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Planning Exemplar - Highly Effective School Library Program

Highly Effective Schools Through Libraries: Every Student Succeeds - Planning Exemplar

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The format of this application is provided to encourage the teacher librarian and principal (supervisor) to complete together.  It can be completed as a team, by the principal, or by the teacher librarian with input from the principal.

Planning Exemplar - Program Standard 1, Component A: Planning


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Prior to meeting with your Teacher Librarian, ask him/her to collect evidence and artifacts that supports the Planning Standard for Program Standard 1, Component A on "Planning."

Meet with your librarian and have a discussion about the planning standard.  Consider the artifacts, evidence, and guiding questions as outlined below.

  • How are the Teacher Librarian and principal collaborating on creating school library program goals that are aligned with the school improvement plan (SIP)?
  • 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)

Do you both agree that the library is at a HIGHLY EFFECTIVE LEVEL as outline in the HESTL rubric? If so, complete this evaluation form.

Upon the recommendation you set forth by completing this form, the Colorado Department of Education, State Library will review your responses and issue the credential to your teacher librarian.


1. Please complete the following questions. *This question is required.
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2. In order to be eligible for the planning exemplar, the Teacher Librarian must provide you with a growth plan which includes at least two school-aligned goals. The goals should be created in a collaborative relationship with administrator.  Provide evidence that supports the Teacher Librarian achieving their goal.

By selecting "Yes", you are verifying that your Teacher Librarian plans at a highly effective rating.
*This question is required.