Staff DevelopmentProposalAmanda, Christine, Jamie, Mary, and Rhea
Statement of Need• District dedicated to meet CCSS standards by 2014• Math teachers are unlikely to utilize their libraries’ resources and staff when aligning their curriculum with CCSS• Shared skepticism about the relevance of library resources for math concepts• Math teachers are not receiving their equitable proportion of the districts professional resources
Statement of Need"CCSS challenges math teachers to integrate real world scenarios and applications into their curriculum. This initiative directly aligns with the American Association of School Library (AASL) Standard 2.3.1, which is to guide students to “Connect understanding to the real world.” We believe that librarian-math teacher collaboration will allow for an exchange of resources, materials, and learning experiences through which students can apply, synthesize, and evaluate the world around them. This type of professional relationship will help students meet both CCSS and AASL standards."
Support• 2009 - Move to standardize curriculum• 2010 - Final version of Common Core State Standards by Council of Chief State School Officers (CCCSO) and National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA)• 2014 - Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests to roll out into schools
Support• Common core tied to success beyond walls of school• Math is no longer about the answer alone - learners MUST be ready to support their answers• Professional opportunities should be present to give guidance to teachers in bringing the core into the classroom• Librarians can provide professional development as the Common Core matches main tenets in Standards for the 21-st Century Learner
GoalsShort Term Goals:• Familiarize 6th grade math teachers with a sampling of available resources and collaborative opportunities for their ratio & proportion lessons• Fulfill CCSS and AASL goals by creating more experiential learning with real-world applications in 6th grade math classes• Establish professional relationships between 6th grade math teachers and school library media specialists
GoalsLong Term Goals:• Create a pattern of math teacher-librarian collaboration that can be extended to 7th and 8th grade math teachers in subsequent years• Remove preconceptions about a divergent relationship between the library and mathematics, and views of the library as strictly an extension of the English and social studies departments
ExamplesAfter the staff development workshop, 6th grade math teachers will:• Walk away with an updated ratio and proportion lesson plan that has been enhanced using library resources• Develop an enhanced collaborative relationship with librarians and familiarity with library resources• See an improvement in student understanding of learning objectives and in test scores
ExamplesFollowing successful collaboration between librarians and teachers, 6th grade math students will:• Use library resources to practice and apply math lessons regularly in a setting that exemplifies the practical use of the concept• Gain a concrete understanding of abstract ideas while making connections between the classroom and their own lives• Initiate use of the library to independently solve real world math problems.
ExamplesThrough this process, librarians will:• Develop lasting professional relationships with faculty members and students• Experience an overall increase in library involvement• With the help of teachers and administrators, accomplish goals established by CCSS and AASL Standards
Activities• Entrance slip: list 3 resources outside the textbook you’ve used in the last month.• Think-Pair-Share: consider your impressions of the CCSS in general and what they mean for math standards.• Workshop your ratio & proportion lesson plan• Presentation of relevant library resources: o Library book materials o Databases o Online resources: video lessons, gaming resources o Online production tools: Glogster, Animoto• Exit slip: what did you learn today? what will you use in future lessons?
Timeline Professional Development will be offered on thedistrict wide institute day during the morning sessionfrom 8:30 - 11:00 AM, March 1, 2013
Preparation•• Monthly meetings for to develop and coordinate professional development agenda and activities o November 8th at 8 AM at Middle School A o December 6th at 3 PM at Middle School B o January 10th at 8 AM at Middle School C o February 7th at 3 PM at Middle School D o March 1st at 7:30 AM at Middle School E• Promotion
AssessmentProgram effectiveness will be measured both formatively and summatively through a variety of methods.• Teachers will be surveyed through entrance and exit slips on the day of the professional development• Teachers and students will be asked to complete online surveys throughout the year to assess increases in library use and application of skills addressed during the professional development• Data will be reviewed to determine the need for future professional development at other grade levels.
Materials Required•• Computer lab with Internet access and gaming console• Tables for spreading out• Snacks and beverages• Teacher copies of ratio and proportion lesson plans• Hard copies of CCSS for Math (Introductory materials & Grade 6)• Pathfinder of online ratio & proportion resources (including catalog)• Relevant titles from the catalog: “juvenile literature--ratio and proportion”
Facilitator ResponsibilitiesOur team of 5 librarians will collectively work on the process of planning and implementing this staff development. o Rhea: Lesson Workshop and Assessment o Amanda: Databases o Christine: Online Production Tools o Mary: Library Materials o Jamie: Online Teaching Tools
BudgetAmount Purpose Explanation$630.00 Staff release time for preliminary Library staff will need substitute teachers for their planning sessions. planning The 5 staff members will need substitute coverage at the rate of $21 per hour for a total of 6 hours.$75.00 Snacks Snacks include 2 dozen bagels, fruit, coffee, and juice$100.00 Printing We will provide one copy of the 6th grade math CCSS as well as a variety of handouts and lesson supplements.$350.00 Teacher Resources Each middle school team will receive a set of 5 juvenile non-fiction ratio & proportion storybooks: • Seeing Symmetry by Loreen Leedy • A Fraction’s Goal--Part of a Whole by Brian P. Cleary • If Dogs Were Dinosaurs by David M. Schwartz • Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature by Sarah C. Cambell • The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math by Allen Sanders
ConclusionIt is our belief that together, we can put ourdistrict in a position to not only meet thesestandards, but also to provide our students withrelevant and dynamic 21st Century learningexperiences."There are many ways to organize curricula. The challenge, now rarely met, is to avoid those that distort mathematics and turn off students." — Steen, 2007
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