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September 18, 2017

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ESSA Update Sept 2017

September 18, 2017


The Georgia Library Media Association has been working tirelessly on behalf of media specialists across the state of Georgia. 


As your GLMA President, I serve on the Education of the Whole Child Committee. In response to Whole Child Committee discussions, I created the GLMA ESSA Task Force to draft guidance for the Georgia Department of Education on the topic of library media programs. 


Task Force members include Jennifer Helfrich, Rosalind Dennis, Mary Purdue, Nan Brown, Beth Miller, Valerie Ayers, Lummie Baker, Ashley Collier, Phyllis Snipes, Holly Frilot, and Michelle Easley.


Superintendent Woods responded to the governor’s request for changes to the language regarding library media programs. His letter and the draft plan can be found at here.


I am delighted to share with you that Superintendent Woods’ letter to the governor mentions library media centers: These activities include but are not limited to: Advanced Placement, arts integration, computer science education, early childhood education, gifted education, health education and services, physical education, media and library services, out-of-school learning opportunities, school climate, STEM/STEAM, social studies/civics, technology integration, digital access, and world languages.


In Georgia's State ESSA Plan: Summary of Changes Based on Public Feedback, library media centers are mentioned:


Title IV, Part A: Academic Enrichment Grants (pgs 80-82) · Context: List of topics that specific guidance and technical assistance will be provided for districts to support whole child activities (includes: after-school, media specialists/centers, gifted education, early childhood education, etc.)


In response to feedback, the Education of the Whole Child working committee reconvened to discuss the development of topic-specific guidance documents. Media and Library Services was one of the areas included!


The Education of the Whole Child document includes media and library services.


Please click here to review the Georgia’s State Plan for ESSA (entire document). Guidance for media centers is included.


The plan must be approved then presented to the House and Senate Education Committees. Please stay actively engaged. We need you! 


Michelle Easley, GLMA President

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