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News Release - 2012 Highly Effective School Libraries

April 12, 2012

News Release

Colorado Recognizes 47 Highly Effective School Libraries

Libraries integrate 21st century skills into daily lessons

The Colorado Department of Education announced today that 47 school libraries have earned “Highly Effective School Library Program” status. Librarians in these schools meet or exceed criteria established by the State Library for exemplary school library programs that align with their school’s goals.

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“These school libraries should be proud of this achievement,” said Eugene Hainer, assistant commissioner and state librarian at CDE. “Libraries remain one of the critical links to 21st century skills and literacy acquisition, and the students will benefit immeasurably from the district’s support of these highly effective programs.”

Each library selected for this honor submitted school-aligned goals, an action plan, a letter of recommendation, and a three minute multimedia presentation showcasing various aspects of the competencies required for program excellence.

Applications included a number of innovative components which research shows improves student achievement, such as collaborative planning between the school librarian and staff and integrating 21st century skills into content.

Librarians also demonstrated evidence of personal leadership locally and nationally and of being a lifelong learner.

Each school librarian self-assessed library programs with the building principal, using the newly developed “Highly Effective School Library Program Competencies.” This assessment tool, developed by the State Library at CDE, provides guidelines for how a quality school library program should look. Meeting the competencies ensure Colorado schools have highly effective school librarians who help fulfill the state’s educational priority of having students who are college- and career- ready.

After assessing the applications, the Highly Effective School Library Advisory Board gave final recommendations. Commissioner Hammond will recognize librarians who earned Highly Effective School Library Program status at the May 9 State Board of Education meeting. In addition, each school will receive a banner indicating their school library is highly effective.

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