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OELMA Strategic Plan Update: PD-PL Shaping the Future of Learning

With the conclusion of the February 2015 Board meeting, regional directors and members of the Executive Committee broke into groups based on the 2015 OELMA Strategic Plan.  President Angela Wojtecki asked me to lead the Education/Professional Development team.  The team includes dedicated regional directors:  Lori Guerrini, Lisa Garrison, Kris Baker, Connie Carnicom, Michelle Smart, Brandi Young, and Karen Gedeon.  In February, we discussed developing an OELMA Education/PD Framework that would help guide the association in the creation and delivery of professional development to meet the changing landscape of school librarianship.  At May’s Board meeting we discussed the idea of developing core competencies using the SLMS/Teacher Librarian Evaluation Rubric as a guide.  Our conference call in late May helped us to solidify the core competencies and by our August Board meeting we will have defined the core competencies we identified.  Now here is what is intriguing about the world of “professional development.”  Is this what we as professionals want?  Recently I had occasion to read a blog entitled “Moving from professional development to personal learning” by Fred Ende on the SmartBlog for Education (  “Development is something that happens to you; learning is something that you make happen. “Learning” puts the work in the hands of those directly involved (as opposed to “development,” which often happens whether we want it to or not), and we can only truly learn when we have a personal stake in what is being explored” says Ende.  So what does this mean for OELMA?  What does it mean for you, as the school librarian in your building or in your district who is often times tapped to lead professional development?  As an association we will continue to press on with this intriguing question and invite you to join the conversation through our OELMA1 Twitter #OELMAplj (OELMA Personal Learning Journey).