Investing in School Library Programs
Research demonstrates that appropriately funded and staffed school libraries will support the DCPS initiative to improve student achievement. Effective school library programs provide quality, scholarly, age-appropriate online, print, and digital resources aligned to student learning by cultivating balanced collections that support rigorous curricula across all content areas and offered in multiple formats.
The expertise of a school librarian and consistent funding are essential for developing the collections DCPS needs. Regular evaluation of collections ensures alignment to community learning needs and identifies resource gaps and content needs essential for our students to meet the new learning expectations and outcomes from DCPS adoption of the Common Core State Standards. DCPS provided funding for new school library resources, impacting every school, and launching revitalization of DCPS school library programs.
Grants and partnerships also invest funding and programming opportunities for our schools, broadening our world view, and expanding our educational community.