How do I implement a Flexible Access program?
Use your leadership skills to:
* Articulate the vision of a Flexible Access program to administrators, teachers, parents and students.
* Convince teachers to give it a try.
Gain vital administrative support by:
* Touting the benefits of Flexible Access.
* Offering alternative solutions to using media for teacher planning.
Win faculty support by demonstrating your instructional role in student success.
Make substantive changes:
* Emphasize the importance of instruction by separating book checkout from class time.
* Provide open checkout throughout the day (use an assistant, student helpers, self-checkout, volunteers, or 2-3 open checkout periods).
Walk the talk:
* Make the media center an inviting, friendly, student-centered place.
* Encourage teachers to bring classes (unscheduled) to the media center to take advantage of the "teachable moment".
* Be flexible.
* Find out what is being taught in the classrooms and integrate your lessons as best you can.
* Find out what is being taught in the classrooms and take resources to the teacher.
Keep lines of communication open:
* Share what is going on the media center.
* Attend planning sessions.
* Send class work and class notes with students to the teacher.
* Encourage the teacher to stay with the class to learn what her students are doing.
* Reach out to teachers by going to them with suggestions for integrated lessons, activities and projects.
Be patient and stay focused:
* It takes 4-5 years to fully implement a Flexible Access program.
* Change takes time. Everyone moves at his/her own pace.
* Expect resistance. Be persistent. Try new strategies.
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