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Collection Development

Collection Development Assignment

Frit 7134

Dr. Debra H. Chester

Submitted by

Harold Grant
March 3, 2010

School Site and Student Description

Kelley Lake Elementary is part of the Dekalb County School system

located in Decatur, GA. Kelley Lake in a Title 1 school located in the urban
metro Atlanta area. The mission of Kelley Lake is for the school, parents, and
community to work collaboratively to provide rigorous educational
opportunities for students that maximize their academic and social potential
so they become lifelong learners.

The Kelley Lake community includes a diverse population ranging from

public assisted families to middle income families. The school is located in a
very transient area with enrollment changes occurring from month to month.
The racial composition of the school’s population is 98.5% African American
and 1.5% other. The ethnic composition of the student body has not changed
significantly during the past five years. Students in DeKalb are eligible to
participate in magnet programs, which do effect the population at Kelley
Lake. Of the 450 students enrolled in Kelley Lake Elementary School during
the 2008 -
2009 school year, 93% were eligible for free or reduced lunch. A breakfast
program is also available for students each day.
Kelley Lake Elementary School provides numerous opportunities for
students to read and develop their language arts skills. The Reading
Initiative was established for parents to provide time at home for their
children to read. The Reading Counts Program and the 25 Book Campaign
are designed to promote and develop essential reading skills. As a result, our
reading and language arts scores have been above the state AMO.

Kelley Lake ensures that the curriculum is implemented, supported, and

assessed during weekly grade level meetings, classroom observations,
monitoring of lesson plans, and student performances. Instruction is designed
around the teaching of Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) and student
performance is assessed on a regular basis. The school also offers a
curriculum based on interdisciplinary and cross-curricular experiences that
clearly define expectations for student learning. The school aligns those
expectations for student learning with the various subject areas and grade
The staff at Kelley Lake is totally involved in the instructional program
and participates in staff development, which helps maximize skills and
knowledge of the operation of school policies and procedures. There are 25
certified teachers on staff full time, two administrators and one counselor. Of
these, 18 have advanced degrees. Additionally there are 7 paraprofessionals
assigned to Kelley Lake.

The target audience that my standards will apply towards will be fourth
grade students who range in age from 9-11 years old. This grade level

consists of 67 students with 14 of them receiving EIP services and 1

attending the gifted program. Most students are ranked as level 2 reading
students according to information from their most recent standardized
testing scores. Students have access to laptop carts, Promethian Boards,
Activotes, literacy materials, media center along with Destiny, several
learning software programs, and a state of the art computer lab.

Curriculum Review

My review encompasses a look at early Native American culture, with a

focus on the Indians of the Southeast. Students in grade four began a formal
look at history with a unit on Native Americans. The following standard
corresponds with this unit:

SS4H1 The student will describe how early Native American cultures
developed in North America.
a. Locate where Native Americans settled with emphasis on the Arctic (Inuit),
Northwest (Kwakiutl), Plateau (Nez Perce), Southwest (Hopi), Plains
(Pawnee), and Southeast (Seminole).
b. Describe how Native Americans used their environment to obtain food,
clothing, and shelter.

Standards Task Resources

SS4H1 The student will • Use chart to • Textbook

describe how early organize
Native American differences in • Multimedia
cultures developed in tribes and
North America. similarities. • Internet/Websites
on Native
• Create model Americans
totem poles.
• Reference
• Plan a feast and Materials
dress according to
a specific tribal • Maps
custom. • Media Center
• Make a route collections
depicting The Trail
of Tears.

• Groups will make

a poster, report,

or newspaper
article about an
assigned regional
Native tribe.

• Create mural
showing life in a

• Read the book


• An oral
presentation is
made by each
group and
includes housing,
clothing, modes of
used by the tribes,
food, weapons,
jobs of tribe
( women, men,
children, chief,
medicine man,
etc.), where each
is located in the
USA, and
important tribe

Collection Review

Upon evaluating the library resources, I found there to be a good

selection of material pertaining to Native Americans. The library holds over

9,000 publications, ranging from fictional, biographical, and non-fiction and


I began my review by starting in the 900’s section, which is organized

in close proximity to the reference materials. There were about thirty books

in this section that were about Native Americans. The reference area

contained three sets of encyclopedias that could provide information on the

Native Americans, although there weren’t any specific encyclopedias or

collections about Native Americans or any other one culture.

Next I moved to the fictional sectional to look at its holdings. There

were over one hundred books that covered various reading levels. The books

were clearly identified with their Lexile score and Reading Counts level

marker. The books varied in publication years that stretched from 1983-

2007. Using the Destiny system proved to be very helpful in identifying what

books were available through the school’s library.

My review showed that there was a lack in resources mostly in media

on Native Americans. Most of the material was dated and still on VHS. The

students are very much aware of these types of details when it is put before

them. To keep their attention, technology resources need to be put into use,

in order to meet the student’s level of demand.

My conclusion is that the 900’s section needs to be updated with more

current material. Also there needs to be additional reference materials that

cover specific cultures in America. Along with these updates the digital

media needs to be revamped to give student quality visual and interactive

materials depicting Native American life.


Budget Summary

My materials were chosen from several reputable vendors. I chose to

put more finances towards updating the technology infrastructure. The

subscription to Brain Pop was $ 1995.00, which would give students an array

of information about Native Americans in an easy to understand format.

Along with activities and assessment, students will have a meaningful

learning experience. This subscription will also give students access to the

program at school and home. The total cost for the collection is $3,525.23.

Attached is an Excel spreadsheet that details material, vendors, and cost.