Professional Resources

Bound to Stay Bound wants you to know that during these unprecedented school closures, we are here to support educators, parents, students, and our community in any way we can.  Librarians and teachers are experiencing the challenging task of converting resources to adapt to remote learning situations, and we would like to assist in making this transition easier.  Our resources specialist team has worked diligently to compile a list of academic resources for students while they learn from home. 
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AASL would like to thank you for your continued support of school librarians during these challenging times.

We know that many of you are offering complimentary services and resources to school librarians and school libraries to help fill gaps with school closings. AASL is creating a clearing house of those no-cost/free resources being offered by our vendor partners. If you are offering special access to resources and would like to share with school librarians, please fill out this form.

AASL Learning Library (ALL) is a repository of webcasts, podcasts, and other digital resources from AASL, including the latest issue of Knowledge Quest. ALL provides a central location to collect and manage all of your elearning, on your time and at your pace.

We will make the digital magazine available to everyone regardless of whether you subscribe starting with the current issue (March 16, 2020).

Everyone can now access the digital edition of PW from www.digitalpw.com or from the PW app on iOS and Android.

American monthly magazine with articles and reviews for school librarians, media specialists, and public librarians who work with young people. Articles cover a wide variety of topics, with a focus on technology and multimedia.

A variety of topics in free webinars to watch at your own pace. Topics include EDI, ELL, trauma at school, and deeper thinking/learning.

Free Webinar: Libraries and COVID-19 Managing strategies and stress.

All Booklist and Book Links content on www.booklistonline.com is now freely available until further notice.

Buncee, a web-based creation tool, is offering free subscriptions to allows educators and students to create multimedia content such as research projects, digital stories, graphics to share library resources and more.

Expert reviews and hand-picked lists for quality entertainment and tech.

A Community for Teaching and Learning. Share and Explore High Quality K-12 Content.

Captioned and described educational videos for those working with students who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, low vision, and deaf-blind.

Lots of webinars for educators and they are FREE!
(You do need to join.)

Free Spirit’s online professional development brings experts in education right to your screen. Our free on-demand webinar recordings address timely and relevant topics in early childhood education, bullying prevention, gifted education, and more.

Gale is providing free access to digital content and resources to enhance instruction and learning during this pandemic to help librarians and educators. 

Updated weekly, we are offering free downloads of books, crosswords, mazes, experiments and other activities that help students examine their connections to global neighbors and to learn about global issues. Resources meet standards in language arts, social studies, science and more.

Educator’s Guides, Lesson Plans, Activity Sheets, Reader’s Guides, Author Q&As, Event Kits, Promotional Flyers, Flash Cards, Posters  —  Holiday House offers all these downloads for FREE. All may be reproduced at no charge.

Free access to JLG Digital, a streaming ebook service.
Free live virtual author visits. Library of free on-demand webcasts.

Penguin Young Readers School & Library
Your destination for FREE resources, author visits, and more! Look for free downloads of Educator Guides.

Webinars/workshops/videos for primary sources integration.

We help schools organize and energize peer-driven independent reading. Our social reading platform is a private ecosystem where teachers can set up assignments, book clubs, and reading challenges, or see their students’ multi-year reading histories in one click.

To help educators during this time of coronavirus, we have pulled our most popular science lessons and are offering them for anyone to use for free. No account or login is needed.

Distance Learning Opportunities for Educators and Students. Sign up for NASA webinars on STEM education topics at no cost- Learn Wherever You Are!

Visit the National Archives without leaving your school or home! Our interactive webinars for educators feature historical documents, images, maps, posters, and other primary sources — as well as resources and strategies for bringing primary sources into your classroom. All webinars are free of charge.

National Geographic’s free online courses for educators equip teachers with powerful tools to transform their classrooms. Through these courses, educators build their own skills and knowledge so they can foster the mindset of a National Geographic Explorer in their students.

Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost.

OverDrive Education is offering the Sora Remote Reading Book Bundle. This collection includes up to 244 premium simultaneous use titles. Students can read and listen to books like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, El Deafo, The Terrible Two and Every Falling Star on phones, tablets, and computers.

Project READY is a series of free, online professional development modules for school and public youth services librarians, library administrators, and others interested in improving their knowledge about race and racism, racial equity, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. The primary focus of the Project READY curriculum is on improving relationships with, services to, and resources for youth of color and Native youth.

If you are putting together plans for teaching remotely or homeschooling your children and are looking for resources, visit the pages below for discussion guides, activities, and more available for FREE to download.

A list of blogs (mostly current) that focus on school librarianship.

Webinars on a variety of topics for school librarians. Some of these are free, while others are behind a paywall.

See the latest lesson plans and resource updates from our partners. SML members enjoy personalized updates from friends and groups.

Free webinars for educators ranging on a variety of topics. In addition, there are offerings that come with a cost to the participant.

The Smithsonian is committed to supporting teachers and their students around the globe as they face unprecedented new learning challenges. Here, on the Learning Lab, teachers have access to millions of digital resources from across the Smithsonian’s museums, research centers, libraries, archives, and more. You will also find pre-packaged collections that contain lessons, activities, and recommended resources made by Smithsonian museum educators as well as thousands of classroom teachers like you.

Complimentary access to Storyboard That for 5 weeks for unlimited students and teachers.

A Book & Reading Engagement Kit: Home Edition, with seamless connections for your students and families to all of the materials from both TeachingBooks and Book Connections .

Everyone can now bring to life the books they are reading, with 172,000+ videos, audio recordings, activities, and lessons to enrich your community’s virtual learning.

These resources enable readers to stay connected to favorite books during this unprecedented time.

Free on-demand webinars and resources offer guidance and helpful ideas. Topics include classroom culture, instruction, school climate, family & community engagement, and teacher leadership.

Virtual Virginia will offer 81 online resources in all subject areas at no cost for teachers and students to use in online delivery via the Virtual Virginia LMS. The resources contain fully developed lessons aligned to state and national standards, videos, interactive applications, and assignments. Teachers using the resources will have access to free training and ongoing support through a professional learning network of Virginia educators.

Library-specific courses and webinar recordings are available for free to all library workers and volunteers. Through the generous support of OCLC and many state library agencies across the US, WebJunction provides timely and relevant learning content for you to access anytime, from anywhere.

Virtual Classrooms

Google Classroom is a free web service, developed by Google for schools, that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. The primary purpose of Google Classroom is to streamline the process of sharing files between teachers and students.

Zoom Video Communications is a remote conferencing services company headquartered in San Jose, California. It provides a remote conferencing service that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration.