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    Kate Lechtenberg
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    Under Title IV, Part A, of ESSA, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants (SSAE) emphasize the importance of a well-rounded education. I’m wondering how we might use the language of the shared foundations to position school libraries as a wide-angle lens for this well-rounded education.

    How can the shared foundations help us better communicate what school libraries are all about and how we can be part of ESSA? In Iowa, our state association and other school library leaders have lobbied to have school libraries included in the language of the state’s ESSA plan, and while school libraries are listed with other groups as part of a well-rounded education in Iowa’s ESSA plan, we still have plenty of work to do to translate this into greater support financial support for school libraries and including school librarians in our state’s teacher leadership and compensation program.

    Do any of you have thoughts about how the shared foundations can help us communicate better with policy makers?

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