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Instruction Exemplar - Highly Effective School Library Program

Highly Effective Schools Through Libraries: Every Student Succeeds - Instructional Delivery 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.

Instruction Exemplar - Program Standard 2, Component C: Instructional Delivery 


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Prior to meeting with your Teacher Librarian, ask him/her to collect evidence and artifacts that supports the Instruction Exemplar for Program Standard 2, Component C on "Instructional Delivery." 

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

  • How is the Teacher Librarian using backwards design, differentiated instruction, reflection and other promising practices to actively engage all learners and help them thrive? 
  • In what ways is the Teacher Librarian providing meaningful and authentic learning opportunities for students?
  • In what ways are students actively involved in their learning?

We will award the exemplar based on the criteria below. 
  • Evidence of teacher as facilitator (as opposed to being a lecturer)
  • Evidence of using probing questions to students
  • Evidence of continual formative assessment
  • Evidence of overarching concept being taught (not all about facts/content)
  • Evidence using reflective narrative within a SMART goal (see template on HESTL web page)
  • Evidence of students collaborating and engaged in their learning*

      *Collaboration = something new being created; Cooperation = students talking to with one another.  

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.
2. In order to be eligible for the instruction exemplar, the Teacher Librarian must provide you with at least two quality artifacts from the following list:   

(A) Video clip of teaching.

(B) Student pre/post reflections and/or student samples of completed work.

(C) Principal or assessor evaluation (annotated with specific examples of instructional delivery).

(D) Peer observation feedback (description of lesson and how it went, etc.).

(E) Backwards-design lesson plan that includes: Student-centered, authentic, and rigorous learning experience (such as appreciative inquiry or project-based learning). 

(F) Narrative about lesson design and how it was implemented with the classroom teacher.
(G) Other artifact(s) that provide evidence of instruction.

Does your Teacher Librarian fulfill this requirement?  By selecting "Yes", you are verifying that your Teacher Librarian instructs at a highly effective rating.
*This question is required.