The Lilead Leaders Program consists of a series of four short 6- to 8-week fully online courses for any school library leader at the district- or building-level. Participants will have the opportunity to grow in their leadership capacity and affect positive change in their building and/or district. Participants can take any number of the four courses and receive continuing education credits upon completion of each course. In addition to receiving continuing education credits, participants who complete all four courses will receive certification as a Lilead Leader.
The Four Courses
Course #1: Preparing for Transformational Change
- Dates: September 17, 2017 – October 28, 2017
- 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 6-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.
- Tuition: $349 per course
- Registration Details: Registration for Course #1 is NOW OPEN! Please go to: https://umd-cis.catalog.instructure.com/ to register for this course. If you have any questions, please contact The Lilead Project (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Course #2: Cultivating Individual and Team Leadership
- Dates: November 12, 2017 – December 16, 2017
- Description: This 5-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 Empowering Learners (2009), ‘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. This course will guide participants in answering the following questions:
- Why do I need to be a leader in my school/district/state?
- What kind of leader am I?
- How can I lead the school library program in my school/district/state to support the school/district/state’s overall learning goals?
- How can I build a supporting team that is able to positively impact decisions related to school library programs in my school/district/state?
Course #3: Implementing Evidence-Based Practice
- Dates: January 7, 2018 – February 17, 2018
- Description: This 6-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.
Course #4: Communicating and Coalition-Building for Change
- Dates: March 4, 2018 – April 14, 2018
- Description: This 6-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.
The official debut of the Lilead Leaders Program will occur at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, in June 2017. More information will be available.
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