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Free or Low-Cost Resources for PD in Distance Learning from Common Sense Education Get ready for blended or fully remote instruction with these flexible professional development options. With so much uncertainty about the 2020–2021 school year due to the coronavirus pandemic, one fact remains: The skills and resources that reflective, dedicated teachers need to navigate remote, hybrid, and face-to-face learning environments are plentiful -- and ever evolving. To help you find the professional development you want and need for the upcoming school year, we've put together a short list of free or low-cost PD opportunities.

What Is Advocacy? These definitions were developed by the AASL Advocacy Committee. Advocacy On-going process of building partnerships so that others will act for and with you, turning passive support into educated action for the library program. It begins with a vision and a plan for the library program that is then matched to the agenda and priorities of stakeholders. Public Relations (PR) One-way communication of getting the message across: Teacher-Librarians Here's a MEGALIST for my fellow media specialists/teacher-librarians. It's taken a while to gather all the information and I will continue to add to this page. Currently there are close to 185 sites listed. There is SO MUCH information out there! Please feel free to add your suggestions!

The Ultimate Guide to STEM Boxes - The Stem Laboratory Whether you’re creating Makerspaces, STEM centers or early finisher activities, these tips and tricks make it so easy to pull together effective and engaging STEM boxes in your primary classroom or homeschool. P.S. Grab our popular Endless STEM Challenge Bundle HERE! Find out tons of sanity saving teacher hacks. And, to help you get started fast, grab a set of free editable printables including:

Google for Education: Training Center We designed our lessons so that every minute you spend on training gets you closer to your professional goals. Professional Growth Lifelong learning is essential to developing yourself as an educator. No matter your level of experience with technology, there's always room to grow. 10 Tips for New School Librarians! – Don't Shush Me! So you’ve been hired as a school librarian? Congratulations! What an exciting moment! Classroom Management - It's Not About Control Last week I blogged about “Entrance and Exits” and how to manage them for a smooth transition. This week my focus is on what happens in-between the coming and going. You have many roles as a librarian—information specialist, instructional partner, teacher, and program administrator, but the one you will be judged on is teacher.

Just Do It ... Start Makerspaces MAKERSPACES ... I tried to ignore them! I tried to deny their growing momentum. I skipped over articles and blogposts where makerspaces were the headline. I averted my eyes when newsletters about them crossed my mailbox. About - Mrs. ReaderPants As of August 2014, I am an American librarian working at a private international school in China! My library serves students in Grades 6-12 from 55 different nationalities across the globe. All the students at my school are required to speak English, so the majority of our library books are printed in English. We order books mainly from several local book importers and The Book Depository in the UK. We use Follett Destiny as our circulation system (also like my schools in the US).

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