AASL and NCLE provide school librarians with literacy resources

For Immediate Release
Mon, 08/27/2012

Contact:

Jennifer Habley
Manager, Web Communications
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
800-545-2433 ext.4383
jhabley@ala.org

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined 30 other stakeholder groups representing educational, school and community leaders in support of the new National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE). As a result of this collaboration, AASL members have the opportunity to join two networks focused on working collaboratively to strengthen literacy practices and professional learning.

Through its free Literacy in Learning Exchange, NCLE provides examples of participating schools’ innovative literacy education efforts.  The website also hosts commentary from experts, research and helpful insights on how those visionary practices can be adapted in other schools.  The website provides a clearinghouse for educator teams and schools engaged in innovative literacy education practices to share and learn from one another. As a stakeholder, AASL maintains a group in the exchange and will be posting resources for educators.

AASL members are also invited to sign up for the NCLE SmartBrief, a free twice-weekly news service that will supply a stream of insights and inspiration about how schools and community initiatives are engaging student literacy learners and deepening their learning.  The NCLE SmartBrief looks at transforming literacy learning, literacy everywhere, education policy, leadership and capacity building and professional learning. AASL members will receive an invitation via email to join the informative newsletter starting Sept. 10.

“How thrilling it is to see the results of our involvement in the National Center for Literacy Education come to life with the launch of the Literacy in Learning Exchange website and SmartBrief newsletter,” said Susan Ballard, AASL president. “Not only do these represent two new powerful tools for our use in daily instructional efforts, but they also represent a tremendous opportunity for us to engage at the highest level of participation by sharing our best practices and success stories with other educators.  I applaud the inclusion of the work being done by our library colleagues, and 2011 AASL Collaborative School Library Award winners, from Deerfield (Ill.) High School  in the website’s Portraits of Change area as an exemplar of the critical role of school librarians in literacy efforts.”

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.

A project of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Ball Foundation in alliance with over 20 stakeholder groups representing educators and school/community leaders, the National Center for Literacy Education is a project to celebrate the work of successful school teams across the country that are achieving remarkable results in advancing literacy learning.