E13 - Equitable & Engaging Learning Environments with Librarian Kenia Harding
On this episode of Blending In, I’m chatted with Kenia Harding, the award winning librarian from Diamond Valley Middle School who has been recognized as a Hemet Unified Employee of the Year and who has been a nominee for Riverside County Educator of the Year! In our conversation, Kenia shared her passion for designing the Diamond Valley Middle School Library as an equitable, inclusive, and innovative space for students at DVMS! Kenia has effectively blended technology into what is known as a "traditional learning space" to make it into a welcoming student-centered, technology-rich learning environment.
For librarians who are tech-hesitant about updating and redesigning their spaces to accommodate 21st century needs, she advises to start small with things like QR codes (like the one linked in the bottom right corner of the flyer) with digital displays or access to eBooks or with a COW (Class On Wheels, pictured below) - both of which she creates based on what teachers are teaching that week or month. So when students visit the library, they can see what they are learning about in the classroom reflected in the digital or physical space of the library. In addition to collaborating with colleagues on campus, she also suggests collaborating with public librarians as well! If you'd like to connect with Kenia, email her at email@example.com