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TASL Advocacy Resources
Current School Library Standards
Texas State Library &
Archives Commission, 1995
Blogs & Sites by TX Librarians
Many of the resources listed on this page are shared from the American Association of School Librarians' advocacy webpage at www.ala.org/aasl/advocacy. The American Association of School Librarians is a division of the American Library Association. For additional free resources, visit www.ala.org/aasl. Used with permission.
Tools, brochures, and other resources to support school library
communities in their quest to improve campus libraries.
ESSA and Texas School Libraries
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is required to submit a plan to implement ESSA in Texas by September, 2017. TLA is working closely with TEA, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and other stakeholders to ensure that the library community is a key part of the process.
The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released preliminary results of a recently completed online survey regarding the state’s implementation of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). This preliminary report contains only the raw data output from the survey without any interpretation of the results. In addition, the documents contains only responses to the quantitative questions, the open-ended comment data will be analyzed and presented in a final report.
Additional ESSA Resources
- Definition for Effective School Library Program
- EveryLibrary: State ESSA Implementation Planning for School Library Stakeholders
- Texas ESSA Workshop Workbook
- Texas ESSA Workshop Powerpoint Presentation
- TSLAC ESSA Summary & Potential Implications for Texas
- TLA ESSA Survey Talking Points
- AASL ESSA Resources
- AASL Opportunities for School Librarians under ESSA
- TEA ESSA website
- TEA Public Input Survey Preliminary Results
TASL Advocacy: Free Online Seminar- School Libraries Rallying Support and Empowering Friends
- “Doable Action: Advocacy Made Simple” Watch these free TLA webinars NOW! The two school library webinars were presented on Sept. 29, 2016 (“School Libraries Rallying Supporters and Empowering Friends” by Cindy Buchanan and Nicole Cruz) and Oct. 12, 2016 (“School Libraries Reaching and Talking to Local Decision Makers” by Susi Grissom and Dorcas Hand).
TASL Advocacy: Do Districts Have to Hire Librarians?
- Is a district required to hire/retain school librarians?
- What research data defends certified school librarian's impact on learning?
See this letter drafted by TASL's leadership on the issue of school librarians and the teaching credential. The letter, which was submitted to the State Board for Educator Certification, offers a synopsis of the rationale and research on librarians and instruction.
TASL Educating a Child PDFs:
- Educating a Child in 2017: Administrators & School Librarians Partnering for Student Success
- Educating a Child in 2017: Parents & School Librarians Partnering for Student Success
- Educating a Child in 2017: Teachers & School Librarians Partnering for Student Success
Has your school eliminated the librarian, closed the library? Are you concerned that the school library on your campus is not adequately supported? Do you want to prevent that possibility?
- AASL Toolkit for Promoting School Library Programs
- AASL Crisis Toolkit
- AASL School Library Program Health and Wellness Toolkit:
The time to deal with library programs cuts is before they happen or before they are even a possibility. This toolkit provides resources to help you build stakeholder support and true advocacy. It supports your proactive efforts to keep your library program healthy as you work to build the program and to prevent cuts.
- Parent Advocacy Toolkit:
How you can help your child succeed in this changing global economy where many of us are deeply concerned that the United States is not preparing our young people with the skills they need to compete?
Other Advocacy Resources from All Over
- Highly Effective School Library Program Rubric – from Colorado
- Why Schools Need School Librarians – on BagtheWeb, DonnaBaumbach, retired from University of Central Florida
- Empowering school librarians with "Guided Advocacy – Deb Kachel, Deb Levitov, and Christie Kaaland
- School Library Advocacy on Pinterest – Sara Kelly Johns
- School Library Advocacy on ScoopIt – Karen Bonnano from AustraliaRead/download the complete
Created on Mar 28, 2014 | Last updated January 03, 2017