School Librarian Professional Development

Reaching Out: Meeting the Needs of Rural School Librarians

TIE proudly announces this free professional development opportunity for school librarians in South Dakota, Wyoming and North Dakota. Participants will learn skills needed to utilize Open Educational Resources (OER), to integrate digital applications into professional practices, and to serve as instructional leaders in their schools. The target group will be librarians in rural school districts with populations of less than 1,000. Participants must commit to the entire three year cohort (July 2018 through June 2021). The opportunity is limited to 13 participants per state.

Priority consideration will be given to school librarians in:

  • districts, public, private or BIE, located on or within 50 miles from any Tribal Reservation;
  • librarians in Hutterite Colony schools;
  • rural school districts with a K-12 student population of under 500;
  • schools identified as Priority or Focus Schools.

Goals and Outcomes: This project will address needs of rural school librarians as they transition to a more digital-based environment. Through face-to-face and virtual opportunities, the project will also provide librarians with opportunities to build capacity as instructional leaders to other school personnel, including teachers, administrators and paraprofessionals. 

Included Professional Development Opportunities:

3 Face-to-face Training Events

3 TIE Conferences

2 Online Courses per School Year

4 Webinars per School Year


Online Course 5: Leadership Conversations 09/01/20 – 12/01/20

Online Course 6: Inquiry & OER Creation 01/15/21 – 04/30/21


Online Course 3: Leadership and Collaboration 09/01/19 – 12/01/19

Online Course 4: OER Framework in Depth 01/15/20 – 04/30/20


Online Course 1: Leading With Standards 10/1/18 – 1/31/19

Online Course 2: OER 2/1/19 – 5/31/19

Webinar Series Year 2

October 10, 2019 3:30 MT (4:30 CT) – Wyoming State Library

December 5, 2019 4:30 MT (5:30 CT) – South Dakota State Library

January 9, 2020 4:30 MT (5:30 CT) – North Dakota State Library

February 20, 2020 4:30 MT (5:30 CT) – Expanding Your Professional Learning Network

Webinar Series Year 1

January 10 4:30 MT (5:30 CT) Digital Learning Day

February 7 4:30 MT (5:30 CT) Digital Literacy vs. Digital Skills

March 7 4:30 MT (5:30 CT) Student Roles in Digital Communities

April 4 4:30 MT (5:30 CT) Expanding Your PLN

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant RE-70-18-0050-18

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