Programs & Services

Media Center Mission & Goals

Mission: CSE Media Center staff strive to develop curious, creative, resourceful, and well-informed scholars who love to read, are capable of accessing, organizing, and evaluating information, and use their knowledge to solve problems and participate productively in their communities.

Media Center Goals:

Commitment to Excellence

    • Supporting each individual learner's needs and goals

    • Supporting academic excellence through learner assets and cultural strengths

    • Promotion of lifelong learning

    • Implementation of best practice instructional strategies

Student Development Goals

    • Development of an intrinsic love for reading (reading for pleasure)

    • Development of an intrinsic curiosity and thirst for knowledge

    • Development of personal and mutual respect through a welcoming, supportive, and engaging environment

    • Development of collaborative skills to encourage self-motivation and responsibility for personal actions

Skill Development Goals

    • Developing research skills to

      • Solve problems

      • Gain knowledge and satisfy curiosities

      • Answer research questions

    • Development of strong inquiry and critical thinking skills

    • Development of effective use of information technology, both digitally and in print

    • Development of strong literacy skills including reading, writing, and media literacy

    • Cultivation of safe and ethical technology and information usage practices

    • Development of correct ethical attitudes and habits in regards to intellectual property, plagiarism, and research

Media Center Programs & Services

Standards for Content Delivery

  • CSE’s Media Center goals align to the AASL (American Association of School Librarians) framework to guide Media Center instruction.

Media Center Schedule & Programs

    • Elementary students make weekly visits to library (30 mins). Each visit begins with a lesson/story followed by library browsing and checking out of books

    • Middle school students make bi-weekly visits to library (30 mins). Each visit begins with a lesson/story/poetry followed by library browsing and checking out of books.

    • Open 30min-1hour blocks are available by request most days of the week (media center staff provides instruction in accessing reference materials, online research skills and using research technology, writing using research, citing sources, plagiarism education etc.)

    • Classroom teachers are supported using AASL standards alignment to content area standards.

    • Numerous reading incentive programs

Cultural Center & Community Engagement

    • CSE’s Media Center hosts seasonal “Family Nights” during the school year, which align with scheduled PTO meetings. These events involve:

      • Literacy themed games and activities

      • Storytelling, story reading, and poetry reading

      • Book themed movies

      • Special book and prize giveaways

    • CSE’s Media Center also functions as a Hmong Cultural Center that houses literature about Hmong history and culture, displays Hmong artifacts, and hosts numerous cultural events over the course of the school year.