You’re Worth It, But How Do You Show It? Demonstrating Your Unique Value to Your School Administrators
You contribute value to your school, but, as a “doer” you might not articulate your value in helping administrators carry out their mission. Highlighting your worth isn’t bragging, but rather makes the case that you play an important role in helping teachers teach and students learn. Learn how to support the mission and culture of your school, determine your unique value, draft and deliver talking points, and take away a model and examples to use.
Mary K. Biagini, PhD is Associate Professor and Director, School Library Certification Program, University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences. She is the author of the 2011 report to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives entitled Pennsylvania School Library Study: Findings and Recommendations that served as the basis for the 2012 Pennsylvania school library impact study, How Pennsylvania School Libraries Pay Off: Investments in Student Achievement and Academic Standards. She is the Editor and Project Director for The Model Curriculum for PA School Library Programs (2012-2014) and Editor and Projector Director of The School Librarians Guide to Success in the PA Department of Education’s Educator Effectiveness System (2016). She is also the Project Director of the Emerging Leaders Academy for PA School Librarians (2014-2015 and 2015-2016) and the Sustaining Leaders Academy for PA School Librarians (2016-2017).
Debra Kachel is an online Adjunct Professor for Antioch University Seattle’s School of Education, Library Media Endorsement Program and McDaniel College's School Librarianship graduate program, Westminster, MD. She is the recipient of the 2014 AASL Distinguished Service Award. She has over 30 years of experience as a school librarian and supervisor and over 15 years teaching graduate courses in school library certification programs. She is also the advocacy columnist for Teacher Librarian.