For Fayette County Principals - July 28 and 29, 2016


Title: Principals and School Library Media Specialists: Co-creating a Culture of Learning

Presenter: Judi Moreillon, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman's University, Denton


Description: State-certified school library media specialists are classroom teachers who wanted to add new knowledge and skills to their classroom teacher toolkits and earn school librarian certification or Master's degrees so they could increase their sphere of influence in their schools. Learn how you and your school librarian can work together to reach capacity in your school.

PowerPoint Slides (.pdf files)
Evidence-based Practice for SLMS Leadership

Elementary School Library Media Specialists

Elementary Principals

Elementary School Library Media Specialists Workshop

Coteaching Images

Cooperation, Coordination, and Collaboration Padlet

Fix-up Options Video (Fast Side): Read the Signs Animoto Video

Coteachers Step Out of the Box - Together! Animoto Video

Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Elementary School Libraries: Web Extras (Graphic Organizers, Rubrics, Teacher Resources, Sample Student Work)

Secondary School Library Media Specialists

Secondary Principals

Secondary School Library Media Specialists

K-12 Research Compared with Inquiry Padlet

Subskills Taught through Inquiry
A figure from my forthcoming book: Building a Culture of Collaboration: School Librarian Leadership and Advocacy (ALA, 2017)

Fix-up Options Video (Fast Side): Read the Signs Animoto Video

Coteaching Reading Comprehension Strategies in Secondary School Libraries: Web Extras (Graphic Organizers, Rubrics, Teacher Resources, Sample Student Work)

Coteaching Testimonials:
Third-grade Teacher Judy Pickeral's Testimonial
At the time of this recording, Judy P. was a third-grade classroom teacher. She worked extensively with classroom-library collaboration in order to support her students' inquiry learning. Judy and I co-planned students' learning experiences. We co-taught from time to time, but for the most part, her students used the library to conduct small group investigations on topics related to third-grade standards.

8th-Grade Language Arts Teacher: Karen's Testimonial
Karen taught 8th-grade at a junior high school. Although a veteran teacher, this was her first year at this particular school. In addition to booktalking and recommending resources for her class, I co-taught a number of lessons with Karen. Some of those lessons centered around giving small groups of students opportunities to read, write, share, give feedback, and reflect on their reading and writing. We involved the adult library aide and library student aides in facilitating small group work.
High School English Teacher: Sherri's Testimonial
At the time of this recording, Sherri was a high school English teacher; she had just earned her principal certificate. (She was also mentoring a studentteacher.) An experienced teacher who had never before worked collaboratively with a teacher-librarian, Sherri charges school librarians to take on a leadership role in instruction in their schools.
Additional Classroom Teacher, Specialist, and Student Teacher Testimonials:

Principals' Testimonials:

Principal: Paula's Testimonial filmed (2014) (1 minute, 42 seconds) Paula shared her understanding of the role of an elementary school librarian as a leader in instruction.

"Principals Know: School Librarians Are the Heart of the School"


American Association of School Librarians (AASL): Common Core State Standards Implementation Assistance Toolkit (and Infographics)

AASL: Position Statement on the School Librarian's Role in Reading

AASL: Standards for the 21st-Century Learner

What Every Principal Should Know about Evaluating the School Library Program (wiki)

Additional Resources:
Fontichiaro, K., Moreillon, J., & Abilock, D. (2009). Our student learning responsibilities and the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers: How do school librarians fit in?. Knowledge Quest, 38(2), 70-72.

Future Ready Schools: Preparing Students for Success. (2016). Future ready librarians. Available online at:

LaGarde, J. (2015). Open Letter to Principals (Before You Hire a New School Librarian). The Adventures of Library Girl Blog. May 26, 2015.

Lance, K. C., Rodney, M. J., & Hamilton-Pennell, C. Powerful libraries make powerful learners: The Illinois study. (2005). Available online at:

Loertscher, D. V. (2014). Collaboration and coteaching. Teacher Librarian, 42(2): 8-19. Available online at:

Moreillon, J. (2009). Reading and the library program: An expanded role for 21st-Century SLMS. Knowledge Quest, 38(2), 24-31.

Moreillon, J. (2013). Leadership: School librarian evaluation. School Library Monthly, 30(2). 24-25, 59.

Moreillon, J. (2014). Collaborative relationships with principals. School Library Monthly, 31(3). 27-28.

Moreillon, J. (2014). Inquiry learning and reading comprehension strategy instruction: Processes that go hand in hand. Knowledge Quest, 43(2), E1-E4.

Samuelson, T. (2015). The teacher-librarian/administrator relationship. Connected

Senge, P., Cambron-McCabe, N., Lucas, T., Smith, B., Dutton, J., and Kleiner, A. (2012). Schools that learn: A fifth discipline fieldbook for educators, parents, and everyone who cares about education. New York: Crown Business. Re-print of title published in 2000.

Turner, D., & White, M. (2015). From media specialist to digital literacy leaders. School Administrator (May). AASA, the School Superintendents Association.

Judi Moreillon's Web Site:
Co-blogger at: http://buildingacultureof
Twitter Handle: @CactusWoman

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