By Gail K. Dickinson
To accomplish the excellence of nationwide Board Certification, college library media experts face daunting demanding situations requiring exertions, educating wisdom, collaborative talents, organizational skill, and braveness. positioned a pleasant mentor on your nook! This learn advisor coaches tuition library media experts via examination specifics. writer, librarian and educator Gail Dickinson has been at the entrance traces because the nationwide Board for pro instructing criteria (NBPTS) brought library media criteria in 2000. Her paintings has helped deliver the rigorous certification approach into point of view, resolution questions, and allay issues of these going for certification or contemplating it. even if you're contemplating nationwide Board certification, within the means of reaching certification, or are looking to remain present at the most sensible practices in instructing, this publication is for you. during this hands-on source, Dickinson breaks down a posh and intimidating procedure into pleasant, bite-sized items, and: exhibits how you can start, be equipped, and remain on course with checklists, tips, and routines; outlines confirmed techniques to collaborative guide, literature appreciation, and integrating expertise; and highlights functional how you can rfile accomplishments, a severe requirement. even if used as a workshop consultant, for reference or self-study, this obtainable advisor prepares present applicants (and these within the method) to stand the Board review event. it really is choked with inspiring examples and recommendation from those that were via it and will cheer you directly to good fortune.
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School library media specialists are not usually expert in assessment. Whether because of the sheer number of students that they see on a daily basis, because many of the information skills are informally taught, or because some skills such as encouragement of reading are hard to assess, school library media specialists cannot generally give specific information about the learning of individual The ECYA /Library Media Standards 37 students. This is an area that will need some background work before taking the National Board assessment.
Do you espouse or eschew Direct Instruction? What is the educational philosophy of your school and district? What are the types of instructional methodologies commonly used in professional growth workshops? The purpose of your checklists will be to establish a professional reading list. From the “Food for Thought” box in chapter 1 you have started your professional reading. Now you can begin to research and target your reading. How many school library media NBCTs are in your state? Search the NBCT directory to find out who they are and where they are.
Some require master’s degrees, others require postbaccalaureate training, and still others allow undergraduate degrees in school library media. The educational level of school library media specialists has never been a barrier to engaging in professional activities at the national level, however. The American Association of School Librarians has had presidents and board members representing all of the educational levels possible. All were considered equal partners at the table. NBPTS certification will provide a research basis for comparison of these different requirements against the objective standard of the certification process.