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AASL’s Lesson Plan Database

Image by Jonathan Barragan. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons' licensing.
Image by Jonathan Barragan. Retrieved from Flickr. Used under Creative Commons’ licensing.

Update 9/22/2014: “AASL has received word that the organization that hosts and provides technical support for the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner Lesson Plan Database has refocused their mission and will no longer be providing these services. As such, the lesson plan database will be archived and future plans are currently under consideration” (AASL Lesson Plan Database).

Whether you are looking for a lesson plan on digital citizenship or wanting to share the snazzy lesson plan you created on screen-casting, there is now a place to do so. After all, why should every school media specialist re-invent the wheel, right?

AASL gets credit for creating this database, and contributors get credit for what is in it! This lesson plan database is meant to support school media specialists and other educators too as they teach essential learning skills within the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner.

You can do free searches by standards and indicators, content topic, grade level, type of lesson or schedule, and of course keyword too. Registered users can bookmark lesson plans, rate and comment on content, print to PDF and socially share content too. Again, it is free.

Submissions to the Lesson Plan Database are vetted by AASL reviewers to ensure lesson plans published are of the highest quality. The lesson plan template was developed using the Action Example Template from Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action. All lesson plans published are aligned with AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and are crosswalked with the Common Core Standards.

Search the AASL Lesson Plan Database Now!

Do you still have lots of questions? Go directly to the FAQ’s on the site!

Library Month is Almost Here!

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April is a month in which we take time to feature libraries!
As a result, each week CMLE will post noteworthy “happenings” pertaining to libraries appreciation.

  • This week CMLE recognizes School Library Month (SLM) sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL). This is a month long celebration of school librarians and their programs. In April 1985, a small committee published a 52 page book commemorating school media centers and served as the foundation for the  first  national celebration designated as “School Library Month.” Since then, every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate strong school library programs-highlighting their role in a student’s education. We would like to hear from you- take a moment and share one thing you are doing to recognize School Library Month (place in the comment section below)!

Click here for additional information about SLM 2013.
Click here for a link to the history of SLM.

Student Video Contest: Deadline Approaching!

SLM2013_AASLwebsite_bannerKick off School Library Month this April by joining American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in encouraging students to get creative! Enter the 2013 student video contest, spotlighting “Communities matter @ your library.” Use humor, drama, music, and special effects to illustrate how the school library program fosters a sense of community in your school (E-12). There is no cost to enter. The winning videos will be featured in a new SchoolTube Challenge launching April 1st!

Submissions for the video contest have already begun and will continue to be accepted through March 19th.  Click here for more information.

AASL Filtering Report is Now Available

According to results of a survey conducted by the American Association of School Libraries (AASL), the filtering of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools continues to be an issue in most schools across the country.  An executive summary of the supplemental questions on filtering are included as a part of AASL’s longitudinal survey, School Libraries Count!    Read the four-page summary report on the AASL website and  consider taking a look at the banned websites part of the site too. Banned Websites Awareness Day seeks to promote an awareness of how overly restrictive filtering affects student learning at the very time that schools are encouraging the learning of 21st Century Learning Skills!                                                                       

AASL Launches Video Contest for Students

A partnership between the American Association of School Libraries (AASL), SchoolTube and Cisco has launched a project called Learning4Life in My School Library Student Video Contest. The videos should focus on how school libraries and their technologies encourage students to become lifelong learners. Student video submissions will be accepted between January 4th and March 18th. Winners will be announced April 1st, and will receive a Flip video camera and a prize for their school library. More information can be found at www.ala.org/aasl/l4lvideocontest/.