September 21, 2017

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Informing your PD efforts: New ISTE Standards for Educators and Future Ready Frameworks

As the 2017/2018 school year approaches, it would be good to know about a couple of documents/frameworks that will be influencing the ways we teach with, learn with and support our classroom educator and coach partners. First ISTE’s refresh of its Standards for Educators impacts our practice as educators as well as the practice of our […]

Thriving During Leadership Change | Take the Lead

Change in your school administration may derail your library program—but only if you let it.

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From Teacher Librarian to Thought Leader | Take the Lead

Strategic positive exposure for school libraries in her district helped this Lilead Fellow gain recognition for teacher librarians.

Gain Support When You Support District Goals | Take the Lead

The way to success for this district librarian has been to start small, build a network of library advocates, dream big, and never stop working for transformative change.

Making the Principal Connection

Mark Ray asserts that principals and librarians have a lot more in common than you might think—and he should know. After 20 years as a teacher librarian, the 2012 Washington Teacher of the Year has become a district IT administrator. From his new perch, he shares insights into the the pivotal alliance possible between two key solo players in the school: librarian and principal.

How Does Your Boss See You?: Proof That Principals Value Librarians

Principals value their librarians. They also want them to be more visible leaders.

Those are just two of the interesting findings from a recent survey of 102 media specialists and 67 principals. In fact, 90 percent of the administrators that we surveyed think we have a positive impact in schools—and a large number also feel that our jobs are important. That’s great news, considering only 65 percent of librarians in the study thought their bosses would recognize the valuable role we play.

What Does Your Boss Think About You?

SLJ’s survey reveals principals’ lack of knowledge about the role of school librarians

Tom Baltzer, a principal at Huntington Elementary School in Utah, is so gung ho about the media center that he can’t imagine the school without one. In fact, he jokes that the staff and district would rather get rid of the principal first. “I would be devastated. The children would be hurt, and the school would be hurt,” Baltzer says. The school’s librarian, Paulette Kelly, doesn’t merely play […]