ITEM Members: A call for your input!

This is a message from ITEM, asking for your input on the ESSA issues that will happen in your library! You always want YOUR voice heard in matters important to your work!!

If anyone would like to gather here at CMLE Headquarters prior to the St Cloud meeting on Oct 26, just let us know. We can meet here, have snacks to get fortified, and head over as a group. It could be a good opportunity to chat among ourselves about issues important here in CMLE, and how to best approach ESSA.

Please use the link from ITEM (below) to register for an event that is convenient for you!!

From ITEM:

In December 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind and includes language regarding “effective school library programs.”

ITEM now needs YOUR help to shape our involvement. Beginning Wednesday, October 5th,  MDE is hosting a round of listening tours to collect feedback on ESSA. It is imperative that school librarians, as major stakeholders, are actively involved in these listening tours.

ITEM needs members to attend and speak at these events. We need to have at least one, if not more, school librarians at EACH location. ITEM will provide you with talking points. We then ask you to report your feedback to ITEM. After all the listening tours, your feedback will be shared with MDE.
All events will be 6:00 – 7:30 pm. To register, please complete the
registration form.
Please let us know if you are able to help get out our message. We will connect you with the resources/people to support you. ITEM will have short position statements available for you to bring to the session.
Regional Meetings

October 5: Duluth: Denfeld H.S. Auditorium, 401 44th Avenue W.
October 6: Bemidji: Bemidji H.S. Performing Arts Center, 2900 Division Street W.
October 13: Marshall: Marshall M.S. Theater, 401 S. Saratoga
October 14: Rochester: Wood Lake Meeting Center, 210 Wood Lake Drive SE
October 26: St. Cloud: Apollo H.S. Auditorium, 1000 44th Avenue N.
November 3: Burnsville: Diamondhead Education Center – Eagan and Savage Rooms, 200 W. Burnsville Parkway