LIS 406 Interview With a  School Library Teacher Erin Broderick Zervas Elementary School Newton, MA
 
Newton, MA <ul><li>Population: 85,146 in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>15 Elementary Schools </li></ul><ul><li>4 Middle Schools <...
Zervas Elementary School <ul><li>349 Students in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Not a Title I School </li></ul><ul><li>METCO Schoo...
Zervas Elementary School
Zervas Elementary School
Reporting Structure Superintendent ↑ Director of Instructional Technology & Library Media ↑ Co-ordinator of Library and Me...
Location & Physical Space <ul><li>648 Square Feet </li></ul><ul><li>Corner modular classroom </li></ul>
Location & Physical Space <ul><li>10 Desktops </li></ul><ul><li>HP Laserjet Printer </li></ul><ul><li>Projector </li></ul>...
Collection <ul><li>11,000 Print volumes, includes small professional development section </li></ul><ul><li>Audio books & P...
Collection <ul><li>Databases: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PebbleGo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BrainPOP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
Making Connections <ul><li>Students – we see all grade levels </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators ...
Library Advocacy <ul><li>PTO Board & School Council </li></ul><ul><li>Library Gift Book Sale </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops <...
Technology <ul><li>Broderick is a technology leader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintains website/blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><l...
Design of Physical Space <ul><li>Old, modular classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Overcomes lack of space by: </li></ul><ul><ul><l...
Web Presence <ul><li>Extends walls of library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skype school in Chicago </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extends...
Schedule <ul><li>Fixed schedule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades K-4, 30 minutes per week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade 5, ...
Focused Lessons <ul><li>Pace the lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Do not overplan </li></ul>
Resource Management <ul><li>Outside of working day </li></ul><ul><li>Signage </li></ul><ul><li>Some tasks can be delegated...
Strengths & Weaknesses <ul><li>First the weaknesses: </li></ul><ul><li>Fixed Schedule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited time t...
Weaknesses <ul><li>Physical Space & Furniture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Noisy Corner Modular </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crampe...
Weaknesses <ul><li>Space is used for other purposes before/after school by others </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of time for resou...
Strengths <ul><li>Relationship with PTO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On PTO Board & School Council </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Budget ...
Wishlist <ul><li>An aide </li></ul><ul><li>Better space </li></ul><ul><li>Smartboard </li></ul><ul><li>Be an instructional...
Main Takeaways <ul><li>Parents are great allies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$$ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great advocates </li><...
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  1. 1. LIS 406 Interview With a School Library Teacher Erin Broderick Zervas Elementary School Newton, MA
  2. 3. Newton, MA <ul><li>Population: 85,146 in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>15 Elementary Schools </li></ul><ul><li>4 Middle Schools </li></ul><ul><li>2 High Schools </li></ul>
  3. 4. Zervas Elementary School <ul><li>349 Students in 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Not a Title I School </li></ul><ul><li>METCO School </li></ul>
  4. 5. Zervas Elementary School
  5. 6. Zervas Elementary School
  6. 7. Reporting Structure Superintendent ↑ Director of Instructional Technology & Library Media ↑ Co-ordinator of Library and Media Services ↑ School Library Teacher
  7. 8. Location & Physical Space <ul><li>648 Square Feet </li></ul><ul><li>Corner modular classroom </li></ul>
  8. 9. Location & Physical Space <ul><li>10 Desktops </li></ul><ul><li>HP Laserjet Printer </li></ul><ul><li>Projector </li></ul><ul><li>ELMO </li></ul><ul><li>2 Laptop Carts </li></ul>
  9. 10. Collection <ul><li>11,000 Print volumes, includes small professional development section </li></ul><ul><li>Audio books & Playaways </li></ul><ul><li>Ebooks </li></ul>
  10. 11. Collection <ul><li>Databases: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>PebbleGo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BrainPOP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TeachingBooks.net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TumbleBooks </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Making Connections <ul><li>Students – we see all grade levels </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators - workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Parents </li></ul>
  12. 13. Library Advocacy <ul><li>PTO Board & School Council </li></ul><ul><li>Library Gift Book Sale </li></ul><ul><li>Workshops </li></ul><ul><li>School Newsletter </li></ul>
  13. 14. Technology <ul><li>Broderick is a technology leader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintains website/blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offers webinars & workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers summer technology classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology/collaboration workshop at AASL </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keeps up-to-date with new technology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joyce Valenza, Doug Johnson, Mr. Schu </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Design of Physical Space <ul><li>Old, modular classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Overcomes lack of space by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching in regular classrooms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moving shelves to create central instructional area </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. Web Presence <ul><li>Extends walls of library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skype school in Chicago </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extends hours of library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regular hours 8:20am-3pm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Summer projects </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Communication with school community </li></ul>
  16. 17. Schedule <ul><li>Fixed schedule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grades K-4, 30 minutes per week </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade 5, 45 minutes every other week </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Back to back classes </li></ul><ul><li>4 days at Zervas, 1 day at other elementary school </li></ul><ul><li>Schedule </li></ul>
  17. 18. Focused Lessons <ul><li>Pace the lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Do not overplan </li></ul>
  18. 19. Resource Management <ul><li>Outside of working day </li></ul><ul><li>Signage </li></ul><ul><li>Some tasks can be delegated </li></ul>
  19. 20. Strengths & Weaknesses <ul><li>First the weaknesses: </li></ul><ul><li>Fixed Schedule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited time to co-plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Limited time to fully differentiate lesson for ELL/SPED </li></ul></ul>
  20. 21. Weaknesses <ul><li>Physical Space & Furniture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Noisy Corner Modular </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cramped, rotted space </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shelves too tall for students </li></ul></ul>
  21. 22. Weaknesses <ul><li>Space is used for other purposes before/after school by others </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of time for resource management & website maintenance </li></ul>
  22. 23. Strengths <ul><li>Relationship with PTO </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On PTO Board & School Council </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Newton School district </li></ul>
  23. 24. Wishlist <ul><li>An aide </li></ul><ul><li>Better space </li></ul><ul><li>Smartboard </li></ul><ul><li>Be an instructional & planning partner not just an information resource provider </li></ul>
  24. 25. Main Takeaways <ul><li>Parents are great allies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$$ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Great advocates </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Stay on top of technology </li></ul><ul><li>Student-centered, curriculum supporting activities over other responsibilities </li></ul>
  25. 26. Questions? Thank You

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