Professional Development

Five Year Professional Development Plan

2021-2022 School Year

My main goal for this school year is to complete all requirements for obtaining my school media licensure in North Carolina. I have been completing coursework while working full time since 2018, and I am looking forward to becoming a fully licensed school librarian. My school district has received ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funds to expand our print and ebook collections, so I will be selecting new materials. Specific goals for this year include:

  • Take the Praxis exam

  • Complete my Goal Project, which is a full library collection inventory & weeding project

  • Selection of books to be purchased with ESSER funds

  • Form a new MTAC (Media and Technology Advisory Committee)

2022-2023 School Year

Upon receiving my school media licensure, I would like to focus this year on taking steps to create a full library instruction program. I would also like to expand the duties of the MTAC and communicate with them more regularly. I would like to expand my library advocacy and send out a regular newsletter about library services and achievements. I also want to work with my principal to make time to attend the NC School Library Media Association Conference. Goals for this year include:

  • Set up regular MTAC meetings

  • Create a monthly library newsletter

  • Create an instructional calendar and provide library instruction to all freshman English classes

  • Attend NCSLMA conference

2023-2024 School Year

Once I have established a regular library instruction program for English classes, I would like to expand instruction into other school subjects as requested by teachers. Through teaching, I will become more familiar with the various subject based curricula, and create online research guides to be used by students and teachers. I will also apply for a grant that can be used to improve the library's physical space. Potential ideas include getting new furniture or remodeling to update the carpet, and create instructional technology spaces within the library. Goals for this year:

  • Provide instruction to at least 3 other subject areas

  • Research library improvement grants and apply if timelines allow

  • Add online research guides to library website

  • Attend NCSLMA conference

2024-2025 School Year

This year, I plan to continue the process of grant applications. If I receive a grant, planning for executing the library improvements will take place, including the MTAC, school administrators, and necessary district personnel. I would also like to plan a conference presentation, possibly based on library improvement plans or instructional development. I will try an attend an out of state or national library conference of some kind. Goals for this year:

  • Make improvements to library space if funding allows

  • Create a conference presentation and submit to a local conference

  • Further develop library instruction program

  • Join a district or state committee