Improving Basic Programs Operated by State and Local Educational Agencies
Supporting Effective Instruction
Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (LEARN)
Innovative Approaches to Literacy
21st Century Community Learning Centers
- · The testing regime remains in place.
- · States get to set their own academic goals.
- · Test scores still matter, but how much is up to the states.
- · What should be done in schools that are struggling will be up to states and districts.
- · What happens if lots of kids opt out of testing? Again, it’s up to the state.”
This is a genius way to once again empower students and keep them in charge of classroom dynamics. What a better way to come to a decision that is tough regarding how to grade an assignment than to give the power of a grading rubric back to the students. This type of situation can be used more often with many, if not all, of our assessments. Of course if the rigor needs to be ratcheted up at all the teacher can surely step in and make the executive decision. But do not underestimate the power, and how that the decision to have the students be responsible for their learning, has impacted the class. The idea of a certificate of achievement for the winning projects can create a competitive environment, spurring more passion and energy in an attempt to win the prize.
Lewis, K., & Loertscher, D. V. (2014). The Possible Is Now. Teacher Librarian, 43(3), 48-52.
(Found on the King Library’s LISTA Database)
This article, printed in Teacher Librarian, and authored by our very own Dr. Loertscher and Kathryn R. Lewis takes a look at how teacher librarians can, and should, be at the center of Common Core teaching throughout all schools. They begin the article by stating that the time is “now” for librarians and libraries to be the common learning spaces for all school levels. Libraries are where students research, read, write, discover new information and technology, and use technology to look at new texts and other information platforms. Within the article, Loertscher and Lewis propose a set of ten initiatives aimed at transforming the library into a school’s central resource for CCSS. Alongside these ten initiative, the authors demonstrate examples of how the librarian can work with classroom teachers to better teach students the CCSS. These examples are a wonderful tool that can be used by classroom teachers and school librarians across the United States.
For those unfamiliar with some of the Common Core Standards (like myself), this article provides wonderful information regarding some of the key standards, as well as learning opportunities for teachers, librarians, and students alike. While we have discussed and learned the importance of the library being a meeting grounds and learning center/learning commons, this article outlines ways to go about making it happen, as well as providing constructive ways of collaborating with classroom teachers.
School Librarians as Teacher Leaders.
Church, A. R. (2011). School Librarians as Teacher Leaders. Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 77(3), 10-12.
School librarians of the 21st century have much to offer. The 21st-century school librarian serves as teacher, instructional partner, information specialist, program administrator, and leader within the school. The author suggests that today’s school librarian, as an active member of the school’s instructional staff, is a leader for teaching and learning and provides concrete examples of library leadership in action. The author suggests that today’s school librarian, as an active member of the school’s instructional staff, is a leader for teaching and learning and provides concrete examples of library leadership in action.
As teacher, the school librarian leads by teaching students to become information literate, to be able to access, evaluate, and use information. As an instructional partner, the school librarian takes the initiative to collaborate with classroom teachers to provide authentic learning experiences for students. The librarian models teamwork, is proactive, and co-plans, co-teaches, and co-evaluates student work with classroom teacher colleagues. As information specialists, the school librarian leads in the effective integration and use of information technology. As program administrator, the school librarian leads by providing a stimulating learning environment both in the physical library space and virtually. As leader, the school librarian is an instructional leader of the school community, serving on various committees. The author provides very useful descriptions for the school librarian contribution, participation, and the roles they may offer overall. The author’s outline offers a structure pathway on understanding the value of the school librarian.
Strauss, V. (2014, January 18). Everything you need to know about the Common
Core–Ravitch. Retrieved February 17, 2014, from