SHAMELESSY copied from Joyce Valenza’s blog!!
I promise I have tweeted it but I am not a flame on the map–yet.
Lisa’s Act.ly petition is catching fire! Fan it now.
March 6, 2010
Don’t let the fire go out! Those of you who doubt the power of social networking, please drop your reluctance right now. It’s time to try a little social network activism! It’s time to get viral. It’s time to tweet change.
Lisa Layera Brunkan’s petition is literally catching fire. One of the Spokane Moms, Lisa woke up one day and had become a grassroots activist for school libraries & information technology. She has been working tirelessly ever since to ensure that all children have access to school libraries and through them, 21st century literacies and skills.
I will follow her anywhere.
When Lisa and her colleagues begin a brilliant initiative we must help out. No excuses.
If the petition continues to spread, it will get the eyes of the White House. It must get the eyes of the White House.
Signing, spreading, and keeping the petition alive and on the top of the list, takes practically no time at all!
Help! RT to petition@WhiteHouse.Gov:Include Librarians, 1:1, & Broadband 4 all kids #futureready http://act.ly/1rb RT to sign RT to sign
All the tweeting is designed to lead the White House to the following lettter:
Dear President Obama & staff:
You asked (thanks!) what should be included in a 21st C. education- we’d like to politely but emphatically respond: a certified teacher-librarian trained in technology integration*, 1:1, and broadband for all American children.All kids deserve to be effective users and producers of ideas and information. We can no longer allow some U.S. children to be information poor while others are information rich; some U.S. children to have access to tools & technology while others remain marginalized.
Please ensure that any revision to American education policy converts existing school libraries to 21st Century Library Information & Technology centers, led by a certified teacher-librarian trained in technology integration. Every American child should receive a virtual portfolio space (along with a desk on their first day of school). The portfolio would not only serve to archive their work and prepare them for college admissions/employment, it could prove to be an incredibly insightful safety net to catch children that are struggling.
More robust and equitable funding for educational technology is necessary along with an investment in professional development that equips administrators, teachers and librarians to master emerging technologies.
A 21st Century Library Information & Technology Center would support all literacies, classical and emerging. It would also allow our students to be designers, creators and producers leveraging their own independent thinking.
Stop the hemorrhage occurring around the country to school library programs and end an era of inequity that allows a participation gap for our young people by funding 1:1 for all our children. Thank you so much for asking for the opinion of the American people and for listening and most of all providing the life support for so many schools around this country with the stimulus dollars. Our education infrastructure and architecture has been buoyed but it is with crossed fingers that we imagine great vision and a deep investment that will transform education out of the 20th Century into a new era.
Lisa Layera, A Mom in Spokane
*(new funding that directly funds training in emerging technologies is desperately needed on the ground! Peer coaching in Technology Integration would allow the investment to be passed on to students, administrators, teachers, parents and even the community)
You sign a petition by tweeting it, and other people can sign the petition just by re-tweeting it. There’s no need to go to the act.ly site, except to start a petition. If you are re-tweeted, you get credit for the referral, and will show up in the “Smokin’ Recruiters” link on act.ly.
We CAN leverage social networking to spread the word. But we need to grow this effort beyond our own community. Get the people you know who care, those stakeholders whose voices count, to join this effort. Make it viral for Lisa and for the children who deserve strong school libraries and risk losing them.
This is the perfect time, and the perfect opportunity, and perhaps the perfect forum, for teacher librarians to demonstrate that they know how to use the potential of new media to effect change, to ensure libraries for learners.
Tweet now. This is not optional.