AASL Webinars

Aug 1, 2011

AASL offers online learning opportunities to meet the needs of busy school library professional. This collection contains archives of AASL webinars, recorded concurrent sessions from AASL national conferences prior to 2015, and national institute presentations. Online professional development available through eCOLLAB is designed to make school librarians leaders in their school community.

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Using the Standards to Further Your Instructional Leadership

Jan 9, 2018 6:00pm

Librarians are leaders. Join Jeanie Phillips and Ellen McNair, members of the AASL Standards implementation task force, as they unpack critical aspects of instructional leadership. We’ll talk about aligning your superpowers as a librarian with the new standards and the needs of your school community. We will collaborate to discover opportunities, strategies, and leverage points, so you can flex your instructional muscles to impact your entire school community.

Learning Goals:

  • To familiarize yourself with leadership opportunities in the AASL Standards.
  • To consider instructional leadership strategies related to our role in implementing in the AASL Standards.
  • To identify important leverage points of instructional leadership in your library program.

  • Ellen McNair, Librarian, Centreville High School
  • Jeanie Phillips, Professional Development Coordinator, The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Tips and Tricks: mysimpleshow DIY Explainer Video Creator

Dec 12, 2017 6:00pm

During this webinar, Emily Cleary, Content Marketing Manager for mysimpleshow, will share simple tips and tricks on how to use mysimpleshow. Emily will introduce the tool and how it works, and then provide insider tips and tricks on how to make your mysimpleshow experience even simpler than it already is. These insider tips include efficient writing through explanation, best practices for visualization, which templates work well for specific purposes, and how to use each feature to make your video even better!

At the end of the webinar, participants will:

  1. Understand how to write a captivating script that gets the message across within a word count
  2. Learn how each visualization feature can contribute to greater understanding of their content
  3. Know how to better use mysimpleshow to create engaging DIY videos

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The AASL Standards Web Portal: Accessing Standards and Support Resources

Dec 6, 2017 6:00pm

AASL’s web portal for national school library standards has everything you need to access the new standards and the wealth of support resources available! Join Standards editorial board member Kathy Mansfield on a guided tour of the website, and discover infographics, videos, links to articles and many more supports for the new standards.

Learning Goals:

As a result of this session, participants will:

  1. Gain familiarity with the AASL web portal for national school library standards.
  2. Discover support resources for the implementation of national school library standards.

  • Kathy Mansfield, Library Media/Textbooks Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education

It All Fits Together: The New National Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries

Nov 16, 2017 6:00pm

Meet your new National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries! Join AASL Standards editorial board and implementation task force chairs Marcia A. Mardis and Mary Keeling on a guided tour of the standards development process as well as in-depth introductions to the National School Library Standards (NSLS) integrated content designed to support and enhance learners' experiences, school librarians' practice, and the alignment between school libraries and learning goals. Marcia and Mary will take you through the main components of the document; provide an overview of the implementation plan; and highlight opportunities for you to engage with the new standards while thinking, creating, sharing, and growing!

As a result of this session, participants will:

  1. Be able to describe the motivations for and main components of the NSLS;
  2. Be aware of the NSLS implementation plan's opportunities for professional engagement;
  3. Gain familiarity with ways in which the NSLS aim to support learning, assessment, and evaluation, in and through the profession and the school library.

  • Marcia A. Mardis, Associate Professor & Assistant Dean, Florida State University
  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools

AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2017

Oct 25, 2017 6:00pm

Feeling a little overwhelmed by all of the great apps out there and not sure where to start? Or, maybe you are looking for a few apps to add to your repertoire/toolkit for this school year? Two members of the 2017 AASL Best Apps committee are giving an overview tour of the apps recognized as the 2017 Best Apps for Teaching and Learning. Committee members Joyce Valenza and Deb Logan will highlight their personal favorites and share ideas for using these apps in your practice. Participants will be able to contribute their ideas on using apps to this “app chat” as well. The session will also include information on how the committee works and app trends and issues!

Participants will:

  1. Discover high quality apps to support teaching and learning.
  2. Collaboratively consider strategies for integrating selected apps in the school program and “walk away” with ideas on how featured apps might be used/”applied.”
  3. Learn about the work of the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee and how to contribute to next year’s list.

  • Deb Logan, Elementary Makerspace Teacher, Pleasant Local Schools
  • Joyce Valenza, Assistant Teaching Professor, Rutgers University (SISL)
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Kick Starting Author Involvement with Your School

Oct 18, 2017 6:00pm

Authors of books for teens are "hot." Their visits to schools inspire reading – and questions! Your library is The Place to build book excitement because your students want to know everything about their favorite writers. Four YA authors – Susan Dennard, Danielle Paige, Mindee Arnett, and Natalie Richards – and school librarian Dorcas Hand (Houston, TX) – will present proven ways to connect your students, teachers, and school to writers who will excite them, encourage them and inspire them.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Provides school librarians with specific practices and suggestions they can put to use immediately to revitalize teen reading.
  2. Aligns the librarian with the students and teachers by demonstrating the ability to move beyond the school to access valuable resources.
  3. Supports and strengthens advocacy for the library and librarian by putting the library front and center in programming that will not only be notable, but also popular.

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Tips & Tricks for Stretching Your eBook Budget

Oct 3, 2017 5:00pm

Maximizing your investment in digital content is an important goal for today’s school librarian. In this webinar, you'll learn tips and tricks for stretching your eBook budget to reach the most readers with the most titles. Becky Calzada, information and library services coordinator for the Leander Independent School District (TX), shares insight from her experience growing a successful digital collection that registers thousands of checkouts each month. Becky is joined by OverDrive Education’s Christina Samek, who’s worked hand-in-hand with schools across the country to deeply engage students and staff with eBooks, audiobooks and other digital resources. She shares proven best practices for serving reading and learning needs while maintaining a low cost-per-circ.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn how flexible lending options like shared collections, class sets and simultaneous use can help you maximize your budget to meet your unique priorities.
  2. Learn how to leverage free digital reading platform features like curated collections, professional development “rooms” and student-driven acquisition to boost engagement and circulation.
  3. Learn how free resources like promotional templates, on-demand training and collection development recommendations can help build staff excitement around your digital reading service. It’s been proven that one of the best ways to increase student usage of digital content is to have educators on board as active users.

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Common Core Open Educational Resources and Websites & Google Classroom

Sep 28, 2017 6:00pm

A major challenge to Common Core implementation is the shortage of new and proficient standard-aligned material. As districts face the necessity of purchasing new instructional materials aligned to the CCSS, open educational resources (OER) has become crucial. OER has become a central model for the development and dissemination of free online content. The digital libraries of OER has increased significantly, providing schools and teachers with standards-based materials for developing CCSS curriculum. A variety of Common Core OER websites will be demonstrated to attendees and how they can be applied in Google Classroom. They will learn how to search, filter, and assign exercises and formative assessments to students in Google Classroom.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Explore a variety of Common Core open educational resource websites
  2. Assign Common Core exercises and formative assessments to students in Google Classroom
  3. Learn how to turn-key the session to their school districts

  • Krista Welz, School Librarian, North Bergen High School
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Back to School: School Library Legislation in the Statehouses

Sep 27, 2017 2:00pm

Schools with a strong school library program and a state-certified school librarian ensure their students have the best chance to succeed in college and career, yet research shows only approximately 20 states require a state-certified school librarian in their schools. As the need for future-ready citizens builds, collaborative partnerships in several states have worked to pass legislation – or enforce existing legislation – to guarantee every student has access to an effective school library program.

During this webinar, representatives from three states share their successes, challenges and lessons learned while working together to pass legislation.

The webinar was the kickoff event of a joint AASL, CRO and OLA special initiative “State Ecosystems,” a program to develop a more collaborative relationship and stronger coalition between ALA, the ALA Chapters and the AASL Affiliates.

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Beyond Book Readings: Building Science Literacy with Hands-On Activities

Sep 12, 2017 6:00pm

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. From the Cornell Lab’s Macaulay Library of Natural Sounds (the world's premier scientific archive of natural history audio, video, and photographs) to K-8 book guides and free lesson plans, to free Apps and online interactives—there will be something for all levels, including those unfamiliar with science and outdoor learning.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe at least three resources that they can use to help the learners they work with to think critically and gain STEM knowledge and skills.
  2. Describe how to access Cornell Lab book guides and utilize Cornell Lab multimedia resources to engage young learners.
  3. Describe best practices for engaging diverse learners in science learning through narrative nonfiction books and outdoor/hands-on activities.

  • Jennifer Fee, Manager, BirdSleuth K-12 Program, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
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