Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Iowa School Library Program Guidelines: How does your program measure up?

Goal setting is a great way to start the school year.  As we all know, setting goals and actually following through with them can be two totally different things.  But what if the goals are already there on paper, and all you have to do is choose a few?

Take a look at the Iowa Department of Education’s School Library Program Guidelines (remember those from the last site visit??) Do a brief evaluation of your program and collect a few artifacts (digital or otherwise).  Set up a meeting with your principal and share 3 strengths of your program and 3 areas that could use improvement.  

Having that document in your hand will not only give you a concrete way to reflect on your program and set some goals, but it is also a nice tool for you to use when advocating for the things that will make the program stronger for your students. Administrators love data, and they love someone who comes in with not just a problem, but also the solution.  The guidelines are a list of what the state requires and what they consider best practices - what principal wouldn't support a teacher striving to be the best?