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OELMA Central and South Regions – “Wearing Many Hats” – a Homerun!

Central and South Region Directors, Rebecca Pollack, Christina Dorr, Trent Roberts, and Becky Vasilakis, have put together an absolutely fabulous 2013-2014 OELMA Workshop Series.  Tonight was the kick-off with Professor Vanessa Earp from Kent State University who delivered an excellent presentation on “Using TRAILS Data to Measure Our Impact.”  School librarians wear many hats and one of those hats is as an “assessor” of information literacy skills.  Professor Earp walked us through some assessment basics and posed the question “Think about a lesson that you are already teaching – how could you assess the student learning?”  She then provided some background on TRAILS and discussed the 2013 changes to TRAILS such as the inclusion of the Common Core and graphics for the Third Grade TRAILS.  To increase TRAILS’s robustness, work is being done to establish its reliability and validity.  Once this is done, TRAILS will investigate its availability on state-approved test listings.  Situating TRAILS in the scholarly literature is another avenue they are exploring.  Great session, lots of assessment ideas.  Please join us for the next session of “Wearing Many Hats – Marketer” with Deb Logan on Saturday, November 9, 2013, beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Deb will show how our contributions make an impact.  Go here for more information on OELMA professional development opportunities.