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How an intensive collaboration between the National Portuguese Reading Plan and the School Libraries Network Programme plays an important role in the promotion of reading literacy, as a baseline to …

How an intensive collaboration between the National Portuguese Reading Plan and the School Libraries Network Programme plays an important role in the promotion of reading literacy, as a baseline to develop all kinds of other literacy abilities, empowering the role of school libraries and the collaborative work between the school community and the school library, by reporting one of the most significant projects, which shows the relevance of this partnership.

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  • 1. The National Reading Plan and the School Libraries Network Programme: promoting a reading culture in Inspiring connections: learning, libraries & literacy 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries http://www.planonacionaldeleitura.gov.pt lermais@planonacionaldeleitura.gov.pt http://www.rbe.min-edu.pt/ ana.martins@rbe.min-edu.pt Network Programme: promoting a reading culture in school community – a close partnership Brisbane, BCEC 27 September - 1 October 2010
  • 2. 1. Key outcomes Portuguese School Library overview 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries
  • 3. Pilot testing the School Library Self 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries 2. School Libraries Self Evaluation Model Improving quality through a culture of evidence based practice and advocacy Pilot testing the School Library Self Evaluation Model since 2008; In-service training of teacher librarians; Implementation of the model by all school libraries in 2010.
  • 4. 3. School Libraries Network Programme (SLNP) External Evaluation Leadership Team motivation Quality and effectiveness of network development 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries Quality and effectiveness of network development Regional coordinators supporting school libraries in the field School Libraries Self Evaluation Model Guidelines
  • 5. 4. Legal recognition of the teacher librarian professional position All clusters of schools have a teacher librarian 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries Teacher librarian is the actor of change. All clusters of schools have a teacher librarian
  • 6. National Reading Plan (NRP) launched in 2006 to improve reading skills and reading habits. It is a response to the concerns on the levels of literacy of the general population, especially youths, as this level is significantly lower than the European average. the target audience which is given priority in the first phase and which 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries the target audience which is given priority in the first phase and which will run for five years, are children who attend Pre-School Education and children who attend Basic Education, especially during the first six years of school. NRP and SLNP work together and school libraries have an important role to place the book at the centre of the school activity, preparing innovative projects.
  • 7. National Reading Plan Interministerial programme: education, culture and parliamentary affaires. Coordination: Ministry of Education. 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries Strategic partners: for programmes in the Education area – School Library Network Office (RBE); for programmes in the cultural and public reading area: public libraries based under the responsibility of local municipalities.
  • 8. An action plan was conceived, involving several institutions, schools, public libraries, social institutions, private institutions, civil associations with relevant significance to educational system, namely throughout the network between School Libraries and the National Reading Plan. 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries
  • 9. Programmes and projects set to encourage and promote reading: in school contexts - classroom - school libraries in the context of public libraries and other community services 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries in the context of public libraries and other community services in the family/leisure time context in unconventional reading contexts Experimental projects for the promotion of reading The project aLeR+ shows the partnership between School Libraries Network Programme and National Reading Plan.
  • 10. Main goal of the project: To raise a culture of school where the pleasure of reading and reading are central elements across all curricula and extracurricular activities, involving all elements of the educational community. National Reading Plan and the School Libraries Network Programme launched aLeR+ Project in the school year 2008/09 in a partnership with National Literacy Trust and Reading Connects Project (UK). 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries involving all elements of the educational community. Financial and technical support by SLNP and NRP
  • 11. “…finding ways to engage students in reading may be one of the most effective ways to leverage social change…” Reading for Change, OECD, 2002 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries
  • 12. Seeking to encourage schools to set reading and the pleasure of reading in the centre of their educational project and its activities, following a set of guidelines: • To set the pleasure of reading in the centre of its efforts to raise the standards of learning for students and educational success; Develop an integrated culture of reading 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries standards of learning for students and educational success; • To involve all the elements of the educational community in reading promotion - educators, teachers, staff, parents and librarians, local authorities, etc.; • To work in partnership with families to encourage reading at home...
  • 13. Resources • Financial support from NRP. • Booklets: presentation, guidelines, family toolkit. • Materials to support the development of projects (online). • Certificate and access to the logo. • Technical support from NRP and SLNP. 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries • Technical support from NRP and SLNP.
  • 14. Supervision regular communication 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries regional meetings visits to schools national meeting
  • 15. Communication and dissemination moodle platform a summary of reading activities - film NRP portal and SLNP portal Annual Conference (July 2010) 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries NRP portal and SLNP portal meetings, seminars … 1 annual meeting Annual Conference (July 2010)
  • 16. Internal evaluation based on: “The close supervision by the lead team to all schools within the project, was considered a positive aspect and seems to became a greater responsibility and recognition by all teachers and school boards ” In, 2010 NRP Evaluation Report Supervision visits of the lead team. 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries Supervision visits of the lead team. Documentation produced under the project. Presentation of activities in the annual conference of the project.
  • 17. Findings a real progress in different reading areas reading promotion related to literature was the main focus in the first year 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries first year second year, 90% of the projects work with curricula and articulation with the all school a strong impact in school community
  • 18. External evaluation findings the added value of this project in the promotion of a reading culture the teacher librarian and school library are the main actors of change 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries change relevance of the partnership between the two programs: SLNP and NRP a major sensibility to reading issues reading as a cross curricula activity reading is a daily routine either in formal or informal schooling activities
  • 19. “... diversity and originality of activities developed by schools. Involving all school community, in a reading environment spread out to families and community…” Teacher librarian, in 2010 NRP Evaluation Report 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries
  • 20. more coherent and consistent reading promotion activities a greater interaction between school library and teachers increasing of collaborative work between teacher librarian and teachers 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries
  • 21. aLeR+ is developing a “reading policy in schools” “I think that now we can talk about a truly reading policy and that makes the difference... a major engagement of teachers of different subjects “ 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries “All teachers have the same focus, they try to achieve the same goals and not isolated activities (as it was in the beginning).“ Teacher librarian, in 2010 NRP Evaluation Report
  • 22. a greater interaction between public library, school library and school community parents and local community, including local authorities are much more involved 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries “Reading club works for parents, too…and a lot of them do the recommended reading…” Teacher Librarian, in 2010 NRP Evaluation Report
  • 23. the added value of teacher librarian “… a major factor of improvement, evidenced in the study cases, is the teacher librarian position and the practical results of this measure…All school recognize the central role of school library in the organization and in performing activities…” 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries the organization and in performing activities…” in 2010 NRP Evaluation Report
  • 24. What schools say: “The school library is the heart of school. School library is leading and keeps students, teachers and others moving… “ “The project has contributed to turn reading a main focus in school community…” 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries community…” “More time in classroom contexts addressed to reading in different kind of reading (scientific, poetry, literature, maths…)” “… a reading plan to each class is conceived with the support of school library …” Teacher Librarians, in 2010 NRP Evaluation Report
  • 25. “School as a reading community is a very difficult task, but if we have three conditions: A lot of books, lot of good books for learning and pleasure; Many teachers as good reading models; 2010 IASL Conference World Class Learning and Literacy through School Libraries Many teachers as good reading models; A school library competent to put reading in the center of the school aims; this is the way, we are sure…” Lina Duarte, teacher librarian, in Noesis (2010), 82, Jul./Sept.

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