Monday, September 27, 2021

THRIVE! Webinars: "Libraries as Self-Directed Learning Centers" (Thursday) | "Building Self-Confidence and Courage" (Tomorrow)

Setting Up Libraries as Self-Directed Learning Centers
Part of the “Survive and Thrive!” Series


Libraries have always been public institutions dedicated to serving their communities through education and empowerment. In addition, libraries have “leveled up” by creating digital spaces for their patrons, and educational programming that is geared to children, teens and adults. However, it’s time to take things one step further. In 2021, the number of parents choosing to homeschool has risen from 5% of all K – 12 students to up to more than 10%. Parents and students who are not homeschooling are looking for additional learning options focused on specific student strengths, needs, and enjoyment. Libraries are the Self Directed Learning Centers of the future, and it’s time that we see them as such.

In this course, we will address how libraries and librarians can pivot to create Self-Directed Learning Centers within their library space. These centers can look like “maker spaces”, or can just be centers where students get to explore their interests/ask questions/deep dive into specific topics. Libraries already have all the resources needed – so all that is needed is a space for reinvention and reconnection post-COVID. Come reimagine your library space and your role in that space!

DATE: Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 8:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (click HERE to see in your own time zone)

LENGTH: 30 minutes + Q&A

COST: $29/person - includes any-time access to the recording and any presenter handouts and a participation certificate if needed. To arrange group discounts (see below), to submit a purchase order, or for any registration difficulties or questions, email

REGISTRATION: Click HERE or the payment image above to register. If you have any trouble registering for a webinar, if you need to be invoiced, or if you have any questions, please email Orders can come in and be confirmed up until 30 minutes before the webinar.

SPECIAL GROUP RATES (email to arrange):

  • Multiple individual log-ins and access from the same organization paid together: $20 each for 10+ registrations, $15 each for 25+ registrations.
  • The ability to show the webinar (live or recorded) to a group located in the same physical location or in the same virtual meeting from one log-in: $99.
  • Large-scale institutional access for viewing with individual login capability: $249.

GINA RILEY (@professorgriley)
Clinical Professor and Program Leader of the Adolescent Special Education Program at CUNY – Hunter College

Gina Riley, Ph.D. is a Clinical Professor and Program Leader of the Adolescent Special Education Program at CUNY – Hunter College. Dr. Riley has over fifteen years experience working with teens diagnosed with learning disabilities and emotional/behavioral disorders. She is also a seasoned academic, with years of teaching, research, and supervisory experience within the fields of special education, psychology, school psychology, and mental health counseling. In addition, Dr. Riley has extensive experience in online education and distance learning at the college/university level. She is known internationally for her work in the fields of homeschooling, unschooling, and self-directed learning. Her books include

Unschooling: Exploring Learning Beyond The Classroom (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) and The Homeschooling Starter Guide (Rockridge Press, 2021). 


Building Self-Confidence and Courage in Ourselves and Our Students with Angela Maiers
Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at 7:00 PM US-Eastern Time
Click HERE for more information and to register.

How to Help Students Manage their Anxiety and Energy Levels so They Can Learn with Kara Guiff
Monday, October 11, 2021 at 8:00 PM US-Eastern Time
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Are You Thinking About Starting Your Own School? with Dr. Mara Linaberger
Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 6:00 PM US-Eastern Time
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  • “Parenting for Academic Success in Turbulent Times” with Chris Loper & Greg Smith
  • “Liberating Genius: Unleashing Potential in All” with Angela Maiers
  • “Upgrade Your Brain: Easier Academic Success, Mental Health, and Creativity Through Neuroscience-Based Strategies (for students)” with Chris Loper
  • “The Game of School - Remote & Hybrid Learning Version” with Steve Hargadon

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