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AASL stands on ESSA

School Libraries & ESSA

From the AASL site:

“The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces the No Child Left Behind version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that includes “effective school library programs.”

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), as the national organization for the school library profession, is examining ESSA, unpacking the provisions for school libraries within the legislation, and communicating how they will impact the school library community.

AASL will continue to work with the ALA Washington Office, the ALA Office of Library Advocacy, and other educational organizations to highlight opportunities within ESSA language for school librarians and school libraries to be addressed in state and local plans.”

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AASL toolkit for preservice principals and teachers

JournalsSometimes we need to get our message out there early about the power of school libraries and AASL is doing just that. The AASL, Educators of School Librarians Section (ESLS) offers this toolkit to school librarians, in the hopes that they will recommend and share this collection with school leaders and teaching colleagues.

This freely available (10 page) Preservice Toolkit, provides a variety of materials to help both preservice and in-service principals and teachers understand the value of the school library program, as well as the value of instructional collaboration between school librarians and teachers. Take a look and let us know what you think!

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AASL Recommended App: Glogster

glogsterThe American Association of School Librarians (AASL) came out with their 25 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning for 2015. The apps were chosen because they foster innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.

Get your students creating web-based interactive posters with Glogster. With the easy to use drag-and-drop Glog canvas, students will have them created in no time! “There’s an impressive library of educational graphics, categorized by subject, as well as handy templates and a sweet collection of text displays. Finished Glogs are sharable on Pinterest, Facebook, or may be tweeted, emailed or exported.”

The app is FREE for iOS devices and AASL recommends it for All grade levels. Check out the Glogster iPad promo video below:

AASL Recommended App: Motion Math Educator Suite

motion_mathThe American Association of School Librarians (AASL) came out with their 25 Best Apps for Teaching & Learning. The apps were chosen because they foster innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration.

This week we highlight Motion Math Educator Suite. Really a suite of 6+ apps, these all cover “elementary math skills from addition & subtraction to multiplication & division, to fractions and decimals.” The apps even allow students to adjust the level. So games like Hungry Fish will work for 1st and 3rd graders!

The apps are recommended for Elementary 1-5 students. The apps are available on a host of devices and usually cost money. Educators can pilot the entire suite and dashboard for free by signing up at www.motionmathgames.com. Check out why teachers love Motion Math!:

April is School Library Month!

Yes, we know it is still March, but it is time to start planning for School Library Month in April!

School Library Month is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to host activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning. The 2016 theme is School Libraries Transform Learning.

Megan McDonald, author of the popular Judy Moody series, the Stink books, and the Sisters Club trilogy, is the national spokesperson for the 2016 celebration. Go here to view all the ideas you can use in your setting including web graphics, printable posters, and proclamation templates. To celebrate, AASL is offering the following complimentary webinars (live mode only for non-members).

Complimentary AASL Webinars during the month of April

Wed, April 6  |  6:00 p.m. Central
TV on a Dime: Creating a Library TV Studio

Wed, April 13  |  6:00 p.m. Central
Personalized Learning with Gooru

Wed, April 20  |  6:00 p.m. Central
Creating Digital Portfolios Using Google Sites

Wed, April 27  |  6:00 p.m. Central
Digital Storytelling in the Classroom: 7 Projects to Get Students Storyboarding