Magazine article Texas Library Journal

Shirley Igo Librarian/PTA Collaboration Award

Magazine article Texas Library Journal

Shirley Igo Librarian/PTA Collaboration Award

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Tlie Shirley Igo Librarian/PTA Collaboration Award was presented to Doss Elementary of Austin ISD in July 2012 byTASL Chair, Mary Woodard, and honored at the PTA annual summer leadership conference in Austin. The Doss Elementary librarians, Bonnie Lang and Jane Willis, and Doss Elementary PTA teamed up, formed the Read Across Doss (RAD) committee, and devised a plan to expand existing PTA activities and events. A true collaborative partnership began during the 2011-12 school year between the librarians and the PTA.

Goals were set and a timeline for the entire school year was created. Plans for the new program included: author visits (Doreen Cronin, Nick Bruel, and Mike Artell), thematic units, special reading programs and incentives, plus enhanced communications to promote literacy to parents and students. Upon reviewing the yearlong plan, the PTA graciously committed $3,000 to support the program. The joint RAD team surpassed all of their goals for the year with huge success. The results were amazing and support was tremendous.

The RAD team began by brainstorming activities and special events that would greatly enrich the student body and campus community without creating additional work for teachers. Several nationally acclaimed authors presented to the students in large groups and one-on-one to inspire an enthusiastic connection with writing and reading. …

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