CASL Awards, Grant and Scholarship

Application process opens February 1!

APPLICATIONS CLOSE March 15, 2023.

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.


Carlton W. H. Erickson Award

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. 

Rheta A. Clark Award

To honor a member for extensive service (at least 10 years) and outstanding contributions in the library media field.

Hilda and John Jay Award

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: 

  • Developed or successfully implemented a professional development activity for CEU credit relative to library and instructional media topics through the auspices of CASL;
  • Made a significant, verifiable contribution to a national-level committee for ALA or ISTE devoted to the interests of library media teachers and programs; 
  • Published an article relevant to school library media programs in a nationally circulated professional journal (nominee/applicant may be sole author or co- author); 
  • Published a book on a topic relevant to school library media programs or personnel that has been positively reviewed in at least one professional journal (nominee/applicant may be sole author or co-author); 
  • Developed a syllabus for, and taught as an adjunct faculty member, a graduate course to prospective library media teachers which develops requisite competencies for the profession; 
  • Implemented a new technology to streamline those administrative tasks or data management operations requisite to CASL's effective and efficient operation.

Irene Kwidzinski Service Award

To honor a person who has made an outstanding contribution to CASL and/or school library programs. 

CASL Creativity Award

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.

Bunny Yesner School Library Media Program of the Year Award

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 Administrator’s Award

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.

CASL Collaboration Grant

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.

Pellerin Classroom Teacher Award

To honor a classroom teacher who participates in the necessary steps to establish an instructional partnership with the library media specialist. 

Carolyn Biega O'Neill Memorial Scholarship

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 (The 2023 grant cycle has NOT opened yet).

CASL members who have had a ZERO book budget or received NO 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.

CASL's Technology Users Group Awards:

Educator Award

The CT Association of School Librarians Technology Users Group annually grants up to three awards of $1,000 each to recognize excellence in the integration of technology into classroom learning. Projects that integrate many subjects and incorporate technology represent the future of education. CASL recognizes that technology is only a tool that enhances learning or the presentation of learning. Creative projects that show the power of technology through engaged learning are encouraged. $1,000 is given to the individual teachers for completed or on-going projects to be used as they wish. In the event of a team application, the monetary award will be divided equally among the individuals.

Eligibility

Any public or private school educator in Connecticut who are CASL Members may apply for a CASL Educator Award. Click here for Membership info. Teams or individuals may submit proposals for recognition of competed or on-going work that has made use of computer technology (in conjunction with other technologies) to positively impact the learning of students and must clearly address at least one of the ISTE Standards for Students. The learning can be in any domain (affective, cognitive, or motor), in any curriculum area, at any level in grades K-12. It may be aimed at the professional development of teachers if a clear link to improved learning of students can be shown. 

* Members of the CASL Board of Directors or their immediate family members will not be eligible for the award.
* Winners in any one year will not be eligible for an award the following year.
* Please note that this award is for work completed or in progress.
* It is not a grant for future work.

Link to CASL Technology Users Group Educator Award page

The ISTE - Making IT Happen Award 

The ISTE Making IT Happen Award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students.

Please take the time to self-nominate or nominate an individual that fits the following description. The individual must be a CASL member who:

  • Improves teaching and learning to create far-reaching, impactful change in the field of educational technology

  • Applies current technology in new and innovative ways

  • Has a direct impact on student achievement and success

  • Fosters and promotes technology integration within the school and/or district

  • Is a forward thinker who understands the process of change

  • Inspires, encourages and nurtures students and colleagues

One individual will be chosen and recognized at the CASL Annual Dinner.

CASL Technology Users Group will provide a paid registration for the ISTE June Conference.

ISTE will provide a Making IT Happen jacket, pin, certificate, a one-year Basic ISTE membership and promotional materials.

* Members of the CASL Board of Directors or their immediate family members will not be eligible for the award.
* Winners in any one year will not be eligible for an award the following year.
* Please note that this award is for work completed or in progress.
* It is not a grant for future work.

Link to The ISTE Making IT Happen Award page

Past Award Winners:

2019 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners

2018 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners

2017 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners

2016 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners

2015 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners

2014 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners

2013 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners

2012 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners

2011 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners

2010 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners

2009 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners

2008 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners

2007 Award, Scholarship and Grant Winners

 

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