Facing policies that threaten their service models, core values, and federal funding, librarians voice concerns—and mobilize.
In an age of ESSA and regulation unknowns, the best thing to do right now is to advocate for yourself.
Final state plans are due by April 4. Here’s the advice that came out of the Lilead Fellows community meeting at Midwinter.
These powerhouse librarians leveraged their experience to shift careers midstream, after decades on the job, or post-“retirement.” They’re still giving to the profession.
This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
Anita Cellucci and Laura Gardner share what they’ve learned from working on the Massachusetts School Library Association’s ESSA committee.
The DOE has released guidance to help state and local decision makers maximize the opportunities available under ESSA to strengthen early education.
Emboldened attendees left Washington, D.C. with a fresh perspective, new energy, and actionable ideas.
State education agencies are trying to find solutions to problems in this new ESSA environment. If you don’t bring the librarian perspective to the next version of the draft, no one else will.
The Every Student Succeeds Act is all about implementation now, and it’s critical that media specialists have a place at the table.
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Rosen Publishing and EveryLibrary are doing pro-bono consulting to state level school library stakeholders for ESSA implementation planning.
Sessions on maker spaces, leveraging ESSA, and STEM learning are among the highlights of the ALA and ISTE conferences this month.
This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
I’d venture to say that most of us could stand to learn a little more about ESSA and its potential for school libraries and the communities we serve. On the SchoolLibraryAdvocacy.org website, Deb Kachel offers some clarity. Deb’s presentation ESSA: Every Student Succeeds Act: Implications for School Library Programs, shares critical background on the ESSA […]
A petition to urge implementation of ESSA provisions is gathering steam, while serving an important additional function.
A new report out of ALA’s Washington, DC office clearly spells out post-ESSA goals for school library supporters.
The long-awaited rewrite of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act includes a major win, with school libraries now incorporated throughout federal law. Now we must map the road ahead to achieve effective real-world integration of libraries and librarians in our schools.
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“This is an early Christmas present,” president Obama said as he signed the new education bill into law this morning. “I love it when we’re signing bipartisan bills.” The bill saw strong support in the House and the Senate.
In the new education bill, the definition of “specialized instructional support personnel” is updated to include “school librarians.” That language “lays the groundwork for new attitudes in state and district leadership” regarding school library services, says library advocate Dorcas Hand.
If signed into law, the new education bill would be the first piece of federal legislation in over 50 years to provide school libraries with a dedicated revenue stream to enhance school library services and resources.