Chart was created by Debra Kachel identifies findings from the study conducted by Keith Curry Lance and Bill Schwarz, 'How Pennsylvania School Libraries Pay Off: Investments in Student Achievement and Academic Standards'.
The chart provides teacher librarians with an excellent model for interrogating research reports and extracting findings from research that can be used to inform the 'message' to influence a stakeholder group within the school community.
Highly recommended reading for TLs who are seeking ways of building an advocacy campaign within their local community.
The library profession has strong evidence that students in schools with good school libraries learn more, achieve academic standards, and score higher on standardized tests than students in schools without school libraries and librarians. School librarians must seize the charge to use this body of research and master "messaging" strategies to create library advocates among school and community stakeholders and, hopefully, one or two school library champions.
A practical article by Deb Kachel providing teacher librarians with strategies to develop their capacity to present a carefully crafted argument on the importance of school libraries based on research findings of school library impact studies. I love her closing statement: "School librarians must learn, embrace, and share these research findings." Absolutely!
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