Introduced in January, the SKILLS Act (S.312) aka the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act would improve upon existing legislation by developing coordination and communication between teachers and school librarians. These efforts would include professional development and training for school librarians to teach information literacy, reading, and writing on all grade levels, as well as make sure that resources are available for all students – particularly those with special needs.
This is good news, as many school libraries have seen drastic funding cuts or haven even been eliminated from some schools over the past few years. This act is part of several ongoing education reforms by the federal government.
Post authored by Janie Richardson