New York, NY, February 16, 2023... ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) have forged a new partnership that will work to bring anti-bias and Holocaust education into more schools across the United States.
ADL and AASL will collaborate on raising awareness of anti-bias education, providing schools with the opportunity to engage with the No Place for Hate framework, and offering Holocaust education support to empower staff and students in K-12 schools with effective strategies for addressing bias and bullying. In addition, AASL will assist in promoting ADL’s “No Place for Hate Day” and support recruiting 20 new No Place for Hate® schools nationwide to directly reach 14,000 students with anti-bias programming during the 2023 and 2024 school years.
“We are honored to partner with the American Association of School Librarians to help make our schools safer and more inclusive environments for students,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, ADL CEO and National Director. “We’re excited to work with AASL to support librarians with the necessary resources to advance anti-bias and Holocaust education in schools and communities.”
Through this partnership, ADL will connect 25 regional education teams with AASL state representatives across the country to strengthen cooperation on the local level.
“AASL is proud to partner with ADL’s education professionals who are working on the frontlines to prevent bias and harassment in schools,” said Kathy Lester, AASL President. “ADL’s efforts to foster equity and inclusion through anti-bias education aligns with AASL's core value of equity, diversity and inclusion. School librarians can participate in ADL’s educational programs and use their resources in their work with all learners to teach the value of multiple perspectives, critical thinking and empathy."
ADL’s No Place for Hate® program offers a collaborative framework for K-12 schools committed to creating sustainable change that leads to improved school climate. Participating schools are able to incorporate ADL’s anti-bias and anti-bullying resources within their existing programming to form one powerful message that all students have a place to belong. In 2022, No Place for Hate® reached over 1.4 million students, 100,000 educators and 1,600 schools across the country.
The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), empowers leaders to transform teaching and learning.
ADL is the leading anti-hate organization in the world. Founded in 1913, its timeless mission is “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of antisemitism and bias, using innovation and partnerships to drive impact. A global leader in combating antisemitism, countering extremism and battling bigotry wherever and whenever it happens, ADL works to protect democracy and ensure a just and inclusive society for all. More at www.adl.org.