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Planning Exemplar - Highly Effective Schools Through Libraries

Highly Effective Schools Through Libraries: Every Student Succeeds - Plan of Action Exemplar


Program Standard 1 - PLAN OF ACTION
An exemplary teacher-librarian identifies their core values and vision for the library. The teacher-librarian works alongside the building administrators to align their vision with the school’s goals/focus in mind. They are intentional about creating several year and multi-year goals for teaching and programming that will result in students and staff who will thrive and grow.  


Component A: Vision:
The teacher-librarian or library staff identifies their core values and uses those to develop a vision for themselves and the library program. The teacher-librarian and/or library staff communicates this vision and values to the school community (School community = administrators, teachers, school staff, students, and parents) in various ways in an ongoing manner.

Component B: Goal Setting:
A TL and or library staff sets two to three goals, at least one of which is aligned with the school’s goals, that focus on student and adult learners growing and thriving in school and beyond. The goals include embedded reflection to check for success and/or needed adjustments along the way.

1. Please complete the following questions. *This question is required.
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2. Please visit the Highly Effective Schools Through Libraries Guiding Document to help you provide effective evidence of planning.  

We encourage you to have a collegial discussion with your administrator about the 2 components
included in this application. The below questions and evidence look-fors may be helpful in this discussion.

  • How are the Teacher Librarian and principal collaborating to create school library program goals that are aligned with the school improvement plan?
  • How is the Teacher Librarian using data and reflection to measure the implementation of goals and their impact on students?
We will award the exemplar based on the criteria below.
  • Evidence that goals are aligned with school’s goals and collaboratively developed with the principal and/or school leaders
  • Evidence that objectives are measurable, realistic, achievable, and provide a time frame
  • Evidence that objectives are aligned with the goals 
  • Evidence that goals are measured with both a reflective component and data
  • Evidence that growth was achieved and how students were impacted (example:  SMART goal)
  • Evidence of reflection (narrative or detailed summary)
In order to be eligible for the plan of action exemplar, the Teacher Librarian must provide a quality vision and goals/growth plan. 

*Be sure the teacher librarian's name is on the documents.
​**Please note: All documents should be edited to remove students' personal identifying information (PII).
***If you achieve the credential, your evidence may be used as an example with future applicants.  If using photos and/or videos with student participants be sure to follow your district's permissions and policies.

Allowable document formats are png,gif,jpg,jpeg,doc,xls,docx,xlsx,pdf,txt,mov,mp3,mp4.  There is limited file sizes.  If your video or file does not download, please contact Tammy Langeberg at to use a different format. *This question is required.

To help us understand why you are recommending your teacher-librarian or library staff, we want to give you the opportunity to share why she/he is worthy of this credential.  Use a narrative format to share detailed information with examples of their effectiveness. Upload the document(s) here. Tammy Langeberg may contact you or your teacher librarian/library staff to collect more evidence or with questions about the information you provided.

Allowable document formats are png,gif,jpg,jpeg,doc,xls,docx,xlsx,pdf,txt,mov,mp3,mp4 and no larger than 500K per document.  If you are unable to download your documents, contact Tammy Langeberg at to try a different way to share. *This question is required.
4. Supervisor/Administrator
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5. Teacher Librarian/Library Staff
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