Thursday, June 28, 2018

ISTE U Launches and Announces A Course For Future Ready Librarians!

One of the most exciting announcements at the ISTE Annual Conference in Chicago this week was that of the launch of ISTE U!

As the ISTE U site states,

Welcome to our classroom. As an educator your time is limited. That’s why we have curated a set of engaging professional learning experiences just for you! We know your days don’t stop and that when it comes to professional learning, only the best will do. 

ISTE U is a virtual hub of best-in-class courses to help you build and explore digital age competencies. By working with leading educators and education organizations, we’re bringing you impactful, engaging courses that put pedagogy first and provide incredible learning from the moment you get started!

And guess what?  There is a course for Future Ready Librarians, friends! 

Take a look! 
On the ISTE U site, you will find our course, Exploring Future Ready Librarianship: Practices for the Emerging Leader, which will begin September 17, 2018.

This is the course description:

Beginning with a self-reflection of current professional practice, you'll map out a plan for professional inquiry and growth based on the Future Ready Librarians™ Framework. Afterward, you'll examine the "wedges" of the framework through the lens of collaborative leadership, including curriculum, instruction and assessment; space and time; robust infrastructure; budget and resources; data and privacy; personalized professional learning; and community partnerships. Using videos, case studies and other resources, you'll develop an understanding of how these systemic topics are essential to Future Ready Schools®. 

Additional connections will be made to the ISTE Standards for Educators and the ISTE Standards for Students. With this understanding, you'll make connections to librarian practice and identify specific areas for professional and program growth. Activities will include reading/viewing and reflection, examination of current thinking and practices, development of growth goals and creation of an implementation plan connected to a program or professional objective.
On the ISTE U site you will find more information including the course syllabus, the new ISTE/Future Ready Librarian Crosswalk and more.
The course was developed in collaboration with Future Ready, with the support from Follett and... Mark Ray and myself, who are also serving as the virtual coaches. 

We are very excited to share the first Future Ready Librarian ISTE U course and hope that many of you will join this amazing opportunity in September too. 

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