[Library Media] Fwd: [Cosslc] AASL KQ Express - June 2017

Sharon Deeds sdeeds at utah.gov
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June 5, 2017
Association News
Call for Proposals for CLASS II Field Studies
<http://knowledgequest.aasl.org/call-for-proposals/>
Are you interested in research about school librarianship? Would you like
to become part of an important research agenda to pursue evidence that a
strong school library program led by a professionally certified school
librarian makes a difference in student learning outcomes? The CLASS:
Causality: School Libraries and Student Success Request for Proposals
<http://www.ala.org/aasl/conferences/rfp#class> may be of interest to you.
Proposals are due June 15, 2017. Awardees will receive up to $10,000 to
support research activities and will be notified by June 30.

ESLS Call for Proposals and Papers
<http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2017/05/esls-call-proposals-and-papers>
The Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) of AASL invites
submissions for proposals for papers on original research focusing on
school library practice or school librarianship. Selected papers will be
presented in a concurrent session at the AASL National Conference &
Exhibition to be held from Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Arizona. Proposals
for papers which report preliminary findings on research in progress should
be submitted no later than 11:59 EST on Friday, August, 11.

AASL Seeks Program Proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference
<http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2017/05/aasl-seeks-program-proposals-2018-ala-annual-conference>
AASL invites proposals for concurrent sessions to be presented during the
2018 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. The conference
will be held June 21–26 in New Orleans, La. The deadline for submissions is
11:59 p.m. Central on Friday, Aug. 25.

Spend an Afternoon with Jordan Sonnenblick during AASL National Conference
<http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2017/05/spend-afternoon-jordan-sonnenblick-during-aasl-national-conference>
Jordan Sonnenblick will appear as one of three featured speakers during
“Authors in the Afternoon” presented during the AASL National Conference &
Exhibition. Sonnenblick, along with Sarah Dessen and Christian Robinson,
will discuss his work and answer attendee-submitted questions during this
new author event taking place Thursday, Nov. 9. Registration and more
information regarding the conference can be found at national.aasl.org.

Thirty AASL Members Receive Bound to Stay Bound Grants to Attend First
National Conference
<http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2017/05/thirty-aasl-members-receive-bound-stay-bound-grants-attend-first-national>
Thirty members of AASL have been awarded a $750 travel grant to attend
their first AASL national conference. Generously sponsored by Bound to Stay
Bound Books, the grants will allow recipients to secure housing,
transportation, and/or registration for the AASL National Conference &
Exhibition taking place Nov. 9-11, 2017, in Phoenix, Ariz.

Nominating Committee Seeks Candidates for 2018 Election
<http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2017/04/nominating-committee-seeks-candidates-2018-election-0>
The Nominating Committee for the 2018 ALA election is soliciting nominees
to run on the 2018 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect and
Councilor-at-large. The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to
run for President-elect and no fewer than 50 candidates for the 33 at-large
Council seats to be filled in the 2018 spring election. Nominations and
forms must be received no later than July 12, 2017.
<https://youtu.be/bbvSwFpaAS4>
Member Spotlight
Suzanne Costner Named Top Humanities Educator and Aerospace Educator in
Tennessee
<http://www.thedailytimes.com/news/fairview-elementary-librarian-suzanne-costner-adds-awards-to-her-collection/article_9b726ea8-7145-5d12-b232-a62bf8fdd8d8.html>
Suzanne Costner, school library media specialist at Fairview Elementary
School, was named both a top humanities educator and aerospace educator in
Tennessee. During the school’s STEAM Day, Costner received the Tennessee
Air Force Association’s award for 2017 Aerospace Teacher of the Year, and
her nomination has been forwarded for the AFA National Teacher of the Year
Award. Earlier this year Costner became the first school librarian to
receive the Humanities Tennessee Outstanding Educator Award.

Kim Johnson Named 2017 Maryland School Librarian of the Year by MASL
<http://www.mcdaniel.edu/information/headlines/news-at-mcdaniel/archive/school-librarianship-graduate-named-md-school-librarian-of-the-year>
Kim Johnson, media specialist at South Carroll High School, has been named
the 2017 Maryland School Librarian of the Year by the Maryland Association
of School Librarians (MASL) for her exemplary service and outstanding
achievements in the field of school library. Johnson is empowered by her
philosophy of librarianship based on connections. She creates opportunities
for meaningful connections between students, faculty, information, and
ideas.
Kathy Lowe Advocates for School Library Positions in Local High School
<http://www.eagletribune.com/opinion/editorials/lawrence-high-needs-a-certified-librarian/article_ffedd8a0-9e6c-5143-856a-75830912014e.html>
Kathy Lowe, executive director of the Massachusetts School Library
Association, advocates for school library positions at a local high school
in a news article. “First and foremost, school librarians are teachers and
experts in using, evaluating and locating information in whatever format
it’s packaged, and also very adept at using technology,” she notes. “So
they’re the full package.”

AASL Award Winner Julie Stivers Featured in Local News Story
<http://abc11.com/news/wake-county-librarian-recognized-as-best-in-the-nation-/1969166/>
Julie Stivers, the recipient of AASL’s Frances Henne Award, was recognized
for her achievement in a local news story. “When someone tells me they
don't like to read the first thing I say is 'I love to hear that,' because
it feels like a challenge," Stivers said. Stivers said she's all about
creating a library space that truly reflects its readers.
Education News
Education Cuts Draw Criticism
<https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2017-05-23/opposition-to-trumps-education-budget-mounts>
President Donald Trump published a proposed budget that includes more than
$9 billion in cuts for education. The cuts drew swift action from more than
20,000 people who sent emails in opposition to the changes.

Department of Education Publishes Info about Completed ESSA Plans
<http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2017/05/essa_plans_turned_in_ready_for_review.html>
Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have submitted proposed Every
Student Succeeds Act plans. So far, according to the US Department of
Education website, four are considered complete and ready for the
peer-review process.

Instagram and Snapchat Affect Mental Health
<http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/19/instagram-is-worst-social-media-site-for-your-mental-health-6647617/>
A survey by #StatusofMind indicates that overuse of Instagram and Snapchat
is affecting the mental health of young people. The platforms may be
fostering feelings of inadequacy and anxiety among youths who engage often
with them, says Shirley Cramer of the Royal Society for Public Health.

Family Income Linked to Students’ Financial Literacy
<https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-25/teenagers-everywhere-don-t-understand-money>
Family income may affect students' financial literacy, according to
recently released results from the latest Program for International Student
Assessment for financial literacy. Data show test-takers from higher-income
families had more knowledge about financial concepts than peers from
less-affluent families.

Video Games May Boost Learning
<https://www.districtadministration.com/article/K12-embraces-video-games>
Eighth-grade students who learned US history with the help of short video
games showed improved critical-thinking skills, and those who used games
during assessments outperformed their peers, according to a forthcoming
study of students in seven states. A separate study shows that a video game
used in some Florida schools helped boost students' vocabulary skills.

Overall US College Enrollment Down 1.5%
<https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/05/24/enrollments-continue-slide-profits-and-community-colleges>
Enrollment at US colleges dipped 1.5% overall for this spring semester,
compared with a 1.3% decline last year, according to a study from the
National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. For-profit colleges saw the
largest drop of 10.1%, while community-college enrollment dropped 2.5%, the
data show.

How Sunshine Affects Student Achievement
<http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/05/11/one-way-to-boost-test-scores-making-sure-students-get-morning-sunshine-new-research-shows/>
Exposure to sunshine before the start of the school day could boost student
achievement, according to a study published in the *Journal of Human
Resources*. Researchers compared data for students living in the eastern
time zone with those living in the central time zone.

Resources for School Librarians
Library of Congress Offers Largest Release of Digital Records
<https://www.loc.gov/item/prn-17-068/library-offers-largest-release-of-digital-catalog-records-in-history/2017-05-16/>
In May the Library of Congress announced that it is making 25 million
records in its online catalog available for free bulk download
<http://ala-publishing.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT02NTg4NDM0JnA9MSZ1PTEwNDUxMjM1NTMmbGk9NDQyMjI5NTA/index.html>.
This is the largest release of digital records in its history. The records
also can be accessed at data.gov,
<http://ala-publishing.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT02NTg4NDM0JnA9MSZ1PTEwNDUxMjM1NTMmbGk9NDQyMjI5NTI/index.html>
the
open-government website hosted by the General Services Administration.
Principal Leads Adoption of Inquiry-Based Approach
<http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/05/25/technology-school-no-tech-staff/>
In this commentary, Mary Beth Cunat, principal at a public K-8 magnet
school, writes about how she led her school's adoption of inquiry-based
practices. She also shares how she integrated technology by empowering
educators to serve as the tech staff and by seeking grants and other
funding.

Teachers Tap VR Technology for Learning
<https://www.districtadministration.com/article/virtual-reality-offers-real-rewards-education>
Some educators are making virtual, augmented and mixed-reality part of
their classroom lessons to prepare students for college and workforce. This
feature highlights how elementary, middle, and high schools are using such
technologies.

How to Use Cell Phones as Learning Tools
<http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2017/05/17/harnessing-the-power-of-the-cellphone-in.html>
Teachers should not be afraid to use cellphones in the classroom, asserts
teacher Curtis White. In this blog post, he shares several tips, such as
setting ground rules and expectations for students, that can help shift a
cellphone from being a nuisance to a learning tool.




Strategies for Creating Equitable Learning Environments
<http://smartbrief.com/original/2017/05/systems-change-depends-us>
Creating more equitable learning environments for students requires an
approach that integrates personal, professional and institutional
practices, asserts Josh Thomases, dean of innovation, policy and research
at Bank Street College of Education in New York City. In this blog post, he
shares ideas for adopting the three-part approach.
Ideas on Blending Guided and Independent Study
<https://www.middleweb.com/34883/balancing-guided-reading-and-authentic-discovery/>
Middle-school teacher Amber Chandler explains how she came to incorporate
both highly independent research projects and teacher-guided assignments in
the classroom. Chandler describes how the novel "The Outsiders" inspired
her students' research projects.
How to Find Quality OER
<https://www.edutopia.org/blog/free-good-bethany-rayl>
Open educational resources are freely available online -- if you know where
to look -- writes Bethany Rayl, a consultant and former superintendent. In
this blog post, she shares several tips for finding quality OER.







How One District Implemented Blended Learning
<http://www.smartbrief.com/original/2017/05/3-keys-blended-learning-success>
In this blog post, Barbara Haeffner, director of curriculum and
instructional technology at Meriden Public Schools, describes how her
district implemented a blended-learning program in just two years. She
shares three ways officials helped make the implementation a success.

What’s Trending in Literacy Education
<http://www.educationdive.com/news/5-trends-in-literacy-education-for-2017/442117/>
This article highlights five strategies that can be used as best practices
to help improve literacy in students in US schools. Among the strategies
are personalized learning, tactile learning, and expanded early learning.
Grants & Awards

Nominate a Librarian for 2017 I Love My Librarian Award
<http://www.ilovelibraries.org/lovemylibrarian>
The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting nominations for the
2017 I Love My Librarian Award, which recognizes the public service
contributions that librarians make in transforming lives and communities
through education and lifelong learning. The national award invites the
public to nominate their favorite librarians working in public, school,
college, community college, or university libraries. Nominations can be
made through Sept. 18.

Beyond Words School Library Relief Fund
<http://www.ala.org/aasl/awards/beyond-words>
As severe weather strikes this summer don’t forget AASL and the Dollar
General Literacy Foundation is here to help you get your school library
ready for school opening. The Dollar General Beyond Words fund provides
grants to public schools whose school library program has been affected by
a disaster. Grants are to replace or supplement books, media, and/or
library equipment in the school library setting.

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