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AASL Position Statements on ESSA

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AASL Position Statements

With the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act moving forward, it is critically important that school boards and administrators understand what it takes to have an effective school library program. AASL’s official position statements can help us as we advocate. If components are missing, these statements from the only national organization focused on the school library profession can begin the conversation.

School librarians transform student learning, and every child deserves the services of a certified school librarian and an effective school library program.

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Share your ideas on ESSA in Minnesota!

Save the date! Public Conversation on Well-Rounded Education Please join us Saturday, February 25 at 10 a.m. at Brooklyn Center High School for a public conversation on well-rounded education with Commissioner Cassellius.

Ensuring all students have access to a well-rounded education is a core principle of the Every Student Succeeds Act. While the law gives us a starting point, we look forward to continuing to engage with parents, educators and students as we shape a vision for what a well-rounded education means in Minnesota. In order to understand what Minnesotans want to see in our schools, we need to hear from you.

Join Commissioner Cassellius for a conversation around these three questions:

1. Thinking about a well-rounded education, what do I want to see change about the student experience of school?

2. Based on that answer, what do I want to see change about the actions of adults closest to the student?

3. Based on both previous answers, what do I want to see change about system actions and policies that affect student experiences and adult actions?

Please register and find more information on the ESSA page of the MDE website: education.state.mn.us/MDE/ESSA

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Take a quick survey on ESSA!

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Library people working with K-12 patrons – the Minnesota Department of Education needs to hear YOUR views on ESSA! So we are passing on their short survey, to be sure everyone has a chance to share your ideas. Take ten minutes and be sure the needs of your patrons are expressed here.

This is going to be important for library work for a while, so let’s all help to be sure things get implemented as well as possible for Minnesota students!

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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!!

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School librarians and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Capital SunsetOn December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) into law. ESSA, which included school libraries in a number of the provisions, replaces the No Child Left Behind version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and has language that ensures “effective school libraries” are addressed in state and local plans.

Effect on School Libraries

ESSA has ramifications for school libraries beyond making them “effective” and AASL has weighed in on opportunities they see for school librarians. From improving basic programs operated by state and local educational agencies to innovative approaches to literacy, thier document highlights and provides an overview of initial next steps to help maximize opportunities for effective school library programming.

Get Involved!

There will be an informational meeting put on by the Minnesota Department of Education to discuss ESSA’s effect on schools in Minnesota and solicit feedback for developing a ESSA state plan. Visit their website for more information or attend the event!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
at MDE, Conference Center B, Room 15

Please contact Clair Gades at clair.gades@state.mn.us to confirm your attendance at the informational meeting on February 9.

Even More Information

ESSA is a big piece of legislation and all its effects have not been fully realized. Stay tuned for all the ripple effects with these links:

Read all the ESSA news from District Dispatch

ESSA news from American Libraries

AASL advocacy and next steps for ESSA

Finally, you can watch President Obama talk about the importance of signing ESSA into law.

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