Palm Beach County Principal’s Breakfast United States of Media Score High With Data Driven Decisions
What do Principals Need To Know? • What does a great school library program look like? • How do I objectively evaluate using data the way I do with classroom teachers? • How does my SLMP compare with other schools in my district & state? • How can my SLMP improve academic achievement at my school.
What Do SLMS Need To Know? • Am I using “evidence based practices”? • Are there practices that are keeping my program from optimal performance? • Am I serving ALL my students? • What resources do I need to have in place to arrive at optimal performance? • Do I have a annual plan to accomplish these tasks?
Why Should We Measure? • Create Evidence Based Practice - What practices increase student achievement • What gets measured - gets done • Stops the whining and excuses
The United States of Media • 18 States Can’t Be Wrong • Alaska 1999 Colorado 2000 • Delaware 2006 Florida 2002 • Illinois 2005 Indiana 2004 • Iowa 2002 Massachusetts 2002 • Michigan 2003 Minnesota 2003 • Missouri 2003 New Mexico 2002 • North Carolina 2003 Ohio 2004 • Oregon 2001 Pennsylvania 2000 • Texas 2001 Wisconsin 2006
Let’s Stop - Table Activity • How much do we really know? • Name three things that you believe are evidenced based practices for successful SLMP. • Name one practice you think is not effective that may be widely used in your district.
Impetus • 2003-Making the Grade Florida Study • Challenge at FAME conference to make the data work for you
Revolutionize Your School Library Media ProgramWhat we did in St. Johns County? • Don’t just talk about Best Practices • Accomplish Best Practices • Be indispensable • Solve administration’s challenges • Solve teacher’s challenges • Improve student learning • Provide clear goals for improvement
Create a process for data sharing • Tri-fold brochure developed in Broward County shared with FASM group (Cohesive statewide school library community) • Pull district wide data twice a year & disaggregate by school and level • Publicly publish data • Share w/ media specialists, aides, and principals • Brochures posted on district website • Library Media Specialist share with SAC
Data as conversation starters • Data not meant to be punitive • Data identifies program strengths & weaknesses • Data builds professional learning communities to come to shared solutions for common or unique problems • Data changes policies and procedures at the district and school level
Making the Grade Brochure • Note page numbers from Florida Study - All media specialists and principals are given copies of the study to refer to. • Gives validity to data • All circulation statistics based on school FTE and district averages by level (ES, MS, HS)
How we share the data? • First, with school library media specialists and library media aides • Share with all school level principals • Share with School Improvement Teams • Share publicly on district web pages • www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/media/
Staffing - School & District Impacts • District continues to fund schools for full time media specialists & aides • Media Specialists recognized for improvement • Equity for all schools • Accountability for professional development participation
Budget - School & District Impacts • Principals accountable for leaving money in library budget • School level multi-year budget plans now can focus on print & online resources & technology hardware needs • Equity of funding - no more extremes in budgets across the district
Computers - School & District Impacts • Reluctant media specialists increased hardware & personal technology training • Principals used capital & technology funds to increase equipment in media centers • Print funds were not disturbed
Personalized Service - School & District • All FCAT levels tracked (low and high scoring students) • No Activity Reports run monthly • District averages assist schools with setting realistic goals based on level • Building close relationships with students previously not interested in the library
Collections become student-centric More graphic novels & audio books purchased Web 2.0 features such as book blogs and podcasts developed SmartBoard & CPS Anime & Manga Clubs Before & After school hours Increased interlibrary loan More frequent surveys of student desires Personalized Service - School & District
Circulation Data - School & District Impacts • Increased interest in ES flexible access • Calendar-Opening library first day of school - Alternate locations for exams • Changes in what & how circulation occurs • Classroom libraries • Honor shelves • Boys Only collections • District sets realistic goals
Age of Collection - School & District Impact • Age of collection from Sunlink - Florida School Library Union Catalog • Data from August of each year, a little dated but a good reflection piece of data • Pie chart seems easier for administrators to use • Shows need for weeding
Balancing Collection • Follett Titlewise data included due to real time • Data used more by school library media specialist & district leadership
Anecdotal Impacts • Engaged school administrators • Media specialists & Principals develop healthy competition • More effective school library media specialists appraisals • 6 of 28 media specialist were chosen as school level Teachers of the Year the 2nd year of data collection • 7 have become school level leaders by passing NBCT • Media specialist group develops solutions to challenges
School library media specialists change their way of work • The media center becomes a solution for the principal’s biggest issues - school grade, lowest quartile of struggling readers, leadership for reading improvement • School Librarians Reading Endorsement FOR-PD • School Librarians are part of the school level reading leadership team • New strategies to pursue & target Level 1 & 2 students • Collaborations w/ teachers for classroom library statistics
Data Changes Obstacles to Solutions • Structured vs. flexible access • Limited budget to appropriate budget • Fines & obstacles to checking out to Honor shelves and work detail • Structured hours to flexible before and after school hours • Isolated program to world wide web exposure • Principals approached me about increasing the amount of technology in their school library media centers
Starting in Palm Beach • View & compare your data that is available from Janeen Pelser’s office • Have a dialogue between admininstration, media staff, and grade or subject level leaders before you leave for summer vacation • Publically publish your own data and measure frequently