RUSL mission




The overarching goal of Project RUSL is to provide culturally responsive education and professional development for educators seeking to become certified school librarians, particularly in urban environments, using Hip Hop Based Education principles and practices to restore school library programming at their respective districts. 

Performance Goals and Outcomes 

Goal 1: Attract teachers from two urban school districts to become certified school librarians

  • Enroll 6 new students in WSU's Experimental School Library Certification Program

Goal 2: Develop a new model of mentorship for school librarians-in-training

  • Pilot a NEW immersive practicum experience and embedded mentorship into the school library certificate coursework modeled after and sourced from participants in The Lilead Project (IMLS #RE-40-16-0166-16)
  • Document evidenced-based practices in the new school libraries with guidance from mentors using video recording and video streaming technologies

Goal 3: Educate school librarians on guided inquiry and Hip Hop Based Inquiry (HHBI) & curating multicultural book collections

  • Teach future school librarians how to facilitate inquiry-based, Hip Hop themed units of study and to curate multicultural print and online book collections
  • Convene a professional development/kick-off workshop featuring noted multicultural education, and Hip Hop scholars and practitioners

Goal 4:  Build infrastructure for two school library programs

  • Establish templates for two new school library websites and libguides
  • Form a new partnership between the two school districts and their respective public libraries for resource sharing