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Shaw Principal Osei-Bobie Wins Administrative Advocate Award

Akosua Osei-Bobie

 

The Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA) has named Pauline A. Shaw Elementary School Principal Akosua Osei-Bobie a recipient of the 2019 Administrative Advocate Award. This award honors administrators who made significant contributions to promote student learning through effective school library programs and services. It also recognizes administrators who develop successful school library programs within their own schools that influence the educational community at large.

Osei-Bobie’s support of the Shaw School’s library serves as an exemplar for other administrators in prioritizing school library programs.

“Fighting for her students to have the same amenities and opportunities as those in suburban districts, she has supported the library since the P.A. Shaw’s opening back in 2014. She sees the library as a valuable resource and equalizer for her students,” said Shaw librarian Morgan VanClief. “She recognizes the value in reading and that students learn more when teachers and librarians collaborate. She has empowered me to continue creating engaging learning experiences in the library, giving me the flexibility to implement a makerspace as well as incorporate robotics and STEM challenges into library time. She promotes our book fair and roams the school wearing a giant Clifford suit. She makes all our guest authors feel welcome. She fought tirelessly to help me get shelving, adequate furniture, and books.”

Osei-Bobie will be honored at an awards ceremony on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at the Sheraton Conference Center in Framingham. The dinner is a part of the MSLA Annual Conference, “School Libraries are for Everyone.”