Sessions


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 ALL is designed to make school librarians leaders in their school community.

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Your State Association Supporting AASL Standards for Your Local Context


Credits: None available.

How are AASL’s Affiliate state organizations supporting school librarians as they implement the National School Library Standards? The standards require school librarians to reflect on local conditions, practice, and student learning. While the document requires a great deal of self-reflection and a growth mindset, no one has to do this alone. What are state affiliates already doing or planning to do to help their state’s school librarians make a difference for learners using the new AASL Standards? Presenters feature several affiliates’ plans and on-going activities.

Learning Objectives:
  • The participant will be informed how the AASL Affiliate Structure supports implementation of the AASL Standards.
  • The participant will examine several PD plans developed for different conditions, such as summer institutes, annual conferences, and other state initiatives.
  • The participant will learn the value of collaborative learning and will commit to reaching out beyond the school to partner with other school librarians.
  • The participant will identify available opportunities to make a personal learning plan.
Speaker(s):
Free

AASL Standards and Advocacy Go Together Like Peanut Butter and Jelly


Credits: None available.

Presenters Megan Cusick and Judy Deichman highlight the National School Library Standards as a platform for strategic advocacy in your learning communities. This webinar provides concrete steps and actions to advocate for your learners and school library utilizing resources from ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy, the AASL Standards Portal, and the National School Library Standards publication.

Speaker(s):
  • Judy Deichman, Librarian, Nottoway Middle School
  • Megan M. Cusick, Grassroots Specialist, Office for Library Advocacy, American Library Association
Free

Connecting Competencies: Learner, School Librarian and School Library


Credits: None available.

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 Objectives:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Speaker(s):
  • Susan Ballard, Vice President, National Collaborative for Digital Equity
  • Sara K. Johns, Online Instructor, Syracuse University iSchool
Free

A Practical Approach to Growing a Diverse School Library Collection and Program


Credits: None available.

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.

Learning Objectives:
  • Participants will analyze their collection to determine if diversity is present.
  • Participants will scrutinize their school library program policies to determine if they support diversity.
  • Participants will locate publishers, lists and specific titles to add to their collections.
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Connecting the Dots: A Look at the National School Library Standards for Policymakers


Credits: None available.

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Objective:

  • Craft a message that can be shared with school and/or state policymakers.
  • Craft a communications plan/messaging plan.
  • Develop a local- or state-specific social media outreach campaign to continue sharing information, resources, and innovations.

Speaker(s):
  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
  • Kathryn R. Lewis, Director of Libraries & Instructional Technology, Norman Public Schools
  • Kathy Mansfield, Library Media/Textbooks Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education
Free

Using the Standards to Further Your Instructional Leadership


Credits: None available.

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 Objectives:
  • 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.
Speaker(s):
  • Ellen L. McNair, Librarian, Centreville High School
  • Jeanie Phillips, Professional Development Coordinator, The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education
Free

Tips and Tricks: mysimpleshow DIY Explainer Video Creator


Credits: None available.

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!

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand how to write a captivating script that gets the message across within a word count
  • Learn how each visualization feature can contribute to greater understanding of their content
  • 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


Credits: None available.

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 Objectives:
  • Gain familiarity with the AASL web portal for the National School Library Standards.
  • Discover support resources for the implementation of the National School Library Standards.
Speaker(s):
  • Kathy Mansfield, Library Media/Textbooks Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education
Free

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


Credits: None available.

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!

Learning Objectives:
  • Be able to describe the motivations for and main components of the NSLS;
  • Be aware of the NSLS implementation plan's opportunities for professional engagement;
  • Gain familiarity with ways in which the NSLS aim to support learning, assessment, and evaluation, in and through the profession and the school library.
Speaker(s):
  • Marcia A. Mardis, Associate Professor & Assistant Dean, Florida State University
  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
Free

AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2017


Credits: None available.

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!

Speaker(s):
  • Deb Logan, Elementary Makerspace Teacher, Pleasant Local Schools
  • Joyce K. Valenza, Assistant Teaching Professor, Rutgers University (SISL)
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