Teacher Lab

The Teacher Lab is an information literacy and research skills course which will introduce educators (teachers and school librarians) to a wide range of free teaching and learning resources for practical use in the 21st century classroom. The course will also provide educators with a solid foundation for teaching skills-based research.

As a course deliverable, attendees will create an annotated resource list in support of an instructional unit. Attendees may chose to earn either 2 "P" credits or 25 professional development (PD) credit hours, issued through the NYC Department of Education.

Brooklyn Public Library will select a class of 20 attendees from all applicants.

The Lab will explore:

  • Free Brooklyn Public Library resources to use in your classroom—books, digital archives, audio & video, primary source collections, and more.
  • The Brooklyn Collection—tools and techniques for research using a primary sources in a specialized archive.
  • Effective online searching—how to make the most of Google and Wikipedia to find reliable online sources for teaching and learning.
  • Using fiction and non-fiction books, eBooks and audioBooks to grow student literacy and passion for reading.
  • 21st Century Student Outcomes—practical applications for lesson planning in line with state and Common Core educational standards.

Comments from Teacher Lab alumni:

“I loved the class and I'm so glad I took it. It got my mind back on track and introduced me to a whole new way of thinking about resources.”

“It was such a great class and I learned about so many resources I can now share with my colleagues.”

“Thank you so much for a great course. I hope to attend more courses with the BPL in the future.”

In addition to the Teacher Lab course, the Library will be running a professional development workshop series the week of August 22-26. For more information, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is teaching the Teacher Lab?

The course will be taught by experienced librarians, along with special guests and subject matter experts.

What is the cost to attend?

The Teacher Lab is FREE for attendees looking to earn Professional Development credit hours. ASPDP course fees apply in order to earn "P" credits. The Library will not provide travel or lodging compensation for attendees.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any 4-12th grade educator who expects to be teaching at least one class during the 2016-17 school year is eligible to apply.

What questions are on the application?

The application contains background questions, a skills & competency self-rating, and four short essay questions. Here is a complete list:

  • Contact info (Name, email & phone)
  • Educational background (degree(s) earned, add'l certifications)
  • Teaching background (# of years taught, subjects taught)
  • School/organizational info (name & location where currently teaching, type of organization, name of principal)
  • Self-rating (scale 1-5): applicant competencies
    • Rate your ability to use internet tools (searching, banking, shopping, entertainment, socializing).
    • Rate your ability to learn new technology and technological devices.
    • Rate your ability to find, evaluate and use new resources for teaching and learning.
  • Short essays: applicant classroom practice
    • Have you used library resources in your classroom? If so, which ones? (150 words or less)
    • Describe how you integrate technology into your classroom practice. (150 words or less)
    • How have you influenced the classroom practice of others? (150 words or less)
    • Describe your reasons for applying to the Teacher Lab and what you hope to gain. (300 words or less)
How will the Library evaluate and select the final class for the Teacher Lab?

Applicants will be evaluated based on need, abilities, grade(s) and subject(s) taught, and potential to actively mentor other teachers. In selecting the 2016 class, the Library will choose finalists who together represent a diverse group of experience and interests.

The Library will select a final class of 20 attendees and 3 waitlist.

When will applicants be notified?

Brooklyn Public Library will notify all applicants of their acceptance status in June.

What are the course artifacts?

In order to receive a passing grade with full credit, attendees are expected to create a fully annotated resource list in support of an instructional unit or objective.

Do I need my own computer?

Attendees are welcome to bring personal laptops for use in the course; however the Library will provide laptops to all attendees if needed.

Who can I contact with further questions about the Teacher Lab?

Questions may be emailed to teacherlab(at)bklynlibrary.org