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| By Mary Kelly and Holly Hibner |

Personal and professional development is one of the least-served but most important aspects of anyone’s job. This is especially true in the world of libraries. Serving library patrons depends on library staff being up-to-date in a variety of subjects. Ask any librarian out there on the front lines of service and all will agree that keeping up to date in everything from technology to the latest best seller is essential!

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There’s a New Professional Development Partner in the House

That’s Stenhouse Publishers, of course.

Stenhouse recognizes and embraces the complexity of teaching and learning. And is devoted to helping teachers inspire deep and creative thinking in their students.

Stenhouse is guided by three core beliefs;

  • All students can learn to think independently and critically.
  • Effective teaching is achievable at any level of experience and in any classroom environment.
  • Teachers make the best instructional decisions for the students in their care when they are equipped with knowledge, supported by colleagues, and respected as professionals.

These beliefs align so closely to Gale and our mission to empower educators. Explore 16 must-have titles, in one comprehensive collection, available on Gale eBooks on GVRL.

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Not Sure Which PD Collections to Choose?

We’ve done the work for you. To make selecting PD collections on GVRL even easier, below is a sample chart identifying key subject areas from four of Gale’s top PD publishing partners. Each curated collection brings together authoritative content to assist educators in meeting their strategic goals.

Top 5 Reasons to Explore PD Collections on GVRL, Gale’s eBook Platform

In order to promote excellence in the classroom, you need the most up-to-date information. Professional Development (PD) collections on GVRL deliver the resources necessary to support student achievement. Take a look at the top 5 reasons to explore our PD eBook collections:  

Just Added to GVRL: ISTE Professional Development Collection

ISTE delivers professional development resources for school leaders and teachers, focusing on the most up-to-date technology strategies, equipment, research, and best practices for integration in the classroom. Discover 12 titles—in one comprehensive collection—recently added to GVRL. Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom The Future-Ready Challenge: Improve Student Outcomes in 18 Weeks The Technology Coordinator’s Handbook … Read more

“Teach Like a PIRATE” and More Best Seller PD eBooks Now Available on GVRL

New York Times best-selling title, “Teach Like a PIRATE”, and other Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. professional development tiles have been added to Gale eBooks on GVRL. Ignite passion for the profession, dramatically increase student engagement, boost creativity, and transform the lives of educators with this 21-title collection. Explore 21 must-have titles, in one comprehensive collection, … Read more

GVRL PD Titles for Administrators to Support Teacher Appreciation Year-round

| By Nicole Albrecht |

A squeaky lunchroom cart is being pushed down the hallway. It is filled with candy snacks and cards, as well as big bowl of chocolate covered strawberries. The principal’s secretary is pushing the cart from classroom to classroom, during instructional time, offering up treats in celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week. I stare down the hallway watching the cart come my way, thankful I am on my planning period, and though I am grateful for a sweet treat, I am more relieved that this isn’t during my regular scheduled classes. A quick thank you to the secretary and with a chocolate covered strawberry in my hand, I close my classroom door and smirk thinking, “would have been nicer if the principal actually passed these out” and then I thought about what I actually would have wanted from my administration during this “appreciation week.” Chocolate strawberries and candies were not the answer.

During the early month of May, National Teacher Appreciation is the star holiday in front of Memorial Day. For some teachers, it is a week of free lunches, early releases, assemblies, announcements, and student hand-made thank you cards. There are also some teachers who do not have the luxury of such appreciative gifts from their students and administrators—receiving nothing at all. As a former teacher, I have experienced both forms of appreciation from administration and have felt the same about it all: for me, Teacher Appreciation Week was something that should be happening all year, not in the form of chocolate covered strawberries and thank you cards.

So what does a teacher really need from their administration to feel appreciated? Looking back on the last eight years of my teaching career, considering my own needs and the discussions I’ve had with colleagues, I have outlined a few common themes that may help administrators show their teachers they are appreciated year-round:

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New Professional Development Collections from Solution Tree

Gale recently partnered with Solution Tree, a premier provider of professional development resources, that strives to increase student achievement and ensure that every child in every school gets the world-class education he or she deserves. Thanks to this partnership, instructors and administrators can better enhance their professional development eBook collection to further meet strategic goals. … Read more

Meet NGSS with Professional Development from NSTA

Start your school’s science programs off right with professional development titles from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). This complete collection of 52 titles engages students with real-world scenarios representing science in all its messy, thought-provoking glory. Many of the titles support Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and include: Lesson plans and experiments for incorporating … Read more

So a Non-Librarian Walks into a Library Full of Librarians…

By Kelly Torpey 

As I walked into the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to attend Library Journal’s Transformative Power of Community Engagement workshop, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew where I was, and what I was attending, but I wasn’t entirely sure what I (a non-librarian) would glean from the experience.

I joined Gale as a marketing team member just over six months ago. I’m new to the world of libraries, and in truth, I was hoping to listen. To listen to what libraries and librarians go through on a daily basis; their conversations, struggles, and triumphs. I was also hoping to add some type of value to the conversations I was a part of, even though I knew (or, at least I thought) my own professional and personal experiences may not be 100% relatable.

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