I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit.
We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight. If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!
Mike McQueen Teacher Librarian at McLain HS Lakewood, CO
I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - http://GettingBoysToRead.com. Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.
It isn't really an evaluation tool, but a sort of "checklist" that is integrated with our student management system. We have created "I can" statements based on our district's ET-IL standards & benchmarks, with the hope that teachers/librarians will lead students to those particular skills in the checklist that were taught in a collaborative lesson--and students can indicate if they think they can do it, can't do it, or don't understand what it is. This helps them to track their own learning - gain an understanding of the vocabulary, etc. This checklist stays with them for 3 years, and so schools can run reports to see what benchmarks are not being addressed - once a good amount of data has been entered. At that point, it becomes a great tool to inform instruction.