Institute for Educational Development

Live Online
7:00 am – 10:30 am

February 13, 2023

$395.00 per person

Half-Day Intensive Leadership Institute

Leading Your School Library Program to Greater Success

NEW Seminar Presented By
Karen Scott

Outstanding Librarian and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for School and District Leaders Responsible for School Library Programs in Grades K – 12: Directors of Library/Media Specialists, and Building Administrators

  • The keys to a highly effective school library program
  • What leadership can do to strengthen library programs to better support learning throughout the school
  • Practical, positive ways to build support and buy-in among staff for leveraging the expertise of your building librarian
  • Develop a strategic plan for increasing the effectiveness of your current school library program

Practical Strategies

Develop your knowledge, skills, and confidence to lead your school or district toward a more successful school library program. During this live online half-day leadership institute, you will learn how to better leverage the learning within the library and learn how to strengthen the partnership between the library specialists and your teachers to improve student learning in your school or district. Designed specifically for school or district leaders responsible for overseeing strong library programs, you’ll gain a greater understanding of what it takes to implement the most needed elements that lead to greater student success, the key aspects of successful programs you need to consider, and best practices for implementing and supporting a more collaborative partnership between your library media specialist and your classroom teachers. You’ll leave with proven resources to help overcome the most common challenges to make the vision of a high-quality school library program a reality and gain a better understanding of the ways, as a leader, you can better support your staff. Nationally recognized expert on library media practices KAREN SCOTT has developed this session around practical, proven ideas, templates, and resources to help school or district leaders enhance their school library programs. You will leave this session with an extensive leadership digital resource handbook filled with practical strategies and explicit steps you can take immediately to enhance your school library programs and improve learning for all students

A Practical, Half-Day Institute Focused on Strengthening Your Library Program

Whether you attend as a school or district leader, or as a representative team member you’ll bring back essential knowledge and resources that can be used to enhance your current school library program. You will learn the keys crucial for the success of school library programs that go far beyond simply checking out books or covering digital literacy skills; and instead, more successfully reach communities of diverse learners. You will learn the most effective ways to build on the strengths of your current school library program, while identifying potential shifts that will have the greatest impact on student learning in your libraries and classrooms. Return to your work with practical, actionable steps you can take to enhance your school library program.

Develop a Plan to Strengthen Your Library Program

Discover the attributes of leaders who have implemented highly effective library programs and learn how to inspire all of your teachers to leverage the power of the school library. Leave with strategies and tools to support your vision of having the most inclusive, collaborative library program that moves far beyond the days of just checking out books. Gain realistic ideas for setting expectations, creating greater clarity around your school library program and engaging all of your teachers in evolving their understanding of how best to utilize the school library to improve student learning. During the session, you will have the opportunity to consider key ideas and concrete steps you can take to strengthen the school library program within your school or district. You’ll leave with an actionable plan to make your enhanced vision into a reality.

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn
  • What you need to know in your role as a leader in starting or strengthening an existing library program
  • Practical strategies for supporting school librarians as they partner closely with classroom teachers and other staff who support student learning
  • Ready- to- use activities aimed at helping teachers more deeply understand the goals of the school or district library program when starting out or growing your implementation
  • Best practices for library logistics and pragmatics; including how to partner with the other educators on staff
  • Proven ways to evaluate the effectiveness of your library program and instruction and support it provides for your classroom teachers
  • Specific examples and ideas for different approaches to setting up a library program, along with real-life examples and ideas for increasing instructional impact
  • Specific considerations, guidance and strategies for designing efficient library scheduling and offering open access
  • Strategic steps to support a vision of successful partnership in your school or district between library specialists and classroom teachers
  • Examples of ways to communicate with families and learners to introduce the benefits of the school or district library
  • The most effective practices and resources to support collaborative teams in your district/school
  • Tips for finding and maximizing co-planning time for librarians and the teachers they support

Here's What You Can Expect From This Half-Day Institute

If you are a school or district leader searching for the most effective ways to strengthen your existing school library program, this is a unique opportunity you won’t want to miss! Although school libraries have been in buildings for decades, they are often the missed opportunity in a school or district to improve student learning. This halfday institute will provide the most effective ways to increase the success of students through a stronger school library program. Designed specifically for school and district administrators who oversee the of a school library program, nationally recognized library/media specialist KAREN SCOTT will share with you the most essential components of more effective library programs and will define in very practical terms the specific things you can do in your role as an administrator that will significantly contribute to the success of your school library program. You’ll leave this unique leadership institute equipped with a strategic plan and valuable insights to provide more effective leadership for your efforts in your school or district.

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Libraries and librarians are among the best assets you have at your school. Not only do librarians know the students, but they also know the faculty and staff. They are familiar with the curriculum and appropriate grade-level reading materials. They are experts in finding information and in using technology. Librarians come equipped with their own set of standards and can collaborate with classroom teachers in order to improve student learning.

Libraries and librarians are also a vital connection between home and school. Access to information and technology occurs in and from this space and it helps to provide equitable access.

Librarians are instructional leaders, program administrators, educators, information specialists, and collaborative partners. With their depth of knowledge and strengths, students can thrive and grow in their ability to prepare themselves for college, career, and their future.

Come spend a half-day with me and I will show you the myriad of ways your school librarian can help increase student learning by providing a current and diverse range of books and online reading materials. I will also show you the keys to enhancing your school library program. I look forward to helping you move your library program forward!

Karen Scott

P.S. I’ll be sharing with you only the most practical and solutionfocused ideas based on my own experiences as a school librarian and in coaching schools and districts in strengthening their school library programs.

Who Should Attend

School and District Leaders Responsible for School Library Programs in Grades K- 12: Directors of Library/Media Specialists, and Building Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive System Digital Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive digital resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Practical ideas for a stronger collaborative program through improved librarian and classroom teacher buy-in
    • Strategic tools for supervising, evaluating, and growing a stronger school library program
    • Sequential steps for preparing for and implementing a more effective school library program
    • Ideas to improve, strengthen and institutionalize best practices
  2. Consultation Available
    Karen Scott will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions about the unique needs of your own library program.
  3. Meet and Share
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in implementing a more effective school library program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    UMASS Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate of the University of Massachusetts, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.