Sunday, September 13, 2009

TL Shortage in California

Picked up this article from my Twitter feed this am from Joyce Valenza. Apparently California is experiencing a shortage of trained, knowledgeable Teacher Librarians. The reasons cited in the article are pretty clear and frighteningly similar to what we see happening in Ontario. Apparently the average age of administrators and the downturn in placement of trained professionals has created a work environment where administrators do not have a clear idea of the important role of Teacher Librarians in critical literacy instruction because they have never experienced an effective school library program. Can this be described as a shortage or the beginning of obsolescence of the Teacher Librarian assignment in schools?

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