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Innovative School Library Strategies

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

April is School Library Month! Nine success stories on the Department of Public Instruction’s School Library homepage show the key role that innovative school library media specialists play in student learning.

The excitement of the nine professionals shines through in video interviews, where they describe powerful strategies like:
  • having students create original content and lead learning activities for their classmates,
  • developing STEM projects through school-wide competitions, and
  • collaboratively planning flexible spaces that spark student interaction and exploration.

These stories demonstrate the power of putting learners at the center of library media and technology programs. It’s an approach that’s aligned with the Future Ready framework and the latest revision of the Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan.

Many of the practices demonstrate that equitable, personalized learning flourishes when digital learning tools and practices are integrated not only through library media and technology centers but also in learning spaces throughout schools.

The interviewees hail from the Chequamegon, Elkhorn, Janesville, Kenosha, Madison, Osceola, Waunakee, and West de Pere school districts.