CASL Awards, Grant and Scholarship
Application process opens in January
APPLICATIONS CLOSE March 31
CASL, Inc. offers these annual awards to recognize outstanding service and outstanding programs by
certified school library specialists employed in Connecticut and members of CASL.
A member may nominate themselves or another member of CASL.
To honor a member who has made an auspicious beginning in media services at the building level and has been involved in library media service for no more than five years.
To honor a member for extensive service (at least 10 years) and outstanding contributions in the library media field.
To honor a member who has made ANY TWO of the following contributions to the profession during the last three calendar years immediately prior to nomination/application:
CASL Creativity Award
To honor a person who has made an outstanding contribution to CASL and/or school library programs.
To honor an outstanding creative and collaborative instructional lesson that integrates subject content with school library learning standards and technology. The winner will receive the Creativity Award in the amount of $500 to further implement this instructional lesson. The recipient of this award will be expected to present a visual display that documents the project at the Annual CASL Conference or Annual Meeting.
The Bernice "Bunny" Yesner School Library Media Program of the Year Award honors exemplary school library programs that demonstrate implementation of AASL’s National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. The award winner received $1,000.
CASL, Inc. offers these annual awards to recognize outstanding administrators who provide support and funding for school library programs, to honor a classroom teacher(s) who form an instructional partnership with a member, and a student enrolled in graduate programs leading to certification as a school library specialist.
A member of CASL may nominate an administrator, a classroom teacher, or a student for these awards.
CASL Collaboration Grant
To honor an administrator who provides necessary support for improving school library services through encouragement and adequate funding for program maintenance and improvement. Traditionally, one award has been given to a building level administrator and another to a district level administrator.
The Collaboration Grant recognizes the relationship between the library media specialist (LMS) and one or more teachers and is measured by the extent of co-planning, co-teaching, and co-assessing by the LMS and one or more classroom teachers. The award winner receives $500.
To honor a classroom teacher who participates in the necessary steps to establish an instructional partnership with the library media specialist.
CASL awards the Carolyn Biega O'Neill Memorial Scholarship of $1,000 to a Connecticut resident enrolled in a Connecticut accredited graduate program or the Alternate Route to Certification (ARC) leading to certification as a School Library Media Specialist.
CASL Diverse Book Grant (applications close February 18 for this grant)
CASL members who have had a ZERO book budget or received NEW district provided books for the past three years can apply for a $500 grant to purchase diverse books for your collection. Grant recipients will be paired with a CASL board member to aid them in selecting new titles to diversify their collection. Processing materials can be provided if needed.
Past Award Winners:
2019 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners
2018 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners