Saturday, February 20, 2010

School Library Advocacy in Action

"School Library Advocacy in Action" is the title of Teacher Librarian Tom Kahn's post, after he spent a day at California State University East Bay campus, promoting the importance of strong school libraries in increasing student academic achievement. Hundreds of middle and high school students attended a morning "education summit" to learn more about how and why to successfully go on to college. All got 2 handouts:
In addition to California School Library Association's table, each northern California CSU and many community colleges staffed a table. Another organization there was Project SOAR, a program funded by the U.S. Department of Education GEAR-UP initiative. GEAR-UP programs provide after school programs for at-risk middle school and high school students. GEAR-UP programs all SHOULD have school library/research skill components, but most overlook the obvious. CSLA should be able to collaborate and upgrade grant requests.

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