• 2021-2022 Impact Report

Librarian

  • Reading Challenges - Students participated in reading challenges during the school year and over holiday breaks to earn prizes such as school supplies or a free ticket to Schlitterbahn Waterpark.
  • Literary Pumpkin Patch- Students decorated a pumpkin as their favorite book character for the annual Literary Pumpkin Patch.
  • Read Across America Week - Each day of Read Across America Week different books were highlighted to promote reading for enjoyment. Students ended the week by using flashlights to read to each other in the dark.
  • Poem in Your Pocket Day - Students on campus presented poems to the librarian and others on campus. Students shared their original works or their favorite poems. Younger students recited poems together as a class.
  • Virtual author visit - El Dorado hosted a virtual author visit with author Aaron Reynolds. Students in grades 2-5 learned how his experiences with role-playing games inspired his chapter series Fart Quest.
Student Reading Poem from a notecard
 
 
14,759
ebooks books in collection
 
2,955
ebooks books checked out
 

Student dressed as Ruby Bridges holding informational posters

Teacher

  • The librarian led fifth grade students through the process of using the Sora App to search for and check out books from the NEISD digital collection and the San Antonio Public Library.
  • The librarian prepared a video lesson on using the library’s digital resources, including Britannica School, Britannica Escolar, and Gale in Context. Fourth grade students used the videos to guide their biography research for Literacy Night.
  • Third grade students worked as a team to “Breakout” during a winter-themed lesson. The teams solved math, logic, and phonics puzzles to open various locks as part of an escape room-like experience.
  • During librarian-led read-alouds, first grade students used text features to make predictions about stories. The students then practiced retelling what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
  • Kindergarten students were given the opportunity to work with a partner to practice their coding skills as part of Hour of Code. Students gave directional codes to their Beebot robots to reach their destination.
 

Students working together on ipads

Lesson Spotlight

Following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the librarian led second grade students in a lesson about upstanders. She explained that unlike a bystander, an upstander stands up for what is right even if it is tough or uncomfortable to do so. To begin the lesson, the librarian read the students a book about finding their own voice. Then the students used PebbleGo to research upstanders, such as Malala Yousafzai, Thurgood Marshall, and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. After discussing what made each person an upstander, students were then able to compare what they learned about an upstander to what they learned in their classrooms about Martin Luther King Jr.

 

Collaborator

  • Each month the elementary librarians in the Madison cluster met for a working lunch to plan lessons, brainstorm, discuss ideas and support each other.
  • The librarian modeled sketchnotes for first grade teachers and students to give them away to take notes utilizing a combination of pictures and words.
  • The librarian worked with the campus S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) paraprofessionals to promote teamwork and design thinking to help create learning activities for students.
  • The librarian collaborated with the family specialist on Coffee with the Librarian, which gave parents an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the library program and the resources available.
  • The librarian and the GT teacher collaborated on the creation of a Coding Club. They discussed which robots and apps would work well for the after-school club members.

Collaboration Spotlight

The librarian is working to make it easier for students to independently find nonfiction books. To do this, she arranged the books by topics, such as military, animals, cookbooks, poetry and sports. The librarian collaborated with the science instructional coach to make sure that the labels for the science sections matched the terminology that students and teachers are using in the classroom. To continue this process, the librarian will be working with the bilingual instructional coach to arrange the Spanish language books into these same nonfiction sections.

 

A boy and a girl taking notes using words and pictures on iPads


Campus Leader

  • Staff training: Librarian led campus STAAR trainings as part of her role as co-Campus Testing Coordinator.
  • Community: The librarian hosted two book fairs. This was a wonderful opportunity to get great reading material into the hands of our students. The librarian also applied for a grant from the North East Educational Foundation, in order to raise money for library programming.
  • Advocacy: The librarian shared weekly library updates on the El Dorado Family Newsletter. The newsletter contained highlights of library programming, upcoming events, and resources.
  • Campus Leadership: The librarian is a member of the campus leadership team and was included in discussions about curriculum, scheduling, and other academic activities. The librarian was also chair of the campus technology committee, and leader of the student announcement crew.
  • Professional Learning: The librarian attended the Texas LIbrary Association Annual Conference to learn new programming and lesson ideas, as well as to hear about upcoming books.
 
Older student helping younger student shop at a book fair
2 boys recording video using a laptop, microphone and videocamera