SBAC seeks Partnership for hybrid assessmemnt

Katie Hanna


SBAC seeks partnership for hybrid assessment. (2017). Education Week, 36(24), 4-4. Retrieved from

This is a quick one-page article about the Smarter Balance Assessment team looking for a partnership with Collegeboard or the makers of the SAT and ACT. While not long, and doesn’t provide much information, it is a topic I wish to keep an eye on for my teachers and students.

Katie Hanna


Salend, S. J., & Whittaker, C. R. (2017). UDL: A blueprint for learning success. Educational Leadership, 74(7), 59-63. Retrieved from

Universal Design for Learning is one of my favorite topics from my Special Ed Masters Program. 
To differentiate instruction for students with a range of learning differences,
-UDL provides multiple means of n Representation (presenting content in a variety of ways);
-Action and expression (varying the ways in which students are encouraged to respond and show their learning);
-Engagement (using a range of practices to heighten student motivation).

those three aspects of lesson design can be utilized for ALL students, and when you have classes coming to the library they are all at a variety of levels. Preparing for that eventuality allows your lessons to be accessible to every student with little to no modification.

The Article a Blue Print for Learning Success discusses how teachers use UDL in the classroom to reach all students in one lesson in a variety of ways. How the extra work planning and building a lesson is worth it in the end, much like an architect. By looking at barriers to success before the lesson you can ensure that the proper supports are built into the lesson before the student sits in your classroom.

Katie Hanna


Murawski, W. W., & Spencer, S. (2011). Collaborate, communicate, and differentiate! how to increase student learning in today’s diverse schools. Thousand Oaks, CA, US: Corwin Press. Retrieved from

The text was written by Wendy Murawski and Sally Spencer from CSU, Northridge. This book describes collaboration specifically between teachers and special educators. It also explains how teams working in the best interest of the students need to communicate and trust each other to be successful. This was one of my favorite texts from my teaching credential. It is poignant beyond the applications in Special Ed. Differentiating is a hot topic for all students, and as librarians, we collaborate with teachers daily. These skills and ideas transfer easily to our situation. 

Katie Hanna


Crippen, K. k., & Archambault, L. (2012). Scaffolded Inquiry-Based Instruction with Technology: A Signature Pedagogy for STEM Education. Computers In The Schools, 29(1/2), 157-173.

While a few years old, this article about supporting inquiry-based instructions gives a clear example and structure to how STEM programs utilize Inquiry in their lessons.

Loertscher, D.V. (2014). Collaboration and Coteaching. Teacher Librarian, 42(2),

Summary-This article discusses the importance of a teacher librarian in the classroom and how they can be an integral part to the instruction of students.  The role of the librarian has been changed a great deal.  We have gone from just checking books in and out to being involved directly in instruction. This can be done by collaborating with teachers in classroom instruction, PLCs, and professional development. 

Review- I really liked this article because it is true.  I have been working as a teacher librarian for over 5 years now and I do all of these things.  I work collaboratively with the teachers and staff here at the library.  I also am directly involved in coteaching the classes with the classroom teachers.  This article is timely and relevant.