Library Program Supports Literacy

Engage the Community & Enhance Student Achievement

Leading The Way Towards An Effective & Collaborative Literacy Program

In practice the "key to an exemplary library program is the teacher-librarian’s ability to be an effective teacher, providing educational support and leadership through partnering and collaboration, while finding opportunities for integration and cross-curricular connections" (“Exemplary School Libraries in Ontario.” Klinger, D.A.; Lee, E.A.; Stephenson, G.; Deluca, C.; Luu, K.; 2009, p.6)

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A Teacher-Librarian Understands The Learning Environment & Values Co-Planning/Teaching

It is important to learn about the school culture, community, staff and students. Prior to introducing an inclusive literacy program I would consult my colleagues and value their input before implementing any school-wide initiatives. As per the reading in E-tivity#2 the “development of information literacy skills is most effective when the teacher-librarian and the classroom teacher are two equal partners in the [planning] process”

(The Magazine of the Ontario School Library Association, p.14).

Teacher Librarians and Classroom Teachers: Collaborative Partners
To inform teaching staff & administration of your effort to improve the literacy program feel free to create your own PowToon presentation. It's Free!

(PowToon Presentation adapted from the California Library Association).

Independent Writing

Students are able to take ownership of their learning and write within their zone of proximal development. This writing practice may consist of a reflective piece (journal), a response to a social media post, research paper or any written act of pleasure that strengthens the sequencing of text. The literacy goal is to "develop a sense of self-efficacy and" interest in writing (Ministry of Education, 2013, Paying Attention to Literacy, p.3).

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A School Library Program that Supports Literacy

As per the Paying Attention to Literacy: K-12 document the Teacher Librarian must "foster literacy learning communities and work collaboratively in a coordinated [and] purposeful way to improve literacy development for all learners" (Ministry of Education, 2013, Paying Attention to Literacy, p.4). Being competent of the digital age and the tools/strategies that provide meaningful and relevant learning opportunities to 21st century learners is the key to instilling an effective literacy program. These learning opportunities involve the student in participating and connecting with others (e.g., e-communities, social media, wikis and various technological platforms).

An inclusive learning environment that reflects an inquiry based model "fosters positive attitudes and beliefs about learning and literacy development. [This safe learning commons] ensures [that] all learners see themselves and their interests, values, cultures and points of view represented in the" curriculum (Ministry of Education, 2013, Paying Attention to Literacy, p.6).

The Learning Commons supports the 21st Century Learner

Learning Commons in BC

Teacher, Jessica Wilcox, Speaks of the Value of Collaboration

Teacher-Librarian Collaboration

What Are Your Thoughts?

Please feel free to email me any ideas or thoughts you may have about the Learning Commons and developing an effective literacy program.

I look forward to your response and can be contacted via the Discussion Posts, Internal Messaging system via Desire2Learn or via email.