School Librarian | Morton Grove School District 70

Posted on Jun 19, 2019

Effective teaching has always been a complex process; as our curriculum adapts to meet the skills our students will need to be successful in the future, there are significant implications for teachers. Student centered methods like problem-based learning and project-based learning allow students to collaborate, work on authentic problems, and engage with the community. Teaching our students to think, work together better and use information more rigorously will be vital. These methods will require teachers to be knowledgeable about a broad range of topics and make in-the-moment decisions about lesson design. Embedded professional development and collaboration for teachers will be essential in shifting from whole class instruction to student-centered methods. Providing support for our teachers and students will be key as we look to sustain our highly effective teaching staff and sustain high student achievement.  

The Informational Literacy Specialist will work with teachers and students to facilitate access to information in a wide variety of formats. They will consult, collaborate and co-teach so that teachers will better understand how to acquire, evaluate and use information and technology needed to implement the curriculum. The Informational Literacy Specialist will introduce teachers and students to literature and other resources to supplement the curriculum, and help prepare students to be effective users of ideas and information. At a district level, Information Literacy Specialists will collaborate in an ongoing manner with staff and provide district-wide and professional development that supports the District 70 Professional Development Plan.  

The Informational Literacy Specialist's schedule will be developed with the Principal and the Director of Technology, and/or Superintendent.

Overall Goals:

•       Ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information

•       Empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information

•       Instill a love of learning in all students and ensure equitable access to information

•       Collaborate with classroom teachers and specialists to design and implement lessons and units of instruction, and assess student learning and instructional effectiveness

•       Monitor the effective use of the Library Media Center

The specific responsibilities of the Informational Literacy Specialist are outlined below under areas of responsibility:

a.      Instructional Design: Students acquire, evaluate, and use information effectively through instructional strategies designed to meet learner needs

b.     Collaborative Planning: Students are encouraged to become lifelong learners through the collaboration with teachers and the community

c.      Information Literacy: Students practice critical thinking, know when information is needed, locate, evaluate, and use information effectively, and ask questions about its validity

d.     Reading: Students have high levels of reading literacy and become independent, life-long readers

e.      Assessment for Learning: Student learning is assessed in collaboration with classroom teachers, utilizing data

f.       Teaching for Diverse Learning Needs: All students have access to the curriculum, the Informational Literacy Specialist works to ensure that every student makes progress regardless of learning style or needs

g.     Inquiry Learning: Independent learners ask questions, evaluate information to improve understanding, and develop social responsibility and strategies for self assessment

h.     Social Learning: Students develop skill in sharing knowledge and learning with others both in face-to-face situations and through technology

i.      Social Responsibility: Students seek multiple perspectives and use information and ideas expressed in any format in a safe, responsible, and ethical manner

j.      Resources and Materials: Student needs for learning resources are met through well developed collections of materials in a variety of formats

k.     Resource Sharing: Cooperative relationships improve Informational Literacy Specialists' ability to provide better access for students to information, knowledge and learning

l.      Equitable Access: Students have flexible and equitable access to resources that support their academic and personal learning and meet diverse learning needs

m.    Educational Technology: Informational Literacy Specialist ensures that technologies to impact student achievement are integrated into teaching and learning

n.     Facility: Library Media Center facility is conducive to learning and flexible to meet every student's needs

o.     Facility Climate Conducive to Learning: Students seek opportunities to visit the Library Media Center; the atmosphere invites all to explore, read and learn; provisions for diverse student needs are met

p.     Program Planning and Evaluation: Progress in student achievement is monitored, assessed, and analyzed to inform decisions

q.     Communication: Informational Literacy Specialist provides clear communication throughout the school community

r.      Program Advocacy: A focus on student achievement guides the work of the Informational Literacy Specialist s.      Informational Literacy Support for New Staff Members:

•       Provide face to face contact time to support teachers are new to the District

•       Support mentors

•       Respond to new staff members' developmental and contextual needs and promote the ongoing examination of classroom practice

•       Collect and share observation data aligned with state and district teaching standards to help new teachers improve their practice

•       Help beginning teachers identify student needs, plan for differentiated instruction, and ensure equitable learning outcomes

•       Coach strategically and find solutions to challenging situations

•       Create and facilitate meetings that promote mentor development

•       Consistently build capacity in new teachers for the consistent implementation of the professional standards for the District (Danielson Framework for Teaching)

t.      Professional Development: Student achievement is increased through professional development in a collaborative learning environment

•       Coordinate and facilitate professional development programs and activities to support the development, implementation, and assessment of curriculum content

•       Maintain and share professional expertise in knowledge of best education and pedagogical practices, instructional strategies and instructional materials and resources

•       Implement appropriate avenues of professional communication, dialogue and feedback to support continual improvement in and assessment of the outcomes of various curricular strategies as they relate to student achievement and school and district goals

•       Collaborate with teachers to develop and analyze common assessments

•       Analyze data, formulate recommendations for change as appropriate and develop and disseminate related documentation and reports

•       Conduct training, needs analysis and determine training objectives

•       Facilitate professional development and support for teachers that is customized and relevant to ensure the success of curriculum implementation (learning targets, building based/grade level based/team based common formative assessments, resources matches, interventions)

•       Consistently build capacity of certified staff to gain awareness of the alignment of District strategic priorities (PLC, Strategic Plan, RtI, Assessment for Learning, Danielson Framework for Teaching)

u.     Collaboration with Building Principal on all of the above

v.     Other duties as assigned by the Principal, Director of Technology and/or Superintendent

Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master's Degree
  • Illinois Teaching Certification with Library Information Specialist or Library Media Specialist endorsement required
  • Technology Specialist endorsement preferred, but not required
  • Ability to work collaboratively with school and district personnel
  • Knowledge of a broad range of informational literacy materials, resources, and practices in K-8 curriculum areas
  • Knowledge of best practice in informational literacy 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective organizational relationships

Location

Morton Grove School District 70
6200 Lake Street
Morton Grove, IL 60053
United States

How to apply

Apply at https://www.applitrack.com/parkview70/onlineapp/default.aspx under Elementary School Teaching.

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