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SLANSW hosts a number of professional learning events each year at a discounted rate for members. Our regular professional learning program consists of two face-to-face conferences per year (usually held in February and October), as well as monthly online meet-up sessions.

SLANSW also offers professional learning opportunities through partnerships with other professional associations, organisations and and industry events. Previous partners have included Eduwebinar, Syba Academy, Spark Festival, and Brisbane Summit's Capacity Building School Libraries conference.

Please note SLANSW's Cancellation and Refund Policy for Professional Learning Events when registering for conferences and online meet-ups.

Professional learning calendar

    • 25 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
    • 42
    Register

    Presented by Lee FitzGerald

    Lee FitzGerald believes that "getting real about inquiry learning" means sitting it alongside everything else that Teacher Librarians do as far as teaching and learning is concerned. TLs are responsible for so much, with their big focus on reading and literacy as well as programs like makerspaces and digital citizenship.  This makes it incredibly difficult to implement and sustain an inquiry learning program in their school.

    In this online meetup, Lee will consider how TLs are dealing with this - is there a need to do less in our role; is there a need to prove that we have achieved learning outcomes through our efforts;  how do people prioritise the many aspects of the role, so that there is still scope for inquiry learning?  

    And behind that, the question - why, if we are the essential beacons of literacy and information literacy, is the role continuously under threat?  Lee will be sharing some insight from Darryl Toerien, whose warning, "the hour for school libraries is late", is a call to action for all of us.

    About Lee

    Lee FitzGerald is an adjunct lecturer in Teacher Librarianship at Charles Sturt University,  and editor of ACCESS, the journal of the Australian School Library Association.  She has been a teacher librarian in Sydney schools,  primary and secondary, government and independent, spanning 30 years.  She has a long term interest in Guided Inquiry, both as a TL practitioner and research partner with Dr. Kasey Garrison.  Her book, Guided Inquiry goes global: Evidence-based practice in action was released in 2019 by ABC Clio.


    Suggested Standards addressed by this Online Meet-up

    1.2.2 Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

    2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

    2.2.2 Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs.

    3.3.2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking.

    6.4.2 Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs.

    7.4.2 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice.


    About SLANSW Online Meet-Ups

    The one-hour meet-ups take place in SLANSW's Zoom Conference Room and include a presentation from a guest speaker, with facilitated discussion between participants. We aim to include Q&A time as a wrap-up of each online meetup.

    A maximum of 100 places are available for each meet-up, so get your registrations in ASAP.

    Participation in SLANSW online meet-ups is at no cost to members.  Non-members may access the meet-ups for $35 per session.

    The one-hour meet-up takes place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room. 

    Those who register for this event will receive an email within 24 hours before the event, with details to access this online session.

    • 5 Jun 2021
    • (UTC+10:00)
    • 13 Nov 2021
    • (UTC+11:00)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
    • 96
    Register
    International Speaker Series

    A Professional Learning Package featuring Barbara Stripling & Sarah McGrew   


    This professional learning package consists of a series of two online professional learning events featuring international guest speakers exploring inquiry learning and media literacy issues relevant to teacher librarians and teachers in 2021.

    Each session is being held on a Saturday morning from 9-11am, with each 2 hour session consisting of a one hour presentation with Q&A followed by one hour of practical workshop-style activities.

    Each session identifies the relevant standards for members to claim these hours as Elective Professional Development.*

    Each 2 hour session will take place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room.
    Those who register for this event will receive an email within 24 hours before the event with details to access this online session.

    A maximum of 100 places are available for each session, so get your registrations in ASAP.  Registrations will not be taken on the day.

    If you do not wish to register for all 2 sessions, please go the Events page on SLANSW's website to register for a single event only.

    Please note SLANSW's Cancellation and Refund Policy for Professional Learning Events when registering for this conference.


    Description of the International Speaker Series events package


    International Speaker Series: 1   Saturday 5th June, 9-11am

    Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning:

    A Re-imagination Journey

    Presented by Dr Barbara Stripling

    Description of session

    Join Barbara Stripling on a journey to re-imagine inquiry-based teaching and learning through the school library.  In this workshop, you will discover the reasons to move from a research process to an inquiry process, the foundations of the Stripling Model of Inquiry, and the merit of a REACTS taxonomy of creative and authentic assessment products. We will also explore the value of a comprehensive K-12 information fluency continuum that articulates Anchor Standards (Inquiry and Design Thinking, Multiple Literacies, Social and Civic Responsibility, and Personal Growth and Agency) and frames the development of students as information-fluent learners. 

    We will take a deep dive into the priority skills of information fluency using the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum’s (ESIFC) scope and sequence, and discover the power of graphic organizers to guide students as they learn new inquiry skills.  Finally, you will be invited to start your own re-imagination journey by glimpsing Stripling’s newest areas of investigation and having an opportunity to develop your own practice in small-group collaboration with colleagues.

      About the presenter

      Dr Barbara Stripling, recently retired, has had a long career in the library profession, including positions as Director of Library Services for the New York City schools, a school library media specialist and school district director of libraries in Arkansas, a library grant program director in Tennessee, and Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University.  Barb has written or edited numerous books and articles and is the creator of the Stripling Model of Inquiry.  Stripling has recently developed and published (in April 2019) a re-imagined version of the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum, a PK-12 continuum of the skills that teacher librarians teach to empower students to be lifelong learners.  Stripling has served the profession as president of the American Association of School Librarians (1986-1987), president of the New York Library Association (2016-2017), president of the American Library Association (2013-2014), and current president of the Freedom to Read Foundation (2020-). 

         

       * Elective Professional Development

      As NESA changes continue to unfold, this ISS professional learning session is an Elective Professional Development opportunity. The following standards apply to the content being presented in the keynotes and workshops:

      1.2.2 Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

      2.2.2 Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs.

      3.3.2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking.

      6.4.2 Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs.

      7.4.2 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice.



      International Speaker Series: 2   Saturday 13th November, 9-11am

      Teaching Civic Online Reasoning: Empowering Students to Sort Fact from Fiction Online

      Presented by Dr Sarah McGrew

      Description of session

      Information floods our phones, tablets, and laptops, and young people, in particular, rely on this information to learn about the world.  Yet evidence suggests that students struggle to evaluate digital content.  Teachers and teacher librarians should help students learn effective evaluation strategies—but what should they teach?  This workshop will focus on a research-based approach to teaching students to evaluate social and political content online: civic online reasoning.

      Participants will be introduced to research from the Stanford History Education Group on effective approaches to evaluating online information and strategies for supporting students to learn these approaches.  As part of the workshop, participants will examine student responses to assessments of civic online reasoning, get an inside look at research on how fact checkers evaluate online information, and analyze approaches to teaching civic online reasoning.  Throughout the workshop, we’ll consider how teachers and teacher librarians can support students to learn these vital democratic skills.  Participants will have an opportunity to plan for how to incorporate these ideas and approaches into their own classrooms and schools.

      About the presenter

      Dr Sarah McGrew is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She studies educational responses to the spread of online mis- and disinformation, focusing specifically on young people’s civic online reasoning—how they search for and evaluate online information on contentious social and political topics—and how schools can better support students to learn effective evaluation strategies. As part of the Stanford History Education Group, Dr. McGrew developed assessments of students’ online reasoning, conducted research on fact checkers’ strategies for evaluating digital content, and tested curriculum designed to teach these strategies to secondary and college students.  Dr. McGrew earned a B.A. in Political Science and Education from Swarthmore College and an M.A. and teacher certification in the Stanford Teacher Education Program.  She taught high school history in Washington, D.C. for five years before returning to Stanford to complete her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education.


       * Elective Professional Development

      As NESA changes continue to unfold, this ISS professional learning session is an Elective Professional Development opportunity. The following standards apply to the content being presented in the keynotes and workshops:

      1.2.2 Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

      3.3.2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking.

      4.5.2 Incorporate strategies to promote the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.

      6.4.2 Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs.

      7.4.2 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice.


      • 5 Jun 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC+10:00)
      • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
      • 100
      Register
      International Speaker Series 1

       Saturday 5th June, 9-11am

      Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning:

      A Re-imagination Journey

      Presented by Dr Barbara Stripling



      This is the first in a series of two online professional learning events featuring international guest speakers exploring inquiry learning and media literacy issues relevant to teacher librarians and teachers in 2021.

      Each session is being held on a Saturday morning from 9-11am, with each 2 hour session consisting of a one hour presentation with Q&A followed by one hour of practical workshop-style activities.

      Each session identifies the relevant standards for members to claim these hours as Elective Professional Development.* Completing this first session will provide you with a total of 2 hours of Elective PL.

      Each 2 hour session will take place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room.

      Those who register for this event will receive an email within 24 hours before the event with details to access this online session.

      A maximum of 100 places are available for each session, so get your registrations in ASAP.

      If you wish to register for both sessions to receive an extra members' discount, please go the ISS Professional Learning Package on the Events page on SLANSW's website to register for the 2 sessions as a package (do not register for each individual event as you will not get the extra discount).

      Please note SLANSW's Cancellation and Refund Policy for Professional Learning Events when registering for this conference.


      International Speaker Series: 1   Saturday 5th June, 9-11am

      Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning:

      A Re-imagination Journey

      Presented by Dr Barbara Stripling

      Description of session

      Join Barbara Stripling on a journey to re-imagine inquiry-based teaching and learning through the school library.  In this workshop, you will discover the reasons to move from a research process to an inquiry process, the foundations of the Stripling Model of Inquiry, and the merit of a REACTS taxonomy of creative and authentic assessment products. We will also explore the value of a comprehensive K-12 information fluency continuum that articulates Anchor Standards (Inquiry and Design Thinking, Multiple Literacies, Social and Civic Responsibility, and Personal Growth and Agency) and frames the development of students as information-fluent learners. 

      We will take a deep dive into the priority skills of information fluency using the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum’s (ESIFC) scope and sequence, and discover the power of graphic organizers to guide students as they learn new inquiry skills.  Finally, you will be invited to start your own re-imagination journey by glimpsing Stripling’s newest areas of investigation and having an opportunity to develop your own practice in small-group collaboration with colleagues.

        About the presenter

        Dr Barbara Stripling, recently retired, has had a long career in the library profession, including positions as Director of Library Services for the New York City schools, a school library media specialist and school district director of libraries in Arkansas, a library grant program director in Tennessee, and Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University.  Barb has written or edited numerous books and articles and is the creator of the Stripling Model of Inquiry.  Stripling has recently developed and published (in April 2019) a re-imagined version of the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum, a PK-12 continuum of the skills that teacher librarians teach to empower students to be lifelong learners.  Stripling has served the profession as president of the American Association of School Librarians (1986-1987), president of the New York Library Association (2016-2017), president of the American Library Association (2013-2014), and current president of the Freedom to Read Foundation (2020-). 

           

         * Elective Professional Development

        As NESA changes continue to unfold, this ISS professional learning session is an Elective Professional Development opportunity. The following standards apply to the content being presented in the keynotes and workshops:

        1.2.2 Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

        2.2.2 Organise content into coherent, well-sequenced learning and teaching programs.

        3.3.2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking.

        6.4.2 Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs.

        7.4.2 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice.


        • 13 Nov 2021
        • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC+11:00)
        • Online via SLANSW Zoom room
        • 100
        Register
        International Speaker Series 2

        Teaching Civic Online Reasoning: Empowering Students to Sort Fact from Fiction Online

        Presented by Dr Sarah McGrew

         


        This is the second in a series of two online professional learning events featuring international guest speakers exploring inquiry learning and media literacy issues relevant to teacher librarians and teachers in 2021.

        Each session is being held on a Saturday morning from 9-11am, with each 2 hour session consisting of a one hour presentation with Q&A followed by one hour of practical workshop-style activities.

        Each session identifies the relevant standards for members to claim these hours as Elective Professional Development.* Completing this first session will provide you with a total of 2 hours of Elective PL.

        Each 2 hour session will take place in SLANSW's Zoom conference room.

        Those who register for this event will receive an email within 24 hours before the event with details to access this online session.

        A maximum of 100 places are available for each session, so get your registrations in ASAP.

        If you wish to register for both sessions to receive an extra members' discount, please go the ISS Professional Learning Package on the Events page on SLANSW's website to register for the 2 sessions as a package (do not register for each individual event as you will not get the extra discount).

        Please note SLANSW's Cancellation and Refund Policy for Professional Learning Events when registering for this conference.


        International Speaker Series: 2   Saturday 13th November, 9-11am

        Teaching Civic Online Reasoning: Empowering Students to Sort Fact from Fiction Online

        Presented by Dr Sarah McGrew

        Description of session

        Information floods our phones, tablets, and laptops, and young people, in particular, rely on this information to learn about the world.  Yet evidence suggests that students struggle to evaluate digital content.  Teachers and teacher librarians should help students learn effective evaluation strategies—but what should they teach?  This workshop will focus on a research-based approach to teaching students to evaluate social and political content online: civic online reasoning.

        Participants will be introduced to research from the Stanford History Education Group on effective approaches to evaluating online information and strategies for supporting students to learn these approaches.  As part of the workshop, participants will examine student responses to assessments of civic online reasoning, get an inside look at research on how fact checkers evaluate online information, and analyze approaches to teaching civic online reasoning.  Throughout the workshop, we’ll consider how teachers and teacher librarians can support students to learn these vital democratic skills.  Participants will have an opportunity to plan for how to incorporate these ideas and approaches into their own classrooms and schools.

        About the presenter

        Dr Sarah McGrew is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, College Park.  She studies educational responses to the spread of online mis- and disinformation, focusing specifically on young people’s civic online reasoning—how they search for and evaluate online information on contentious social and political topics—and how schools can better support students to learn effective evaluation strategies. As part of the Stanford History Education Group, Dr. McGrew developed assessments of students’ online reasoning, conducted research on fact checkers’ strategies for evaluating digital content, and tested curriculum designed to teach these strategies to secondary and college students.  Dr. McGrew earned a B.A. in Political Science and Education from Swarthmore College and an M.A. and teacher certification in the Stanford Teacher Education Program.  She taught high school history in Washington, D.C. for five years before returning to Stanford to complete her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education.


         * Elective Professional Development

        As NESA changes continue to unfold, this ISS professional learning session is an Elective Professional Development opportunity. The following standards apply to the content being presented in the keynotes and workshops:

        1.2.2 Structure teaching programs using research and collegial advice about how students learn.

        3.3.2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem-solving, and critical and creative thinking.

        4.5.2 Incorporate strategies to promote the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.

        6.4.2 Undertake professional learning programs designed to address identified student learning needs.

        7.4.2 Participate in professional and community networks and forums to broaden knowledge and improve practice.


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      30 Mar 2021 Spotlight on TL of the Year, Vicki Courtenay
      13 Mar 2021 The Laureate and the Literacy Leader: Professional Learning Summit (13 March 2021)
      16 Feb 2021 Trialling micro-credentials in a school library setting
      1 Dec 2020 TL Trivia
      17 Nov 2020 The Best Books of 2020
      27 Oct 2020 Practical Preparedness: Dealing with compounding disasters
      22 Sep 2020 Lessons from the Library: pitfalls and possibilities (Open Online Forum)
      5 Sep 2020 Working for a New Normal with Dr R. David Lankes (International Speaker Series: 4) Saturday, 5 September, 2020 9.00-11.00am
      22 Aug 2020 The Post-Pandemic School Library Learning Commons with Anita Brooks Kirkland (International Speaker Series: 3) Saturday, 22 August, 2020 9.00-11.00am
      4 Aug 2020 The Inclusion of Australian Multicultural Young Adult Fiction in Secondary School Library Collections
      25 Jul 2020 Information Literacy in Reading Fiction with Dr Mary Ann Harlan (International Speaker Series: 2) Saturday, 25 July, 2020 9.00-11.00am
      20 Jun 2020 International Speaker Series Professional Learning Package (20 June, 25 July, 22 August & 5 September, 2020)
      20 Jun 2020 Young People Living Safe Lives in Online Environments with Dr Ross Todd (International Speaker Series: 1) Saturday, 20 June, 2020 9.00-11.00am
      9 Jun 2020 Online Marketplace Meet-up 2
      26 May 2020 Graphic novels as texts: “It was harder to teach than I thought.”
      5 May 2020 Online Marketplace Meet-up 1
      31 Mar 2020 How are you dealing with COVID-19? (Open Online Forum)
      24 Mar 2020 The role of the author and poet in making reading matter
      7 Mar 2020 Reach Out Through Reading, SLANSW State Library Conference Day (7 March 2020)
      25 Feb 2020 The Library as ‘third space’ in your school: Supporting academic and emotional well-being in the school community
      26 Nov 2019 Using action research to support professional learning of teachers (Action Research Series)
      29 Oct 2019 Kickstarting Action Research in Your School Library (Action Research Series)
      19 Oct 2019 Today’s Learners ~ Tomorrow’s Leaders, SLANSW State Library Conference Day
      24 Sep 2019 Diverse stories: Developing Year 8 boys to become adventurous readers (Action Research Series)
      3 Sep 2019 The power of immigrant stories: Action research at Mazenod (Action Research Series)
      27 Aug 2019 Guided Inquiry: Findings and implications from recent research and practice (Action Research Series)

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