Action Research
February 9, 2017, Guilford County Schools
Kathy Parker, School Library Media and Digital Citizenship Consultant, NCDPI, DTL

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Participants will...
  • Review action research's connection to our professional standards
  • Examine the steps of the process
  • Brainstorm action research areas of focus

Establishing a Foundation: How is action research relevant to our work as school library media coordinators? (10 mins.)
Pair Share: Take 6 steps and find a partner. Discuss your answers to the questions on your slips of paper.

Needs Assessment Snapshot:
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How is action research connected to our professional standards?

Action Research Process (15 mins.): Review possible steps in the process.

Action Research Process For Teacher Librarians Made Simple (requires NCWiseowl login)
GTN Slides
Get in the Action: Candid Librarian Blog
IMPACT (pg. 174)
What is Action Research-ASCD

Brainstorm (15 mins.)

What are 3-5 issues that affect student learning in your school or media center that you would like to change or improve?
Post them to the appropriate padlet.
Review posts to determine if any issues could be tackled with action research.

2:00 Session
4:45 Session

Relevant Data Sources/Data Points (10 mins.)
2:00 Session
4:45 Session

Resources for Another Day
A Closer Look at the Action Research Process (slides 5-6 on data collection, analysis, and interpretation)
Action Research Guide for Alberta Teachers (dated but still relevant, take a look at Designing a Data Collection Plan and Analyzing the Research Data pgs. 21-29)
Area of Focus Sheet (may help you plan and implement your research)
Data Collection, Analysis and Interpretation of GTN Action Research projects
Evolving With Evidence (Joyce Valenza discusses tools that may help you collect data.)
Get in the Action (Kathy Parker's webcast on action research)
Guiding School Improvement with Action Research (Chapter 9, Data Collection)
Say It With Data (eBook requires NCWiseOwl login.This book focuses on evidence based advocacy which is similar to action research. I think much of its content is applicable to action research data as well.)

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