Monday, January 14, 2008

Library Collaboration in Delaware

As the State of Delaware unveils its new Delaware Literacy Plan (DLP) now in draft, the role of the school LMS as a teacher-librarian becomes vital.  New literacy requirements will involve a new approach to instruction. Literacy across the curriculum can only occur through collaboration. The school LMS is the school-wide resource for collaborative planning.  They are also vitally important to the instructional staff as a resource for information literacy, reading advocacy and literacy instruction, and are skilled professionals in visual and other literacies that will be required of the 21st-century learner.  As formative and summative assessments will be required for the DPL, well-thought-out research projects, in collaboration with the school LMS can provide the rigor and relevance that will increase student achievement. The School Library Collaboration Program can serve as a model for school-wide improvement in student success.