FRONT AND CENTERThe School Principal and the School LibraryNancy MageeAdministrator for Board Support and Community Relati...
IS YOUR SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AFRONTLINE LIBRARY ADVOCATE?  ALA Resources:  http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advlegadvocacyuniversit...
PRINCIPALS HAVE A CRITICAL ROLE IN THEIMPLEMENTATION OF CHANGE IN SCHOOLS(MICHAEL FULLEN, 2002 )   “Although teacher-libr...
THE THREE R’S Relationships Relationships Relationships
BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION Be patient; good relationships take time Be intentional; start with names Build professional ...
 Students                             Families                             Campus Leaders                             ...
SHUSH?WHAT THE PRINCIPAL HEARS…   If the Principal believes    the library is a    warehouse and    librarians are servic...
MAKE SOME NOISE!
A FRONTLINE PRINCIPAL   …….Is visible              Has expectations                           Explicitly articulates the ...
A FRONTLINE PRINCIPAL        …….Connects library              With technology               21st Century Learning
A FRONTLINE PRINCIPAL       ……. Reflects trust in  teacher librarian  knowledge Includes library  program in staff  meet...
ALIGN THE PARTNERSHIPSPEAK A COMMON LANGUAGE
ALIGN THE PARTNERSHIPSPEAK A COMMON LANGUAGE
RESOURCES
RESOURCES
RESOURCES
LAUNCH YOUR PRINCIPAL TO THE FRONTLINE
THANK YOUNancy MageeAdministrator for Board Support and Community RelationsSan Mateo County Office of Educationnmagee@smco...
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  • Typical frontline advocates are in the library daily…volunteers, media techs, student workers, teachers, aids, clerks, etc.Principals are assumed to be other placesPoint of presentation is to reconsider current relationship with principal regardless of your position or in light of your position and how to strengthen itI will consider myself successful if you can walk away today with a few concrete actions you can take that are practical for who you are and who your principal is
  • No matter what level or what job, we always work with peopleI have found this to be the key in every job, but especially as a librarianIntroduce myself and tell NatelleK storyTurn to a partner and introduce yourself and share one challenge you experience in developing or maintaining a strong relationship with your principal.Positive relationships can play out in a multitude of waysFuture jobsMore appreciation for role of library/You can impact kids and families for life!
  • Educate the community while advocating for the library
  • Arrive alil earlyStay a lil lateGet out on campusBring campus in
  • Limited information;Stereotypes/ Media ImagesOccupational invisibility Work involves empowering others Physical interaction limited to library space and scheduling Low profile in the educational literature No experience with librarian as a student orteacher Role of library not included in teacher or administrator education
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    1. 1. FRONT AND CENTERThe School Principal and the School LibraryNancy MageeAdministrator for Board Support and Community RelationsSan Mateo County Office of Education
    2. 2. IS YOUR SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AFRONTLINE LIBRARY ADVOCATE? ALA Resources: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/advlegadvocacyuniversity/frontline_advocacy/fron tline_school
    3. 3. PRINCIPALS HAVE A CRITICAL ROLE IN THEIMPLEMENTATION OF CHANGE IN SCHOOLS(MICHAEL FULLEN, 2002 ) “Although teacher-librarians generally view principal support as being critical to the success of the library program (Haycock, 1995), they often have low expectations of principal support (J.M. Campbell, 1991) and rarely engage in the kind of activities that would increase their principal’s understanding and support.” (Edwards, 1989)
    4. 4. THE THREE R’S Relationships Relationships Relationships
    5. 5. BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION Be patient; good relationships take time Be intentional; start with names Build professional credibility Communicate effectively Work to advance school goals Begin with the willing Be positive and welcoming
    6. 6.  Students  Families  Campus Leaders  Community PartnersBUILD A DIVERSE NETWORK ON THE FRONTLINE
    7. 7. SHUSH?WHAT THE PRINCIPAL HEARS… If the Principal believes the library is a warehouse and librarians are service providers who only respond to teacher or student requests, then …
    8. 8. MAKE SOME NOISE!
    9. 9. A FRONTLINE PRINCIPAL …….Is visible Has expectations  Explicitly articulates the value of a strong school library program  Includes the library in conversations with students, parents, other principals and district administrators  Enables librarian to rotate to common planning time meetings
    10. 10. A FRONTLINE PRINCIPAL …….Connects library With technology 21st Century Learning
    11. 11. A FRONTLINE PRINCIPAL ……. Reflects trust in teacher librarian knowledge Includes library program in staff meeting topics and discussions Expects evidence of collaboratively planned projects as part of teacher coaching
    12. 12. ALIGN THE PARTNERSHIPSPEAK A COMMON LANGUAGE
    13. 13. ALIGN THE PARTNERSHIPSPEAK A COMMON LANGUAGE
    14. 14. RESOURCES
    15. 15. RESOURCES
    16. 16. RESOURCES
    17. 17. LAUNCH YOUR PRINCIPAL TO THE FRONTLINE
    18. 18. THANK YOUNancy MageeAdministrator for Board Support and Community RelationsSan Mateo County Office of Educationnmagee@smcoe.k12.ca.us(650) 802-5553
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