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1 Paul Whitsitt Merril V. Stegall Interim Director,Acting Director, Reading and Language ArtsDepartment of Libraries

2 US Dept. of Education Improving Literacy through School Libraries Grant CPS Partnership between the Department of Libraries and Office of Literacy $485,444 award One year grant, through

3 Keith Curry Lance Researcher

4 Illinois Study Available online at the Illinois School Library Media Assn website

5 Library Predictors of Test Scores Flexible scheduling Staffing Staff activities Collection Educational technology Expenditures Usage

6 School Level Books Periodi- cals Copy- right Elementary9, Middle8, High11, Larger, newer collections higher test scores Larger, newer collections higher test scores

7 School Level Library Expenditures Elementary$4,500 Middle$6,250 High$10,255 More spent on libraries higher test scores More spent on libraries higher test scores

8 More library-connected computers higher test scores School LevelLibrary PCs Other PCs Elementary945 Middle1360 High26125

9 School Level Flexible Hours Elementary16 Middle30 High35 More flexibly scheduled hours higher test scores More flexibly scheduled hours higher test scores

10 School Level I.D. Hours Elementary2 Middle3 More time identifying materials for teachers higher test scores More time identifying materials for teachers higher test scores

11 School Level Staff Hours Elementary42 Middle49 High70 More library staff higher test scores More library staff higher test scores

12 Criteria for School Participation Librarian and literacy coach in place Good library collections that could be improved Room to create a child literacy center Willing to hold out-of-hours programming Communicate through CPS Enthusiastic participants!

13 A B C Areas of the Grant Access – to new resources, technology and added programs Best Practices professional development-- in literacy instruction and parent involvement Collaboration – of the librarian with the literacy coach and other teachers to align the library program with the classroom and literacy

14 Use of Funds Merril Stegall Acting Director, Department of Libraries

15 New Print Resources Funding based on grade 1-2 enrollment Resources to support K-3 curriculum, literacy instruction, recreational reading Resources will also support collaborative units (to be described later today) Purchase from CPS-approved vendors Include age appropriate magazine and newspaper subscriptions

16 Audio Books Multi-user Listening Center equipment provided 5 LeapPad stations provided Schools to purchase audio tapes, companion print copies, and LeapPad books

17 Library Furnishings Scaled-to-size shelving or storage units to house grant-purchased materials Magazine display shelves Above used to help create child literacy area (school contribution)

18 Other Technology Schools provided the following for primary use in the library: –Computers (per formula in grant) –Color printer –LCD projector and cart –Document camera

19 Online Resources Subscription to BrainPOP Jr. 24 Capstone Interactive K-3 eBooks Centralized Automation - assistance in preparing collection for upcoming system

20 Out-of-Hours Programming 45 hours of primary literacy programming in library, led by librarian and the literacy coach School choice – 3 hours each of 15 Saturday mornings, OR 3 after school hours/week for 15 weeks, OR summer program for 2.5 hours, 3 days/week, over six weeks Activities include read-aloud, storytelling, drama, listening centers, creative writing, web based activities, etc. Librarian and literacy coach paid 10 hours each to plan program

21 Best Practices PD Three half-day seminars with literacy experts from National-Louis University, CPS Office of Literacy and the Erickson Institute Incorporating the library program Two full day BER workshops (librarians) Tuition support for unendorsed librarians

22 Parent Workshops Two, one-hour workshops per school School determines logistics to ensure parent participation Led by Office of Literacy primary literacy experts Attended by librarian and literacy coach Variety of topics

23 Collaboration Two collaborative units planned and taught through course of year Librarian works with literacy coach and a grade 1 or 2 teacher Out-of-hours pay for librarian and teacher/literacy coach planning time Collaboration training by Dr. Gail Bush, National-Louis University

24 Monthly Planning Meetings Between October and April, librarians gather for 6 after school planning sessions Assure that purchasing is on track Answer questions regarding collaborative units, parent workshops, out-of-hours programs, etc.

25 School Commitment Complete two collaborative units Conduct two parent workshops Complete 45 hour program Librarian attends workshops and management meetings Expend Funds Submit requested paperwork

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