School Library Helps Provide a Hub of Collaboration and Student Learning
New Augusta Public Academy-South, Indianapolis, Ind.
New Augusta Public Academy South elementary school, part of the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, serves 531 students in kindergarten through 5th grade. The work of faculty and staff focuses on creating a safe, caring and respectful environment that is necessary for powerful learning, building a culture of respect with collaboration, and organizing meaningful curriculum connected to state standards. The school uses research-based teaching and learning practices that actively engages students; promotes collaboration among staff, students, parents, and community patrons; and prepares students to live and learn in an ever-changing technological and global society. The school library is embedded in every aspect of life at New Augusta and has become the hub where all of this school collaboration and student-centered learning happens. The school librarian works side-by-side with the classroom teachers to help students learn in multiple ways: inquiry based projects, distance learning, and helping students develop a love of reading. Winner of whole child partner American Library Association's 2013 National School Library Program of the Year, the library and school librarian have helped make this school an admirable example of what a stimulating, student-centered school environment should look like.