Advocacy Resources

2018 NJASL Advocacy Challenge

To generate advocacy for YOUR school library, NJASL is challenging school librarians to post information about their accomplishments in their school library on the 1st Friday of every month beginning on Friday, December 1.

Use whatever tool works best for you and your school library (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Newsletter, Webpage).  Please remember to tag @NJASL and use hashtags #njasladvocacy and #njasl.

Looking forward to seeing #njasladvocacy Strong!

Click on the link for Advocacy Challenge pertinent details.

NJASL 2017 Conference Presentation: Super Charge Your Advocacy

Presentation by Angela Coxen, NJASL Legislative Subcommittee and NJEA Liaison and Mary Moyer Stubbs, NJASL Consultant

Provides examples of ways to become an advocate for your school library.

Click on link to view the presentation

ESSA and School Librarians 

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces the No Child Left Behind version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with language that includes “effective school library programs.” 

Opportunities for NJ School Library Media Specialists to Participate:

Title 1 Funds: Improving Basic Programs

      SLMS can be part of the team to develop these plans emphasizing - How effective school library programs can help with the development of digital literacy skills and improve academic achievement.

     PD Opportunities - funds are available for PD for SLMS
SLMS can be part of the Personalized Learning Experiences for students

SLMS can become part of the school and/or district team to design activities including Future Ready Schools Initiative

For more information check out the AASL Resources on ESSA


NJASL Position Statements

The Role of Effective School Library Programs in The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015: A Position Statement from New Jersey Association of School Librarians, New Jersey Library Association, and LibraryLinkNJ (August 2016)

School Library and Classroom Reading Collections: Both essential to promote literacy, share common purposes and goals while providing unique scope and support for students. (2004)

School Library Media Research Studies

School Library Programs in New Jersey: Building Blocks for Realizing Student Potential with ESSA Legislation Opportunities (April 2016)

NJASL/CISSL Study--School Libraries: Now More than Ever

School Library Media Infographics

NJASL Infographic (embedded at right). Click link to view a printable version. (2013)

AASL School Librarians Transform Learning Infographic (2014)

Roles of School Library Media Specialists

NJ Department of Education adopts AASL wording into NJ Student Learning Standards (May 2016)

Reading, Research, the Common Core & Your School Librarian,” a two-page document that indicates how school librarians are best positioned to integrate the Common Core Standards, is now available by clicking the above header. Review and share the document that includes quotes from recent research in over 21 state studies. Remind stakeholders how you and your school library program can be indispensable to your school community and promote the skills students need to become independent learners. 

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