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2010 News Releases

Summer Literacy Institute earns national recognition

September 14, 2010

American Association of School Librarians

Longwood University's Summer Literacy Institute is one of six programs in the country to earn a formal national commendation from The Affiliate Assembly of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The commendation recognizes the Institute's support of the profession and alignment with AASL's learning standards and program guidelines and principles expressed in AASL's mission and value statements.

The Virginia Educational Media Association nominated the Institute for the award in recognition of "providing teachers and school librarians with professional development and an opportunity to forge collaborative relationships."  The nomination, forwarded from the AASL Affiliate Assembly, was reviewed and approved by the AASL Board of Directors.  

"It is an honor to receive this national recognition from the American Association of School Librarians," said Dr. Audrey Church, co-director and associate professor and coordinator of the School Library Media Program.  "The Summer Literacy Institute provides an opportunity for school librarians, literacy coaches, reading specialists, and classroom teachers to come together, to grow and develop, and to interact professionally. We are proud to sponsor the Institute and proud that Longwood's efforts were recognized in this way."

Now in its seventh year, the 2010 Summer Literacy Institute attracted 175 educators from across Virginia and covered topics including reading aloud, storytelling, fluency, book talks, oral tradition, group writing, and readers' theatre. The event is cosponsored by the Literacy and Culture and School Library Media graduate programs in the College of Education and Human Services. The co-directors are Dr. Church and Dr. Jeannine Perry, assistant dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and associate professor and coordinator of the Literacy and Culture Program.

"The theme of the 2010 Institute was 'Literacy Out Loud' which emphasizes that literacy involves reading, writing, speaking, listening, and viewing," said Dr. Perry.

"This year's commendations stress reading and the importance of supporting the school library profession.  Reading is the foundation for lifelong learning and school librarians are the perfect educators to instill a love of reading for pleasure," said AASL Affiliate Assembly Chair Sandra Andrews. "AASL Affiliate Assembly was proud to put forth these six programs for recognition by AASL."

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.