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program I coordinate: Writing
for Children and Young Adult Courses)
Online Graduate Courses Teach Writing for Children and Young Adults.
Are you an aspiring author hoping to join the ranks of J.K. Rowling, Dr. Seuss and Suzanne Collins? The McDaniel College Writing for Children & Young Adults Certificate Program is designed for working professionals who want a straight path to publishing in the field. The online graduate courses are taught by experts in the field, including editors at major publishing houses and award-winning children and young adult authors. Start your path toward publishing today!
|If you love to (a) teach all ages
and abilities of children, (b) read every day, (c) learn
new things about technology, and (d) work hard, then
school librarianship is for you! For
information, please email or call our secretary,
Dorita Dorm, at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 410-857-2506. To complete the information
online, please see McDaniel
College. Here are direct links to specific
pages of interest: How to Apply,
Reference Forms, another
link to Reference Forms, (still another link to
forms), and Admission
these materials and you have additional questions,
please send me an email at email@example.com
or call me at 410-857-2507.
Our program is accredited and
nationally recognized by the American Library Association/American
Association of School Librarians (ALA/AASL) and
National Council of Accreditation for Teachers
(NCATE). Our coursework is aligned to these standards.
To make sure that this is a good decision for you, chat with a school librarian. Study the information at the AASL site at http://www.ala.org/aasl .
You'll also want to examine the following:
On the application, you'll be asked to write a brief paragraph to explain why you want to pursue this degree. I'll expect to see in your answer that you've examined the professional resources above and that you've chatted with several school librarians.
If you do enroll, then:
|If you do not have teacher certification, you
will need additional coursework to obtain MSDE
certification as a school library media
specialist. These courses, which may be graduate
or undergraduate courses, should be in the following
Please take the education courses in the first half of your program. We're assuming you know how to teach when you take your school library courses. If you take courses at another school, remember to have an official transcript sent to our Graduate Registrar, Sheila Deane. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|This bears repeating--your ability to teach is critical to your success as a school librarian. You teach everyone. This means you must be able to teach children of all ages and abilities. Also, you will be responsible for instructing teachers on technology and ways to incorporate it into the curriculum. Children and adults must like you and see you as a leader. If you do not have teaching experience, please consider a classroom position before continuing graduate studies in this field. At the very least, consider substituting or working as a school library assistant. Current classroom teachers will be expected to have outstanding teaching evaluations.|
|If you are currently teaching, please submit
a photocopy of your Praxis score to Graduate
Records. For information about
taking this exam, you may choose to search it on the
web, call a local Sylvan center, or call the Graduate
Office at 410-857-2500.
If you are not a teacher, then please take the Praxis I exam for reading, writing, and math. You'll find information about this exam on the Internet. Instead of waiting for the scheduled testing dates, you make take the exam by computer by scheduling an appointment at the the Prometric Testing Center, 8601 LaSalle Road, Suite 106, Towson, MD 21286, 410-339-7777. If you take the test by computer, you have the option of completing the test sections individually at different times.
To continue taking courses, you must make a score that is accepted by the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE).
| DEGREE PLAN AND
YOUR FIRST MEETING WITH ME--MONA KERBY
|Sometime at the beginning of your coursework, you will meet with me to make a degree plan. We typically do this when you are enrolled in SLM 503 with me. (Download a sample plan. Download the course assignments you can use in your professional portfolio. Download the ALA/AASL professional standards that guide all your coursework.) Before our meeting, make certain that you have submitted your (a) application for graduate study, (b) three reference forms, (c) ALL official college transcripts, (d) your test score, and (e) that you have read the information posted on this site.|
| MCDANIEL ARCHWAY / EMAIL ACCOUNT
/ STUDENT ID / LIBRARY CARD
your McDaniel College email address for school
matters. Check Archway regularly--to see that
your course work appears on your transcipt, to see
that completed courses appear on your program plan, to
enroll in classes and check their location.
Also get your student ID card and then walk over to our college's Hoover Library to get your library card activated. You'll want the ID card to get discounts on purchasing software and you'll want your library card to search databases at home. And, you'll want your ID card if you want to have free use of the swimming pool, fitness center, and other College activities.
| SLM LISTSERV
|Once you are admitted into our program, send me an email, and I'll subscribe you to our student listserv so that you'll receive the latest news.|
AND FRAMEWORK THAT GUIDE THIS DEGREE
|As stated in multiple places on
this web page, our program is accredited and
nationally recognized by ALA/AASL. All your
coursework, content and assignments, meet the ALA/AASL
for Initial Preparation of School Librarians.
McDaniel College also adheres to a
Conceptual Framework for all courses and program in
our educational unit. Here is a Powerpoint
presentation that explains it. Briefly
Conceptual Framework is Knowledge, Diversity,
Professional Dispositions, and Reflection,
Communication, and Technology. You will be
demonstrating all these terms in your
|STUFF TO HAVE AND KNOW WHEN YOU BEGIN THIS DEGREE|
|Writing Manuals, dictionary and thesauri:
You'll be doing a lot of writing, so please,
keep writing manuals close to your desk. I
recommend: E.B. White's Elements of Style,
Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers,
Diana Hacker's A Pocket Style Manual, 5th ed.
ISBN978-0-312-59324-7, Merriam Webster's
and Webster's New World Roget's
A-Z Thesaurus. A good online
source is called The OWL at Purdue at <http://owl.english.purdue.edu/>
Professional Standards: Purchase Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs (ALA 2009).
Professional Organizations: Join ALA, as well as one or several of the divisions AASL, ALSC, YALSA. Join the state professional organizations--Maryland Association of School Librarians (MASL) or Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA).
Computer and Software: You really need a new computer and up to date software at home. Buy a web cam, or digi cam, and it's a good idea to get a headset and microphone. Use the latest version of Microsoft Office. For a browser, use Explorer or Mozilla Firefox. To decide on what computer to buy, search the online consumer reports for recommendations. As a teacher or college student, you can get a discount on software. Call the college bookstore for details.
McDaniel College Honor Code: You'll receive the Honor Code booklet from Graduate Admissions. Here is a link to the information on the college website concerning the Honor Code. It is your responsibility to uphold it. The following is a link to a ten-minute interactive tutorial from Acadia University designed to teach students the basics of avoiding plagiarism by learning why, when, and how to cite information sources: http://library.acadiau.ca/tutorials/plagiarism/ .
Professional Dispositions: The way you conduct yourself is essential in your success as a graduate candidate. Please know that instructors will be making judgments on your behavior. Here is a link to the form they must complete.
|To matriculate (which means you are formally
accepted into the graduate program), you must have:
1. an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;
2. 3 reference forms approved by coordinator; these must be written by your principal, assistant principal, and or school district supervisor.
3. a Praxis score that meets MSDE acceptance level;
4. completed these 3 courses in this order with a grade of B or better: SLM 503 (with me), SLM 506, and SLM 509;
5. completed this self-assessment and emailed to the coordinator after you've taken the above 3 courses. (If you don't complete this form, after you've taken the 3 courses, Archway will block you from registering.)
Please note: While you may take courses in the slm program, completing courses does not constitute acceptance into the school library media program.
Your course work reflects the 2010 ALA/AASL
Initial Preparation of School Librarians.
In your final semester, you'll create a digital
portfolio using these standards and displaying the
projects/lessons/assignments you have completed in
your coursework. Click
here for the standards.
|We use Blackboard for our online courses. If you are new to this platform, please read the instructions on this page: http://www2.mcdaniel.edu/its/faq_blackboard.htm|
|Please see Archway for the correct times, dates, and room locations. The registrar will post the official college schedule on Archway. You can easily see the current schedule, and two upcoming schedules. How do you get to Archway? Go to www.mcdaniel.edu and click on login, choose Archway, and then choose Search for Classes.|
Evaluation Form--use for online classes and
submit to Ann
Thomas at email@example.com.
Instructors, please complete and email the professional dispositions form at the end of every semester.
N. Kerby, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Gail Bailey, email@example.com
Ms. Lori Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Kay Craig, email@example.com
Ms. Linda Crump, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Sandy Doggett email@example.com
Ms. Danielle DuPuis firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Margie Gaudino email@example.com
Ms. Jayne Moore firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jan Nies email@example.com
Ms. Shannon Resh firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Tish Stafford, email@example.com
Ms. Megan Whitehead firstname.lastname@example.org
INFORMATION FOR OUR CURRENT STUDENTS
|WHEN TO TAKE
WHAT?--We have 12 courses in our program.
Try to finish your degree in 3 years.
Consider completing your courses in this
Get a head start on creating your professional digital portfolio. If you need help see McDaniel College Instructional Technology Home Page www2.mcdaniel.edu/its/home.htm
Some Advice Before Enrolling in the Professional Portfolio Course
Examples of candidate portfolios are created by:
Lisa Tipton (2012) http://lisatiptonschoollibraryportfolio.weebly.com/index.html
Kate Mills (2011) http://katemillsportfolio.weebly.com
Maria O'Toole (2011) http://otooleschoollibraryportfolio.weebly.com/index.html
Jamie Ridgely (2011) http://jridgelyslmportfolio.weebly.com/
Beth van Kan (2010) http://web.me.com/bvankan/vankanportfolio/Welcome.html
Kristen Wilson (2010) https://sites.google.com/site/kristenwilsonportfolio/
|OTHER CANDIDATE WORK EXAMPLES
Freedom to Read Documents
Stacey Fisher (2009) Freedom to Read
Sarah Wilhelm (2010) Students' Right to Read document and Pdf file
School Library Websites
Irene Allaire (2009) http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/schools/littlebennettes/allaire/mcdaniel/
Anita Anderson (2006) http://www.anitajanderson.org/mcweb/mchome.htm
Polly Callahan (2010) http://callahanlibrary.weebly.com/
JoAnn Floyd (2007) http://www2.mcdaniel.edu/slm/student/floydj/mediacenter/homepage.htm
Trudy Griebenow (2006) http://ums.fcps.org/MediaCenter/index.htm
Dee Van Gelder (2007) http://www2.mcdaniel.edu/slm/student/vangelderd/mainpage.htm
Anita Vigna (2007) http://www2.mcdaniel.edu/slm/student/vignaa/index.htm
Michelle White (2007) http://www2.mcdaniel.edu/slm/student/whitem/pages/index.htm
Janet Yarn (2010) http://mediacenterjyarn.hcpss.wikispaces.net/
Kelli Zellner (2006) http://www2.mcdaniel.edu/slm/student/zellnerk/portfolio/zellnerportfolio/documents/zellmc.htm
School Curriculum Charts
Anne Bozievich (2008) Southern York County Pennsylvania Elementary School Curriculum
Donna Britton (2003) HCPSS Elementary School Curriculum
Mike Hobson (2005) Oakland Mills High School Curriculum, HCPSS
Terri Jeffrey (2003) HCPSS Middle School Curriculum
Laurie Lewis (2007) Glade Elementary School, FCPS
Shannon Resh (2009) South Western Elementary School District Pennsylvania Curriculum
Cindy Stull (2002) Walkersville Middle School Curriculum, FCPS
Judy Ward (2002) Dorchester County Elementary School Curriculum
Kristen Wilson (2008) CCPS Elementary School Curriculum
Kelli Zellner (2005) Reservoir High School Curriculum, HCPSS
School Library Media Curriculum Charts
Susan Fontyn (2003) MCPS Middle School Library Media CurriculumLiterature Presentations
Terri Jeffrey (2004) HCPS Middle School Library Media Curriculum
Carol Briggs (2009) Jim Murphy Bibliography and Crossword Puzzle
|WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR DEGREE|
you graduate, you need to do one more thing--call
your state department of education, either Maryland
State Department of Education or Pennyslvania
Department of Education. Request an
application for certification. You'll need to
have an official transcript of your McDaniel
coursework sent to the state department.
When you request your transcript from the registrar, also ask that a transcript be sent to you. OPEN IT--and check to see that we have have printed the following words on it: This student has completed a
If you are seeking PA certification, you'll need to take an exit Praxis exam in school librarianship. Either your district or your state department will give you the instructions.
After you graduate, continue professional growth opportunities. In a few years, please consider seeking National Board Certification as a Library Media Specialist. Here are two links with information: AASL and National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
And--keep me posted
on your successes. Your chosen profession
has the power to change lives.
SLM Alumni Stars
Mike Stencil, Using
Video to Improve Character, Behavior, and
Climate. Library Media
Connection. August/September 2012.
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