Tucson, AZ – May 5, 2011 –
Education’s linked data community is privileged to have free access to the American Association of School Librarian’s (AASL) Learning4Life lesson plan database. For more information on the Learning4Life database, click here: http://bit.ly/jXa1BT

JES & Co. has worked closely with the AASL staff to map the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner to the Common Core State Standards, enabling teachers and librarians to search for lesson plans correlated to both set sets of standards. Lessons learned by the JES & Co. team resulted in a new Achievement Standards Network (ASN) mapping tool used to create relationships between standards resulting in data amenable to the Sematic Web, an asset to the education linked-data community. The ASN is an integral part of the Global Learning Resource Connection (GLRC), a global collaboration whose mission is to connect the dots between education systems around the world.

“We are excited that the AASL is taking the first step in breaking down the walls between the library and the classroom,” explained Diny Golder, Executive Director of JES & Co. “By using linked data principles, the AASL is able to provide a fully functional Learning4Life Lesson Plan Database site completely linked to multiple standards for teachers and librarians across the country.”

JES & Co. is a world leader in research, development, and deployment of education programs based on open standards. JES & Co. designed and developed the mapping tool to be able to map standards to standards and learning resources to standards.

About the ASN
The Achievement Standards Network (ASN) provides an RDF-based framework for the description of achievement standards promulgated by governments and other organizations to prescribe what students should know and be able to do as a result of specific educational experiences.
The ASN has five distinct components:

1. A repository of academic standards, each with its own unique, web- addressable Uniform Resource Identifier (URI)

2. A data input tool, enabling direct input of standards documents into the repository

3. Viewers and web services to access the standards

4. A resolution service that resolves each URI into machine readable text

5. A network of organizations that share, use, develop tools and leverage the technical advantages of the ASN in improving education
ASN data is open source and made available to the education community at no cost.

About AASL
American Association of School Librarians
The mission of the American Association of School Librarians is to advocate excellence, facilitate change, and develop leaders in the school library field. AASL works to ensure that all members of the school library field collaborate to provide leadership in the total education program, participate as active partners in the teaching/learning process, connect learners with ideas and information, and prepare students for life-long learning, informed decision-making, a love of reading, and the use of information technologies.

About the GLRC

The Global Learning Resource Connection (GLRC) is a public-private collaboration which brings to fruition the ongoing work between JES & Co., a U.S. 501(c) (3) education research organization, corporate sponsors, and education agencies worldwide. Leading the initial public corporate involvement is founding worldwide partners, Microsoft, Cisco, Cengage/Gale, the National Education Association, and other leading corporations in process. The GLRC ties together several significant semantic web technologies developed through funding from the National Science Foundation and the US Department of Education and are designed to support cyber learning. The GLRC supports the implementation of the mapping of major collections of learning resources in systems around the world to machine-readable expressions of the learning outcomes based on the Achievement Standards Network (ASN) modeling and technical framework. The Gateway to 21st Century Skills is the largest US repository of teaching and learning resources and is sponsored by the National Education Association (NEA) serving its 3.2 million members. The GLRC work will implement the international linking of resources through trans-jurisdictional mapping of learning outcomes by means of Semantic Web/Linked Data principles for teacher/learner access and use. For more information about the GLRC, contact Terry Smithson at TerryS@JESandCo.org or visit us at www.JESandCo.org

About JES & Co.

JES & Co., a publicly funded 501(c) (3) education research organization, is a leader in research and deployment of education programs based on open standards. With 20 years of experience in interoperability and portability of educational resources, organizations around the world come to JES & Co. for leadership and guidance on education programs and initiatives. Since its establishment in the early 1990s, JES & Co. has led and managed The Achievement Standards Network (ASN), The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, The Gateway to 21st Century Skills (formerly known as GEM), the Dell Academy, the Intel Student Certification Program, and Microsoft’s Partners in Learning. For more information about JES & Co. or the Global Learning Resource Connection, visit www.JESandCo.org.

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