Educational Programming

Preconference Workshops

Preconference workshops are integral parts of AASL conferences. These small, focused workshops take place the Wednesday and Thursday before the main AASL national conference kicks off with the Opening General Session & Keynote.

Preconferences offer in-depth education on a specific topic in an intimate and concentrated setting. Preconferences at AASL21 will allow participants to delve into AASL National School Library Standards-related topics facilitated by the authors of forthcoming publications. The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of AASL will also present its seventh research symposium. View available preconferences.

Separate registration fee is required for preconference workshops.


Explore the IdeaLab, a best-practice showcase featuring collaborative projects leading the way in school library development. Taking place on Thursday before the conference kicks off with the Opening General Session & Keynote, attendees can browse learning stations on topics including blended learning, flipped classrooms, national standards, STEM/STEAM, technology integration, and many others!

Concurrent Sessions

The variety and quality of concurrent sessions is the #1 reason school librarians indicate they attend AASL National Conference. More than 140 extraordinary programs will take place on the Friday and Saturday of #AASL21 and and offer attendees so much to choose from. Find sessions sorted into eight strands and intended to enhance your practice. Take charge of this pivotal moment in education!


Authors (Coming soon!) Collaboration
Collection Development Creation & Design
Leadership & Advocacy Literacy
Research Teaching & Learning