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Presentation for ECIS Administrators Conference, 17 April 2009, Cascais, Portugal.

Presentation for ECIS Administrators Conference, 17 April 2009, Cascais, Portugal.

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  • 1. Educational Excellence and the School Library ECIS Administrators Conference April 16 – 19, 2009 Cascais, Portugal By Yvonne Barrett & ECIS School Library and Information Specialists Committee
  • 2. “What Work Requires of Schools” Resources Basic skills Interpersonal skills Thinking skills Information : acquiring & evaluating data Personal qualities Systems United States Department of Labor – Employment Technology and Training Administration 2000 2
  • 3. Tony Wagner 3
  • 4. 4
  • 5. Information Literacy “Information Literacy, which encompasses knowledge of one's information needs and the ability to identify, locate, evaluate, organize and effectively use information to address issues or problems at hand, is a prerequisite for participating effectively in the information society, and is part of the basic human right of life long learning.” UNESCO, Prague Declaration 2003 5
  • 6. School Libraries & Student Achievement “The size of a library media center’s staff and collection is the best school predictor of academic achievement.” Keith Curry Lance, The impact of school library media centres (1993) 7
  • 7. Teaching Information Literacy through Guided Inquiry The Six Principles of Guided Inquiry (Kuhlthau) Children learn by being actively engaged in and reflecting on an experience. Children learn by building on what they already know. Children develop higher-order thinking through guidance at critical points in the learning process. Children have different ways and modes of learning. Children learn through social interaction with others. Children learn through instruction and experience in accord with their cognitive development. 8
  • 8. “Helping students to learn how to learn and how to perform is both a vital mission and a commonly overlooked one.” Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe (2005) Understanding by Design 11
  • 9. Libraries Today 12
  • 10. Literacy & Reading Development “Research strongly suggests that free reading is the source of our reading prowess ... The secret of its effectiveness is simple: children become better readers by reading. Is free voluntary reading the only program students will ever need to become accomplished readers? No. But research has shown that children who don’t read for pleasure have an extremely tough time developing the language and literacy competencies necessary to succeed in today’s world.” Steven Krashen 13
  • 11. Reading & Web 2.0 Library page Wiki Alan Jacques, Head Librarian, Vietnam Audience: Students + Teachers Joyce Valenza. Library Information Specialist Bookleads wiki - Springfield Townhsip High School USA. Audience: Students + Teachers Reading 2.0 Wiki Anita Beaman, Librarian University High School, Illinois State University, Normal and Amy Oberts, Media Specialist Oakland Elementary School, Bloomington Public Schools, District 87 14 Audience: Students + Teachers
  • 12. Leading the Way Mentoring of teachers to develop class newsletter blogs Audience: Parent community always learning, Kim Cofino 21st Century Information Specialist, Thailand Audience: Personal Reflections + Educators Collaboration between Tech Integrationist and Teacher Librarian, Belgrade, Serbia http://cooltoolsforschools.wikisp Audience: Students and Teachers- 15 whole school community!
  • 13. Research & Web 2.0 Portal page: Netvibes Yvonne Barrett, Teacher Librarian, Portugal Audience: Students + Teachers Joyce Valenza, Library Information Specialist website Audience: Students + Teachers Jennie Scott-McKenzie, Teacher Librarian, Belgrade, Serbia 16 Audience: IB Diploma Students
  • 14. Web 2.0 & Professional Development i- Google & Google Reader (RSS). Yvonne Barrett Audience: Personal organiser Andrew Torris, Deputy Superintendent, Shanghai, China Sentiments On Common Sense. Audience: Self Reflection + School Administrators Check out : 23 Things. Blog for teacher online training using Web 2.0 tools. blogroll on the right edge of blog for Jennie Scott-McKenzie, Teacher Librarian, Belgrade, Serbia long list of administrator created and focused 17 blogs from the CASTLE project Audience: Teachers
  • 15. Library Management - Collections “The collection can be thought of as a living organism that grows and changes”. Carol Kuhlthau 2007 18
  • 16. Library Management - Cataloguing 19
  • 17. Libraries Today Leadership teams. Collaboration with faculty Planning and PD Teaching Web 2.0: information blogs, wikis, fluency skills portal page, within podcasting … teaching programs LMC Promotional Library events e.g. student clubs Authors, e.g Library Book fairs, Squad, read-a-thons, Monitors, Book clubs book week … Management & Collection development 20
  • 18. QUESTIONS? 22
  • 19. Works Cited Kids & Family Reading Report.quot; Scholastic, Helping Children Around the World to Read and Learn | 5 Apr. 2009 quot;2008 <>. Abilock, Debbie. quot;21st Century Literacies: Tools for Reading the World.quot; NoodleTools : MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian Bibliography Composer, Online Notecards. 29 Mar. 2009 <>. Beaman, Anita , and Amy Oberts. quot;What would Dewey do?.quot; Reading 2.0. 4 Jan. 2009 <>. Caspari, Ann K., Carol C. Kuhlthau, and Leslie K. Maniotes. Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century School. Englewood, Colorado: Libraries Unlimited, 2007. Codjoe, Corinne. quot;1C Newsletter.quot; 1C Newsletter. 7 Apr. 2009 <>. Cofino, Kim. quot;Home.quot; always learning. 7 Apr. 2009 <>. quot;HCPS TV - Henrico County Public Schools Television - Video Vault.quot; Henrico County Public Schools. 28 Mar. 2009 <>. quot;Information Literacy in New Zealand Secondary and Primary Schools - 2001.quot; National Library of New Zealand. 1 Jan. 2001. 31 Mar. 2009 <>. quot;Information literacy.quot; Australian School Library Association. 1 Apr. 2009 <>. quot;International Children's Digital Library.quot; ICDL - International Children's Digital Library. 7 Apr. 2009 <>. Jacques, Alan. quot;Home.quot; BIS Library . 6 Mar. 2009 <>. Krashen, Stephen . quot;Free Reading - 9/1/2006.quot; School Library Journal - Books, Multimedia, & Technology-Children & Teens. 31 Mar. 2009 <>. Krashen, Stephen. quot;Pleasure Reading.quot; Young Learners SIG Spring Issue. 1 Apr. 2009 <>. 24 Krashen, Stephen. quot;V.83 No.10 Pages 748-753/June 2002: Krashen.quot; Phi Delta Kappa International Home Page. 1 Apr. 2009 <>.
  • 20. Lamb, A., & Callison, D. (n.d.). Virtual Information Inquiry: Expert vs Novice Information Scientists. Retrieved December 24, 2008, from Mctighe, Jay, and Grant Wiggins. Understanding by Design (2nd Edition) (ASCD). Alexandria, VA: Prentice Hall, 2005. Melichar-Utter, Janice, and Amy J. Schwed. Brain-Friendly Study Strategies, Grades 2-8: How Teachers Can Help Students Learn. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2007. quot;Reinventing leadership in K-12 education.quot; Harvard Graduate School of Education. 28 Mar. 2009 <>. Royce, John . quot;Libraries and learning : the research.quot; John Royce : Now Read On. 1 Apr. 2009 <>. quot;SCANS Documents Online - What Work Requires of Schools.quot; ETA Advisories. 15 Jan. 2009. 5 Apr. 2009 <>. This report identifies five competencieswhich, in conjunction with a three-partfoundation of skills and personal qualities, lie at the heart of job performance today. (See pagevii.) These eight areas represent essential preparation for all students, both those going directly to work and those planning further education. All eight must be an integral part ofevery young person’s school life. quot;School Libraries Make a Difference .quot; International Association of School Librarianship. 29 Mar. 2009 <>. quot;School libraries work!.quot; Scholastic research foundation paper. 1 Apr. 2009 <>. Third Edition 2008. Scott-McKenzie, Jennie. quot;LIBRARY DIGS.quot; LIBRARY DIGS. 7 Apr. 2009 <>. 25
  • 21. The Metiri Group.quot; What's so different about the 21st century. 7 Apr. 2009 <>. The enGauge 21st Century Skills were developed through a process that included literature reviews, research on emerging characteristics of the Net-Generation, a review of current reports on workforce trends from business and industry, analysis of nationally recognized skill sets, input from educators, data from educator surveys, and reactions from constituent groups. quot;The Prague Declaration - quot;Towards an Information Literate Societyquot;.quot; UNESCO. 28 Mar. 2009 <>. Torris, Andrew. quot;What Tech People Really Do Well: Teaching Teachers and Students at the Same Time!.quot; Sentiments On Common Sense 8Blog. 7 Apr. 2009 <>. quot;Twenty-First Century Skills.quot; Twenty-First Century Skills. 7 Apr. 2009 <>. ©NCREL, enGauge— and Valenza, Joyce . quot;Reading resources.quot; Bookleads wiki. 2 Mar. 2009 <>. Valenza, Joyce. quot;Springfield Township HS Virtual Library.quot; Springfield Township School District. 7 Apr. 2009 <>. Wagner, Tony. quot;School Change Consulting - The Global Achievement Gap Keynote Video.quot; School Change Consulting - Home. 5 Apr. 2009 <>. Created at 26