Declare Your Support for a NYSUT Subject Area Committee for School Librarians
The members of the New York Library Association (NYLA) Section of School Librarians (SSL) are collecting digital petition signatures in support of the creation of a Subject Area Committee by the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) to represent the issues confronting School Librarians.
Help us spread the word! Getting NYSUT MEMBERS to sign the petition is our top priority!
Here is the link to post the petition to your FaceBook Page.
Here is the link to post the petition on Twitter.
Resolution Update January 2019
Here is a message from the 2018-19 NYLA-SSL President Charlie Kelly:
The newly-appointed NYSUT School Librarian Subject Area Committee met in December and wrote a resolution which they hope will be put forward at the NYSUT General Assembly this May. NYLA/SSL is asking school librarians/NYSUT members to ask their local teachers’ union to support the Resolution. The Resolution includes the following language.
- RESOLVED that NYSUT advocate to NYSED for the creation of regulations to mandate full time certified school librarians at every school library
- RESOLVED that NYSUT advocate to NYSED to include school librarians on the Curriculum and Instruction section
- RESOLVED that NYSUT advocate to NYSED to establish a Regents Task Force on school libraries and librarians
- RESOLVED that NYSUT advocates to NYSED to adopt the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum as the statewide school library standards.
There will be opportunities to amend the language and there is an extensive process through NYSUT to bring this to the Representative Assembly.
The NYLA/SSL Executive Board supports this Resolution. In order for the Resolution to make it to the NYSUT Representative Assembly floor, it must gain support from as many local teachers’ unions as possible. The best route, as we understand it, is for union local presidents to contact their NYSUT Election District Directors and ask to sign onto the Resolution. The Resolution will then be assigned to committee for debate and amendment before recommending action to the full RA body, which would vote on the resolution in May 2019. The deadline for local presidents to support this is February 16, 2019.
We therefore ask that you make an appointment to share this information with your union president so that it can be on the agenda for your January 2019 union meeting.
Every Student Succeeds Acts (ESSA)
(The powerpoint from the ESSA Workshop led by Sara Kelly Johns October 2016)
ESSA Videos from Emily Sheketoff
Executive Director of Washington Office of American Library Association
History and overview
Title I: Improving basic programs operated by state and local educational agencies
Title II, Part A: Supporting effective instruction
Literacy education for all, results for the nation (LEARN)
New literacy program that specifically authorizes school librarians to participate in required activities.
Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL)
New authorization that specially authorizes funds to be used for developing and enhancing effective school library programs.
Title II, Part B: Literacy education for all, results for the nation (LEARN)/ Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL)
Title IV, Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (Block Grants)
Message: School librarians increase access to personalized, rigorous learning experiences supported by technology, allowing equitable resources for all students.