American Association of School Librarians

AASL webinar provides framework for professional growth

CHICAGO – An upcoming webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), will demonstrate how the use of A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners, AASL’s online program assessment and planning module, can drive a school librarian’s personalized learning plan.  Presented by Mary Keeling, “AASL Planning Guide: A Framework for Professional Growth” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Thursday, Sept. 25. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

AASL invites members to share the wealth – and win

CHICAGO – Beginning Sept. 1, 2014, members of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) are invited to “share the wealth” of AASL membership – and win! With each new member recruited, the referring AASL member will earn an entry into a monthly prize drawing as well as an entry into the final grand prize drawing worth an estimated $1,500. View complete campaign details at www.ala.org/aasl/STW

AASL releases white paper outlining research agenda

 CHICAGO – The white paper resulting from the “Causality: School Libraries and Student Success (CLASS)” forum, convened by the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) and funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is now available for view and comment on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/research.

AASL webinar reshapes read-alouds into 'talk-alouds'

CHICAGO – An upcoming webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will examine read-aloud strategies that promote the exchange of reader responses between children and educators. Presented by Raquel Cuperman, “Talk-Alouds: A Different Approach to Read-Alouds” will take place at 6 p.m. Central on Wednesday, Sept. 10. For more information and to register, visit ecollab.aasl.org.

AASL extends deadline for national conference preconference proposals

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is extending its submission deadline for preconference workshops proposals for its 17th National Conference & Exhibition. The new deadline is midnight on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

AASL releases position statement on the role of the school librarian in Senior/Capstone Projects

CHICAGO The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has published a new position statement on the role of the school librarian in Senior/Capstone Projects. Senior/Capstone Projects are research-oriented courses driven by student interest and not curricular mandates. The position statement affirms that school library programs, and specifically school librarians, are crucial to the successful implementation of these projects.

AASL transforms learning with new mission statement and strategic plan

CHICAGO –The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) challenges leaders in all fields to bring about an evolution in student learning with its adoption of a new mission statement and strategic plan. During the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, the AASL Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve the mission statement: The American Association of School Librarians empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.

Two schools receive $50,000 grants from AASL Beyond Words and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation

CHICAGO – Paul Robeson Malcolm X Academy in Detroit and Rowe Elementary School in Rowe, Mass., are the recipients of the 2014 catastrophic disaster relief grants offered as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Beyond Words Grant funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

AASL Crystal Apple awarded to Marlene Woo-Lun

CHICAGO — The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President, Gail Dickinson, has selected Marlene Woo-Lun as the recipient of the 2014 Crystal Apple. The Crystal Apple honor is given at the discretion of the AASL president to an individual or group that has had a significant impact on school library programs and students.

AASL announces 2014 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) announced its 2014 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The annual list honors 25 Internet sites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. Now in its sixth year, with 150 recognized sites, the list is considered the "best of the best" by AASL.

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