Learning Resources & Instructional Materials

April Curriculum/I-Zone Update

April is School Library Month!

Celebrate Reading during School Library Week April 9 - 13th, 2012!
Join the High School Battle of the Books, April 4th, Monarch High School!

Vote for your favorite book!

Grades 9-12 Voting for Favorite Teen Reads Books April 1 – 30

Grades 3 -8 Voting for Favorite SSYRA Books March 19th – April 27

Grades K- 2 Florida Reading Association Votes Due by April 15

School Library Week April 9 - 13th, 2012!
Libraries across the nation are celebrating the vital contributions made by school library media programs and media specialists to develop our students to become lifelong learners, fully prepared to participate productively in the society and economy of the 21st century. Celebrated annually, the dates coincide with National Library Week and focus on the vital role of America's libraries in connecting millions of people with the resources they need to live, learn, and work in an information technology society in order to be college and career ready. Many schools are also participating in statewide reading programs such as the Florida Reading Association Award, Sunshine State Young Readers Award, and Teen Reads Awards. Schools are encouraged to post events on the District's web site and to keep Board members informed of the activities.
Common Core Standards & FINDS Research Proces
In conjunction with the implementation of the Common Core Language Arts Standards in Kindergarten, the Department of Learning Resources & Instructional Materials has aligned the Florida Research Model FINDS with the Common Core standards. The FINDS research process provides a framework for project based learning for students in grades K-12. Using FINDS, students can develop research skills to investigate, analyze, organize, synthesize, collaborate, create and share knowledge. For a brief overview of the FINDS research process aligned to the Common Core standards (K) check out the video tutorial (10 min.) on SchoolTube @ http://www.schooltube.com/video/853a1b1e893340de9eac/
For more information on FINDS, please contact Lynne Oakvik, Specialist, Media, and Learning Resources & Instructional Materials at lynne.oakvik@browardschools.com

Reading Across Broward 2012
Reading Across Broward statistics are due Monday, April 9th 2012. Learning Resources & Instructional Materials will send all Media staff a survey to complete regarding the number of students that qualify for the Participation, Silver, Gold and Superintendent Award. Schools have the option of printing the Superintendent Award or having the District print this award. Schools must print all other awards. Electronic templates for the awards will be emailed to media staff and posted in the Media Specialist CAB Conference in early April. Superintendant awards that are printed by the District will be ponied to schools in Mid-May.
Annual Report & Inventory
All Media Centers are required to complete an annual report and inventory of the media center. The annual report will be sent electronically to all media personnel in early April. All schools must complete the annual report by May 24th, 2012. Data from this report is used for CCC and District strategic planning. Please be sure to allow ample time for media staff to complete. Questions regarding inventory may be emailed to Desiree Berger, Learning Resources & Instructional Materials.

February 2012 Library Media

All County Meeting Jan. 20th

Our Bi-Annual All County Meeting was held Jan 20th. All resources and hand-outs for this meeting can be found online via our Livebinder, access code: media at the link below:


Library Media Destiny Training

Upcoming Destiny Training for Library Inventory will be offered Feb. 7th & 8th and March 6th and 7th. Any media personnel that has not been trained in Destiny Inventory will need to attend. Yearly inventory of the library collection is required for the annual report to the District. Registration is available in ESS.

A Destiny Basic Training will be offered on Feb. 22nd. Any new media personnel that has not received Destiny training should plan to attend. Registration is available through ESS.

Library Media Categorical Funds:

A tentative allocation of categorical funds for library purchases, for the 2011-2012 school year, has been allocated directly into function area 620072200. All schools are encouraged to spend their library media categorical funds as soon as possible. Use of these funds support the updating of school library collections and helps fulfill compliance with Citizens Concerned about our Children (CCC) settlement agreement. Library Media categorical funds may only be used for library purchases and cannot be used to purchase equipment or supplies. Schools that need assistance with purchasing library materials should contact the Department of Learning Resources & Instructional Materials at 754-321-3320.

Library Media Updates

2011- 2012 Library Media Categorical Funds
All schools have received categorical funds for library media purchases. The funds are for the specific purchase of resources that may be checked out through the media center. As stated in Florida Statutes Section 1005.40(4), these items include library books, audiovisual, electronic media and periodical or information database subscriptions. Equipment purchases and supplies are not eligible expenditures from these funds.Media specialists have been encouraged to utilize these funds prior to winter break.

Florida Department of Education Library Media Services Department releases updated EXCEL rubric for Library Media Programs
The Florida School Library Program rubric EXCEL (Expectations for Collaboration, Collections and Connections to Enhance learning) serves as framework for schools to develop 21st century library media programs. The updated rubric is aligned to support new Common Core State Standards, Florida Educator Accomplished practices, ISTE technology standards and includes Digital Citizenship skills essential for 21st century learning. The EXCEL rubric provides schools a continuum for developing outstanding school library media programs that provide a welcoming, resource-rich environment that supports multiple literacies, cultivates a culture of inquiry and literary appreciation, and encourages the independent, ethical exploration of information and ideas through the areas of Library Media Instruction, Curriculum/Assessment Support, Resource Management and Program Administration. The updated EXCEL rubric will be reviewed with all media specialists at the January 20th All County Meeting.

Save the DATE!
All County Library Media Meeting for Media Specialists & Clerks
DATE: Jan 20, 2012
TIME – 8:30 -11:30 a.m.
Location: Rock Island Professional Development Center
All Library Media Specialists and clerks should attend for important information regarding District updates and library media initiatives.

District Professional Library eBooks Are Here!
July 26, 2011

In an effort to provide teachers access to professional development resources 24/7, the Department of Learning Resources and Instructional Materials has recently expanded the District Professional Library eBook collection to include over 150 eBook titles, including some of the latest releases from the ASCD collection and noted authors such as Robert Marzano, Carol Tomlinson, and more. Every eBook includes a dictionary function that allows the reader to look up vocabulary, a Search tool that locates a key word anywhere in the book, a note-taking tool for jotting down important information (these notes can later be accessed even after the book is returned,) and a read-aloud feature . The eBooks will work with both MAC and PC computers and are compatible for use with an an iPad (users will be prompted to read the book withoutFlash after check-out.) The eBooks can be read online in the “cloud” or downloaded to a computer device. At the end of the loan period the books will automatically “return” to Learning Resources and disappear from the reader’s computer device.

Coming Soon! Content Area eBooks by Grade Level!

ebooks.001.jpgLearning Resources will be expanding the Professional Library eBook collection to include fiction and non-fiction titles related to core content areas. Media Specialists and teachers will be able to check out age-appropriate eBook titles aligned with curriculum for use with elementary, middle and high school students. Teachers can embed the eBooks as a digital resource for use with interactive whiteboards and/or small group literacy activities. Built-in dictionaries, search tools and read-aloud features help make eBooks an effective choice for literacy instruction by providing both an engaging and interactive resource that supports the development of reading skills and content area knowledge.

To access the SBBC District Professional Library eBook Collection

Click on the Follett Shelf Icon. You’ll be prompted for a user name and password.
Your user name is : p + Your 8 digit personnel number (i.e.p12345678)Your Password is: Your 8 digit personnel number (i.e.12345678) Once logged in, you can search by title, author or subject.

To check out a book, simply click on the title. You can choose to read the eBook online or download to your

(For a quick tutorial on “Checking Out” an eBook click on the link below.)
eBook Tutorial

Questions? Email lynne.oakvik@browardschools.com
Happy Reading!

Lynne M. Oakvik, Specialist, Media
Learning Resources & Instructional Materials
Broward County, FL
Phone: (754) 321-3320
Fax: (754) 321-3390

The Dept. of Learning Resources & Instructional Materials provides the Broward schools with services, support, and resources related to library media and instructional materials, curriculum, & instruction that support 21st century teaching and learning.