Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of November 2

Nov 2, 2020

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of November 2 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

Calendar for Nov. 2-5

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All times MST

Monday, Nov 2 (5:30-7 pm)
Educating Your Child with Mental Health Needs: Special Education and Distance Learning (Pacer Center)
This workshop focuses on the challenges students with mental health needs may experience with distance learning, including hybrid models, and offers strategies for using the IEP to provide support and instruction.

Tuesday, Nov 3 (10-11 am)
Sorry… You Just Don’t Fit Into Our Culture: unconscious bias in hiring decisions (Washington State Library)
Are unconscious biases impacting your hiring/promotion process? These biases can cause us to make decisions in favor of one person or group to the detriment of others. Join us to learn how to recognize and eliminate bias in your library’s hiring process.

Tuesday, Nov 3 (12-1 pm)
Reading Graphic (Booklist)
In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Etch, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Fantagraphics Books will showcase a mix of forthcoming children’s, middle-grade, YA, and adult graphic novel releases. Attendees will also hear from expert Moni Barrette, member-at-large of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association, about developing your library’s graphic novel collections and resources.

Tuesday, Nov 3 (12-1 pm)
The 2020 Online Fundraising Year-End Playbook w/ NextAfter (Firespring)
Most fundraisers have already locked in their year-end direct mail appeals to hit print deadlines and mail delivery dates. But the beauty of online fundraising is that there is always time to optimize. In this data-driven webinar on online year-end fundraising, you’re going to discover specific and tangible ways to create, improve, and optimize your online year-end fundraising efforts in order to reach more of your donors and inspire greater generosity.

Tuesday, Nov 3 (1-2 pm)
Improvisation: The Successful Leader’s Secret Weapon for Managing Teams in a Virtual Environment (Training Magazine Network)
In this webinar, we use improv as a way to consider adaptability and flexibility during uncertainty and bring energy and positivity to the conversation. These ideas are supported by years of research in human behavior, neuroscience. Using the virtual connection tools we have to build relationships, support and motivate your team, leaders can deepen their use of technology and how to show up with presence to build credibility and trust with their teams, clients, and colleagues.

Wednesday, Nov 4 (9-10 am)
The Latest in Learning Technologies: An Analyst Talk on a Changing Landscape (Training Industry)
Smart organizations are enabling their employees to learn everywhere — not just in the classroom —  and they’re using technology to do it. RedThread Research recently completed an update to their in-depth learning tech landscape research, providing leaders with answers on what technology is available, how it can be leveraged and what the biggest trends in learning technology are right now.

Wednesday, Nov 4 (12-1 pm)
Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will help you think about new strategies and help you evolve your program to include new roles and responsibilities for volunteers, pathways for more involvement and leadership positions in your program, how recognition plays a role in retention, and the importance of including continuing education and professional development to keep your volunteers engaged. Tools to help you evaluate your program implement new ideas will be provided.

Wednesday, Nov 4 (12-1 pm)
Tech Planning and Budgeting (IdealWare)
We want to help you with the arduous task of technology planning and budgeting for your nonprofit. We all know that the effective use of technology can improve efficiencies, help better deliver on your mission, and spawn innovation.  As technology advances, so should your IT budget.

Wednesday, Nov 4 (12-1 pm)
Exemplary Practices using Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA Free Resources (National Girls Collaborative Project)
This ‘Exemplary Practices using ‘Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA’ Free Resources’ webinar will explore the free NASA resources, along with accompanying exemplary practices. In addition to the content, there will be time for questions and comments in order for the NASA’s Universe of Learning team to best support your program efforts with the Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA materials.

Wednesday, Nov 4 (1-2 pm)
Prepare Your Nonprofit for Giving Tuesday Fundraising (Nonprofit Hub)
Giving Tuesday is the biggest giving day of the year around the world. Participating gives nonprofits the opportunity to attract new donors and raise more money. Make use of every day you have before Giving Tuesday, a day focused entirely on donations and non-profit giving. If your organization hasn’t participated in the past, it’s not too late to start, but the earlier you begin, the better.

Wednesday, Nov 4 (2-3 pm)
How did the pandemic change digital inclusion work – on the ground and in policy? (National Digital Inclusion Alliance)
Lean from national leaders with a long history of digital inclusion experience how the pandemic changed their work and their approach.

Thursday, Nov 5 (9-10:05 am)
Creating Social Spaces to Improve Networking, Collaboration, and Library Growth for Librarians of Color (North Carolina Library Association)
Please join us as Leander Croker and Claudia Alemán, two librarians of color, discuss the importance of creating online social spaces for librarians of color to learn about the foundations of active librarianship, collaborate on projects, and network with librarians of similar interests.

Thursday, Nov 5 (12-1 pm)
150 Million New Technology-Oriented Jobs and the Skills Needed to Get Them (Public Library Association)
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to: Articulate how multiple converging factors have changed the labor market and the type of skills needed to succeed in the workforce; Identify ten jobs that are in-demand today and well positioned to continue to grow in the future; and Access free and low-cost virtual learning pathways, online courses, and certifications to prepare job seekers for in-demand careers.

Thursday, Nov 5 (12-1 pm)
ALA’s Sara Jaffarian Award Presents: Junior Ambassadors (Programming Librarian)
In this webinar, media specialist/school librarian Anne Amrhein will guide participants through the creation of the Junior Ambassador program based on the UN’s goals and youth book club, the global learning goals the program achieved, and the future of the program.

Thursday, Nov 5 (12-1 pm)
150 Million New Technology-Oriented Jobs and the Skills Needed to Get Them (Public Library Association)
This webinar will present the problem we are faced with solving along with steps to solve it. Using labor market data and skills insight from dozens of countries, presenters will identify ten jobs that are well positioned to continue to grow in the future. Attendees will hear about time-limited resources to integrate into the library’s programming and communications, such as free learning paths and LinkedIn Learning classes, GitHub Learning Lab tools, and low-cost Microsoft Certifications. Participants will also learn how public libraries are ramping up workforce development and skilling initiatives to meet these new challenges well into the future.

Thursday, Nov 5 (12-1:30 pm)
Puppets: Pals for Children, Social-Emotional Learning Partners for Teachers (Early Childhood Investigations)
Whether you are teaching in person or online, this information-packed webinar will provide strategies for using puppets to create engaging experiences for young children. Early childhood education author and classroom interactions expert, Jacky Howell will inspire you to use puppets as “pals” who help children with problem solving, empathy, community-building, and all aspects of development. Join this webinar to learn how to make puppets partners in your classroom community, whether it is virtual or in-person.

Thursday, Nov 5 (1-2 pm)
5 Ways to Keep Pre-K Social Today (
Through purposeful play, active engagement, and high-quality, developmentally appropriate materials, we’ll explore how to build foundation skills in delightful ways, but also carefully, deliberately, and one step at a time. Through teacher-guided learning, child-friendly language, engaging music, and unique, hands-on learning opportunities, children will build skills developmentally and learn routines, securing a strong foundation for their academic futures.

Thursday, Nov 5 (1-2 pm)
Outreach Outside the Box (InfoPeople)
In this session, a panel of youth services presenters will share their approach to serving families in poverty, immigrant communities, and rural communities as examples of how library services and programs can be designed with the changing needs of today’s children and families in mind.

Thursday, Nov 5 (1-2 pm)
Unconscious Bias is Impacting Your Organizational Performance, Whether you Know it or Not (Training Magazine Network)
Join Pamela Fuller, FranklinCovey’s Thought Leader on Inclusion and Bias and author of The Leader’s Guide to Unconscious Bias: How to Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams to discover how to create a workplace where everyone feels valued and volunteers their best efforts.

Thursday, Nov 5 (2-3 pm)
Behind the Book Author Takeover with Mariama J. Lockington (Follett)
Mariama Lockington will explore her highly reviewed debut novel, For Black Girls Like Me – an #ownvoices novel about a Black girl adopted into a white family, and her search for her voice and sense of belonging.

Friday, Nov 6 (12-1 pm)
People – Difficult or Different? (Effectiveness Institute)
In this interactive and engaging Webinar, you will discover why “different” does not have to mean “difficult.” Then you will learn the magic of making slight adjustments in your awareness and behavior that will have a significant impact on your ability to “click” with customers and co-workers.

Saturday, Nov 7 (9-12 pm)
Future Ready Librarians Summits: Leading from the Library Through Uncertain Times (Future Ready Librarians)
The Future Ready Librarians® summit is a series of FREE, virtual, interactive, high-quality professional learning experiences for librarians who are interested in learning, growing and expanding their professional practice through collaboration and networking with like-minded colleagues from across the country. Both summits (Nov 7/Nov 21) this fall will focus on Collaborative Leadership with an emphasis on leading beyond the library during uncertainty.

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