Teacher-librarian, author, conference speaker, and MMIS Media Center columnist Mary Alice Anderson will be offering an online course entitled Advocacy and Emerging Issues for Media Specialists starting September 26 through the University of Wisconsin—Stout Department of Education Online Professional Development program. Here's a course description:
[The course is] Designed for K-12 school media specialists to discuss the critical issues facing the school library media profession and focus on practical projects that will increase your leadership roles within the school community, as well as outreach and advocacy for your media center to help you and your program thrive and survive. Your projects will aid with licensure/re-certification requirements, job searches, and annual evaluation or school board presentations to increase awareness and support for the role of school library media programs.
Discussions include strategies to better communicate the relationship between your school library/media program and student achievement and how your program supports the curriculum process. Explore strategies to increase your role as a staff development leader in technology integration and learn how to analyze statistical information to request funding support for media center program needs.
The collegial environment of this class with K-12 media specialists from around the world promotes very stimulating online discussion!
There's more information on Mary Alice's course HERE, along with links to online registration. And your can browse the fall schedule and list of all online courses in the Online Professional Development for K-12 educators and media specialists HERE. Definitely worth a look.