Professional development

Professional Learning and Development 2016

Registrations are now open for our 2016 online courses. Get in now at Earlybird prices, and secure your place.

The 2016 PLD programme is based around 3 key themes, including:

  • the essential close collaborative relationships built and maintained between teachers and library staff, which enable the school library to effectively support student learning and reading
  • the role of the school library in supporting digital fluency, such as when curating content for students to use
  • moving library services from transactional 'library-focused' to student- or user-focused (in the context of being at a point on the Modern Library Learning Environment continuum).

2016 online courses

All are 5-week fully facilitated online courses. Class size: minimum 15, maximum 25. We invite you to register early to secure your place.

Developing collaborative services: school libraries supporting learning - primary

Please note, this is the same course (with some minor changes) that we delivered twice in 2015, in response to overwhelming demand, under the title School libraries supporting learning, part 1: Primary.
New title, same course - for everyone new to your role in a primary school library, whether a teacher aide, a librarian, or the teacher with library responsibility.

Developing collaborative services: school libraries supporting learning - secondary

New title for the course we delivered to an enthusiastic group of secondary librarians in 2015, School libraries supporting learning, part 1: Secondary. If you're a new member of the secondary school library team, this is the course for you. Same course, new title.

Collections, curriculum, collaboration: school libraries supporting learning - Primary

We delivered this course in 2015 - and invite teachers and library staff whether new or experienced to join the 2016 class. You'll explore how to examine your existing collection, and how to build it up with a mix of print and e-resources. Content touches on digital fluency issues as well.

Collections, curriculum, collaboration: school libraries supporting learning - Secondary

We delivered this course in 2015 - and invite teachers and library staff whether new or experienced to join the 2016 class. You'll explore how to examine your existing collection, and how to build it up with a mix of print and e-resources. Content touches on digital fluency issues as well.

Curating information to support student learning - primary and secondary

Previously entitled Curating content for digital learners: helping students manage information overload. The content has been updated. Popular with teachers and library staff, you'll come away with the beginnings of a curation relevant to your school, based on an authentic need, using one of the many online curation tools.

Raising readers: school and home connections

We'll be offering this new online course in Term 3 to an audience of primary teachers and librarians. This course will help you strengthen existing initiatives and plan for new ways to support reading at home. It will also help you further develop partnerships between library and teachers to support a robust whole school reading culture.

Online learning with Services to Schools

Here are some key points about our online courses, especially if you're considering this for the first time:

  • Our Professional Development Programme is for New Zealand school library staff and teachers.
  • You'll need access to fast broadband and a computer.
  • Each course requires a time commitment of a minimum of 5 hours a week, for 5 weeks. This weekly commitment will vary to some extent from week to week, and from person to person.
  • You can take the course from home or school, whichever is more convenient. It's a good idea not to try and do it while running your school library (if you're the school librarian) as you'll find yourself constantly interrupted. We suggest you discuss your access arrangements with your principal if you plan to do the course in work time.
  • Courses are a mix of synchronous (=at the same time) and asynchronous learning. You'll have activities to do each week including readings and/ or videos and some practical tasks. The main thing is to keep up with your course work.
  • At times there will be specific deadlines, especially where there's an e-workshop in smaller groups. Deadline details will be made clear out in the course.
  • You'll be supported throughout the course by a skilled e-facilitator, who will be your go-to person if you're struggling.
  • Our courses are delivered on Moodle, hosted on the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) provided by the Ministry of Education.
  • We're providing technical support and Help documentation, especially if you need help getting started.
  • After completing the course, you'll receive a Course completion certificate.

Earlybird discount: 20 percent

The Earlybird discount applies to all registrations received by the stated Earlybird close-off date, 4 weeks prior to course date. After this the full course fee applies.

Registrations

Registrations close one week prior to each course. Select your location on the right-hand sidebar then select your desired course. You can then access the online registration form.

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