“The day you became a school librarian, the universe puts a spectacular opportunity into your hands…”
In her recent article, Lilead Fellow Dedra Van Gelder encourages school librarians to awaken their inner “Superhero” and become the leader that their students are counting on. “You have strengths and special skills,” she says, that make you as a school librarian a unique leader like none other in your school.
This article is the fifth installment of the Take the Lead series, a monthly series focusing on and written by the Lilead Fellows. The series is published by School Library Journal, a strong supporter of the Lilead Fellows Program.
Dedra Van Gelder is the Instructional Specialist for Library Media at Charles County Public Schools located in La Plata, MD. Dedra has made positioning school librarians as leaders within their buildings a priority. This is especially important when it comes to implementing digital literacy and developing strong and effective instructional leadership teams. She believes that this shift will help achieve the school district’s vision of creating the best environment where all students experience academic success, develop personal responsibility and achieve career readiness for the 21st century.