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Information Session Project LEAD Fellowships for Teacher Leaders. Eliza T. Dresang, Eliza Atkins Gleason Professor Nancy Everhart, Associate Professor School Library Media Specialists for the 21st Century: Leaders Educated to Make a Difference Florida State University

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Information SessionProject LEAD Fellowships for Teacher Leaders

Eliza T. Dresang, Eliza Atkins Gleason Professor

Nancy Everhart, Associate Professor

School Library Media Specialists for the 21st Century:

Leaders Educated to Make a Difference

Florida State University

College of Information

Tallahassee, FL

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Topical Outline

  • What is a 21st century media specialist?

  • Background of Project LEAD

  • Introductions to Project LEAD personnel

  • Fellowships - what is being offered

  • Fellowships - what is required of participants

  • Questions

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A 21st Century Media Specialist

  • Teacher

  • Recognized instructional leader

  • Collaborator/team player

  • Information specialist

  • Expert in instructional design

  • Manager of collections and resources

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Background of Project LEAD

  • IMLS National Leadership Grants

  • 12-credit leadership curriculum

    • Within the master’s degree

      • 45 credits for already certified teachers (one additional course)

      • National Board preparation

    • Post-master’s certificate

    • Within the specialist degree

  • Project LEAD courses

    • Information Leadership

    • Leadership in Reading

    • Leadership in Technology

    • Instructional Role of the Information Professional

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“Guinea Pigs”

Local and National

Advisory Boards



Interviews with

Unsuccessful Candidates

Survey of Successful

National Board SLMS

Existing Research

and Statistics


Discussion Groups

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Project LEAD Personnel

  • Professors: Dresang and Everhart

  • Teaching Assistant Daniella Smith

  • Graduate Assistant Rachel Besara

  • Project/Research Assistant Melissa Harrell


    Also working with fellowship students:

  • 38 other FSU faculty members, including 5 additional faculty with school media/youth services specialization

  • Coordinator of Student Internships Renee Franklin

  • National experts in the National Board Certification process

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Project LEAD Fellowships

Support the full cost of tuition and fees for

  • an ALA master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from FSU;

  • eligibility for certification as a school media specialist in the state of Florida (transferable to many other states);

  • an award-winning leadership certificate that will be noted on students’ transcripts;

  • intense preparation for the National Board Certification process (see

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Recipients’ Lasting Learning Community


  • specific courses taken only with other Project LEAD students.

  • participation in one Educational Testing Service and one American Association of School Librarians 2-day summer leadership workshops in Tallahassee specifically designed for Project LEAD students (expenses paid);

  • preparation for National Board with others in your district and around the state;

  • participation in state and national conferences with Project LEAD colleagues (expenses paid);

  • formation of an ongoing statewide leadership group.

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Other Fellowship Recipient Benefits

  • A district-provided National Board Certified mentor throughout the fellowship period

  • Assistance from Project LEAD TA and GA with online learning and other course-related needs

  • Assistance from Project LEAD PA/RA with travel arrangements for workshops and conferences

  • Opportunity to meet and network with other leaders in state and nation

  • Opportunity to complete 6 credits each summer in 4 weeks rather than 6 or 12 (culminating in on-campus workshops)

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Requirements for Finalists

  • District and FSU requirements

    • Teacher leader questionnaire

    • Principal recommendation

  • FSU Graduate School requirements

    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher; OR

    • 1000 or higher on the GRE (GRE is still required even if GPA is 3.0 or higher)

      • GRE website:

    • Admissions information:

  • College of Information requirement

    • Leadership essay

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Requirements for Fellowship Recipients

  • Take 45 credits of online coursework as a cohort - 6 credits per semester (evenings)

  • Join the American Association of School Librarians ($40) and Florida Association for Media in Education ($20) each year as a student member

  • Attend one national and one state conference during the course of the program and serve as a volunteer (expenses are paid)

  • Come to Tallahassee for summer workshops in 2007 and 2008 (expenses are paid)

  • Commit to work in a school media center after graduation for at least three years

  • Intend to pursue National Board Certification in Library Media

  • Respond to all surveys or questionnaires required by FSU related to Project LEAD

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Project LEAD Timeline for Choosing Recipients

  • Local district sets deadline for teacher leader questionnaire and principal survey, shortly after FSU visit.

  • Finalists (not yet recipients) in each district will be chosen by FSU faculty with at least twice the number chosen as there are fellowships available.

  • Finalists will be notified as soon as possible (no later than 3 weeks after FSU visit).

  • Application to FSU must be received by November 1, including official transcripts.

  • Fellowship recipients and alternates will be informed by December 1.

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Project LEAD Schedule

  • December 2006 - Participate in self-paced online orientation

  • January 2007 - Start classes in January 2007

  • June 2007 - Attend 2-day summer workshop in Tallahassee

  • June 2008 - Attend 2-day summer workshop in Tallahassee

  • Fall 2007 - Spring 2009 - Attend one state and one national conference with FSU Project leaders

  • Summer 2009 - Complete degree and leadership certificate requirements in the first summer session 2009 (2 1/2 years); graduate in August 2009

  • Fall 2009 - Start work as a media specialist as soon as placed but Fall 2009 at the earliest

  • Take National Board as soon as eligible and prepared

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Project LEAD website

Dr. Eliza T. Dresang

[email protected]

Dr. Nancy Everhart

[email protected]