Project Based Learning Across the Curriculum, by Acacia Warren.

Name: Stephanie Desmarais

Topic: PBL, 21st Century Learning, School Reform

Citation:

Warren, A.M., 2015. Project based learning across the disciplines. Corwin Publishing Company.

Summary:

The author of this book, Acacia Warren was a former teacher and school principal. Her work focuses on engaging her own school and student community in ways that were meaningful for students. Her text stands as a framework for teachers, principals, school librarians and anyone wanting to implement a PBL strategy. In addition to providing a framework, her approach weaves in ways to consistently and meaningfully incorporate academics such as literacy, life skills, common core standards, 21st century skills and technology, while also engaging students.

Evaluation:

This book is an excellent tool for all types of educators. Implementing PBL can seem like a daunting and intimidating task, however Warren makes it accessible to anyone willing to thoughtfully plan and collaborate. The text includes many templates for the reader to use as they read, and also provides plenty of examples. It is formatted in a user friendly manner, with the first chapter dedicated to explaining the whys of PBL as well as how iftfits into the +1 Pedgodgy.

Independent School Librarians and Common Core: What Are We Doing?

Brandt, Alisa

MacLean, C. D. (2013, December 25). Independent school librarians and Common
    Core: What are we doing? [Blog post]. Retrieved from Independent Ideas
    website: http://aislnews.org/?p=841


CO-Collaboration Strategies
CO-School Organization
IL-Communication of Products


I have had over 15 years of experience working in independent school libraries and now eight MLIS courses under my belt. I have noticed a serious lack of scholarly library research materials directed entirely at independent school libraries so my goal is to find materials that will support this underrepresented population.
Most independent schools do not rely on government funding and thus do not have to implement programs such as Common Core. The idea is that the curriculum will have already included those standards and content and more. So, it follows that independent school libraries will have other standards and goals to help the school accomplish their mission.
This article from the Association of Independent School Librarian’s blog Independent Ideas is about how independent school librarians addressed the emergence of Common Core Standards in their libraries. As will most standards and guidelines, independent school librarians tend to study up on the newest state and national standards and look for ways to integrate the best of what would apply to their schools. C. D. MacLean offered her library’s solution of using the AASL CCSS Crosswalk in combination with their school’s own standards to create a document that will help compare their alignment with the state standards. This would allow the librarians to focus on areas that will meet their school standards while including the state standards.
There are also some suggestions of useful LibGuides and an iPad app that will help Language Arts teachers integrate technology into the classroom.
Evaluation: Seeing examples of how independent school librarians are working with state standards helps me understand how I can apply them to my own library. The links and the app suggestion are also very helpful.


Reading Insights

Amy Hubschman

ET- Brain Research
ET- Learning Styles

Resource:
Krashen, S. (2004). The power of reading. Insights from the research. Portsmouth, NW: Heinemann Publishers

Summary:
This 150 page book summarizes what the majority of the scholarly research says about current reading trends, current reading programs, reading initiatives, reading policies, and the various types of general reading being done by children and schools across the United States.  It also discusses how reading influences cognitive development in young children.  Every discussion is backed up professional studies and offers readers quick summaries of what the complied findings do and don’t say on the particular topics.   
Evaluation:
Although this book covers numerous topics the main focus of the book is FVR or Free Voluntary Reading.  FVR is one of the main highlights of most libraries.  Information professionals have the task of connecting the patron to the needed piece of information and majority of the time that is FVR information pieces/topics.  This book would be helpful for new classroom educators and new school librarians to summarize the vast majority of current research involving reading trends and give them a firm foundation of what professionals and leaders in the field of information science collectively say on various topics.