The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

The Absolutely True Adventures of a School Librarian

Saturday, July 16, 2011

The Innovating Librarian
 "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." - Helen Keller




The EDUCATEAlabama Continuum of Practice for Librarians is a formative assessment system for all Alabama School Librarians new for the 2011-2012 school year. It is intended to be used as a tool for guiding and supporting teachers in the use of reflection, self-assessment, and goal setting for professional learning and growth. The Continuum is organized to describe five increasingly complex and sophisticated levels of development: Pre-Service and Beginning, Emerging, Applying, Integrating, and Innovating. The indicators at each level describe what school librarians should know and be able to do at that level.  

Within Standard 1.1 the need for Alabama School Librarians to emerge as leaders in their schools and to provide Professional Development opportunities for their faculty is especially evident in the Integrating and Innovating levels. Specifically Alabama School Librarians are to:


     Read academic journals and other sources to identify research findings and best practices and shares these with colleagues. 

 Facilitate professional development for the learning community. 



Through our Technology Coordinator, Auburn High School has offered professional development sessions for teachers in the form of monthly Wi Fi Wednesday and Freebie Friday sessions.  At the end of the school year my principal turned this task over to myself and my co worker, Ellen, as the position of Technology Coordinator was to be absorbed.  He also asked that the technologies we offer PD on correlate with the book, Focus by Mike Schmmoker. As I read this book I realized that the message corresponded perfectly with:

      AHS School Improvement Plan
      Common Core Initiative
      EDUCATEAlabama
      AASLs Standards for the 21st Century Learner

I proceeded this summer to design a Professional Development calendar that would tie all of these components together through Web 2.0 tools. (See Google Doc here)  


Later I spoke about my PD plans with my friend, Derrick Waddell (@derrickwaddell), a teacher and school technology coordinator at West Point High School in Cullman County, Alabama. Together we are now working on a plan to provide access to PD sessions presented by Alabama Educators LIVE via Elluminate, Go To Meeting, etc and via archives on a YouTube Channel we are creating just for this purpose.  http://www.youtube.com/user/AlabamaEdTechPD


I am excited about the possibilities the future holds this year for Alabama Educators as we collaborate to get this project off the ground! 


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