The Lilead Project To Launch Online Professional Development Courses for School Library Leaders


The Lilead Project will launch four Lilead Leaders courses for school library professionals at any level who are looking to hone their leadership skills and work toward lasting transformational change for their students, schools, and districts during the 2018-2019 school year.

The Lilead Leaders courses will focus on four topics:

  1. Preparing for Transformational Change (Aug 15 – Oct 9, 2018)
  2. Implementing Evidence-Based Practice (Oct 24 – Dec 18, 2018)
  3. Communicating and Coalition-Building for Change (Jan 9 – Feb 12, 2019)
  4. Cultivating Individual and Team Leadership (Feb 27 – Apr 9, 2019)

The Lilead Leaders courses were developed from themes that emerged from professional development in the Lilead Fellows Program. Dr. Ann Carlson Weeks, member of the Lilead Project team and Professor of the Practice at the University of Maryland, stated, “From the Lilead Fellows Program, we determined four major topics of professional development that guide school library leaders in becoming agents for transformational change. The Lilead Leaders courses will provide a collaborative learning opportunity for school library professionals to become more effective leaders for their schools and districts as they gain new skills and tackle major challenges in their current work.”

Registration is now open for the first Leaders course, “Preparing for Transformational Change.” Groups of 10 or more students registering concurrently may receive a discount by contacting the Lilead Project at

Register Now!

Students will receive continuing education units (CEUs) from the University of Maryland’s Office of Extended Services (OES). individuals may choose to take all four courses or select one or more courses that are particularly applicable to their work. Whether starting with the first course in August 2018 or with a later course, the first course a student takes is $349; subsequent courses come at a reduced price of $279.

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