Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Scholarships for TL Web-Based Program. (and Furthermore)

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

Scholarships for TL Web-Based Program. (and Furthermore)

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The School Library & Information Technologies Graduate Department of Mansfield University has been awarded a prestigious Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant for $356,491. The funds will be used to create and administer graduate scholarships for teachers to become teacher-librarians and to produce and implement an online library advocacy program for school principals. The concept behind the grant is to build partnerships between trained TLs and informed building principals to develop or revitalize quality school library programs.

Approximately 30 half-tuition scholarships for the Master's degree will be available beginning Summer 2002 -- 15 scholarships for Pennsylvania residents; 15 for out-of-state residents. Teachers accepted into the program earn a Master's in Education and are required to complete 30 credits (ten Web-delivered, online courses) plus a two- or four-credit Practicum and Residency course. Residency is satisfied by completing a five-day, face-to-fact culminating activity in Harrisburg, PA. Scholarship students are expected to complete the program in three years.

The scholarships are designed to recruit teachers from diverse ethnic backgrounds who are located beyond commutable distance of a graduate library science program and who work in under-served, high-need communities. Additionally, candidates who recruit a principal to enroll in the "Partners for Success" Advocacy Program described below will receive higher consideration. …

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