It's Time to Speak Up!

Be sure TNDOE knows the important role school libraries play in a well-rounded education.

The Tennessee Department of Education is creating their plan for implementing ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), and they have asked educators to provide feedback on the General ESSA feedback form.  It's important that all librarians take a couple of minutes to give feedback. The deadline is August 15.

Some of the questions on the form are particularly pertinent to the inclusion of school libraries and school librarians. Talking Points are available here to help you draft your message. While these drafted messages may be expounded with personal examples and testimonials, they include pivotal language and issues specific to the provisions of ESSA and should remain. Those terms are bolded.

Although the start-up of the school is a busy time, please take a moment to do this. Also, encourage others to share their feedback too. It's important!

Talking Points  


The state is also looking for feedback from students and parents.  Feel free to share these talking points which speak to the value libraries.  A link to their form can be found here.


Tools You Can Use to Advocate for School Library Programs


Understanding ESSA

The passage of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) was great news for school libraries.  Now it's time to take advantage of the opportunities it provides.AASL has shared the following information.  Check it out!

AASL has resources to help you understand exactly what it means for school library programs:



The Pennsylvania School Library Project has a wealth of information.  This valuable tool will help further your advocacy efforts.

Here's the link:


Looking for a tool to quickly and effectively show the impact made by your library?


Check out AASL's School Library Snapshot Tool.

The Snapshot is aligned to provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Be sure to share your snapshot!

Everyday Advocacy


Advocacy isn't only about contacting legislators and policy makers.  It's about being sure that all stakeholders know just how valuable a strong school library program is.  Here are some tools to help with your Everyday Advocacy efforts.

AASL has a Toolkit to get you started or inspire you with some new ideas.









Check out AASL's advocacy page for even more information.