[Library Media] AASL KQ Express - August 2016
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*Volume 15, Issue 5August 2016*
In This Issue:
Resources for School Librarians
Partnership and Collaborator News
Grants & Awards
AASL Defines "Effective School Library Program"
As the national association for the school library profession, AASL has
defined the term “effective school library program” to assist with the
implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) at the state and
“An effective school library program has a certified school librarian at
the helm, provides personalized learning environments, and offers equitable
access to resources to ensure a well-rounded education for every student.”
The definition is part of a new position statement, “Definition for an
Effective School Library Program,” published by AASL as guidance for
administrators, school boards and school librarians in the implementation
of ESSA. It provides the elements of an effective school library program as
a fundamental component of college, career and community readiness. The
complete position statement can be found on the AASL website at
AASL Announces Recipients of Inspire Grants
At the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, AASL announced the inaugural
recipients of two new grants made possible by the generosity of AASL member
Marina “Marney” Welmers. The additions to the organization’s prestigious
awards program provide funds for public middle or high school libraries to
update their existing collections or plan a special event in order to
enhance student learning. The Inspire Collection Development Grant
- Kelly Beckham, Kannapolis Middle School, Kannapolis, NC
- Cheryl Goff, Carrie D. Kendrick Middle School, Jonesboro, GA
- Shanna Miles, South Atlanta High School, Atlanta, GA
- Leigh Morlock, Jefferson High School Middle College for Advanced
Studies, Portland, OR
- Chalice Tillis, Abbeville High School, Abbeville, AL
The Inspire Special Event Grant recipients include:
- Julie Abeska, West Bloomfield High School, West Bloomfield Township, MI
- Catherine Andronik, Brien McMahon High School, Norwalk, CT
- Sara Frey, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School, Plymouth Meeting, PA
- Leigh Graham, West Rowan High School, Mount Ulla, NC
- Beth van Kan, Graham Park Middle School, Triangle, VA
AASL Welcomes New *KQ* Bloggers
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/new-bloggers/>AASL is proud to welcome an
additional cast of bloggers for its *Knowledge Quest website
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/>*. The new bloggers include:
- Sedley Abercrombie, lead library media coordinator, Davidson County
- Mark Dzula, director of teaching and learning resources, The Webb
- Jenna Grodzicki, school librarian, Thalberg Elementary School, CT
- Christine James, school librarian, Northwoods Middle School, SC
- Mica Johnson, school librarian, Farragut Middle School, TN
- Kate MacMillan, coordinator library services, Napa Valley USD, CA.
- Becca Munson, ed tech specialist – librarian, Blue Valley School
- Sara Stevenson, school librarian, O. Henry Middle School, TX
- Michelle Wilson, school librarian, Helena High School, AL
The bloggers will cover evergreen topics including collaboration,
intellectual freedom, and advocacy as well as emergent trends such as
makerspaces, learning commons, gaming in education, STEM/STEAM and
technology. The new bloggers join continuing bloggers Helen Adams, Hannah
Byrd Little, Kelly Hincks, Karen Perry, Anne Akers, Cathy Collins, Ashley
Cooksey, Cassy Lee, Maureen Schlosser, Connie Williams, Diana Rendina,
Daniella Smith and Heather Moorefield-Lang.
Melissa Johnston Named *School Library Research *Co-Editor
Johnston, assistant professor at the University of West Georgia, has been
appointed as co-editor of AASL’s peer-reviewed, online journal *School
Library Research. *Johnston joins continuing co-editor Mega Subramaniam. “I
am honored to be given this opportunity to work with the great community of
school library scholars and practitioners,” said Johnston. “Our field is
one that changes rapidly and is in need of research that will continue to
move it forward. I was interested in co-editing *School Library
it presents an opportunity to be involved in promoting and publishing
high-quality research that can inform practice and move our profession
forward.” As an assistant professor in the College of Education at the
University of West Georgia, Johnston teaches graduate courses in the school
library certification program.
Volunteer to Serve on ALA, Council, and Joint Committees for 2017-2018
James (Jim) G. Neal, American Library Association (ALA) president-elect,
encourages members to volunteer to serve on ALA, Council, and two joint
committees for the 2017-2018 term (terms start on July 1, 2017). Serving on
a committee provides members with leadership training, networking
opportunities, and experience in working on specific association topics.
The online committee volunteer form
<http://www.ala.org/CFApps/volunteer/form.cfm> closes on Friday, Nov. 4,
2016. To volunteer, please complete and submit the form electronically (be
sure to select "ALA" in the drop-down menu on the main form). Committee
appointments will be finalized at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting, with
notifications sent out in early spring, 2017.
ALA Seeks Nation’s Favorite Librarians for 2016 I Love My Librarian Award
<http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian>The American Library
Association (ALA) invites the public to nominate their favorite librarians
for its prestigious 2016 I Love My Librarian Award. The award recognizes
the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community
college or university librarians who have transformed lives and communities
through educational opportunities and lifelong learning. The ALA is
accepting nominations <http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian> through
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Brian Mayer Explores Games in *Atlantic* Article
Mayer, gaming and library technology specialist at Genessee Valley
Educational Partnership in Le Roy, NY, explores how to use game design to
demonstrate practical applications of mathematics, technology, and
communication skills in an article in *The Atlantic*. Mayer, who will be a
featured speaker at AASL's GAME | Gaming As Meaningful Education
<http://www.ala.org/aasl/GAME>, September 23-24, in Rochester, NY, created
a game related to steampunk literature. The narrative revolved around an
eccentric professor who was trying to travel back in time to save his
daughter's life in Victorian England. To rescue her, participants needed to
activate a portal, which involved referencing work they’d studied in class.
“It was social interaction, engagement, and immersion,” he said. “And we’ve
had feedback from educators saying that students who don’t respond to
traditional classes start to shine [here].”
Doreen Bergman Talks about E-Book Program at Her School District in Local
In a local news article Doreen Bergman, school library systems coordinator
at BOCES School Library in Syracuse, NY, talks about a new program that
offers e-books to students from pre-K through high school. The school’s
myOn digital library gives students access to thousands of books that can
be read on computers, laptops and other devices. "This is something they
can get anywhere, anytime on any device which really gave us the
opportunity to facilitate access for all kids,” she notes.
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Carla Hayden Confirmed as Librarian of Congress
July 13, the Senate approved, 74–18, the nomination of Carla Hayden to
serve as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress. Hayden, ALA past
president and director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, is the
first female and the first African American to lead the Library of
Congress. She also is the first professional librarian to be confirmed in
more than 60 years. Hayden’s appointment comes on the heels of a vigorous
ALA grassroots and social media campaign that encouraged thousands of
library advocates to contact their senators to support her confirmation.
U.S. Department of Education Issues Proposed Draft Rules for Testing
The Every Student Succeeds Act provides for seven states to test
"innovative assessments." The US Department of Education published proposed
draft regulations that participating states would use to help guide the
Early Attention Skills Most Consistent Predictor of Academic Success
A new Duke University study suggests problems paying attention in school in
early childhood can foreshadow academic challenges later, including
graduating from high school. Such students are 40 percent less likely to
graduate, according to the study. The study confirms what many teachers
have pointed out: Patterns are set early.
Inquiry-Based Lesson Plans Provide Boost to Weaker Teachers
Weaker teachers benefit the most from access to inquiry-based lesson plans
-- rather than professional development -- according to a Northwestern
University study of Virginia math teachers. The study found that such
lesson plans helped average teachers improve their performance to that of
the 80th percentile of teachers.
Social Justice Courses Benefits Black Students
Transformative social-justice courses could help shape black students'
career choices and their civic and social-justice values, according to a
study by a Pennsylvania State University researcher. The study considered
long-term outcomes for students who took the course during high school.
Has Common Core Improved Student Performance?
States began adopting the Common Core State Standards more than five years
ago, with Kentucky taking the lead in 2010. Assessment data so far show
mixed results across states, but student performance in Kentucky has
improved overall since the adoption.
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Resources for School Librarians
New Practice Guide from the Institute of Education Sciences
The Institute of Education Sciences has released a new practice guide that
provides four recommendations for teaching foundational reading skills to
students in kindergarten through third grade. Each recommendation includes
implementation steps and solutions for common obstacles. The
recommendations also summarize and rate supporting evidence.
U.S. Department of Education Releases Newcomer Toolkit
U.S. Department of Education has released the Newcomer Toolkit, which is
designed to help schools support immigrants, refugees, and their families
with a successful integration process. This toolkit provides information,
resources, and examples of effective practices that educators can use to
support newcomers in schools and communities.
Do Digital Devices Affect Reading Comprehension?
Students need to learn how to read print and online texts, high-school
English teacher Abigail Walthausen writes in this commentary. She considers
the ongoing conversation about what -- if anything -- is lost when digital
devices are used for reading.
Ideas for Transforming Students into Inventors
Middle-school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron in this commentary outlines a
project-based learning unit that asks students to invent a tool for home or
the classroom. Through PBL, students brainstorm, collaborate and create
prototypes of their inventions.
7 Ways to Make Project-Based Learning Work
There are challenges and pitfalls to implementing project-based learning,
but the advantages are great. In this Educational Leadership article,
teacher Alison Zuniga and university educator Thomas M. Cooper share one
high school's journey to effective PBL and describe why, when done right,
teachers make the choice to relinquish a majority of learning into the
hands of their students, allowing students to be active partners as opposed
to passive receptacles.
How Culinary Arts Can Foster STEAM Lessons
culinary arts are a natural way to integrate the arts into science,
technology, engineering and math lessons, English teacher Sarah Henderson
and STEAM coordinator Doug Henderson write in this blog post. They share
several culinary-themed activities.
Strategies to Help Students Reflect on Learning
Open-ended, authentic assignments allow students to reflect on and evaluate
their learning, Derek Luebbe, head of school at the Shanghai Community
International School, writes in this blog post. He offers insights about
creating learning environments that foster students as evaluators.
Strategies for Assessing Maker Projects
Educators are looking for ways to evaluate the content and context of how
maker projects help students learn, Stephanie Chang, Maker Ed program
director, and Chad Ratliff, director of instructional programs at
Virginia's Albemarle County Public Schools, write in this blog post. They
suggest ways to assess maker projects.
How Tech Can Help Create School-to-Career Pathways
Technology in schools can extend beyond student devices, apps and
extensions, Brianna Crowley, a former teacher and instructional technology
coach, writes in this blog post. She highlights a school-to-table program
as an example of how technology can connect learning to career pathways.
Tips for Using Design Thinking in Literature Analysis
Dan Ryder, a high-school English teacher in Maine, is deepening students'
learning by using design thinking and engineering in literature analysis.
His students read and discussed "Romeo and Juliet," and then used tools,
including 3D printers and Legos, to design solutions to problems facing the
Tips for Choosing a Parent-Teacher App
Parent-teacher communication can be difficult, but mobile apps may be able
to help bridge the gap, first-grade teacher Jessica Meacham writes in this
blog post. She highlights the process and resources she has used to choose
a parent-teacher communication app.
3 Strategies for Adopting STEAM-Based Programs
Integrating science, technology, engineering, art and math across subjects
can help drive positive changes among teachers and students, K-12
technology facilitator Marcos Navas writes in this blog post. He highlights
his district's support of a STEAM-based mindset.
How to Use Genius Bars for More than Fixing Tech
"Genius Bars" -- student-led technology teams -- can help teach skills such
as collaboration and mentorship, Laura Busch, a technology integrator at a
Wisconsin elementary school, writes in this blog post. She shares her
school's approach to "genius bars."
How Real-World Goals Benefit PBL Units
By establishing an authentic goal for project-based learning, students can
learn positive character traits such as resilience, patience and
selflessness, middle-school teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron suggests. In
this blog post, Wolpert-Gawron describes three ways to find real-world
goals for PBL.
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Partnership and Collaborator News
17 Teachers Receive First-Ever ASCD Teacher Impact Grants
announced that 17 teachers will receive the first-ever ASCD Teacher Impact
Grants, which will directly fund teacher leadership initiatives to drive
transformation and improve student outcomes. The grant awards range from
$5,000 to $15,000 and each of the awardees -- who hail from 14 different
states -- is a teacher leader who spends at least 50% of his or her time in
a classroom setting.
Report Shows Far Too Few U.S. High School Graduates Are Academically
Achieve released a new type of examination of states' progress
<http://www.achieve.org/state-profiles> in achieving college and career
readiness for all students in the form of 51 individual state profiles and
a cross-state report that look at actual student performance against CCR
measures. This report represents the first time that these data, from
publicly available sources, have been compiled to paint a picture of
academic readiness in every state. For the most part, it shows that too few
high school graduates are prepared to succeed in two- and four-year
postsecondary institutions or the military.
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Grants & Awards
Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE Cart/Campbell Grant for
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE (ALAN) is offering
the Cart/Campbell Grant. The grant offers $500 funding plus complimentary
registration toward attendance at the annual two-day ALAN Workshop.
Eligible applicants are practicing librarians working with teens in high
school, junior high school, middle school, or public libraries. Membership
in ALAN is required for consideration. One Campbell/Cart Grant will be
awarded annually, and each recipient may only receive the grant once. The
deadline for application submissions is September 1 of the year of the ALAN
Workshop to be attended, and the recipient will receive notification by
Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods Grant Competition
U.S. Secretary of Education announced the 2016 Promise Neighborhoods
competition, which will award $30 million to up to five organizations to
provide their communities with a coordinated, comprehensive suite of
services and school supports aimed at improving the outcomes for students
and their families. The program is part of the department’s continued
commitment to support locally designed initiatives to revitalize the
country’s most disadvantaged communities. Potential applicants, including
nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Indian
tribes, are encouraged to read the full Notice Inviting Applications
<https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-16130>. Applications are due by
September 6, 2016.
K-12 Web Archiving Program
Beginning with a pilot program in 2008, the K-12 Web Archiving Program
<https://archive-it.org/blog/k12-web-archiving-program/> has engaged
hundreds of middle and high school students from schools around the United
States in selecting, describing, and preserving Web content. The program is
accepting applications for new and returning partners
middle and high schools through September 16.
IEEE Maker Project Competition <http://transmitter.ieee.org/makerproject/>
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) announced the
annual IEEE Maker Project Competition, welcoming innovators and tech
enthusiasts to battle it out for great prizes and the chance to work with
an IEEE member. Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter and submissions
must be an engineering project that was built or created using hardware or
software. Submissions must also include an image or video of the tech
project, as well as a description. Visitors to the site will be able to
share, link, comment and even vote for their favorite submissions. The
contest is accepting submissions through September 17, 2016.
Disney Friends for Change
Youth Service America and The Walt Disney Company are teaming up to inspire
kids and families to make a positive impact in their community. Disney
Summer of Service grants will offer young change-makers $500 to turn
creative ideas into projects that will positively impact their communities.
Applications will be accepted through September 30, 2016.
Captain Planet Foundation Grants
<http://captainplanetfoundation.org/apply-for-grants/>The mission of the
Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental
stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which
they live. Projects must be project-based, performed by youth, have
environmental outcomes, and be based in the U.S. Grants from the Captain
Planet Foundation are intended to provide hands-on environmental
stewardship opportunities for youth; serve as a catalyst to getting
environment-based education in schools; and inspire youth and communities
to participate in community service through environmental stewardship
activities. Applications for spring and summer projects are due September
IMLS Seeks Nation's Top Museums and Libraries for 2017 National Medal
Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services presents select
museums and libraries with the nation's highest honor, the National Medal
for Museum and Library Service
The award recognizes libraries and museums that make significant and
exceptional contributions in service to their communities. IMLS is now
accepting nominations for the 2017 awards. Anyone--an employee, a board
member, a member of the public, or an elected official--can nominate an
institution. To be considered, the institution must complete and return a
October 3, 2016.
Innovate to Educate Awards <http://www.eschoolnews.com/innovate-to-educate/>
Share your story about the innovative technology initiative your school or
district has undertaken and how it has advanced education for your
students. Complete the *entry form*
submit either a short video or picture that illustrates your technology
initiative. We’ll post your entry on the Innovate to Educate website, and
share the link on our Facebook page to put your school in the spotlight.
Submissions will be accepted through October 14, 2016, and will be judged
by three industry experts.
PeopleAdmin's Inspired2Educate National Recognition Program
<http://www.insp2ed.org/>Inspired2Educate is a national recognition program
that encourages current K-20 educators to honor the teachers or
administrators who inspired them to embrace education as their life’s work.
Tell us *your *story in a video or in writing! Each month, PeopleAdmin will
award one person with $1,000 for professional development and $1,000 for
their educational institution.
Wish You Well Foundation Funding
The Wish You Well Foundation’s mission is supporting family literacy in the
United States by fostering and promoting the development and expansion of
new and existing literacy and educational programs. Donations are made that
relate to programs and projects that aid in this stated mission. The Wish
You Well Foundation reviews donation requests with a wide array of funding
needs. Most requests range from $200 to $10,000. Organizations are reminded
to base their requested amount on the program's unique needs for funding.
Fund for Teachers Grants <http://www.fundforteachers.org/about-us.php>
The Fund for Teachers provides 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
Grants to Increase Access to Healthy Foods from the No Kid Hungry Foundation
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, as well as 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
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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Did you land a new job, attain a new degree or position, or change your
name? Tell us about it! Through Member Currents
<http://www.ala.org/aasl/pubs/KQexpress/currents>, AASL will provide a
forum for updates on its members. Types of updates include graduations,
certifications earned, changes in job positions, retirements, name changes,
and death notices.
23: Webinar: AASL Best Apps for Teaching & Learning 2016
30: Webinar: AASL Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2016
8: Webinar: Graphic Novels: Look Deeper Than POW and WHAM
15: Webinar: Graphic Novel Book Clubs: From Idea to Reality
20: Webinar: Engage Community & Incubate Creativity @ Your Library
23-24: GAME | Gaming As Meaningful Education, Rochester, NY
4: Webinar: Your "Principal" Partnership: Communicating Library Program
19: Webinar: Using Free and Inexpensive Technology to Transition Your
Library to a Learning Commons <http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/commons>
Learn Buncee: From Creation to Sharing!
School Author/Illustrator Visits…You Can Too!
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Making a Great Exit <http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/making-great-exit/>
AASL Welcomes New Knowledge Quest Bloggers
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How to Deal When Things Go Wrong in Your Makerspace
On Libraries: Leadership – There Is No Other Option
3 Ways to Address the Black Lives Matter Movement in Your School Library
The Power of Connecting Students with Authors
Do school librarians and educators have an obligation to address social
No-Bummer Summer: Framework for Inspired Study
Civics, the Election, and the Library: A Perfect Match
Visual Content with RELAY and Adobe Spark
Remarks from James Patterson on receiving the AASL Crystal Apple Award
Vacation Resources: What Do You Pack?
Bridging the Gap Between Access and Opportunity: A Recap of the ESSA
Taking Your First Job: Where the Rubber Meets the Road
Unpacking ESSA for the School Library
School and Public Librarian Partnerships
AASL Signs Title IV, Part A Coalition Letter Calling for SSAEG Funding
Students Need Libraries in Houston ISD (TX)
Working Together as AASL
Collaboration Brings Authors into Schools
Collection Analysis? Walk the Shelves
ALA in Orlando: Conference Kaleidoscope
It Came Full Circle: Connecting with an Author Changed Everything
Collection Development Plans
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