NYSED/School Library Services Summit
NYSED/School Library Summit 2014 Proposal
What is the purpose of the Summit?
The purpose of a New York State Education Department/School Library Services Summit with the New York Library Association (NYLA), Section of School Librarians (NYLA/SSL), School Library System Association (SLSA), and other invited educational leaders in New York, would be to share ideas on actions we can engage in to support increased student achievement within the context of school library services, as they relate to curriculum, instruction, assessments and professional development and the proposed Regents Research Requirement for graduation.
The goal would be to develop consensus around 4 to 6 mutually agreed detailed recommendations and supported action steps to present to NYSED Senior Managers, that could be achieved within the 6, 12, to 18 months following the Summit. The desired effect of a NYSED/School Library 2014 Summit would be to raise the visibility of school library support of student achievement with NYSED Senior Managers, to obtain the necessary NYSED resources if possible, and to accelerate progress towards accomplishing the agreed upon action steps. To view what Summit action steps might look like, please visit http://www.p12.nysed.gov/technology/library/summit.html to see results from the 2009 NYSED/School Library Services Summit.
The Office of Curriculum, Assessment, and Educational Technology (OCAET), Associates in School Library Services, NYSED, and the leadership of the professional organizations would hold themselves publicly accountable via Web-based two-way communication posted on the NYSED website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ocaet/ for the mutually agreed upon action steps resulting from a 2014 NYSED/School Library Services Summit. Prior to the Summit, Associates in School Library Services, OCAET will work with NYLA, NYLA/SSL, and SLSA leadership to ensure familiarization with the established mission, goals, and action steps of the professional organizations. We could then consider together, in a Summit planning committee, how goals and action steps overlap and integrate with the Regents Action Plan, to derive potential starting points for agenda items for a 2014 NYSED/School Library Services Summit.
Who should be invited?
Participation in the Summit is by invitation only with a commitment to fully participate in the two day event. The NYSED/School Library Planning Committee will determine the invitees based on potential participants’ demonstrated leadership and the NYSED Curriculum Team’s pre-established structure for committee representation. The Planning Committee will include a recommended individual each from NYLA/SSL, SLSA, the NYLA Council, and New York AASL representatives, if possible. In the event that the Professional Associations are unable to defray expenses associated with participation in the summit, invitees will attend at their own expense or that of their agency.
What will NYSED and School Library Professional Association’s contribute to the Summit?
- commit a team of individuals to serve on the planning committee and lead small group summit discussions
- arrange periodic conference calls for the planning committee
- share the framework for Curriculum team’s summits of the past 10 years
- provide space for the Summit in Albany to assure senior managers’ participation
- coordinate with other NYSED offices to assure appropriate personnel are invited
- coordinate the mailing of invitation, RSVPs, preparing all materials for the Summit and all follow-up with the field and professional organizations, as appropriate
- make available necessary equipment (laptops, smart boards, etc) during the Summit
- assist in providing information on catering, hotels, travel arrangements but can NOT support any costs relating to these activities
School Library Professional organizations will:
- commit a team of individuals to serve on the planning committee to work with NYSED:
- finalize Summit agenda
- finalize list of invitees
- fully support the follow-up work OCAET, on actions agreed upon after Summit
- commit a team of individuals to lead small group Summit discussions
- determine the extent to which School Library Professional organizations can defray participants’ costs for Summit, if any
- promote the Summit results through statewide and local affiliate communication mechanisms and initiatives
What is the outcome and follow up?
The Summit will conclude with a presentation of recommended action steps to NYSED Senior managers. These recommended action steps would be suitable for the professional organizations to take up for consideration with their organizations or Boards, as required. Additionally, the agreed upon action steps would assist NYSED Associates in School Library Services in working collaboratively with the professional organizations in supporting increased student achievement. Following the Summit, the planning committee will reconvene to finalize and prioritize Summit recommendations.
Mutually agreed upon action steps for Associates in School Library Services, OCAET, and collaborative NYSED partners will be shared with the Summit participants, posted on the NYSED website, http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ocaet/, with periodic updates on progress reported by NYSED to the field. Identified parties will be held accountable for completing mutually agreed action steps and reporting progress.
NYSED/School Library Services Summit 2009 Action Steps
The New York State Education Department (NYSED), the New York Library Association (NYLA) , the School Library Media Section of NYLA (SLMS) , and the School Library System Association of New York State (SLSA) , co-sponsored a two-day School Library Services Summit, June 29 - 30, 2009. The purpose of the Summit was to share ideas and to develop recommendations to support increased student achievement within the context of school library services, as they relate to curriculum, instruction, assessments and professional development. The Summit resulted in twelve mutually agreed upon action steps. NYSED commits to posting progress in meeting these actions on a regular basis.
NYSED is grateful for the ongoing collaboration with NYLA, SLMS, and SLSA to accomplish these action steps and to build upon this work by partnering on future educational initiatives.
|1. NYLA, SLMS, and SLSA will continue to reach out to the members of the Board of Regents to advocate for stand alone “Information Literacy” Standards.||
|2. By November 2009, NYSED, in collaboration with SLSA and SLMS, will revise the School Library Media Program Evaluation (SLMPE) rubric to better inform program improvements that support student achievement.||
|3. By December 2009, SLSA, SLMS, NYLA, and NYSED will explore issues, examine feasibility, and develop recommendations to strengthen School Library Systems through an increase in State Aid for School Library Systems.||
|4. By January 2010, NYSED will issue guidance material to clarify the use of Library Materials Aid (LMA), for statewide dissemination. NYSED will call upon NYLA, SLMS, and SLSA to promote dissemination of LMA information.||
|5. By March 2010 NYSED, in collaboration with the SLMS, SLSA, and middle-level practitioners will begin a process to review the Middle Level Indicators of Achievement Checklists – Library Media to be complimentary and congruent with the SLMPE rubric.||
|6. By May 2010, NYSED, in collaboration with SLMS and SLSA, will implement a process to identify model lesson units and assessments aligned with the NYS Learning Standards and the American Association of School Librarians Standards for the 21st Century learner for posting on the Virtual Learning System and related web sites.|| |
|7. By July 2010, NYSED, in collaboration with SLSA and SLMS, will provide recommendations for review and revision of the school library sections of the Basic Education Data System (BEDS) school and district data forms to complement and align with the SLMPE rubric and Middle Level Checklist, Library Media.||
|8. By August 2010, NYSED will develop a brief exploring the feasibility of an NYSED audit of Library Materials Aid.||
|9. By September 2010, NYSED, in collaboration with NYLA, SLMS, and SLSA, will develop and support a formula for an increase in Library Materials Aid; this increase, after and above the current 100% $6.25 reimbursement per pupil for all districts, will be wealth adjusted up to $18 reimbursable per student (based upon NY State 2005-2006 low-spending successful school district data).||
|10. By November, 2010, NYSED, in collaboration with SLMS and SLSA, will identify building-level school library media program and student indicator data for consideration in the NYSED P-16 data system.||
|11. By January 2011, NYSED, in consultation with SLMS, SLSA, and NYLA, will develop a brief outlining the feasibility of a certified school library media specialist in every school library.||
|12. By March 2011, NYSED, with SLMS, SLSA, and NYLA, will create a NYS information toolkit to promote school library media program excellence.||