Facilities Improvement Plan Pamela Tyson FRIT 7132 November 30, 2011
About the WCES Media Center Constructed in 1999 Title I School 10 Consecutive Years Meeting A.Y.P. 90 Staff Members 850 Students Pre-K through Fifth Grade PACE and Jump Start Programs One Full Time Media Specialist One Full Time Media Clerk
Original Media Center Floor Plan The WCES MC is considered the “heart” of WCES. It is centrally located at the front of the school. Information literacy is taught on a daily basis through the use of student specials. Faculty and students have access to it’s technological and literary resources.
Pros and Cons Positive Attributes Negative Attributes Large area with areas Front entrance access is dedicated to specific blocked to students and functions faculty due to doors being Allows for 2-3 classes to locked utilize MC simultaneously Minimal traffic flow options All areas are easily supervised “Flexible” Schedule is actually due to high visibility fixed due to specials rotations Media Clerk also has M. Ed. Some shelf and floor spaces and is a retired MS are not being used at all
Environmental Elements Color themes are non-existent Teacher Resource room is under utilized due to location Laminator room is dedicated to a sole laminating machine, limiting the multi-purpose potential of valuable square footage Check In and Check Out stations are self serve Lighting is strictly florescent, non conducive to high population density of autistic and special needs students
Furnishings Monochromatic “wood” and gray color schemes on all furnishings No soft seating No work or study space available for student use or teacher collaboration Computers are centrally located and may be occupied by a specials class Markers are hard to locate and read Character silhouettes hanging from ceiling and tree silhouettes can be viewed as “scary” by younger students
Technology Teacher work room is equipped with two copiers, often malfunctioning A/V Room is located in another area of the building Ample laptops are available for student use in the MC Each teacher is provided with an iPad for class Three projection screens or Smart Boards are available for lessons in the MC
Access Students are prohibited from using the two doors at the front entrance of the MC. The back double doors are the only unlocked entrance and exit points accessible to students and faculty. The teacher work room is often inaccessible because the MC is locked after student hours Laminator is only available two days per week Students have to walk around computers and media carts to enter the MC
Main Entrance ViewsFacing the front of the MC Facing the back of the MC
Student StationsComputer Station Catalog Station
Revised Media Center Floor PlanThe new WCES MC offers a more inviting environment. Furnishings provide a varietyof purposes such as individual support groups, small groups, and collaboration areas.Side rooms have been restructured to support a study hall, machine room, teacherresource room and a class/faculty meeting room.
Modifications and Changes Student Influences Staff Influences “A quiet place to think when I “What, we have a Title I Resource Room. read.” ~ Study Hall Where’s that?” ~Relocation and new design for Title I and teacher resource room “I just want to get comfy.” ~ “It just feels crowded. You can’t even just Soft, portable seating walk in the door and take your class where “It looks boring and kind of you want. You have to go around everything scary in there.” ~ Colorful else first!” ~ Traffic flows cleared at front plants, furniture, seating, shelvi and rear entrances ng, and rugs “I’d love to take my whole class in there. But, they just can’t stay focused with all of “You know, we aren’t always the distractions.” ~ Addition of Quiet playing when we talk. Class/Meeting Room Sometimes we are actually “I mean just because she goes home at working on our stuff.”~ Group 4:30, doesn’t mean I get to.” ~ Longer access collaboration areas hours for faculty needs
Improved Environmental Elements Modern, colorful book shelves and seating Soft and welcoming collaboration areas Machine room with extended access hours Addition of study hall, quiet class rooms, and collaborations areas Reference, biography, and computer work stations relocated to the “quieter” nonfiction side Literacy activities area with dedicated Smart Screen Walls repainted and decorated with student artwork. Each wall is dedicated to a certain grade level that is “commissioned” for the month.
Improved Furnishings Brightly colored book shelves in the fiction area Soft seating that may be relocated by students Addition of conference style tables and office desks Computers are still centrally located for class work, however additional computers can now be accessed for individual work in other areas of the media center Graphics added to Dewey decimal system for easier understanding
Technology Teacher work room is cleared of machines to make room for collaboration and resource materials A/V Room remains located in another area of the building Additional laptops are purchased for student use “How To” classes are held on Web 2.0 technologies on a quarterly basis Vending machines are added to the machine room
Access Students and teachers may now enter from front or rear with no obstacles in the traffic flow Access hours for teacher resource and work rooms are extended Laminator is accessible on a daily basis in the machine room
Perfecting Media Center Policies Current Policies in Need of Updating or Revisions and Possible Solutions The classroom teacher will maintain responsibility for the entire class during visits to the media center and will participate in delivery of instruction to meet the purpose of the visit as needed (p. 15) Administration needs to enforce this district policy so that the MS will be able to operate on a truly flexible schedule. Due to the complicated nature of technology hardware and software, it is strongly suggested that the media specialist contact the Technology Department prior to placing any such purchases (p. 44). Media Specialist should be allowed to purchase certain types of technology hardware and software with prior approval from administration. However, it is still advisable to contact the Technology Department so as not to duplicate or interfere with efforts in place.
Additions to Policies Several additions that are specific to the Media Center may be necessary to accomplish a more complete P & P Manual. Mission and Vision Statement Goals and Objectives Help and Other Resources Suggested Hours of Operation for Students and Faculty Suggested Compensation of Overtime for School Functions Personnel required are at least one full time MS and one full time Media Clerk