CA-Starting the conversation about school libraries and ESSA

Emily Ratica

CA

Church, A. (2016). Starting the conversation about school libraries and ESSA. Knowledge

Quest, 45(1), 4.

This short snippet, written by Audrey Church, the 2016–2017 AASL President, quickly reviews the American Association of School Librarians’ official position on the importance of school library programs in light of the new Every Student Succeeds Act.  She reestablishes that “an ESLP [effective school library program] is led by a certified school librarian who is a teacher and instructional leader…[and] school librarians play in instruction in various types of literacies and learning” (4). 

While short, this article gives a clear message which is an important reminder for all: Librarians and libraries are IMPORTANT! It is easy to get caught up in our daily activities as we go throughout the school year, but this reminds us that it is essential that we advocate for our programs at our schools and now we have federal legislation to back us up.  

  

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