The Iowa Association of School Librarians is partnering with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) to offer a free three-hour workshop on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) on Tuesday, Nov. 29th, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids. Additional sites will be available virtually.
Steven Yates, AASL President-Elect, will facilitate the session which will include:
• The most current information on developments at the Federal level and work through the sections of ESSA that can be directly linked to the school librarian/library program.
• Connecting ESSA language to the school librarian’s role.
• Discussing current state work with recommendations for opportunities at state and local levels to ensure the effective school library program’s language in ESSA.
This hands-on session will aid in identifying stakeholders, building coalitions, message crafting and elevator speech development. While the content will be directly related to ESSA, the tools and exercise portion is advocacy for positioning school librarians in general as leaders for teaching and learning. Each participant will receive an ESSA handbooks.
Support is also provided by the American Library Association’s Washington Office and Office for Library Advocacy.
Additional locations will be announced as this information becomes available. Check with your local AEA for details in the next week or so.