American Association of School Librarians

National IMLS research summit focuses on school librarians and student achievement

CHICAGO – Fifty research scholars from across the nation will gather in Chicago to participate in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) research summit. Focused on setting an agenda for future school library research, the “Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)” summit will take place April 11-12, 2014.

School Library Month PSAs with spokesperson Jeff Kinney now available

CHICAGO – Two new video PSAs featuring Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, are now available from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Kinney is the national spokesperson for the 2014 observance of School Library Month, and in the PSAs he encourages viewers to “celebrate how our nation’s school libraries change lives.” The videos can be viewed at and downloaded from www.ala.org/aasl/slm/2014/psa.

AASL highlights persuasion and project-based learning during ALA14 preconferences

CHICAGO – Attendees will learn the power of persuasion and the principles of project-based learning at preconferences offered by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) before the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. Half-day workshops “The Power of Persuasion: Developing Influence to Become Your Own Best Advocate” and “The PBL Way: Partnerships, Pedagogy and Purpose” will be offered on Friday, June 27, in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.ala.org/aasl/annual.

AASL seeks proposals for ALA 2015 Annual Conference programs

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for programs to be presented during the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 25-30 in San Francisco. The deadline for preconference submissions is 11:59 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, May 29, 2014. The deadline for concurrent session submissions is 11:59 p.m. CDT on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

AASL introduces the Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites members to apply for the Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award, a new addition to the organization’s prestigious awards program. Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Roald Dahl Award recognizes collaboration between school librarians and teachers in the instruction of social justice using school library resources. More information is available on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/awards.

AASL and OLA want to hear school library stories

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) seek stories about parents and students who advocate for their school libraries. Stories shared will help AASL and OLA spread examples of parent and/or student advocacy to stakeholders nationally.

The Book Whisperer headlines AASL President’s Program

CHICAGO – Donalyn Miller, author of “The Book Whisperer,” will headline the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) President’s Program taking place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, as part of the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

Educator collaboration key to successful CCSS implementation

CHICAGO - A new report released by the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) reveals educators across the United States feel ill prepared to help their students achieve the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in literacy. The report, Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation, investigates the extent to which the professional expertise of educators working together is driving Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation.

Student loan forgiveness webinar now archived on AASL eCOLLAB

CHICAGO – The archive of the webinar “Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and Cancellation Benefits for School Librarians” is now available to view as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) professional development repository, eCOLLAB. Presented in collaboration with the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office, the webinar archive features staff members from the U.S. Department of Education and a discussion of financial aid forgiveness programs available to school librarians.

New webinar demystifies student loan forgiveness programs available to school librarians

CHICAGO – A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office explores the financial aid forgiveness programs available to school librarians. Presented by staff members from the U.S. Department of Education, “Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and Cancellation Benefits for School Librarians” will take place at 3 p.m. Central on Thursday, March 6. For more information and to register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

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