Preparing for Transformational Change
Dates: August 15, 2018 – October 9, 2018
Description: Implementing real, lasting, transformational change is difficult and time consuming in districts, schools, and school library programs. There are many obstacles and roadblocks that hinder even the most dedicated and passionate individuals from creating lasting, positive change. In this 8-week course, participants will learn about change theory, such as the Kotter change model, and reflect on the ways they can use these principles to influence change in their schools, districts, and states. Participants will identify an issue in their school or program that is important to their school, district, or state’s priorities, examining and planning practical and tangible ways the school library program can help address the issue. They will identify new ways of thinking about their library programs and how they can lead in change efforts at the building-, district-, and state-levels.
Registration Details: Register now for Course #1 here! You will need to create an account before registering for your first course. If you have any questions, please contact The Lilead Project (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Implementing Evidence-Based Practice
Dates: October 24, 2018 – December 18, 2018
Description: This 8-week online course will cover the basic tenets of evidence-based practice (EBP) for those in school librarianship. Participants will learn about EBP and implement the tenets in their schools, districts, and states. Participants will focus on the creation of achievable goals with measurable outcomes. The skills that school library leaders will gain in this course will enable them to provide evidence to demonstrate the school library’s contributions to student learning and achievement, to adjust current practice based on the results of evidence collected, and to determine new practices based on new research in the field.
Cost: $349; if this is your second Leaders course, you’ll get a $70 discount!
Registration Details: To be announced.
Communicating and Coalition-Building for Change
Dates: January 9, 2019 – February 12, 2019
Description: This 5-week online short course will provide participants with the skills and tools to effectively communicate the vision and goals of the library program and to describe how the program connects with the goals and priorities of their schools, districts, and/or states. It will help them understand stakeholders’ perspectives and how to best address a variety of audiences to gain support and build coalitions outside of the school librarianship field.
Cultivating Individual and Team Leadership
Dates: February 27, 2019 – April 9, 2019
Description: This 6-week online course will enable participants to learn about their specific strengths in leadership. Participants will focus on building leadership skills that enhance their individual strengths, emboldening them to take on leadership roles in their schools, districts, and states. According to AASL’s National School Library Standards (2018), ‘leader’ is one of the five roles of the school librarian. It is imperative that those working as school librarians, school district library supervisors, or state school library coordinators embrace this role with conviction and passion. Leadership is less about a person’s position or job title, but their mindset and actions in whatever position they serve. This course is designed to help participants understand their role as a leader and to equip them to be stronger, more effective leaders in their buildings/districts/states.