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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?

NYSED will:

  • 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. 

Statewide Strategic Plan for School Libraries




NYSED/School Library Services Summit 2009 Action Steps

The New York State Education Department (NYSED), the New York Library Association (NYLA) external link icon, the School Library Media Section of NYLA (SLMS) external link icon, and the School Library System Association of New York State (SLSA) external link icon, 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.

School Library Services Summit Action Plan

Action Steps

Current Status

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.
  • Presentation was made to the RAC for Libraries on history and funding of School Library Systems. Presentation slides can be viewed at:
    SLS_Funding (PDF 156 KB).
  • RAC for Libraries agreed in December on one-item agenda for April 2010 report to BOR - issues of library funding
  • Discussion item on CI&IT12/17 conference call with professional associations
  • RAC report to the Regents Cultural Education Committee, April 2010, states "Priority One: Funding"; http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/2010rept.htm
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.

 

  • A redirect notice was placed on the Middle Level Indicators of Achievement Checklists – Library Media to read:

    School Library Media Program Evaluation (SLMPE)    Rubric K-12 Revised 2009 is now available at http://www.p12.nysed.gov/cia
    i/library/SLMPE_rubric/home.html
                                                                              

                                                                                       

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.
  • CI&IT School Library Services invite School Librarians and School Library System Directors to submit Information Literacy Learning Experiences that address the New York State Learning Standards and the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner for peer-review,and to join peer review teams. Guidelines for lesson plan submission and peer-review can be viewed at:
    Information Literacy Learning Experiences doc
    Information Literacy Learning Experiences pdf
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.
  • Completed draft "Feasibility of an NYSED audit of Library Materials Aid" made available for internal NYSED review and comment, August, 2010.
  • Executive Summary of draft "Feasibility of an NYSED audit of Library Materials Aid" available for comment and review. To review and comment on draft feasibility of LMA brief, contact NYSED Associate in School Library Services, John P. Brock: jbrock@mail.nysed.gov
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).
  • Draft formula template developed, NYSED
  • Presented for discussion with State Aid Work Group, (SAWG) April 8, 2010
  • Needs-based statement prepared, presented at
    SAWG request, April 22, 2010
  • SED SAWG has detailed formula-based increase recommendation with supporting needs statement under advisement for inclusion in the 2011-2012 Regents State Aid Proposal. Draft formula available for review and comment:contact NYSED Associate in School Library Services, John P. Brock: jbrock@mail.nysed.gov
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.
  • SLMPE rubric "Evidence Checklist" submitted for review by SED Associate Commissioner's office, June 2010. Multiple BOCES SLS piloting use of SLMPE rubric "Evidence Checklist", August, 2010.
  • Sixty-five school library data elements crosswalked against SED Race to the Top application section-C, "P-16 Data Systems", request for review and comment by SLS Directors, June 2010
  • BEDS Question 21 School Library elements included in 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.
  • Brief "Feasibility of a certified school library media specialist in every school library" draft available for review and comment.
12. By March 2011, NYSED, with SLMS, SLSA, and NYLA, will create a NYS information toolkit to promote school library media program excellence.
  • Summit Action Steps 2, 4, and 6, 7completed and posted to SED ED&T Web in progress toward NYS information toolkit.
  • Internet Safety Web pages posted to ED&T Web page.
Last Updated: May 1, 2014