Library Media Centers

Hello, school librarians and friends of school libraries. Here at DESE, we like to celebrate the great opportunities students and teachers are experiencing through strong school library programs. Below are some successes to celebrate:

Digital Literacy in Missouri Schools

Digital Literacy in Missouri Schools Photo

Teacher leader teams from the 80 schools participating in DESE’s Comprehensive Literacy State Development program grant received professional development in early August on bringing digital literacy into the classroom. Kerry Townsend (above), Library Media Coordinator for Columbia Public Schools, presented on the topic to teacher leaders from the Hannibal, New Bloomfield, and Newburg school districts in Hannibal August 3-5.

 

“Forever” Books for Students

Boy in library


Librarians in the Maries R-II school district in Belle and Bland are using donations from district residents, local businesses, and other entities to purchase approximately 7,000 books for students to select and keep—without any cost to students and their families. Students took home books this spring and will be greeted in the fall with another book giveaway.

“Not all of our students have access to books when school is out, so it is important to find ways to provide books so that students may continue to enjoy reading and to prevent ‘summer slide,’” Jenny Dillon, Bland Middle School librarian, said. “Providing free books also reminds students that we educators think books are important.”

Sheila Lansford, who is a co-librarian along with Bonnie Elrod at Belle Elementary School, added, “Here’s what we tell the kids: ‘This is YOUR forever gook that gets to stay at home in your library!’ And hopefully that lights a fire that books are valuable and meaningful.”

“We want to make kids lifelong readers and learners,” said Kassi Maurer, Belle High School librarian. “We want them to read and learn to be great future citizens.”

 

Students in library
Student in library

Photos courtesy of Maries R-II schools.

 

 

Missouri’s Exemplary School Libraries

Congratulations to the following schools, recipients of DESE’s 2021 Recognition for Exemplary School Library Programs (click on name of school to see its application):

These schools were among 20 applicants for the recognition and were scored by a team of school librarians from across Missouri on 21 indicators. Scorers evaluated the programs on instruction, leadership, library environment, library management, and staffing. To achieve the DESE recognition, applicants had to receive a minimum score of 38/42 without receiving a score of “0” on any of the 21 indicators. DESE will release information for the 2022 recognition application process this fall.

As always, my door is always open to answer questions or just talk library. Best wishes for the school year!

Lisa Scroggs
Director of English Language Arts
573-751-8468
lisa.scroggs@dese.mo.gov 

 

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Resources

These resources contain material that is relevant to the work of Missouri’s library media specialists.

Resources Description
Librarian Standards Delineation of performance expectations for professional 21st century school librarians in Missouri.
Librarian Standards Continuum Detailed descriptors for the Missouri Standards for School Librarians at the levels of Candidate, New, Developing, Proficient, and Distinguished.
ESSA and School Libraries Overview of AASL’s work with ESSA.
Libraries Transform: Year One Report Report covers notable accomplishments of ALA’s Libraries Transform project from October 2015-August 2016, including MASL’s billboard campaign.

Show Me Connection: How School Library Media Center Services Affect Student Achievement

Study commissioned by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Missouri State Library.

ELA Expectations Relevant to Library Media Specialists Guide to specific expectations in the newly adopted ELA Missouri Learning Standards that pertain to finding literacy-building resources for teachers, conducting research, and integrating technology.

ELA Priority Standards

ELA K-12 priority standards adopted in 2021 as big ideas crucial to mastery of the Missouri Learning Standards.

MLS Expectations ELA K-5 PDF

MLS Expectations ELA K-5 Word

MLS Expectations ELA 6-12 PDF

MLS Expectations ELA 6-12 Word

MLS Expectations ELA 6-12 Excel

ELA expectations adopted by the Missouri State Board of Education in April 2016; state testing over these new expectations begins during the 2017-18 school year.
Vertical Progressions ELA 6-12 Chart of each new ELA MLS expectation by grade level.
MLS Expectations Terminology ELA 6-12 Explanations and examples for selected terms in the ELA 6-12 MLS Expectations. The PDF version of the ELA 6-12 MLS Expectations contains hyperlinks from the terms to this document.
Text Complexity Rubric-Literary Tools to assist educators in determining qualitative and quantitative complexity of literary and informational texts.
Text Complexity Rubric-Informational
Text Analysis Form
Professional Development
Name Description

International Literacy Association

Annual Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, October 12-17, 2021, has been cancelled; digital events available

American Association of School Librarians

Annual Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 21-23, 2021

Missouri Association of School Librarians

Spring Conference in Osage Beach, Missouri, April 10-12, 2022

International Society for Technology in Education

All events remain virtual

Midwest Education Technology Community

TBA

DESE Program Recognition

Congratulations to the following schools, recipients of DESE’s 2021 Recognition for Exemplary School Library Programs:

  • Discovery Middle School (Liberty)
  • Lafayette High School (Rockwood)
  • Liberty High School (Liberty)
  • Liberty Middle School (Liberty)
  • Liberty North High School (Liberty)
  • Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School (Columbia)
  • Rockwood Summit High School (Rockwood)

These schools were among 20 applicants for the recognition and were scored by a team of school librarians from across Missouri on 21 indicators. Scorers evaluated the programs on instruction, leadership, library environment, library management, and staffing. To achieve the DESE recognition, applicants had to receive a minimum score of 38/42 without receiving a score of “0” on any of the 21 indicators. DESE will release information for the 2022 recognition application process this fall.