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Environment Exemplar - Highly Effective School Library Program

Highly Effective Schools Through Libraries: Every Student Succeeds - Environment 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.

Environment Exemplar: Program Standard 4, Component B: Welcoming and Flexible Space


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Prior to meeting with your Teacher Librarian, ask him/her to collect evidence and artifacts that supports the Environment Standard for Program Standard 4, Component B on "Welcoming and Flexible Space."

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

  • How is the Teacher Librarian and/or library space available for staff and students at point of need?
  • How does the Teacher Librarian use the space to provide collaborative opportunities as well as opportunities for students/staff to pursue independent inquiry?
  • How is this library space irresistible for its users?


We will award the exemplar based on the criteria below.
  • Evidence of easy access to teacher-librarian and/or library support staff
  • Evidence that teacher-librarian and/or support staff provides guidance with respect and encourages interests and POV of students
  • Evidence that community (students, staff, and families) have input in library design and space
  • Evidence that students feel welcomed and desire to be in the library
  • Evidence that library is flexibly designed to meet a wide variety of needs

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 environment exemplar, the Teacher Librarian must provide you with at least two quality artifacts that demonstrate a warm, inviting, and flexible use of the library space.

(A) Student/Staff Perception Survey
(B) Video clip of library (includes a library/Teacher Librarian in action!) with narration or reflective notes.
(C) Non-librarian testimonials from staff, students, parents, community, etc.
(D) Narrative that includes description of how library space is flexible and inviting for community. 
(E) Other artifact(s) that provide evidence of a welcoming environment.

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