For immediate release | September 23, 2014

AASL Fall Forum panel epitomizes district collaboration for blended learning

CHICAGO – An expert panel showcasing an exemplary school district collaboration to create a truly blended learning experience has been added to the AASL 2014 Fall Forum. Moderated by Fall Forum committee chair, Steven Yates, and featuring the AASL 2014 Distinguished School Administrator Award recipient, Harlingen Independent School District (HISD) superintendent Dr. Arturo Cavazos, the panel will take place during School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape, Oct. 17-18, 2014. The forum will convene in St. Louis and be broadcast to nine satellite sites across the country. For more information and to register, visit

Joining Yates and Cavazos for the panel discussion will be Mireya Galvan, HISD coordinator of library services, and Michelle Ayala, HISD elementary instructional facilitator. The panelists will share how they partner to meet their mission to “provide educational excellence for all students, cultivating college, career and workforce readiness, while providing students with choices for meaningful and successful life.”

“School librarians play a crucial role in the success of anytime, anywhere learning landscape, but the committee knew that we wanted to show Fall Forum participants an exciting example of a successful partnership between school libraries and school and district administration. We had to look no farther than the current AASL Distinguished Administrator Dr. Cavazos. He, along with his team from Harlingen ISD, will challenge participants to cultivate and strengthen the critical relationships school librarians must have to flourish in the anytime, anywhere learning landscape.”

Registration for the AASL 2014 Fall Forum is now open at Rates are AASL member: $329; ALA member: $379; and nonmember: $444. AASL members can also opt to attend with their administrator, technology/curriculum specialist or an AASL student member at a special AASL member PLUS rate of $592. The PLUS member rate includes the AASL member and one of the above guests.

The AASL Fall Forum is a multi-day national institute held during non-AASL national conference years. A more intimate event, the institute focuses on one topic of importance to the profession. School Librarians in the Anytime Anywhere Learning Landscape will be held Oct. 17-18, 2014, in St. Louis and across the country at nine satellite sites. More information can be found at

The American Association of School Librarians,, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.


Jennifer Habley

Manager, Web Communications

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)