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Professional Learning Opportunities

Introduction to Digital Resources

California is now offering, at no cost, three online databases for use by every K-12 school and student, beginning in the fall of 2018. Online content from Encyclopedia Britannica, ProQuest, and TeachingBooks.net will be available at school, at home, in libraries, on laptops, on phones to all K-12 educators, students, librarians and administrators in the state.

These databases provide teachers and students with a huge online library of books, scientific research, newspaper articles, photos, videos and more, all aligned with the California curriculum. 

So that you are aware of these resources and can share the information with teachers and school staff, we invite you to join us in this first of a series of professional learning opportunities. You will learn how to access the databases and how the resources can be used to support teachers and enhance student achievement.

Dates and Registration

  • Introduction to Digital Resources: TeachingBooks.net
    October 12, 2018, 1-3 p.m. (Cancelled)
    San Diego County Office of Education, Bldg 2, Learning Labs 2-4
  • Introduction to Digital Resources: Britannica School/Escolar (2 Sessions)
    October 5, 2018, 1st Session: 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 2nd Session: 1-3 p.m.
    San Diego County Office of Education, Learning Labs 2-4
    Morning Session (10 a.m to 12 p.m.) Register Here
  • Introduction to Digital Resources: Proquest
    October 29, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Register Here
    San Diego County Office of Education, Bldg. 2, Learning Labs 2-4
    Guided Research ProQuest Databases 8:30-10 a.m.
    ProQuest Databases, 10-11 p.m.
    eBooks and Literacy, 11-12 p.m.
    Lunch on your own, 12-1 p.m.
    ProQuest Overview, How to find resources, and Q&A. 1-2 p.m.

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 one 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

  • October 4, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Los Angeles County Office of Education
    Register Here
  • October 11, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    San Diego County Office of Education, Bldg. 2, Learning Labs 3 & 4
    Register Here
  • February 7, 2019
    CSLA, City of Industry CA
    Click Here for more information

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

  • February 7, 2019
    CSLA, City of Industry CA
    Click Here for more information


Best New Children's Books (K-5)

Deborah Ford will present her popular BER seminar on the best current books and strategies for incorporating them into the library and classroom.  Lunch and handbook are included.

For questions, comments or suggestions please contact:
Jonathan Hunt, 619-718-4988.

Dates and Registration

  • December 4, 2018, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    San Diego County Office of Education
    Joe Rindone Regional Technology Center (JRRTC), Bldg. 2, Comm. Labs.
    Register Here

Everyone A Reader Site Coordinator Trainings

The Everyone A Reader Volunteer Program teaches parents and other volunteers to work one-to-one with developing readers in grades 1 to 3. To participate in the Everyone A Reader Program a school must have a site coordinator who attends a one day workshop and manages the program at the school site.

Dates and Registration

  • October 11, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    San Diego County Office of Education
    Joe Rindone Regional Technology Center (JRRTC), Bldg. 2, LL 4
    Register Here