California School Libraries Advocacy Toolkit
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Two top current priorities for California school boards and school districts are:
- Implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
- Meeting the requirements of the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) legislation and creation of a Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
Both of these priority areas call for a strong school library program, and advocacy for such programs must occur at the local level, since each district is now controlling how education funding is allocated. It is crucial that we all advocate for library staff and library resources in our own schools and districts. CSLA has assembled a “toolkit” of materials to help you better understand both CCSS and LCFF and to assist you with your local advocacy efforts. Please read each text item and view the audiovisual recordings, then feel free to adapt the material as needed to suit your local situation. Also be aware that this toolkit is a work in progress, and we welcome your input as we add items and work to improve the existing content. Send any suggestions and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Teacher Librarian Research Update sponsored by the California School Library Association
- School Libraries Work! 2016 Edition – A Compendium of Research Supporting the Effectiveness of School Libraries
- Washington School Library Study Ties Quality School Library Programs to Student Success – School Library Journal article by May 26, 2015
Certified Teacher-Librarians, Library Quality and Student Achievement in Washington State Public Schools – The Washington State School Library Impact Study
- General Talking Points about School Libraries
- AASL Advocacy Brochures – Includes brochures for administrators, policy makers, parents, and teachers
- School Libraries Impact Studies
- Letters of support for the Model School Library Standards
- New – Sample advocacy letter by Joyce Valenza explaining what school librarians do to support students and teachers. Included here with her permission. Also, see her original blog posting.
Local Control Funding Formula:
- CSLA letter on LCFF Regulations 3-11-14
- Importance of TLs in LCAP Planning
- CSLA Letter to SBE on LCFF Implementation
- CSLA Webinar on LCFF and LCAP by Art Davis on January 25, 2014
On January 25, 2014, CSLA hosted a webinar presented by Art Davis, Director of the Regional System of District and School Support for Region 7 in California, on Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and Local Control Accountability Plans implementation.
Here is a link to the recording.
Here is a link to a Dropbox folder containing the presentation file, as well as additional support materials generously provided to us by Art Davis.
- Local Control and Accountability Plans and School Districts and County Offices of Education Information
- LCFF Regulations and Template
Common Core State Standards:
- Introduction to Common Core & School Library Standards
- Video and ppt of presentation at the California School Boards Conference:
“Find the Commons in Common Core for Your Schools” – presented on December 7, 2013
- Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of The School Librarian Action Brief
- Information Literacy: A Neglected Core Competency