Friday, February 06, 2009

AASL Survey-LMS Please Respond!

AASL has just launched our third year of the longitudinal study "School Libraries Count!" All K-12 schools, public and private, are invited to participate on a voluntary basis. Past participant's continued involvement is crucial when examining trends over time, as well as new participants so that an accurate reflection of the US educational demographics are represented.

Additional questions were added to last yearʼs study that focused on the use of social networking in the classroom. Findings showed that the majority of public and private schools were incorporating social networking tools into the classroom to aid in collaborative learning. This year's study will include additional questions regarding English Language Learners (ELLs) and resources made available to them through school library media programs.

The number of participants between years one and two of the survey almost doubled, in large part due to the collective efforts of AASL volunteers getting the word out, and we hope to double again in 2009.

Please spread the word now! Post to your website, listservs and blogs! The survey may be accessed directly at The last day to complete the survey is March 12.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Would you like to be a reviewer for the Computer Assisted Writing grant?

As a reviewer, you will be sent four-six grant proposals to read and score according to a rubric that will be provided. You will have approximately two weeks to complete your review of these proposals. Then, on March 16, 2009, all reviewers will meet for the day at ACES in Hamden. Lunch will be provided. During the session at ACES, reviewers will be divided into groups with others who have read and evaluated the same proposals. Together, groups will discuss each of the proposals and arrive at a final score to award each proposal, again, based on the rubric.

Even if you or your district is applying for a grant in this new round of funding, you are eligible to be a grant reviewer. You will of course, not read and score your own proposal (!) but will review proposals submitted by districts outside of your region.

Most people who have participated in reading grants in the past have expressed that it was an extremely positive professional experience, and one that has helped them in a variety of ways, including future grant proposal writing. Being a grant reviewer is also a great professional service to Connecticut’s education community.

If you are interested in reviewing grant proposals and are available on March 16, please let us know by sending an email to

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Computer Assisted Writing RFP due Feb. 20th

Since this is a state grant, all districts may apply. Questions about RFP or by phone at (860) 713-6781.