David Conley to speak at AASL President's Program

Contact: Kathy Agarwal

AASL Communications Specialist


For Immediate Release

April 28, 2005

David Conley to speak at AASL President's Program

"Standards for Success"

CHICAGO - The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to welcome Dr. David Conley, professor of Educational Policy and Leadership, University of Oregon, as keynote speaker for the AASL President's Program "Standards for Success," June 25, 10 a.m., at the 2005 ALA Annual Conference June 23 - 29 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Conley is the author of "College Knowledge: What It Really Takes for Students to Succeed and What We Can Do to Help," a book that discusses results of Conley's $2.5 million Standards for Success study, which identified the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in entry level university courses. Based on the project's in-depth analysis of university faculty expectations and course content, Conley analyzes the gaps between high school education and college entry skills, and provides ideas that can be implemented by high school teachers, school library media specialists and administrators to improve their college preparation programs.

Conley also will host "Standards for Success Roundtable Discussion for High School Librarians: A Conversation with Dr. David Conley," on Saturday, June 25 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Chicago Hilton & Towers. This roundtable discussion will allow for more specific details on how high school media specialists can affect the success of their students as they prepare for college and university courses using Standards for Success resources.

Conley is a professor of Educational Policy and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He is the founder and director of the Center for Educational Policy Research at the University of Oregon and has received over $9 million in grants and contracts over the past 10 years to conduct research on a range of policy issues. His work has been published in numerous journal articles, technical reports, and conference papers.

Please visit
www.ala.org/aasl/annual for more information about the AASL President's Program and other AASL programs held this June at the ALA Annual Conference.

The American Association of School Librarians promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field. For more information regarding AASL please visit