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Title: READING CHALLENGE: STUDENTS READING FOR FUN!


1
READING CHALLENGE STUDENTS READING FOR FUN!
  • Solana Beach /Earl Warren Middle School
  • Shared Use Library
  • Today a reader, tomorrow a leader
  • W. Fusselman

2
The Women Who Make it Happen
Patricia TironaYouth Librarian Pat.tirona_at_sdcount
y.ca.gov Vanessa Dorosewicz Pius Teen Technical
Advisor/MIRACLES worker
3
  • Library serves Earl Warren Middle School with
    600 7th and 8th graders
  • Serves bedroom community of San Diego as branch
    of San Diego County Library system, one of 33
    branches
  • High level of literacy at the school
  • 95 of students are English proficient
  • 91 of parents have some college
  • 80 of parents have degrees
  • 9 of families qualify as low income

4
Earl Warren Middle School/Solana Beach Library
What a school thinks about its library is a
measureof what it feels about education.
Harold Howe Professor Emeritus at the Harvard
Graduate School of Educationand a former U.S.
Commissioner of Education
5
Some Benefits of Shared Use
  • Extended library hours offer more accessibility
    to library resources than a school media center
    (SMC)
  • Community members benefit since library opens at
    730 a.m. weekdays when school in session
  • Students benefit from later hours after school
    Saturdays
  • Location on school grounds makes for easy access
    to materials for students faculty
  • Library Tours, web literacy bibliographic
    instruction integral part of curriculum
  • Library becomes second home for many students at
    lunch after school

6
ADVANTAGES
  • Encourages partnerships with teachers
  • Exposure of student body to public librarys
    print online resources
  • Selection of recreational materials more
    comprehensive than SMC
  • Wider variety of electronic resources/databases
    than SMC
  • Captive audience
  • By end of first month of school, every student
    visited library at least once for Library Tour
  • Students involved in library/programs at lunch
    after school

7
DISADVANTAGES
                                                
                                                  
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  • Community patrons may find student presence
    disruptive during high usage periods (lunch and
    after school)
  • In reality, community is overwhelmingly
    supportive of sharing the space with students
  • Parking traffic congested before after
    school.
  • Patrons learn to adjust schedule

8
MISSION
  • My objective was to make the library a welcoming
    place to students teachers
  • Programs draw students in every afternoon, with
    snacks
  • Promote partnerships between teachers library
  • My goal was to assist in improving achievement
    levels of Middle School
  • Reading Challenge
  • Bibliographic web literacy instruction

9
Reading Challenge
  • Reading Challenge a collaborative program that
    encourages recreational reading each semester for
    the entire student body
  • Partnered with English Department
  • Rewards students who have read at least 1000
    pages per semester for leisure
  • Attend a movie party during their English period
    at end of each semester
  • Movie selected from books read during the
    semester
  • Special refreshments served, i.e.. Donuts, candy,
    and water 1st period, popcorn, candy water for
    rest

10
RC PROGRAM
  • Results updated on whiteboard in library
  • Different award scenarios each semester
  • First semester all students who read over 1000
    pages came to the party
  • Second and third semesters, in addition, the top
    ten readers won gift certificates
  • Last semester all readers who read over 10,000
    pages won a gift certificate

11
SUCCESS FACTOR School
  • Support of English Department School
    Administration - mandatory
  • Their consent was required for library to host
    students during a class period at the end of the
    semester
  • English teachers marketed activities class
    visits book discussions in library, posted
    flyers, logs, deadline reminders
  • School Administration posted regular notices on
    the schools e-blast

12
SUCCESS FACTOR Students
  • Students were involved in the administration of
    the program.
  • Initially I directed RC, then Vanessa, by 4th
    semester team with two interns volunteers
  • The team took it up a notch
  • They challenged student community to friendly
    competition between individual students
    English classes for of pages read
  • They inspired peers through word of mouth,
    posters, flyers, results board displayed in the
    library

13
SUCCESS FACTOR Simple Design
  • Reading not seen as work
  • Reading became accepted behavior
  • Students have a choice of titles and
  • formats
  • Books were peer reviewed
  • Incentives were designed for their
  • tastes

14
SUCCESS FACTOR Community Involvement
  • Community partners provided prizes refreshments
  • PTSA, Del Mar/Solana Beach Optimist Club
    (www.optimist.com), Library Friends
  • Partners delighted to contribute to a great
    project
  • Students see that the community cares
  • Since funding was spread over these resources,
    financial impact was minimal for the library

15
PROGRESSION OVER 4 SEMESTERS
Pages read
16
ASSESSMENT
  • Earl Warren continues to improve its academic
    performance since the Reading Challenge began
  • Academic Performance Index (API) 2007-2008
    increased 21 points from the year before, to 924,
    the highest ever API
  • More students scored in top proficiency band /
    fewer students scored in lower two proficiency
    bands, for the English/Language Arts discipline
  • Earl Warren awarded California Distinguished
    School May 2009
  • Both the school CDS review panel cited the
    shared use library partnership as a valuable
    significant factor in the success of the school

17
Helpful Hints
  • Involve the students, school community
  • Provide books they want to read talk to each
    other about
  • Challenge them with a contest prizes (top ten
    get book store certificates)
  • Pick a good movie have lots of snacks that they
    like!

18
Conclusion
  • Reading Challenge can be adapted to many
    environments
  • Its formula works a balance of
  • economical yet entertaining activity (movie with
    snacks)
  • efficient marketing promotion
  • collaborations that have a shared goal to
    encourage reading

19
CONTACT INFORMATION
  • If you would like more information about Reading
    Challenge
  • OR
  • Solana Beach Library/Earl Warren Middle School
  • Shared Use Partnership, please contact Patricia
    Tirona at pat.tirona_at_sdcounty.ca.gov

20
REFERENCES
  • San Dieguito Union High School District. (2008).
    School Accountability Report Card. San
    Francisco, CA School Wise Press. Retrieved
    June 20, 2009, from http//sarci_en_37-68346-6061
    998m.pdf
  • Richmond Public Schools. (2008). Reading
    Quotes. Retrieved June 28, 2009, from
    http//richmond.k12.va.us/readamillion/readingquo
    tes.htm
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