Just kidding, but having chocolate in the library seems to be my best strategy!
Seriously, I heard a great presentation at TCEA by Barbara Jansen about working with your principal. The theme of the presentation was 'What Five Things would you want your principal to know about your program?'
The idea is for you to focus on what the most significant things are to share with your principal, and then make sure you both "tell" them and also "show" them in action.
Doug Johnson has done some excellent things on this topic, and you may want to check out Joyce Valenza's site as well.
I have found that I have the greatest success with our first year teachers. I would love to work more with our experienced teachers, but time seems to be an issue for both the teacher and me. The less experienced teachers sometimes feel overwhelmed and need help, and once they learn that I am there to collaborate with them, and that I have experience in the classroom as well as the library, they become quite receptive to working with me. One of my plans to get more collaboration going with other teachers is to use the updated AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner. I want to go through them and create an "explanation and examples" page for my principal to show him how teachers and librarians working together improves student learning. Perhaps then I can get him to help encourage teachers to work more directly with library staff.
Mansfield University Scholarship Program – Begin in January 2012
In an ongoing effort to recruit a new generation of school library leaders, Mansfield University recently received a fifth Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) grant to fund scholarships for its totally online School Library & Information Technologies Master of Education degree program with school library certification. If you know of an educator or non-certified librarian seeking school library certification, please pass along the news that we are still accepting applications for the spring 2012 semester.
The Master of Education program, ideally suited for working educators
with no time to drive to a university, offers a convenient and effective path to school library certification. For detailed information and contacts please refer to the Fulfilling the Promise homepage, at http://libweb.mansfield.edu/promise/, or contact Cynthia Keller, Department Chair email@example.com