As the only educators in the building who see all students in every academic area for the entirety of their student experience, librarians are poised to be instructional leaders who can make meaningful change in their schools. When the US Department of Education put forth a call for proposals for their Teach to Lead Summit in Boston, Angie Miller and Pam Harland saw the opportunity to include librarians as critical stakeholders in teacher leadership conversation. They developed a plan to empower school librarians by providing support and resources through their website and future workshops.
Problem and Solution
Angie’s team wanted to know how to utilize their position as school librarian to advocate for teacher leadership in their particular field and throughout their schools. Working with the American Association of School Librarians, they developed a website that publishes leadership blog posts and hosts suggestions and ideas for librarians, as well as leadership stories of successful librarians, curriculum tools, and opportunities. They also launched a consulting organization from the website and are speaking at conferences and traveling to other states to lead workshops for other school librarians.
The team is thrilled with their success! Let the Librarians Lead has a functioning website with thousands of hits, hundreds of followers on Facebook & Twitter, and multiple inquiries from fellow librarians who want to be teacher leaders!
Teacher Leadership Tips
A small idea can grow into a high-impact product so you need to dream big and be content taking baby steps until you can leap!
Interested in learning more about this project? Contact Angie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.