NPES Learning Commons Annual Report 2014


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NPES Learning Commons Annual Report 2014

  1. 1. New Providence Elementary School Learning Commons Annual Report 2013 - 2014 Valerie Byrd Fort, Teacher Librarian Karen Gobbi, Library Media Assistant Brenda Burkett, Technology Integration Specialist Vision and MissionVision and MissionVision and MissionVision and Mission The Vision and Mission of the New Providence Elementary School Learning Commons is to ensure that students are effective users of ideas and information in regards to both print and digital resources. We strive to provide materials and services appropriate to the curriculum of the school and to provide services that meet the information and recreational needs of our learning community. We encourage the 4 C’s – Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Creativity, and Communication. We provide opportunities for collaboration between the Learning Commons Team and the classroom teacher to integrate information literacy and technology into classroom instruction. Most importantly, we strive to create a community of lifelong readers and learners. Learning Commons Team Highlights for 2013Learning Commons Team Highlights for 2013Learning Commons Team Highlights for 2013Learning Commons Team Highlights for 2013 –––– 2014201420142014 • Author/illustrator visit by Matthew Holm in March 2014 • Monthly newsletters to NPES school community • Regular updates to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram promoting events and programs in the Learning Commons • Two Scholastic Book Fairs – November and May • During both Book Fairs, we participated in All for Books, which enabled us to purchase books for Happy Wheels. • Hosted student teacher, Neely Swygert in the Spring • Valerie Byrd Fort and Brenda Burkett participated in Whatever It Takes meetings • Valerie Byrd Fort was a member of the Wonder Den and helped with events like STEM Safari. • NPES participated in the Global Read Aloud project • Mrs. Cordovano’s class skyped with author Kate Messner • NPES participated in the Columbia Blowfish Baseball Reading Program • We connected 2nd graders to Pen Pals in Kershaw County and Van Meter, Iowa • Shared Informational text/CCSS professional development with teachers • Celebrated many special dates, such as International Dot Day, School Library Month, Star Wars READS Day, Digital Learning Day, Read Across America Week, World Read Aloud Day, and more • Lunch Bunch with second graders • Hosted Makerspace Moments • Emily, a Registered Therapy Dog, read with students once a week in the Learning Commons • We participated in PAWS to Read at Pets, Inc. once a month • Hosted Lion Cub Story Time once a month • Valerie Byrd Fort participated in the School Library Journal Leadership Summit in Austin, Texas • Mrs. Matthews and Valerie Byrd Fort participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge in October • Valerie Byrd Fort was selected to be a Maker Corps member at EdVenture for the Summer of 2014 • K – 5th grade students participated in the South Carolina Book Award Program • Hosted 5th grade Immigration Station • Hosted 5th grade Harlem Renaissance Café • Shared eBooks professional development with teachers • Participated in Hour of Code in November
  2. 2. NumbersNumbersNumbersNumbers The NPES Learning Commons checked out 32,810 items this school year. We have 13,622 items in our collection. Mrs. Byrd Fort taught 560 classes throughout the school year. This includes Professional Development to teachers; workshops for parents; and other programs led by the Teacher Librarian. Lessons to students included information literacy topics, such as how to create bibliographies, how to do internet research, using print resources to find information, and using the Library Catalog to find resources in the Learning Commons. The Technology Integration Specialist, Teacher Librarian, and Classroom teacher often worked together to plan and teach units of study. Reflection/What’s next?Reflection/What’s next?Reflection/What’s next?Reflection/What’s next? We are excited about what the future holds for the New Providence Elementary School Learning Commons. During the 2014 – 2015 school year, we hope to continue to collaborate with all teachers in the school, including Related Arts. We have plans to create a Makerspace that will encourage problem solving and STEM inquiry. We will celebrate special events like Dot Day, Book Fair, Star Wars READS Day, and Digital Learning Day. Our main goal is to be an important part of the learning community at NPES!