We support a fully funded and staffed library at Coonley ES!

Admin and LSC of Coonley ES

Coonley website
When schools have high-quality library programs and librarians who share their expertise with the entire school community, student achievement gets a boost.

Since 1992, a growing body of research known as the school library impact studies has consistently shown positive correlations between high-quality library programs and student achievement (Gretes, 2013; Scholastic, 2016). Data from more than 34 statewide studies suggest that students tend to earn better standardized test scores in schools that have strong library programs. Further, when administrators, teachers, and librarians themselves rated the importance and frequency of various library practices associated with student learning, their ratings correlated with student test scores, further substantiating claims of libraries’ benefits. In addition, newer studies, conducted over the last several years, show that strong school libraries are also linked to other important indicators of student success, including graduation rates and mastery of academic standards.

As the research and information arm of the school, school library programs can provide professional development to teachers and instruct students on information use and ethics. Fully integrated library programs with certified librarians can boost student achievement and cultivate a collaborative spirit within schools. School leaders who leverage these assets will realize what research has shown: Quality school library programs are powerful boosters of student achievement that can make important contributions to improving schools in general and, in particular, closing the achievement gap among our most vulnerable learners.

We the below signers demand for the 2022-23 school year a fully funded and staffed school library at Coonley ES!

Petition by
Chicago, Illinois

To: Admin and LSC of Coonley ES
From: [Your Name]

Do not lay off Nora Wiltse a Nationally Board Certified Librarian. Fully staff and fund the Coonley Library!