I often hear through OELMA events and other school librarian networking opportunities the many discussions regarding how we are being evaluated in our schools. Some are not being evaluated annually, others are being asked to use the OTES model to be evaluated. However you are being evaluated, one thing is certain: if we want to call ourselves teachers, and vital to our schools; we must be evaluated like we matter and make a difference.
Please consider joining us (a little “overdue”) for our Midwinter conference on Saturday, April 18th at Hilliard Bradley High School. Jessica Klinker, Midwinter Conference Chair, along with her planning committee, has been hard at work organizing an entire day’s events all around ways we can continue to show we do make a difference in student achievement-with ways to include our administrators and fellow teachers working with us! This day-long conference will include an administrator/librarian panel, as well as concurrent sessions such as tech skills for online testing, guided inquiry, digital age leadership, and powerful partnerships. We are also looking forward to a closing session presented by Jill Burket, Revere Local Schools Librarian, titled OTES and the School Librarian: Making it Work for You. Jill will be discussing her experience with her first year of OTES. She found it to be a positive one in many ways, and she will cover how the process can benefit you as a professional force in your building. As Library Media Specialists find their positions more and more endangered, OTES is a great way to reinforce your value to your building and strengthen your connection to both your administration and your staff. Jill will also discuss a brief overview of the SLO writing process.
Please consider inviting an administrator to also attend with you-their registration is free if attending with their librarian!
For more information, and to register online, please visit: http://www.oelma.org/component/jcalpro/17-midwinter/1-mid-winter?Itemid=257