands-on activities.

During the webinar, Jennifer Fee, manager of the BirdSleuth K-12 program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, will introduce librarians to freely available lessons as well as multimedia resources related to birds and nature that are specifically designed to help build learners’ STEAM skills and content knowledge. Fee will share resources such as Cornell Lab’s Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds to K-8 book guides and free lesson plans, to free apps and online interactives.

Fee, as part of the BirdSleuth team, offers resources and training opportunities focused on building student science skills through outdoor investigations and citizen-science projects. Fee holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology, and has spent the last twenty years in the field of K-12 science education focused on curriculum development and educator training.

Attendance during the live presentation of “Beyond Book Readings: Building Science Literacy with Hands-On Activities” is open to all. Access to the webinar archive and materials is reserved for AASL members and AASL eCOLLAB subscribers. To register, visit “Upcoming Webinars” at

eCOLLAB | Your eLearning Laboratory provides AASL members and subscribers with a central location to find and manage their elearning as well as to connect with others in the educational community. eCOLLAB contains webcasts and resources from various AASL professional development events, as well as access to issues of Knowledge Quest. To begin utilizing eCOLLAB or to subscribe, visit

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