Georgia Media Programs and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Beginning Wednesday, August 24, 2016, the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) is hosting a round of listening tours to collect feedback on ESSA implementation in Georgia. School librarians, as major stakeholders in the education of Georgia students, need to be actively involved in these listening tours. GLMA needs school library media specialists to attend and speak at each location. GLMA will provide you with talking points for the meeting, and then asks you to report your feedback to GLMA. When the listening tours are complete, in mid-October, all feedback will be shared with the ESSA State Advisory Committee.

All of the sessions will be held from 6-8PM on their respective date. Click here for specific location information. Please go to this link to let us know which stakeholder feedback session you will attend. We will make sure that you receive updated talking points directly, as we plan to modify the approach after the first group of meetings. To allow for modifications, please complete this form as soon as possible following your session. Due to inclement weather,  the ESSA Feedback Session in Dougherty County was rescheduled to Thursday, October 6. It will still be 6-8 p.m. at the same location (Dougherty Comprehensive High School, 1800 Pearce Ave, Albany, GA 31705)

September 14: Fulton County
September 19: Muscogee County
October 6: Dougherty County

October 12: Laurens County
October 13: Chatham County
October 17: Gordon County

Before attending the session, be sure to read through and bring with you a copy of the GLMA Talking Points document. That file can be accessed here.  When attending a session, please try to:

1) talk at the event, don’t just listen.
2) use the ‘cards’ during the event to have the GLMA policy points recorded in some way.
3) send in a longer version of remarks by email as instructed by GA DOE.
4) reflect on personal examples related to your school library experiences related to these focal points and share those in writing and in person, if possible.
5) report back on what happened and how it went to our committee so we can improve other presentations.

Email comments to   essa@doe.k12.ga.us  by  September 26, 2016

GLMA Workshop
School Librarians and ESSA: What You Need to Know Now
GLMA is partnering with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in collaboration with American Library Association’s Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) and the ALA Washington Office to offer a comprehensive workshop on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).   AASL leaders will facilitate the session.

WHO:        Georgia School District Media Services Leadership, All Ga School Librarians, K – 12
WHEN:      Saturday, September 24, 2016
WHERE:   Teaching Museum South
TIME:        10 AM – 1:00 PM
COST:        FREE
*Please register in advance at the link below. Space is limited. Please bring your device fully charged.
Click here to register

Further information on ESSA is available at AASL and Georgia DOE ESSA Plan.


The Georgia Library Media Association supports our members in advocating for the support of their school library programs. GLMA employs a registered lobbyist to represent members in the legislative process, and we use various forms of electronic communication and social media to keep our members informed about the state-level policies that impact their programs. We also support members in advocating for their programs at the school, district, state and national levels.

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