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February, 2009

Top Ten Best Practices for Chicago Public Schools IB Library Middle Years Programmes
The purpose of this Best Practice list is to provide school administrators with a guide in creating a dynamic library programs and practices for IB MYP schools. This list was compiled by IB MYP librarians representing various areas of the district. 1. Collaboration between IB MYP classroom teachers and librarian to extend the curriculum between the classroom and the library. Positive Outcomes: Collaboration between the classroom teacher and librarian fosters independent student inquiry and problem-based learning. The librarian can properly support the IB MYP Curriculum and implement the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Standards. 2. Create more student access to the library for research and leisure reading using a flexible library or open library schedule for the IB MYP program. Positive Outcomes: Students can visit the school library during the day to use information resources, read for pleasure, and meet and work with other students and teachers. IB MYP classroom teachers book their classes into the school library at times appropriate to their schedule. The school library is then accessible by all at more convenient times than once a week. 3. Provide trained Special Education teacher aides to assist/support Special Education Needs (SEN) students during the library instructional periods. Positive Outcomes: Ensure Special Education Needs (SEN) students are a part of an inclusive learning environment where they can be equally challenged by the IB MYP curriculum and remain in compliance with SEN guidelines. 4. Implement Pass/Fail grading option for Kindergarten 5th grades in IB MYP Library Programs. Positive Outcomes: Changing the grading option provides more time for the librarian to collaborate with classroom teachers, support the IB MYP curriculum and create meaningful lessons and grades for all students. 5. Include IB MYP Library Program in the yearly school budget to purchase print and non-print material. Positive Outcomes: Literacy rich collection that encourages student inquiry, supports the MYP curriculum and Language IB program.

February, 2009

Top Ten Best Practices for Chicago Public Schools IB Library Middle Years Programmes
6. Informational professional development session for classroom teachers and support staff to demonstrate the impact of the IB MYP library program and librarian on student learning. Positive Outcomes: Professional development will provide much needed definition and role of the IB MYP library program and librarian. This will provide the classroom teacher a platform to learn and become an active part of collaborative team with the librarian to meet MYP goals and objectives. 7. Use of Technology (computers) for student inquiry and research based projects that support the IB MYP curriculum. Positive Outcomes: Enhancement of student learning through use of Technology using Web 2.0 and Big 6 Information and Technology Skills to impact student learning. 8. Release IB MYP Librarians from class to attend IB Librarian Training, Department of Librarians and Information Services meetings/training and librarian conferences. Positive Outcomes: Librarians will learn new best practices that can be integrated into the IB MYP curriculum to provide improved instruction for students and support to the instructional staff. 9. Include IB MYP librarian in school based professional development for the staff. Positive Outcomes: The librarian can share new material, connect teachers to much needed resources print/non-print resources and model how to evaluate information for student research. 10. Provide physical space allotment for student lecture, research, study space and proper storage of IB MYP library related books and materials. Positive Outcomes: The library will be fully integrated into the lives of students and they will recognize that it is the hub and teaching, learning and valuable resources.