VSLA, UVM and the NEA have partnered in writing a Great Public Schools Grant to train experienced school librarians to coach and support every new-to-the-profession librarian hired in our state.
– We intend to recruit and train 15 new experienced certified school librarians each year for three years to be trained his mentor coaches.
– We intend to have a pool of train school library mentors in each of the five Vermont School library association regions of Vermont in order to peer every newly hired Librarian with a seasoned mentor.
– We intend to develop a sustainable system for successful professional learning for both veterans and another school librarians in Vermont that focuses on improving student learning outcomes for diverse learners in all regions of our state. With increased skill and follow ups support for school librarian student success will be reflected in outcomes and competencies as outlined in American Association of school library and standards framework for learners.
The grant outlines a framework for continuing professional learning and sustainability of the initiative.
Presenter Bio: Nancy is a National Board Certified Teacher (2010) and has worked in education since 1983. Her experience in EEE and Success by Six led her to discover her passion for early literacy and was ultimately hired as the school librarian at Thatcher Brook Primary School when she completed the School Library Media sequence at UVM. Nancy is a mentor, and is the Mentor Coordinator for the Harwood Unified Union School District. Last summer, along with Judith Kaplan from UVM, Nancy wrote and received a $157,000 grant from the NEA to build a statewide network that will train experienced school librarians to mentor Librarian‘s that are new to the profession.