You’re doing a terrific job collaborating with teachers and getting students to read independently, but – does your principal know? Communicating positively and regularly with your building principal is your key to partnering for student academic achievement. Learn effective ways to communicate evidence of school library program successes that appeal to your principal’s communication, generational, and work styles. Learn how to use monthly and annual reports to:
1. Document the library’s good work with students and teachers,
2. Determine trends, growth, and challenges for the library program over time,
3. Set annual library program goals and objectives,
4. Enhance your professional portfolio to use in your own annual assessment by your principal, and
5. Target your professional development needs.
Determine effective styles of communicating with principals based on their differing work, leadership, and communication styles;
Use effective formats of communication and report designs that will have appeal to a specific principal;
Collect and present evidence in a compelling way to communicate program successes to the principal;
Build on reports to set library program goals and professional development goals.
Associate Professor and Director, School Library Certification Program,
University of Pittsburgh