The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced that it has joined the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a leading advocacy organization transforming learning in the 21st century.
As the Partnership's newest member, AASL will assist the organization in driving the overall adoption of 21st century skills and providing guidance to communities and state leaders that will help them assess their current situations, develop customized learning plans and create implementation strategies leading to 21st century learning environments.
AASL Executive Director Julie Walker will represent the association as a board member for the Partnership. For the past seven years, Walker has been responsible for directing a national implementation plan for Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning, the association's guidelines for school library media programs. She currently serves on the National Education Advisory Board of Cable in the Classroom and the Advisory Committee for the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries. Walker also is a past-Chair of the Alliance for Curriculum Reform, a group of organizations committed to improving curriculum, instruction and assessment in P-12 schools. Prior to joining AASL, Walker was the director of Library & Media Services for the Round Rock (Texas) ISD.
The Partnership was formed in 2002 with support from the U.S. Department of Education. In 2003, the Partnership issued, Learning for the 21st Century: A Report and MILE Guide for 21st Century Skills, which articulates a collective vision for learning in the 21st century and assists schools, districts and states in meeting the challenges of incorporating 21st century skills into their curriculum.
In 2004, the Partnership issued a policymakers guide, online tool, as well as a series of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Literacy Maps designed to assist education stakeholders as they work to integrate 21st century skills into education. The Road to 21st Century Learning: A Policymakers' Guide to 21st Century Skills, provides a guideline to help policymakers integrate 21st century skills into schools, while Route 21: An Interactive Guide to 21st Century Learning, is a Web-based tool that assists education stakeholders in supporting and promoting achievement of ICT Literacy and 21st century skills. The ICT Literacy Maps are designed to illustrate the intersection between ICT Literacy and core academic subjects. The maps are now available in the areas of geography, mathematics, English and science.
Member organizations now include: American Association of School Librarians, Apple, Cable in the Classroom, Cisco Systems, Inc., Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Dell Inc., ETS, Ford Motor Company Fund, Intel, JA Worldwide, Microsoft Corporation, National Education Association, Oracle Corporation, SAP, Texas Instruments Incorporated, Time Warner, Inc. and Verizon.
Link to the Partnership for 21st Century Skills at http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/
Source: AASL, http://www.ala.org/ala/aasl/