I believe the first step in school library advocacy is in joining communities. They can be online communities or local/state/national professional communities, but it is important to be aware of what is going on in our profession. Once you have the awareness, you never know where you might end up.
ESSA impacts everything: how schools get their funding; the rigor of evidence required to make purchases with those funding dollars. It’s a complete change not fully defined yet. Watch our webinar recording and stay tuned for more information on this evolving topic.
Learn the ins and outs of ESSA. Our two presenters—one a former educator and tech leader in a Minnesota school district, the other a professional business consultant who is an expert on ESSA—presented an overview on 1/12/17 of the legislation and how it differs from NCLB.
It’s team members like Judy who advocate on behalf of school libraries and librarians, and help important programs and their impact on creating positive student outcomes. Learn more about Follett's partnership with AASL, working to host nationwide ESSA workshops for librarians.