TL News NightFebruary 15, 2016ESSA & the School Library

Special Guests:
Thomas C Murray

Bio: Tom serves as the state and district digital learning director for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education located in Washington, DC. He has testified before the United States Congress and works alongside that body and the US Senate, the White House, the US Department of Education and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement digital learning while helping to lead Future Ready and Digital Learning Day, which is coming up this Wednesday! Tom serves as a regular conference keynote and was recently named the“Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences at the 2015 Bammy Awards.

Sara Kelly Johns
BIO:Sara is a speaker and consultant on school library programs and a longstanding school library activist who has been a school librarian so long that she remembers writing grants, ordering books and stamping them with “ESEA-Title I funds” for her then school library. She was was a 6-12 school librarian her whole career as well as an adjunct for bibliographic instruction for the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and an online instructor for the Mansfield University School Libraries and Technology program Johns has been President of her local library association, her state school library association (NYLA/SSL), the American Association of School Librarians, and the New York Library Association and is currently a member of the ALA Executive Board and one of the tri-chairs for the school library group of the Julie Todaro presidential initiative. She has been a longtime member of the New York State national legislative delegation and has been on the NYLA Legislative Committee, the ALA Committee on Legislation Grassroots Advocacy Committee and the ALA Advocacy Committee, always working to make sure that the needs of school librarians are included in state and national level advocacy and legislative work. This past year, Sara authored a chapter, “Flipping the Switch for Advocacy,” in the 2015 Rowan and Littlefield book,CREATIVE LIBRARY MARKETING AND PUBLICITY.

Leslie Preddy
BIO-Leslie is the current President of the American Association for School Librarians and a practicing school librarian in a middle school on the south side of Indianapolis, Indiana. She has also served as an adjunct professor for Indiana University, Indiana State University and IUPUI. Throughout her tenure as a school librarian, she has been instrumental in bringing in nearly $200,000 in grant and award monies for her school library. She is a past recipient of AASL’s School Library Media Program of the Year, twice a recipient to Indiana’s prestigious Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship, and a 2010 Finalist for the Indiana State Teacher of the Year. She has participated in a various local, state and national education panels, boards, and committees. She has presented webinars for edWeb, Indiana Department of Education, American Library Association, and others.She is a frequent speaker at the state, national, and international level and is the author many articles and books on various topics important to the field of school librarianship.

Links discussed:
My advocacy wiki: __

Knowledge Quest ESSA coverage:

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Toolkit for Promoting School Library Programs

Toolkit for School Library Media Programs (2003, ALA)


New York State SLMPE Rubric

School Libraries Transform Learning: __

The Colorado State Library has prepared a document on the Basic Provisions in ESSA for Libraries, Technology, and Digital Learnin__g__: .

ALA Legislation Action Center __

KQ Blog __

AASL Landing Page: __