AASL Webinars


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, 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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Sessions

Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries


AASL's new resource guide, Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries, examines how to build and safeguard LGBTQ+-inclusive collections, instruction, and spaces. Developed and framed through the lens of the Shared Foundations from the new AASL National School Library Standards (Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Engage, and Explore), the guide includes why this is such crucial equity work, as well as easily accessible activities, reflective questions, real-world scenarios, and extensive resources. During this eCOLLAB webinar, the guide--including its exercises and frameworks and an introductory infographic--will be unpacked. Ideas for using the guide as part of a school or district-wide professional development will be explored, as well as ways a similar framework could be used to address other key issues for school librarians.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will

  • Become familiar with AASL's Resource Guide, Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries, accompanying infographic, applied framework, and activities.
  • Reflect on proactive steps they can take to build and safeguard their own LGBTQ+-inclusive collections, instruction, and spaces.
  • Brainstorm ways to engage their colleagues in ongoing professional development centered on this topic.
  • Begin to use the AASL Standards and six Shared Foundations as a similar lens to unpack a key school library issue of their choice.


Speaker(s):
  • Rachel Altobelli, Director of Library Services & Instructional Materials, Albuquerque (N.Mex.) Public Schools
  • Julie Stivers, Librarian, Mount Vernon Middle School
  • Juan Rivera, Librarian, A. Philip Randolph Campus High School
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Accessible MakerspacesAccessible Makerspaces

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Accessible Makerspaces


As makerspaces continue to grow in popularity in library settings are we as librarians ensuring accessibility for all students and library patrons? Do we look at our spaces, activities, outcomes and consider inclusion of all students? Join Heather Moorefield-Lang for a rich discussion in makerspaces, accessibility, and inclusion.

Upon completion of this webinar attendees will:

  • comprehend accessible makerspaces,
  • interact with real life scenarios in accessible making and makerspaces,
  • understand the scope of accessibility for makerspaces in libraries.

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AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2018


Take a whirlwind tour of the newly named Best Apps! Members of the committee will introduce each app and highlight key features. The presenters will also share ideas for using some of the apps in an educational context.

Learning Goals

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.

Speaker(s):
  • Mary Morgan Ryan, Chief Technology, Communications, & Data Services Official , Northern Suburban Special Education District
  • Deb Logan, Elementary Makerspace Teacher, Pleasant Local Schools
  • Chris M. Young, Middle and Upper School Librarian, Metairie Park Country Day School
  • Joyce Kasman Valenza, Assistant Teaching Professor, Rutgers University (SISL)
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Exploring AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2018


Hear from the AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning Committee incoming and outgoing chairs as they highlight and explore the newly named 2018 Best Websites. These recognized sites all align with the new AASL Standards Shared Foundations. Learn more and explore the latest winning websites in the fields of librarianship, education, and instruction, so you can use them yourself, and share them with teachers and students.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will

  • Learn about new tools they can use to enhance their teaching with students and that they can share with teachers,
  • Learn about new tools they can use to enhance their own productivity,
  • Benefit from examples of how these tools can be applied in difference environments for teaching and learning.

Speaker(s):
  • Jane Lofton, School Librarian, Retired, Mira Costa High School
  • Sherry Gick, Director of Innovative Learning, Five-Star Technology Solutions
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Using the Standards to Foster a Culture of Deep Learning


School librarians guide learners as they develop the habits of lifelong learning. In this webinar, Kate Lechtenberg and Jeanie Phillips, members of the AASL Standards implementation task force, consider opportunities for deep learning through the AASL Standards Framework for Learners. Kate and Jeanie explore the possibilities for engaging learners of all ages in authentic, meaningful work that sparks curiosity and builds real world skills.

Learning Goals

  • To familiarize participants with opportunities within the Standards to foster deep learning through authentic audiences, meaningful work, thoughtful collaboration, and risk taking.
  • To explore instructional scenarios that engage learners in deep learning.
  • To identify instructional practices that transform surface learning into deep learning.

Speaker(s):
  • Kate Lechtenberg, Doctoral Student, University of Iowa
  • Jeanie Phillips, Professional Development Coordinator, The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education
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Making Global Connections at Your School Library


Ready to make global connections at your library? Not sure how to get started? In our ready for the future libraries, it has never been easier to allow students to escape our traditional four walls and experience a new level of learning. Join Michelle Cooper as she shares how to implement a library program that incorporates global collaboration with educators and students around the world.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn how to make global connections,
  2. Learn how to empower students to collaborate, learn, and share with international peers.
  3. Learn how to harness technology resources to enhance your global connections.

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Standard: $6.99
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Making Community ConnectionsMaking Community Connections

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Making Community Connections


Moderated by Shannon McClintock Miller, this webinar examines how teacher librarians can cultivate partnerships within the school and local community to promote engagement and a lifelong learning process.

Sue Kowalski shares her approach on maximizing awareness and impact of the school library program through empowering student leadership, aligning library outreach with school and district goals, and focusing consistently on everyday advocacy both through and in the library.

Gina Seymour explains how she espouses a platform of empowering students to become compassionate leaders at school, within their community, and beyond through the implementation of makerspace activities and instructional collaborations. 

Speaker(s):
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Standard: $6.99
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Author Ideas on Integrating Fiction into the Middle-Grade and Middle-School Curriculum


Three authors of novels for middle-grade/middle school students discuss the value of including fiction in teaching various curriculum areas – and not just designating novels as “extra-credit!” The authors will reveal the depth of their research for historical fiction (Rebecca Behrens, "The Last Grand Adventure"); for science/nature study (Jo Hackl, "Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe"); and about political and social change (Sara Holbrook, "Enemy").

Eileen Makoff, a school librarian with a New York City Public School: The Magnet School for Environmental Studies and Community Wellness, will lead the discussion and present solid reasoning for the role of the school librarian to foster inclusion of fiction in curriculum teaching and learning. Librarians, bringing their broad expertise with children’s literature, their understanding of children’s reading preferences, and their knowledge of curriculum demands can partner with teachers to enrich and enliven study of history, science, social studies and more by integrating fiction into the center of learning, not keeping it on the sidelines The program will include a list of recommended novels that tie to curriculum.

Learning Goals

  1. Encourages engagement of school librarians with teachers by introducing discussion between them about the integrated use of selected fiction in the teaching of specific curriculum areas and the ongoing shared work of implementing the idea into classrooms thereby increasing the perceived value of the librarian within the school.
  2. Offers an opportunity for librarians to learn from authors themselves about the research and expertise they put into their novels in order to provide young readers with a deeper understanding and appreciation of various subjects.
  3. Provides school librarians with a list of excellent works of fiction that relate directly to curriculum subjects in such areas a history, science, social studies, and language arts.

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Making & Amplifying Educator Connections through the AASL Standards


Why are connections with educators so essential to school librarians? Participants delve into the National School Library Standards and available resources to make authentic and purposeful connections with educators. Participants create action plans to help them plan, record, and amplify the results of their connections.

Learning Outcomes
  • Participants will identify starting points to create educator connections through the National School Library Standards.
  • Participants will develop an action plan for making connections and amplifying their results to inspire more connections with other educators. 

Speaker(s):
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Making & Assessing Learner Connections through the AASL Standards


Elizabeth Burns, member of the AASL Standards editorial board, leads a guided tour into the AASL Standards Framework for Learners. This highly informative session investigates the application of the framework in library lessons. She discusses designing and enhancing learner experiences using the Shared Foundations and learner Competencies in the National School Library Standards. Participants are also introduced to student assessment opportunities provided through the AASL Standards.  

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain familiarity with the AASL Standards Framework for Learners.
  • Consider authentic strategies for implementation of the Learner Framework. 
  • Identify ways the AASL Standards can support learning and assessment. 

Speaker(s):
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