Last month, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) President Steven Yates came to Wyoming to speak at Information Power. He shared his impressions of his visit in a Knowledge Quest article, “A Fresh Look, Lending a Hand, and the Equality State.” He wrote:
Last month marked my first presidential visit to an AASL affiliate. I had the good fortune of joining the School Library Interest Group of the Wyoming Library Association for their Information Power preconference before the Wyoming Library Association annual conference in Sheridan, Wyoming. The exchange of ideas among school librarians with their academic and public library peers on the beautiful campus of Sheridan College was so refreshing! Affiliate representatives Jennisen Lucas and Connie Hollin graciously assisted me as I shared the many benefits of being a part of the only national association dedicated to school librarianship. While my stay in Wyoming was only a few days, I left there knowing that I wanted to visit again very soon and so proud of the work our school library colleagues are doing to transform teaching and learning across the Equality State.
Steven Yates is an assistant professor and coordinator of the school library media certification program at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. He earned a doctor of philosophy in instructional leadership with an emphasis in instructional technology in 2017.
What do school librarians contribute to student learning? Check out (and share!) this handy infographic from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). Click the image for a downloadable PDF to post or print.
This year’s theme is “Sharpening our Focus: Comprehension Across Disciplines and Grade Levels.” Conference goals are to bring together pre-K, elementary, and secondary level teachers, librarians, and school administrators to examine current issues and trends in comprehension teaching, instruction, and research for preK-12 student.
Registration is $35. Travel and lodging are the responsibility of the participant or their employer, but a limited number of travel scholarships are available; to be considered, apply on the registration form.
Today, many marginalized students face adversity inside and outside the classroom. School librarians are in a unique position to help these underserved student populations overcome these barriers by offering resources and support and advocating on their behalf. School librarians must recognize the particular needs of underserved students in order to develop effective library services and strategies to ensure that these students are academically successful.
A new toolkit from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the Resource Guide for Underserved Student Populations, brings together a wealth of resources available to aid school librarians working with students in five underserved populations: children in foster care, homeless children, children of incarcerated parents, children of migrant workers, and children in non-traditional families.
Paige will take you through an overview of personal learning networks: what they are, why they are important, and how to build your own. She’s joined by special guest, Thomas Ivie, Statistics and Research Librarian at the Wyoming State Library.
This is a unique opportunity for educators to explore teaching and learning practices that can apply to classrooms and distance learning environments from kindergarten through higher education.
The Innovations planning committee is requesting presentation proposals that promote innovative practices across the K-20 spectrum. The broad conference tracks include open education resources, innovations in teaching, digital learning, student learning assessment, online and blended learning, educational technology tools, using a Learning Management System (LMS), and Future Ready Schools.
Wyoming Innovations in Learning 2017 is a conference featuring innovative teaching and learning practices for all educators. The conference is hosted collectively by the Wyoming Department of Education, University of Wyoming, Wyoming’s community colleges, and school libraries.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has an advocacy tool to help school librarians generate and guide discussion with stakeholders about quality school library programs. School Library Programs Improve Student Learning is a series of advocacy brochures each designed to speak to a specific stakeholder audience within the school library community, including administrators, policymakers, parents, and teachers. Each brochure outlines goals and key questions specific and important to that audience helping school librarians lead unique conversations, set goals and expectations for the program and the stakeholder, and maximize the potential of the school library program.