The 12th annual SLJ Leadership Summit: Taking Charge in the New ESSA Era will bring together a dynamic group of school librarians, education leaders, and tech innovators, as well as authors, publishers, and vendor stakeholders. This influential assembly–along with an extraordinary array of presenters–convenes to tackle the most pressing challenges and the greatest opportunities facing schools and school libraries.

This year, we are very excited to be bringing the Summit to Washington, DC, the home of a resurgence in school library leadership and the hub of national thinking about the potential of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA, the latest rewrite of the long-standing Elementary and Secondary Education Act, ESEA), recently signed into law–and calling on school librarians to take advantage of the inclusion of their work in this federal legislation. We are excited to bring this national forum into this vital community space.

The 2016 Summit will address the work done to date and still needed to help make the promise of ESSA a reality, including connecting to stated ESSA goals, advocating with school and district leaders, illustrating impact, and setting a high bar for school libraries large and small–all to spur student success and learning. Attendees will gain insight into the evolving and critical role of librarians in this ecosystem, models and tools to take back to their own schools, and vast informal learning from peer leaders from across the country. There will be plenty of time for reflection, collaboration, and networking with colleagues.

2014 SLJ Leadership Summit

The Summit program officially starts on Saturday, October 15th. However, participants are encouraged to arrive on Friday to join us for exciting and informative pre-conference events, including a tour of Washington, DC area school libraries or a visit to the Library of Congress Young Readers Room & Special Collections, sponsor focus groups, and a cocktail reception hosted on site by Capstone Publishers. Preliminary information on Friday’s pre-conference events is included on the schedule page but check back for updates.

Thanks to our sponsors, the SLJ Summit is free for attendees! Join us!


October 15-16, 2016
Pre Conference Events, October 14

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 Ninth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Group rate: $209 USD per night
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