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Professional Organizations

International
International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY)
An international organization with regional sections in many countries across the globe, IBBY works to promote international understanding through children's books.


National
American Library Association (ALA)
Of particular interest to librarians, teachers and early childhood care providers are the resources of ALA's Association for Library Services to Children (www.ala.org/alsc) and Young Adult Library Services Organization (www.ala.org/yalsa), which include bibliographies and best-of-the year booklists, as well as information on ALA literature awards. The ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom (www.ala.org/oif) is a comprehensive resource for intellectual freedow issues in libraries.

Children's Literature Assembly
This affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) advocates for the use of children's literature as core component of education. They also administer the annual "Notable Children's Book in English Language Arts" list.

International Reading Association (IRA)
"Dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habits" IRA is the sponsor, with the Children's Book Council (www.CBCBooks.org), of the annual Teacher's Choices, Children's Choices, and Young Adults Choices booklists. In addition to these, look for the latest research in reading and more on their web site.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
"The nation's largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade." NAEYC publishes the journal Young Children. Their web site offers resources for early childhood care providers as well as parents and families.

National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)
Serves as an umbrella organization for elementary, secondary, and college teachers of history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology, and law-related education. NCSS sponsors the annual list of Notable Trade Books for Young People for social studies (in conjunction with the Children's Book Council - www.CBCBooks.org). NCSS is also the sponsor of the annual Carter G. Woodson book award. Look for research, hands-on teaching tools, and more on their web site.

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
Works to advance teaching, research, and student achievement in English language arts at all scholastic levels. NCTE focuses on literacy at all levels and has resources for teachers, students, and parents on its web site. NCTE also has an extensive publications program, creating booklists and other resources for educators.

National Science Teacher's Association (NSTA)
Works to promote excellence in the teaching of science. NSTA sponsors the annual Outstanding Science Trade Books list. Their web site has teacher resources, publications, a listing of professional development opportunities and more.

United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)
The United States national section of IBBY works in this country to promote international children's literature and the exchange of information about books and reading.


Wisconsin
Wisconsin Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEC)
The statewide affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children is a resource and advocacy organization for early childhood care providers throughout Wisconsin. Sponsors an annual conference amoung other professional development opportunities.

Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies (WCSS)
The statewide affiliate of the National Council for the Social Studies works to promote social studies and thprofessional development of social studies educators. WCSS sponsors an annual conference among other activities.

Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts (WCTE/LA)
The statewide affiliate of the National Council of Teachers of English sponsors an annual convention and publishes the Wisconsin English Journal, among other activities.

Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMA)
A professional organization for library media specialists and instructional technology professionals in Wisconsin. WEMTA works to Promote learning and information access through the development and effective utilization of all forms of media and technology. The organization focuses on both literature and technology. Among its many activities, WEMTA sponsors the Wisconsin children's choice book award, the Golden Archer, as well as Battle of the Books competitions for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Library Association (WLA)
The state library association for Wisconsin has members from all types of libraries. Of particular interest to those with an interest in children's and young adult services is the Youth Services Section and the Wisconsin Association of School Librarians.

Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA)
The statewide affiliate of the International Reading Association works to promote excellence in reading at the state level by "providing leadership in addressing issues and trends in reading and language arts to inform educators, families and community."

 


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