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Professional Learning Opportunities

A Bundle of Innovations

How School Libraries can support MTSS, Equity,
and Global Competency

A school library is more than just a room full of books or an extra place for meetings, computers, and maker spaces.  A school library, as envisioned by the California Department of Education, should transform the educational lives of all students, allow them to explore and develop their potential, and prepare them to be citizens in a global society.  Whether you are an administrator, librarian, or teacher, this fast-paced, engaging seminar will help you realize that the transcendent potential of the library is also what makes it so difficult to achieve: it's a bundle of innovations rather than a single one.

Dates and Registration:

Date: 12/5/2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: SDCOE, Bldg. 3, Room 301
Cost: free
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-168630

Date: TBD
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: NCREC, Com Labs 2&4
Cost: free
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-169372

Date: 5/14/2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: SDCOE, Bldg. 3., Room 301
Cost: free
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-168632


Best New Children's Book 2019

Thousands of new children's books are published every single year, but Jonathan hunt has sifted and sorted through them all to discover the gems that will turn young students in voracious readers and help elementary teachers and librarians breathe life into each and every part of the curriculum. Join us for a dynamic mix of books, strategies, and discussion. Lunch and handbook are included. Jonathan presents this seminar across the country at significantly higher rates, making this a great value!

Dates and Registration:

Date: 11/7/2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: SDCOE, Bldg. 2, Comm. Labs
Cost: $75
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-168626

Date: 5/21/2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: SDCOE, Bldg. 2, Comm. Labs
Cost: $75
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-168627


Equity, Empathy, Engagement
Using Picture Books to create a Better World

Beyond their obvious academic value, picture books provide tremendous scaffolding for social-emotional learning.  Picture books build self-esteem by mirroring a child’s own identity, they build empathy by building a window onto other ways of being, and they nurture dreams by tapping into the imagination.  Come learn about the best picture books to promote a better school and classroom community, and strategies to maximize their effectiveness in a stimulating, practical day of learning. 

Dates and Registration:

Date: 9/4/2019
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: SDCOE, 301
Cost: free
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-168628

Date: 1/31/2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: SCREC, Com Labs 1&3
Cost: free
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-168629

Date: 4/3/2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Location: NCREC, Com Labs 2&4
Cost: free
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-169375


Everyone A Reader Site Coordinator Training

Everyone A Reader (EAR) is an award-winning early literacy intervention program developed, maintained, and promoted by SDCOE.  Emerging readers in first, second, and third grades are paired with volunteer tutors for one-on-one practice and support, resulting in a significant improvement in reading proficiency over the course of a year.  If you're looking to leverage your community volunteers to improve student achievement, look no further!

Dates and Registration:

Date: 10/8/2019
Location: SDCOE, Com Labs 2&4
Cost: free
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/1013-164391



Instructional Resource Media Associate I (IMRA I)
(Certificate Course of Study)

The eight-week IMRA Course of Study professional development provides a learning context that interests, excites, and challenges participants to learn effective 21st-century library media service practices. We will be using a variety of online learning tools to create an engaging experience during our face-to-face day together. Our follow-up online format will provide the opportunity for site library-media staff participants to communicate and complete the course assignments.

Participants can expect to spend 4 - 5 hours per week over the course of eight weeks. All of the course assignments will be completed online. The work will include:

  • Reading course materials and exploring examples
  • Completing projects and assignments
  • Sharing and reflecting with other class participants in discussion forums.
For questions, comments or suggestions please contact:
Cindy Dunlevy, 619-718-3120

Dates and Registration:

Date: 10/2/2019
Location: SDCOE, Bldg. 2, LL3&4
Cost: $200
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-164314

Date: 2/4/2019
Location: SDCOE, LL3&4
Cost: $200
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-169134



Instructional Resource Media Associate 2 (IMRA 2)
(Certificate Course of Study)

The ten-week IMRA Course of Study professional learning opportunity will build on the practices of the first IMRA course. The course consists of five modules to provide a deeper understanding of the support that library staff can offer to students and teachers including: 

  • The 21st Century school library
  • Research skills and support
  • Technology usage
  • Personal Learning Network development
  • Collection and Space management 

Dates and Registration:

  • TBD


Library Network

Whether you are a classified librarian, teacher librarian, or district administrator with library oversight, we hope you will join us for three hours of learning, sharing, and networking.  We are meeting four times: twice at our SDCOE main campus and once each at SCREC in National City and NCREC in San Marcos.  Come to one meeting—or come to them all!

Dates and Registration:

San Diego County Office of Education, Room: 301
Date: September 11, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-168634

South County Regional Education Center, Rooms: Com Labs 1&3
Date: December 11, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-168639

North County Regional Education Center, Rooms: Com Labs 1&3
Date: January 8, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-168640

San Diego County Office of Education, Rooms: Com Labs 1-4
Date: April 1, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-168636



Model School Library Field Trips

Are you interested in visiting exemplary school libraries to see what new and innovative ideas you can borrow and apply in your own school library?  We invite administrators, teachers, and librarians to join us for our Model School Library Field Trips.  We'll visit 3-5 elementary school libraries on March 5 and another 3-5 secondary school libraries on March 12. 

Dates and Registration: 

Date: 3/5/2020
Location: various K-5 sites
Cost: free
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-168643

Date: 3/12/2020
Location: various 6-12 sites
Cost: free
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-168644


State Database Roadshow

The California State Library now provides free access to three databases: Britannica, ProQuest, and TeachingBooks.net.  These digital resources are a veritable gold mine for teachers and students.  Last year, these vendors provided separate trainings here at SDCOE; this year they are joining forces for a day-long event.

Dates and Registration:

Date: 9/24/2019
Location: LL2-4
Cost: free
http://sdcoe.k12oms.org/900-169413