In spring 2018, Institute director Nancy Snow decided to establish a new Virtue Resource Library for Oklahoma teachers. The library would contain a wide range of both electronic and physical resources on topics related to virtue and education. Hard copy resources (books, articles, etc) would be housed in a dedicated space at Norman High School. However, the library would also contain an online component that would would be made available to educators across the state and even beyond Oklahoma. Our partner schools enthusiastically supported the idea.
The project began by establishing a team, led by Snow and Norman High School principal, Scott Beck, along with 10 teachers and librarians from our partner schools. The team was tasked with collecting and ordering resources for the library. Norman High School librarian Martha Pangburn provided leadership oversight. The library was developed in close concert with Ms. Kathryn Lewis, Director of Media Services and Instructional Technology for the Norman Public Schools district and President-elect of the American Association of School Libraries.
On Dec. 10, 2018, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM, Norman High School will hold their winter Creativity and Learning Showcase in their Learning Commons. During that event, at 6:00pm, the Virtue Resource Library will be introduced to students parents and interested members of the general public.
We gratefully acknowledge support from the John Templeton Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Foundation, whose generous support to the Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing made this project possible.