(First Paragraph) 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 we make them understand why school librarians matter. ESSA falls short, however, of identifying what characterizes an effective school library program. This significant language allows school librarians to voice how their programs make an impact in their schools. As local decision makers (Local Education Agencies or LEAs in the actual law) and educational communities develop tools and evaluations to determine a school library’s effectiveness, there will be a greater need for each of us to communicate how our school library programs enhance student learning and achievement.
Original Publication Citation
Burns, E. A. (2016). Articulating an impact on student learning. Retrieved from https://knowledgequest.aasl.org/articulating-impact-student-learning/
Burns, Elizabeth, "Articulating an Impact on Student Learning" (2016). STEMPS Faculty Publications. 92.