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Implementing high-quality learning opportunities for all teachers, too

Jean Hellwege, School Librarian, Lincoln Southeast High School

Lincoln Southeast High School has a strong tradition of collaboration between the school administrators and their school librarian to provide quality professional development which is offered as building flex, as part of a staff or department meeting, or via email messages. 

An instructional technology (IT) coach was added this year during the first year of LSE students having Chromebooks. I work closely with our IT coach and our administration to plan professional development by attending CLASS (Connected Learning for the Achievement of Students and Staff), Department Chair and Leadership committee meetings.

Our CLASS committee meets once a month. Our associate principal, IT coach and I meet prior to the committee meeting to plan the agenda and discuss the needs of our staff and students. Tech Teach Time is part of each meeting to share a new tool or technology tips. 

This fall I demonstrated how our new Destiny Discover library catalog allows students and teachers to search for library books in print, digital resources, and our databases with one search, and how to integrate our databases with Google Drive. I have shown staff how to guide students to our Student Technology Help website, and how students can apply to check out one of the mobile hotspots for Internet access from home.

Our leadership team meets each week. The IT coach and I are invited to share what we have been doing during the last week to support students and staff, to share any concerns and to provide information.

Attending the monthly Department Chair meetings allows me to share activities, technology and resources in the library with the department chairs who then share that information with their teachers. I also attend department or PLC meetings to train all the teachers in that department at one time. Great librarianship is not about being in the library at every moment, it’s about teaching teachers as well as students. It is leveraging our resources to best prepare our students for this changing world.


Published: December 29, 2016, Updated: December 29, 2016

Great librarianship is not about being in the library at every moment, it’s about teaching teachers as well as students. It is leveraging our resources to best prepare our students for this changing world.

Jean Hellwege, School Librarian, Lincoln Southeast High School