Hippen participates in area Leadership Academy
Joan Hippen, teacher librarian at Washington High School, was selected to participate in a Leadership Academy held in Coralville in late June. Seventeen individuals from around Iowa were chosen for this program. The academy was funded through a grant from the American Association of School Librarians.
School librarians collaborate with other educators in their schools to support reading and literacy, and provide leadership in the integration of technology for learning and teaching. They teach essential information skills and assist teachers in identifying print and digital materials to support school curriculum. Sam Miller, superintendent of the Solon Community Schools, was the keynote speaker for the event; his speech was titled “The Teacher Librarian As Leader.”
The two-day academy stressed the development of skills in teamwork, effective communication and increasing self-awareness. The goals of the academy were to help teacher librarians become effective leaders in their own schools and districts, as well as in their professional organizations.