American Assn. of School Librarians

A list of upcoming webinars presented by the American Association of School Librarians.
AASL's eCOLLAB: Your eLearning Laboratory! This resource is provided as a feature of AASL membership or to subscribers of eCOLLAB. Browse different topics to find webcasts, podcasts, and resources from various AASL professional development events. Members and subscribers will also get a read-only version of the latest issue of AASL’s journal, Knowledge Quest.
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. In this webinar, 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.
This presentation addresses ongoing Internet safety issues affecting children, such as sexting and cyberbullying. Due to the widespread availability of the Internet and mobile technology, the sky-high hormone levels of young people, and the difficulty that they can have understanding the consequences of their decisions, sexting and cyberbullying incidents are occurring among tweens and teens all over the U.S. Media stories and statistics are used throughout the webinar to illustrate these behaviors.
Are you making the most of your “library time?” Whether you are working with a fixed or flexible schedule, it is imperative to treat every opportunity as a valuable teachable moment. In this short webinar, we hope to leave you challenged to insert an element of higher level thought into your lessons. We all need to raise the rigor of our learning endeavors and train students to think, discover, and share.
Do your best units need to be rebooted with 21st century skills? Is inquiry an integrated part of your instructional plan? Want to share your quality lesson plan with other media specialists? Learn about AASL’s Best Websites for Teaching & Learning and how to put them to work with an inquiry unit and submit it to AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database.
The dominant view is that school library programs will cease to exist if their impact on test scores is not demonstrated. But does that imply our job of impacting student learning is restricted to these outcomes? Does it mean we cannot (and should not) consider the benefits of informal learning and support students who want connected learning? Students yearn to connect their interests, needs, and cultures to every aspect of their daily lives, and seek safe and supportive environments where they can discover and make such connections.
The Common Core is asking teachers to move from rote and recall to rigor and relevance, and the librarian can play a vital role in this paradigm shift. This three module course on the common core, will help librarians understand how they play a vital role in repackaging content for higher level thought, providing imperative resources for the classroom, and connecting digital citizenship, technology and collaboration into the content.
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.
In this webinar, learn how to leverage observation skills to “see” how students interact while working, what tools they choose to use, where they enjoy spending time and what activities naturally lead them into exploration. Learn how to observe people’s behavior and appreciate their comfort zones then use those observation skills to direct you in planning your school library. This webinar is open to all viewers.
This webinar provides information on loan forgiveness and cancellation benefits for school librarians with federal student loans. Presenters Ian Foss, Federal Student Aid program specialist, and Brian Smith, Office of Postsecondary Education program specialist, discusses Perkins Loan cancellations and Direct Loan Public Service Loan Forgiveness.
Navigating the world of eBooks has been a difficult but rewarding journey for the North East Independent School District. There are many eBook vendors looking to provide content to school libraries, but how do you know which one is best for you? This course will focus on implementing an eBook collection for your campus/school district in order to meet the needs of your students and staff. With a foundation in understanding eBooks as resources, participants will learn how to incorporate these resources into lessons and units of study.
Inquiry and literacy – are they one and the same or complementary processes? Participants explore different inquiry models and how literacy can be instilled throughout.
When is a read-aloud more than a great story? When it also ties in critical thinking skills. In this course, participants will learn how to infuse literacy skills while continuing to share the passion and power of a great read-aloud. The culminating project will be a collaborative lesson plan that incorporates nonfiction read alouds with critical thinking strategies into a content area while also including indicators from AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.
In collaboration AASL and Achieve published a new action brief linking libraries and librarians to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian is available for download on the AASL and Achieve websites. Join AASL in an idea swap led by the AASL volunteers who worked on the action brief with Achieve. Use this exchange to propel the school library program into the center of teaching and learning in the era of CCSS. Learn how to recreate the idea swap activity with your own school teaching teams.
As a follow-up to the AASL archived webinar - Brains Change @ Your Library - this webinar will address how to ensure your research "projects" are challenging today's hyperconnected. Research - done correctly - will hit almost every one of AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and the "anchor standards" in the CCSS.
In this webinar, discover how public and school librarians can work together to implement the Common Core State Standards in their school community. Attendees will learn about the Common Core State Standards, discover resources to help public librarians understand and use the CCSS, and identify the ways public librarians can support school librarians and patrons navigate through these standards.
This course is designed to help school librarians identify and analyze the factors that contribute to successful collaboration with teachers. Topics covered include: the culture of the school, the role of the school librarian, qualities of successful leaders, and the various facets of the collaboration process. School librarians will learn what to bring to the collaboration table and how to develop and initiate an action plan to encourage teachers to join them.
The Power of Data analyzes the types of data available to school librarians and how the data can be used to support school library programs. Dr. Sandra Andrews explores with participants a variety of datasets at the local, state, and national level that include information on schools and school libraries. Participants compare local and national data to determine how it can help in making decisions at the school level. The concept of benchmarking is reviewed and demonstrated. Topics will also include using data for advocacy and communicating needs and successes.