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

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law in December, 2015. ESSA replaces No Child Left Behind and “effective school library programs” are included in ESSA language. GLMA has been working with John Chrastka from the nonprofit group Everylibrary.org to advocate for representation of media programs in Georgia’s application of the ESSA.

GLMA needs YOUR help NOW in this process. 

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.

Link to a list of dates and general locations for the listening tour, as well as a map of locations across the state.
All of the sessions will be held from 6-8PM on their respective date. 

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.

Another opportunity to learn about ESSA and school libraries is through a partnership between GLMA and American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with American Library Association’s Office for Library Advocacy (OLA). AASL leaders will facilitate the session, which will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Teaching Museum South, 689 North Avenue, Hapeville, GA 30354. All Georgia school librarians are invited; please register if you plan to attend. See post below for additional details about this event.

This is an exciting and important time for school libraries. If you aren’t able to attend any of these meetings, please stay tuned for further opportunities to participate in the advocacy process.

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

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.

The workshops will:

  • Provide the most current information on developments at the Federal level and work through the sections of ESSA that can be directly linked to the school librarian/library program.
  • Connect ESSA language to the school librarian’s role.
  • Discuss current state work with recommendations for opportunities at state and local levels to ensure the effective school library program’s language in ESSA.

This hands-on work will aid in identifying stakeholders, building coalitions, message crafting and elevator speech development.  While the content will be directly related to ESSA, the tools and exercise portion is advocacy for positioning school librarians in general as leaders for teaching and learning.

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.


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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