American Association of School Librarians

Federal support for school libraries closer to fruition

                                 U.S. House passes Every Student Succeeds Act

CHICAGO – Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The bill now moves on to the Senate and if  passed, and signed into law, will be the first piece of federal legislation in more than 50 years that will provide access to funding for the enhancement of school library services and resources. 

AASL, ALA applaud the addition of school libraries to Every Student Succeeds Act

CHICAGO - Today House and Senate negotiators released the final language of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference Report.  The House is currently expected to vote on the bill later this week, and the Senate will follow soon after.

In response to today’s announcement, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Leslie Preddy and American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman released the following joint statement:

AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition concludes after providing school librarians with tools to transform, empower

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 17th National Conference in Columbus, Ohio, has come to a close. Attended by more than 2,600 school librarians, administrators and exhibitors, the conference empowered school librarians to continue their roles as education leaders within a technology-driven academic landscape.

Literary world builder Rae Carson ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Rae Carson, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns series, will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition.  Carson will discuss female character development in the fantasy genre alongside Josephine Angelini, Colleen Gleason, Kate Messner and Sabaa Tahir at the Sunday, Nov.

New survey results point to what’s working in state standards implementation

CHICAGO — According to findings in Building Literacy Capacity: The Conditions for Effective Standards Implementation, a new report out from the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE), the secret to implementing state standards and creating change in schools is building the shared capacity of educators.

Storytellers to tell tall tales at AASL national conference

CHICAGO - Three master storytellers will share their craft as part of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8, in Columbus, Ohio. Kevin Cordi, Jim Flanagan and Lyn Ford will appear at the Thursday night festival and celebrate the everyday and fantastic with attendees in a casual evening of traditional and original tales. For more information, visit national.aasl.org/storytelling.

Research drives educators of school librarians at AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Research and data driven practice will be the focus of sessions from the AASL Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) during the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition taking place Nov. 5-8 in Columbus, Ohio. Presentations will explore the shift to causal research in the field, creating a community of scholars to better facilitate the research process, and the latest school library studies from across the country. More information can be found at national.aasl.org.

Follett continues support of school library professionals

CHICAGO – Follett continues to support school library professionals and ongoing learning with its sponsorship of the opening general session speaker at the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Curriculum and instruction expert Heidi Hayes Jacobs will open the conference, taking place in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 5, 2015, by speaking on the evolving educational environment.

AASL opens call for researchers

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) invites researchers to submit their interest to be part of the CLASS II: Causality: School Libraries and Student Success II research team. Two applicants will be selected to join researchers from Old Dominion University and Florida State University for the three-year IMLS funded research project. The project will begin on January 1, 2016, and conclude in the fall of 2018. Additional application information can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/rfp.

Award winning author Kate Messner ready to rock AASL national conference

CHICAGO – Kate Messner, award winning author of “The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z,” will appear as one of five featured speakers at an author breakfast presented during the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) 17th National Conference & Exhibition. Angelini will discuss female character development in the fantasy genre alongside Josephine Angelini, Rae Carson, Colleen Gleason and Sabaa Tahir at the Sunday, Nov.

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