Advocacy/Leadership

ESSA – It Takes a Village!

With the recent passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the opportunity and need for school librarian and state school library organization engagement in the implementation process has never been more important. As states and districts work to develop… Read More ›

Educating in rows

Looking at the library calendar in April and May shows far too many days that students have no access because the library is closed for testing. Students spend day after day packaged in their rows with blinders around their work…. Read More ›

More on Advocacy

Every week, it seems, we hear about another school administrator or School Board making decisions about the staffing of their school libraries. Librarians have been on the radar of those decisions for far too many years. California, the bottom of… Read More ›

The Medium is the Message

One of my students working as a provisionally licensed elementary school librarian recently complained that his principal had criticized him for allowing students to free read or read independently the last 10-15 minutes of one particular library class time. The… Read More ›

Articulating an Impact on Student Learning

by Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Professor, School Library Program, Department of Teaching & Learning, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed in December 2015, positions school librarians as Essential Personnel and provides potential dedicated funding to effective school libraries–IF… Read More ›