My Question for the Superintendent


Today at 3:15, Superintendent Tom Boasberg and Chief Academic Officer Ana Tilton will be at Thomas Jefferson High School to meet with Hamilton MS and TJ faculty.
This is the question I have emailed to him and will have on hand should it not be addressed during the meeting as promised:

For the last two years there has been a trend in the DPS district of replacing full time teacher-librarians with hourly-rate library techs to save money despite the research that shows that schools who have a full-time teacher-librarian score higher on CSAP and have stronger literacy scores across the board. In this age of 21st century skills, trained professional information literacy experts are becoming even more important, but more and more of them are being replaced by hourly employees who have neither the training nor the education to perform this educational duty well. In light of this disparity, what do you plan to do to address the importance of librarians before the lack of these specialized professionals affects our district the way it has in other districts, with tanking literacy scores and overworked teachers trying to fill the gap left by the lack of a trained full time information literacy specialist (i.e. Teacher-Librarian)?

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A Nation without Librarians


On her blog, The Never Ending Search, Joyce Valenza Highlighted an interactive google map created by Shonda Brisco titled: “A Nation without School Librarians.” The idea is to provide a visual of the impact that school funding cuts for librarians has had on the nation, but also to revisit this map in a year and record the impact of each event on the children’s learning.


View A Nation Without School Librarians in a larger map