Professional Development Opportunities

Other Professional Development Opportunities:

Booklist Webinars – Free online webinars and archives on a variety of topics.

The Foundation for Children’s Books Events

Lifelong Learning for School Librarians Blog

Massachusetts Library System Workshops

School Library Journal Free WebCasts Series online Professional Learning Communities and free webinars
Massachusetts School Library Association #MSLA for Monthly Twitter Chats
The MSLA Board is happy to announce we will be holding monthly #MSLA Twitter chats on a variety of topics. Twitter chats will take place from 8:00-9:00pm on the second Tuesday of each month. Please bring your questions and ideas and use #MSLA to follow and participate in these chats.

MSLA Twitter & Chat Information

2013/14 #MSLA chat archives:
November 12 – Educator Evaluations, Goals and DDM’s (District Determined Measures)
December 10 – Sharing learning, resources, ideas from AASL13, NCTE or elsewhere
January 14 – Digital Projects
February 11 – Youth Media Award Winners
March 11 – Dewey or Don’t We? Dewey Hybridization
April 8 – Reading Promotion and National Poetry Month
May 13 – DDM’s (District-Determined Measures) and End of Year Reports/Ideas
June 10 – All Things Summer Reading

Topics will be determined by member input and announced prior to each chat.
For more information about getting started on Twitter and participating in Twitter chats, please see
Please feel free to use #MSLA regularly when tweeting.
We look forward to connecting with you online!



BPS teachers and students are encouraged to join the worldwide movement called Hour of Code 2016 that will take place the week of December 5-11, 2016. This international campaign, designed to promote computer science education, is easier than you may think! BPS teachers are already signing up at to commit to teaching 1 hour (or more) of programming with students during that week.  Activities can be done with or without technology and can be as complex as programming in Java, or as simple as teaching kindergarten students pre-programming skills using Bee-Bots.  Many resources, including ready-to-use lessons, are provided on the Hour of Code website  If you need help, please reach out to Haruna Hosokawa from OIIT for assistance! Haruna Hosokawa,, 617-908-6045


Google for Education

Want to bring technology into your classroom? Looking to discover new ways of creating meaningful learning experiences for your students?

This self-paced, online course and resource set is intended for anyone – of any technical skill level – hoping to use Google’s educational tools in the classroom. Through videos, use-cases, and examples you’ll get ideas about how to bring Google for Education (including Google Apps for Education with classroom, Google Maps and more) into your teaching.

Learn more by visiting the Google for Education webpage.