How Washington State teacher librarians redefined their roles, organized, and created an outstanding advocacy model for all.
This article was published in School Library Journal's October 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
School librarian leaders from across the country made their way to the Austin, TX, aka the “Live Music Capital of the World,” on September 28–29 to attend SLJ’s annual Leadership Summit, where they discussed the future of libraries and how partnership is a necessary ingredient for stakeholder success. Throughout the weekend, participants—speakers, sponsors, panelists, and attendees—honed their conversations around the transformative power of collaboration.
Former teacher librarian and current district administrator Mark Ray continues to reflect on the ways teacher librarians can better connect and work with building and district leaders.
This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
BYOD, or bring your own device, programs offer media specialists an opportunity to connect with students, teachers, and school administrators—and to take a leadership role in their schools and districts.
“I love the library, and I firmly believe in it,” says Mark Ray, a former teacher librarian and Washington’s 2011 Teacher of the Year. “But what I also think is that we can redefine perceptions on the part of administrators and decision makers by not necessarily wearing the library on our sleeves.”
It’s not often that a school librarian shakes hands with the president, talks policy with government officials, and hobnobs with our nation’s top lawmakers—but that’s what Mark Ray, a 20-year veteran of Washington’s Vancouver School District, did as 2011 State Teacher of the Year.