Monday, August 26, 2013

Continuing Education Opportunity from TLA

As a school librarian, a.k.a. teacher-librarian, you are called upon to manage a department, collaborate with other teachers, teach students, integrate new technologies, and be a leader on your campus. Does your principal know how critical you are to the success of your school? 
Learn how to improve your skills in the five major roles of a school librarian - and communicate your value to administrators, other faculty, and students. Five veteran teacher-librarians will share their practical tips for management, collaboration, teaching, technology, and most importantly, leadership. More information is available at
I-DO-Make-A-Difference online course
Sept. 9-20
Sept. 30 – Oct. 1
Oct. 21 – Nov. 1
Nov. 11-22
Dec. 2-13
This course consists of 5 modules, which may be taken independently or as a series. Each module includes two 90-minute webinars and approximately two hours of readings and online discussion, resulting in 5 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit, or 25 CPE hours for the entire series. The Texas Library Association is accredited by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification, certificate number  500383.
  1. i-DO-lead: Find the  leader in YOU. Learn how to prepare to take your seat at the instructional and leadership table. This module is free to TASL members and takes place September 9 through 20, beginning with a webinar by Dr. Mary Long at 7pm on September 9 and again on September 16.
  2. i-DO-collaborate: Connect standards to curriculum implementation and learn to design curriculum you can use. The course runs September 30 through October 11, with webinars by Stacy Cameron at 7pm on September 30 and October 7.
  3. i-DO-manage: Establish and meet the “big picture” of administering a strong school library program. The course runs October 21 through November 1, with webinars by Jennifer LaBoon on October 21 and 28.
  4. i-DO-teach: Unpack the standards and identify the fit for school libraries in the classroom. Learn how to develop and promote your role as an instructional expert. The course runs November 11 through 22, with webinars by Teresa Diaz at 7pm on November 11 and 18.
  5. i-DO-tech: Find out how to become tech savvy, convert those skills into quality instructional tools and infrastructure, and learn to become recognized for your technical leadership. The course runs December 2 through 13, with webinars by Renee Wood at 7pm on December 2 and 9. 
All webinars are recorded and may be viewed at your convenience within the term of the module.
Registration for members of the Texas Association of School Librarians costs $300 for the entire series or $75 per module if taken individually, but additional discounts may apply (lowest possible rate is $45 per module, see for details). Register before September 8, 2013. 

If you are interested in taking this course, please contact Library Services. If there is enough interest, we may be able to subsidize the registration fee.

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