AASL receives NCLE grant to create personal learning network

For Immediate Release
Tue, 10/02/2012

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Jennifer Habley
Manager, Web Communications
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
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CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has received a grant from the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) to create a personal learning network centered on the topic of its 2012 Fall Forum – transliteracy. The funding will be used support school librarians and their teaching partners in the collaborative development of materials for the transliteracy practice exchange.

To create this learning network, school librarians and their teaching partners will have the opportunity to apply for mini-grants to support the development of projects to be hosted in what will be called the Transmedia & Digital Literacy Learning practice exchange. A practice exchange gathers together a group of educators to share their learning, questions and insights about a problem of practice for the purpose of learning from and with one another.

"As the AASL community prepares to meet at our Fall Forum to learn more about transliteracy, the receipt of the NCLE grant could not have come at a better time," said Susan Ballard, AASL president.  "This represents an extraordinary opportunity for members to extend this conversation, delve more deeply into the concept with teaching partners and ultimately share results that will pay learning dividends for students."

As a stakeholder group in NCLE, AASL anticipates being a major contributor to the Literacy in Learning Exchange website through the Transmedia & Digital Literacy Learning practice exchange and future projects.

A project of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Ball Foundation in alliance with over 30 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.

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.