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.
Participants will be introduced to the language of competencies as part of the structure of the National School Library Standards (NSLS). The intentional shift from outcomes to competencies in the standards is designed to better align the AASL framework with other education standards and provide increased opportunities for learners, school librarians, and school libraries to thrive in a more personalized learning environment.
Learning Objective: Learner Competencies
Participants will examine the role of competencies within the six Shared Foundations as a continuum on which school librarians and school libraries empower learners to master competencies in the domains of Think, Create, Share, and Grow.
Learning Objective: School Librarian Competencies
Participants will explore how the school librarian competencies parallel those of the learner, and emphasize the integrated nature of a comprehensive learning environment.
Learning Objective: School Library Competencies
Participants will recognize the school library as an environment for learners and school librarians to develop competence and achieve mastery relating to educational content and tools.
Learning Objective: Assessment/Evaluation of Competencies
Participants will recognize the importance of the assessment and evaluations processes as described in the NSLS that measure progress toward competency for learners, school librarians, and the school library.
This webinar will empower participants add diverse titles to their collection through awards, lists, websites and social media. Additionally, participants will explore programming ideas and instructional activities for engaging diverse students and parents and ways of incorporating instructional technology. Participants will begin by reviewing a definition of diversity and the American Library Association’s Bill of rights. They will then delve into using keyword searches as a method of analyzing their collection for diversity. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on their circulation and fines policies, hours of operation as a means of promoting diversity. They will be encouraged to consider how the Dewey Decimal System and Library of Congress Subject Headings may or may not support diverse collections. Various web based applications such as Biblionasium, Bookopolis and Goodreads, to name a few, will be presented.
Participants will examine the National School Library Standards to mine shareable concepts for discussions with local school and/or state policymakers in order to inform them about the National School Library Standards and to advocate for standards adoption in their district or state. Use the AASL Message Box and learn how to frame conversations that will garner support for standards adoption.
Common Beliefs: The Why
Objective: Participants will examine the six Common Beliefs and develop an understanding of these core principles that empower learners through school libraries.
Shared Foundations: What does this do for Learners?
Objective: Participants will explore the six Shared Foundations and their implications for teaching and learning as they relate to the total school landscape and how they support the goals of local school administrators and state policymakers.
Standards Frameworks: How does this look in practice?
Objective: Presenters will share how frameworks are integrated and what they should see in practice. (3 examples)
Message Box: How is a customized message different from talking points?
Objective: Presenters will demonstrate how to use the School Libraries Transform Learning Message Box to craft messages for stakeholders.
Call to Action: Next Steps for Engaging with Policymakers
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.
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:
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.
As a result of this session, participants will:
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:
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!
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.
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.