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A look at how evidence based practice can help tell the story of your library. The presentation links evidence based practice (EBP) to the Australian Curriculum general capabilities and considers......

A look at how evidence based practice can help tell the story of your library. The presentation links evidence based practice (EBP) to the Australian Curriculum general capabilities and considers ways to use the AITSL Standards to focus evidence collection. This presentation will be of use to all levels of education.

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  • 1. VIRTUE IS NOT ENOUGH P R E S E N T E D B Y I S O B E L W I L L I A M S P R E S I D E N T , A S L A Australian School Library Association Inc.
  • 2. Introduction Australian School Library Association Inc. 2 Isobel Williams Currently ASLA President, teacher librarian and year 7 Science teacher at Ogilvie High School in Hobart isobel.williams@education.tas.gov.au
  • 3. How does what you do improve your community? Australian School Library Association Inc. 3 The mission of [teacher] librarians is to improve [schools] through facilitating knowledge creation in their communities. R. DAVID LANKES (2011)
  • 4. What did the inquiry tell us? Australian School Library Association Inc. 4 Potential of school libraries and teacher librarians to contribute to improved educational and community outcomes (Section 3) Research Evidence Based Practice Literacy Supporting teachers Improving digital literacy Inclusive hubs of 21st Century learning Leadership
  • 5. What impact do we have on students? Australian School Library Association Inc. 5 Lack of evidence in Australian context
  • 6. Are we invisible? Australian School Library Association Inc. 6 Occupational Invisibility? – others do not see the depth and breadth of what we do Gary Hartzel
  • 7. Evidence Based Practice Australian School Library Association Inc. 7 Use to improve student outcomes Use to gather evidence for your portfolio Use to advocate
  • 8. Can you answer these questions? Australian School Library Association Inc. 8 What differences do my school library and its learning initiatives make to student learning outcomes? What are the tangible learning benefits of my school library? How can I improve my teaching practice? How do I let others know about the answer to these questions?
  • 9. Issues Australian School Library Association Inc. 9 Time Not my job I am not a researcher Accountability I don’t know what outcomes to focus on Its all too hard I don’t need to get accreditation Not enough time….
  • 10. Its not about numbers… Australian School Library Association Inc. 10 Numbers of classes Numbers of borrowers Issued items Lost items Web pages linked Items purchased Questions answered
  • 11. Its about learning outcomes….. Australian School Library Association Inc. 11 The Australian Curriculum includes seven general capabilities: Literacy Numeracy Information and communication technology (ICT) capability Critical and creative thinking Personal and social capability Ethical understanding Intercultural understanding.
  • 12. Mission Statements Australian School Library Association Inc. 12 Redefine school library as an experience – not a place Focus on inquiry, thinking and learning not collections and access Celebrate the understood not the found
  • 13. Libraries as verbs Australian School Library Association Inc. 13 Examine Understand ImagineImagine Inquire Interpret Find Search DISCOVER Create Explore Compare Inform
  • 14. Write a mission statement Australian School Library Association Inc. 14 Start writing a mission statement for your school library Experience not place Verbs not adjectives The understood not the found Always align this to your own school’s mission statement.
  • 15. Australian Curriculum Australian School Library Association Inc. 15 General Capabilities Literacy Critical and creative thinking Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability Ethical behaviour
  • 16. Scope of Literacy Australian School Library Association Inc. 16
  • 17. Scope of Critical and creative thinking Australian School Library Association Inc. 17
  • 18. Scope of ICT competence Australian School Library Association Inc. 18
  • 19. Scope of Ethical behaviour Australian School Library Association Inc. 19
  • 20. Dimensions of evidence Australian School Library Association Inc. 20 Resource capabilities Thinking capabilities Knowledge capabilities Reading to learn Learning management
  • 21. Collect the evidence Australian School Library Association Inc. 21 Student interviews Student portfolios Reflection journals Standards-based scoring guides and rubrics Surveys of students and teachers Pre-test and post-test measures Student generated product Bibliography Tests analysed for connections Measurement of information literacy competencies
  • 22. Focus on Bibliographies Australian School Library Association Inc. 22 Diversity of sources Depth of knowledge Accuracy of citation Relevance to learning task Use of multiple formats Recency / accuracy Reason for choice
  • 23. Rubrics Australian School Library Association Inc. 23 Scaled according to criteria Clearly defined performances Compare with previous assignments
  • 24. Rails - http://railsontrack.info/rubrics.aspx Australian School Library Association Inc. 24
  • 25. Feedback Australian School Library Association Inc. 25 Formal feedback strategies Engagement Relevance Relationships Class Efficacy Cooperative Learning Environment Critical Thinking Positive Pedagogy http://www.metproject.org/downloads/Asking_Students_Practitioner_Brief.pdf
  • 26. Collect personal reflection Australian School Library Association Inc. 26 Ask yourself about The questions you ask students? The culture in my classroom/ library? The content and how it relates to the curriculum? My teaching strategies and skills? The ways I assess students? How and who do I collaborate with others? Am I part of a professional learning network?
  • 27. Result analysis Australian School Library Association Inc. 27 Match scores with high use library groups Match before and after bibliographies Match before and after scores and products Match improvement in critical thinking scores after inquiry based intervention Target gaps in scores for next time
  • 28. Teacher Feedback Australian School Library Association Inc. 28 Teacher reflection on collaboration Enthusiasm Promote critical thinking Effective communication Number of collaborations Focus of collaborations Teacher observations Teacher summary of outcomes Teacher summary of benefits
  • 29. Tell the story Australian School Library Association Inc. 29 Library website School website Newspaper articles Research journals Teacher journals Access Exhibitions Digital storytelling
  • 30. Keep telling the story Australian School Library Association Inc. 30 Portfolios for Teacher Registration AITSL – Teacher Feature AITSL - Accreditation Conferences (not just library ones) Your school community Your local community Locally Nationally Internationally
  • 31. Teacher Feature http://www.teacherfeature.aitsl.edu.au/ Australian School Library Association Inc. 31
  • 32. Evidence guides Evidence guide for teacher librarians Australian School Library Association Inc.
  • 33. Standard 1 Evidence Australian School Library Association Inc. 33 student surveys and incorporation of survey feedback into library programs to meet the needs of the student evidence of formal mentoring of colleagues including feedback team teaching with colleagues to demonstrate how the library can cater for diverse learners teacher librarians or teachers mentored to develop differentiated teaching and learning programs presentations at staff meetings about resources, programs and support available from the library
  • 34. Standard 2 Evidence Australian School Library Association Inc. 34 testimonial from a colleague documenting the input of the teacher librarian in the development of content in a variety of teaching and learning programs communications to colleagues promoting appropriate resources that support reconciliation testimonials attesting that the teacher librarian works with colleagues to devise teaching and learning online learning spaces; for example, library content management and information sharing systems that have been shared with colleagues to enhance teaching and learning
  • 35. Standard 3 Evidence Australian School Library Association Inc. 35 descriptions of how collaborative lesson evaluations, informed by student achievement and measured against learning outcomes, are shared with colleagues testimonial or observations that indicate that the teacher librarian shared with colleagues, lesson plans, behaviour management techniques, student work samples and innovative teaching ideas reference from a colleague or mentor that indicates that the teacher librarian has observed, provided feedback and suggestions on teaching strategies Demonstration of ICT resources at staff/faculty/professional meetings evidence-based practice with colleagues to review teaching and learning programs in the library
  • 36. Standard 4 Evidence Australian School Library Association Inc. 36 articles written for school newsletter/yearbook or professional association journal showing how the teacher librarian models effective practice and supports colleagues to implement inclusive strategies that engage and support all students collaborative lessons to demonstrate how the teacher librarian ensures student engagement support provided to colleagues to work collaboratively to incorporate strategies that promote the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in teaching and learning
  • 37. Standard 5 Evidence Australian School Library Association Inc. 37 feedback on students, and sharing collated feedback with teachers testimonial or observation attesting to the provision of tools or templates; for example, mind maps for colleagues to use in assessment tasks feedback gained from students; for example, the differentiated curriculum, the feedback loop use of data from assessments to evaluate, identify and modify collaborative teaching and learning programs
  • 38. Standard 6 Evidence Australian School Library Association Inc. 38 presentation to colleagues at local, national and international levels presentation of research findings to other staff for professional development engagement in action research planning, implementation or reporting to improve practice organisation of professional development events for colleagues that are focussed on improving practice
  • 39. Standard 7 Evidence Australian School Library Association Inc. 39 cooperative teaching and learning programs that incorporate ethical use of information contribution to professional journals; for example, Access planning and leading parents’/carers’ workshops; for example, Internet safety, research skills, helping their children to read contribution to professional publications such as journals, online discussion groups, blogs, wikis and microblogging
  • 40. Bibliography Australian School Library Association Inc. 40 http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/EBPforSL/239558419483992/ Hay, L. (2012). Building an EBP movement: Our day – our profession – our evidence. Presented at the SybaSigns School Libraries Making A Difference Seminar – 21 May/Sydney & 25 May/Gold Coast. Retrieved from http://www.sybasigns.com.au/Seminar%20Materials/EBP_Hay- Todd_slides-1.pdf Todd, R. (2012). Tools and measures for charting and documenting evidence. Presented at the SybaSigns School Libraries Making A Difference Seminar – 21 May/Sydney & 25 May/Gold Coast. Retrieved from http://www.sybasigns.com.au/Seminar%20Materials/EBP_Hay- Todd_slides-2%20.pdf Todd, R. (2012). Shout it out loud! he essentials of dissemination. Presented at the SybaSigns School Libraries Making A Difference Seminar – 21 May/Sydney & 25 May/Gold Coast. Retrieved from http://www.sybasigns.com.au/Seminar%20Materials/EBP_Hay- Todd_slides-3.pdf SLANZA Collected vol 7 2012 http://www.slanza.org.nz/collected.html Australian School Library Association 2014, Evidence guide for teacher librarians in the highly accomplished career stage, Australian School Library Association, Canberra, ACT.
  • 41. Post-webinar information Australian School Library Association Inc. Resource list and certificate of attendance will be emailed Membership information is available at http://www.asla.org.au/membership.aspx Future Webinars http://www.asla.org.au/Professional-learning/webinars.aspx Follow ASLA on Twitter https://twitter.com/aslanational Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ASLAOnline 41