Creative Constructor
Lab Virtual
Leadership Exchange
at ISTELive 21
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Creating School District and Public Library Partnerships

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Participate and share : Poster

Ashlee Kunkel  
Ed Snow  
Dr. Annette Smith  
Deborah Dean  

Learning does not stop when the final bell rings. Come see how the School District of Milton proudly leveraged the ISTE Standard -Equity and Citizenship Advocate to build a unique relationship with the Milton Public Library by providing EdTech resources so the entire community can make positive, socially responsible contributions.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Library media specialists, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Communication & collaboration
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.
  • Share lessons learned, best practices, challenges and the impact of learning with technology with other education leaders who want to learn from this work.
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have access to the technology and connectivity necessary to participate in authentic and engaging learning opportunities.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The partnership between the Milton Public Library and the School District of Milton is a great example of how two entities can put their unique resources and professionalism together to collectively reach a wider audience. It’s a great framework that other communities can use to create their own partnership. Resources provided by the district are available to all community members and it is the mission of the library to introduce and provide diverse and inclusive materials to all members of Milton. The list of shared resources is long and benefit all members of the community. Through this partnership, the library has access to technology that goes beyond the yearly budget, specifically technology that enhances STEAM programming in the library’s makerspace. In fact, the library is written into the school district’s technology contract to ensure MPL is receiving up-to-date devices. These devices are made available to the public for catalog access, programming, tutoring, and more. In return, the school district, teachers, and students have access to library professionals who are enthusiastic about programming, literacy, and promoting library services. School visits are made by three different librarians on a monthly basis, and students from the alternative high school visit once a month for a STEAM program. The high school’s ag-business class requires students to create and provide a monthly children’s program at the library for school credit. Furthermore, teachers encourage students to be mentors in the library’s makerspace, The SPARK, where they can earn volunteer credit for graduation. It’s a relationship that’s always growing as both teachers, librarians, and administration think of ways to pull our resources together to benefit all members of our community.

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Ashlee Kunkel, Milton Public Library
Ed Snow, Wisconsin Department of Instruction
Dr. Annette Smith, WI Department of Public Instruction
Deborah Dean, School District of Milton

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