Lead Librarian Selected into National 2017-2018 Lilead Fellows Program

Lead Librarian Selected into National 2017-2018 Lilead Fellows Program
Posted on 05/04/2017
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Ann Vickman, lead librarian for South Texas Independent School District (STISD), was selected as one of 22 new Lilead Fellows from a competitive, nationwide pool of applicants. 

The Lilead Fellows Program is a nationally recognized professional development opportunity designed to empower, enable, and equip school district library supervisors to think differently and creatively about library programs and education, and to be effective and inspirational leaders in their districts.

As a Lilead Fellow, Vickman will focus on transforming the role of district librarians into instructional partners. 

I am honored to be selected as one of 22 Lilead Fellows from this national program,” said Vickman.  “My participation as a Fellow, alongside many other outstanding library supervisors, will enable me to think more creatively about the library programs offered at STISD, and I look forward to using this experience to connect educators to current trends and resources for teaching and learning.”      

Vickman will work collaboratively with peers and mentors from districts across the country.  The 22 new Fellows join the first cohort of 25, who began the program in January 2015. 

The group will meet formally for the first time in July, in Norfolk, Virginia, for a three-day Summer Institute with the Lilead Project Team and its mentors.  At the Institute, the Fellows will work with each other and in their mentor groups.  They will spend time reflecting on and discussing the purpose of school libraries in their districts and begin building a framework for implementing transformational changes in schools throughout their districts, regions, and states.

The cohort will meet virtually and in face-to-face meetings through June 2018. In addition, the cohort will enroll in online classes focused on the transformational change process, building collaborative teams, evidence-based practice, and strengthening communication skills during the 2017-18 school year.