Future Trends and Issues

AASL Releases White Paper from CLASS Research Summit

Press release from AASL:

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n April 2014, fifty research scholars from across the nation gathered in Chicago to plan a national research agenda focused on demonstrating the positive influences of effective school librarians and quality school libraries on student learning.

The white paper resulting from the “Causality: School Libraries and Student  Success (CLASS)” forum, convened by AASL and funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is now available on the AASL website at www.ala.org/aasl/research .

Additionally, the white paper and research findings will be discussed during a session at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. The session will take place from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N109.

Comments regarding the CLASS white paper are being accepted until October 15, 2014. If you would like to provide feedback, please submit comments to Allison Cline acline@ala.org.

U.S. Department of Education 
http://www.ed.gov/
This well-organized site is chocked full of information about educational topics with features on the Administration’s seven priorities. You can see where the money is going and why.

Virginia Department of Education
http://www.doe.virginia.gov/
Information about education initiatives in Virginia.

American Association of School Administrators 
http://www.aasa.org/
Page one features hot topics in an easy to use format. If you have time to read only the “Current Issues and Ideas” section, you will be well informed. Whoever manages this site is aggressive and keeps the information up-to-date.

AskERIC
http://eric.ed.gov
Look for hot topics at this U.S. Dept of Education site full of resources, infoguides, lesson plans, a question-answer service and a searchable database from the Educational Resources Information Center.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
http://www.ascd.org/
ASCD provides professional development in curriculum and supervision, initiates and supports activities to provide educational equity for all students, and serves as a world-class leader in education information services. Look under “Newsroom” at the top for the latest educational news items. Their “Fax on Demand” program makes it easy to obtain articles that you need as you find them.

Education Week on the Web
http://www.edweek.org/
Education Week is loaded onto this site each week, complete with archives. The “Teacher Magazine”, “The Daily News”, and “Special Reports” contain information about the latest educational developments.

Education World
http://education-world.com/
This simple-looking site is deceiving. Click on “Education Topics” and you’ll find a wealth of categories. Click on the “Featured List” down arrow and find “What’s New,” “World Resource Center,” “World School Directory,” and “Cool Schools.”

From Now On: Education Technology for Schools
http://fromnowon.org/
Read an easy-to-use online educational technology journal and find information about assessment, grants, Internet use, staff development, technology planning, and change at this web site.

Growing Up Digital 
http://www.growingupdigital.com/
What is the world of work going to be like for the Net Generation? Take a look at this site to see the attributes of these students and what their demands are likely to be.

International Society for Technology in Education 
http://www.iste.org/
The International Society for Technology in Education has tools for helping teachers learn how to use technology in the classroom. The National Technology Standards for Students document is available for downloading from this site, as well as conference information, and “Washington Notes,” which highlights the latest actions from the U.S. Government.

Library of Information for Educators
http://www.nsdc.org/news/index.cfm
Go to the “Library” at the National Staff Development Council site for the latest information about training needs, ideas, and opportunities.

Milken Family Foundation
http://www.mff.org/
This active site is great for educational statistics, particularly those dealing with technology. State technology plans and comparisons between the states are made in articles available at this site. Note the difference in perceptions about the use and value of technology between educators and parents by reading the “National Opinion Poll Results.”

National Association of Elementary School Principals
http://www.naesp.org/
This site is meant for elementary school principals and has information related to topics for that school level.

National Association of Secondary School Principals
http://www.nassp.org
This rich site, for “all leaders” in middle level and high school education, is divided into categories of web links, such as “U.S. Department of Education,” “Education Organizations,” and “Education Resources,” under “Web Sites of Interest to Educators.”

National Science Foundation
http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/srs/seind98/c8/c8h.htm
“Economic and Social Significance of Information Technologies” and other relevant articles are available at this site.

Yahoo – Education
http://dir.yahoo.com/Education
Select one of the many categories to follow links to information about a variety of topics.

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