Online Course


I'm Joan Upell and I'll be your instructor for TIE's Reaching Out: Leadership and Collaboration online course. For the majority of my 39 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

Leadership and Collaboration Course Syllabus

Course Timeline: Fall 2019*

Leadership and Collaboration is an asynchronous course and may be completed at your own pace. The course will be open from September 1, 2019 to December 1, 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

School librarians are educational leaders and collaborators. These roles are guided by the principles outlined in the AASL National School Library Standards, the ISTE Standards for Educators and the Future Ready School Librarians Framework. Participants in this online course will explore, identify, implement and reflect on best practices in leadership and collaboration in the school library.

*(The Final Project for this course is a bit different than ones completed for the first two Reaching Out online courses. So, to help you best plan your work, please read through the entire course and its activities as soon as possible.)

Course Objectives

Explore best practices in leadership and collaboration

Identify and implement professional goals

Develop and lead a goal-related project

Collaborate with other librarians via online platforms

Evaluation Criteria

Participants will complete assigned reading and activities.

Participants will collaborate with classmates in online discussions.

Participants will document a goal-related project via creating, curating and sharing a collection of relevant resources.

Course Evaluation

Assigned reading and activity completion 30 pts

Online discussion participation 15 pts

Final Project 35 pts

Course Reflection 20 pts

Grading: 90-100 A ; 80-89 B ; 70-79 C ; 60-69 D ; Below 60 F

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 page.

Unit 1: Explore Leadership and Collaboration Best Practices

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

Unit 2: Identify Leadership and Collaboration Goals

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

Unit 3: Implement Leadership and Collaboration Goals

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

Unit 4: Reflect on Leadership and Collaboration Goals

  • Unit 4, Final Project
  • Unit 4, Course Reflection

Core Course Resources:

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

AASL National School Library Standards and Crosswalks

Future Ready Librarians

ISTE Standards for Educators

Hacking School Libraries: 10 Ways to Incorporate Library Media Centers into Your Learning Community by Kristina A. Holzweiss and Stony Evans

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