Capstone would like to congratulate all of our AASL grant winners who were recognized last week during the AASL Awards Ceremony, held during the American Library Association’s 2013 annual conference in Chicago.
These librarians and educators have some ambitious proposed projects and we thought we’d share a little about each.
Judi Moreillon (pictured above) and Teresa Starrett:
“The Principals’ Perspectives on the Value of School Librarians in Teaching and Learning Case Study” will be conducted through an inventory and a face-to-face focus group and/or individual interviews and video testimonials to investigate the data-driven or other reasons principals who laid off school librarians rehired them.
About the project, Judi remarked, “Teresa and I are excited about the study and how we can use the results to advocate for full-time certified school librarians who exhibit the professional qualities necessary for service in the 21st century.”
Linda Robinson (pictured above):
"Bark If You R.E.A.D. in School Libraries: Can School Librarians with Therapy Dogs and Reading Support Skills Be an Effective Part of a School's Literacy Intervention Team?" This study will explore whether the blended expertise of the school librarian who is both trained in supporting literacy and facilitating therapy dog interactions can provide a unique reading intervention that effectively improves reading abilities and makes the school librarian part of the successful intervention literacy team.
“Found in ‘Translation’: Reading, Writing, Critical Thinking, and Metaphrasis.” In this pilot literacy project, 4th grade students will read nonfiction science books and write fiction stories for younger readers on select topics. In addition to writing the narrative and producing illustrations, the students will create digital versions to read aloud to their classmates.