Let's Read at Mandel Public Library
July 30, 2020
The presenters will discuss the process of developing and instituting the Learning Circles model as an innovative, learner-driven means of staff professional development and informal educational programming for the public. The presenters will reflect on their experiences facilitating learning circles for various courses offered through the MDPLS’s training department since Fall 2018. The reflections will incorporate feedback from past learning circle participants, and will review the programs’ successes, course completion rates, and lessons learned for future facilitation. The presentation includes information for replicating and scaling the model for training purposes and for public programs to libraries for systems of any type and size. Expected learning outcomes include that attendees will:
- Comprehend the peer-to-peer learning circle method.
- Be able to replicate the model presented to generate successful and enhanced professional development opportunities for their library.
- Be able to translate the learning circle method into public-facing programs for their library.
Kathy Hage is a graduate of Wayne State University and currently Youth Services Supervisor for the Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach where she looks after outreach and partnerships and works to leverage library and community resources to support youth, families and educators. Kathy was the recipient of the PLA DEMCO New Leader Travel Grant in 2010 and is currently a member of the PLA DEMCO New Leader Travel Grant Jury.