Saturday September 17, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM EDT
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Livingston County EMS facility 
1911 Tooley Road
Howell, MI 48843

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Karen Becknell, MAME Database Manager 
Michigan Association for Media in Education 

AASL/ ESSA State Workshop 

AASL in collaboration with ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) and the ALA Washington Office is offering a comprehensive workshop on ESSA to each state association affiliate. AASL leaders will present free workshops offered through state affiliates.

The workshops build off of the two well-received sessions on ESSA presented by AASL during the ALA Annual Conference. The workshops will:

  • include the most current information on developments at the Federal level and work through the sections of ESSA that can be directly linked to the school librarian/library program;

  • connect ESSA language to school librarian’s role; and

  • discuss current state work with recommendations for opportunities at state and local levels to ensure the ‘effective school library program’ language in ESSA.

The  hands-on small group work will aid in identifying stakeholders, building coalitions, message crafting and elevator speech development. This outreach to state affiliates is part of the AASL Vision Plan for Implementing ESSA approved by the AASL Board of Directors at ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. While the content will be directly related to ESSA, the tools and exercise portion is advocacy for positioning school librarians in general as leaders for teaching and learning.


Tenative Agenda

8:30 - 8:45 Registration

8:45 - 9:00 Welcome

9:00 - 10:00 Report from the AASL Washington Office.  The history of ESSA, its future impact on the overall face of education, its potential effect on school library programs and what is presently happening at the national level with the implementation.

10:00 - 10:10 Break

10:10 - 11:10 Report from state level committees that are involved in the planning for Michigan's roll out of this new legislation.  The Michigan Association for Media in Education.

11:10 - 11:20 Break

11:30 - 12:30 Talking points for your school district and community stakeholders.  Learn what the major differences in funding are at your local level and how to engage in informative and effect communication about this new legislation.

12:30 Dismissal