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Rubric letter to principal

  1. 1. Dear Mr. Rouse, Recently, I completed an assessment of our media center at Worth County Elementary School. I processed each statement and ranked our school as basic, proficient, or exemplary. Here are my findings: I feel that our school does an excellent job of the following statements: 1. Thelibrarymediacenterisacriticalelementintheschool’sreadingprogram.Thelibrarymediapro grammeetstheneedsofboththereading/languageartscurriculumandrecreationalreading. I feel our school does a great job of this because the SLMS has extended her media program by incorporating the program “Reading Under the Stars”. This program was a success and other schools should also incorporate some kind of program that extends reading/language arts curriculum as well as recreational reading. 2. Our school also does a great job of staffing. A fulltimeLibraryMediaSpecialistisemployedandisnotsharedatanyothertime withotherareasintheschoolnordoeshe/sheprovideservicesoutsidethelibrarymediacenter.Adu ltsupervisionbycertifiedpersonnelisavailablefortheentireday. Some schools do not have the luxury of a full time media specialist who is not used somewhere else in the school. Our school is also fortunate to have a full time clerk who is not shared throughout our school for other purposes. 3. Our school also ranks highly with the amount of square footage it has for each student. Our minimum square footage must be 3375 square feet. Our media center boasts 4000+ square feet. 4. Theschoolprincipalanddistrictadministratorstakealeadershiproleinencouragingteacherstoint egratelibrarymediaresourcesintothecurriculum,fosteringaclimateofcollaborationandinquiry ,encouragingtheLibraryMediaSpecialisttobeknowledgeableaboutcurrenteducationaltrends, promotingoccasionalvisitstoexemplaryprograms,andprovidingbudgetarysupport. We are very fortunate that our administration encourages its teachers to use media resources into their curriculum and allow time to collaborate with each other and the SLMS. I ranked the following statements at proficient: 1. Informationliteracyskillsareintegratedintothecurriculumthroughthecollaborativeeffortsofth eLibraryMediaSpecialistandteachers.GeorgiaPerformanceStandards(GPS)andCommonCo reGPS(CCGPS)areusedasabasisforteaching.The SLMS is very familiar with the CCGPS, but is not consistently used when integrating information literacy skills into the curriculum. 2. TheLibraryMediaSpecialistencouragescollaborativeplanningamongteacherswhoareteachin websiteandtheCommonCorestandardsandencouragesteacherstousetheresourcesavailableon
  2. 2. GSOwebpage. The SLMS does a good job of encouraging collaborative planning among teachers when she meets with them, however, she does not meet on a routine basis. 3. TheLibraryMediaSpecialistandteachersplanandteachcollaborativelysothatthelibrarymedia programisanextensionofclassroominstruction. The SLMS only plans and teaches collaboratively with the classroom teach only when needed. 4. Thelibrarymediastaffselectsresourcesandinformsteachersoftheseresourceswithrecommend ationstosupportstudents’diverselearningabilitiesandstyles.The SLMS usually chooses resources. However, there is not a dedicated space to displaying these resources in the media center. There is a space for this and is presently being weeded to make a dedicated space. 5. Flexibleschedulingandlibrarymediastaffareavailablethroughoutthedaytoassistteachersandst udentsregardlessofabilityordisability.Thelibrarymediacenterisavailableeitherbeforeorafters chool.The media center does not have any after-hours time allotted for parents to come browse the media center with their children. 6. Streamingvideoisusedonaregularbasistosupportthecurriculum.Theschoolhasseveralwhiteb oardslocatedthroughoutthebuildingandusedonafrequentbasis. 7. Electronicdistributionsystemmeetsstaterequirements.The school does have several white boards located throughout the building, but a few are not used on a frequent basis. 8. Print and non-print resources, including subscription databases and other library media center resources are available online to multiple networked computers within the library media center only. A LAN (Local Area Network) is fully functional. Network services are delivered to all classrooms.The new SLMS is presently on working on updating the subscription databases. 9. TheOPACiselectronicallynetworkedtoseveralcomputerswithinthelibrarymediacenter.Newa cquisitionsareaddedbasedonreliablereviewsources,stateandnationalawardbooks,andcurricu lumneeds.Weedingisanongoingprocess.Anetworkdistributionofresourcesbeyondthelibrary mediacenterisnotavailable. Although this is available, teachers do not use it. 10. Thelibrarymediaprogrambudgetexceedstheminimumstateallocation.Localfundingsupplem entsstateallocation. All money allocated for the media center will be spent accordingly. 11. LibraryMediaSpecialistseekstoenhancehis/herprofessionalskills,particularlytechnologyskil ls,beyondthoserequiredforrecertificationorbytheschooldistrict.LibraryMediaSpecialistprov idesoccasionalformalstaffdevelopmentinstructionandinformalinstructionduringcollaborativ eplanningwithteachers.Theschoolsystemmakesstaffdevelopmentoptionsavailableforlibrary mediasupportstaff.TheLibraryMediaSpecialistisknowledgeableofthedistrictprofessionalde velopmentservices.Although the SLMS is allowed to enhance his/her professional skills, he/she is not allowed consistently with the planning of staff development or teacher workshops. I rank these skills as basic for our school media center:
  3. 3. 1. Theclassroomteacherisresponsibleforassessingstudentachievement.The SLMS and the classroom teacher do not collaborate for the assessment of student achievement. Instead, the School Improvement Specialist is. 2. StudentswillbegiveninstructioninaccessingGALILEO.Thepasswordwillbeprovidedinatime lymanner. Students are not given any instructions on how to access GALILEO. 3. Asystemmediacontactperson(SMCP)isappointedandcommunicationfromtheSMCPisreceiv edandpostedforallLibraryMediaSpecialistsandstaff.The mediacoordinatororcurriculumcoordinatormayserveastheSMCPtofacilitatecommunicationt oandfromDOE.There is no SMCP appointed for our school system. 4. Systemandlocalschoollibrarymediacommitteessupportimplementationofthelibrarymediapr ogram.Amediaadvisorycommitteeexistsandmeetsonceortwicea year.(Thiscommitteemaybethesameasthetechnologycommitteeinsomelocalschools.)There are no media committees set up that support implementation of the library media program. 5. Awrittenlibrarymediapolicyexistsandisimplementedandupdatedinconsistently.There is a written library media policy, however, it is not implemented or updated on a routine basis. With these findings, I would like to pursue the following indicator to improve from proficient to exemplary. 2.CollaborativeplanningincludesboththeLibraryMediaSpecialistsandteacherstoensureuseoflibrar ymediacenterresourcesthatsupportongoingclassroominstructionandimplementationofstatecurriculumandtheGPSandCCGPS.( My action steps to improve this status are: 1. Meet with you to explain my goals and objectives by meeting and collaborating with teachers. 2. Meet with teachers routinely, to establish what area is needed. 3. Make a plan with teachers to create lesson plans and activities that will meet the needs of all diverse learners and students with disabilities. 4. Carry out the lesson plans. 5. Reflect – both the classroom teacher and myself – on the lesson. 6. Report back to you what improvements were made following common assessments. With the above findings, I would like to pursue the following indicator to improve from basic to proficient: 6.Studentachievementisroutinelyassessed.(APlanningGuideforInformationPower;p.36) My action steps to improve this status are to: 1. Meet with School Improvement Specialist to view dates for assessments.
  4. 4. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Meet with teachers to hear them voice concerns/praises for the assessments. Research various designed tools for assessing student achievement. Introduce them to teachers and give tutorials on how to use them. Collaborate with teachers and decide which tools would best fit their students. Incorporate the chosen tool to help with student assessment. As you can see, I evaluated our school media center with the utmost respect. I feel that overall our media center does a great job of adhering to state and local guidelines. I also see room for improvement, and hope that I get a chance to do so. Sincerely, Crissy J. Turner