School librarian. Advocate. Student voice champion. Social media proponent. Professional development leader. Growth mindset.
Ashley J. Cooksey is a school librarian in Arkansas. Throughout her ten years in education, Ashley has spent seven of those years as a school librarian. During this time she has worked with students in all grade levels (K-12), as well as lead professional development for teachers.
She is the immediate past-president of the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media (AAIM) and a member of the Arkansas Library Association (ArLA), International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and The American Library Association and American Association for School Librarians (ALA/AASL). Ashley is a third-year blogger for AASL’s Knowledge Quest and co-founder of #ArkTLChat. Ashley is a Coding and Early Literacy Subject Adviser for codeSpark Academy. She is also a year five participant in the Arkansas Declaration of Learning program.
She has been the recipient of the following awards:
Arkansas Library Association Retta Patrick Award (2014 & 2018)
AASL Social Media Superstar Award as an Advocacy Ambassador (2018)
Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Pat McDonald Outstanding Individual Achievement Award (2019)
She is a passionate advocate for student voice, blended learning, creating a growth mindset in education, and using social media to enhance learning and as a tool to advocate for public education.
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