ERIC Number: EJ796185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 9
The Role of the Media Specialist to Improve Academic Achievement and Strengthen At-Risk Youth
Jones, Jami L.; Zambone, Alana M.
Library Media Connection, v26 n7 p30-32 Apr-May 2008
American education is failing many students, but especially students of color, from low-income families, with disabilities or those who have limited English proficiency. These students are the focus of "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB), the 2001 revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), which was signed into law on January 8, 2002. As much as educators complain about NCLB, it is difficult to argue against its purpose that all students will succeed regardless of race, ethnicity, family income, dominant language, or disability. Despite over 40 years of legislative efforts to resolve the conditions that place students at-risk for low achievement and school failure, America continues to face a growing crisis in education. Media specialists are in a strong position to strengthen at-risk students through mentoring, making connections with them and helping them connect to others in the school, and supporting their learning in creative and motivating ways. This article describes the tipping points--the small changes--that can transform low-achieving students into high-achieving ones for media specialists: (1) connection; (2) competence; and (3) contribution.
Descriptors: High Risk Students, School Libraries, Librarians, Media Specialists, Library Services, Academic Achievement, Teacher Student Relationship, Educational Legislation, Federal Legislation, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Competence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001