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7 Tips for an ESSENTIAL School Library Program


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7 Tips for an ESSENTIAL School Library Program: How to Remain Indispensable in Tough Budget Times

Use these tips and other leadership strategies to help you develop an effective library program that impacts student achievement and makes you an indispensable school librarian.

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7 Tips for an ESSENTIAL School Library Program

  1. 1. How to Remain Indispensable in Tough Budget Times
  2. 3. <ul><li>Use these tips and other leadership strategies to help you develop an effective library program that impacts student achievement and makes you an indispensable school librarian </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Google “Things That Keep Us Up At Night” </li></ul><ul><li>Joyce Valenza and Doug Johnson (SLJ, October 2009) </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>The new P-12 Colorado Academic Standards (CAS) S.B. 212 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Educator Effectiveness - </li></ul><ul><li>S.B. 191 (Teacher Assessment):   </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Education Accountability Act – S.B. 163 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>detail.asp?itemid=623952 </li></ul>
  7. 8. Tip # 2 - Identify 21 st Skills in the New State Standards
  8. 9. <ul><li>What is you prior knowledge of the new CAS? </li></ul>
  9. 11. 21 st Century Skills and Readiness Competencies <ul><li>Inquiry Questions: </li></ul><ul><li>What are the ways data can be displayed? </li></ul><ul><li>What can data tell you about the people you survey? </li></ul><ul><li>What makes a good survey question? </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance and Application: </li></ul><ul><li>People use data to describe the world and answer questions such as how many classmates are buying lunch today, how much it rained yesterday, or in which month are the most birthdays. </li></ul><ul><li>Nature of Mathematics: </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematics can be displayed as symbols. </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematicians make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. (MP) </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematicians model with mathematics. (MP) </li></ul><ul><li>Mathematicians attend to precision. (MP) </li></ul>
  10. 13. 21 st Century Skills and Readiness Competencies <ul><li>Inquiry Questions: </li></ul><ul><li>What makes an effective discussion? </li></ul><ul><li>How can everyone contribute without a few people dominating the discussion? </li></ul><ul><li>What strategies do effective communicators use to involve other people in the discussion? </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance and Application: </li></ul><ul><li>Journalists summarize complex issues for the general public. </li></ul><ul><li>Political representatives integrate the needs and wants of a community into new policy recommendations. </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time feedback technologies rely on the active participation of all members to have a successful discussion. </li></ul><ul><li>Musical ensembles require the cooperation of all players to produce the desired sound. </li></ul><ul><li>Nature of Reading, Writing, and Communicating: </li></ul><ul><li>Skilled communicators demonstrate a balance between listening and sharing. </li></ul><ul><li>Skilled listeners recognize that others have important ideas. </li></ul>
  11. 14. <ul><li>Power Library Program – New Model </li></ul>
  12. 16. The librarian … Exemplary Takes a leadership role to communicate, implement, and support school and district initiatives and represents the district or fellow librarians at the local, state, or national level on committees or in association leadership positions. Recognized Takes a leadership role to communicate, implement and support school and district initiatives. Needs Improvement Understands the importance of communicating district initiatives. LEADERSHIP Librarians are instructional leaders in their schools who serve on curriculum, school improvement and planning committees. <ul><li>Performance Indicators: </li></ul><ul><li>The school librarian shares knowledge and expertise with colleagues regularly (i.e. service on school committees, organizing school events, presenting professional development, etc). </li></ul><ul><li>The school librarian is a member of a professional organization serving the library and/or education community. (CAL, ALA, AASL, CCIRA) </li></ul><ul><li>The school librarian participates in regular professional growth opportunities such as workshops, conferences, and continuing education. </li></ul>
  13. 17. <ul><li>Overview of Highly Effective School </li></ul><ul><li>Library Program Components </li></ul>
  14. 18. <ul><li>“ If you can’t list the top 3 things that your supervisor worries about, your job may be vulnerable.” Doug Johnson </li></ul>
  15. 19. <ul><li>Create a school-wide curriculum map </li></ul>
  16. 20. <ul><li>Become the “differentiation” expert or the “RTI” expert and provide staff trainings on whatever school initiative your principal wants to implement </li></ul>
  17. 21. <ul><li>What initiatives are your principals implementing in your building? </li></ul><ul><li>What are your school’s goals? </li></ul>
  18. 22. <ul><li>Who are your top 2 teacher advocates? Parent advocates? Principal advocates? </li></ul>
  19. 23. <ul><li>Make sure that your advocates know or see first-hand how library programs affect students’ achievement </li></ul>
  20. 24. <ul><li>Sample Informational Letters for non-librarians (and librarians) at our CSL website: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>SchoolLibraries/ </li></ul>
  21. 25. <ul><li>Colorado Libraries 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  22. 28. <ul><ul><ul><li>Joyce Valenza’s “Manifesto for 21 st Century School Librarians”: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>tag-team-tech-october-2010/ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  23. 29. <ul><ul><li>Take an online class! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact Dan Morris or by calling 303-229-8301 . </li></ul></ul>
  24. 30. <ul><li>Commit to making your “Personal Learning Network” (PLN) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One/month </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tied to your school goals </li></ul></ul>
  25. 31. <ul><li>My PLN – </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader - RSS Feed – “Blue Skunk Blog” and “CASL Blog” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter – (March) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> (Digital Storytelling – my April Focus) </li></ul></ul>
  26. 32. <ul><li>Any Other PLN Examples to Share? </li></ul>
  27. 33. <ul><li>“ Librarians must teach everywhere, in and outside of the library.” Joyce Valenza </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  28. 37. Some NATIONAL Websites to Expl ore <ul><li>Joyce Valenza: </li></ul><ul><li>  Monarch Library: -  (for community/staff); </li></ul><ul><li>And   (for students) </li></ul><ul><li>Dillon School District  - </li></ul><ul><li>Edu Glogster as a portal for the library website - </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  29. 38. <ul><li>Adams Elementary School - </li></ul><ul><li>East Middle School library: </li></ul><ul><li>NorthGlenn High School - </li></ul><ul><li>Thomas Jefferson High School </li></ul><ul><li>Rampart High School Library- </li></ul><ul><li>JFK High School Library: </li></ul><ul><li>Leawood Elementary’s - h ttp:// </li></ul><ul><li>Farrell B. Howell K-8 School </li></ul>
  30. 39. <ul><li>“ In today’s difficult economic times, many school districts are choosing to cut non-classroom teaching positions. However, these cuts run counter to a large body of research that indicates that strong library program, staffed by certified school librarians, correlates with significantly greater student achievement.” (ISTE) </li></ul>
  31. 40. <ul><li>“ Manifesto for 21 st Century School Librarians” by Joyce Kasman Valenza - </li></ul><ul><li>“ The 3 rd Colorado Study 2010” - </li></ul><ul><li>Colorado Libraries 2.0 - </li></ul><ul><li>Power Libraries Program Evaluation Rubric http:// /powerlib/ </li></ul><ul><li>Colorado State Libraries </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  32. 41. <ul><li>The new P-12 Colorado Academic Standards: </li></ul><ul><li>Educator Effectiveness: </li></ul><ul><li>Machines are the easy part; people are the hard part : Observations about making technology work in schools: Second Edition by Doug Johnson (downloadable book) </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Role of School Librarians in Promoting the Use of Educational Technologies” – prepared by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Media Specialist (SIGMS) Executive Advocacy Committee </li></ul><ul><li>“ Things that Keep Us Up at Night” - </li></ul><ul><li>Photo credit from 1 st slide: </li></ul>
  33. 42. Becky Russell School Library Senior Consultant Colorado Department of Education 201 E. Colfax Denver, CO 80203 [email_address] 303.866.6772   Your Future. Libraries help get you there.