Partnering to Shape 21st Century Learners: Washington Moms April 24, 2010 Boise ID

Why don't we have what the pack needs? Administrators, teachers. librarians, parents will ask this.
In Nature we will not follow someone who will not lead. Find someone who will lead.

I know my students need what they need. I need to learn this.


Introduce Group and School
Top three concerns
What do you hope to get out of this workshop
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Melba student: Important for me to prepare for my future. I need them to teach me the technology that I need : Google Docs, Shelfari, etc. Teachers need to be aware so I can be prepared.

Elementary Librarians: focused on keeping our libraries open . Least techy but want to give students what they need

Middle school: budget, our poverty rate, new issues for kids and changes in the family structure, need new resources to support change in the structure that is supporting our kids

Elementary: Funding, updated books,

Administrators and jack-of-all-trades (even driver's ed):

Gooding H.S. Access to technology that works. SkillsUSA team used Flip camera and took 1st in state and is going to nationals. Principal keeps us supplied in batteries and other needs. We collaborate with Wendell

Middle school: zero budgets but need new technology, overcome budgeting obstacles get services from library into the classroom, be creative using existing tools, but remain state-of -the-art

Middle school / Junior high: make sure students are readers, school libraries have big picture of how they and public libraries fit into the community and a free nation--an information democracy, alignment of k-12 standards

High school: no budget concerns. We took a global perspective: how to motivate at-risk students, high achieving students, and all students in the middle.

Diverse group from charter school to academic: 1. funding, esp for charter school, create a vision, collaboration is already there with teachers,but 20 space and 3)ime to write grants, etc. is a big concern.

Rag tag team, blend of districts: Budgets and staffing professional people to do the job. come together with our different voices, promote libraries.

Be specific and solution oriented.
Legislators said: Don't bring librarians. Otherwise it's a "get in line" experience.

Effective Advocacy:
know your issue
know policy surrounding ig
be in for the long haul

Admin and legislators are not the enemy: no one wants to cut programs
no whining

need data, but it's not compelling: people's voice is

Administrators: approaching budget cutting process
We receive direction from district office in the first place: cuts are uniform throughout district. It's really tough to look at. Sometime we don't see options that teachers bring forth.

Our one motto: Keep cuts as far away from the kids as possible: always mindful of the students.

ANSER: cuts are inevitable. We went to staff first with the budget and prioritized cuts and ways to bring revenue into the school. We were actually able to start new program for 5 year olds. Doesn't help with technology but keeps our teachers.

Our budget cuts are ugly: we're a small disctrict and now cutting flesh and bone. We're looking at the worth of programs and how many kids they affect. The libraries offer much to all students.

Middle school principal:
- maintain integrity of what a middle school really is: Basic components;--advisory team, team of teachers
- Maintain integrity of classroom: Books and computers don't teach, teachers teach.
- Set priorities what can we not do without. State of Idaho has set them for us: math ,reading, language (ISAT) .

What problem are we trying to solve?

President Obama Releases Education Blueprint. A huge present for school libraries. Money coming from Washington is different than it was before. More parady between local districts and state. Local school houses will have a chance to get money based upon what you are doing in your community. What does it look like? technolgoy, resource equity, partnerships...improving teaching and learning in all content areas, improving access to a well-rounded education for students in high needs schools--libraries are mentioned specifically!

Programs to develop study skills--students are worried!

Can we foster digital portfolios for students? What would a students application for college look like if they could draw on their work from their years of study?

What do kids need that they are not getting now?
be aware -- teach from your past for our future
kids don't learn from textbooks and traditional teaching methods
use video, blogging and other 2.0 tools
let kids create through technology

professionals need constant training and opportunity to learn new skills and tools

students become more active participants in their own education ... focus on getting students involved .. help them find their passion -- give equal access to do it

important for kids to have individualized experiences -- opportunity to explore their potential

schools may look similar on the outside -- meets needs of a community -- on the inside can be vastly different -- driven by the community as a whole by what they need

instead of teaching abstinence -- teach safe surfing

teach them to read on the Internet -- teach them how to do their work online

5 relationships / partnership
teachers - students - parents - administrators - legislators

6 foundations
website - physical space - emerging technologies - portals - lookout - conduit

"focus on things kids can't get anywhere else in the school - Buffy Hamilton

leave a big footprint -- they can't live without the library

website - your calling card
physical space - create the new standard of what it looks and feels like
emerging technologies -- regional leader to follow -- make sure you follow someone
portals -- connecting parents - teachers - students - administrators - legislators
lookout -- be in the crow's nest -- what's on the horizon (see dangerously irrelevant blog - in the resources link) -- librarians who survival make themselves the social media experts of their school -- collaborate and learn from others
conduit -- be connected to the schools, the community, the world -- be transformative

how to begin -- what needs to change in your school community
policies
practices
procedures
systems
structures
strategies

What does your library of the future look like?

we were off task: we were looking at webspaces and then Joyce's
- like the way this is set up with different spaces
- people who use Joyce's the mostly are administrators
- what's your plan. are you going to revolutionized your website
- IT students fellow students: use them for our website development

Sharing highlights about our library of the future
- we thought about "what makes a library a library": atmosphere, then comfort, furniture, etc.
- rethinking noise levels: quiet to us is not quiet to kids

While we were waiting for website to come up we started sharing (two elementary schools in Boise, high school in Gooding)
We discovered that we handle things so differently and we realized that we need more time to share with each other.
- Libraries of the future should include librarians sharing
-At Gooding HS we have a cappuccino machine (Treasure Valley Coffee) we make money off of it, students and teachers love it.

Lisa recommends that people take the one-week Twitter challenge: you'll be amazed at the personal learning network, and connect with a network of smart learners

Our future library has a wireless network and checkout-able laptop to help with equity and access issues.
We have 60 laptops sitting around that should be getting used but we don't have wireless
Our approach: It's not what we want, it's what we need
We talked about global citizenship

Capitol High library:
- With the 40-year-old carpet I can't rearrange the library until new carpet comes.
I will get mothers who are interior designers to talk to principal about design ideas.
- flipcam in every classroom is a must: brings up level of accountability and students can see immediate feedback.
- This was like a counseling/therapy session-how to approach collaboration process and community outreach.

Ours will appeal to ELL and under achievers
-It will be a safe place and cool hang out
- every student have a laptop and wifi at school and at home
- in-house supervisor will do more than just sit with students
- use Survey monkey to ask kids what they want
- Use IT fellows to teach tech stuff. TAs made book trailers with my instruction but IT fellows would be better
- Set up the webpage with a variety of language links for ELL
(LiLI databases have that option)

ANSER website will have teacher and parent involvement to take ownership of site
will be a third space: not home, not school, but a commons--community center
theatre modules
great furniture and school equipment-- puzzles, coffee, food, microwave

get my own webspace so I can update whatever I want to
approve student updates
inviting space
teen friendly
wireless accessible to students


total transformation of physical space will include a cafe
have entire Melba community be wireless
have students present technology to teachers during inservice

great ideas need support from stakeholders: parents legislators , etc
need to educate and partner with stakeholders
task high school videographers to produce Public Service Announcements about ICT and 21st century skills introduce those terms to parents and other stakeholders
student voice telling parents what skills students need
model already existing: make positive disks showing possibilities with social networking sites facebook and myspace-- show how they can take our students where they need to be