Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Expect more

(SlideRocket has discontinued its service)

At least once a year, I have the opportunity to meet with the SCSD Leadership Team. This year, I wanted to incorporate some of the concepts from EXPECT MORE by David Lankes, a book  that has influenced me and others (including my colleague, Buffy Hamilton). It dovetailed nicely with the discussions being  held by the Task Force for School Libraries in Iowa, a group formed by the Department of Education Director, Jason Glass. Our superintendent, Sam Miller is a member of the task force and we've talked numerous times about my role in our district and the role of teacher librarians in our state. 

After sharing these slides and talking about how the SCSD library program is working to live up to the vision, the team had several excellent suggestions for getting the word out and sharing the message with staff, students and community. 

I really appreciate their support and insight and the chance to review and dream a little bit.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Working Together is Working Smarter

"A new report released by the National Center for Literacy Education (NCLE) reveals that school librarians are highly involved leaders playing a critical role in their schools through consistent and sustained collaboration with other educators. Additionally, school librarians not only participate in but deliver professional development to peers, educators and staff in their schools. The report, Remodeling Literacy Learning: Making Room for What Works, details key findings from a nationwide survey of more than 2,400 educators representing all grade levels and subject areas. It investigates the connection between professional learning, educator collaboration and student learning. NCLE Press Release" from http://www.ala.org/aasl/research/ncle-infographic