How can school librarians have a positive impact on student growth and achievement? What strategies and tools will enable them to get there?
The Colorado Dept. of Education (CDE) and the Colorado Library Consortium (CLiC) are partnering to offer two workshop opportunities (as well as an opportunity for six $100 scholarships to cover registration and a substitute for the day).
The Colorado State Library has awarded grants totaling almost $200,000 to 1 library consortium, 1 BOCES, 1 school district, 1 academic library, and 6 public libraries for innovative projects designed to improve library services and life?long learning.
The proposals are funded through the federal Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) allocation to the Colorado Department of Education and Colorado State Library. All grants addressed a goal in the long?range plan that states: “Colorado students and adult learners will receive services from libraries and librarians that support educational achievement and lifelong learning.”
Complete List of Awarded Projects (PDF)
Tip #7 – Become an Online Presence
“Librarians must teach everywhere, in and outside of the library” – Joyce Valenza. More computer access means less physical presence in our libraries. If you don’t know how to design a web page, be brave and collaborate. Is there a tech-savvy teacher, student, or district person who can help you? A web presence is a non-negotiable for all school librarians.
See some examples of good school library websites at a webinar “7 Tips for an Essential School Library Program” hosted by the Colorado State Library next Wednesday, March 30 @ 3:30. Stay tuned for more details.
Tip # 6 – Stay Relevant and Current
Today’s parents want good teachers who have the ability to meaningfully teach technology. Helping our students become “post-graduate and workforce ready” as 21st century learners is a national initiative that we must embrace. Still on a learning curve with technology? Try the mini-tutorials at “Colorado Libraries 2.0”. Set realistic goals and commit to learning and using something new each month.
Tip #5 – Recruit Non-Library Advocates
Who are your top 2 teacher advocates, or a parent or principal advocate? Make sure that parents, parent groups, teachers, businesses, social groups (for example, school board, elected leaders, etc.) understand what you do, as a school librarian, to foster student growth and achievement.
Be on the lookout for some upcoming sample templates of parent (or other non-advocates) “letters to the editor” on the school libraries section of the Colorado State Library website.
Tip #4 – Embrace Instructional Leadership
“If you can’t list the top three things that your supervisor worries about, your job may be vulnerable” (Doug Johnson).
What are your school’s goals? What initiatives does your principal want to implement in your building? Sample ideas: Develop a curriculum map for your school. Help your principal co-teach on a school initiative, such as differentiation or RTI. Make sure your principal knows of your efforts!
Tip #3 – Become a Power Library
Learn about the new Power Library Program Rubric and state-wide opt-in for any school library in Colorado. Use the soon-to-be released “Colorado Highly Effective School Library Program” rubric with your principal to evaluate your program and help you set goals for a highly effective library program. Also, gain access to high-quality lesson plans as well as training opportunities for you to help improve your program.
Visit the Power Libraries Program website in April to access the rubric.
Tip #2 – Identify 21st Century Skills
It’s not just “technology.” Collaboration, critical thinking, self-direction, invention and information literacy are the five major components of 21st century learners. As librarians, we have a unique opportunity to help both our staff and students use these skills in a meaningful, connected way with the new Colorado Academic Standards. Access these new standards and look on the right-hand under “21st Century Skills and Readiness Competencies.”
The State Library will provide more detail at our upcoming webinar on these tips on March 30th.
In today’s difficult economic times, many school districts are choosing to cut non-classroom teaching positions. Over the next several weeks, the Colorado State library will be posting a tip a day from an upcoming brochure called “7 Tips for an Indispensable School Library Program.” 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.
Tip #1 – Know your State Initiatives
Have you heard of the new Colorado Academic Standards (Senate Bill 212)? The Educator Effectiveness Initiative (S.B. 191)? Become the building or district expert in implementing these mandatory new standards in your school or district. Follow these two links to learn more about these CDE initiatives and how you can be on the cutting edge of helping to implement them in your buildings:
Are you interested in partnering with CDE in the development of the State Comprehensive Literacy Plan? Interested volunteers click here to be directed to the state plan website where you will find the complete the application.
The Colorado Department of Education’s comprehensive literacy team is creating an external literacy team that consists of key literacy leaders from across stakeholder groups, including LEAs, higher education, existing boards, community organizations and committees. This team will provide recommendations for the outline of the state plan and feedback and recommendations regarding the draft state literacy plan.
Candidates will complete an online application which will include copying and pasting a current resume into the application. Volunteers will need to become familiar with CDE’s “Forward Thinking” and Colorado Literacy Framework documents. In addition, the selected external team experts will have proven records of success in literacy as determined by resumes and history in working with literacy projects within the state. Continue reading ‘Volunteer Opporunity: CDE Comprehensive Literacy Plan, Birth-Grade 12’