Leading with Standards

Online Course


I'm Joan Upell and I'll be your instructor for TIE's Reaching Out: Leading with Standards online course. For the majority of my 38 years in education I've been a school librarian at K-5, K-8, and K-12 buildings. However, English teacher, college adjunct instructor, state consultant, and now working with TIE on the Reaching Out project are all part of those years too. I am also currently teaching 8th grade English at Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Junior High School. I'm excited to get started on this professional development opportunity with you.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with any questions or concerns you may have about the course or the Reaching Out project:

Email: joan.upell@gmail.com Twitter: @wowapi Text: 605/200-1102 Facebook: facebook.com/joan.upell

Leading with Standards Course Syllabus

Course Timeline: Fall 2018

Leading with Standards is an asynchronous course and may be completed at your own pace. The course will be open from October 8, 2018 to January 31, 2019. Readings/viewings, activities and assignments are designed to equal a total of 15 hours of your time as required to earn one graduate college credit.

Course Description

This course will focus on the national standards that guide the professional practice of school librarians. Participants will move beyond awareness to understanding and real-world implementation of those standards involving digital literacy.

Course Objectives

Explore standards and apply them to digital instruction

Collaborate with other librarians via online platforms

Explore and develop digital lessons

Evaluation Criteria

Participants will complete assigned readings/viewings and activities.

Participants will collaborate with classmates in online discussions.

Participants will locate, teach and self-evaluate a standards-based digital lesson.

Course Evaluation

Assigned reading/viewing and activity completion 25 pts

Online discussion participation 20 pts

Digital lesson project 35 pts

Course Reflection 20 pts

Course Navigation

Each unit of the course is linked in the headers below with individual pages. Activities and assignments are linked beneath each unit. You may also access units by clicking on their headers listed in the upper right of this Home page.

Unit 1: Standards in Depth

  • Unit 1, Activity 1
  • Unit 1, Activity 2
  • Unit 1, Activity 3
  • Unit 1, Activity 4

Unit 2: Exploring Standards-Based Instruction

  • Unit 2, Activity 1
  • Unit 2, Activity 2

Unit 3: Applying Standards-Based Instruction

  • Unit 3, Activity 1
  • Unit 3, Activity 2
  • Unit 3 Assignment: Digital Lesson

Unit 4: Course Reflection

Core Course Resources:

Course Activities and Assignments will require that you access the websites listed below, post to Facebook and/or Twitter, and submit some shared documents via Google Drive.





This project was made possible in part by IMLS, grant RE-7018-0050-18.