Developing Educational Leadership Skills: Reading School Culture and Setting Library Media Program Goals

Participants will learn techniques in reading school culture so that they will be able to set achievable goals for their school media programs that will be aligned to the mission and goals of their schools. In this session, participants will be guided through an activity that will enable them to determine the important components that define their individual school cultures. Using this information, participants will use a “vision pyramid” to develop a plan for their library media programs that examines current reality, reaches for a clear vision of excellent school media service, and delineates achievable goals that are aligned with their school culture. A model will also be given to each participant.

Dr. Bea Baaden ( has been an educator for over 30 years, 20 of those years as a school media specialist. Since retiring from Plainedge Public Schools (Nassau County, NY) in 2001, Bea has been an Assistant Professor at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University. At LIU she has designed and taught courses in school media management, instructional leadership and design, and teaching methods for school media specialists. She has written a booklet for graduate students in school media to use to prepare for the Content Specialty Test in Library Media and a Guide to the Professional Portfolio for the Library Media Specialist. She has recently had an article published in School Library Media Activities Monthly entitled “Transition Mentoring in School Library Media Programs.” Word document of PowerPoint presentation