TEACHER LIBRARIAN: Emilie Nickoloff
EMAIL: enickolo@jeffco.k12.co.us
SCHOOL: Ken Caryl Middle School
LIBRARY WEB SITE:
https://sites.google.com/a/jeffcoschools.us/kcms-library/
DISTRICT: Jefferson County Public Schools
REFLECTION OF LEARNING:
GROWTH PLAN:
Ken Caryl Middle School Annual School Library Growth Plan 2014-2015
Date: November 6, 2014
School Librarian: Emilie Nickoloff School: Ken Caryl Middle School District: Jefferson County Public Schools
Library Mission: The mission of the Ken Caryl Middle School library is to support literacy, research, collaboration, and technology among all students and staff.

GOAL 1
School Unified Improvement Plan Goal (UIP) Goal
As noted on Ken Caryl Middle School’s 2014-2015 Unified Improvement Plan, KCMS will “implement and facilitate an effective school-wide literacy program. Teachers will ensure every student in the building is reading with purpose for 25 minutes every school day. To support this, classroom libraries will be established, enrichment activities will be offered, and individualized interventions will be conducted for students unable to meet this expectation.” The teacher librarian will oversee the conception, development, and implementation of this literacy program (ACCESS).
HESLP Target area (which area would you like to improve upon?)
II.6. Reading Development: The school librarian and staff work within the school-wide culture to foster curiosity in student and staff learners by providing a variety of innovative formats to teach, enrich and expand critical, creative, and independent thinking. Reading development is strongly tied to school’s goals.
III.11. School Leadership: The school librarian is viewed universally by the school as an instructional leader and serves as chair of committees that support instructional school goals. In addition, he or she develops and leads a variety of educational and 21st Century professional development opportunities (aligned with school’s goals) for staff and community members and articulates his or her personal learning network.
My SMART goal which is worded to show alignment between UIP and HESL Target area
The teacher librarian will lead a collaborative, decision-making group of teachers and administrators in the planning of ACCESS, a schoolwide literacy program. The teacher librarian will support ACCESS classes by establishing well-maintained classroom libraries, offering literacy enrichment activities, providing individualized literacy interventions for struggling students, and promoting a literacy focus throughout the building.
My Strategies/Indicators for carrying out my SMART goal
- The ACCESS Committee will meet bi-monthly to revise curriculum and expectations for ACCESS (October 21st, January 27th, March 17th, and May 19th).
- The teacher librarian, instructional coach, and assistant principal will create curriculum guides for ACCESS teachers (August 2014).
- The ACCESS Committee will communicate to staff school-wide procedures and expectations for ACCESS (August 2014).
- The ACCESS Committee will monitor the effectiveness of program and brainstorm ways to support its implementation (October 21st, January 27th, March 17th, and May 19th)
- The teacher librarian will support teachers in the grading of ACCESS (Fall 2014, Spring 2015).
- The teacher librarian will order classroom libraries for ACCESS classrooms (Fall 2014). The teacher librarian will consult with classroom teachers on how to best set-up their classroom libraries and use them with kids.
- The teacher librarian will work with parent volunteers to create reading displays around the building to encourage KCMS to become a community of readers.
- The teacher librarian will plan and implement reading enrichment activities (Trivia Nights Nov 18th and April 9th, Book Bites, book fairs, library events)
- The teacher librarian will work with teacher teams to identify and support struggling students (Fall 2014, Spring 2015).
- The teacher librarian will hold individual reading conferences with struggling students (Fall 2014, Spring 2015).
- The teacher librarian will gather data on the effectiveness of the ACCESS literacy program (Fall 2014, Spring 2015).
- The teacher librarian will lead the ACCESS Committee through a reflection protocol to determine the effectiveness of the literacy program and to make modifications for the following school year (Spring 2015).
My Partners
Pat Sandos (Principal), Christie Hurt (Assistant Principal), Carrie Knipp (Instructional Coach), ACCESS Committee Members (10 classroom teachers), Accountability Committee (parents and teachers), PTO (parents and teachers), ACCESS classroom teachers (35 teachers)
My Measure(s) of Success (evidence)
- 100% of ACCESS teachers report that over 90% of their students are reading with purpose 25 minutes every school day.
- At least 50% of ACCESS classrooms have organized, well-used classroom libraries.
- 20 struggling students meet with the teacher librarian regularly to reflect on their current reading habits, discuss helpful reading strategies, and set goals for their reading growth.
- Reading enrichment activities will be well-attended (Book Bites more than 15 regular participants, Trivia Night more than 40 participants).
- Reading displays will be created and updated around the building throughout the year with the help of parent volunteers.

Measure of success as seen by others (evidence)
It is difficult to use standardized assessments as a measure for growth considering this year’s state-wide implementation of CMAS. I am unable at this time to generate median projected growth goals for CMAS without any baseline data.

Projected 2015-2016 Continued Growth Goal
In the 2015-2016 school year, we will continue to develop our school-wide literacy ACCESS program by:
- Implementing strategic reading incentive programs
- 100% of classrooms with organized, well-used classroom libraries
- At least two reading enrichment activities planned for school-wide participation (movie field trip, speaker, etc.)
- Systematic and systemic progress monitoring system established (literacy tic-tac-toe, book completion logs, reading journals, or other)

GOAL 2
School Unified Improvement Plan Goal (UIP) Goal
As noted on Ken Caryl Middle School’s 2013 Unified Improvement Plan, KCMS will “align professional development including formative practices, literacy strategies and constructed response efforts across content areas.”
HESLP Target area (which area would you like to improve upon?)
II.2. Collaboration: The school librarian and the school have a well-developed collaborative culture that encourages the librarian to work with a majority (75% or more) of the classroom teachers and instructional coaches. The school values collaborative planning as a school-wide expectation.
III.4. Instructional Delivery Strategies: The school librarian is a highly skilled teacher who employs backward design, differentiated instruction and other best practices to reach all learners.
My SMART goal which is worded to show alignment between UIP and HESL Target area
The teacher librarian collaborated with 80% of Ken Caryl Middle School teachers on their curriculum in the 2013-2014 school year. In the 2014-2015 school year, the teacher librarian will co-teach collaborative lessons with over 90% of the Ken Caryl Middle School teaching staff. These lessons will feature the formative practices emphasized in professional development (learning targets, feedback, self-assessment, questioning). They will also implement the instructional day model with fidelity and effectiveness. These co-teaching opportunities will serve as models for the content teachers to better implement best practices into their classrooms independently.
My Strategies/Indicators for carrying out my SMART goal
- The teacher librarian will assist the leadership team in planning formative practices professional development for the year (Fall 2014, Spring 2015).
- The teacher librarian will serve on the Instructional Leadership team to implement formative practices professional development schoolwide (Fall 2014, Spring 2015).
- The teacher librarian will collaborate throughout the year with at least 90% of classroom teachers to help them implement formative practices into their curriculum (Fall 2014, Spring 2015). The specific focus on this work will be generating higher level learning targets and referencing the learning target at multiple points throughout the lesson. All formative practices will be implemented and strengthened.
- The teacher librarian will serve on Instructional Rounds to help evaluate the current implementation of formative practices schoolwide and set school wide goals for growth and development.
My Partners
Pat Sandos (Principal), Christie Hurt (Assistant Principal), Carrie Knipp (Instructional Coach), a minimum of 32 classroom teachers
My Measure(s) of Success (evidence)
90% of classroom teachers will collaborate and co-teach lessons with the teacher librarian that emphasize the formative practices covered in schoolwide professional development.
Measure of success as seen by others (evidence)
I would like to use movement on the teacher evaluation rubric as a measure of success, but I know this is not possible. To help support teacher evaluation growth, I will submit at the end of each semester a comprehensive list of the collaborative lessons co-taught with classroom teachers. This list will contain the collaborative lessons covered and any applicable formative practices. This will help the classroom teacher not only demonstrate their use of formative practices in the classroom, but also their engagement in collaboration and co-teaching. A questionnaire will be distributed at the end of the year measuring effectiveness and seeking feedback on the teacher’s experience with their collaboration.
Projected 2015-2016 Continued Growth Goal
In the 2015-2016 school year, the teacher librarian will further support the implementation of formative practices at KCMS by:
- Creating an online bank of video examples of ‘highly effective’ formative practices in the classroom (minimum of one example for each formative practice in the 2015-2016 school year)
- Collaborating and co-teach with 100% of KCMS teaching staff
- Facilitate the implementation iPD and Classroom Dashboard at KCMS in the 2015-2016 school year.



GROWTH PLAN EVIDENCE: