Reporting to parents and accreditation…via Barbara Braxton
| OZTL_NET ArchivesJune 3, 2013
At first glance, many teacher librarians feel that because they don’t write
on individual student reports (although I know some are required to do so)
they cannot meet the performance indicators relating to reporting to parents
required in state and national accreditation processes.
However, here is a sample of the way that this can be successfully
and acceptably addressed that each of us can do … in this case, the
teacher librarian sent the information to the person compiling the school’s
newsletter but if you have direct access to it or a school blog that parents
can access then so much the better…
It has come to our attention that some Year 5 and 6 girls are
accessing and using the social media site, Instagram.
The teachers have informed the girls that the first item in the Instagram
The girls have been instructed to comply with this regulation.
In the interests of building and maintaining safe and supportive
environments for our girls, all Stage 3 parents are asked to
reiterate this with their daughters at home.
Ms [Teacher Librarian] advises that this week is National Cyber
Security Awareness Week.
During this week ‘Project 13′ was launched. This is
an initiative of school library associations to help keep children safe
It recognises the role of school libraries as a place where students
access and use information online, and the opportunity library staff have to
promote effective digital citizenship behaviour and responsibility.
The project complements other school initiatives to deal with cybersafety by
positioning school library staff as having an important role in keeping
students safe online.
The Project 13 website can be found at http://www.esmart.org.au/project13/
Please follow this link to find helpful tips to share with your children
regarding safety online.
The Year 5 and 6 teachers will also share these tips with their classes over the next week as part of our cybersafety program:
The following link contains excellent tips for parents:
As well, this teacher librarian also co-ordinates an ICT group so the
following was included for parents’ information but also demonstrates the
breadth of knowledge and expertise a teacher librarian has, and the purpose,
scope and power of collaboration and informs both staff and parents about
this … all great advocacy for the position.
Junior School Tech Angels
Our Junior School ‘tech angels’ have submitted entries for the University of
Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize. The prize rewards excellence in the
fields of scientific research and innovation, science leadership, school science
and science communication, and is presented annually by the Australian Museum.
The group met with [teacher librarian] and Ms ABC in the Library to choose a
topic, plan their video by completing storyboards and call-sheets and organise a
time to film.
Mr DEF and Mrs GHI assisted with filming and editing where necessary but students in the main worked independently on their projects. Four primary team entries were submitted: …
Judging will take place in the coming weeks and finalists
will be announced on 2 August at australianmuseum.net.au/eureka.
Prize winners will be announced at anaward dinner on 4 September at Sydney Town Hall. Best of luck girls!
Reserve a regular place in the school’s newsletter so you can tell parents
about what is happening in the library that contributes directly to their
children’s learning, amplify it with links that might be explored at home or
books that the children might like to read to increase their knowledge and
understanding (works really well with historical fiction) and so forth and
what seems an insurmountable performance indicator not only becomes very
possible but also serves to build strong relationships with parent bodies and
is a form of advocacy for those who vote.
M.Ed.(TL), M.App.Sci.(TL), M.I.S.