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Connecting the Dots: A Look at the National School Library Standards for Policymakers

Jan 31, 2018 6:00pm

Credits: None available.



Participants will examine the National School Library Standards to mine shareable concepts for discussions with local school and/or state policymakers in order to inform them about the National School Library Standards and to advocate for standards adoption in their district or state. Use the AASL Message Box and learn how to frame conversations that will garner support for standards adoption.

Learning Outcomes

Common Beliefs: The Why

Objective: Participants will examine the six Common Beliefs and develop an understanding of these core principles that empower learners through school libraries.    

Shared Foundations: What does this do for Learners?

Objective: Participants will explore the six Shared Foundations and their implications for teaching and learning as they relate to the total school landscape and how they support the goals of local school administrators and state policymakers.

Standards Frameworks: How does this look in practice?

Objective: Presenters will share how frameworks are integrated and what they should see in practice. (3 examples)

Message Box: How is a customized message different from talking points?

Objective: Presenters will demonstrate how to use the School Libraries Transform Learning Message Box to craft messages for stakeholders.

Call to Action: Next Steps for Engaging with Policymakers


  • Craft a message that can be shared with school and/or state policymakers.
  • Craft a communications plan/messaging plan.
  • Develop a local- or state-specific social media outreach campaign to continue sharing information, resources, and innovations.


  • Mary Keeling, Supervisor, Library Media Services, Newport News Public Schools
  • Kathryn R. Lewis, Retired, Director of Libraries & Instructional Technology, Retired, Norman (OK) Public Schools
  • Kathy Mansfield, Library Media/Textbooks Consultant, Kentucky Department of Education


  • 1.00 - Contact Hours

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