[kids-lib] FW: [oasl-all] ODE's Summer Learning Guide & School Libraries

MAURER Jennifer L * SLO Jennifer.MAURER at slo.oregon.gov
Wed Apr 14 14:11:41 PDT 2021


Public library staff who offer summer programming for youth might be interested in this information.


From: ola at memberclicks-mail.net On Behalf Of Jennifer Maurer
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 1:59 PM
To: MAURER Jennifer
Subject: [oasl-all] ODE's Summer Learning Guide & School Libraries

Hi Folks,

Kate Weber, as OASL President, posted to the OASL listserv last Sunday about ways school libraries could potentially take advantage of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). That email is below.

On a related note, today the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released the “Summer Learning Best Practice Guide<https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Documents/Summer%20Learning%20Best%20Practice%20Guide%202021.pdf>.” The subtitle of the document is “Supporting Mental Health, Addressing Unfinished Learning and Providing Enrichment Opportunities,” which gives you an idea of the focus. Those types of summer activities can be carried out or supported by school library staff who provide library access and programming.

Also, leveraging community partnerships is emphasized in the guide, which makes coordinating with public libraries to offer and/or promote summer programming even more of a great option. As a matter of fact, there are two references to public library summer programs in the document.

I encourage you to review the “Summer Learning Best Practice Guide<https://www.oregon.gov/ode/students-and-family/healthsafety/Documents/Summer%20Learning%20Best%20Practice%20Guide%202021.pdf>” and related press release<https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORED/bulletins/2cce3c0>, and then consider ways in which you as library staff may be able to help meet summer learning goals for students in your school or district. Summer library hours (perhaps coordinated with onsite summer meal times), pop-up libraries in neighborhoods and announced on social media, delivering books via “bookmobile,” book clubs, makerspace camps – those are just a few ideas that come to mind. Perhaps there’s a way to fund the purchase of some new books, or supplies, in addition to staff time. Besides the federal ARPA funds that ODE received (as described in Kate’s email below), Oregon dedicated an extra chunk of state funds to summer learning and afterschool programs. On April 23rd, ODE plans to release information about how districts and charter schools can access those funds.

This presents an opportunity to spotlight and extend the great work you are doing in the library.


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Jen Maurer, MLS (she/her)
School Library Consultant, State Library of Oregon
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From: ola at memberclicks-mail.net<mailto:ola at memberclicks-mail.net> On Behalf Of Kate Weber
Sent: Sunday, April 11, 2021 2:44 PM
To: MAURER Jennifer
Subject: [oasl-all] ARPA/ESSER $$$ for school libraries in Oregon
Hey all!
As a state delegate to AASL, I got access to a webinar about these huge pots of money going to libraries and school districts from the federal government (ARPA = American Rescue Plan Act, ESSER = Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund, and CARES II= Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) that AASL put together.  There was a lot of good info, which I'm putting into a more-detailed Google Doc<https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Rbtx07GXYOMwx45zL0PARjZhk5OcD-G_Zrf9RXYXK8/edit?usp=sharing> for you to use.  But to whet your appetites, I'm including some of the things the money can be spent on here.
The reason it's important to be aware of this is that the money is not earmarked specifically for school libraries.  You'll need to make your district/school aware of how the funding can be spent on school libraries and advocate for it.  Communicate with your administrators and ask to be part of the committees that are exploring where to use the funds.
Quick note: I'm far from an expert on this, but didn't want that to keep me from sharing the info.  I apologize in advance for any errors.
Some of the ways the money from the different pots can be spent (taken from this document<http://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/advleg/tools/COVID-19%20Relief%20Funding%20for%20School%20Libraries%20--%20March29.pdf>):

  *   Programming and staffing for extended library hours
  *   Reconfiguration of physical library space (including furnishings)
  *   Replacing items (books, tech) that were lost during the pandemic
  *   Summer literacy programs to address learning loss - staffing and materials
  *   "Strengthening the ability of school librarians to respond to the crisis" (this is one-year funding, so districts would need to commit to funding these more long-term)

     *   Hiring licensed school librarians
     *   Restoring positions that have been lost due to pandemic
     *   Hiring a a district librarian
     *   Hiring support staff to run any new programming

  *   Technology to enable distance learning
  *   Adding a state-level school library coordinator (at ODE, perhaps?)
  *   Providing mobile library services (some are buying bookmobiles!)
  *   Tutoring and enrichment programming
  *   Purchasing materials to support the core curriculum and for social-emotional needs
The priorities for the money allocated to the Department of Education - to tie whatever message you communicate to your district leadership - are:

  *   Decreasing learning loss
  *   Social emotional learning
  *   Reopening schools safely
  *   ESSA uses - of which there is lots of library language
Lots more details, plus tips for working with those making the $ decisions, are included on the Doc<https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Rbtx07GXYOMwx45zL0PARjZhk5OcD-G_Zrf9RXYXK8/edit?usp=sharing>.
As you make your case, remember the document OASL put together recently about the power of reading for pleasure<https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I19N3jgpIyjam0rlWwisQGoBBmKeAqFr/view?usp=sharing>.
The webinar isn't available to share at this point, but ALA/AASL did put together some other shareable resources, which are also available on ALA's website here<http://www.ala.org/advocacy/american-rescue-plan-library-relief>.
•  The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021: Historic Opportunities for School Libraries & School Librarians<http://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/advleg/tools/COVID-19%20Relief%20Funding%20for%20School%20Libraries%20--%20March29.pdf>
•  Sample Op-Ed for School Librarians<http://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/advleg/tools/Sample%20Op-Ed%20for%20School%20Librarians_ARPA%202021.pdf>
•  Sample Letter to Principal/Superintendent/Board/State<http://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/advleg/tools/Sample%20Letter%20for%20School%20Librarians_ARPA%202021.pdf>
•  Sample Talking Points and Elevator Speech<http://www.ala.org/advocacy/sites/ala.org.advocacy/files/content/advleg/tools/Sample%20Talking%20Points%20and%20Elevator%20Speech_ARPA%202021.pdf>
In addition, Jen Maurer shared this great document from ODE <https://www.oregon.gov/ode/schools-and-districts/grants/Documents/CARES%20Act/ESSER/ESSER%20Fund%20Eligible%20Uses%20Side%20by%20Side%204.7.21.pdf> that explores some of the ideas for funding (column 3).
And don't forget the mini-grants<https://libguides.osl.state.or.us/lstagrants/edischool> that are available from the state library to school libraries for collection development focused on EDI materials.
Again, lots more details on the Doc<https://docs.google.com/document/d/11Rbtx07GXYOMwx45zL0PARjZhk5OcD-G_Zrf9RXYXK8/edit?usp=sharing> if you're like me and like to have all your ducks in a row before approaching admin.  :)  I'll add more info/clarification there as I get it.
May the odds be ever in your favor!


Kate Weber

OASL President 2020 - 2021

Oregon Association of School Libraries

president at oasl.olaweb.org<mailto:president at oasl.olaweb.org>

Empowering Oregon students by supporting school libraries.

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