AASL collaborates with the following organizations:
ASCD has launched Whole Child to encourage schools and communities to work together to ensure that each student has access to a challenging curriculum in a healthy and supportive climate.
AASL has joined with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and other leading education associations in releasing a new report aimed at helping inform and guide education decision makers as they revise policies related to the use of mobile technologies and social media in schools. The report, “Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media,” was produced by CoSN and the FrameWorks Institute.The report can be read in its entirety at www.cosn.org/MakingProgress.
AASL, in collaboration with the Alliance for Excellent Education, extends an invitation to school librarians, their students and parents, to participate in national Digital Learning Day celebrated in February. Digital Learning Day celebrates innovative teaching practices that make learning more personalized and engaging and encourage exploration of how digital learning can provide more students with more opportunities to get the skills they need to succeed in college, career, and life.
The website, DigitalLearningDay.org, offers customized toolkits for all audiences, grades, and subjects to help educators explore how they can contribute to the campaign. School librarians and other educators are invited to visit DigitalLearningDay.org to register to receive toolkits, resources, and invitations to run-up events and activities.
The Read for the Record Campaign, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, has announced that Penguin’s Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, by David Soman and Jacky Davis, has been selected as the official book of Jumpstart’s 2012 Read for the Record Campaign. For the first time this year, Read for the Record will take place over a full week—September 27 through to the record setting day on October 4—giving record breakers across the country even more opportunity to read and to support Jumpstart’s mission to work towards the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Again this year, record breakers will also be able to take part by reading the book for free at We Give Books, the free digital reading initiative created by Penguin and the Pearson Foundation.
AASL joins 20 other stakeholder groups representing educational and school and community leaders in support of the new National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE). NCLE, a project of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Ball Foundation, provides a clearinghouse for educator teams and schools engaged in innovative literacy education practices to share and learn from one another. More information about the initiative can be found at www.ncte.org/ncle.
The National Education Association's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.
Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and E-Line Media presents the 2nd annual competition to motivate interest in STEM learning. The National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games.
AASL is an original outreach partner and continues to lend its support to the challenge in its second year.
Net Cetera - The Federal Trade Commission's new kit to keep kids safe online
The internet offers young people a wealth of opportunities to communicate, socialize and explore the world. But these benefits also come with risks: cyberbullying, sexting and simply over-sharing on social networking sites affect students, schools, libraries and communities across the country. The Federal Trade Commission – the nation’s consumer protection agency – and its partners in OnGuardOnline.gov have produced a kit with everything you need to reach out to your community. The Net Cetera Community Outreach Toolkit includes a guide for parents ( Net Cetera); a booklet for kids ( Heads Up); presentation slides and notes; videos for parents and for kids; and ideas to help you spread the word about being safe online. There’s practical information about cyberbullying, texting, file-sharing and using mobile phones. All the materials are in English and Spanish on the enclosed CD and DVD.
All these materials are free and in the public domain. Use them whenever you interact with parents or kids – perhaps during a classroom presentation, library programs, community gathering or PTA meeting. You can also spread the word by using the information in a newsletter or on your website, sharing the toolkit with colleagues and other community leaders, and ordering free copies of Net Cetera and Heads Up for your library or neighborhood school from bulkorder.ftc.gov (Click on the large Net Cetera button to see all the Net Cetera materials to order.)
Project RED (Revolutionizing Education) is a national research and advocacy plan created to revolutionize the way the U.S. looks at technology as part of teaching and learning. Project RED, Phase I, was a research study into which technology practices are associated with improved learning achievement and cost-effectiveness. A 181-page report, called The Technology Factor: Nine Keys to Learning Achievement and Cost-Effectiveness, has been published to document these findings from almost 1,000 U.S. school respondents. Project RED, Phase II, is titled ‘From Research to Results’. The project is creating a professional learning community to present the findings of Project RED’s research in an accessible way to districts across the country. Project RED II is developing a powerful host website, a set of content webinars and regional conferences to engage superintendents and their teams in discussion of what really works.
SchoolTube.com is the nation's largest K-12 moderated video sharing website that provides students and educators with a safe and free video sharing website. In the 21st century, everyone should be afforded the opportunity to see what is happening in their community and SchoolTube offers schools a chance to do just that with categories to showcase news, contemporary issues, sports, and the performing arts.