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The Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) is pleased to announce the 
creation of a professional development training module focused on Evidence-based 
Practice.  This training module, which we believe can be adapted to the library 
standards of any state, was debuted at AASL in Pittsburgh, during the Exploratorium 
last fall.   It is called, Can You Find the Evidence Based Practice in Your School 
Library?  Dr. Ross Todd will be joining OELMA in Columbus, Ohio on June 21 and June 
22 to present the workshop.  For registration information please visit the OELMA 
web site: http://www.oelma.org/professional/2006institute.asp 

This professional development training module, which is also available for sale, is 
the perfect tool for state library associations, regional libraries, and individual 
school districts to train school librarians on how to gather evidence about how 
their instructional strategies affect student learning and student achievement that 
occurs in school libraries. What are the learning outcomes in your library?

Based on "Student Learning through Ohio School Libraries"  (The Ohio Study) and the 
work of Dr. Ross Todd [See the cover story in the April 2006 SLJ] the module 
provides information for schools to conduct their own survey of students. It also 
offers a step-by-step inservice for school librarians on the importance of 
gathering the evidence of student learning in the library and how they can get 
started gathering evidence.
There are four key concepts in the training module:

Key Concept 1--Evidence-based practice -   What is evidence-based practice? -  Why 
is it important?
Key Concept 2--Ohio Study Summary and Evidence
Key Concept 3--Implementing the Toolkit
Key Concept 4--Conclusions: Strategies for working with evidence

The module is a notebook that contains all the handout masters needed to conduct 
the training; the PowerPoint on CD to guide the training; and a copy of the Tools 
and Resources CD to conduct your own library surveys.  OELMA has trained presenters 
for the module within the state and many of these trainers are willing to work 
independently with out-of-state associations to adapt the material.
Information about ordering this module, is available on the OELMA web site at 
http://www.oelma.org/StudentLearning/default.asp or you can call the OELMA office 
at 614-221-1900.   Ask for Kate or Melinda.


Christine Findlay, CRC Director
Centerville City Schools
105 Virginia Ave.
Centerville, OH 45458
2006 OELMA Past President
937-433-8841 xt. 214
christine.findlay@centerville.k12.oh.us

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