Exemplary!

This week, the David C. Barrow Elementary Media Center received some exciting news.  We were named the Exemplary Library Media Program in the elementary category for the entire state of GA.  The Annual Exemplary/Exceptional Library Media Program selects  schools from elementary, middle, and high school levels to be recognized based on how well their library media program meets school improvement goals and improves student achievement.  Peer Library Media Specialists and GaDOE staff select the recipients based on the school’s written application, the principal’s narrative, a possible telephone interview, and a probable on-site visit.  Two possible awards can be obtained:  Exemplary or Exceptional.  The exemplary programs are among the top library media programs in the state and are chosen based on the GaDOE library media program self-evaluation rubric.

The Barrow Media Program was nominated in March 2010 and I wrote the narrative for our media center.  In the celebration of being transparent and public about what goes on in our media center, you can read the narrative here.  I will travel to Atlanta on August 12th to be recognized at the State Board of Education meeting.  Another part of winning this recognition is presenting our media program along with the middle and high school exemplary programs at the GaETC Conference in November.  Our media center will also host an open house sometime in the 2010-11 school year for the public and other schools/districts to visit.

I would also like to send out a big congratulations to Shawn Hinger at Clarke Middle School and Anne McLeod at Burney Harris Lyons for being named “exceptional” library media programs.

This is such an honor for our program, our school, and our district.  Receiving an award like this will push us even more to offer innovative lessons and resources for our students and collaborate closely with teachers to support the Georgia Performance Standards.  I can’t wait to see what we come up with in the 2010-11 school year!

~Andy Plemmons