From the ALA Director 4/4: American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

AASL Introduces the Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award

AASL invites members to apply for the Roald Dahl’s Miss Honey Social Justice Award, a new addition to the organization’s prestigious awards program.  Sponsored by Penguin Random House, the Roald Dahl Award recognizes collaboration between school librarians and teachers in the instruction of social justice using school library resources.  More information is available on the AASL website at


School Library Month PSAs with Spokesperson Jeff Kinney Now Available

Two new video public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Jeff Kinney, New York Times bestselling author of the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series, are now available from AASL.  Kinney is the national spokesperson for the 2014 observance of School Library Month, and in the PSAs he encourages viewers to “celebrate how our nation’s school libraries change lives.”  The videos can be viewed and downloaded from


AASL Highlights Persuasion and Project-Based Learning during ALA14 Preconferences

Attendees will learn the power of persuasion and the principles of project-based learning at preconferences offered by the AASL prior to the 2014 ALA Annual Conference.  Half-day workshops “The Power of Persuasion: Developing Influence to Become Your Own Best Advocate” and “The PBL Way: Partnerships, Pedagogy and Purpose” will be offered on Friday, June 27, in Las Vegas.  For more information,


The Book Whisperer Headlines AASL President’s Program

Donalyn Miller, author of “The Book Whisperer,” will headline the AASL President’s Program at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, as part of the ALA Annual Conference.  In “The Book Whisperer,” Miller reflects on her journey to become a reading teacher and describes how she inspires and motivates her middle school students to read 40 or more books a year.  For more information about this and other AASL programs at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference,


Educator Collaboration Key to Successful CCSS Implementation

A new report released by the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) reveals educators across the United States feel ill prepared to help their students achieve the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in literacy.  The report, Remodeling Literacy Learning Together: Paths to Standards Implementation, investigates the extent to which the professional expertise of educators working together is driving Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation. As one of more than 30 professional education associations, policy organizations and foundations of the NCLE coalition, AASL solicited the participation of its members to provide the data used to create the report.  The report and supplemental materials are available


Student Loan Forgiveness Webinar Now Archived on AASL eCOLLAB

The archive of the webinar “Federal Student Loan Forgiveness and Cancellation Benefits for School Librarians” is now available to view as part of AASL’s professional development repository, eCOLLAB.  Presented in collaboration with the ALA Washington Office, the webinar features staff members from the U.S. Department of Education and a discussion of financial aid forgiveness programs available to school librarians.  To view, visit



School Library Research Opens Volume 17 with Three New Studies

The newest volume of AASL’s peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research, opens with studies on college readiness, information literacy during the high school to college transition and educational stakeholders’ perceptions of school library programs.  The purpose of School Library Research is to promote and publish high quality original research concerning the management, implementation and evaluation of school library programs.  Articles can be found on the AASL website


This was excerpted from EBD # 12.20 2013-2014 Report to Council and Executive Board April 4, 2014 from Keith Michael Fiels Executive Director.

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