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*Volume 14, Issue 9December 2015*


In This Issue:
Association News
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Member Spotlight
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Education News
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Resources for School Librarians
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Partnership and Collaborator News
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 Association News
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Federal Support for School Libraries Closer to Fruition
<http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2015/12/federal-support-school-libraries-closer-fruition>
Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed S. 1177, the Every
Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The bill now moves on to the Senate and if
passed, and signed into law, will be the first piece of federal legislation
in over 50 years to provide school libraries with a dedicated revenue
stream to enhance school library services and resources. AASL President
Leslie Preddy and American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman
released the following joint statement in response to the vote: “The AASL
and ALA commend the House for passing the Conference Report, which
has multiple provisions included as part of Every Student Succeeds Act
(ESSA) that would support effective school library programs. We are pleased
to support this critical legislation. Improvements contained under ESSA
that include effective school library programs will help ensure that all
students graduating from America’s schools will be adequately prepared for
college, career and workforce success."

AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition Concludes after Providing School
Librarians with Tools to Transform, Empower
<http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2015/11/aasl-17th-national-conference-exhibition-concludes-after-providing-school>
<http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2015/11/aasl-17th-national-conference-exhibition-concludes-after-providing-school>The
AASL 17th National Conference in Columbus, Ohio, came to a close November
8. Attended by more than 2,600 school librarians, administrators, and
exhibitors, the conference empowered school librarians to continue their
roles as education leaders within a technology-driven academic landscape.
Themed “Experience Education Evolution,” the event brought together school
librarians, educators, authors and exhibitors at the only national
conference dedicated solely to the needs of school librarians. Attendees
participated in preconference workshops, author events, more than 100
concurrent sessions and access to an exhibition featuring companies
relevant to school libraries and their users.

AASL Celebrates 65th Anniversary with Giving Campaign
<http://www.ala.org/aasl/65th>
<http://www.ala.org/aasl/65th>AASL is celebrating 65 years of service to
school librarians with a giving campaign to help ensure the future of the
school library profession. Help AASL transform the future with a gift by
donating online. Donors at the $65-$649 level will receive the 65th
anniversary lapel pin with a simulated sapphire; donors at the $650 level
and above will receive the 65th anniversary lapel pin with a simulated
diamond.

Submit an Article for Upcoming May/June *KQ*
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/write/>
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/write/>Interested in writing for*Knowledge
Quest*? The deadline for submitting a manuscript for the May/June issue of
*KQ* is December 11. KQ is seeking original, unpublished manuscripts that
address the integration of theory and practice in school librarianship and
new developments in education, learning theory, and relevant
disciplines. *Knowledge
Quest* is devoted to offering substantive information to assist
building-level school librarians, supervisors, library educators, and other
decision makers concerned with the development of school library programs
and services.
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Member Spotlight
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Dona Helmer Receives I Love My Librarian Award
<http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/2015/15winners>
<http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian/2015/15winners>Dona Helmer,
librarian at College Gate Elementary School in Anchorage, Alaska, was named
one of the ten winners of the I Love My Librarian Award. This year's
recipients were selected for their dedicated public service and the
valuable role they play in our nation’s communities in transforming lives
through education. Helmer "provides an invaluable hands-on approach to
learning that opens up new worlds for students." The awards were handed out
December 3.

Nicole Cruz Receives South Texas Literacy Coalition Excellence in School
Librarianship Award
<http://www.yourvalleyvoice.com/article/20151111/NEWS/151119909>
<http://www.yourvalleyvoice.com/article/20151111/NEWS/151119909>Nicole
Cruz, lead librarian in the Sharyland Independent School District in
Mission, TX, received the South Texas Literacy Coalition Excellence in
School Librarianship Award. Cruz was nominated for the honor by UTRGV
Librarian Billy Cryer, who stated, "I've always been really impressed by
her passion for students and for encouraging literacy and reading. She
works more than 40 hours a week and has never complained. I think, for me,
that's why she's a big inspiration. She's really selfless."

Kay Wejrowski’s School Library Program Awarded National School Board
Association Magna Grand Prize Award
<https://www.nsba.org/newsroom/american-school-board-journal/magna-awards/grand-prize-winners/read-peace%E2%80%94work-justice>
<https://www.nsba.org/newsroom/american-school-board-journal/magna-awards/grand-prize-winners/read-peace%E2%80%94work-justice>Kay
Wejrowski was awarded the National School Board Association’s Magna Grand
Prize Award for her school library’s reading initiative at Swan Valley in
Saginaw, MI. Each year she selects a literacy theme for students, teachers,
administrators, parents, the school board, and community groups. “Read for
Peace—Work For Justice” was the theme for the 2013-14 school year. As part
of her initiative, students in different classes read different books:
family relations students read a testimonial of spousal abuse in *Crazy
Love*by Leslie Morgan Steiner; all ninth-graders read *Touching Spirit Bear*;
and psychology students read *Annie’s Ghosts*.

Beatrice Gerrish Featured for Classification System
<http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-schools/ci_29146016/monarch-librarian-develops-bookstore-classification-system-easier-browsing>
<http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-schools/ci_29146016/monarch-librarian-develops-bookstore-classification-system-easier-browsing>Beatrice
Gerrish’s new classification system, the Monarch Method, is featured in an
article online in the Boulder Daily Camera. Gerrish, librarian at Monarch
High School in Louisville, Colorado, couldn't find a classification system
she liked for a school library, so she decided to create her own. Her
system organizes the library's 15,000 books by subject instead of genre,
with color coded labels to denote if a book is fiction, a biography, an
autobiography, etc. "It's much better for kids who don't like to read and
casual library users, who don't know all the titles and author names," she
said.
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Education News
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Report Outlines the Integral Role of the School Librarian
<http://www.scholastic.com/SLW2016/>
<http://www.scholastic.com/SLW2016/>Last month Scholastic released the 2016
edition of “School Libraries Work!,” a research report that proves school
librarians and libraries have a positive impact on student learning. The
report debunks a few myths including that kids and teens, as digital
natives, “just know” how to find the information they need. It finds that
75 percent of kids and teens have no idea how to locate articles and
resources they need for their research, while 60 percent don’t verify the
accuracy or reliability of the information they do find. National- and
state-level findings from more than 30 separate research studies are
included in the compendium, demonstrating the integral role school
libraries play in teaching and supporting student learning.

Children Becoming More Trusting of What They See Online
<http://media.ofcom.org.uk/news/2015/digital-natives-lack-online-nous/>
One in five 12- to 15-year-olds believe information returned by a search
engine such as Google or Bing must be true, yet only a third of them are
able to identify paid-for advertisements in these results, according to a
study from Ofcom. In addition, nearly one in ten (8%) of all children aged
8-15 who go online believe information from social media websites or apps
is “all true” – doubling from 4% in 2014. Children are also increasingly
turning to YouTube for “true and accurate” information about what’s going
on in the world.

Computer-Based Reading Helps Close Gender Gap
<http://www.oecd.org/education/education-at-a-glance-19991487.htm>
<http://www.oecd.org/education/education-at-a-glance-19991487.htm>Boys are
better at computer-based reading -- potentially because they play more
video games -- according to a recent analysis by the Organization for
Economic Cooperation and Development. The analysis of 46 countries finds
that the gender gap in reading was wider in print than when students used
digital material.

Personalized Learning Pays Off
<http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1365.html>
<http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR1365.html>A new study from the
RAND Corporation shows that students in schools using personalized learning
strategies made greater academic progress over the course of two years than
a comparison group of similar students. According to the study, schools
with the greatest achievement gains reported strong implementation of
student grouping strategies driven by data and responsive to student needs;
provision of data to students and including them in discussions of the
data; and learning spaces that support personalized learning strategies.

The Nation’s Report Card: 2015 Mathematics and Reading Assessments
<http://www.nationsreportcard.gov/reading_math_2015/#?grade=4>
The 2015 trend in national average mathematics scores show a decline at
both grades since the last assessment in 2013, according to a new report
from the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Average scores for
reading in 2015 declined at grade 8; there was no significant change in the
reading score for fourth-grade students. Over the long term, however,
scores were higher in 2015 in both subject and grades compared to the
initial assessments in the early 1990s. The online report presents results
from the NAEP 2015 mathematics and reading assessments. The report includes
national and state results on the performance of fourth- and eighth-grade
students.

RTI for Literacy May Not Improve Student Performance
<http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/pubs/20164000/>
Response to intervention may not improve student performance in reading,
according to a study of more than 20,000 students in 13 states by the
National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance. Data show
first-graders reading below level who received interventions performed
worse than peers who did not.

PARCC Focuses on Exam Transparency
<https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parcc-released-items>
The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
recently released hundreds of questions used this year on exams
administered to students. PARCC also is releasing scoring guides and other
information intended to provide more transparency about the exams to
teachers and parents.

Study Examines Mobile Device Use among Children
<http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2015/11/02/pediatrics-mobile-devices-study/75012604/>
Almost 97% of parents said their children used mobile devices, most of whom
started before their first birthday, according to a study published in
*Pediatrics*. The findings, based on a survey of 289 parents of 350
children who lived in a low-income, urban, minority community, showed
three-fourths of the children owned their own mobile device at age 4; 20%
had their own tablet at age 1; 28% can navigate a mobile device on their
own at age 2; and 21% own a gaming console at age 4.

The Digital Disparities Facing Teenagers in Low-Income Households
<https://www.commonsensemedia.org/research/the-common-sense-census-media-use-by-tweens-and-teens>
<https://www.commonsensemedia.org/research/the-common-sense-census-media-use-by-tweens-and-teens>Teenagers
in lower-income households have fewer desktop, laptop and tablet computers
to use at home than their higher-income peers, according to a study from
Common Sense Media. And those disparities may influence more than how
teenagers socialize, entertain themselves and apply for college or jobs.
Only one-fourth of teenagers in households with less than $35,000 in annual
income said they had their own laptops compared with 62 percent in
households with annual incomes of $100,000 or more. One-fifth of teenagers
in lower-income households reported that they use computers for homework
once per month or less.

Should Schools Change How They Purchase Digital Resources?
<http://www.setda.org/priorities/digital-content/navigating-the-shift/>
<http://www.setda.org/priorities/digital-content/navigating-the-shift/>Schools
may need to alter the way they purchase digital instructional materials, a
recent report from SETDA finds. The report notes that accessibility,
interoperability and device access should be considered when purchasing
digital resources, and it outlines what states and other entities can do to
support schools. When acquiring digital instructional materials, the cost
associated with access to broadband and devices is a pivotal factor,
according to the report.

Personalized Learning, Technology Boost Student Achievement
<http://collegeready.gatesfoundation.org/continued-progress-promising-evidence-on-personalized-learning/>
Students benefit from personalized learning -- particularly when they have
access to digital tools -- according to studies conducted by the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation. Data also connect greater gains to longer
engagement in personalized learning.

Schools’ Poverty Level Affects Perception of Computer Science
<http://services.google.com/fh/files/misc/images-of-computer-science-report.pdf>
<http://services.google.com/fh/files/misc/images-of-computer-science-report.pdf>Teachers
at schools with a higher percentage of low-income students are more likely
to believe that students should take computer-science courses, according to
a recent Gallup survey conducted on behalf of Google. However, the survey
also found that teachers in more affluent schools were more likely to feel
that their school boards support computer science in schools. Many
students, parents, teachers, and school administrators do not properly
distinguish between computer science activities and general computer
literacy.

42 States, D.C. Tie Teacher Reviews to Student Scores
<http://www.nctq.org/dmsStage/StateofStates2015>
Forty-two states and the District of Columbia have policies that tie
student growth and achievement to teacher reviews -- up from 15 in 2009 --
according to a report by the National Council on Teacher Quality. The
growth in performance-based teacher evaluations can be attributed, in part,
to the rollout of the federal Race to the Top program.
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Resources for School LibrariansReading Is Fundamental Launches Read for
Success <http://www.rif.org/about-us/read-for-success/>
<http://www.rif.org/about-us/read-for-success/>Reading Is Fundamental has
introduced Read for Success, an evidence-based program intervention
designed to improve reading proficiency among K-3 students. Through
vocabulary-rich classroom books partnered with standards-based activities
and professional development, educators motivate students to continue to
read all year long. Aside from the classroom materials, students select
eight books to take home for the summer (and keep). Tested over a two-year
period as part of an Innovative Approaches to Literacy grant from the U.S.
Department of Education, RIF’s model is designed to curb the “summer
learning slide.”

Harvard Law to Create Free, Searchable Online Database
<http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/29/us/harvard-law-library-sacrifices-a-trove-for-the-sake-of-a-free-database.html?WT.mc_id=SmartBriefs-Newsletter&WT.mc_ev=click&_r=0>
Harvard's Law School Library is creating a free, searchable database of
American case law. Officials say the effort will expand access to
documents. "We feel an obligation and an opportunity here to open up our
resources to the public," said Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School.

Four Models for Co-Teaching Instruction
<http://www.middleweb.com/26279/creating-viable-co-teacher-instructional-cycles/>
Co-teachers should try various models to find what works to meet the needs
of all learners in the classroom, instructional coach Elizabeth Stein
writes in this blog post. She offers an overview of four co-teaching
models, how they work and links to resources.

Three Big Ideas for Blended Learning Success
<http://smartblogs.com/education/2015/11/05/its-okay-to-blend-in-online-learning/>
<http://smartblogs.com/education/2015/11/05/its-okay-to-blend-in-online-learning/>Blended
learning may be preferable to online-only learning options for some
learners, Fred Ende, assistant director of curriculum and instructional
services for Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES in New York, writes in this
blog post. He shares three "big ideas" to help make blended learning
successful.

How Technology Can Promote Equity in Schools
<http://smartblogs.com/education/2015/11/03/tech-tip-7-ways-technology-can-support-education-equity-solutions/>
In this blog post, Robert Dillon, director of technology and innovation at
Affton School District in Missouri, shares seven ways technology can
promote equity in schools. Ideas include virtual field trips,
community-based learning and virtual connections.

Five Ways Digital Badges Can Improve PD
<https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-10-31-so-you-want-to-drive-instruction-with-digital-badges-start-with-the-teachers>
Digital badges can help boost teacher professional development, writes
Terry Grier, superintendent of the Houston Independent School District. In
this commentary, Grier shares how the district used a badge system to
improve teacher PD.

Five Ways to Link Professional Learning Communities and Networks
<http://www.edutopia.org/blog/modern-professional-learning-plc-pln-vicki-davis>
Infusing professional learning communities with ideas from a larger
professional learning network can energize and improve instructional
practice, Georgia educator Vicki Davis writes in this blog post. She shares
five ideas, such as having less tech-savvy teachers participate in blended
professional learning.

How One Teachers Uses Role Playing Games to Enhance Literacy Skills
<http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/10/27/books-to-games-transforming-classic-novels-into-role-playing-adventures/>
<http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2015/10/27/books-to-games-transforming-classic-novels-into-role-playing-adventures/>Kip
Glazer, an English teacher in a California high school, uses tabletop
role-playing games to enhance students' study of literature and to teach
critical-thinking and literacy skills. Glazer explains how students must
read texts closely, research time periods and craft arguments to support a
character's role in the story line of the book "Fahrenheit 451" and the
game.

How to Bring up the Volume in Writing
<http://www.middleweb.com/26357/6th-graders-learn-to-write-with-sound/>
Integrating sound and digital tools into the writing process engages
students, but good storytelling and writing remains central to such
projects, educator Kevin Hodgson writes. In this blog post, he shares the
"Why I write" podcast that students recorded for the National Day on
Writing. He also shares how the "Voice Typing" tool helps students learn to
proofread and edit their work that is translated from speech to text on the
computer.
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Partnership and Collaborator NewsThe Barriers to Better Internet
Connectivity
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/11/05/school-connectivity-503/>
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/2015/11/05/school-connectivity-503/>Cost is one
of the top reasons schools do not have better Internet connectivity,
according to the Consortium for School Networking's Infrastructure Survey.
Other barriers include network speed and capacity, lack of competition
among carriers, E-rate changes and the risk of digital inequity.

Nearly 80% of Schools Have Reliable, Fast Internet Connections
<http://stateofthestates.educationsuperhighway.org/>
About 77% of schools in the US have reliable and fast Internet connections
-- up from about 30% in 2013 -- according to a report released by
EducationSuperHighway. However, 21 million students continue to be left
behind; 23% of school districts are still not meeting the FCC minimum
Internet access goal. There are three main roadblocks: access to fiber;
affordability of broadband, and insufficient school district budgets.

SpeakUp 2015 Surveys Now Open <http://www.speakup4schools.org/Speakup2015/>
<http://www.speakup4schools.org/speakup2015/default.aspx>SpeakUp is the
only annual, national survey to ask students, educators, and parents how
they use--and how they would like to use--technology for learning. School
librarians have their own set of survey questions, so this is your chance
to share your thoughts and opinions with your community, your state, and
the nation! SpeakUp reports are presented to administrators, teachers, and
parents, as well as state and national policymakers. The survey offers AASL
a powerful advocacy tool to highlight school librarians' opinions. In 2014,
the survey reported the “emergence of the librarian as a digital leader
within the school community.” This year, SpeakUp is anxious to see “how the
role of the librarian is changing in many schools–and the impact that these
'digital content sherpas' can have on enhancing students’ learning
experiences in the classroom and beyond.” Take the 20-minute survey by
December 18.
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Grants & Awards2016-2017 Teaching and Principal Ambassador Fellowships
<http://www2.ed.gov/programs/teacherfellowship/index.html>
Each year the Department of Education hires a cadre of practicing teachers
and principals to share their expertise as ED works to develop and
implement policy. Now is your chance to get involved, learn about federal
education policy, and even impact it. Applications close on December 14.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
<http://www.jkcf.org/scholarship-programs/undergraduate-transfer/>
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation invites applications for its prestigious
Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Cooke Scholars will receive up to
$40,000 per year for up to three years of study at any four-year accredited
college or university. In addition to financial support, the program helps
students make the transition to four-year colleges and maximize their
campus experiences with the support of counselors and a network of nearly
2,000 extraordinary scholars and alumni. Cooke Scholars also have
additional opportunities such as internships, study abroad, and even
continued funding for graduate school. Applications must be received by
December 15, 2015.

LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant <http://educatorinnovator.org/lrng2015/>
The LRNG Innovators Challenge supports youth advocates who work together to
develop new practices, arrangements, curricula, and/or projects that have,
at their core, principles ofConnected Learning
<http://educatorinnovator.org/why-connected-learning/>—interest-driven,
production-centered, peer-supported work by young people. Applicants will
receive $20,000 to implement a project that proposes an innovative idea
that connects in-school and out-of-school learning and creates
opportunities for young people to follow their interests. Successful
applicants must assemble a team comprising of representatives from both in
school and out of school. The deadline to apply is Jan. 13.

The Big Read Grant Program <http://neabigread.org/application_process.php>
<http://neabigread.org/application_process.php>The Big Read is now accepting
applications
<http://ala-publishing.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT01MTUzMzI1JnA9MSZ1PTEwMzg4NjUyMzEmbGk9MzE3NjA3NzI/index.html>
for
its 2016–2017 grant program. The Big Read, founded in 2006 by the National
Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and managed by Arts Midwest, supports and
funds community reading programs that focus on a single book or poet. It
will award 75 organizations grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000. Grantees
can choose from novels offered in the Big Read library
<http://neabigread.org/books.php>. Along with the grant, the organizations
receive online training, digital guides and promotional materials to
bolster community involvement. Entries are due January 27, 2016. The Big
Read also encourages libraries to host creative events, such as art
exhibits, theatrical readings, cook-offs, and festivals.

Follett Challenge
<http://www.follettchallenge.com/contest_info/challenge_overview.cfm>
The Follett Challenge is an advocacy program designed to give educators a
platform to share their stories of innovating ways to teach skills needed
in the 21st century. Submissions must demonstrate how the program is
preparing students for the demands of the 21st century. The online
application process includes a 3- to 5-minute video about the program. The
winner will be determined by a team of judges and the number of votes
videos receive online. Entries are due by January 29, 2016.

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation Grants
<http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/how-to-apply-for-a-mini-grant/>
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading
and creative expression, celebrates the 28th year of its Mini-Grant
program—and Keats’s 100th birthday—with a call for proposals that reflect
the work and vision of the program’s namesake. Approximately 60 grants of
up to $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians at
public schools and libraries across the country. The deadline for
submissions is March 31, 2016.

Department of State-Sponsored Study Abroad Programs
<http://www.exchanges.state.gov/>
Applications are now being accepted for the Department of State sponsored
study abroad programs for U.S. high school students for 2016-17:

   - National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
   - Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad)
   - Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) with Germany

These merit-based scholarships include international airfare, tuition, and
program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a
host family). The programs have no language prerequisites and gap year
students are encouraged to apply as long as they meet the age requirements.
Each program has a separate online application process, and application
deadlines vary from late October through early January. Visit the program
websites orwww.exchanges.state.gov for specific information and application
deadlines.

GreenPal Small Business Scholarship
<https://www.yourgreenpal.com/scholarship>
Greenpal Lawncare is accepting applications for the annual GreenPal Small
Business Scholarship to assist a motivated, driven student and future
business leader. The program is open to any graduating high school senior,
college freshman, or sophomore who owns and operates his/her own small
business or has put together a business plan to start a business while in
college. In addition, applicants must be in a graduating high school's
senior class in 2015 or be currently enrolled in a college of business with
a 3.0 or higher GPA; demonstrate high ambition and desire to be an
entrepreneur or business owner; and have a declared major in a college of
business.

Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp
<http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/diversity/programs/digigirlz/hightechcamp.aspx>
Microsoft DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls works to dispel stereotypes of
the high-tech industry. During the camp session, the girls listen to
executive speakers, participate in technology tours and demonstrations,
network, and learn through hands-on experience in workshops. This year
camps will take place at various dates throughout the summer in Stonybrook,
NY; Charlotte, NC; Fargo, ND; Redmond, WA; Las Colinas, TX; and St. Louis,
MO. Maximum award: free attendance to camp. Eligibility: girls grades 9-11
in the 2015-2016 school year, and at least age 13 at time of application,
with some location exceptions. Deadline: varies by location.

Fund for Teachers Grants <http://www.fundforteachers.org/about-us.php>
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funds for direct grants to teachers to support summer learning
opportunities of their own design. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility:
teachers who work with students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, with
a minimum of three years teaching experience, full-time, spending at least
50 percent of the time in the classroom at the time grants are approved and
made. Deadline: varies by state.

Grants to Increase Access to Healthy Foods from the No Kid Hungry
Foundation  <http://www.nokidhungry.org/solution/community-investments>
Providing students access to healthy and nutritious meals is the focus of
No Kid Hungry Foundation grants. Currently, the foundation supports
projects that increase access to summer meal programs, school breakfast and
after-school snacks and meals. Plus, advocacy efforts, including
anti-hunger issues and needs and educating families about SNAP and the
Women, Infants, and Children programs. Interested schools can submit
letters of inquiry year-round. Prize: Average grants range from $5,000 to
$10,000. Deadline: Rolling.

The Awesome Foundation Grants for Projects
<http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/faq>
The Awesome Foundation funds projects that challenge and expand our
understanding of our individual and communal potentials, bringing
communities together, casting aside social inhibitions and boundaries for a
moment. Maximum award: $1,000. Eligibility: all people and organizations;
there are no prerequisites. Deadline: rolling.
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The Bishop’s School (grades 6-12) in La Jolla, California, is looking for a
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The Dept. of Educational Foundations in the College of Education and
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Bringing Creativity into Your Library with buncee
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Engage Science Learners with the iBiome-Wetland App
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Loose Strands and SEL: Using the Choose Your Path Format to Talk about
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Play to Learn with Ripped Apart: A Civil War Mystery
<http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/ripped-apart>

Remind for Libraries <http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/remind>

Reinventing the Library <http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/reinventing>

The New Library of Congress CIP Data Block: Making it Work for You!
<http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/cip-data>

Using Digital Public Library of America for Inquiry-Based Teaching &
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Moving from Old School to New: How Making Connections has Changed the
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We made it in! <http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/we-made-it-in/>

Creating Your Library’s Vision Statement
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In This Holiday Season—Give the Gift of Reading
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Ideas for Using AASL Best Websites: HistoryPin
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5 Books to Introduce STEAM
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Happy Birthday to the Freedom to Read Foundation
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American Association of School Librarians 2015 conference
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My Favorite Conference
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Diverse Stories, Diverse Lives: Reflections on Sonia Manzano’s talk at the
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Library Serendipity Part 2
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Vision to Reality: How the Galloway School Transformed Their Library
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/vision-reality-galloway-school-transformed-library/>

I went to AASL’s National Conference, now what?
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/i-went-to-aasls-national-conference-now-what/>

They Had Me at Hello: Sharing Transformation and Innovation @ AASL
Conference
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/hello-sharing-transformation-innovation-aasl-conference/>

Caretakers of our readers: Reflections on Rita Williams-Garcia’s talk at
the #AASL15 Author Banquet
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/caretakers-readers-reflections-rita-williams-garcias-talk-aasl15-author-banquet/>

Inviting all our readers into stories: Reflections on Matt de la Peña’s
talk at the #AASL15 Author Banquet
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AASL National Conference Brings Local Media Attention to School Librarian’s
Roles
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Keep school libraries in the ESEA re-authorization!
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Collaborating with Art Class-Molding Student Research
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“What do you mean, how do we support literacy?”
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When You’re Left Behind at Conference Time
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School Librarian Dispositions: Serving Two Masters
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/school-librarian-dispositions-serving-two-masters/>

Bringing the World into Your Library
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/bringing-world-library/>

Unpacking Mental Health Issues in Middle Grade and Young Adult Literature
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/unpacking-mental-health-issues-middle-grade-young-adult-literature/>

Advocate for Your School Library With Digital Communication
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Mission Possible: Research Projects with Primary Students
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/mission-possible-research-projects-primary-students/>

The IdeaLab: Your “Idea Machine” for Enriching Your Students’ Learning
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It’s In Our Hands: Celebrate the Past and Transform the Future
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/hands-celebrate-past-transform-future/>

Let’s Get Together Thursday : Collaborating With Your Peers on Literacy
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Making the Most of AASL15
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/making-the-most-of-aasl15/>

Welcome to AASL15 <http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/welcome-to-aasl15/>

Welcome to the AASL 17th National Conference & Exhibition
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Manners, The Super3, and ChatterPix
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New Faculty Collaboration
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