Professional learning and development

The Service to Schools 2017 Professional Learning and Development programme is based on our vision for young people to have access to effective and connected library services. We want them to be able to access library environments that support their development as readers and digitally literate learners.

In line with this, the courses offered in 2017 aim to:

  • increase access to quality reading engagement resources and digital content for all students
  • support educators to engage their students as readers and users of digital content
  • support schools to strengthen their libraries.

2017 online courses

All our courses are 5-week, fully facilitated online courses. Class size: minimum 15, maximum 25. Register early to secure your place.

Developing library services: school libraries supporting learning — primary

This course is for anyone new to a role in a primary school library—whether a librarian, a teacher with library responsibility, or a teacher aide. The course aims to build your competence and confidence to develop collections, services, and reading culture, and to link the library to the wider school and community.

Please note, this course has been previously offered, in 2015 and 2016, under different titles.

Developing library services: school libraries supporting learning — secondary

This course is for anyone new to a role in a secondary school library—whether a librarian, a teacher with library responsibility, or a teacher aide. The course aims to build your competence and confidence to develop collections, services, and reading culture, and to link the library to the wider school and community.

Please note, this course has been previously offered, in 2015 and 2016, under different titles.

Building a responsive collection through collaboration: school libraries supporting learning — primary

This course is for anyone associated with a primary school library—teacher or library staff, new or experienced. The course aims to develop your competence and confidence to build a responsive collection through examining an existing collection, collaborating with others, offering a range of quality print and digital resources, and supporting inquiry based learning.

Please note, this course has been previously offered, in 2015 and 2016, under a different title.

Building a responsive collection through collaboration: school libraries supporting learning — secondary

This course is for anyone associated with a secondary school library—teacher or library staff, new or experienced. The course aims to develop your competence and confidence to build a responsive collection through examining an existing collection, collaborating with others, offering a range of quality print and digital resources, and supporting inquiry based learning.

Please note, this course has been previously offered, in 2015 and 2016, under a different title.

Raising readers: school and home connections

This course is for primary or intermediate school teachers and librarians. The aim of the course is to assist you to strengthen existing initiatives and plan for new ways to support reading at home, and further develop partnerships between library and teachers to support a robust whole school reading culture.

Please note, this course has been previously offered, 2016, under the same title.

Inspire and inform: the role of resources in inquiry

This course is for primary, intermediate, or secondary school teachers and librarians. The aim of the course is to develop your understanding of inquiry based learning, the range of quality resources available to inspire and inform inquiry, and the key role the school library has in resourcing and supporting inquiry.

Please note, this is a new course offered for the first time in 2017.

A school-wide approach to developing digital literacy

This course is for primary, intermediate, or secondary school teachers and librarians. The aim of the course is to develop your understanding of digital literacy, a range of digital literacy skills and tools, and the key role the school library has in supporting the development of digital literacy in a school.

Please note, this is a new course offered for the first time in 2017.

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 will need access to fast broadband and a computer in order to participate.
  • Each course requires a time commitment of a minimum of 3 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.
  • Each course includes 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.
  • There may be a mix of individually completed activities and collaborative activities — such as the e-workshop — in the course.
  • 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.
  • You will have access to an Introduction to Moodle module which demonstrates how to use the Moodle environment effectively to get the most out of each course.
  • 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.

Registration

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.

Terms and conditions

The terms and conditions outline our policy on all aspects of course delivery, registration, course cancellation, copyright and privacy.