American Association of School Librarians

Follett supports AASL’s ESSA implementation efforts

CHICAGO – Follett School Solutions continues to support the importance of school librarians in students educational careers with a matching funds sponsorship of American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation workshops. Presented nationwide through collaboration with AASL state affiliates, the workshops highlight opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be included in state and local plans.

AASL coalition focuses on school library advocacy and legislation

CHICAGO – To strengthen and consolidate its advocacy and legislation efforts, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched an Advocacy and Legislation Coalition. The coalition’s goal is to increase two-way communication between AASL and state and local stakeholders and allow AASL to proactively respond to issues impacting the profession.

Georgia, Illinois and Indiana school librarians unpack ESSA

CHICAGO – On Sep. 24, school librarians and educational stakeholders in Georgia, Illinois and Indiana attended workshops dedicated to unpacking the provisions for school libraries in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Presented by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in collaboration with the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and the ALA Washington Office, the complimentary workshops are part of an outreach effort to AASL state affiliates to highlight opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be addressed in state and local plans.

New research articles examine leadership, capstone projects and library supervisors

CHICAGO - Three new articles are now available in the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR). SLR promotes and publishes high quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs. Articles can be accessed at www.ala.org/aasl/slr.

Delaware, Massachusetts and Michigan school librarians unpack ESSA

CHICAGO – On Sep. 17, more than 70 school librarians and educational stakeholders in Delaware, Massachusetts and Michigan attended workshops dedicated to unpacking the provisions for school libraries in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

AASL seeks members to serve on new social media editorial board

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) seeks school library professionals to serve as members of the AASL social media editorial board. Editorial board members will be tasked with curating and composing social media posts to share on AASL platforms. To apply, please visit www.ala.org/aasl/social-media.

AASL conducts state level workshops on ESSA implementation

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with the ALA Office for Library Advocacy and the ALA Washington Office, is offering a complementary, comprehensive workshop on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to each AASL-affiliated state association.

AASL seeks proposals for 2017 ALA Annual Conference programs

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference will be held June 22-27 in Chicago. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. Central on Monday, Oct. 3, 2016. More information is available at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

AASL Submits Recommendations to USED: Include School Librarians in State ESSA Planning

CHICAGO - In its continuing efforts to highlight the importance of school librarian participation in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has submitted recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) in response to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on ESSA accountability and state plans.

AASL defines 'effective school library program' for ESSA implementation

CHICAGO – As the national association for the school library profession, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has defined the term “effective school library program” to assist with the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) at the state and district level:

“An effective school library program has a certified school librarian at the helm, provides personalized learning environments, and offers equitable access to resources to ensure a well-rounded education for every student.”

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