School Libraries for the 21st Century Measurement Benchmarks (SL 21) are a tool to help measure the quality of School Library programs within
individual school buildings in Michigan.
To achieve Qualified and Exemplary Status for a School Library program, submit completed
measurement benchmark evaluations to the Library of Michigan, an Office of the
Michigan Department of Education.
School administrators are to evaluate their building's School Library program in conjunction with their
School Librarian and submissions require the signature of their District Superintendent.
Status earned are valid for three years. The SL 21 measures are reviewed and revised every three years by the Library of Michigan and the School Library Workgroup to ensure that the measures are relevant and appropriate for Michigan's school library programs. Please contact Karren Reish at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-241-0021 with any questions on the SL 21 program.
• School Library WorkgroupThe School Library Workgroup is a group of school librarians who assist the Library of Michigan. Through two meetings a year, the group and the Library of Michigan maintain a discussion forum for current issues in Michigan school libraries.
• K-12 School Library/Media Center Community UpdatesTo stay informed about the SL 21 program and statewide resources, materials and events for use by K-12 students and staff, please join the School Library Community listserv. The listserv is for the Library of Michigan and the K-12 School Library Media Center community.
• Text Set Explanation and Samples The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for ELA aim for students to be able to critically think about increasingly complex texts and to read across informational and literary texts. Building strong text sets can be one way of supporting teachers in providing the necessary reading experiences needed to meet the aim of the CCSS. A text set is a group of books used to build background knowledge and common vocabulary around a theme or topic. In the text set an anchor book is used as the focus of a unit or lesson and a series of additional information at various reading levels is strategically chosen to support the anchor text. The materials available here explain how the sets can be created and used.
• "Ask Why" from MAMEMAME created PSA to raise awareness among parents and school administrators of the need for certified school librarians in public schools. Joe Staley of the San Francisco 49ers, the son of a Michigan school librarian, is the spokesperson. The PSA is 30 seconds in length. Please feel free to broadcast/distribute and to help you inform parent-teacher organizations, state legislators, school administrators, boards of education, and others about school libraries in Michigan.
• Becoming and Being: Reflections on Teacher-LibrarianshipThis collection of writings demonstrates the critical role of the teacher-librarian in schools. Topics include the shift from teacher to teacher-librarian, the library as place and space, the instructional partner role, the technology leadership role, the literacy leadership role, the school leadership role, and the role of the teacher-librarian in collection management.
• Campaign for Grade Level Reading3rd Grade Reading Success Matters - The Campaign is a collaborative effort by dozens of funders across the nation to: close the gap in reading achievement that separates many low-income students from their peers; raise the bar for reading proficiency so that all students are assessed by world-class standards; and ensure that all children, including and especially children from low-income families, have an equitable opportunity to meet those higher standards.
• Highly Effective School Library ProgramColorado statewide program designed to bring recognition to the role that school library media programs and teacher librarians play in promoting student achievement.
• Informational Brief: Impact of School Libraries on Student Achievement; October 2011Report from the New York Comprehensive Center (NYCC)/RMC Research Corporation, the New York State Education Department, the New York State Library and the New York Library Association. This comprehensive brief provides a current and rigorous research analyses which demonstrates the positive impact that school libraries and school librarians have in advancing student learning.
• Leading In and Beyond the LibraryA report from the Alliance for Excellent Education on key role that school librarians and libraries should play in the transition to digital learning, and the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning.
• Project EnableSyracuse University project to provide high quality, comprehensive, train-the-trainer continuing education...for New York's school librarians to...deliver effective service to students with disabilities.
• Project TomorrowProject Tomorrow is a national education nonprofit group.
The vision of Project Tomorrow is ensure that today's students are well prepared to be tomorrow's innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world....Activities include national research projects such as Speak Up.(Survey includes information on school libraries/librarians).
• W-A-Y ProgramW-A-Y Program is a personalized learning experience for students who struggle with traditional high school. . . an alternative approach to education; one that encourages self-esteem, independence, and the development of 21st century skills . . .
Michigan Reads!What would happen if every parent, grandparent or caregiver read the same book to Michigan preschoolers at the same time? We're on a mission to find out! Michigan Reads! was launched in 2004 by the Library of Michigan in partnership with the Michigan Center for the Book to promote the value and benefits of reading early and often to preschoolers; to encourage family bonding through reading; and to increase awareness and usage of Michigan's libraries. Michigan Reads! is a program of the Library of Michigan and the Library of Michigan Foundation with generous support from Target.
Letters about Literature READ. BE INSPIRED. WRITE BACK.
The Letters about Literature 2014 results are here! Congratulations to our winners, Sylvia Fisher from St. Johns, Nureen Zahoor from West Bloomfield, and Nancy Huang from Bloomfield Hills. To read their letters and learn more about the program, click More below.
The Michigan Center for the Book participates in the annual Letters about Literature program from the Library of Congress. This national reading-writing
contest invites readers in grades 4 through 12 to write letters to authors of books that have changed their lives.