For immediate release | February 18, 2014

Spring into learning with an AASL e-Academy online course

CHICAGO — Registration is now open for two of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy online courses. The self-paced courses Design for Understanding Meets the 21st Century School Librarian and BYOL: Bring Your Own Lessons into the 21st Century! begin March 17, 2014. Registration and additional course information are available at

Participants will be introduced to the Understanding by Design curriculum framework, known as the backward design model, in the four-week course Design for Understanding Meets the 21st Century School Librarian. Facilitated by Mary Keeling, supervisor of library services at Newport News Public Schools, 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.

During the six-week course BYOL: Bring Your Own Lessons into the 21st Century!, participants will learn to design an inquiry lesson plan based on the criteria set forth in Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs and embedded into the Standards for the 21st-Century Lesson Plan Database. Participants will gain experience integrating web 2.0 tools into lesson design through introduction to websites recognized as AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning. They will then have the option to submit finished plans for publication in the lesson plan database. The course is facilitated by Liz Deskins and Christina Dorr, both school librarians in Hilliard City School District.

AASL e-Academy courses are designed to give participants 12-15 hours of learning led by experts in the school library field. Courses are led in Moodle, a Web-based online learning system that attendees access from their browser. Each course is designed with the busy school librarian in mind - participants can complete coursework at a time that is most convenient for them. Detailed descriptions of available courses and registration rates are available at

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)