De Rego, Tania

CO

Wilson, M. M. (2012). Boom town or bust? Knowledge Quest, 40(4), 10-13.  Retrieved from http://web.a.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=ff683839-0931-4670-a428-c98977e2f719%40sessionmgr4008&vid=21&hid=4107

Describes example of librarian and a 3rd grade classroom teacher collaborating on a Gold Rush unit. Together, they used backward instructional design, starting with SLO’s, final products, assessments, activities, and due dates.  The lesson started in the classroom with explicit instruction and textbook readings.  Then, librarian helped students create graphic organizer of info using demo with Microsoft Word followed by independent practice.  Students responded to question prompts on library wiki and librarian provided list of resources to help answer prompts.  Students presented posters as a 45 minute sales pitch to other 3rd grade classroom, received anonymous feedback, then reflected on how they would improve speeches next time.

Useful article for visualizing how to collaborate with a classroom teacher.

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De Rego, Tania

CA

Stripling, B. K., & Harada, V. H. (2012).   Designing learning experiences for deeper understanding.  School Library Monthly, 29(3), 5-13.  Retrieved from http://web.a.ebscohost.com.libaccess.sjlibrary.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=632edacc-6b07-46b1-ad42-f145cd468a6c%40sessionmgr4007&vid=45&hid=4106 

Suggests collaboration with teachers to develop units based on C.L.E.A.R. G.O.A.L.S.  Gives example of a collaboration session with a teacher and the development of a unit together that covers both 21st Century Standards (AASL) and Common Core Standards.  

Useful article for picturing what a collaboration session with a classroom teacher would look like and also how to build a lesson.

The Flexible "Curriculum" of the Library Learning Commons

Amanda Rude

CO, CA

Loertscher, D. V. (2016). The flexible “curriculum” of the library learning commons Retrieved from http://libaccess.sjlibrary.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lls&AN=113222022&site=ehost-live&scope=site
The article is a proposal for a flexible curriculum that Teacher Librarians can offer for consideration in planning with content area teachers.  The hope is that the proposed LIIITE model will be utilized not only for creating dynamic lessons but also as a demonstration and justification  of the importance of a TL in a LLC setting.  Pretty important model in these days of budget cuts, library closures and layoffs.

The Challenge and an Invitation – Kohn – 2009

Jeselyn Templin

CA

Kohn, A. (2009). The challenge and an invitation. Knowledge Quest, 38(2), 12-13.

Summary: Kohn likens the techniques of standardized testing to the concept of reading being “more than decoding.” The article explains that many school programs decontextualize their materials and only teach to the test, instead of putting curriculum into a real-world context that students will be able to retain and use later in life.

Evaluation: I would have liked this article to be longer than two pages because I feel Kohn has a lot of valuable insight on the subject. Well-researched and interesting. The article explains why standardized testing is not effective as a basis for widespread education in a succinct way that anyone can understand.

U.S. Department of Education’s #GoOpen Movement

Sannwald, Suzanne
CA

U.S. Department of Education. (2015, October 29). U.S. Department of Education launches campaign to encourage schools to #GoOpen with educational resources. Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-launches-campaign-encourage-schools-goopen-educational-resources

Summary: This press release from the U.S. Department of Education announces a new campaign: #GoOpen that aims to expand educational access to openly licensed materials. The move builds upon other trends of open government, but with an emphasis on empowering educators in particular to be able to “find, adapt, create, and share resources” on their own, while respecting copyright. More information about #GoOpen is available at:http://tech.ed.gov/open-education/

Evaluation: This news story is one that I am close to since my school district is one of the ten cohort districts that will be taking on the challenge to “replace at least one textbook with openly licensed educational resources within the next year.” Information regarding this has not been distributed widely within my district, but I was aware that our Superintendent and Director of Instructional Technology traveled last week to Washington D.C. Also, there was recently a form sent to teachers to solicit interest in participating as part of the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement. I submitted interest, but have not yet heard an update. After reading more about this project, though, I have now written to my district Teacher Librarian colleagues to encourage them to also become familiar with the initiative. I think that this is a critical opportunity for TLs to collaborate as partners in curriculum development, and I have added this as an agenda item to our next district Library Council meeting so that we may inquire with the Director of Instructional Technology regarding ways we may be able to contribute and participate.

Information Superheroes.

Young, Alice

CA-Open Curriculum

CA-Written Curriculum

Information Superheroes.
Frey, S. (2013). Information Superheroes. Knowledge Quest, 41(5), 52-55.

The article discusses responsibilities of school librarians with regard to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) U.S. education initiative. She acknowledges position statement published by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) on CCSS. She emphasizes necessity of collaborahting with teachers in aligning CCSS into their skill instruction. She also offers tips for promoting informational texts to faculty members creatively.

The author propose that school librarians ought to make the most of their schedule by dedicating to the opportunities to help all staff members. By mastering the CCSS to assist colleagues, school librarians can provide students the education students need to be college and career ready. This article gives a positive overview of the role for school librarians, considering the knowledge of resources they have in hand, it is appropriate for school librarians to disperse their expertise into the educational arena.

Tapping Into the Skills of School Librarians

Young, Alice

CA-Written Curriculum
CA-Assessment Strategies


Tapping Into the Skills of School Librarians.
Church, A. (2013). Tapping Into the Skills of School Librarians. Principal Leadership, 14(3), 44-46.

The article focuses on the role of school librarians in evaluating the teacher’s effectiveness. It states that librarians have knowledge about various areas other than library including information literacy, media literacy and digital literacy. It further presents various scenarios that can be used for analyzing the performance of librarians including formal observation, self-evaluation and portfolio.

This article presents a good breakdown of how school librarians skills set can offer an influence in curriculum. School librarians usually have a background in instructional design with specialization in library and information science. In fact, school librarian’s prospectus consists of 21st century standards, which involve critical skills, dispositions, responsibilities, and self-assessment strategies that integrate with classroom content. They are expert in information literacy, media literacy, and digital literacy skills – all of which may guide and ensure college and career readiness for the student population.