Let’s see what the criteria for the Outstanding Individual School Library Award states:
The Outstanding Individual School Library Award recognizes an exceptional building-level library program that is integrated across the total curriculum, thus meeting the diverse needs of all learners.
And how about the criteria for the Outstanding School Library District Award:
The Outstanding School Library District Award recognizes an exceptional district library program. Honorees demonstrate a district culture that advocates for the integral role of the school library program in student achievement at the building and district level.
Here’s some parts of the wording that particularly jump out at me:
- Integrated into the curriculum
- Meeting the educational needs of diverse learners
- Culture that advocates for the integral role of the school library
I’ve been a school library media specialist for 25 years, in three districts, and have seen and heard about phenomenal programs, cutting edge teaching and learning, and integration of 21st century skills and tools over all of that time. If you have — or you know some one who has — an outstanding program that meets the criteria, either as a school or district, please nominate them for the proper award.
Deadline is April 1st! Don’t delay!