AASL Fall Forum attendees challenged to lead

Contact: Melissa B. Jones

AASL Communications Specialist



For Immediate Release

October 28, 2008

CHICAGO - Calling AASL's "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner" "among the most brilliant of those I have seen," endnote speaker Everett Kline challenged school library media specialists in attendance at the AASL 2008 Fall Forum to "go out and lead."

From Oct. 17 to 19 school library media specialist from across the country gathered in Oak Brook, Ill., to look in depth at assessment of student learning.

Kline's presentation capped one-and-a-half days of training and conversation about assessment. Kline praised AASL's learning standards for developing excellence in teaching and learning, teaching students to value assessment in their learning process and offering feedback to students to continually optimize learning.

In AASL's "Standards for the 21st-Century Learner," the importance of teaching students the value of self-assessment is emphasized. Self-assessment strategies developed by students teach them to process the way they learn and modify that process for future inquiry. Kline challenged school library media specialists to look at the way they assess student learning in much the same way. Assessment's goal, he said, is to help students and school library media specialists constantly improve performance or to self-adjust.

The institute's other presenters—Judith Dzikowski, Julie Gedeon, Celeste Nalwasky, and Barbara F. Schloman—addressed how to use assessment to construct effective programs, interpret evidence of student learning, guide instruction and collaborate with teachers.

Everett Kline has been a classroom teacher, building program leader and assistant superintendent for instruction and learning for the South Orange-Maplewood School District of New Jersey. Over the last 10 years, he has consulted with public and private schools, school districts, colleges and universities and state departments of education in more than 45 states and seven foreign countries. In addition, Kline is the co-author of "Transforming Schools: Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement." He holds an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Ford Fellow, and a B.A. from the University of Chicago.

The AASL Fall Forum occurs in the years that ALA does not host a National Conference.

The American Association of School Librarians,
www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), 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.