Justin Ashworth, library media specialist at McNamara Elementary School, has had an article he co-authored published in "Library Media Connection Magazine," a national publication. Ashworth collaborated on the article with Judith Dzikowski, director of the OCM School Library System (SLS), and Mary Tiedemann, OCM SLS librarian.
In the article, the authors discuss the success of an initiative through the OCM BOCES SLS called Partners in Achievement: Library and Students (PALS). The authors write about the collaboration of library media specialists and classroom teachers to use student assessment data to determine how to enhance a school's library collection and to create units of study in order to address student needs and increase achievement.
Ashworth participated in the PALS initiative for three years, and in the article he recounts how he took a leadership role in working with student assessment data to improve student learning at McNamara Elementary School as well as district wide.