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Creating & Managing the Full-Service Homework Center
Cindy Mediavilla
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1618-6
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $54.00
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160 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 9780838916186
Year Published: 2018
AP Categories: A, C

This title will be available Fall 2017. You may place an order and the item will be shipped when it becomes available.

Despite the proliferation of online homework websites and tutoring services, public libraries still have an important role to play when it comes to supporting young people’s educational needs. Public libraries that take a proactive approach—by setting up organized homework centers¬—have the potential to become catalysts for better performance in school, improved self-esteem, and engaged learning. Whether readers are investigating the possibility of setting up a center from scratch or are eager to revamp an existing center, this book shows the way forward with
  • discussion of the philosophy behind a public library homework center and its many benefits, with useful talking points for getting stakeholders on board;
  • examples of model programs from across the country;
  • guidance on assessing the community’s educational priorities and utilizing outcome-based planning and evaluation methods;
  • pragmatic advice on how to collaborate with schools and educators to coordinate goals;
  • thorough consideration of such key issues as carving out a space, setting hours, scheduling staff, and selecting and procuring educational resources;
  • handy tools for a successful homework center, including sample surveys, homework helper application forms and contracts, staff and volunteer job descriptions, and focus group questions;
  • advice on equipment and technology considerations; and
  • methodologies for evaluation and improvement.
This comprehensive resource will help public libraries create and manage a vibrant homework center that effectively serves students while also building community support for the library.

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