The Teacher Lab is an information literacy and research skills course to help educators (teachers and school librarians) feel more confident finding resources for their classrooms.

Educators will receive an in-depth orientation to the modern public library, visit a special collection in an archive, and review information literacy techniques when using general internet tools such as Google and Wikipedia. Additionally, attendees will learn how to apply core research skills across all disciplines, handle primary sources, and evaluate resources ranging from scholarly articles to tweets.

Educators will leave the course with a thorough understanding of how to locate a variety of texts and media to enrich the student learning process. In order to receive a passing grade, educators must create an annotated resource list in support of an instructional unit or objective.

Teacher Lab courses and workshops qualify towards the New York State Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) credit 100 hour requirement. Teacher Lab courses are "P" credit certified for NYC public school teachers. Teacher Lab courses are eligible for the following:

  • Teacher Lab in-person course (August 14-17, 2017): 24 CTLE credit hours, 2 ASPDP ā€œPā€ credits
  • Teacher Lab online course (launches July 5, 2017): 12 CTLE credit hours, 1 ASPDP ā€œPā€ credit
  • Teacher Lab workshop series (August 21-25): 1-3 CTLE credit hours per workshop

Seats for the Teacher Lab in-person course are limited to 20 attendees. The Library will accept 20 educators and 3 waitlist from all eligible applicants. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis beginning June and continuing through July.

Seats for the Teacher Lab online course are unlimited. Enrollment opens July 5. Online course will be available for the duration of the 2017-18 school year.

Registration for the Teacher Lab workshop series open in July. Educators may register individually for each workshop of interest. Individual workshop registration is open enrollment until filled.