• SCHOOL YEAR Impact Report

Librarian

  • Collaborated with STEM Computer Science teacher Ms. Sampayo to organize and host an Hour of Code. STEM students volunteered to recruit student participants and assisted students who were new to coding. Resources for beginners to advanced coding enthusiasts were provided via a Google Site developed by Ms. Sampayo.
  • Advocated for integration of news literacy education in all content areas and shared methods for developing personal news literacy skills via social media during National News Literacy Week (January). Concluded National News Literacy Week with a media/news literacy lesson that focused on lateral reading.
  • Promoted choice reading by encouraging students to participate in the Big Library Read: Five Total Strangers by Natalie Richards. Students were encouraged to utilize simultaneous use of the eBook and audiobook versions of the novel. Social media was used to promote the novel.
  • Promoted nonfiction reading by highlighting books about indigenous experiences and by indigenous authors during Native American Heritage Month (November). ISA students from English II Honors used many of the books for a literary analysis unit.
  • Collaborated with LEE & ISA Chinese Teacher Ms. Xu and Chinese Culture Club to offer a Chinese New Year cultural celebration. Students and staff were encouraged to learn more about and experience a cultural tradition that is celebrated by more than 2 billion people around the world. The celebration included a lion dance performance, cultural presentation, and craft-making.
Students who participated in Hour of Code
 
 
23,424
ebooks books in collection
 
355
ebooks books checked out
 

Librarian assisting students

Teacher

  • Co-taught an inquiry lesson about genocide with STEM English I teacher Mrs. Richards. Students researched genocides past and present using library databases. Their research supported a larger project that each student completed for STEM English I and AP Human Geography.
  • Introduced library databases to Mrs. Delgado’s LEE Latin American Studies students who conducted research during Hispanic Heritage Month. Each student selected a significant yet lesser-known historical figure. Students used their research to support presentations about their historical figure.
  • Explained to Coach Garcia’s US Government students how to use library databases to research landmark US Supreme Court cases. Each student was assigned to a landmark Supreme Court case and used library databases to investigate the significance of the case on law and society. The research was then used for presentations that the students created for the classroom community.
  • Facilitated a media literacy lesson about lateral reading for ISA English II Honors teacher Ms. Sherry’s students. Students learned the steps of lateral reading and then applied the skill to media and website evaluation. Students reflected on the process to emphasize the usefulness of lateral reading and the challenges of detecting disinformation and misinformation.
  • Introduced LEE’s English II PLC students to the fundamentals of navigating library databases during their Censorship Inquiry Project. The lesson provided students the opportunity to practice how to conduct a basic search with the librarian’s guidance. Next, they practiced the same steps independently with the topic of their choosing.
 

The Librarian teaching students how to use databases

Lesson Spotlight

English II PLC/Censorship Inquiry Project; Lesson title: “How to improve database navigation skills.” Students who were developing presentations about various forms of censorship conducted research to inform their understanding and support their claims. In a simulation-style training session, I guided each student through the process of how to: locate the database, search using specific terms related to the inquiry project, select filters, use Google integration features, create a citation and transfer it to a Works Cited page, and utilize the accessibility features (translate and text to speech). In addition, the librarian created an asynchronous training option. Offering versions of the same content allows learners to experience the content multiple times in the modality of their choosing. Over 250 students were introduced to library resources and practiced inquiry skills during the simulation.

 

Collaborator

  • NEISD Library Services Librarian PLC co-leadership with Tex Hill Librarian Teresa Diaz. During NEISD Library Services professional development sessions, Teresa and I co-facilitated our small group’s discussions. We solicited input from group members and communicated the input to NEISD Library Services leadership.
  • Ms. Pena - ISA English I Honors; DoJust inquiry project: collaborated with Ms. Pena to support her students as they researched for a climate change inquiry project. Students presented their research during panel discussions.
  • Mrs. Moore - ISA Digital Media; StudentCam inquiry project: collaborated with Mrs. Moore to determine appropriate resources for her students to locate multimedia resources for a documentary competition. I taught students how to find and use the resources that they would later integrate into their documentaries.
  • Mrs. Castro - LEE Science Dean; co-led Professional Development/Teacher Choice sessions (4 total). After conducting a needs analysis, Mrs. Castro and I decided on topics for the sessions. She and I co-led each in-person training session.
  • Mrs. Schramm - CCMR collaboration; co-led Shmoop Professional Development/Teacher Choice session. Teachers in this session learned about the features of Shmoop and designed a lesson or learning activity for an upcoming unit. Wes Ryan - ITS collaboration; Learning/Choice Boards Professional Development/Teacher Choice session. Teachers in this session viewed different examples of choice boards, the basic building blocks, and earned additional credit for completing a choice board.

Collaboration Spotlight

 

Student working at a computer


Campus Leader

  • Library advocacy: New teacher onboarding: In August and September, I assisted in facilitating the new teacher onboarding process. Before the campus’s first new teacher meeting, I created a survey to assess the new teacher’s professional development edtech preferences. During the meetings, I oriented new teachers to the library’s resources, surveyed new teacher PD needs, offered tech assistance, and invited collaboration on TEKS-based lessons.
  • Librarian-led training: I designed, developed, and co-led six in-person training sessions for LEE and ISA teachers about how to use and integrate edtech software and web-based edtech resources to enhance TEKS-based instruction and increase student achievement. The sessions, offered monthly from September through March, were designed to support teachers in their instructional practices, promote the use of library resources, and leverage edtech to meet campus goals.
  • Professional learning: “Teaching Information Evaluation with Lateral Reading" a two-part workshop facilitated by Jenny Dale, Information Literacy Coordinator at UNCG, focused on “…what lateral reading is, why it’s an important strategy to integrate into online source evaluation, and how library workers can integrate this approach into their information and media literacy classes, training sessions, programs, and/or curricula.”
  • Librarian leadership involving the community: promoted San Antonio Public Library teen services and community services (such as PrintOnline at SAPL) via the LEE Library’s monthly newsletter and social media.
  • Librarian leadership on campus: LEE Technology Committee member - provides support and advocates for the integration of edtech and library resources in campus-wide technology planning.
 
Students researching using laptops
Librarian with students near book display