East Middle School has ‘highly effective’ library

East Middle School’s library is among 14 Highly Effective School Library honorees this year.

The Colorado Department of Education selects school libraries for the honor based on a library program evaluation rubric. The rubric outlines ideal library practices for student and teacher collaboration, curriculum development, instruction fine-tuned to meet individual student needs, and library leadership inside and outside the school, according to the Colorado Department of Education.

CDE documents state East earned the award in part for its interactive web page and leadership from East librarian Becky Johnson. The Colorado Association of Libraries named Johnson the Colorado State School Librarian of the Year in 2011.

East was the only Western Slope school named a Highly Effective School Library this year. Other honorees are Bennett High School in Bennett; Bill Roberts School in Denver; Deane Elementary in Lakewood; Eaglecrest High in Centennial; Horizon High in Thornton; Ken Caryl Middle School in Columbine; Parmalee Elementary in Indian Hills; Ralston Elementary in Golden; Ryan Elementary in Lafayette; Thomas Jefferson High in Denver; and Chipeta Elementary, Holmes Middle School, and Martinez Elementary, all in Colorado Springs.

Each of the 14 schools will be recognized at a State Board of Education meeting April 10-11.


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