UWSSLEC is a formal virtual department across the University of Wisconsin campuses at Whitewater, Madison and Oshkosh. Permanent faculty collaborate to prepare teachers as school library information and technology specialists who take leadership roles in their schools.
UWSSLEC offers high quality instruction, up-to-date content, peer relationships and reduced commuting. Choose a home base, but work with faculty from each institution and with other teachers from across the state. Each semester, take one hybrid distance course and spend a weekend with professional colleagues at the campus offering the course.
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The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction developed new content guidelines for school librarians and new emergency rules for licensure in 2017. Each campus in the consortium is currently developing programs to address these new content guidelines, the emergency rules now in effect, and the proposed licensure rule changes expected to be passed in July 2018.
Status on each campus:
Current students will complete their license (1902) under the program in which they started. They will no longer apply for the 1901 and then take three courses to earn the 1902 license. Instead, they will complete all coursework and then apply for the 1902. Letters will be sent to each student with details in summer 2018.
New students will start under the new rules when the campus has both campus curriculum and DPI approval.
In general, the rules changes are:
The UWSSLEC Anniversary Grant, in honor of the University of Wisconsin System School Library Education Consortium's twentieth year of successful education of school library media specialists was awarded to 12 alumni of the program. These proposals demonstrated the values of the program: innovation, inquiry, technology, collaboration, and student learning. Check out presentations at recent WEMTA conferences from many of these grant recipients.
AASL (American Association of School Librarians)
IASL (International Association of School Librarians)
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
WEMTA (Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association)
WLA (Wisconsin Library Association)