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Friday Finds — SLM Webinar Series April 18, 2014

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This Friday Find is a treasure trove of free webinars created just for the 2014 celebration of School Library Month.  As part of the national focus on school libraries and their importance to learning and literacy, AASL proudly presents a four-week webinar series which can be found in eCOLLAB, AASL’s professional development online repository.  Each webinar is pre-recorded and can be accessed through the Complimentary Content link on the eCOLLAB homepage.  The first three webinars are available for viewing now, with the April 22 session ready to access next week.  Topics for the webinar series are listed as follows:

April 1:   Brains Change @ Your Library  (Paige Jaeger, presenter)
Are you making the most of your “library time?”  Whether you are working with a fixed or flexible schedule, it is imperative to treat every opportunity as a valuable teachable moment. In this short webinar, we hope to leave you challenged to insert an element of higher level thought into your lessons. We all need to raise the rigor of our learning endeavors and train students to think, discover, and share.

April 8: Lives Change Though Collaboration (and so Does Professional Practice), (Susan Ballard, presenter)
This webinar provides a review and conversation about the need for collaboration, most specifically instructional collaboration, in our learning communities. Challenges and barriers related to collaboration and strategies to address them will be considered and presenter Susan Ballard shares practical tools that can be utilized to improve the planning process and increase the level of collaboration.

April 15:  Changing Lives through Informal Learning (Mega Subramaniam, presenter)
The dominant view is that school library programs will cease to exist if their impact on test scores is not demonstrated. But does that imply our job of impacting student learning is restricted to these outcomes? Does it mean we cannot (and should not) consider the benefits of informal learning and support students who want connected learning? Students yearn to connect their interests, needs, and cultures to every aspect of their daily lives, and seek safe and supportive environments where they can discover and make such connections. School libraries may be the only site where disadvantaged students, who lack the luxury of participating in enrichment after-school programs, can hang out, mess around and “geek out”, and explore their interests and passion. This presentation advocates that school library programs look beyond formal education measures to realize their potential as hybrid spaces for after-school informal learning, and embrace the joy of STEM and digital literacy exploration. Concrete examples of programming and how this is changing the lives of students across the country are shared.

April 22:  Turning the Switch: Everyday Advocacy  (Sara Kelly Johns, presenter)

It’s not enough to have a great program that meets the needs of your students and staff, you need to “Flip the Switch” for advocacy. Take the time to build your personal advocacy plan to have needed support by the decision makers who affect the quality of your school library program. Sara Kelly Johns will give you techniques and tools that will make it easy to promote and market your program.

Go to the eCOLLAB homepage and sign in to access this well-done and informative SLM series.  Feel free to comment on this blog about your insights from the presentations.

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