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Check back periodically as various webinars will be posted to this page.  If you are unable to view the webinar at the scheduled time, please sign up as you will receive the link to the archived event so you may view it at your own leisure.

  • Feel That Rhythm! Music and Emerging Math Skills
    March 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM
    Before children are able to count to ten or add and subtract, they are developing their mathematical understanding. Songs, rhythmic chants, and small and large movement activities are enjoyable ways to holistically support young children’s emerging math skills. Active music and movement experiences include exploration of math concepts such as patterning, sequencing, representation, proportion, and opposites. In this webinar, Early Childhood Music Specialist Ellen Acuna will explore ways teachers can use music, movement, and rhythmic chants to naturally support young children’s emerging math skills in ways that are enjoyable for both children and adults. Ellen will also show attendees music activity ideas that they can use to provide a musical foundation for future mathematical learning. This webinar will benefit educators working with toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergarteners.
  • Google Integration and Your Gale Resources
    March 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM
    Join us in this webinar to learn more about Google's integration with Gale resources! You can download content into Google Drive for use anywhere, anytime! Are you a Google Classroom user? Then you'll be glad to know you can share content to your Google Classroom stream with just a few simple clicks. We'll walk through all the new features and share ideas for making use of them. Gale is excited to partner with Google and integrate our resources into user's workflow!
  • Balanced Literacy Part 1: A Revised Recipe for Literacy Success
    March 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM
    If you are struggling to get lasting literacy progress out of your K-5 students despite the fact that your classroom library or school bookroom is stuffed with leveled books, then join Author and Literacy Expert Jill Eggleton in this three-part webinar series on balanced literacy. As powerful of an instructional approach as guided reading is, supporting the growing appetites of your aspiring Literacy Heroes requires more than just leveled books. It requires a delicious “balanced literacy” burger made up of multiple ingredients—or instructional approaches—that work together in a balanced way.
  • News and Media Literacy: Building Critical Consumers and Creators
    March 29, 2017 at 4:00 PM
    More and more, young people (and adults) are getting their news online and from social media. There is also the increasingly problematic issue of fake news and determining credible news sources online. In an age of pervasive, fast, and on-demand information, there is a need for educators and parents to teach news and media literacy to kids. In this webinar, Kelly Mendoza, Director of Learning and Engagement for Common Sense Education, will lead us on an exploration of news and media literacy, including: why news and media literacy is more important than ever; latest research on kids and news; what is “fake news” and how to spot it; ways teachers can integrate news and media literacy into their curriculum; and rubrics you can use to assess students’ understanding of news literacy.
  • A Conversation on Improving School Culture
    March 30, 2017 at 4:00 PM
    One of the most pressing issues facing schools today is how to make them warm and inviting places for students – and fun and exciting places to teach and learn. Creating an environment where adults and students want to be and where they feel comfortable and ready to explore the world is critical. Join this dynamic panel discussion with leading educators Steven W. Anderson, Erin Olsen and Derek McCoy for an exploration of ways to improve school culture. Our panelists will cover: a deep dive into what great school culture looks like, sounds like, and feels like; ways to cultivate a positive culture at your own school; and technology tools to foster improved school culture. Each panelist will also share how they support school culture in their roles as instructional leaders and what they are doing to help others in this important area of education.
  • Why the ABC’s Aren’t as Easy as 1-2-3 for Preschoolers
    April 4, 2017 at 3:00 PM
    or preschoolers, learning the ABC’s requires a new way of thinking. They need to learn how to process letters and letter sounds differently and very carefully. Sometimes we use an uppercase letter, and sometimes a lowercase letter. Letter orientation is critical too. If we flip a “b” one way, it becomes “d”; if we flip it another way, it becomes “p” or “q.” This isn’t true for objects that young children play with. Many letters have more than one sound, further complicating the learning process. In this webinar, Dr. Laura L. Bailet will explore the key reasons that learning the ABC’s can be challenging both for children AND their teachers. Attendees of this live, interactive session will learn how to: review the ABC challenges; describe developmentally-appropriate strategies to increase ABC knowledge; and become familiar with the key benchmarks for this important milestone.
  • Redesigning Literacy Instruction in a Student-Centered Classroom
    April 4, 2017 at 4:00 PM
    In this webinar, Steven W. Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist, and Shaelynn Farnsworth, Education Services Consultant for AEA 267 in Iowa, will explain a simplified version of balanced literacy that is grounded in best practices and will help you reimagine reading and writing in the classroom through an edtech redesign. They will share ways to develop and hone the literacy skills students need now and in the future. Zooming in on small group instruction, participants will examine literacy and technology with an emphasis on reading: guided reading, strategy groups, and literature discussions. Steven and Shaelynn also will explore how intentional technology integration increases student achievement and allows educators to differentiate in a student-centered classroom.
  • Unstoppable Learning
    April 12, 2017 at 3:00 PM
    Sharing insights and findings from his book, Unstoppable Learning, Dr. Douglas Fisher will help you discover how systems thinking can enhance teaching and learning school-wide. Join Dr. Fisher for a live, interactive webinar that will cover essential elements to unleash student potential and adapt learning in response to students’ individual needs, strategies and tools to create clear learning targets, prepare effective lessons, and successfully assess instruction, and practical suggestions and recommended solutions to unlock classroom success for all learners across the curriculum.
  • Redefining Professional Learning for 1:1 Computing
    April 19, 2017 at 5:00 PM
    How do we prepare every teacher to maximize learning when every student has a device in hand? As districts increase computing capacity, there is an assumption that faculty will adapt. Often, “adapting” means that what teachers used to do analog, they now do digitally, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are reimagining learning for the new landscape. In this session, facilitators will share effective and replicable workshop ideas that will help faculty adapt their teaching for the 1:1 environment.
  • Support Library Professional Development with Your NOVELNY Gale Resources
    April 21, 2017 at 11:00 AM
    Whether you are brand new to the world of libraries or a seasoned veteran, your NOVELNY Gale resources can help make you a library rock star. Join us to learn how to use tools in your InfoTrac resources like publication search, sharing and more, to grow your knowledge of key trends and library discussions!
  • Using NOVELNY Gale Resources to Support Professional Development in your Business Community
    April 24, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Everyone wants to grow professionally and your business community has excellent tools at their fingertips to help them do that with your NOVELNY Gale resources. The InfoTrac Collections and Business Insights: Essentials provide a variety of magazines, journals, and reference sources that can keep professionals informed and build their expertise. Join us to learn how to use these resources to their fullest potential with your business community!
  • Creating Positive Relationships: Practical Steps for Positive Classrooms
    April 24, 2017 at 4:00 PM
    A positive relationship is a prerequisite for learning. In the presentation, we look at practical steps for enabling positive classrooms, decreasing disciplinary issues, and engaging the left-out learner. This webinar will be especially valuable for teachers, administrators, department chairs and PLC teams.
  • Structuring the Learning Environment to Promote Positive Behaviors
    April 27, 2017 at 2:00 PM
    Is inappropriate student behavior driving you up the wall? If you’d like to learn how to envision improvements, this webinar will help you. The insights, advice, and strategies that will be shared are based on research and practical experience analyzing, restructuring, and transforming numerous school and afterschool learning environments. The focus will be on supporting the leader’s role in arranging the parts, elements, or constituents of any organization.
  • Job Search Support with your NOVELNY Gale Resources
    May 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM
    Job searches can be an intimidating prospect in an already intimidating process. In this session we’ll share ideas for using your NOVELNY Gale resources to help job seekers research companies, industries, and interviewing and resume skills. Join us to pick up some new ways to assist your job and career seekers!
  • Microsoft Integration and Your Gale Resources
    May 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM
    Join us in this webinar to learn more about how to take advantage of the Microsoft integration in your Gale resources! We will be discovering how to export content to Microsoft OneDrive in a variety of ways and different ways to make use of the new tool. Gale is excited to offer this new integration with Microsoft OneDrive!
  • Powerful Partnerships: Libraries, Technology, and the Common Core
    In collaboration AASL and Achieve published a new action brief linking libraries and librarians to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian is available for download on the AASL and Achieve websites. Join AASL in an idea swap led by the AASL volunteers who worked on the action brief with Achieve. Use this exchange to propel the school library program into the center of teaching and learning in the era of CCSS. Learn how to recreate the idea swap activity with your own school teaching teams. Prior to viewing the webinar, be sure to download the action brief. Presenters: Kathryn Lewis and David Loertscher
  • TeachingBooks.Net Webinars
    Invite teachers, librarians, faculty, and others to become masters of the digital resources.
  • Booklist Webinars Archive Page
    The following link will take you to a list of archived webinars, hosted by Booklist.
  • Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Laws Webinar
    Bob Freeman, Executive Director of the NYS Committee on Open Government, provides an overview of the Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Laws and responds to questions. Mr. Freeman has been with the Committee on Open Government since its creation in 1974. He has addressed numerous government, public interest and professional organizations, as well as students of law, journalism, public administration and information science and policy.
  • School Library Journal’s FREE, on-demand webcast series on how the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are impacting your library, school and students.
    In these 6 one-hour, on-demand webcasts, library, literacy, and education experts from across the country explore how to effectively implement this nationwide initiative. You will emerge better able to navigate the Core’s challenges, to make the most of the opportunities it brings, and to be a leader in your library, school and community.
  • PreK-3 Digital Learning  
    PreK-3 Digital Learning is a free professional learning community (PLC) that hosts webinars and wide-ranging discussions on digital learning in the PreK-3 grades. This community will help you stay connected, share ideas, and get support from colleagues.
  • Emerging Tech: Using Technology to Advance Your School Library Program  
    Emerging Tech is a professional learning community (PLC) where school librarians can explore all the ways to integrate technology and 21st century learning into school library programs.
  • Leadership 3.0: Essential Skills for Innovative Principals  
    Leadership 3.0 is a professional learning community that will help school principals use Web 2.0 tools be innovative leaders, help teachers grow professionally, improve student learning, and improve communications with all stakeholders.
  • Developing 21st Century Skills in Next Generation Entrepreneurs
    Recent cognitive science highlights skills that are key supports to entrepreneurial behavior. Developing 21st Century Skills in Next Generation Entrepreneurs is a free professional learning community that will provide educators with a research base and strategies for developing 21st Century skills essential for next-generation entrepreneurship.
  • Game-Based Learning
    Game-Based Learning is a free professional learning community (PLC) that provides educators, game developers, researchers, and industry executives with a place to learn, ask questions, discuss topics, and share information about games and learning. The community hosts free webinars and live chats with leaders in the field that are highly engaging and interactive. Online discussions provide an easy way to continue the conversation and share ideas and experiences with peers across the country, and around the world.
  • College and Career Readiness
    College and Career Readiness is a professional learning community where educators can develop a better understanding of the Common Core State Standards and how to implement them in their schools and classrooms his is an online collaborative community where educators can receive and share information on how the Common Core State Standards help to prepare students for college and careers. Our series of free webinars, live chats, and online discussions will be presented by Kevin Baird, Chairman of the Board at the non-profit Center for College and Career Readiness.

New York State Library Announces Free Access to WebJunction Courses for All Library Workers and Volunteers

State Librarian Bernard A. Margolis announced today that the State Library has arranged with OCLC to provide free access to WebJunction’s self-paced courses for all library workers, volunteers and students in New York State.  The State Library has designated WebJunction as an approved provider of professional development required to maintain active New York State public librarian certification.  The free access is open now at

WebJunction continues to grow its learning content, programs, and resources on topics of high interest. Here is a list of what library staff can find on the site and throughout the year:

 ·         A catalog of free self-paced courses and curated webinar archives have been developed in collaboration with LibraryU, Infopeople, and other content providers. Seven new courses developed specifically for library workers have already been added to the catalog this fall. To access this content, simply create your free account at

·         Certificates of completion will be provided for courses finished or webinar archive viewed through the WebJunction catalog.

·         WebJunction hosts more than 20 live webinar sessions throughout the year--free online events that allow library workers from around the country and the globe to meet and learn from library leaders and fellow library practitioners. Attendees are eligible to receive a certificate of attendance.

·         Dozens of new articles on hot library topics written by WebJunction staff and library practitioners are published on a regular basis and highlighted on the homepage.

·         Crossroads e-newsletter is broadcast each month, to announce upcoming learning opportunities and provide updates on what is happening in the library world. Make sure you and your colleagues are subscribed!

A NEW ONLINE COURSE “ Serving Library Users on the Autism Spectrum” is NOW available through WebJunction!

Whether you knew it at the time or not, you have likely interacted with or assisted a library user with autism, as it is the fastest growing disability. This course, designed by experts in both the library and autism fields, is a series of four independent, self-paced instructional modules that are intended for librarians and library staff to learn how to better serve their users on the autism spectrum.  To participate in the online course, please click here.


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