Strengthening School Libraries by Expanding the Lilead Fellows Program

Strengthening School Libraries by Expanding the Lilead Fellows Program

Schools need strong and effective library programs to ensure that students become proficient users of ideas and information. The inclusion of school libraries in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides opportunities for school library programs to thrive in schools nationwide. However, the field of school librarianship needs more leaders to take the vision of ESSA and make it reality. To meet the need of leaders in the field, the Lilead Project team at UMD's iSchool proposes to expand the Lilead Fellows Program from one cohort to a sustainable program available to all library leaders in school districts across the country. The proposed project will offer a second cohort of the Lilead Fellows Program, consisting of district-level library supervisors seeking to be activists and advocates for school libraries; and to create an online professional development program, the Lilead Leaders Program, for all school library leaders at the building- or district-level.

Duration: 
October 2016 - September 2019
Funder: 
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Total Award Amount: 
$509,841

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