The focus of the Highly Effective School Library Program is two-fold:
- To provide leadership and guidance for K-12 educators as they strive to improve student achievement and prepare students for 21st century success by using the Highly Effective rubric as a guide and,
- To recognize outstanding school library programs and librarians.
Our overarching goal is that all schools will have highly-qualified teacher librarians and communities (parents, students, administrators, and fellow educators) who advocate for and understand that high levels of student achievement and 21st century success require an exemplary librarian and library program.
The program has an exciting new look and feel. To earn highly effective status principals and teacher librarians will need to complete five credentials, using the rubric as a guide. Upon completion, the school will be eligible to apply for the newly developed Distinguished School Library Program of the Year Award.
- 2016 Highly Effective School Library Program (HESLP) Evaluation Rubric - The highly effective school library program rubric guides administrators and teacher librarians in sustaining and growing the school’s library program.
This rubric provides school librarians, teachers and principals a means for evaluating all aspects of a Highly Effective School Library Program. See 2-3 minute video clips embedded in 5 of the competencies.
- Growth Plan (DOCX)
- Sample Teacher Librarian Growth Plan (PDF)
Teacher librarians collaborate with their principal to earn up to five credentials in the areas listed below. These forms are designed as a guide for principals and/or evaluators to determine when the teacher-librarian earns the credential.
Planning for the future is an essential role for a successful teacher librarian and library program. Annual review of school focus goals, library data and collaborative input from the school community is part of developing a plan of action for continuous quality improvement. Planning Credential Application
The teacher librarians designs and implements lessons and assessments that meaningfully integrate 21st Century Learning Standards, Colorado Academic Standards, and digital literacy skills through direct instruction and collaboration with content teachers. Instructional Specialist Credential Application
As a leader the teacher librarian creates an environment in which collaboration and creative problem solving thrive. The teacher librarian influences staff and students to embrace a growth mindset by demonstrating lifelong learning in practice. Leadership Credential Application
The teacher librarian establishes a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for a diverse population of students.The school library space is open, warm welcoming, and flexibly designed to meet a wide variety of needs. It is a place for all that fosters learning and curiosity. Library Environment Credential Application
The school library program is guided by thoughtful, professionally-driven policies that are adopted at the district level along with school-level procedures and practices to assure consistent operations, fair access to information, and open exchange of ideas in an appealing environment. Library Management Credential Application
Teacher librarians who earn all five credentials and highly effective status are eligible to apply for a new award. Only one school library program will earn this honor each year, to be recognized at a CDE State Board meeting.
- Award Guidelines
- Application for Award - Anticipated for September 2016
Highly Effective School Library Past Recipients
- 2015 HESL Recognition Recipients (PDF)
- 2014 HESL Recognition Recipients (PDF)
- 2013 Recognition Recipients (PDF)
- 2012 HESL Recognition Recipients (PDF)
For more information about the Highly Effective School Library Program, contact:
Becky Russell, School Library / 21st Century Skills Instructional Specialist
Casey Veatch, Digital Literacy Instructional Specialist