Educator Professional Development

Curated for you by the Vermont School Library Association!

National School Library Standards (AASL, 2018)

I. Inquire: Build new knowledge by inquiring, thinking critically, identifying problems, and developing strategies for solving problems. (AASL, 2018).

Performance Indicators

a. Think: I can use an inquiry-based process to display critical thinking skills when learning about something I am personally interested in or specific curricular topic; or when trying to solve an authentic problem within, or outside of my learning community.

b. Create: I can engage with new knowledge I have gained by following an inquiry-based process that includes using authoritative evidence to investigate my questions, filling any knowledge gaps I may have, and generating products which illustrate my learning.

c. Share: I can adapt, communicate, and exchange my learning product with others in a cycle that includes interacting with content designed and presented by others, providing constructive feedback, and sharing products with an authentic audience.

d. Grow: I can participate in an ongoing inquiry-based process by continually seeking new knowledge, engaging in sustained inquiry, enacting new understanding through real-world connections, and reflecting upon my learning to guide me through any informed decisions I make.
(AASL 2018).

Gilder Lehrman History School

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 12am

This is an online event.

Building on the success of our summer and fall History School, we are pleased to offer free courses this spring for elementary, middle, and high school students. The courses run March - May, 2021.

Master Teachers will present lessons anchored in primary source documents, many from the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s collection of more than 70,000 American history artifacts. The goal is to engage students and excite them about history so that they leave each lesson more knowledgeable about a new idea, theme, document, or pivotal moment in history.

The Gilder Lehrman History School is hosted on the video conference system Zoom. See the list below for classes, dates, and times. Recordings of each class session will be available for students, educators, and families to view on demand after the live sessions occur. For a more detailed description of each course please visit the corresponding class page.

For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or email

Registration opens on Tuesday, February 9.

Sign-up here.

Student Voice Made Simple with Screencastify!

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Learn how to empower student voice using Screencastify! Screencastify is now integrated with Google Classroom!

Register here.

The Fundamentals of Teaching News Literacy

Thursday, March 4th, 2-3pm

This is an online event.

This session will demonstrate 10 distinct, engaging and ready-to-implement ways of teaching a variety of essential news literacy topics and skills, including differentiating between news and opinion, evaluating evidence for claims, evaluating the credibility of sources, understanding various types of inauthentic social media activity (such bots), branded content, the role of algorithms and the use of the standards of quality journalism to evaluate news reporting. In this webinar, you will learn: • several evergreen strategies for teaching core news literacy topics, including quick interventions (such as bell-ringers); • how teaching the standards of quality journalism activates students’ ability to evaluate news and information online; and • how to use free resources from the News Literacy Project to teach core concepts in news literacy. Presenter: Peter Adams is the News Literacy Project’s senior vice president of education and has been with the organization since 2009. He began his career in education as a classroom teacher in the New York City schools. He has also worked as a trainer with the New York City Teaching Fellows Program, a youth media after-school instructor in the Chicago public schools and an adjunct instructor at Roosevelt University and Chicago City Colleges. Registration fee: $49/person. Ask for special rates for groups of 4 or more (

Register here.

Middle Grade Magic By School Library Journal

Tuesday, March 9th, 9am-5pm

This is an online event.

Join School Library Journal for our third annual Middle Grade Magic virtual event, a day-long celebration of authors and creators dedicated to crafting literature for children ages eight through 12. Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the most anticipated new titles for kids and tweens, from modern coming-of-age tales to eye-popping graphic novels to immersive fantasy. You'll also hear from librarians, who will share how they’ve incorporated programs and activities focused exclusively on this age group. Attendees will also have the opportunity to check out the virtual exhibit hall, chat directly with authors, download educational resources, and enter to win prizes and giveaways.

Visit the event webpage for event details.

Please note that the event environment and the sessions have attendance capacity limits. If on the day of the event you find that you are unable to access the environment or join a session, please know that sessions will be available for on-demand viewing within 24hrs., and the entire event will be accessible for three months from the event date.

Please make sure your computer and browser are up to date. Chrome tends to work best. The event platform does not support IE11 + Windows 7 or older versions.

By registering for this event or webcast, you are agreeing to School Library Journal Privacy Policy and Code of Conduct Policy and agreeing that School Library Journal may share your registration information with current and future sponsors of this event.

Register here.

Teen Lit Mob!

Friday, May 7th, 12am

This is an online event.


Hello middle and high school librarians,

Teen Lit Mob will be back (virtually) this spring! Save the date for Friday, May 7th, 2021.

Keynote by Ibi Zoboi! Endnote by Justina Ireland! Writing workshops with Ibi, Justina, An Na, and Chris Tebbetts! Illustrating workshop with Dan Nott! Panel Discussion! Book Giveaways! More!

Students will be able to join from school or home for all or part of the day, and attendance will be unlimited.

Registration link and promotional materials coming soon. Special thanks to the Vermont Department of Libraries.

The associated organization is located to the right of each entry. Please see image below:

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