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StrategicManagementPlan

ErinShultz
GeorgiaSouthernUniversityFRIT7331





Contextual Analysis of the Learning Community
SchoolDescription

GeographicLocation:

GeorgeWashingtonCarverElementarySchoolislocatedinthesuburbanareaof
RichmondHill,GA.RichmondHillisacoastaltownlocatedatthesouthendofBryan
County,Georgia,UnitedStates.ThecountyisbisectedinhalfbyFortStewartArmybase.
Thepopulationwas20,459,inthe2010census.ItispartoftheSavannahMetropolitan
StatisticalArea.RichmondHill,Gais70%middletoupperclassfamiliesthataremixture
ofmilitary,orbluecollarworkerswhocommutetoSavannahGaorHinesvilleGa.

Staff/Students:
GeorgeWashingtonCarverElementaryisafourandfifthgradeschoolwithtwenty
twofourthgradeclassroomsandtwentytwofifthgradeclassrooms.Eachteacheris
responsibleforallmajorsubjectareas.Alltheteachersarefullycertifiedbuthavevarying
degreesofeducationalbackgroundandexperience.Theirexperiencelevelsrangefrom
lessthanfiveyearsexperiencewithfouryeardegreestoveteranteacherswithspecialist
degreesand19+yearsexperience..Nineteenofthe44teachershavinggraduatelevel
trainingintheearlychildhoodeducationwith5havingspecialistdegrees.Thereare42
womenandtwomenbetweentheagesof2461yearsold.Theschoolhastwofulltime
administrators,aschoolcounselors,amediaspecialist,andatechnologyspecialist.
Basedonthe20102011data,thetotalstudentspopulationis888students
comprisedof70%Caucasian,8%Hispanicand14%AfricanAmericans,2%Asianand
5%multiracial.

ScoresandPerformance:
TheGovernorsOfficereportsthattheschoolmetAYPforthepastfouryears.Italsostated
thepercentageofStudentsMeetingandExceedingStandardsinthecurrentyearis
93.16%.andthispercentagereflectsagainovertheprioryearof0.86%.Thischangewas
atorabove70.22%oftheelementaryschoolsinGeorgia.The20102011CRCTtest
resultsalsoshowedthat97.36%of5thgradersand95.49%of4thgradersmeetsand
exceedsstandardinreadingstandards.

Facility/MediaCenter:

Thefacilityis20yearsoldandhasbeenwellmaintained.Theschoolisbrickwith
carpetclassroomsandtilehallways.Themediacenterislocatedatthefrontmiddleofthe
school(highlightedinpicturebelow).Theschoolhasonemediacenterwithonemedia
specialistandonelibraryassistant.Thecollectionaround15,000bookswithamixof
fictionandnonfictionbooks.Thisyearthemediaspecialistpurchasedandopened,
Destiny,anebooksightforonlinesearchesandebooks.
Theschoolsystemishasrecentlybeguntofocusonencouragetechnology
innovationandeducation.Theschoolsystemchangedthecellphoneandpersonaldevice
policytwoyearsagotosupportanopentechnologypolicywithmostwebsitesunblocked
forstudentandteachers.

Schoolmissionand/orgoals:
TheschoolsystemsmissionstatementisDedicatedtorigorous
educationaltasksthatchallengeandmotivatestudentswhilealwaysbeingfocused
oncontinuousimprovement.Theschoolssystemsvisionstatementsis
CommittedtoExcellenceandSuccessinAllWeDo!Theschooldoesnothavea
individualmissionandvisionstatements.

PreliminaryPlanningStatements:
Basedonthelearningcommunitythemediacenterwillbeinforafew
changesinthefuture.
implementationofipadsintheclassroomwillmakethedevelopmentofonline
resourcescrucialtofuturestudentsuccess.
Thecountiespushforstudentsandfacultytostayattunedtoadvancesin
technologyineducationwillshapethedirectionoftechnologyfundingandthe
mediacenterbudgetsfortheforeseeablefuture.
Themediaspecialistmustplanfortheseaddedexpensesebooks,updating
ipadapps,addingtechnologytomediacentertomakeitmoreuserfriendlyfor
teachersandstudents.
Theadditionofwirelessaccesstotheinternetinthebuildingisalsosomething
thatneedstobeaddressedinthefuture.

References:
Schooldataandmissionstatementsretreivedfromhttp://gwces.bryan.k12.ga.us/
on2/12/2014
BryanCountyInfomationhttp://www.richmondhillga.gov/on2/14/2014
http://www.richmondhill-ga.gov/index.aspx?nid=94

http://www.bryancountyga.org/about/statistics_and_demographics/index.php\

American Association of School Librarians (2009). Empowering learners:
Guidelines for school library programs. Chicago, Illinois: American Association of
School Librarians
















Vision, Philosophy, & Mission: Linking Media Programs
to Learning

PhilosophyandPurpose:

Purpose:Thenumberonepurposeofthemediacenteristoprovideforthe
learningneedsofthestudentsandstaffofGeorgeWashingtonCarver.Our
purposeistoencourage,inspireandequipthelearnerintheacquisitionof
knowledge.Wewillworktofosteranappreciationofliteratureandreadingto
promotelifelonglearning.

Accesstoinformation:Theschoollibraryprogramshouldsupportthatlearningwith
awelldevelopedcollectionofmaterialsinavarietyofformatsthatsupportthe
curriculumandissuitedtoinquirylearningandtheneedsandinterestsofthe
learnings.(EmpowerLearners,p38)Wewillsupportandenhancethecurriculum
throughavarietyofmaterialsandinformationalresourceswhilefocusingon
creatinginterestandaloveofreading. Assistancewillbefocusedonstudents,
facultyandstafftonurturetheirintellectualandeducationaldevelopmentas
effectiveconsumersofinformationandtechnology,whilebuildingaknowledgethat
createsselfreliance,developscriticalthinkingskills,andfosterscooperation
amongstaffandthestudentbody.

Climateforlearning:Themediacenterwillprovideaclimateconducivetolearning
byhavingapositiveandinspiringspacethatiswellorganizedandefficient.
(EmpowerLearners,p33)ThemediaspecialistwilladheretotheCodeofEthics
outlinedbytheALA(AmericanLibraryAssociation)whenconsideringthe
informationthatwillbeprovidedinthemediacentertoeachindividual,gradelevel,
orschoollevel(i.e.elementary,middle,high).Westrivetothecenterforcreative
collaborationforourteachersandtoprovideourstudentswithresourcestoaccess,
evaluate,useandproduceinformationinordertobecomeselfdirected,critical
thinkers.

Makingconnections:Theschoollibrariansabilitytobuildstrongrelationshipwith
teachers,schooladministrators,andthecommunityiskeytoimplementing
change.(EmpoweringLearners,p47)Themediaspecialisthastobepresentat
meetingsforgradelevel,leadershipandplanningmeetingtostayinformedand
connected.Themediaspecialistshouldalsoprovidemultiplewaysforstudents
andteacherstoconnectwiththelocallearningcommunityandbeyondby
establishingprogramslikebookbuddiesandlibraryenterprisepartners.

Missionstatement:
ThemissionofGeorgeWashingtonCarverElementarySchoolmediacenteristo
inspireathirstforknowledgeinthestudentsandstaff.

Motto:Todayareader,Tomorrowaleader.

Sources:
AmericanAssociationofSchoolLibrarians(2009).Empoweringlearners:Guidelinesfor
schoollibraryprograms.Chicago,Illinois:AmericanAssociationofSchoolLibrarians

Shultz,Erin.(2014).MediaCenterLogo

Facilities: Inside the Walls & Beyond


Description & Analysis


Facilities and Resources:
The facilities at George Washington Carver are tailored to fourth and fifth graders. The
building was built 20 years ago as an elementary school. As the population has grown
the school system decided to break up the
schools by grades and not locations. The
facilities are maintained by a staff custodians
that keep the library clean. The media center is
furnished with solid wood round and square
tables with wooden shelves for the stacks. The
circulation desk is located to the left of the
main entrance. It is schools policy that there is
always someone stationed there to help.
Students can also check out their own books
at one of the four self check out centers.
These computers can also be used to search
for books on topics or by the author. The
media center has three sets of double doors
that allow it to be accessed from each wing of
the school and the outside. The doors to the
outside stay locked because of security
concerns. Teachers and students use the
south set of interior door that lead to the
main hallway. The other set of double door
leads to another hallway that has been turned
into a work room for the teachers. In the
workroom there are two copy machines, an
ellison machine and various type of office
supplies.


The school also uses this space to store items for special events like the fall festival.
At George Washington Carver there are
three computer labs with 30 computers
that are less than 5 years old. One of the
labs is located in the media center and the
other two are located in each grade level
hallway. Each lab is equipped with a mobile
smart board. The library also has 2 class
sets of Turning Points systems and ipads
that the teachers can check out for a week
at a time. The ipad carts are equipped with
wifi and connects to the school systems
network. The ipads are not available for individual check out by students or teacher.
(Sriratanakoul,Katie.personalcommunication,March3,2014)

Location:
The school is located in the middle of a residential area but only has one road that runs
in front of the school. There is no noise from road traffic but there is occasional noise
from air traffic because of the schools proximity to Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah GA
and Fort Stewart in HInesville, GA.

Scheduling and Services:
The library has extra wide aisles and plenty of space for special needs students
that might use wheelchairs. The overall learning environment is positive and encourages
exploration of the stacks with an open flow and well organized space. The media Center
is open from 7:45 am to 3:30pm. Students can come to the media center any time
during the day to check in and out books independently. Or whole classes can come to
the media center for lessons, research, or lab time. Parents and students can also
access destiny, an online database of the book and ebooks available, through this
webpage. Carver Media Center also runs the School store. School Store is open 8 am -
3:10 pm The story sells tokens from 8 am until the bell rings. School store is open all
day long and students can come to the media center to spend their tokens with
teacher permission. Students usually come during their recess time or after completing
their work. Carver News Network is the Morning news program. CNN is reported and
operated by the 5th grade students. They do a live news report every school morning
that is filmed in the media center backroom.



CNN News




Online at a Glance:
The school system recently update its technology policy to include bring your own
device or BYOD. Which does not affect most of the fourth and fifth graders at GWC.
However, this change has over loaded the network and the wireless systems for the
county. The school system is in the process of increasing the bandwidth and updating
the websites to enable all the schools to have a greater access to online learning. The
network has not been updated for over 10 years and is not capable of handling the
increase in web traffic and the number of devices accessing the system each day. This
has lead to a decrease in the ability to offer a virtual media centers . They also updated
the websites that are blocked by allowing social networking sites like twitter and
facebook for the high schools and youtube for every school. (Sriratanakoul,Katie.
personalcommunication,March3,2014)

Links to online learning used most often in the computer labs.
Classworks: K-8; Creation of Individual Learning Paths
SLDS: PK-12; State Longitudinal Data System
Study Island: 2-5; Individual lessons correlated to CCGPS
Moby Max: K-12; Individualized instructional prescription based lesson
Sum Dog: 1-5; Multiplayer
games designed to improve math
fact fluency
Edmodo: 3-12; Teacher led
interactive learning environment
Galileo: 4-12; Georgia online
library research database
MobyMax
Hartcourt online
Think Central
EduPlace
Accelerated Reader
GMCS - media center
destiny - online card catalogy
McGraw Hill Online Math Book
(MyMath)
Online Assessments taken by the students:
OAS: Online Assessment System from the State
EOCT: State End of Course Test
MAP: NWEA Measures of Academic Progress
Schoolnet: School-based online test creation and tracking
GRASP: Progress Monitoring System

Budget:
Periodicals books and magazines $601.15- 4%
Supplies $352 -2%
Technology computers, ink $1684.42 12%
Books/AV print, electronic,DVD $11762.56 82%
Total amount $14,400.13
($2486.96 on ebooks this year. 21% of my book budget is ebooks.)
(Sriratanakoul,Katie.personalcommunication,March3,2014)

Needs Improvement:
Overall the facility has an open and inviting learning environment. The media
specialist has done a great job organizing the media center in a way that encourage
exploration and curiosity. There are a few things that need to be changed to improve
the mood of the room. All the walls are beige and have very few pictures or poster.
Adding brightly colored poster or paintings would make the space more visually
interesting and inviting. Also, the room has window on one side that open to an
atrium/outside. When the sun is shining the media center is bright but on cloudy days
the room can be a dark. Better lighting should be added in the future. The floors are
dark brown which also makes the space seem darker as well. Brightly colored rugs and a
reading area with bean bags could also make the space more inviting.
The virtual library space is not as up to date as the physical media space. The
website is a single page with adequate information and links but it doesnt reflect the
resource that are available. Parents and students use ebooks and tablets at home so
the media center would benefit from investing in these technologies for school.
Additions to the online resources would also improve the media centers virtual learning
space. While there are many ebooks available a majority of these are non-fiction and
only checked out by the staff. The school ipads are not in use because the technology
specialist has not formated them with passwords for the students. This is a waste of
resource that should be addressed immediately. The ipads would also serve as a great
resource for learning collaboration between the media specialist and the teachers. The
virtual learning space would also benefit from connecting the community to the
students through possibly teacher blogs of media center blogs that could share
activities and programs with the public.




References:
George Washington Carver School. (2014)[webpage picture and information ]Retreived
from http://gwces.bryan.k12.ga.us/?PageName=%27Library%27

Google Maps. (2014)[Birdseye view of the school picture] Retreived from
https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&q=Dr.+George+Washington+Carver+E
lementary+School&fb=1&gl=us&hq=george+washington+carver+elementary&h
near=0x88fb0f1094ead343:0x94ed3d8d06c85a9,Richmond+Hill,+GA&cid=65262919
56255828459&ei=-XsYU5SpIce-kQf07oDgBg&ved=0CKUBEPwSMAo

























Service Overview: Menu of LMC Attractions
Overview:
ThemediaspecialistatGeorgeWashingtonCarverfulfillsfivemajorrolesteacher,
instructionalpartner,informationspecialist,programadministrator,leader.The
followingisadescriptionofhowshehascompetentlysatisfiedallofthoseroles.

MediaSpecialistasProgramAdministrator:
ThemediaCenterisopenfrom7:45amto3:30pm.Studentsareallowed
cometothemediacenterindependentlyduringthedaytocheckinandoutbooks.
Thereisnolimittothenumberofbookstheyortheirparentscancheckout.
Students,Parentsandteacherscanalsoreservebooksonlinewithdestiny,which
isabrandnewonlinecatalog.Booksthatarereservedthroughdestinyareplaced
onashelfandstudents/parentsandteachersarenotifiedbyemailthatthebooks
areonthereservesshelfandreadytobecheckedout.
Lettersaresenthometoparentsperiodicallyforoverduebooks.Ifthebook
islostordamagetheparentmustpaytoreplacethebookbasedonthecatalogs
listedcostorbringinthesamebookasareplacement.
InadditiontothestackstheteacherscanalsocheckoutDVDs,theclass
setofipads,turningpointremotesandunitmaterialslocatedintheresourceroom.
Thisroomcontainslessresourcethaninpastyearsbecauseofthechangesin
technologymakesiteasiertofindresourceslocatedonline.Themediaspecialist
foundthatDiscoveryandyoutubeweremoreuptodatethanmostoftheVHS
tapesthatwereavailablesotheschooldecidedtopurchasenewTVfortheschool
thaninvestinDVDs.
Thelibraryisalsotheareathatisusedforsmallgroup/pulloutinstructionfor
specialeducation.Thespecialed.teacherspulloutthestudentstoassistwith
projectsandassignmentsandusethetablesinthemediacenteras
miniclassrooms.Thesmallgroupsalsohaveasetofcomputersinthelablocated
inthemediacenter.Thesecomputersarereservedforthesegroupsandare
availablebysignup.

CarverMediaCenteralsorunstheSchoolStorethatisopendailyfrom
8am3:10pm.Studentsaregiventokenbyteachersortheycanpurchasetokens
tospendattheschoolstore.Studentstypicallyvisittheschoolstoreduringtheir
recesstimeoraftercompletingtheirwork.

MediaSpecialistasInformationTechnologySpecialist
InadditiontotheonsiteprintcollectionsandeBooks,themediacentersubscribes
toonlineresourcestosupportstaffandstudentresearch.Linkstotheseresourcescanbe
accessedviathecountywebsite.(AlsoseeSMP3forafulllistofonlineandcomputerlab
resourcesavailable)Themediaspecialistmaintainthislistandcoordinateswiththe
technologyspecialist.
Instruction Software Resources
Classworks: K-8; Creation of Individual Learning Paths
SLDS: PK-12; State Longitudinal Data System
Study Island: 2-5; Individual lessons correlated to CCGPS
Moby Max: K-12; Individualized instructional prescription based lesson
Sum Dog: 1-5; Multiplayer games designed to improve math fact fluency
Prezi: 2-12; Innovative presentation tool
Edmodo: 3-12; Teacher led interactive learning environment
Google Apps: 3-12; Apps and resources centered on educational objectives
Galileo: 4-12; Georgia online library research database
Online Assessments
OAS: Online Assessment System from the State
MAP: NWEA Measures of Academic Progress
Schoolnet: School-based online test creation and tracking
GRASP: Progress Monitoring System
Inanefforttousetechnologyeffectivelyandefficientlytheschoolmadetheebooks
andprintmediacollectionsavailableonlinethroughtheuseofDestinyOnlinePublic
AccessCatalog(OPAC),aWebbasedunioncatalogandinventorysystemforK12library
collections.
MediaSpecialistasTeacher,LeaderandInstructionalPartner
Wholeclassesvisitthemediacenteronafixedscheduleonceaweekfor30
minuteminilessons.Teacherscansignupforextratimesthatareavailableduringthe
weekbysendingthemediaspecialistanemail.Theweeklyscheduleispostedonthe
schoolcalendarandisaccessibleonthesharesdrive.Duringtheseweeklyvisitsthe
mediaspecialistdeliversaminilessononatopictheteachershaverequested.These
lessonareusuallybasedonaunitbeingintroducedorcurrentlybeingaddressedbythe
classroomteachers.Afixedscheduleworksbestbecauseeachgradelevelteachesthe
sameunitsatthesametimesothesamelessonisusedforeachclassinthatgradelevel
forthatweeksmediacenterlesson.
Classesalsohaveafixedscheduleforthegradelevelcomputerlabs.Eachclass
visitsthelab,locatedontheirhallway,onceaweekfora1hourblock.Teachercanalso
requestextratimeinthecomputerlablocatedinthemediacenterortheirhallwaywhenitis
notinusebyaddingtheirnametothecalendaronthesharesdrive.
Themediaspecialistalsoprovidesstaffdevelopmenttoteachersmonthlyby
offeringclassesontheeffectiveuseandintegrationof21stcenturytechnologiesand
digitaltoolssuchaspodcasting,Web2.0tools,digitalcontent,clouddatabases,and
virtualresources,andvideoproduction.Themediaspecialiststartedtheyeargiving
teacherstheoptionofdoingdevelopmentclassesonafewtopicsandtoldthemtosend
heranemailofanyothertopictheywouldliketolearnmoreaboutbutdonthavethetime
toresearchthemselves.Thenthemediaspecialistpreparedthelessonsandoffersthat
lessonandanideaofimplementationduringthemonthlylessons.

Assessment:
TheALAlistedtheofcharacteristicsofhighlyeffectiveschoollibraries.(www.ala.org)
Afterreviewingthatlistfivecharacteristicstoodout.Thisassessmentfocusesonthose
fivemainareas:effectiveness,organization,relevance,availability,collaboration.
Thefirstoftheseareas,effectiveness,canbeansweredbylookingatstudent
achievement.Themediacenteriseffectiveinpromotinginformationliteracyandin
readingliteracybothinthestudentsandtheteachers.Theevidenceofthisisseeninthe
lessontheteachersandthemediaspecialistgiveduringtheonceweeklyvisittothe
mediacenterandinthecomputerlabs.Alloftheselessonscenteraroundteachingthe
students21stcenturyskillscoupledwiththethematicunitforthatweek.Withtheaddition
oftheclasssetofipadsandtheopendevicepolicy,theschoolanticipatesincreasingthe
numberoflessonsthatcanincorporatemobiledevices.Effectivenesscanalsobe
measuredbytheliteracyscoresonstandardizedtesting.Theschoolhasconsistently
testedinthe90thandabovepercentileonstandardizedtesting(CRCTandGAPS).
Thesecondareaofassessmentisorganizationofmediacenterresourcesand
time.Themediaspecialisthaseffectivelyscheduledtimestoencourageallthestudentsin
theschooltohavelessonsandactivitiesthatencompassthemediacenter.Onceaweek
studentscanfamiliarizethemselveswiththelocationandlayoutofthebooksandmaterial.
Theyarealsoabletointeractwiththemediaspecialistandbegintoseeherasaresource
forlearning.Thestacksarealsoorganizedandlabeledinawaythatiseasyforstudents
tonavigate.
Whilethethemediaspecialisthasconsistentlybeenupdatingthestacksitstill
containmanybooksthatmaynotberelevantforthecurrentcurriculum.Sheislackingan
assistantandtheweedingprocessissecondarytoherdutiesasacollaboratorwiththe
teachers.Shehopestohaveasassistantbytheendoftheyear.Inanefforttocombatthis
problemshehaspurchasedebooksandresourcesonlinetosupplementthecurriculum.
Shestatedthat23%ofherbookbudgetgoestoebooks.Thetechnologyinuseinthe
schoolisuptodateandrelevantfortheageofthestudents.Althoughtheadditionofaflat
screenTVfortheweeklylessonswouldbehelpfulbutnotnecessary.
Theavailabilityofthemediacenterismeasuredinthenumberofstudentswhoare
ableandwillingtoaccesstheresourceonlineandinperson.GeorgeWashingtonCarver
Elementarysstudentsallvisitthelibraryandcomputerlabatleastonceaweek.The
mediaspecialisthasensuredtheteachersandstudentknowthatsheisavailabletothem
toofferhelpandsupport.Thisalsospeakstothecollaborationaspectoftheassessment.
Theteacherandthemediaspecialisthavedevelopedarespectforeachothersstrength
andusethemtocreatethebestunitspossible.Theavailabilityofresourcesisgoodwhen
comparedtootherschoolsinthearea.Thewebsiteneedstobeexpandedtoinclude
morecommunityandschoolprojects.TheadditionofDestinythisyearhasmadeebooks
anavailableresourceforlearning,butthemediacenterisstilllackinginarealcreative
commonsspaceforteachersand/orstudentstocollaborateonline.Theteachershavea
folderonthenetworksharesdrive,butithaslimitedspaceandisonlyavailableonsite.
Thisisanareathatneedsimprovementinthefuture.
Overall,themediacenterissuccessfullysupportingthemissionofGeorge
WashingtonCarverElementarySchoolsmediacentertopromotealoveofreadinganda
thirstforknowledge.Theservicesandsessionspromoteanatmosphereofexplorationof
newideas.Theteachersandstudentsareencouragedtoconstantlylearnandgrowby
readingandexploringtheworldusingtechnologyandprintmedia.Theavailabilityof
ebooks,Destiny,andtheipadbroadensthestudentsscopeoflearningandencouragea
loveofreadingandathirstforknowledge.
References:
JournalofResearchonLibrariesandYoungAdults.(2014)[The 21st Century
Media Literacy Learning Commons Model Graphic].Retrievedfrom
http://www.yalsa.ala.org/jrlya/2012/04/medialiteracyandlearningcommonsinthe
digitalagetowardaknowledgemodelforsuccessfulintegrationintothe21stcent
uryschoollibrary/

KatieSaratonokle,MediaSpecialistGeorgeWashingtonCarver,March24,2014

DavidShultz,AssistantPrincipal,GeorgeWashingtonCarver,March24,2014

GeorgeWashingtonCarverSchool.(2014)[instructionalresourcesandonline
assessments]Retreivedfrom
http://gwces.bryan.k12.ga.us/?PageName=%27Library%27

ALAHighlyEffectiveSchoolLIbraries.RetrievedonMarch24,2014.
http://www.ala.org/research/librariesmatter/node/314


















Goals and Objectives

MissionStatement:ThemissionofGeorgeWashingtonCarverElementary
Schoolmediacenteristoinspireathirstforknowledgeinthestudentsand
staff.

LongRangeGoalsandObjectives:
1. Thestudents,facultyandstaffwilldeveloptheirintellectualandeducationalskillstobe
effectiveconsumersofinformationandtechnology
a. startawikiforteacherstocollaborateandsharelessonsandresources
b. createschoolmediacenterwebsite/wikiwithcurrentinformationfortheparents
andcommunity
c. trainteachershowtocreatepodcasts
2. Updatetechnologyresourcesforstudentsandstaffsotheyareabletoevaluate,useand
produceinformation.
a. LargeflatscreenTVswithwirelessdongles
b. purchaseanotherclasssetsofipads
c. updatestudentbroadcastingequipment
3. Increasethecollaborativeeffortbetweenthemediacenterandschoolstaff
a. creatingaWikitoprovideinformationontrainingsandactivitiesassociatedwithin
themediacenter.
b. ProvidetrainingopportunitiesviastaffdevelopmentandsmallgroupsonWeb2.0
Toolsscreencasts,videolessons,linksforteachersresources
c. attendgradelevelplanningmeetings
4. Buildaknowledgethatcreatesselfrelianceanddevelopscriticalthinking
a. studentsandteacherwillknowexplorethelibraryandunderstandhowtosearch
forinformationonlineandinpersonatthelibrary
b. ContinuetointroducestudentstothelatesttechnologyviaiPad,iPodTouch,
SMARTBoard,DocumentCameras
c. incorporateaunitonbeingaresponsibleconsumerofinformationinformation
literacy
5. Encourageanappreciationofliteratureandreadingbothcurrentandclassic.
a. establishteacherleadwikidiscussionboardsforbookclubs
b. establishamediacenterfacebookpageforsharinginformationofbooksand
literaturethatencourageparentsandstudenttogainaloveofreading

Activities:
Plan/GoalsTimelineofEvaluationandCompletion:
Area YearOne YearTwo YearThree
Technology/Resources ApproachPTSOabout
tech.improvements
neededforMCinthe
comingyear

PurchaseFlatscreen
formediacenterand
dongle
Purchase
anotherclass
setofipads
Purchaseappsfor
ipadsbasedonteacher
feedbackfromsurvey

20%BookBudgetto
ebooks
30%BookBudgetto
ebooks
40%BookBudgetto
ebooks
Research Researchpricesand
alternatemeansof
raisingsupport
grants,contestsetc.

onlinelearning
opportunitiestoenrich
curriculumforgifted
studentsKhan
academypartnership
andcoaching

OnlineResources CreateWikiforMedia
Center
Establishfacebook
pageforMC

UpdateMCwebsite
Createwikifor
teachersresources
andbookclubs
Createpodcastfor
teachereducationof
Web2.0tools

Training/Lessons trainteachershowto
usethewikisforbook
clubs,andteacher
PLNforcollaboration
Continuetraining
teachersonwikisfor
bookclubs,and
teacherPLNfor
collaboration

Lessonfor
students/teacherson
informationliteracy
Continuebuildonthe
lessonsforinfolit.

SLMSAttendgrade SLMSAttendgrade SLMSAttendgrade


levelmeetings levelmeetings levelmeetings

Evaluation:
Themediacenterwillbeevaluatedintheyearlymeetingofthemediaspecialistandschool
administratorsbasedonthetimelineabove.Thestudenttestscoresandteachersurveys
doneattheendoftheschoolyearwillalsoserveasmeasurestoevaluatetheeffectiveness
andsuccessoftheobjectivessetforthtoobtainthegoalsforthatyear.Manyofthegoals
havetangibleresultsthatcaneasilybeevaluated,suchasacquiringtelevisionsortheclass
setofipads.Ifthegoalisnotmetitwillbeaddedtothefollowingyearsobjectivesonthe
timeline.

Goal References
1Thestudents,facultyandstaffwilldevelop
theirintellectualandeducationalskillstobe
effectiveconsumersofinformationand
technology
64%ofonlineteenshaveparticipatedin
contentcreatingactivitiesEmpoweringLearners

2Updatetechnologyresourcesforstudents
andstaffsotheyareabletoevaluate,use
andproduceinformation.
Theschoollibrarianworkstobridgethis
digitaldivideandensurethatalllearners
areskilledusersofinformationinall
formats.EmpoweringLearners
3Increasethecollaborativeeffortbetweenthe
mediacenterandschoolstaff
Guideline:Theschoollibraryprogram
promotescollaborationamongmembers
ofthelearningcommunityandencourages
learnerstobeindependent,lifelongusers
andproducersofideasandinformation.
4Buildaknowledgethatcreatesselfreliance
anddevelopscriticalthinking
Studentscan(anddo)readandinquire
withthoughtfulnessandcuriosityare
empoweredtopushtheirownlearningto
deeperlevelsandwidervistas.
EmpoweringLearners
5Encourageanappreciationofliteratureand
readingbothcurrentandclassic.
Studentscan(anddo)readandinquire
withthoughtfulnessandcuriosityare
empoweredtopushtheirownlearningto
deeperlevelsandwidervistas.
EmpoweringLearners

References:
AmericanAssociationofSchoolLibrarians.(2009)EmpoweringLearners:GuidelinesforSchoolLibrary
Programs.AmericanAssociationofSchoolLibrarians





























Budget Plan - Prioritizing with Dollars

Budgetsources:

AccordingtothestatQBEreportsthecurrentFTEformulastatesthemediapersonal
13.34perstudents.ThetotalenrollmentofGWCforthe2013schoolyearwas966.The
principalfollowstherecommendedperstudentamountsotheschoolmediacenterbudget
thisyearwas$12,960withanadditionalamountof$1440(KatieSriratinocal,GWC
mediaspecialist)comingfromlocalfundingand$8200fromPTSOandfundraisers.The
amountfromPTSOisbasedontheitemsrequestedbythemediaspecialist.Thisamount
fluctuatesbasedontheneedsforthatschoolyearandtotalamountinthePTSObudget.
GWChasaveryactivePTSOthatraisesanaverageof$45,000perschoolyearthrough
afallfestival,halfmarathon,andcookiesale(KatieSriratinocal,GWCmediaspecialist).
Thisisanadequatebudgettoaccomplishthefirstyearofgoalsforthemediacenter.If
otherneedsarisearequestformorefundingcantobemadetothePTSOfor
consideration.However,thelongtermgoalofpurchasinganotherclasssetoftabletswill
requireanextra15,00020,000(KatieSriratinocal,GWCmediaspecialist).
FTEGeneralFund$12,960
Localfunding$1440
PTSO$4000
Fundraisers$4200
Readathon$1200
SchoolStore$1100
ScholasticBookFair$1900
TotalBudget2013$22,600

BudgetingPlan:
Thelongrangebudgetplanisbasedonthe
financialprinciplesthatapplytobusiness.
Whilethemediacenterisanonprofitthe
principalsofmoniesinversusmoniesoutstill
applies.Themediaspecialistmustallocate
enoughmoneytomaintainthefixedoperating
costofthemediacenterwhilestillworking
towardthelongrangevariablegoals.The
currentbudgetwillbesufficienttoaccomplisha
majorityofthestatedoperationalgoalsforthe
nextthreeyears.Thevariablegoalof
purchasingipadsortabletwillbeanadditional
$12$22,000.Thisamountwillhavetocome
fromadditionalcapitalareasinthebudget,not
justfromthecurrentoperationalbudgetmedia
center.
Whenthefirstsetsofipadswerepurchasedthemoniescamefromacombinationof
fundraisers(PTSO),theschoolstechnologybudget(countyfunded),andtheschool
boardallocatedprincipalsdiscretionaryfunds(countyfunded).Theschool
superintendentandschoolboardhasmadeitatopprioritytoupdatethetechnology
availabletoourstudentswithathreeyeargoalistohavecurrenttechnologyavailable
inourcountybywayofipads,updatewifiandnetworks.Inordertodothattheyare
pushingthecommunitytobecomemoreinvolvedwithfundingourschoolstechnology
programsthroughatsplost.Thecountyhasalsoemployedagrantwritertoinstruct
andassistschoolsinresearching,writingandadheringtogrants.Someoftheideas
forgrantshavebeenusingDonorsChooseortheCorningIncorporated
Foundation.
Theproposedtechnologybudgetoverthecourseofthenextthreeyearswill
dependonthepassingofthetsplostandgrants.Ifthisdoesntpassthenthe
fundingwillhavetocomefromthebudgetspreviouslynamedtopurchasethe
firstsetofipads/tablets.
TheotheritemssuchastheflatscreenTV,swivelTVmount,wirelessdongle
andappswillbefundedthroughthefundraiser,PTSOandlocalfunded
moniesinthebudget.Theseitemswillberequestedattheendofthe
20132014schoolyearsforthe20142015year.Theseitemwillcostan
estimatedtotalof$1800basedonthecurrentpricesatourlocalbestbuy.

Budget Breakdown for the Objectives

Goal Objectives $
1Thestudents,facultyand
staffwilldeveloptheir
intellectualandeducational
skillstobeeffectiveconsumers
ofinformationandtechnology
a. startawikiforteacherstocollaborateandshare
lessonsandresources
b. createschoolmediacenterwebsite/wikiwithcurrent
informationfortheparentsandcommunity
c. trainteachershowtocreatepodcasts
$0

$0

$0
2Updatetechnology
resourcesforstudentsand
staffsotheyareableto
evaluate,useandproduce
information.
d. LargeflatscreenTVswithwirelessdongles
e. purchaseanotherclasssetsofipads
f. updatestudentbroadcastingequipment
$1800
$15000+
$1000
3Increasethecollaborative
effortbetweenthemediacenter
andschoolstaff
g. creatingaWikitoprovideinformationontrainings
andactivitiesassociatedwithinthemediacenter.
h. Providetrainingopportunitiesviastaffdevelopment
andsmallgroupsonWeb2.0Toolsscreencasts,
videolessons,linksforteachersresources
i. attendgradelevelplanningmeetings
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4Buildaknowledgethat
createsselfrelianceand
developscriticalthinking
j. studentsandteacherwillknowexplorethelibrary
andunderstandhowtosearchforinformationonline
andinpersonatthelibrary
k. Continuetointroducestudentstothelatest
technologyviaiPad,iPodTouch,SMARTBoard,
DocumentCameras
l. incorporateaunitonbeingaresponsibleconsumer
ofinformationinformationliteracy
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5Encourageanappreciationof
literatureandreadingboth
currentandclassic.
m. establishteacherleadwikidiscussionboardsfor
bookclubs
n. establishamediacenterfacebookpageforsharing
informationofbooksandliteraturethatencourage
parentsandstudenttogainaloveofreading

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