More About This Website

 

SKJ4ALA

I am running for American Library Association President and would welcome your ideas, suggestions and concerns.

To contact me off-blog, feel free to e-mail me at  either my personal e-mail <skjohns@gmail.com> or my campaign e-mail <skj4ala@gmail.com> 

I'd love to hear from you--Sara

 

Login
Powered by Squarespace
« Two biggest challenges for public libraries? | Main | Questions about the future directions of ALA »
Saturday
Mar062010

School Libraries must be included in ESEA reauthorization

ESEA re-authorization has "room" for including school libraries in school reform, replacing NCLB. strengthening schools and increasing student achievment and readiness for college and life. Strong school libraries are part of the learning continuum of all libraries and need support from all librarians, parents, teachers and the community. The ALA Washington Office will be promoting the talking points they developed on the Legislative Action Center very soon (LSTA needs our support now and it's easy from there) but it's time to make those phone calls and visits to legislators NOW. Here they are:

RECOMMENDATIONS TO IMPROVE SCHOOL LIBRARY ACTIVITIES UNDER THE ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT (ESEA)

We want Congress to include provisions in the reauthorization of ESEA to improve academic achievement by ensuring our public schools have libraries staffed by state-licensed school librarians.

  • 21st century school library programs provide students with more than just books selected to hone readers’ developing skills and to instill a love of reading. While reading and books are a mainstay of the school library program, today’s school libraries are also sophisticated learning environments that provide the skills necessary to succeed in the workplace – but only when staffed by qualified professionals trained to collaborate with teachers and engage students meaningfully with information that matters to them both in the classroom and in the real world.
  • School librarians know the school’s curriculum and effective techniques necessary to cross disciplines and integrate information and technology literacy. They have collaboration skills for effective participation in the school improvement process through involvement in curriculum development, as well as implementation and evaluation with individual educators and departmental committees, and are well-positioned to participate in the improvement of data-based assessment systems.
  • Not surprisingly, research repeatedly shows that a well-funded and fully staffed school library with a state-licensed school librarian is an integral component of a student’s successful education.
  • Because ESEA does not highlight the direct correlation between a school library (staffed by a state-licensed school librarian) and increased student academic achievement, library resource budgets are increasingly being used to mitigate the effects of budgetary shortfalls.
  • Unfortunately, school libraries are some of the most underfunded classrooms in America and only 60 percent of our school libraries have a full-time, state-licensed school librarian on staff.

ESEA Reauthorization Recommendations to Support School Libraries

ALA believes that taking action to fund school library programs with state-licensed school librarians is imperative. Research and experience points out that doing so leads to improved results for students, long-term gains in school and school system capacity, and increased productivity and effectiveness. In order for states to articulate an innovative, comprehensive, coordinated commitment to reform, they must invest in school library programs headed by state-licensed school librarians. 

Accordingly, ALA asks that Congress include the following recommendations in the reauthorization of ESEA:

  1. Maintain dedicated funding for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program.  Despite its success in improving academic achievement, the FY 2011 budget request for the Department of Education consolidates and eliminates dedicated funding for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program.  The Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program improves the literacy skills and academic achievement of students by providing them with increased access to up-to-date school library materials; well-equipped, technologically advanced school library media centers; and well-trained, professionally certified school librarians.
  2. Include provisions under Title I state and local plans and the Race to the Top Fund to establish a state goal of having a school library staffed by a state-licensed school librarian in each public school (validated through accountability performance measures that include baseline data and annual reporting on progress made on such data).  As part of the Race to the Top program, States are required to establish baseline data and report on various performance measures (such as state progress on the distribution of effective teachers).  Similar performance measures should be added to Title I state and local plans and the Race to the Top Fund with regard to school libraries staffed by state-licensed school librarians.  
  3. Allow state and local professional development funds to be used for recruiting and training school librarians.  Currently, school librarians are not active participants in various professional development programs (such as the Teacher and Principal Training and Recruiting Fund and the Enhancing Education Through Technology Fund) even though they are a critical tool used to improve student academic achievement.  ESEA should encourage participation of librarians in such programs.

 

 

 

 

 

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (3)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Football is genuinely one of the greatest sports in America. It has a main following.
  • Response
    Response: HSggomrl
    Sara Kelly Johns' From Inside Out Blog - From the Inside Out - School Libraries must be included in ESEA reauthorization
  • Response
    NFL is truly one particular of the largest sports in America. It has a main following.

Reader Comments (19)

Sara -- These are great discussion points. What are your thoughts about no. 2 -- "state-licensed school librarian...(validated through accountability performance measures..." -- what baseline data would librarians be collecting and what would they measure? It is easy in the theoretical but a different issue in the practical. Obviously I'm on board with this philosophy, but I'm not sure what we would be measuring.
March 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFloyd Pentlin
Hi, Floyd--I am eagerly looking forward to the new AASL assessment document that is in the works. That should give school librarians lots of ideas and direction. I do see school librarians correlating test questions pulled out of state and national tests with information literacies instruction to track student achievement when those correlations lead the program. I also think that the number and length of collaborative classes can be tracked to show the effectiveness of the program. A couple of ideas, more will come with the new publication.

Sara
March 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSara Kelly Johns
These jerseys which are interestingly termed retro basketball jerseys are old school. Here is an example, men football jerseys, Kobe’s jersey at the present time, but the Lakers look 20 years ago. That would be an example of the throwback kind. Sports stars put them on now and again during games also.site:http://www.nfljerseyonline.com
July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNflJerseyOnline
Most of these jerseys state they’re replicas,sports jerseys store, yet in fact aren’t. They are the cheapest ones out there. They’ve screen imprinted lettering, additionally are made of the least expensive fabrics availableNike.
site:http://www.nfljerseyonline.com.
site:http://www.bagonhand.com.
site:http://www.sportshoes007.com
July 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNflJerseyOnline
Cheap football jerseys, NBA jerseys advertising the position is strictly prohibited to relax! In the current economic downturn, spending, such as general as the United States Football League NBA way. Recently, NBA jerseys advertising the position is strictly prohibited loose, will allow the Union to sell the team next season sportswear chest ads. But today, the Orlando Magic. Orlando Magic Chief Operating Officer Eric Martins, local time Wednesday, said the team will the players to a pre-job training per week, the ads. Martins train service, advertising on the major sources of income group, while over time, cheap football jerseys are the most valuable in the game, also on the shirt will no longer be a dream, but do not make a decision. Wellcome to our site:
http://www.nfljerseyonline.com/
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNflJerseyOnline
Attention!Kinds of jerseys,beautiful bags and shoes provided for you online. With extremely competitive prices, we sell only quality products.We bring you the best quality products in the market today. And our prices are the best in this industry, we welcome our customers to look around and compare our prices with local dealers and other online vendors. Shopping with us can save you a lot of money, and we offer great discounts on multiple item purchase,you will save even more. site:
http://www.nfljerseyonline.com
http://www.bagonhand.com
http://www.sportshoes007.com
August 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNflJerseyOnline
Well stated. I agree that library is familiar with school curriculum and still updating the editions of their books. Students shouldn’t worry because libraries provide guidelines to study. Another thing is that libraries are supported by some organization.
where you can buy the best watches at lowest price?
some friends tell me the watches from the web http://www.rolexclassic.com/ have good quality and their service is the best
Here you will see rolex watches ,omega watches,breitling watches,chanel watches,cartier watches and so on.
What do you think? Have you ever gone to the web?what do you think of it?


The watches on the web http://www.rolexclassic.com/ have top quality and they look the same as the original ones,even the weight almost the same as the real ones.

You will never find any better replica watches at the same price anywhere.
http://www.rolexclassic.com/class/?mywatchclass=446
http://www.rolexclassic.com/class/?mywatchclass=452
http://www.rolexclassic.com/class/?mywatchclass=447
http://www.rolexclassic.com/class/?mywatchclass=448
http://www.rolexclassic.com/class/?mywatchclass=450
http://www.rolexclassic.com/class/?mywatchclass=299
http://www.rolexclassic.com/class/?mywatchclass=342
http://www.rolexclassic.com/class/?mywatchclass=364
replia rolex

replica omega

replica breitling

replica cartier

replica IWC

replica chanel

replica watches

All the watches here have top quality and the price is very reasonable.

You will never ever regret to enter and take a look at.
October 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterreplica rolex
http://www.rolexclassic.com/Classic_Watches/197/2514.Html

http://www.rolexclassic.com/Classic_Watches/457/2468.Html



The watches on the web have top quality .

Just enter and take a look at.

I believe you will like them!
October 3, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterreplica rolex
I am very <a href="http://www.watcheslex.com">chanel shoes replica</a><br/>interested in your article, thank you!
November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterjImes
I think sale of home <a href="http://www.soowatch.com">girard perregaux bmw oracle</a><br/>is not a solution of any problem. You can try for home loan modification.
November 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwidens
Kuhaš mal? Kuhaš?
January 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternekdo
Kuhas mal? Kuhas?
January 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternekdo
I wanted to thank you for this great read!! I definitely enjoying every little bit of it.I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.maybe old news, but it’s new to me.
November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBest Televisions To Buy
There are plenty of information about this topic in the net & some are definitely better than others.
November 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersignature limousine
I do agree that school librarian is an integral component of a student’s successful education. the recommendations are good.
November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSignals In Forex
Great post. I used to be checking continuously this weblog and I'm inspired! Extremely useful information specially the remaining phase . I care for such information a lot. I used to be seeking this certain info for a long time. Thank you and good luck.
I don't know what some others think, yet I really believe what you reported holds true.
I always was interested in this topic and stock still am, regards for putting up.
Excellent goods from you, man. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it wise. I can not wait to read far more from you. This is really a great website.
Thank you a lot for giving everyone remarkably terrific opportunity to check tips from here. It really is very pleasing and as well . All the best…
April 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpetricia
I totally Agree with petricia.
July 11, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjames henry

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Post:
 
All HTML will be escaped. Hyperlinks will be created for URLs automatically.