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Help keep SC DISCUS strong! Contact your local House of Representatives or SC Senate members.
Proposed Changes to DISCUS
Message from Superintendent Molly Spearman!
In this video Molly Spearman helps us celebrate National School Library Month and congratulates our School Librarian of the Year Pamela Williams!
SC Impact Study Featured in SLJ Article
Dr. Karen Gavigan and Keith Curry Lance flesh out more inspiring details in this SLJ piece on our South Carolina School Library Impact Study. Read the whole article here. These points are great to use with your annual report!
Flood Relief Donations Still Needed
Flood Relief Still Needed
SCASL was able to raise $300 for flood relief for school libraries and the students they serve. We took down the link on our website for flood relief donations, and we posted the application for folks to apply for this amount. After reading some of the stories in the applications we are getting, we decided to re-post the link for donations and reach out to the community again.
Here is an excerpt from one of the grant applications:
"Our school was declared a level 3 disaster. We lost everything and have not returned to our school. The students have been asking when they can check out books again . I am starting over from scratch."
Some of the applicants expressed a desire to use the money to purchase books for students whose families lost everything. Some applicants are still unable to return to their libraries and are in temporary spaces. Almost all of the applicants say they would use the money to purchase books to replace those that were lost or damaged in the flooding.
If you would like to make a donation, we have re-posted the link - https://goo.gl/rBv0CD
Image: Daniel OinesOur school was declared a level 3 disaster. We lost everything and have not returned to our school.
$300 Flood Relief Grant Application Open
Did the flooding impact your school library? SCASL has collected $300 in donations to help these school libraries and the students they serve. If you are interested in obtaining these funds for your school library, please fill out the application form below.
SCASL Publishes Position Statement on Evaluation of SC School Librarians
The book awards nominee lists were released by Committee Chair Julie Hornick on January 11th.
SCASL President Jennifer Tazerouti and SCASL President elect share from Columbus, Ohio where they are attending AASL's annual conference! They will be representing us at the AASL Affiliate Assembly as well.
Nominate a Rock Star! It could be YOU!!!!
Nominate a Rock Star! It could be YOU!!!!
The SCASL Elections committee is seeking nominations for the 2016– 2017 Slate of Officers (President Elect and Treasurer) and three Election Committee Member-at-Large positions. Elections will be held during the March 2016 SCASL Annual Business Meeting at the conference in Myrtle Beach. Nominees must reside and/or work in South Carolina and be members of SCASL.
Just wanted to give you an update on our promotion of the SC Library Impact Study! So exciting!!!!
Keith Curry Lance and Karen Gavigan, USC/SLIS have submitted an article to Teacher Librarian and it will be published in October. This is on Phase 2 of the study. It is entitled
If you could recommend a book to K-12 teachers to use to teach civil rights topics to your students what would it be? What book or digital resource would you recommend to help students make sense of the Confederate Flag takedown this summer? Is there a book or resource that you know of that might help students process events such as the Charleston church massacre?
SCASL held its first Twitter Chat on Tuesday August 18th. Check out some of the awesome conversation shared by searching the tag #scaslchat. Topics included, new books, green screen, lego stations, book clubs and summer professional development.
Another chat is planned for mid September. We hope you will participate. Leave a comment if you have suggestions for future chat topics or special guests.
This week your superintendents, principals and legislators received a letter informing them of the results of our SC Impact Study as well as one of our info graphic bookmarks. Ask them about it!!!!
We had a wonderful SCASL Summer Institute on MakerSpaces@YourLibrary yesterday with Ida Mae Craddock from Virginia and the Richland Library staff. We also had presentations from Kris Joannes at SCDOE about the new teacher evaluation tool and Pam Fields about our State Reading plan. We were please to find out that immediately after our SC Impact Study press conference in May she was told that school librarians needed to be added to the state Reading Plan (until that time there was no mention of school libraries in the plan). We continue to be a powerful organization.
SCASL members have access to all the materials shared in the SCASL Summer Institute 2015 Forum.
On May 12, 2015 SCASL along with the SC State Department of Education held a press conference to announce the release of the results of The Impact of School Librarians and Library Programs on Academic Achievement of Students: The South Carolina Study. In late 2013, the South Carolina Association of School Librarians (SCASL) commissioned a study of the impact of school libraries and librarians in South Carolina. The South Carolina study was completed by a nationally recognized research team, RSL Research Group, under the leadership of Dr. Keith Curry Lance. The purpose of this study was to assess the extent to which school libraries transform schools by contributing to student success. The study was released at the annual SCASL Conference March 11 - 13, 2015 and it confirmed the fact that certified school librarians and well-funded school libraries positively affect student achievement. This study illustrates how our school libraries EMPOWER students, INCREASE reading scores, IMPROVE standardized test results and LEAD student to develop 21st Century Learning skills. You can go to scasl.net for the complete results and to view a promotional video. You can also go to the Library Media page on the State Department’s website and the SCASL site to view the Library Media program standards documents, Achieving Exemplary Libraries and Standards for School Library Resource Collections. School librarians across the state use these important documents to achieve quality programs.