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OELMA Publishes a White Paper: The Third Grade Reading Guarantee and the Library Media Specialist

According to Purdue OWL, a “white paper is a certain type of report that is distinctive in terms of purpose, audience, and organization.” It’s official in nature and argues a specific position or proposes a solution to a problem.  The problem as I see it is that regardless of your position on high stakes testing, licensed library media specialists and literature- and media-rich school libraries are the missing piece of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee and each child’s success in developing reading strategies that will last a lifetime.  The creation of the White Paper could not have been done without the diligence and thoughtfulness of the Third Grade Reading Guarantee Writing Team – Christina Dorr and Liz Deskins.  Special thanks to INFOhio’s Gayle Geitgey and SLO’s Janet Ingraham Dwyer who collaborated with us every step of the way.  The vision to include short video clips of a library media specialist in action is thanks to OELMA’s Advocacy Team – Sue Subel and Susie Ridgeway.  OELMA’s Communication Team – Angela Maxwell and Annette Lang – created the OELMA Webit on YouTube so that you can watch library media specialist Christina Dorr as she demonstrates how she helps her students make meaning from text. Go here to see one of the short video clips