ALSC Online Courses

Same Debate, Different Year

The world of online education has been making great advances behind my back!  ALSC has offered online professional development courses, but I hadn’t taken advantage of any until recently when a class on the history and process of the Newbery Medal appeared.  It turned out to be an amazing opportunity for research, reading, debate and stimulation.  I would highly recommend challenging yourself with one of the courses.  The tools for administering online education are maturing into an ideal process for fashioning your own continuing professional growth. K.T. Horning (this year’s Arbuthnot Lecturer) has constructed a class on the history of the Newbery Award called “The Newbery Medal: Past, Present and Future.”  What a fulfilling class this was.  We had an opportunity to read many Newbery winners and honors from the earliest decades (starting with the 1920’s) through the most current medalists, and then compare and contrast them.  We were tutored…