EMAIL: dinah.kress@asd20.org
SCHOOL: Prairie Hills Elementary School
LIBRARY WEB SITE:
DISTRICT: Academy District 20
REFLECTION OF LEARNING:
Meeting #1: CASL Workshop on September 28- A Game Changer: Colorado School Library Professional Growth Cohort: Getting to Know You
It was great to meet with my new cohort and feel there was a meeting of the minds and that we are a group with common goals. I appreciated the words about the three R’s—it is important to develop Rigorous Relevant Relationships. In preparing my growth plan, I will remember to keep three things in mind: deficits on leadership; school goals; and the HESL school library evaluation rubric.
Meeting #2: Cohort Meeting, November 1st at Tracy Schneider’s Da Vinci Academy Library
This meeting provided a great opportunity for us to get to know each other and our situations a little better. Wow, Kristin—two libraries, two schools, two student bodies! You go girl! I learned about the Digital Passport learning and assessment modules from Common Sense Media and I was reminded about the good information available from LRS Library Research Service for advocacy with administration and staff.
Meeting #3: Cohort Meeting, December 12 Google Hangout at 6:30 p.m.
This brief meeting was a good fit for our needs...a time to check in on goal writing without taking too much time out of an already stressful month! One good tip I picked up was: post my goals and action steps where they are in front of me all the time--unforgettable. We also discussed wasy to make goals clearly "measureable".

GROWTH PLAN:

Annual School Library Growth Plan

Date: November 25, 2013

School Librarian: Dinah A. Kress School: Prairie Hills Elementary School District: Academy District 20

Library Mission:
The mission of the Prairie Hills Library is to help our school community become efficient and effective users of information. The Prairie Hills Elementary School Library strives to develop independent, lifelong users of information and to promote literacy and the love of reading. Information literacy is essential to critical thinking and independent, lifelong learning.

GOAL 1
School Unified Improvement Plan Goal (UIP) Goal
Prairie Hills Major Improvement Strategy 2 is to increase utilization of inquiry based instructional strategies.
HESLP Target area (which area would you like to improve upon?)
Effective school librarians work with teachers to integrate and teach Colorado Academic Standard’s 21st century skills and concepts
My SMART goal which is worded to show alignment between UIP and HESL Target area
The 21st Century Information Literacy Skill of identifying potential and appropriate sources will improve and grow by 20% in at least 80% of Prairie Hills third grade students for school year 2013-2014 as evidenced by 3rd grade TRAILS (Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) testing data from pre and posttests.
My Strategies/Indicators for carrying out my SMART goal
1.Meet with third grade team. 2.Pretest third grade students: TRAILS: Identify Potential Sources 3.Set lesson and project goals. 4.Use data from formative assessments to guide lesson preparation and collaboration meetings. 5.Teach, practice, work through problems. 6. Reassess using rubrics and post assessment. 7. Implement Layers of Writing Learning Logs to increase note taking strategies and skills. 8. Participate in Colorado School Library Cohort 9. Serve on School Site Planning Committee 10. Guide students through reflection of learning and revisiting areas of need.
My Partners
Building Technology Coordinator, third grade teachers, administration, third grade students.
My Measure(s) of Success (evidence)
I will know I am successful when I observe third grade students finding information because they know where to go for different types of questions and needs. I will know I am successful when third graders just know that they need to go to the dictionary to figure out what a word means or how to spell it; to go to an encyclopedia when they need to research a particular topic; to think of checking the card catalog for a helpful nonfiction book; to seek an atlas when they are working on geography questions; and to think of the website resources linked for them on our school website.

Measure of success as seen by others (evidence)
Others will know I am successful when:
*TRAILS (3rd grade “Identifying Potential Sources” pre, mid, and post testing show positive percentages of growth.
*Students are proficient in selecting the right source for the task.
*Data collected from “playing games” will show third grade students becoming competent at choosing sources.
*Data collected from checklists will demonstrate third grade students are becoming competent at identifying sources.





GOAL 2
School Unified Improvement Plan Goal (UIP) Goal
Prairie Hills Major Improvement Strategy 1 is to implement the effective use of balanced literacy and guided reading instruction to align with the Common Core Standards.

HESLP Target area (which area would you like to improve upon?)
School librarians are effective leaders in their profession who serve on district, state, and national boards and committees.

My SMART goal which is worded to show alignment between UIP and HESL Target area
I will serve my second year as Secretary for the Colorado Association of Libraries, attending all meetings, preparing Board Meeting minutes, compiling the Annual Report and the Annual Notebook, and working with others on the Executive Board to further the cause of libraries in our state.

My Strategies/Indicators for carrying out my SMART goal
  1. Participate in CALCON 2013 2. Work with the Executive Committee to develop a budget that has CAL increasing income and decreasing expenses. 3. Attend all board meetings throughout the year as a responsible voting member.4. Take notes during meetings. 5. Transform the pages of notes into concise and meaningful minutes to send out to the board and post on the CAL website. 5. Serve CAL—try to bring innovate thinking to help the organization in a time of financial difficulty. 6. September and October 2014, work to compile the Annual Notebook of important documents for the CAL files 7. September and October, compile and create an annual report to be made available to the members.8. Look for how CAL’s mission for furthering the cause of libraries can best help school librarians.

My Partners
CAL Executive Committee, CAL Executive Board, CAL membership, my principal

My Measure(s) of Success (evidence)
I will know I am successful when I measure my attendance at meetings; completion of Annual Report and Annual Notebook; attendance at CALCON 2014; and finding workshop/conference sessions to support myself and other school librarians.

Measure of success as seen by others (evidence)
Others will know I am successful by my attendance, my creation of professional and concise minutes, submission of Annual Minutes and Annual Notebook, and the success of the CAL Board in guiding the group through this difficult time (financially) with success.




GOAL 3 (optional)
School Unified Improvement Plan Goal (UIP) Goal

HESLP Target area (which area would you like to improve upon?)

My Strategies/Indicators for carrying out my SMART goal

My Partners

My Partners

My Measure(s) of Success (evidence)

Measure of success as seen by others (evidence)



GROWTH PLAN EVIDENCE:**