American Assn. of School Librarians

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Writer Patricia Owen discusses AASL’s newest publication, A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation. In this workbook, Owen uses the AASL Empowering Learners program guidelines as a basis for a school librarian evaluation rubric—one that can be adapted or duplicated by school librarians and shared with school administrators. Owen walks participants through the workbook’s suggested readings, action tips, and evidence collection to help school librarians engage in rigorous self-evaluation and to shape school administrator evaluations.
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eCOLLAB | Your eLearning Laboratory is a repository of webcasts, podcasts, and resources from AASL professional development events. With the addition of recorded sessions from the AASL 16th National Conference & Exhibition, eCOLLAB offers over 200 webcasts and podcasts for on-demand learning. eCOLLAB also contains a read-only version of the latest issue of AASL’s print journal, Knowledge Quest, which is available for view before the issue mails.
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In this webinar, participants 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 highlights 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.
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This four-week course provides an overview of the AASL Planning Guide and Rubric grounded in principles of adult learning and peer coaching. Participants will examine the structure of A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners, learn strategies for designing professional development, identify coaching questions to support professional reflection, and begin to plan a year of professional development modules using the Planning Guide.
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Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | 6:00 p.m. Central - Pairing science and nature-themed books with hands-on science and outdoor activities can provide educators with fun and easy ways to engage curious learners in school-day enrichment activities, in afterschool programs, and in family/school programs. This webinar will introduce librarians to freely available lessons as well as multimedia resources related to birds and nature that are designed to help build learners’ Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) skills and content knowledge.
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It's happened to all of us - we’re at school trying to access the perfect website for a learning activity at school and.... it’s blocked. Now what? While banning books is commonly recognized by librarians as detrimental to the student educational experience, restricted website access isn’t on everyone’s radar. That’s where Banned Websites Awareness Day comes in. In this session, participants examine how excessive Internet filtering in K-12 schools undermines 21st century learning.
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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.
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This course will explain the basics of the Common Core, Pedagogy "shifts," and the imperative importance of Inquiry Based Learning for research. Participants will learn how to "repackage research" for the Common Core State Standards as well as higher level thought. Participants will have the opportunity to "repackage" a current unit for CCSS alignment and Inquiry learning. In the new section of this course, participants will learn how to make classroom connections in the Common Core and how Close Reading activities should naturally lead to research.
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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.
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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.

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