AASL forms key partnerships and collaborations with companies and organizations that support its mission and the members it serves.
Achieve is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit education reform organization dedicated to working with states to raise academic standards and graduation requirements, improve assessments, and strengthen accountability. In partnership with Achieve, AASL has released an action brief on the role of school librarians in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The brief was designed not only for school librarians who are supporting higher standards for student learning, but also for school leaders as they rethink and re-envision the role that the library can and should play in a major school initiative.
ASCD Whole Child
ASCD's Whole Child approach is an effort to transition from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of all children. Whole Child helps educators, families, community members, and policymakers move from a vision about educating the whole child to sustainable, collaborative action.
Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government
Representatives from AASL collaborated with the U.S. Government Publishing Office in reviewing the content for Ben’s Guide; in addition, AASL volunteers developed lesson plans using Ben's Guide as a resource.
Children’s Book Council
The Children’s Book Council (CBC) is the nonprofit trade association of children’s book publishers in North America, dedicated to supporting the industry and promoting children’s books and reading.
Connected Educator Month
The US Department of Education declared August as Connected Educator Month (CEM) and AASL is a participating organization. CEM is celebrated with four-plus weeks of online events and activities, including forums, webinars, guided tours, open houses, contests, badges, and more. Visit the Connected Educator Month website for more information and a complete schedule.
Consortium for School Networking
AASL joined with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and other leading education associations in releasing a new report aimed at helping inform and guide education decision makers as they revise policies related to the use of mobile technologies and social media in schools. The report, “Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media,” was produced by CoSN and the FrameWorks Institute.The report can be read in its entirety at www.cosn.org/MakingProgress.
Digital Learning Day
AASL, in collaboration with the Alliance for Excellent Education, extends an invitation to school librarians, their students and parents, to participate in national Digital Learning Day celebrated in February. Digital Learning Day celebrates innovative teaching practices that make learning more personalized and engaging and encourage exploration of how digital learning can provide more students with more opportunities to get the skills they need to succeed in college, career, and life.
The website, DigitalLearningDay.org, offers customized toolkits for all audiences, grades, and subjects to help educators explore how they can contribute to the campaign. School librarians and other educators are invited to visit DigitalLearningDay.org to register to receive toolkits, resources, and invitations to run-up events and activities.
Education Superhighway is the leading nonprofit focused on upgrading the Internet access in every public school classroom in America. Education Superhighway believes that digital learning has the potential to provide all students with equal access to educational opportunity and that every school requires high-speed broadband to make that opportunity a reality.
Future Ready Schools
AASL is a official coalition partner of Future Ready Schools, an effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. The effort provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally under-served communities.
Jumpstart's Read for the Record
Jumpstart’s Read for the Record brings together millions of people each year in classrooms, libraries, community centers, and homes across the US. This annual campaign was launched over a decade ago to highlight the importance of building early literacy and language skills for EVERY child, so that all children have the opportunity to enter kindergarten prepared to succeed.
NEA's Read Across America
The National Education Association's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.
The Federal Trade Commission – the nation’s consumer protection agency – and its partners in OnGuardOnline.gov have produced a kit with everything you need to reach out to your community. The Net Cetera Community Outreach Toolkit includes a guide for parents (Net Cetera); a booklet for kids (Heads Up); presentation slides and notes; videos for parents and for kids; and ideas to help spread the word about being safe online. There’s practical information about cyberbullying, texting, file-sharing and using mobile phones. All the materials are in English and Spanish on the enclosed CD and DVD. All these materials are free and in the public domain.
Project RED (Revolutionizing Education) is a national research and advocacy plan created to revolutionize the way the U.S. looks at technology as part of teaching and learning. Project RED, Phase I, was a research study into which technology practices are associated with improved learning achievement and cost-effectiveness. A 181-page report, called The Technology Factor: Nine Keys to Learning Achievement and Cost-Effectiveness, has been published to document these findings from almost 1,000 U.S. school respondents. Project RED, Phase II, is titled ‘From Research to Results’. The project is creating a professional learning community to present the findings of Project RED’s research in an accessible way to districts across the country. Project RED II is developing a powerful host website, a set of content webinars and regional conferences to engage superintendents and their teams in discussion of what really works.
Project RED offers a complimentary, monthly webinar series on education technologies and project planning. All webinars are archived and available for viewing.
SchoolTube.com is the nation's largest K-12 moderated video sharing website that provides students and educators with a safe and free video sharing website. In the 21st century, everyone should be afforded the opportunity to see what is happening in their community and SchoolTube offers schools a chance to do just that with categories to showcase news, contemporary issues, sports, and the performing arts.