School Library Month is the AASL’s 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 2018 theme is Making Connections at Your School Library and the official hashtag is #AASLslm.
Here’s a way to promote School Library Month in your own community. Jason Reynolds New York Times bestselling author of Ghost, Patina, Long Way Down, and Miles Morales: Spider-Man, calls school libraries, “places of recognition for young people” in the latest public service announcement from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). School library professionals and advocates are encouraged to download and share this PSA throughout their communities in celebration of School Library Month.
Reynolds is this year’s spokesperson for School Library Month. On the AASL website, he talks about school librarians:
It’s impossible for me to talk about the importance of the school library without talking about the school librarian. In full disclosure, the library wasn’t a place I frequented in school, but if I were in school today I’d practically live there, because there’s a good chance the coolest person in the building works where the books are. Not only can the school librarian help to curate a comfortable and welcoming space for all students, not only can they usher them to a vast array of books and reference materials, librarians also usually have the ability to connect with students on a personal level, because, well, they’ve read the most stories, which makes their potential for empathy and openness ceiling-less.
Learn more about School Library Month and find the PSA, School Library Month graphics, webinar links, and other resources.
Find the first two installations of this webinar series in the “For School Libraries” section of our training archives. The Wyoming State Library has two circulating copies of National School Library Standards in its professional collection, available to Wyoming school librarians for checkout or interlibrary loan.
Questions about school library issues? Contact the Wyoming State Library’s School Library Consultant, Paige Bredenkamp, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (307) 777-6331.
Apply for K-12 Digital Learning Innovations Awards
The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) is now accepting nominations for the 2018 K-12 Digital Learning Innovations Awards. These awards recognize and honor educators who use new and innovative ways to incorporate digital learning into their work, and those who create cultures of innovation and forward-thinking with technology to engage and empower students.
This year’s awards include a new category: the Innovative Classroom Award, which recognizes work around personalized learning being done by teachers and students collaboratively. More information can be found on the WDE’s Educator Awards page.
We’d encourage school librarians to apply. Last year, Julie Weitz, Librarian and Media Specialist at Sheridan Junior High School, was honored as the winner of the “Education Leader” category.
Click here for the nomination application. Applications are due by April 6, 2018. Winners of the awards will be notified by May 15, 2018 and will receive free registration to attend the 2018 Wyoming Innovations in Learning Conference in Evanston, where they will be recognized on November 8 during an awards ceremony.
Share Your Story of Teaching and Learning With the AASL Standards
As part of the implementation of its new “National School Library Standards,” the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has launched a video storytelling campaign. With Every Standard Tells a Story, school library professionals can submit their own narratives on how school libraries transform teaching and learning for real people in real places through examples of the things they already do every day that meet the AASL Standards.
School library professionals can join the campaign by recording their own stories that illustrate how they harness curiosity, model responsibility, inspire exploration, promote creativity and deepen understanding for learners, colleagues, and the community. These videos can then be uploaded to YouTube and added to AASL’s Every Standard Tells A Story playlist. Complete instructions can be found on the AASL Standards Portal.
Wyoming Innovations in Learning 2018 Call for Proposals
The second annual Wyoming Innovations in Learning conference is set for November 7-9, 2018 in Evanston. The conference is an opportunity for educators to share and explore innovative teaching and learning practices for classrooms and distance learning environments, from kindergarten through higher education.
The Innovations conference seeks presenters from all fields who wish to contribute their ideas and experiences to inspire educators and bring best teaching practices to K-20 learning. Session proposals will be accepted through May 4, 2018. Selected presenters will be notified of their inclusion in the conference by May 31, 2018.
Join Jennisen Lucas, Wyoming School Librarian and AASL Affiliate, as she goes on an in-depth tour of the new AASL standards. In this webinar, she covers the second Shared Foundation of the standards: Include. February 2018; 49 minutes
Upcoming Webinar: In Depth With the New AASL Standards, Part II
Join Jennisen Lucas, Wyoming School Librarian and AASL Affiliate, as she goes on an in-depth tour of the new AASL standards. In this webinar, she covers the first Shared Foundation of the standards: Inquire. January 2018; 52 minutes
Upcoming Webinar: In Depth With the New AASL Standards
The US Department of Education has approved the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan for Wyoming. ESSA is the federal education accountability law that has replaced No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
This plan details how Wyoming will meet the ESSA requirements in order to qualify for federal funds. It includes state education goals, accountability standards that districts will adhere to, and how districts will be supported in their efforts to reach and maintain those standards and goals. The plan touches on all aspects of education such as special education, English language learners, and professional development of educators.
School libraries were mentioned as an important factor in academic achievement. Their inclusion in the ESSA plan was a testament to Wyoming’s commitment to education and understanding of the value of all educators in the school environment.