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National School Library Media Programs of the Year
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presented the National School Library Media Program of the Year Award to schools in three categories. Millard Public Schools in Omaha, Nebraska, received the 2003 Large School District award. Liberty Public Schools in Liberty, Missouri, received the 2003 Small School District award. Cherry Creek High School in Greenwood Village, Colorado, won in the Single School category. The award, sponsored by the Follett Library Resources Company, honors excellence in school library media programs. A crystal obelisk and a cash award of $ 10,000 is presented to each winner. AASL 800/545-2433 ext. 4386, email@example.com, or http://www.ala.org/aasl/.
ISTE/PBS TeacherLine NETS*T Certification
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and PBS TeacherLine are collaborating to develop a certificate program that recognizes educators who have met the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS*T). Teachers will be able to earn the Certificate of Proficiency by completing a series of performance tasks. The online program allows teachers to demonstrate their use of technology for assessment and evaluation, curriculum and instruction, planning learning environments, and professional development. The certificate, to be housed on the PBS TeacherLine site [http://www.pbs.org/teacherline], will be offered nationally in early 2004. ISTE, 800/336-5191 or http://www.iste.org/.
Data in Decision Making
"Vision to Know and Do: The Power of Data as a Tool in Educational Decision Making," a paper from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), focuses on the successful practice of school districts that have transformed their organizations to respond to the needs of all students and provide community accountability. The paper highlights school districts using data analysis systems to improve student outcomes, identifies factors for successfully integrating data into decision-making processes, and calls for more emphasis on data-driven decision making as a way to prepare students for the 21st century. The document is available online. CoSN, 866/267-8747 or http://www.cosn.oig/.
AASL National Conference
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will hold its 11th National Conference and Exhibition October 22-26, 2003, in Kansas City, MO. The theme of the conference is "Information Matters." The education programs will focus on three strands: Information Access, Learning and Teaching, and Program Administration. Registration fees before Sept. 19 are $275/AASL members and $375/non-members. After Sept. 19, the fees are $325 for members and $475 for non-members. A one-day pass is $175 for members and $275 for non-members. Exhibit-only access is $25 for all. AASL, 800/545-2433 ext. 4386, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.ala.org/aasl/.
Senior High School Library Catalog
Entries for 5,400 new books and a new section on Web resources are featured in the 16th edition of the Sen/or High School Library Catalog. The catalog includes more than 10,000 entries for fiction and nonfiction works, recommended CD-ROMs, listings of review sources, and other aids for librarians and school media specialists. …