Partnerships & Collaborations

AASL forms key partnerships and collaborations with companies and organizations that support its mission and the members it serves.

Collaborations

Achieve external link

Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. Created in 1996 by a bipartisan group of governors and business leaders, Achieve has worked with state teams, governors, state education officials, postsecondary leaders and business executives to improve postsecondary preparation by aligning key policies with the demands of the real world so that all students graduate from high school with the knowledge and skills they need to fully reach their promise in college, careers and life. For more information about the work of Achieve, visit www.achieve.org.

  • Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian
    In partnership with Achieve, AASL has released an action brief on the role of school librarians in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The brief was designed not only for school librarians who are supporting higher standards for student learning, but also for school leaders as they rethink and re-envision the role that the library can and should play in a major school initiative. 

 

ASCD Whole Child external link

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.

Can*TEEN Career Exploration Kits external link

AASL has partnered with the Carnegie Science Center to bring an innovative resource, the Can*TEEN Career Exploration Kit. The goal of the kit is to inspire girls to see themselves in STEM careers through gaming and online activities. While the opportunity to receive a Can*TEEN Career Exploration Kit is no longer available many of the resources are accessible online for free at www.canteengirl.org/library.

Connected Educator Month  external link

The US Department of Education has declared August Connected Educator Month (CEM) and AASL has signed on as a participating organization.  CEM will be be celebrated with four-plus weeks of online events and activities, including forums, webinars, guided tours, open houses, contests, badges, and more.  Visit the Connected Educator Month website for more information and a complete schedule.

Consortium for School Networking external link

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.

Digital Learning Day  external link

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, external link 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 external link to register to receive toolkits, resources, and invitations to run-up events and activities.

Education Superhighway external link

On Sept. 10, the non-profit organization EducationSuperHighway will launch a National School Broadband Test in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education to take an inventory of the state of Internet access in America's K-12 schools. The information gathered will be used to raise awareness of the need to upgrade the Internet access in schools as a prerequisite to digital learning.

Jumpstart's Read for the Record external link

The Read for the Record Campaign, presented in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, has announced that Penguin’s Otis, by New York Times bestselling author Loren Long,has been selected as the official book of Jumpstart’s 2013 Read for the Record Campaign. This year, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record will take place on Thursday, October 3rd, a day in which millions of young people and adults will come together to read Otis in support of early education. 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.

National Center for Literacy Education external link

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.

  • Working Together Is Working Smarter Infographic
    This infographic details key school librarian findings from Remolding Literacy Learning: Making Room for What Works, a report released by NCLE in April 2013. The report details key findings from a nationwide survey of more than 2,400 educators representing all grade levels and subject areas. It investigates the connection between professional learning, educator collaboration and student learning.

NEA's Read Across America external link

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.

Net Cetera external link - 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 external link 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 external link (Click on the large Net Cetera button to see all the Net Cetera materials to order.)

Project RED external link

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-Effectivenesshas 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.

Project RED offers a complimentary, monthly webinar series  external link on education technologies and project planning. All webinars are archived and available for viewing.

SchoolTube.com external link

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.