Friday, October 14, 2016

Arkansas Department of Education School Library Feature

While attending the Arkansas Association of Instructional Media Conference back in the spring, I was approached by our State Program Advisor for School Libraries. Cassandra Barnett. She told me she wanted to send a film team from the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) to feature our library program. She was specifically interested in our newly renovated library spaces and our collaboration programs. I was surprised and excited by this wonderful opportunity for our learning community. Later in the fall, I was contacted by director, Cindy Hogue, about a visit.

Gayle and Kevin prepare for Sidra's interview

The Visits

Cassandra and Cindy were accompanied by the film crew, Gayle Morris and Kevin Briggs. We decided to invite them to our annual 8th grade English class Dust Bowl collaboration. It was great fun to show the team how we use the library for common core collaborations that we design to bring books to life for our high school learners. The team returned a week later to interview each of us. It was a great experience!

The Video

Special Thanks from Stony & Kaitlyn

We would like to thank Cassandra Barnett for empowering us to share our voice with others through this video. Special thanks to the ADE film team (Cindy, Gayle, and Kevin) for doing a wonderful job. In addition, without the support and trust of our administration, none of this would be possible. Thanks to our learning community, our library team, and our PLN around the country and world. We hope that this video will inspire change for learners in Arkansas and abroad. We can't wait to see what happens next!

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