Our recent seminars with Dr Ross Todd were challenging and inspiring. I know attendees came away with an enormous amount to think about and to put into practice. If you were fortunate enough to attend then this issue will reinforce the focus you took away, if not here is your chance to get the message!
This issue of Collected will give you insight into how people are really using Dr Todd’s ideas, and what you could do to gather evidence, from the very simple tasks to projects which run throughout a term. Collaboration with other staff was also a very strong theme.
Dr Ross Todd himself has penned the lead article. Lisa Oldham was fortunate to spend some time with Ross during his visit, and relates the messages he shared with her to the many resources available on the Services to Schools website. Senga White details the collaborative partnerships being built in her school and Michele Whiting looks at EBP through the lens of a school principal.
Scattered throughout this issue are examples of the direct action that school library teams around the country have already taken. Adaire Hannah shares some of the ways in which her library team measure student achievement, and also they ways that the information is shared with the school community. Bridget Schaumann describes the action she took on returning to school, and reflects on the lessons she learned, and the changes she will make to the lesson plan as a result of that data-gathering exercise.
Plenty of food for thought along with regular columns, book reviews and professional development opportunities.
With grateful thanks to Miriam Tuohy, National Executive member for the Central region, who expertly, diligently and patiently produces this professional journal for our enlightenment.