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.
Attention SLIS Alumni – Request for Participation in Online Survey
The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at the University of South Carolina invites SLIS school library program alumni to participate in an online survey to describe your experiences while you were a student at SLIS. This is your opportunity to help the SLIS school library faculty gain information and insight about the school library program, and for you to make recommendations based on your experiences.
This survey is for the SLIS alumni who did not already participate in the SLIS alumni face-to-face focus group at the SCASL Conference.
Dear SC School Librarians –
This year, the Library Media Specialist Survey is shorter and more powerful than ever! The 20 question survey will be completed through the SC State Department of Education, and key data will be included in the State’s School Report Cards this fall! For this reason, it is crucial that you complete the survey!
There will be a press conference to officially release and promote our SC Impact Study at the SC Department of Education, 1429 Senate StreetColumbia, SC 29201, May 12, 2015 at 10:00 am. We would love to have as many of you there as possible. Let’s come out and promote our programs and services.
SCASL Summer Institute - June 16, 2015 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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