Every Child, Every Day June 29, 2013Posted by Audrey Church in Check this out!.
The title of Dr. Mark Edwards 2014 book (published by Pearson in, yes, 2014, but we were able to get our hands on copies!) Every Child, Every Day: A Digital Conversion Model for Student Achievement, but so much more than a book title! As keynote speaker for the 2013 AASL President’s Program here at the ALA Conference in Chicago, Dr. Edwards showed us—in pictures, song, and words—how he lives this every day in his school district, Mooresville (NC) Graded School District. You can read more about Dr. Edwards, his recognition as the 2013 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year, the 1:1 laptop initiative in his school district, etc., below in Jen Habley’s June 21 blog post, so what I’d like to share today are takeaways from his speech:
1. His wife is a school librarian who opens her library in the summer so that children can have books to read.
2. Every school in his district has a school librarian (despite budget challenges and cuts in other areas of staffing).
3. Every school library in his district has a library assistant.
4. He feels strongly that we, all of us, should be preparing students for their future, not our past.
5. He also fully believes that public education is the foundation of democracy.
6. Capacity building is key. All of us should be “all in.”
7. Librarians and the leadership that they show are central to school success.
8. Learning should be relevant, not “sit and get.” Students learn when they are engaged.
9. The digital conversion in his school district made librarians busier than ever with an increase in inquiry, research, and reading.
10. When you’re speaking to librarians, it’s always good to give a list of books for further reading. Dr. Edwards’ suggestions were as follows: Fullan’s All Systems Go; Lambert’s Building Leadership Capacity in Schools; Gladwell’s Outliers; Medina’s Brain Rules; Pink’s Drive; Thomas and Brown’s A New Culture of Learning.
Every Child, Every Day, and it’s each of our jobs!