Briefing: Education Reform and the SKILLs Act: An Analysis of Twenty-First Century School Libraries and Their Impact on Career and College Preparedness

Education Reform and the SKILLs Act: An Analysis
of Twenty-First Century School Libraries
and Their Impact on Career and College Preparedness

October 17th, 2011

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL),
a division of the American Library Association
In conjunction with Representative Rush Holt and Senator Jack Reed

Cordially invite you to a briefing:

Education Reform and the SKILLs Act: An Analysis of Twenty-First Century School Libraries and Their Impact on Career and College PreparednessMonday, October 17th, 2011
10:00-11:00 am
121 Cannon House Office Building

Speakers

  • Carl Harvey, School Librarian, North Elementary School, Indiana
  • Donna L. Haye, Assistant Superintendent, Atlantic City Public Schools, New Jersey
  • William A. Mayer, University Librarian, American University, Washington D.C.
  • Kathy Mortimer, Parent, Henrico County Public Schools, Virginia
  • Connie Williams, National Board Certified Teacher Librarian, Petaluma High School, California

School libraries are no longer just for books. Instead they have become sophisticated 21st century learning environments, offering a full range of resources that provide equal learning opportunities to all students. S. 1328, the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries (SKILLs) Act, supports and sustains 21st century school libraries by ensuring that every school is served by a state-certified school librarian and has access to the resources our students need to succeed and prepare for the future. As Congress considers the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, it is crucial that the SKILLs Act is included in the plan for education reform. This briefing will feature a panel of experts who will discuss the important services that are provided under the SKILLs Act to promote literacy and career and college preparedness for our nation’s students.

Please RSVP to Kaytee Lozier at klozier@advocacyassociates.com or             202-349-1030       by October 12th.

Visit the AASL website: www.ala.org/aasl/

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About Buffy J. Hamilton

I am a writing and Language Arts teacher who loves learning, literacy, stories, learning, dogs, poetry, fabulous shoes, and good lip gloss. I began my career as a high school English teacher in 1992 and then became a high school librarian and 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker before returning to the classroom in August 2016.

Posted on October 6, 2011, in AASL News, Advocacy and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. (Should say see information above rather than below…thanks!)

  2. Please take two minutes and call our Georgia Senators and ask them to send a staffer to the briefing on the SKILLS Act if they will be unable to attend in person (see information below). Senator Isakson’s phone numbers are (770) 661-0999 and (202) 224-3643. Senator Chambliss’s toll-free number is 1-800-234-4208. Links to their e-mails are http://isakson.senate.gov/contact.cfm and http://chambliss.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/email. This briefing is scheduled for next Monday, so please call early this week!

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