Bianca Spurlock, Upper and Middle School Librarian, was selected as one of two participants sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) in the American Library Association’s (ALA) 2019 Emerging Leaders program. The Emerging Leaders program enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Spurlock will join 49 of her peers as the program kicks off at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.
When asked what she hoped to gain through participation in the Emerging Leaders program, Spurlock replied: “Becoming an Emerging Leader gives me the opportunity to be surrounded by people that have specific passions in librarianship and service, and that will inspire me to grow and become a better librarian and person overall. Every time I interact with people in my profession, I come back with a drive to be better and do better for my community.”
Following the kickoff session in Seattle, the Emerging Leaders will collaborate with their peers in an online learning and networking environment. Their work culminates with a poster session during the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
Kindergarten teachers Maddy Hargis and Caroline Kilby traveled to Germany over the summer as a part of the 2018 Summer Study Abroad program developed by the University of Richmond Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) program.