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Carla Neloms Technology Program Administrator Evaluation Spring 2013 Practicum Requirements for FRIT 7738

Table of Contents

Executive Summary Organizational Structure Methods Center Context and Goals Center Activities Evaluation Monthly Report Appendix A Observation

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Executive Summary

The focus for program evaluation was to analyze M.D. Roberts Middle School. M.D. Roberts in one of sixteen middle schools in the Clayton County Public School System. They currently serve 657 students, grades 6-8. This report will provide the goals and objectives of the center, as well as give a detailed list of the roles and responsibilities of the media/technology specialist. Methods for obtaining this information are listed in the report as well as in the appendixes. Overall, the center is doing a great job in meeting their goals and objectives, as well as meeting the needs of the students, staff, and faculty. Unfortunately, only one staff member runs the center; however, she is doing great things and making a way to get everything done to keep the center being one of the top centers in the county.

Organizational Chart

Director of Technology Lisa Young

Coordinating Supervisor of Technology Operations Claudette Garrett

Coordinator of Student Information Systems Rhonda Robinson

Coordinating Supervisor of Technology Intergrations Wes Watkins

School Technology Specialist TIffany Gardner

Student Aides Amir Best Stacy Hall Tami Hurt Brandon Hill Kyle Whitacker Tenacia Wilson

Methods

To collect data for the evaluation report, observations of media center users was conducted during my visits. These individuals observed were teachers, students, and staff. These stakeholders utilized the media center on consistent bases. The school website, technology usage log, and technology inventory was also used to collect data on the school. The school website, though standard, provided background on the school. The information included student population, test schools, programs and activities taking place at the school. It is a great source for parents, students, and the community. The technology usage log showed a daily overview of what and when technologies are used by teachers and students

Center Context and Goals

M.D. Roberts Middle School was named in Moddie Decker Roberts. He was a strong supporter of education and the community during his tenure with the Clayton County Public Schools. In 1999, M.D. Roberts Middle School became the sixth middle school in Clayton County Public Schools. Today, the school is one of sixteen middle schools, serving 657 students grades 6-8. Staff includes one media/technology specialists and student aides that assist with book circulation. The mission of the center is to operate as an integral part of the total curriculum, [as] the vehicle that provides opportunities for students to [achieve academic excellence] and to foster a lifelong interest in reading and [acquiring] knowledge. The primary goal of the school library [media center] is to enhance and support the educational program of the school by providing a wide range of materials on all levels of difficulty, with consideration for diversity of appeal and different points of view. These materials will be made available in audio, visual, print and non-print formats. Provide materials that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration the varied interests, abilities, learning needs, learning styles and maturity levels of the students served. Stakeholders include students, parents, teachers, administrators, and the community our school serves. All stakeholders benefit from the education of our students and have access to the media center. Currently, there is only a Media/Technology Specialists at the school, which is the key personnel and staff member. The position description is fairly extensive. Some of the major duties are as followed:

Plans with teachers as cooperative partners to integrate curriculum content with resource use and information literacy skills.

Consult with students and staff regarding their needs and interests in relation to the selection and utilization of materials and equipment.

Provide library media center resources that will meet the informational, research, educational, and recreational needs of users.

Provides for the organization, circulation, and maintenance of resources and implements policies for effective use of technology through the organization of facilities and equipment, staff assistance, and as the facilitator of the technology committee. Promote literacy and the enjoyment of reading, viewing, and listening.

Consults with the principal, assistant principal, and faculty members to formulate and implement a mission, philosophy, goals, and objectives for the library media program.

Participates as an active member of the School Improvement Team and assists in the development of a long range technology plan for the school.

Serves as technology liaison for the school to promote the library media center through public relations.

Maintain an inventory of books, computers, equipment, audiovisual materials, and computer software.

In assisting faculty and staff, the media/technology specialist also coordinates information retrieval for students and staff through print, audiovisual, and electronic sources.

Center Activities The center is currently open and active. Activities carried out by the media center include quarterly (four times a year) book fairs, 25 Books Campaign fundraiser, and the ongoing Accelerator Reader (AR) Program and Book Club. The book fairs allow students to buy books of interest and teacher choices, while allowing the school to fundraise through the sales. The 25 Books Campaign and AR Program promotes and rewards students for reading. In addition, the media center provides tutorial and remediation during and after school. The purpose of these activities is to motivate students to read, collaborate with teachers to raise student achievement, and improve student test scores. The activities are conducted in the media center, classrooms, and online.

Evaluation Overall, the media center receives an eight out of ten rating. It is well equipped and very welcoming to both students and staff. However, due to having only one staff member, students and teachers often have to wait an average of five minutes for assistance. In a three hour observation, an average of two classes came in to complete research and attend classes conducted by the media/technology specialists. In addition, twenty-two students and six teachers came in for assistance. However, due to the limited media staff (one person); it was difficult for her to attend to everyone individually. Student aides were able to assist with book circulation and retrieval; however, they are not allowed to check out equipment, which was a common need of teachers. The media/technology specialist is outstanding! She strives to achieve and promotes the overall goal and objectives of the media center. She collaborates daily with teachers to incorporate technology into the daily curriculum, assists with remediation, and promotes reading. While her duties are lengthy, she strives in making sure that the needs of her students, faculty, and staff are met. The media/technology specialist is very technology savvy and encourages teachers and students to try new applications and enhance projects through the use of technology. The school newsletter, which she creates quarterly with the assistance of students, is available via email, online, and paper copy. Recommendations for the center include having additional staff. Since funding is often an issue, perhaps parent volunteers can assist with checking out equipment and

completing work orders for repairs. Assistance is also needed in maintaining up to date bulletin boards. This could be sponsored by varies classes and or clubs. It was found that students check out iPods and iPads for education purposes, just as much as teachers check them out for classroom usage. While teachers are utilizing technology in the classrooms two-three times a week, teachers are not using the students choice (iPods and iPads) of technology. In addition, very little assistive technology is being utilized in daily classroom usage and for after school remediation.

Monthly Report School wide book fair/fundraiser-in an effort to promote reading in and outside the classroom the Media Center hosted a school wide book fair. Students were able to buy books for pleasure and classroom reading. Teachers were also able to buy classroom books sets at a discounted price. Proceeds from the book fair go to the Media Center to assist in purchasing books and treats for the school book club. School Book Club-this program takes meets every Wednesday. Students grades 6-8 select books and articles from magazines to read. On Wednesday, the group meets to discuss their feelings about the readings or books and have light snacks and fun conversation. 25 book Campaign-this campaign takes place every semester. Students are encouraged to read at least 25 books of their choice from the media center. Once the 25 books are read, students receive a certificate CRCT Lock-in-this event took place prior to spring break. It is designed to help students review for the CRCT. Teachers work with students in groups on subject areas of needs and parents prepare snacks for this six hour event. Accelerated Reader awards program-this is a quarterly event where student read books based on an initial reading level test. Every time they read a book and pass the quiz, students receive another book to read on a higher reading level. Students that successfully complete the program every quarter attend an awards ceremony and receive a certificate.

School newsletter-the newsletter is designed and created by the Technology Specialist and student aides. The newsletter highlights events going on throughout the school and community as well as the media center. The media center has a column that suggests books, applications, and website that assist students with school and homework, as well as popular readings available in the media center.

Appendix A: Observation

Date: February 6, 2013 Time 1:00-2:00 pm 2:15-3:15 pm Classes 1 1 Kids 13 9 Teachers 2 4